Prospect of war and culture war (E414)
The international airwaves are thick with the prospects of war: Unexplained explosions near a nuclear reactor in Iran; military, political, economic stand-offs with China in the Taiwan Strait, and perhaps the most ominous of all, on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Over the last few weeks, the US government has repeatedly stated that they believe Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine. The UK government last week added its voice, saying they believe the same. So, is there trouble on the horizon? We asked an expert on the situation from the University of South-Eastern Norway, Professor Glenn Diesen.
Debbie Hayton is a political activist, a human rights activist, and a union activist; she also happens to be a trans person. She transitioned 10 years ago, but now has grave doubts about how trans activism is taking the world. It’s an issue which has become politically divisive, and people such as JK Rowling, Martina Navratilova, and Germaine Greer are essentially being de-platformed as the word ‘woman’ appears to be excised from public notices and discourse. So, we invited her aboard Sputnik to ask why key terminology is being erased and where it is all heading.