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From the gypsies to the Roma, old and new mythologies
Nathalie Galesne   

From the gypsies to the Roma, old and new mythologies | babelmed | mediterranean cultureFrom the gypsies to the Roma, old and new mythologies | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIf it was possible to reconstruct an inventory of the discourses of refusal against the "gypsies" in more than two centuries, it is today, if anything, the figure of the "Roma" and especially the "Roma issue" that channel all the stereotypes and fuel the stigmatization. But are we really conscious of how these ideas are propagated? No doubt, the doxa masquerades what actually is the result of falsifications and mythology as natural. A journey into French "Romfobia"....

 
The long road to the integration of Kalé in Spain
Cristina Artoni   

The long road to the integration of Kalé in Spain | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe long road to the integration of Kalé in Spain | babelmed | mediterranean cultureDiscrimination against Roma in the Iberian Peninsula persists even though there has been a great commitment to defending the minorities in the country in the last decades. The price paid in order to reach the current level of integration was very high, starting with having to sacrifice part of their own culture. The reportage by Babelmed.

 
Roma in Turkey: Not recognized, not protected
Övgü Pinar   

Roma in Turkey: Not recognized, not protected | babelmed | mediterranean cultureRoma in Turkey: Not recognized, not protected | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Roma population in Turkey is not recognized as a minority, and therefore not under legal protection. Roma rights activists in Turkey fight against discriminatory rhetoric of politicians and stereotypical representation in the media and publications that feed the prejudice.

 
The usual gypsies
Federica Araco   

The usual gypsies | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe usual gypsies | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAlthough unfounded and resulting from ignorance and popular hearsay, prejudices and stereotypes against Romani people are very numerous and still strongly rooted in Italy. Journalists and politicians often contribute to feed them, turning the Roma and Sinti in perfect "scapegoats" to direct the anger and frustration of public opinion, turning it away from the discomforts caused by poor governance and crisis. The reportage by Babelmed.

 
Syria: protecting the cradle of world culture
Hanan Kassab Hassan   

Syria: protecting the cradle of world culture  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe chaos in Syria today is an imminent danger to the cultural heritage of the country. Concrete measures are taken by international bodies to fight against looting, destruction and illicit trafficking.

 
In Greater Cairo, 40 percent lives in informal housing
MadaMasr   

In Greater Cairo, 40 percent lives in informal housing | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn Greater Cairo, 40 percent lives in informal housing | babelmed | mediterranean cultureForty percent of all Greater Cairo residents lives in informal housing, according to a Ministry of Housing source, as reported by the privately owned daily Al-Shorouk Monday. (Ebticar/MadaMasr)

 
Mixed feelings on “race” and Lebanon
Stephanie Watt / Ellie Swingewood   

Mixed feelings on “race” and Lebanon | babelmed | mediterranean cultureMixed feelings on “race” and Lebanon | babelmed | mediterranean cultureLebanon, a Country at the crossroads of cultural and intellectual traits, has long been characterised by migration. But in spite of this cross-cultural element – what many would say is an intrinsic part of Lebanese society – there is xenophobia. A photographic project realized by the Nigerian-Libanese Nisreen Kaj analyzed this phenomena. (Ebticar/Marshallah News)

 
"Yo no soy Trapacero"
Cristina Artoni   

"Yo no soy Trapacero" | babelmed | mediterranean culture"Yo no soy Trapacero" | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA campaign against the Royal Spanish Academy criticizes the latest edition of the dictionary of the Castillian language, in which the term "Gitano" is associated with the word "trickster"...

 
MyMed, a civic project for young artists in the Mediterranean
babelmed   

MyMed, a civic project for young artists in the Mediterranean | babelmed | mediterranean cultureLead paragraph: In 2012, three Parisian students decided to set up a project on artistic expressions in the Mediterranean, MyMed. Today the project is evolving in the initiative OurMed that is open to the active participation of "artivists" of all Mediterranean countries.

 
Cultural Thought and Practice in Morocco
Hanan Kassab Hassan   

Cultural Thought and Practice in Morocco | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe itinerant workshop Thought and Practice (Pensée et Pratique P&P), on the initiative of the René Seydoux Foundation, was held from the 22nd to the 24th January 2015 in Casablanca with the aim of analyzing the conditions of cultural life in Morocco from a Mediterranean perspective.

 
In pursuit of bread the Egyptian workers risk their lives in Libya
Nadia Ahmed   

In pursuit of bread the Egyptian workers risk their lives in Libya | babelmed | mediterranean cultureIn pursuit of bread the Egyptian workers risk their lives in Libya | babelmed | mediterranean cultureAfter a graphic video showing 21 Coptic Egyptians beheaded by Islamic State forces was released last February, some activists are holding their government accountable for the grim conditions faced by Egyptian migrant laborers in the Country. (Ebticar/MadaMasr)

 
The illegal wall
Visualizing Palestine   

The illegal wall  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe illegal wall  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe construction of a “continuous fence” all around the occupied Palestinian West Bank began by Israel on June 2002 is illegal, say the International Court of Justice. The infographic realized by Visualizing Palestine.(Visualizing Palestine/Ebticar)

 
ARCH+ Planetary Urbanism award
babelmed   

ARCH+ Planetary Urbanism award | babelmed | mediterranean cultureOn the sidelines of the United Nations Habitat III Conference to be held in October 2016, ARCH+ Journal launches a competition on planetary urbanism for designers, scientists and students. Submissions for the 20,000 euro prize should be made before the July 15, 2015 deadline.

 
Home Workspace Program in Beirut
babelmed   

Home Workspace Program in Beirut | babelmed | mediterranean cultureLebanese Ashkal Alwan association has announced its call for applications for the "From the Miraculous to the Mundane" arts study program to be held in Beirut from October 5, 2015 to July 3, 2016.

 

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