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Worldcrunch Magazine #50 — Why Wars Don't Ever End

September 18 - September 24, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #50 — Why Wars Don't Ever End

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 Polish writer Szczepan Twardoch for Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza — during his three trips to Donbas and Kharkhiv in early 2023 — posed a crucial question for Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines of the war in Ukraine: "What will you do when the war ends?". Which has, in turn, led to several follow-up questions and theories about what Ukraine and Russia would be like. Which begs an even bigger, and possibly more important, question: is the meaning of every war defined by what comes after it?

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Table of Contents

Why Wars Never End — A Novelist’s Notes From The Ukraine Front Line | Gazeta Wyborcza By Szczepan Twardoch

The Science Of Designing A Sanctions Model That Really Hurts Moscow | Vazhnyye Istorii By Ekaterina Mereminskaya

Libya Flood, A “Natural” Disaster Made Of Climate Change And Colonialism | La Stampa By Mario Tozzi

Why Morocco Still Won’t Accept Earthquake Aid From France? | France Inter By Pierre Haski

Lithium Mining: Repeating Old Cycles Of Global Exploitation | Ethic By Carmen Contreras Tellez

Too Soon? Ukraine’s War Crime Tours And The Limits Of “Dark Tourism” | Worldcrunch By Yannick Champion-Osselin

Meet The Buddhists Head-Banging To Enlightenment Through Death Metal | Die Welt By Fabian Peltsch

Chiara Ferragni, The Italian Exception That Proves The Influencer Rule | La Stampa By Maria Corbi

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Beyond Matrimony? Charting A New Course For LGBTQ+ Unions in India

In the wake of India's landmark decision to reject marriage equality, the authors suggest that the way forward for the queer community, perhaps, is not to insist on a right to marry but to challenge laws that put marriage over other forms of familial and kinship bonds.

Photo of people dancing while dressed in rainbow-colored clothes at the 2023 Kolkata Pride

Dancing at the 2023 Kolkata Pride

Aishwarya Singh and Meenakshi Ramkumar

NEW DELHI — The recent judgment of the Indian Supreme Court on marriage equality was, without a doubt, a disappointment for India’s queer community. With a 3:2 majority, the Supreme Court held that queer couples in non-heterosexual relationships do not have a fundamental right to marry and denied legal recognition to their relationships. The court’s judgment placed heterosexuality at the centre of marital relationships by holding that marriage between persons of opposite gender is the only valid form of marriage under Indian law.

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Thus, while transgender persons identifying within the gender binary who are in heterosexual relationships are entitled to marry, queer couples who do not find themselves in what can be classified as heterosexual relationships are left without any legal remedy.

But perhaps in rejecting that there is any fundamental right to marry under the Constitution for queer couples or otherwise, the court has opened a portal (especially in the minority opinions) for re-imagining the existence of what were understood to be matrimonial entitlements (like succession rights, adoption, guardianship, financial entitlements that accrue to spouses, etc.) beyond marriage.

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