We are hosting here an interesting analysis of the Austrian social and political context after the recent parliamentary elections by Agnes Tuna (*), highlighting the irreversible impact of anti-immigrant narratives and the strategic failure of Left parties.
Why do the Tunisian women divorce more and more often?
While the number of divorces requested by wives in Tunisia grows steadily, the story of Meriem, a young obese woman pushed to marry a man she met on Facebook and from whom later divorced with difficulties, illuminates the difficult path of Tunisian women, caught between apparently very “advanced” laws and a society still deeply entrenched in a patriarchal culture. Tunisie Bondy Blog
Be a Man
Lebanese journalist Sami Halabi traces the construction of his gender identity. Growing up as a boy in Lebanon means being socialized into a hyper-masculine gender model, that nurtures vertical male power structures and blocks social change. Becoming aware of this hidden mechanism is the first step to attempt alternative behaviours and initiate change. As many young men are starting to do, thanks also to the wealth of information provided through the web. Frame
Boss-free textile factory challenging norms in Turkey
A boss-free textile collective rose from the ashes of a failed company where workers were not paid for months. Following years of struggles with former bosses and co-workers, Özgür Kazova strives to create a new and equitable labor model, where the work of women and men is valued equally. Mashallah News
The fight of the workers of Mamotex: from self-management to despair
Within the context of the declining textile industry and rising unemployment, the fate of 67 women workers of Mamotex in Chebba, a factory specialized in confection for European brands, seemed sealed. After twenty years of business, the company owner decided to close its doors, threatening the jobs of its employees who were left without payment since the beginning of the year. Inkyfada
Untold stories of sexual harassment in Egypt's newsrooms
Yasmine,* an intern at a major Egyptian newspaper went to submit some photos in the photography department, only to find a technician watching a pornographic movie with one of the office assistants. She threw the memory card and ran away. Mada Masr
The last female miner of Sulcis
Inverting the perspective, Dal Profondo (From the depths) presents some sort of an other way around narration of the myth of Paltonic cave. With slow, dark framings, rarefied and essential dialogues director Valentina Pedicini depicts the “underworld” with such symbolic and emotional density that makes the reality on the surface appear uninteresting, artificial and superfluous. Babelmed
We, Europeans, in the era of Trump and Putin
Despite the fact that Donald Trump, addressing his supporters in New York right after having received the news that he would be the new president, said: “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It is time”, many voiced out their hostility marching a few hours later in the streets of America against him.
From Climate Change to War
The work of researchers has established that climate change and the monopolisation of resources are factors in the development of armed conflict and terrorist groups. These relatively little-explored connections are relevant in many areas of the world, including Syria, Iraq, Burma and numerous African countries. Orient XXI
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