Can we talk about the war in Ukraine and its complexities without being shut down or accused of minimising its horrors?
I think that is possible indeed – yet not that easy.
In my two-part series, I address six topics, six “Yes, and” talking points that I have personally found difficult (but important) to navigate.
In my first episode, I talked about NATO expansion, the extreme right in Ukraine, and what we have to know about how sanctions work.
In my second episode (so this one!), I talk about (1) racism in the media, (2) the overtness of racist and xenophobic immigration policies when it comes to accepting refugees, and (3) the difference between what-about-ism and saying, “this, too” when it comes to the war in Ukraine.
I also quickly address several types of comments I had received about my previous episode and, hopefully, add more value to this one by doing so.
Being for a people’s revolution is not the same as calling for a coup (in Iran). And calling for a negotiated settlement hoping it will end a brutal war is not the same as supporting the invader (in Ukraine).
In order to have discussions where we actually aim to understand what the person means, we have to notice logical fallacies. We have to create space for nuance.
In so many of my articles, my hope is hidden. Not in this one though. As Lula comes back to power in Brazil, we are all hoping for some healing, recovery, and bridging the divisions deepened by the hateful and violent policies of Jair Bolsonaro.
Behind what might appear as political representation and diversity we might find something quite not right. The representation itself can become a façade – so we have to be careful. In my episode, I talk about the new British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, the violent immigration policy of Lithuania, and what Israel attempts to remind the world of.
This episode is not here to convince you that climate change (or, rather, climate emergency or climate crisis by now) is real. Instead, in it, I give you three questions to keep in mind when we deconstruct the debates around it. These questions both shape the narrative and, in a way, they become the narrative itself.
My podcast is back!
There are still many things in this world that make my head wanna explode, there are still many things to deconstruct, educate ourselves about, and oftentimes unlearn.
As voters in Brazil are choosing their representatives today, choosing their president can determine the country’s direction in ways that go beyond a specific party.
This election is extremely important not only because Brazil is a presidential republic (meaning, its president has significant powers) and world’s 12th economy. It’s because, to put it plainly, if Lula wins, the are fears of Bolsonaro not taking his political loss as leaders in democracies do – and that would have significant consequences for Brazil and the rest of the world.
What we’re seeing in Iran are widespread protests after the death of a young women, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Iran’s moral police.
This looks like the beginning of a revolution. We have to believe in and stand with the women of Iran.
Our environment is making us sick.
And it’s not only the pollution and the toxins we are already aware of. These are the traumas we experience and pass on. Listen to how Dr. Gabor Maté, a trauma expert, explains it with so much compassion.
And although we have to do everything we can to help the people of Pakistan now, the bigger story is not about this country. This tragedy – a man-made disaster – is a harsh reminder that the people who are most contributing to our climate emergency are not necessarily the ones who are paying the price.
What is there to say after Israel’s most recent bombing of Gaza?
No matter how heart-breaking this devastation was, it didn’t reveal anything new about how Israel operates – nor how the world reacts when Palestinians under siege are being killed.
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