Hungary, Israel, India – are we all going to end up a people of QR-code scanning, ultra-monitored insects under the thumb of the most powerful? Will corruption have to become the norm as ’emergency measures’ remain in place after decades of resolution, as with the post-terrorism measures still in place in the USA? Isaac Bettridge evaluates the situation that the world is facing but looking past, as the focus rests on the pandemic.
Russia has a precedent – as with the Chernobyl emergency, they are not speaking up. There is a rouse in place, that of a national holiday from work, to mask the very real lockdown occurring in Russia, too. This shows that Russia, like everyone else, is faced with a pandemic-shaped threat, which they are actually reacting to. But why stay quiet about it, and why not help the rest of the world, which is what is expected of a superpower?
Joe Newell introduces a novel that enlightens us on authoritarianism in modern democracies and its instigators While I’m only halfway through, it’s obvious that this is an important book. How Democracies Die turns the spotlight on the spectre of authoritarianism in modern democracies and those that hold the door for it. Harvard professors Stephen Levitsky […]
A t 10:30pm on 15 July, armed soldiers swarmed upon Istanbul’s Bosphorus bridge, blocking its access and declaring to drivers: “There is curfew, everybody go home.” Their motives appeared disconcertingly ambiguous. “Both bridges in Istanbul have been blocked by Turkish military. Reason unknown,” tweeted one bemused observer. “Military doing a show of force, low-flying jets […]