Podcast

The Week Unwrapped: Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names

Are human rights going backwards? Is Russia squaring up to Ukraine again? And why are we censoring maps?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Human rights

Amnesty’s global report for the past years has said that “fake news” laws in the Gulf, Hungary and Singapore, introduced to counter rumours and misinformation about the pandemic, are being used to silence government critics. It also said illiberal responses to Covid have “exposed and amplified everything that is wrong with our society”.

Crimea

Russian troops have been massing on the border with Ukraine since mid-March, but an escalation in their presence has sent President Volodymyr Zelensky into a round of frantic diplomatic activity. Kiev is calling on Nato to speed up its application to join the military alliance. But while the western powers have given their support, full membership is not forthcoming. So why is Russia building up its military - and could it herald a return to the violence of 2014?

Rude names

The french town of Ville de Bitche was unceremoniously removed from Facebook this week, a few months after the Austrian village of Fucking threw in the towel and changed its name to Fugging. So will an alliance of web and social media jokers and puritans bring an end to the world’s rudest locations - and what will be lost if they do?

You can subscribe to The Week Unwrapped on the Global PlayerApple podcastsSoundCloud or wherever you get you get your podcasts.

Recommended

Is Bosnia on the brink of a civil war?
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik
In Depth

Is Bosnia on the brink of a civil war?

Viktor Orbán’s state of emergency over Ukraine explained
Viktor Orbán addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Budapest, Hungary
Between the lines

Viktor Orbán’s state of emergency over Ukraine explained

Is Joe Biden taking a tougher stance on Taiwan?
President Joe Biden in meeting
In Brief

Is Joe Biden taking a tougher stance on Taiwan?

What next for Russia’s high-profile defectors?
Vladimir Putin during a meeting of he Summit of Collective Security Treaty Organisation
In Depth

What next for Russia’s high-profile defectors?

Popular articles

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously ill?
Vladimir Putin
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously ill?

Are assassins trying to kill Putin?
Vladimir Putin hosting a meeting in the Kremlin via video link
Behind the scenes

Are assassins trying to kill Putin?

What could happen if China invaded Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

What could happen if China invaded Taiwan?

The Week Footer Banner