On who the Italian Left should take inspiration from

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“ What model of the European left should inspire the Italian left? Should it be the English Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn or the French President Emmanuel Macron? The answer, in fact, is already contained in the question. If it’s the left we’re talking about, the model can hardly be Macron and for a simple reason: Macron is not a leftist ”

Davide De Luca, ‘Why Macron is not a leftist’, Il Post

On how Iran’s intervention in Syria helps the Islamic State

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“ Analyst Michael Horowitz also wrote another interesting thing: that Iran’s launch of missiles demonstrates how the attacks in Tehran have achieved one of ISIS’ goals, namely to strengthen the most radical and interventionist wing of the Iranian regime. The more Iran intervenes in Syria and Iraq, the more it feeds into the sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunni, and the more the Islamic State has the opportunity to find spaces in which to settle and develop ”

Translated from Italian.

Elena Zacchetti, ‘Two new things have happened in Syria, explained’, Il Post

 

On the causes of Qatar’s isolation

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“ The problem of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and all the others is precisely this: that by pursuing its national goals, Qatar has disturbed their plans. More than indirect support to terrorist groups […] Qatar has been isolated for supporting movements that threaten the stability of Sunni regimes and monarchies, such as Muslim Brotherhood or Shiite minorities, And for keeping in touch with the worst enemy of the Saudi-led front, that is, Iran. These are all things that should be remembered when we ask: does Qatar really support terrorism? ”

Translated from Italian.

Elena Zacchetti, ‘Does Qatar really support terrorism?’, Il Post

On the consequences of the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement

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“ Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement could have serious consequences on maintaining commitments from other states and more generally on the state of the planet, given that global warming is already happening and every year lost to counteract it increases the risk of producing irreversible effects on the climate. The procedure to exit the treaty – which entered into force on 4 November 2016 – takes almost four years to be completed, but the United States could immediately abandon all their cooperation activities, not participate in the new climate meetings of the UN and isolate itself from the rest of the international community on this issue ”

Translated from Italian.

Il Post, ‘Some American cities want to respect the Paris climate agreement’, Il Post

On Iran peculiar institutional system

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“ So, what is Iran? It is not easy to answer this question. Simplifying one can say that Iran is a mixture of two different institutional systems, democratic and dictatorial. Since the 1979 revolution, when the US allied was expelled in Iran and the government of religious leaders led by Rohullah Khomeini, these two institutional systems clashed, trying to win over each other. So far, the more radical conservatives have prevailed, but there are some more democratic thinkers there. Iran’s two major offices today are not part of the same division: Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, is an ultra-conservative, while Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Republic, is a moderate. Even the new president will be elected on Friday with a vote that can be called democratic, although with many limitations ”

Translated from Italian.

Elena Zacchetti, ‘Is Iran a democracy or a dictatorship?’, Il Post

On the small coverage of Turkey’s human rights violations

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“ Violation of the freedom of the press would attract more attention if a Western government blocked Wikipedia for two weeks and held more than 120 journalists. It seems, however, that such measures appear to be normal for a country like Turkey, that they are little to be scandalized for. On the one hand there are those for which Turkey has always been and will always be a country fundamentally different from European countries. On the other, there are those who hoped for Turkey’s accession to the European Union and read Pamuk’s novels, but who have now resigned to the idea that modern Turkey no longer exists ”

Translated from Italian.

Lorenzo Ferrari, ‘Turkey, human rights, and us’, Il Post

On why state equality isn’t necessarily a conquest for feminists

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“ Equality – that is, the quantitative principle of equality – often hides the eradication of women. The so-called state feminism has interpreted the movement of women as a carrier of a demand for equality, putting at the center of action the division of power between women and men (equal opportunities, ‘pink quotas’, women as men and many often women-who-like-to-men). When a traditionally male role is occupied by a woman, it is not said that it is automatically considered a conquest for feminists. Equal demands in the public space – which are often in the mouth of men – work as annihilation of the feminine difference: the trick of the quantity is the inadequate male response to the change triggered by the feminist revolution. That’s why it’s almost never a good fit: dimensions do not matter ”

Translated from Italian.

Giulia Siviero, ‘Emmanuel Macron and women’, Il Post