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Worldcrunch Magazine #35 — Spy In The Patriarchy

May 29 - June 4, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #35 — Spy In The Patriarchy

This is the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from the best international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


The cover story is dedicated to the testimony of Dante Ureta, his experience as a transgender man, and how his physical transition has made him feel like a spy within the patriarchy.

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Table of Contents

* How Belgorod Exposes Vulnerability Inside Russia’s Military | Vazhnyye Istorii By Important Stories

* Why Poland’s Ruling Party Has Suddenly Turned On Ukraine | Gazeta Wyborcza By Bartosz T. Wielinski

* Four Ways Russians Clear Their Conscience About Ukraine | Vazhnyye Istorii By Important Stories

* Iran, The Day After: What Could Happen If The Ayatollahs Fall | Kayhan London By Bahram Farrokhi

* A New Calabrian Mob Alliance Sparks Shocking Violence | La Stampa By Giuseppe Legato

* Spy In The Patriarchy, Diary Of A Transgender Man | Volcánicas By Dante Ureta

* Where ‘The Zone Of Interest’ Won’t Go On Auschwitz | Die Welt By Hanns-Georg Rodek

* The Brazilian Singer Trying To Shake The Sexism Out Of Samba | Mensagem By Álvaro Filho

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Turkey-Israel Relations? It's Complicated — But The Gaza War Is Different

Turkish President Erdogan has now called on the International Criminal Court to go after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for war crimes, as the clash between the two regional powers has reached a new low.

Photo of ​Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walking

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Elias Kassem

Since the arrival two decades ago of now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s relationship with Israel has been a mix of deep ideological conflict and cover-your-eyes realpolitik.

On the one hand, Erdogan has positioned himself as a kind of global spokesman for the Palestinian cause. His Justice and Development Party has long publicly and financially supported Hamas, which shares similar roots in the 20th-century Muslim Brotherhood movement.

And yet, since 2001 when Erdogan first came to power, trade between Turkey and Israel has multiplied from $1.41 to $8.9 billion in 2022. Moreover, both countries see major potential in transporting newly discovered Israeli natural gas to Europe, via Turkey.

The logic of shared interests clashes with the passions and posturing of high-stakes geopolitics. Diplomatic relations have been cut off, then restored, and since October 7, the countries’ respective ambassadors have been recalled, with accusations flying between Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Still, over the past 48 hours, Turkish-Israeli relations may have hit an all-time low.

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