We hone in on the continued demonstrations in Taksim square, with Heather Grabbe’s analysis of Turkey’s ‘Twitter generation’ and their place in the new politics, Anna Bragga looks at the role of Turkey’s media crisis in its democratic crisis and Sami Zubaida takes on the symbolic importance of the Turkish alcohol debate. From Taksim to Brazil, Jaime Amparo puts the Brazilian protests in both national and global context, while on Friday Edin Dedovic outlines how Bosnia’s baby revolution may signal the end to entrenched divides in the country.
Meanwhile, Bulgaria’s ongoing demonstrations highlighted the new forms that democratic demonstrations are taking, as John O’Brennan delineates the Bulgarian protesters’ position against the oligarchs, and Ivan Krastev presents a memorandum from the Center for Liberal Strategies.
No survey of contemporary political protest would be complete without Tahrir Square: in the build up to the June 30th demonstrations, Mariz Tadros looks at the Muslim Brotherhood’s sectarian policies as they manifest in public space, and WJ Dorman looks at the dynamic between the Muslim Brotherhood and the army.
These protests were brought together as a whole in a comprehensive interview between Anthony Barnett and Annalena di Giovanni, which explores the concept of the space of the political ‘square’. Running alongside the theme of popular protest is the concept of political populism, which is drawn out in a debate between Philippe Marliere and Catherine Fieschi.
Meanwhile, as global protests continue, the state of British liberty was called into question by a number of articles that consider how those within its borders are treated. Clare Sambrook looks at the steep rise in attacks on staff and prisoners at a G4S-run prison, while children deported in the dead of night highlights the issue of the treatment of young Afghans in the UK.
In his weekly analysis, Paul Rogers looks at the provision of more sophisticated arms to Syria’s rebels, in which Saudi Arabia is involved, and what it means for the region. Karima Bennoune marks the twentieth anniversary of the Algerian jihadist war on culture by paying tribute to those who fell during the culturcide. In Russia, Mikhail Loginov explores how small businesses are disappearing under Putin’s rule, and ‘Radio Jittery’ provides an analysis of the crisis shaking the Moscow bureau of Radio Liberty.
Links not to miss:
- Der Spiegel on NSA’s spying on European allies
- Timothy Garton Ash on NSA
- PRISM break – guide to safe and private software alternatives
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