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Cover for: Η πολιτική της εγκατάλειψης

Σε πολλές χώρες η πανδημία του κορονοϊού COVID–19 ανέδειξε με τον πιο χειροπιαστό τρόπο προβλήματα χρόνων. Χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα αποτελεί η Ελλάδα, όπου οι συνέπειες των διαστρωματικού χαρακτήρα εσωτερικών ανισοτήτων, σε συνδυασμό με την εύθραυστη ισορροπία δυνάμεων της περιοχής και μια σειρά από αποτυχημένες και ατελέσφορες πολιτικές του παρελθόντος, γίνονται όλο και πιο αισθητές σήμερα. Στις προσφυγικές δομές εκτυλίσσεται σήμερα μια ανθρωπιστική κρίση, ως επακόλουθο χρόνιων ανεπαρκειών του δημόσιου συστήματος υγείας και αναποτελεσματικών εθνικών και ευρωπαϊκών πολιτικών διαχείρισης της μετανάστευσης, ενώ η πανδημική κρίση του κορονοϊού αναμένεται μόνο να επιδεινώσει την κατάσταση.

Cover for: Selling sex in the pandemic

Selling sex in the pandemic

Corona crisis reveals grassroots support

When crisis hits, vulnerable groups suffer. And sex workers, already enduring precarity, have become the scapegoats of COVID-19’s health focus, facing heavy fines, police abuse and deportation threats. Boglárka Fedorkó investigates the lessons that can be learnt from the solidarity and organization of those facing adversity.

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A sunburnt country

Australia 2020

Australia’s recent bushfires are the country’s ‘most serious environmental disaster since colonization’. John Keane considers this megadisaster the product of democracy failure, rather than natural forces, which raises questions about political culpability, economic impacts, deep environmental damage and cultural accountability.

Cover for: Room temperature

Housing is part of the foundation upon which all other human social relations are built. Like sustenance and sex, society can’t be reproduced without shelter. Vikerkaar editor Aro Velmet announces the new Eurozine focal point ‘Room temperature: Housing in crisis’.

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We don’t do information

The cultural journal’s perspective

Ever since the 2008 crisis, cultural journals have been facing increasing financial, political and market pressures. Ann Ighe reviews the issues affecting Eurozine partner journal editors who met funding representatives on what became the eve of European COVID-19 lockdowns.

Cover for: Slightly constitutional

Sinn Féin’s breakthrough in Ireland’s general election in February ended the century-long dominance of the ‘Civil War parties’ in the Republic. On the left, the victory was celebrated as providing a ‘mandate for change’. But Sinn Féin’s image problem remains an obstacle. Unjustly so?

Cover for: Poverty or virus?

Poverty or virus?

Lebanon’s uprising despite the pandemic

The corona crisis acts as a double-edged sword for Lebanese protesters: it reinforces the grievances that have fuelled the uprising, but it also provides an opportunity to political elites to bolster their support, offering welfare for political loyalty.

Cover for: Lessons from an unfolding emergency

The pandemic prompts fundamental questions. How do we define society’s relationship to nature? How resilient are our democracies to the abuse of emergency powers? How far can science dictate political decision-making? And will the primacy of the economy remain unassailable?

Cover for: Prized possessions

Prized possessions

Ágnes Heller, Krzysztof Michalski, Miriam Rasch and the wisdom we borrow

Dataism is the new positivism, promising to make humans more effective. But we’ve seen horrific attempts at perfecting humans before. Instead, we need a better understanding of differences, and the wisdom that lies in the love of life.

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Clapping or caring

Applause as a form of social distancing

Although celebrated as a gesture of solidarity, the act of applauding essential workers is really a form of social distancing from them. It is the fate of heroes that their bodies are being used to climb to the heights of national glory.

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In the shadow of victory

The memory of WWII in the Russian–Ukrainian conflict

Seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War, another war is being fought in its shadow. The ongoing Ukrainian-Russian conflict is fuelled by recycled Soviet cliches. Memory of the victory over fascism, first weaponized by the Kremlin during the Orange Revolution, continues to frame the Russian view of Ukraine.

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Asocial distancing

The mistreatment of Roma and homeless people in the corona crisis

Corralling homeless people into gymnasiums and building walls around Roma settlements: the COVID-19 measures show their ugliest face when it comes to the overpolicing of marginalized groups. A European survey.

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