Redaction Weekly: Where the Lithium comes from

We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.”

ELON Musk tends to stick more to colonising outer space rather than other nations, but his recent remarks regarding Bolivia have sparked a frenzy on Twitter.

Having been accused of being complicit with the coup against Evo Morales last November in order to obtain a cheap supply of Bolivia’s world-class lithium reserves, the tech maverick claimed that the US gets its lithium from Australia.

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Bolivia is currently under interim leader Jeanine Áñez, who delightedly signed off another election delay just weeks after a poll showed Morales’ MAS party some 15 points up on second place.

It’s definitely worth reading this Twitter thread from political scientist Thea Riofrancos for a rundown of the situation, however.

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EUROPE

Poland faced a fiercely close and bitterly divisive presidential election, which saw right wing incumbent Andrzej Duda face off a challenge from Rafał Trzaskowski.

In a multi-part post-mortem analysis of the race, Redaction spoke to Aleks Szczerbiak, Professor of Politics and Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex, about the close contest and its implications for the Polish left.

Polish Election: How Trzaskowski closed the gap on Duda – but ultimately fell short

Polish left’s collapse ensures Civic Platform will remain Duda’s main threat

In the UK, the government recently announced its plans to remove equipment from Chinese telecoms company Huawei from its 5G network – a move that has not gone down well in China. What will this mean for UK China relations going forward?

Meanwhile, a petition has reached the 100,000 threshold calling on the UK government to sanction China in relation to its treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority.

Chinese Communist Party ‘will punish the UK’ for Huawei withdrawal as Sino-British tensions soar

Thousands sign petition calling on UK government to sanction China over oppression of Uyghur Muslims

Features writer Darshan Singh Brar took a look back to late nineteenth century France, where the Third Republic would be hit by a high profile anti-Semitism scandal – the notorious Dreyfus Affair.

The Dreyfus Affair: The anti-Semitism scandal that shook the Third Republic to its core

NORTH AMERICA

Joe Biden is set to face Donald Trump in November’s election, having seen off competition from numerous other Democratic hopefuls – most notably progressive darling Bernie Sanders.

But in his recent book, Branko Marcetic launches a blistering critique of the Democratic nominee. Our editor Tim McNulty reviewed the book.

A critique of the Democratic nominee – ‘Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden’ by Branko Marcetic

Half of Oklahoma was declared to be Native Land in a recent court ruling. But what does this mean? Our reporter Mason Quah walks us through the history behind and significance of this move.

Half of Oklahoma is Native Land – What does this mean?

THE INTERNET

Jordan Peterson. Ben Shapiro. Dave Rubin. These are just a few of the people who comprise the notorious Intellectual Dark Web. But what is this movement, and what does it stand for? And is there a left wing alternative?

Our reporter Declan Carey examined the movement, and our team also discussed it in our most recent podcast episode.

The Intellectual Dark Web is winning on YouTube – for now

Redaction Politics Podcast Ep. 8: What is the Intellectual Dark Web and what does it stand for?

LOOKING FORWARD

It’s a rare week with no upcoming elections – anywhere! This month we’ve seen Poland, Syria, Singapore, North Macedonia and Louisana vote – with the majority favouring establishment parties.

Who said populism was alive and kicking? That’s a discussion for another time.


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