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“I Can’t Breathe.” These are the words that have shook the world. The crude murder of George Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis Police Department has started a chain of reaction that now sees Minnesota’s chief town in riot. And yes, I said murder, for the action of former police officer Derek Chauvin cannot just be dismissed as an excess of force during the arrest. Yet, as an act of manslaughter guided by racial hate. And as such, it begets anger from those who cannot just stand by for such events.

[Analisi] La Democrazia Ammalata: tra celebrità, movimenti e la teoria del Giovane Cittadino.

Per prendere in considerazione il ruolo della celebrità politica nel nostro tempo, bisogna prima considerare che oggi viviamo in un periodo caratterizzato da una crescente complessità e da una maggiore riflessività che si riflette nei cambiamenti economici, socio-culturale e politici.

“I Can’t Breathe”: Enough is Enough

Minneapolis is literally on fire since George Floyd, 46, became the latest in a long line of black men and women to die in police custody. Derek Chauvin was called to the scene because Floyd was accused of writing a bad cheque; the scene climaxed with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, brutally suffocating him in broad daylight.

Raid in the West Bank: Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Army

Zaid Fadl Qaisia, 15 years old, was killed during a raid in the West Bank that aimed at arresting him for having insulted an Israeli soldier on Facebook. The supervision of Palestinians through Facebook is one of the milder ways through which the Israeli government maintains control and surveillance over its public. Not only the West Bank, but also Gaza and East Jerusalem have been exploited as experiment fields to test and develop new tools of digital surveillance.

A Battle for Supremacy, But At What Cost?

President Trump recently decided to suspend US fundings to the World Health Organization, accusing the body of mismanaging the current COVID-19 crisis and being too China-centric. While the rivalry between Beijing and Washington dates back to the 1970s, today, the tension between the two superpowers could lead to a catastrophic response to the virus.

Female Genital Mutilation and Improvement in Sudan

Sudan has recently been added to the list of countries that prohibit female genital mutilation. This harmful practice is forbidden in different regions of the world, with annexed conventions which recognise it as violation of human rights.