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Worldcrunch Magazine #51 — A Tech Shift To The Right?

September 25 - October 1, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #51 — A Tech Shift To The Right?

Here's the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from top international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


Our cover story, by Katarzyna Skiba and Valeria Berghinz for Worldcrunch, looks into how the tech world and tech giants are changing — from Poland to India, France to Argentina, Israel to the United States — and becoming more right wing. The industry, which started out in Silicon Valley and had a reputation for open-mindedness and politically progressive values, has recently had a more central role in today's economy, and has now shifted more far-right ever since the presidency of Donald Trump.

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Table of Contents

Backfire! Russia’s Games With Gas Has Become A Problem For Its War | Vazhnyye Istorii By Ekaterina Mereminskaya

Fighting The Russian Army’s Systematic Sexual Violence In Ukraine | Livy Bereg By Anna Steshenko

Every Step, Every Swipe: Inside China’s System Of Surveillance Of Uyghurs | The Initium By Huang Yi Ying

Climate Migration, A Straight Line From Libyan Floods To Lampedusa Chaos | Worldcrunch By Valeria Berghinz

Beyond Musk: Is The Right-Wing Shift Of Tech Spreading Worldwide? | Worldcrunch By Katarzyna Skiba & Valeria Berghinz

The Cuban Professionals Sent Abroad To Work, Never To Return | elTOQUE By Laura Rique Valero

Inside Ralston College, Jordan Peterson’s New Weapon In The Culture Wars | Die Welt By Sandra Ward

Butter Beware, Olive Oil Is Conquering French Kitchens | Les Echos By Laurent Guez

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Iran's War On Abortion Rights, A Toxic Mix Of Theocracy And Demographic Panic

Ending a pregnancy has become a major complication, and a crime, for Iranian women who cannot or will not have children in a country wracked by socio-economic woes and a leadership.

photo of a young child surrounded by women in chadors

Iran's government wants to boost the birth rate at all costs

Office of Supreme Leader/ZUMA
Firoozeh Nordstrom

Keen to boost the population, Iran's Islamic regime has reversed its half-hearted family planning policies of earlier years and is curbing birth control with measures that include banning abortion.

Its (2021) Law to Support the Family and Rejuvenate the Population (Qanun-e hemayat az khanevadeh va javani-e jam'iyat) threatens to fine the women who want to abort, and fine, imprison, and dismiss the performing physician, if the pregnancy is not deemed to be life-threatening. The law also bans contraceptives.

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The measures are in line with the dictates of Iran's Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. He was already denouncing birth control policies by 2018-19, though conservative elements among Iran's rulers have always dismissed birth control as a piece of Western corruption.

Today, measures to boost families include land and credit incentives for young couples, but it is difficult to say how far they will counter a marked reluctance among Iranians to marry and procreate. Kayhan-London had an online conversation with individuals affected by the new rules in Iran.

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