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Eurexit!
Gianluca Solera   

Eurexit! | babelmed | mediterranean cultureGreece is on the same time the patient and the doctor, who is forced to take drugs delivered by a multinational pharmaceutical company who look at symptoms but does not care about the causes and the effects.

 
Dio Oud: “Our third intifada will be cultural”
Brémaud/Mashallah News   

Dio Oud: “Our third intifada will be cultural” | babelmed | mediterranean cultureNidal and Aboud are both 26 years old and long-time old friends – though they prefer to call each other brothers. They live on the slopes of Mount Ebal in Nablus, in the West Bank. Together they form the band Dio Oud, with the purpose of delving into the sonorities of their much-loved instrument, the oud. The friends make covers of numerous Arabic classics, and recently started to play their own tunes.

 
Building in Palestine. A personal account
Conor Sreenam / Mashallah News   

Building in Palestine. A personal account | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe Palestinian Museum has been designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, Dublin, Ireland. The construction of the Museum began in October 2013 and will be very soon complete.  Conor Sreenan is the project architect from Heneghan Peng Architects. He travels to Palestine on a monthly basis working with the project team.

 
Rights Groups Call for Durable Solution for Europe’s Migrants
A. D. McKenzie / IPS   

Rights Groups Call for Durable Solution for Europe’s Migrants | babelmed | mediterranean cultureHuman rights groups are calling for a sustainable solution to the migrant crisis in Europe, especially following the dismantling of refugee camps in Paris and Calais, France, over the past two weeks.

 
Positive Lebanon
Nadia Khouri-Dagher   

Positive Lebanon | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA Lebanon full of great people and associations that make the country go forward. This is what the 400 pages of Positive Lebanon are all about, a plunge into the multitude of initiatives launched by civil society for a better life in a country plagued by a thousand difficulties.

 
EBTICAR-Média 2015: pre-selection of 22 projects
Ebticar   

EBTICAR-Média 2015: pre-selection of 22 projects | babelmed | mediterranean cultureA panel of judges comprising media professionals met on 16 April 2015 to pre-select 22 projects out of the 135 applicants eligible for the 2015 EBTICAR-Média project. Project leaders will soon be receiving invitations to attend the final selection board in Beirut.

 
Europe's anti-minority sentiment aimed at Roma
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Europe's anti-minority sentiment aimed at Roma  | babelmed | mediterranean cultureThe most pervasive anti-minority attitudes are against the Roma in Europe, according to a research by Pew Research Center.

 
Podemos: the Return of the 2011 Spring
Gianluca Solera   

Podemos: the Return of the 2011 Spring | babelmed | mediterranean cultureLlegò la Primavera. Spring has finally arrived! This is what Pablo Iglesias wrote on his party’s website a few hours after the announcement of the results of last Sunday’s local and regional elections in Spain. Is this the beginning of a new regional Spring wave, after Greece massively turned to anti-austerity Syriza?

 
The stolen library: Syrian artists poetically archive Arab publishing
Maha ElNabawi - Rowan El Shimi/Mada Masr   

The stolen library: Syrian artists poetically archive Arab publishing | babelmed | mediterranean culture“When the Library was Stolen” is the first iteration of “Series of Disappearances”, a project by the collective Fehras, created by three Syrian artists now living in Berlin, Kenan Darwich, Omar Nicolas and Sami Rustom. The project was inspired by the story of the recently raided library of renowned Saudi-Iraqi author Abdel Rahman Mounif (1933-2004) and will examine the relocation of knowledge in and out of the MENA region due to various economic, political and social changes.

 
Why watching soap operas won't make you rich: A TV history of Egypt
Andeel / Mada Masr   

Why watching soap operas won't make you rich: A TV history of Egypt | babelmed | mediterranean cultureLooking at how TV shows in Egypt have evolved since the Sixties doesn’t just reveal Egypt’s reaction to the way the world has changed and is still changing — it also says a lot about those changes, and in which direction they’re moving.

 
First Roma in the Turkish parliament: Education first!
Övgü Pınar   

First Roma in the Turkish parliament: Education  first! | babelmed | mediterranean cultureTurkey's Roma citizens for the first time have a representative in the national parliament. Özcan Purçu is elected in the 7 June 2015 general elections on the ticket of Republican People's Party (CHP). He promises to help solve the Roma children's educational problems, which in turn lead to poverty and illegal activities.

 
Mediterranean Fractures, Malta
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Mediterranean Fractures, Malta | babelmed | mediterranean cultureRegistrations open for the next Mediterranean Fractures Symposium that will be held in Valletta on the 5-6 November 2015, hosted by the Mediterranean Institute of the University of Malta.

 
Sulukule: Story of a 1000 year-old Roma settlement
Övgü Pınar   

Sulukule: Story of a 1000 year-old Roma settlement | babelmed | mediterranean cultureBelieved to be a 1000 year-old Roma settlement, Sulukule in Istanbul has become a symbol of the discrimination the Roma face in Turkey. An interview with Derya Nuket Özer, founder of the Sulukule Platform.

 
Ceuta, An Enclave For Migrating Birds Not Humans
Andrea Pettrachin - IPS   

Ceuta, An Enclave For Migrating Birds Not Humans | babelmed | mediterranean culture

“What strikes the visitor most about Ceuta is its incredible contradictions. The city, with its population of just over 80,000 people living in 18.6 square kilometres and proudly Spanish since 1668, gives the idea of wanting to live as if the migrants and their attempts to reach the enclave do not exist”.

 

 
Turkish Roma celebrate Kakava Fest
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Turkish Roma celebrate Kakava Fest | babelmed | mediterranean cultureKakava, Romani festival celebrating the spring, is held in the Turkish Thracian cities home to a large Roma population. Thousands of people from all over the country flock to Edirne for the festival included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.

 

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