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Rise And Retreat, Autumn Lessons From Mediterranean Spring

Activists from Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Greece, Tunisia and Syria gathered to swap stories and compare notes about nearly four years marked by protest, liberation and repression.

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Mediterannean warriors
Jared Malsin

CAIRO — On a warm evening in June 2013, Turkish activist Bulent Muftuouglu was on his way to a concert and protest in Istanbul's Gezi Park, the site that would host a summer of battles between police and demonstrators. He called his comrades in the park to ask if they needed anything. "Cold beer," they said. Muftuouglu stopped in a corner shop near the park, but the beer fridge was empty. He asked the shopkeepers what was going on.

"Something is happening in Gezi," one of them said. Some 35,000 people had descended on the park. The cold beer was gone, and only warm beer remained.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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