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Losing ground and doubling down

Thousands of women and LGBTQ+ people showed up in the heart of Istanbul during the restrictions imposed under the pretext of pandemic and broke through the police barricades on 26 June 2021. Rainbow flags were banned, journalists strangled,…
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Conditional solidarity

The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent public health measures have plunged the global economy into the worst crisis it has seen since the mid-twentieth century. Europe is no exception, with economic analyses from the European Commission…
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In the aftermath of war

Claire Potter: As the military situation in Afghanistan began to unspool at the end of July, and comparisons to the United States 1975 evacuation of Saigon proliferated, I wanted to know more. So I reached for Amanda Demmer’s After…
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The right word

‘A word, and everything is saved. A word, and all is lost.’ André Breton I. Few authors have been as fixated on the power of the word as Gustave Flaubert. His literary programme included an exhortation to always seek out le mot juste – the…
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The silent colonization of Crimea

On March 20th 2021, decree number 201 of the President of the Russian Federation came into force. According to this ruling, the majority of the Crimean Peninsula, around 80 per cent of the territory – only excluding a few municipalities and…
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To be a revolutionary

On the night of 9 August 2020, the Belarusian authorities announced Alyaksandr Lukashenka had won the presidential elections, paving the way for the autocrat’s sixth term in office. Popular demonstrations against the regime had already…
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Sisterhood behind bars

Human rights organizations estimate that there are 605 political prisoners in Belarus. At least 71 of them are women, although unofficial sources suggest that the actual number of female political prisoners are over 100. Since 9 August…
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