On how Iraqi forces’ abuses resulted in alienated individuals and potential ISIS’ victims

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“ While maintaining security and rebuilding the city is vital for enticing people to return, the behaviour of the Iraqi security forces – which include Shia soldiers – towards the mainly Sunni residents will be one of the ways in which Baghdad’s efforts will be measured in Mosul. Many are quick to point out that the reason, in the summer of 2014, for Isis’s success in the city – an insurgent flashpoint since 2003 – was the abuses of the Iraqi security forces, which led to alienation. Since 2003, Iraqi forces have carried out abuses against the civilian population with complete impunity, mainly targeting Sunni Arabs […] They have carried out campaigns of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial killings. These have all been key push factors for young Sunni Arab men to join Isis ”

Fazel Hawramy, ‘Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after ISIS flees Iraqi city’, The Guardian

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On legalizing prostitution

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“ The vast majority of women in prostitution are the victims, not the cause, of violence and abuse, and find themselves in constant danger of harm at the hands of pimps and punters. Countries that have implemented the Nordic model – based on a law first introduced in Sweden in 1999 that criminalises the demand for prostitution and decriminalises those selling sex – has two main goals: to curb the demand for prostitution and promote equality between women and men ”

Julie Bindel, ‘Why are women who have escaped prostitution still viewed as criminals?’, The Guardian

On the huge consequences of climate change

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“ The production of meat requires enormous resources: with the same energy consumed, you produce 16 calories of cereal for each calorie of beef. Not to mention that farms are among the largest producers of greenhouse gases because of the methane produced in the digestive process from livestock (…) Famines will become a central issue for humanity, which seems to ignore their presence already. There is little talk about it, but it is estimated that around 800 million people are undernourished. Only in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen the current famine could lead to 20 million deaths by the end of this year, according to the most pessimistic forecasts of the United Nations (…) The effects of global warming will become obvious when it will be too late, unless we begin to design a real alternative route to reduce emissions whithin a few decades ”

Translated from Italian.

Il Post, ‘The apocalypse we created ourselves’, Il Post

On Turks marching for justice and freedom

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“ Our walk indicates our determination to defend freedom of expression and our right to peaceful demonstration in Turkey. We are walking to remind those who choose to rule by decree and intimidation that ours is a social contract: we, as citizens, submit to the authority of the state in exchange for the protection of our rights. We are walking to restore that contract; we are walking to restore democracy, justice and our hard-earned fundamental freedoms. We are walking to lift the deceptive veil of democracy from what is in fact a harsh authoritarian regime ”

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, ‘We are marching to halt Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism’, The Guardian

On the real migrant crisis

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“ The number of refugees globally has not been higher since the end of the second world war and a million of them have crossed from South Sudan into Uganda, mostly into the West Nile district. In all, an estimated two million people have been displaced by the civil war and ethnic cleansing that has been raging in the world’s newest country for the past four years. Approximately three quarters of South Sudan’s children are out of school – the highest number in the world. Unlike many western countries, Uganda has not demonised the new arrivals. The government has given the refugees land and seeds in the belief that they will be better off making a new life for themselves than doing nothing in a camp ”

Larry Elliott, ‘South Sudan’s million-strong refugee crisis is a test for the World Bank’, The Guardian

On the sad story of the brave Turkish protester Veli Saçılık

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“ Saçılık lost his arm in 2000, three years after being arrested in a workers’ union demonstration, when the government cracked down on hunger strikers in prisons around the country. His arm was severed and he came round handcuffed to a hospital bed. The lost limb was later was found in bin outside the jail. ‘I was not an armed terrorist, but even if I were, that’s not what I deserve,’ he said. ‘I don’t usually cry, but I cried then, out of anger rather than sadness.’ (…) ‘I’m a one-armed person, and there’s a teacher with a pacemaker, but our argument is strong and these people are obviously normal and innocent when the government tries to portray us as terrorists,’ he said. ‘We are right, our argument is right, and they know that. Whenever we try to demand our rights, it ends in detentions, beatings, torture or death. But I’m hopeful, that’s why I’m protesting ”

Kareem Shaheen & Gözde Hatunoğlu, ‘One-armed Turkish protester denounces investigation against him’, The Guardian

On the right of housing

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“ The only way to stop tragedies like Grenfell Tower from happening again is to accept that adequate housing is a right, not a privilege. People on low incomes deserve governments and local authorities that value their lives. Our homes should protect us, not put our families at risk (…) As one resident told me, many people will have died locked in their homes, aware that nobody had cared for their safety while they lived. The only way to change a world where that can happen is through political action ”

Dawn Foster, ‘A Very Political Tragedy’, Jacobin Magazine