Last update: 2018-07-09 11:39:48
Ayla Jean Yackley of Al Monitor highlights the work of 122 architecture students from Turkey who are shifting the focus of Venice’s Biennale through their project called “Freespace.” Their project artistically reflects broader political questions of human made boundaries, the concept of citizenship and access to freedom.
The White House has agreed to let 1,250 Yemenis reside and work in the U.S. for another 18th months, according to the BBC. However, the provision only applies to Yemenis who arrived in the U.S. before early 2017. Scott Paul from Oxfam stated that, "Continuing to grant TPS will not solve the crisis but is the least we can do for the Yemenis who have arrived in the US seeking safety and protection.”
Austria’s populist chancellor Sebastian Kurz, elected to power on an anti-migration platform, pushes the EU to grapple with the question: Can the EU “maintain one of its most cherished principles — open borders among its members — and still provide citizens with a sense of security and identity?” Mr. Kurz wants to keep the possibility of border crossing alive as the basis of the European Union idea, explain Steven Erlanger and Katrin Bennhold for the New York Times.
Sayeed Warsi, the former chair of England’s Conservative party demands that the party launch an inquiry into Islamophobia within the party, pointing to recent cases of party leadership discriminating against Muslims on social media. Warsi acknowledged this fault in her party, and called for stronger plans to address the deeper structural causes of the bigotry, according to the Guardian.