Police violence under the conditions of rapid neo-liberalization features again in the call for an enquiry into the Swedish unrest which began in Husby and rapidly spread. Astrid Nordin explores the layers of problems that prompted these riots.
Two different accounts of how to see the rise of the populist right, not just in Europe this week, contrast Yudit Kiss’ evidence for a resurgence of a rooted and lurking European mechanism of hatred, with Marek Beylin’s advice not to believe what the populist leaders themselves tell us about e.g.‘Kaczynski’s nation’.
There are surprising echoes of this in N.Jayaram’s analysis of the rising Modi camp in India, whose deeply divisive leader may admire Hitler’s Final Solution, but still has to deal with the sheer diversity of India; and in Igor Štiks’s
account of more remarkable protest scenes this week, where this is a
logic the citizens of Bosnia-Herzogovina seem to have grasped ahead of
This spirit of the times is up against some ancient enemies chronicled by Emre Caliskan and Simon Waldman, writing on sultan Erdogan, or Igor Torbakov, comparing the imperialism he finds alive and well in Russia and Turkey alike. By contrast, Ed Vulliamy
rages at a modernity which still has most of us in thrall, in his
political tribute to the healing properties of the Greek island of
Ikaria; while Juan Luis Martin mourns the Canary Islands, as Spain’s paradise lost.
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