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Cover for: Delete your profile, not people

Delete your profile, not people

Comment on cancel culture

Social media users can be forgiven for feeling dissatisfied. ‘Old media’ news, based on the perpetual celebrity comeback, has hit a conceptual impasse with new cancel culture. Geert Lovink calls for the renewal of social networking tools giving users a constructive voice.

Cover for: Im Nebel

Am 9. August finden in Belarus die Präsidentschaftswahlen statt. Wie bei allen früheren Gelegenheiten in den letzten zweieinhalb Jahrzehnten hat das Regime die demokratische Opposition disqualifiziert, verhindert und festgenommen. Diesmal sind die Proteste jedoch von einer noch nie dagewesenen Größe, Selbstbewusstsein und Popularität. Hat es im Land ein politisches Erwachen gegeben?

Cover for: Out of the unknown

On 9 August, presidential elections will take place in Belarus. As on all previous occasions during the past two and a half decades, the regime has disabled the democratic opposition. This time, however, the protests are unprecedented in their size, confidence and breadth of appeal. Has there been a political awakening in the country?

Cover for: Between tolerance and prohibition

Between tolerance and prohibition

Roma scrap metal collectors toiling outside Paris

Scrap metal collectors, working on the periphery of society, sustain the ground level operation of a lucrative global market. Facing exploitation and illegitimacy, their conditions have worsened since COVID-19.

Cover for: Putin’s reset

Russia’s popular vote approving the ‘zeroing’ of Putin’s terms has been hailed by the regime as a triumphant demonstration of trust. Putin’s uncontested status as supreme authority has indeed been reinforced. But will the legitimacy bought by the vote be enough to stem growing uncertainty among elites and declining support among urban constituencies?

Cover for: The house of Israel

The house of Israel

A divided society

Conflict over Israeli territory is a historically sensitive issue. But should past injustices and fear legitimize recent crimes against humanity? Avraham Burg’s home truths on current Israeli societal division assess critical ideological, economic and constitutional issues.

Cover for: Safer social scenes

Safer social scenes

Global lockdowns expose dangers of LGBTQ dating apps

Contact-tracing, legitimized by COVID-19 security risks, is already a dating app reality. The privacy of LGBTQ communities is particularly open to abuse. Jemimah Steinfeld calls for better protection of sexual identities, citing a new Index on Censorship global report.

Cover for: The weight of life

The weight of life

On the economy of human lives

In a rush to minimize the recession following COVID-19, some hold their economies dearer than the saving of lives. But prosperity isn’t the indefinite depletion of bodies and resources. It is through the satisfaction of basic needs that we will restore the dignity of all.

Cover for: Demokrati i den stora farsotens tid

De senaste månaderna har vi läst många sensationslystna artiklar om folk som slåss om toapappersrullar, men de stora problemen är att den demokratiska insynen minskar och att det allmänna motståndet mot undantagstillstånden är så svagt. Den makt som medborgarna överlämnar till sina regeringar ger de själva upp, och när så en gång skett kan det bli svårt att återerövra den.



Politinė COVID-19 ekologija

Koronaviruso pandemija nėra „natūralus“ reiškinys, ją sukūrė globalus kapitalizmas. Jos sutramdymo priemonės, socialinio atsiribojimo būdas primena visuotinį streiką. Tai gali tapti priverstiniu eksperimentu, kuris galbūt leis, kadvėl perimtume mūsų pačių laiko kontrolę.

Cover for: Meat is not a necessity

Does the comfort of the quarantined consumer outweigh the life and safety of the slaughterhouse workers who cannot afford to stay home? The recent coronavirus outbreaks in meat processing plants pose a dreadful question.

Cover for: Beware the magic of metrics

Coronavirus further intensified the fetishization of science. Experts are being cast as saviours; orderly lines of masked marketgoers mimic religious processions, and daily press conferences function as mass. But metrics have to be relieved from spiritual obligations.

Cover for: Why conspiracy theories soar in times of crises

From anti-vaxxers to terrorists, people often look for hidden causes which match the magnitude of the collapse they are facing. Uncertainty and public distrust are fertile ground for conspiracy theories. When used to legitimize violence, however, such narratives are more a strategy than psychopathology.

Cover for: Post-pandemic Russia

Vladimir Putin’s anger and jealousy has taken down many proactive leaders throughout Russia – and left the country vulnerable to crisis. The oil price war against Saudi Arabia backfired, and a recession was already in motion when coronavirus hit the country.

Cover for: A window of opportunity

Our slowed-down, cooled-down, scaled-down lives during the pandemic are evidence that quality of life does not depend on high productivity and frantic consumption. Suddenly, it has become respectable – and realistic – to talk about reforming society and the economy.

Cover for: Every white man his own racism

The US has no monopoly on under-serving and over-policing minorities. Police brutality is reported from the French suburbs to the Bulgarian countryside, and neo-Nazi resurgence is threatening European Roma in Hungary and Ukraine. Europeans must not wait for another horrific murder to draw attention to our own systemic racism.

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