Roses are red, violets are blue, leap days are special – Globalist readers are too. February 2016, has been an eventful month with the official Brexit referendum date being set, following a dramatic UK – EU deal regarded as unsatisfactory by many. Globally, the Zika virus sparked a health crisis, as discussed by Science and Tech Editor, Sreelekshmi Rajeswari, while countries like India faced unexpected social unrest with the Jat caste in Haryana blocking transport routes to the capital and most strikingly the canal which supplies half of New Delhi’s water.
Amidst the chaos, The Cambridge Globalist, has strived to bring novel perspectives on the issues making headlines. Our first Editor’s pick discusses the democratic deficit in the EU. In ‘Making the EU Legitimate’, Auriane Terki-Mignot, evaluates the role of EU political institutions. She argues a European political conscience may emerge through quintessential reform. Earlier in the month, in my interview with Jackie Ashley, we considered the Brexit referendum and the ongoing migrant crisis from a different perspective. Exploring, as Ashley argues, the misconceptions “of a mass of marauding foreigners coming into our country and raping and pillaging our women”, we considered how a Brexit would impact British women.
The evolving role of women in society is the feature of our second pick of the month. In Raisa Ostapenko’s ‘Beauty and Militancy: On Russian and Post-Soviet Feminism’ , the changing soul of Soviet women is considered which has occurred alongside dramatic socio-economic transformations from 92% of Soviet women employed at least half time in 1980s to approximately 70% of Russian women unemployed by 1995. The “dirty word” of feminism and diverging conceptions of gender equality in countries like Russia are discussed.
Finally, our last editor’s pick of the month considers the changing norms in the entertainment industry. 28th of February saw the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as celebrities congregated at the Oscar awards ceremony. In ‘Netflix and chill: Has TV eclipsed cinema?’, Sarah-Jane Tollan, Culture Editor, questions how long cinema will last with the rise of television narratives and its repercussions in popular media.
As the US presidential election calendar marks Super Tuesday tomorrow, March will be an important turning point in international politics, after which the choice of the two presidential candidates will be evident. The Globalist is as excited as you are to continue the journey on the roller-coaster of a year that lies ahead.
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