Home

The Week in 1 Minute: Ukraine, finance and a loss of values – March 3 – 9 on openDemocracy

All eyes are on Crimea. Anatol Lieven warns the US to hold back, while Paul Rogers sets out how Ukraine is a trap for the west. We look at the formation of Putin's ideology, and pick apart his claim to be 'protecting Russian speakers'.

9 March 2014

Anton Shekhovtsov responds to Cas Mudde on Ukraine’s far right, and goes on to argue that there are two urgent pressure points: Crimea and possible economic collapse. Meanwhile, we are reminded not forget the Tatars in Crimea, or the ongoing Euromaidan presence as focus shifts away from the non-violent victory in Kiev.

Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas tracks the latest attack on England's NHS. We hear how the UK’s floods were used to blame environmentalists, while the deployment of the army shows their changing role as Vron Ware explains. In the US, Bill McKibben struggles with his role as a green movement ‘leader’, and climate change is a crucial issue for the European elections.

Didier Bigo writes on the resistance of the many against the surveillance state, and a porn addict tells us why he switched off. Meanwhile, Jennifer Radloff explores cyberfeminism in Africa, part of collaboration with the journal Feminist Africa.

The BBC is losing its values, says Julian Petley, and a similar loss of direction is afflicting British education. Why write academic papers at all?

We publish an extract from Ann Pettifor's book ‘Just Money’, a guide to the sharing economy, and a journey through the history of the IMF to its current soporific state. Economic growth in Columbia has led to a return to social banditry. In Britain, Clare Sambrook exposes the staggering profits made through immigration lock-ups, while Jenny Allsopp reports from Weymouth, where one is about to open.

As oD 50.50 covers International Women's Day, Ruth Rosen explains why such a commemoration remains important. Deniz Kandiyoti explores the impact of youth-led activism on gender politics. Next week, the Commission on the Status of Women offers a chance to assess progress on women's rights. But IWD is not only about equal rights, but also the diverse achievements of the women’s movement, including in peace building, which is often neglected.

Our openGlobalRights project asks how human rights actors should respond to global social unrest. Aaron Edwards emphasizes the need to approach the Yemen in context, while China’s hold on Africa pushes aside the human rights agenda.

Also, don’t miss Guy Standing's defence of his conception of a new dangerous class, the precariat, and a sharp portrait of Matteo Renzi and the 'fake revolution' in Italy.


Links not to miss:

 

openDemocracy’s week in 1 minute is emailed to Members, Friends and authors who help pay for and create our great content. Please forward this to any contact you think might be interested and want to join or email us ([email protected]).

Why we're suing over the £23m NHS data deal with 'spy tech' firm Palantir

Right as the NHS battles 'vaccine hesitancy', why is the government giving a CIA-backed firm – whose spyware has been accused of creating ‘racist’ feedback loops in US policing – a major, long-term role in handling our personal health information, and in England's cherished NHS?

Get the inside story from the journalists and lawyers battling to force transparency from the government on what they're doing with public money – and our health records.

Join us for this free event on 4 March at 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Cori Crider Lawyer, investigator and co-founder of Foxglove, a non-profit that seeks to make the use of technology fair for everyone

Caroline Molloy Editor ourNHS and openDemocracyUK

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData