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SABIRMaydan to bring Arab Spring protagonists to Messina
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SABIRMaydan to bring Arab Spring protagonists to Messina | babelmed | mediterranean cultureOrganized by the Italian NGO COSPE and the Sicily-based publishing house Mesogea, the forum aims to bring together young protagonists of the Arab Springs and European democracy movements of recent years. It will be partially funded through an ongoing crowdsourcing initiative (www.produzionidalbasso.it) to cover the guests' travel expenses.

 
The vitality of the Arab web media. First Ebticar call for proposals.
Catherine Cornet, Nathalie Galesne and Cristiana Scoppa   

 The vitality of the Arab web media. First Ebticar call for proposals. | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe quality and quantity of projects that participated in the final selection of the EBTICAR call for proposals, 8th and 9th of July 2014 at the Villa Méditerranée in Marseille (France), offer a clear overview of the richness of digital media in the present Arab world.

 
Fight against IS helps PKK gain global legitimacy
Amberin Zaman   

Fight against IS helps PKK gain global legitimacy | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWestern officials say that given the Islamic State threat, it is only a matter of time before their governments initiate formal ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Democratic Union Party, despite objections from Turkey.

 
To walk Palestine
Bassam Almohor   

To walk Palestine | babelmed | mediterranean culture“I walk because my country is small, and getting smaller, shrinking and vanishing. It’s getting fragmented, scattered into pieces, disconnected, or connected with thin narrow corridors”.

 
“Turkey, of which I am a part of, is ready for this film”
Evrim Kaya   

“Turkey, of which I am a part of, is ready for this film” | babelmed | mediterranean culture“The Cut”, Turkish-German director Fatih Akın’s movie about the Armenian genocide will premiere at the Venice Film Festival, held from 27 August to 6 September. Akın, in an interview to “Agos” (Armenian newspaper published in Turkey), stated that his greatest wish was for the film to be screened in major theatres in Turkey.

 
Bashar al-Netanyahu
Gianluca Solera   

Bashar al-Netanyahu | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIt is difficult to add other things on what happens in Gaza these days, which has already raised the frustration and the disgust of thousands of squares around the world. The same movie is screened: Israeli massive military intervention against Palestinian rocket rainfall on the one hand, and large-scale destruction and numerous casualties in the Strip on the other hand.

 
Turkish women flood Twitter with images of them laughing
Thomas Gorton   

Turkish women flood Twitter with images of them laughing | babelmed | mediterranean cultureTurkey's Deputy PM said women shouldn't laugh in public – we'll yuk it up whenever we like, thanks.

 
European Film Days in Tunisia
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European Film Days in Tunisia | babelmed | mediterranean cultureEuropean Film Days, held from September 16 until October 4 in six Tunisian cities, aims to sponsor Euro-Mediterranean dialogue.

 
“Poetry is the common language of humanity”
Övgü Pınar   

“Poetry is the common language of humanity” | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAtaol Behramoğlu, one of the leading Turkish poets and political critics, had an anthology of his poems translated into Italian for the first time. In an interview with Babelmed, Behramoğlu says poetry is “the common language of humanity” and can help bring people from different countries together.

 
Israeli strikes in Gaza as seen by Palestinian artists
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Israeli strikes in Gaza as seen by Palestinian artists  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA group of Palestinian artists create arresting images from skome of Israeli rocket strikes in Gaza.

 
Collective punishment in Gaza
Rashid Khalidi   

Collective punishment in Gaza | babelmed | mediterranean cultureWhat is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about “human shields” or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives”.

 
Dutch court rules state liable over 300 Srebrenica
AFP   

Dutch court rules state liable over 300 Srebrenica | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA court in the Netherlands ruled that the Dutch state was liable for the deaths of over 300 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre.

 

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