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The Week in 1 Minute: Welcome to Transformation (July 1 – 5 on openDemocracy)

This week sees the launch of openDemocracy's new section Transformation. Dealing with love, equality and social justice, it tells the stories of people who are combining personal and social change. Editor Mike Edwards writes: “All great stories are love stories in one form or another, but the story of love and justice has not yet been told”.

30 June 2013

In Romantic love: an agent of change? Niki Seth-Smith takes on the transformative challenge, examining whether love can be a positive force for change. Social justice activist Scot Nakagawa calls for greater realism about racism in the United States. Ólöf Söebech's "Everyday Stories" series introduces the project to create an alternative community in Stockholm. In an interview US Congressman Tim Ryan calls for a "quiet revolution" of mindfulness in the corridors of power.

Transformation also presents two videos dealing with the experiences of queer migrants to the United States, and Breakfast in Detroit uncovers a Detroit-based initiative to bring communities together at a difficult time through the simple provision of a hot breakfast.

openSecurity’s Jo Tyabji interviews Yezid Sayigh on Syria and military escalation, while Amal de Chickera highlights new evidence of human rights abuses against the Rohingya minority in western Burma.

Our Editor-in-Chief Magnus Nome implores you to not be too blasé about the Snowden revelations, while Jeremy Fox looks at the global implications and Ben Hayes says we can expect no help from an EU knee deep in its own unregulated surveillance.

Is Georgia a terrorist state? asks Aage Borchgrevink at oDRussia, while others visit Brussels to hear what eurocrats think of their large neighbour and look at the censorship of children’s books.

Following the new round of uprisings in Egypt, Mariz Taros holds pro-Morsi western policy-makers to account, and analyzes the Muslim Brotherhood's deliberate politics of sexual assault. Paul Rogers relates the demonstrations to a wider pattern of protest against economic injustice, and Catherine Fieschi argues that the demand for dignity and social justice is at the heart of the protests, as our Arab Awakening columnists offer grassroots perspectives in “This week's window on the Middle East”.

In Brazil the question was “copa pra quem?” - whose cup? -  after prohibitive bus fares made the men's football World Cup inaccessible. Amanda Walters, Jeff Garmany, Flavie Halais and Yuseph Katiya analyse the protests.

OurKingdom’s OurNHS finds reason for outrage in Baroness Shirley William's suggested new healthcare charges and sell-off of public resources, while Clare Sambrook investigates the efforts to destroy Legal Aid.

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