Almost exactly a year ago, I launched my podcast by asking what good happened in 2020.
A year later, I ask the same about 2021.
The grimmest predictions came true: Afghanistan is in an incredibly acute crisis. More than 20 million people are experiencing food shortages and over 8 million are facing starvation.
Poverty is rampant and growing.
But that doesn’t have to be the story of Afghanistan – and there is one major move the U.S. can take here.
It is not an exaggeration that the West, in particular the United States, is escalating a new Cold War, or hybrid war, with China. In fact, it is quite the opposite: to not acknowledge or warn against it would be taking a completely ahistorical position.
It always seems a bit dystopian: the military investigating its own actions. To be more precise, what seems dystopian – or simply completely corrupt – is that same military concluding that “everything’s OK.”
Unfortunately, dystopia is what we find in what we like to call liberal democracies.
The Taliban has taken power in Afghanistan. It finally happened and it’s terrifying. “Kabul has fallen,” the press tells us.
But what’s next? How do we assess what happened, learn from it, and find the best ways to help the Afghan people now?
Gaza might not be bombed anymore yet so much remains. The blockade, the occupation with all of its mechanism, apartheid, and so many questions.
One of these questions sounds simple but it so important to ask:
Who can hold Israel accountable?
Israeli bombings of Gaza have a context that we need to address and, when needed, deconstruct. Building on my previous episodes, this is exactly what I do in this one.
What is the role of the media in portraying this conflict? Can its role be “neutral”? Definitely not.The media is not a part of the debate; it is the debate.
This episode is on the concept of Never Again and how we’ve…failed at it. How to analyse conflicts in the first place? What tools do we have?
It’s also on the small actions that can prevent other actions – even if it’s one person who decides not to go to a protest I describe in this episode. I think this is definitely where we can start.