Olly Mann and The Week discuss big changes that didn’t necessarily make headlines this year, but that are slowly beginning to affect our lives. With Jamie Timson, Abdulwahab Tahan and Julia MacFarlane.
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In this year-end episode, we’ll cover:
When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, nearly eight million people were forced to flee the country, many to neighboring Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Moldova. At the time, many media commentators noted that these refugees were mostly white, standing in opposition to immigrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. What is the impact of the rise of white refugees on the overall immigration crisis, and have Ukrainians received preferential treatment from European countries?
For years, tensions have escalated between neighboring Turkey and Greece over Greek-owned Aegean islands within miles of Turkey’s coastline. Turkey accuses Greece of trying to militarize the islands, while Athens denies provoking its neighbors and violating long-standing agreements between the two countries. What’s really going on at sea, and will this issue affect next year’s Turkish presidential election?
2022 was the year of a big return to celebrity gossip.From the behind-the-scenes commotion involving the Florence Pugh movie don’t worry darling, to James Corden and his restaurant etiquette, there have been countless A-lister misdemeanors that people couldn’t wait to dish the dirt on. With the incredible success of Deux Moi, an anonymous social media account detailing interactions, we jumped on the bandwagon. But is our rediscovered obsession with gossip simply the result of our return to socializing after the pandemic, or does it point to something more sinister?