On ’13 Reasons Why’s controversial display of the reasons behind suicide

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“ Her [Hannah Baker’s] death is represented at times as not only a logical, but an unavoidable outcome of the events that follow. Suicide should not be presented to anyone as being the result of clear headed thinking. The show ignores the relationship between suicide and the mental illness that often accompanies it. People often commit suicide because they are unwell, not simply because people have been cruel to them. It is also extremely damaging to present rape as a ‘good enough’ reason for someone to commit suicide. This sends the wrong message to survivors of sexual violence about their futures and their worth ”

Eleanor Ainge Roy, ’13 Reasons Why: New Zealand bans under-18s from watching suicide drama without adult’, The Guardian

On the French elections contradictions and confusion

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“ Besides undermining Hamon’s chances to win, the crippling efforts by prominent figures of the PS revealed the rotten core of the party apparatus. As in the case of the Democratic contest between Sanders and Clinton in the US, the attempts to obstruct an even moderately left-wing candidate like Hamon to campaign illustrated the extent to which the party does not tolerate any deviance from its new liberal, pro-business, anti-social character (…) Macron represents everything that gave rise to the FN in the first place. In this sense, in the 2nd round French voters are called to choose, as in the 2016 US presidential elections, between proto-fascism and what fuels fascism. The extreme centre and the xenophobic right feed off each other in a toxic, dangerous cycle. They are two sides of the same coin. Although barring the way to the FN in the 7th of May is the most sensible thing to do in the short term, we must have no illusions: Macron and what he represents are part of the problem as much as the FN and the far right across Europe ”

Tommaso Segantini, ‘Six considerations on the French elections’, Tommaso Segantini Blog

On how the Left must only vote for Macron – not support him

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“ This is indeed a dilemma, but it is a choice between two evils, and the left should not hesitate to choose the lesser. First, defeat emphatically the fascist candidate by using the only means at its disposal – a Macron vote. Then start opposing President Macron by giving the left a majority in the National Assembly. The left would have a chance to make a political comeback with a neoliberal president in office, but it would be trashed for good if it let the far right come to power ”

Philippe Marlière, ‘Why the French left can only recover under a president Macron’, The Guardian

On dreaming a different society, ran in the interests of the people

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“ Dare to have dreams. A society run in the interests of people’s needs and aspirations – not profit for a few – is possible. A wealthy nation can cure all of its ills: we just need the willpower and determination. That’s the prism through which every slogan, every vision, every policy offer should be seen ”

Owen Jones, ‘Labour can’t turn it around by peddling misery. It must exude hope’, The Guardian

On how Erdogan used the coup d’etat to justify the oppression of opposition

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“ What has transpired since is well known: an unending ‘state of emergency’ and a massive purge within all state apparatuses, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AKP presenting themselves as strongmen all the while. At last count, around 134,000 people had been dismissed from public service; upwards of 100,000 had been detained; roughly 2,100 schools, dormitories and universities had been shuttered; more than 7,300 academics had lost their jobs; 149 media outlets had been shut down; and well over 200 journalists had been arrested. While initially the purges were mostly directed at real or alleged Gülenists, the attacks quickly broadened to include all oppositional elements, including the Left in the broadest sense: i.e. persons even loosely associated with the Kurdish movement, leftist Kemalists, and Turkish socialists ”

Guney Isikara & Alp Kayserilioglu & Max Zirngast, ‘Voting on Dictatorship’, Jacobin Magazine