Daily Bafflements

Burdens, the Combat Zone, migrants

The BafflerMay 24, 2016
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• In Baffler, no. 31 (which is out next week!), Astra Taylor columnizes on the effects of the EU-Turkey deal, supposedly designed to stem the flow of migrants over the sea by sending them into Turkey. Contrary to that agreement, though, the Greeks aren’t willing to deport migrants to a nation that stifles human rights and the press, as writes the Economist. “Greek officials insist that the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees must be respected. They say that Turkey does not fully comply with the convention since it is not a safe haven for all refugees.”

• Also appearing in issue 31 is Melissa Gira Grant’s salvo on Boston’s forgotten red light district, the “Combat Zone.” In Pacific Standard today, Gira Grant weighs up changes in attitudes since the publication of the anthology Whores, in 1997: “Whores was premised on challenging the feminist polarization about either being ‘for’ or ‘against’ sex work. But fighting sex workers’ rights out on those terms puts a politics of sex in front of what could be a politics of sex as work.”

• Godforsaken Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer was very weirdly painted as Jesus for Variety’s May issue. (Quoth Yahoo: “Running that cover illustration is Variety’s own burden to bear.”) We would like the cover better if Baffler senior editor and former Yahoo news executive Chris Lehmann, featured in the tableau.