Back to work: garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after factories re-opened in May.Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

The trouble with normal is it always gets worse

A clamour to return to the status quo after Covid-19 would be bad news for people and the planet, argues Richard Swift. We may never get a better chance for a new normal.

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Forced from home by US airstrikes in the Lower Shabelle region, this girl tries to rest at a camp for internally displaced persons near Mogadishu, Somalia, March 2020.Photo: Feisal Omar/Reuters

Out of sight, out of mind

Husna Rizvi rounds up some of the lesser-known pandemic stories from around the world.

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From left to right: Theresa Jusu, Marta Lado, Mohamed Camara, and Mamadu Baldeh.

First Ebola, then Covid-19

Hazel Healy re-connects with communities in Sierra Leone.

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Why I joined

Western volunteers on why they fight for Rojava.

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The face of Abdullah Öcalan frequently appears on banners at pro-Kurdish demonstrations around the world, like this one in Berlin.Photo: Jan Scheunert/Zuma/Alamy

Mandela of the Middle East?

Abdullah Öcalan’s journey to democratic confederalism.

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Smuggling is necessary but dangerous work for these Kurdish boys. Many are killed every year by Iranian border patrols.Photo: Rahman Hassani/Alamy

Shoot first

No mercy for Iran’s mountain smugglers.

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Locals are still not allowed back to their neighbourhood in Sur, ravaged by the Turkish army and PKK militants in 2015, then flattened by bulldozers.Photo: Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Dreaming of Sur

Longing for a return to Turkish Kurdistan’s shattered city centre.

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A shopping mall in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, displays neoliberal modernity and ruling-elite spending habits.Photo: Michael Runkel/Alamy

A shot at statehood

Lorraine Mallinder gets inside the proto-petro-state of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Women in Qamishlo, the de facto capital of Rojava, protest against a Turkish-Russian deal that threatens them and the gains of their revolution.Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Unbowed

Turkey wants to undo the revolution in North and East Syria. But the women of Rojava are resisting, writes Dilar Dirik.

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Kurds - The Facts

Kurds - The Facts

The Kurds – the fourth-biggest ethnic group in the Middle East – are described as ‘the largest nation without a state’. (Where accurate statistics are lacking, we have gone with ‘reasonable’ estimates.)

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Kurdish Political Parties.Wikipedia.org

Who’s who and what do they stand for?

There are scores of different Kurdish political factions, parties and movements, some of which connect with each other, others that are radically and bitterly opposed. Here, in simple form, are the key players.

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Action and Information

Action and Information

Links for campaigning and more reading on Kurdistan.

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Get out! Young Kurds confront a Turkish military vehicle on patrol in northern Syria after Turkey’s invasion.Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Betrayed again

Under the cover of Covid-19, Turkey is hammering the Kurds. Again. Should the world care? Vanessa Baird offers several good reasons why it should.

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Photo: Ryoji-Iwata/Unsplash

Hitting the population brakes

Popular wisdom has it that everything is speeding up, including population growth. Danny Dorling shows just how wrong that is – and argues that we are actually in a time of slowdown.

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A view of Hebron from the Tel Rumeida quarte.Photo: Fabio Conti

For a different Hebron

In Palestine, Futura D’Aprile meets the peaceful change-makers who want to create hope for their divided city’s future.

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Illustration: Marco Melgrati

The self-help myth

The state is in retreat. So guess who’s in charge? Why you, of course. At least that’s what the dominant political rhetoric from Right and Left would have us believe, argues Neil Vallelly.

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A father and his young daughter visit the Stone Flower monument at Jasenovac. Designed by the famous Serb architect Bogdan Bogdanović, it is a memorial to the victims of Ustasha atrocities during the Second World War.Photo: Ferdinando Piezzi/Alamy

Why won’t Croatia face its past?

The country’s political class is letting fascists off the hook and allowing history to be distorted. Jelena Prtorić asks: Whose purposes does this serve?

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Photo: Stijn Te Strake/Unsplash

The hidden polluters

Agricultural air pollution seems to be a tough nut to crack. Amy Hall explores the air-pollution problem down on the farm.

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Room with a view: Residents of Mahul’s resettlement colony are forced to live in a polluted industrial area.Photo: Ishan Tankha

Unfit for habitation

India’s air pollution crisis affects millions, and not just in Delhi. Aruna Chandrasekhar meets people forced to live, and resist, at Mumbai’s toxic perimeter.

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The fight for clean air May, 2020
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