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.
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.
Why Water is an Endangered Vital Resource in the Maghreb
In the Maghreb, water-related problems vary with the changing seasons—droughts, interruptions in service, floods—and can cause many deaths. This vital resource is increasingly scarce. In addition to the dry climate and water-intensive farming, bad government management and rising aggregate consumption, the region is a hotspot for global warming. The agricultural crisis, famines and climate change are often cited among the causes of the “Arab Spring” revolts. And thus, in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, citizens’ initiatives attempt to deal with urgent issues. Orient XXI
From Egypt to Palestine, agroecology as a weapon
Climate change increasingly threatens agricultural systems worldwide. A situation particularly relevant in Egypt and Palestine. The contexts are different, Egypt has faced food riots which played a part in launching the 2011 revolution, and Palestine, smothered by the Israeli occupation, faces many difficulties in attempting to provide for its population. Yet in both cases, agroecology can serve as a solution. Orient XXI
Civil Society Gears up to Tackle the Climate Crisis
From November 7th to 18th, Morocco will host the COP22 in Marrakesh. This is an opportunity to focus our gaze on the Maghreb, and beyond, on the Sahel and the Middle East, to shine a light on civil society fighting for climate justice in the region. Orient XXI
COP22 From Rhetoric to Action
From November 7th to 18th this year, in Marrakech, Morocco will play host to the COP22 (United Nations Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Climate Change). To mark the occasion, Orient XXI has published a series of articles about the environment, ecology and climate justice. Orient XXI
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
After the Brexit, we need a leftist populism
Never Facebook has been so proliferous in offering the most disparate views on the same topic, as in the day after the Brexit referendum. Some fellows were predicting the European Apocalypse, others were vocalizing their excitement for their rewarded hate against Europe, and others were sending to hell the Brits. Some distinguished friends were writing: “In an instant of time, we got rid of English people and Cameron”.
How We Can Keep Press Freedom from Withering Away?
Media freedoms appear increasingly under siege around the world, with concerning signs that achieving middle-income status is no guarantee for an independent political watchdog in the form of the press. Farhana Haque Rahman, Director General of global news agency Inter Press Service issues a call to action.
Arab women in search of the disappeared
The crime of forced disappearance has contributed to the emergence of social movements comprised of the wives and mothers of the disappeared in the Arab region, whether victims of civil war or military rule. These women have become activists in their local communities and influenced decision makers. This article points to cases in Lebanon, Algeria and Egypt where women's appeals turned into influential movements.
Brussels, The Day After
Yesterday, once I heard about the terror attacks in Brussels, the first thing I did was to call a couple of very close friends to make sure that they were all right. In Europe, even someone who is not familiar with that city must know someone else there. One of my friends, passed by Maalbeek Metro Station 5 minutes before the deflagration took place…
From the gypsies to the Roma, old and new mythologies
If 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 usual gypsies
Although 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.
Oh Filmmaking, Save Us!
The Universal Forum of Cultures, organized by UNESCO took place between 20-25 October in Naples, in spite of all the organizational setbacks. Organized by Cinema e Diritti association, the festival brought together 30 guests from about 20 countries and hosted films about the most forgotten among the poor and the bravest activists who defy cowardice and violence.
The new role of the Kurds in the Middle Eastern chessboard
The violent attacks in Iraq and the siege of Kobanê are raising public awareness on the largest stateless people in the world which has turned into a key ally in the anti-jihadist international coalition. Interview with Iraqi Kurdish journalist Adib Fateh Ali.
It 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.
The “destiny” of child brides in the peripheries of the world
The suspicious death of a 14 year-old child bride in the southeast Turkey and a proposal to ban child marriages in Yemen brought under the spotlights the phenomenon that devastates the lives of 67 million girls, mostly living in the “peripheries of the world”.
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