What is happening in Belarus? Another week gone by, and with it continued protests in Belarus that saw the death of 31-year old opposition activist Raman Bandarenka. The country is dubbed “Europe’s last dictatorship“, as is exemplified by the causes leading to the sustained protests by the brave Belarusian demonstrators who are fighting for democracy … Continue reading Belarus’ fight for democracy
What is Restorative Justice (hereinafter: RJ)? Probably this is the first question that arises and should be answered. There is no clear definition of RJ since this concept is continuously evolving and, depending on the country, has different meanings. Taking as a reference the “Handbook on Restorative Justice programmes” of the United Nations (Dandurand & … Continue reading A feminist and restorative approach to sexual assault and harassment
Opinion paper about the “RESTART SCAMPIA PROJECT” This is an opinion article about the ongoing process of gentrification in a neighborhood of Naples, Scampia. This article starts first, with the description of what the process of gentrification is, with any strengths and weaknesses that might arise. Then, it continues by linking the case of Scampia with urban literature related to the case. The article also includes the statements, … Continue reading “It’s the same the whole world over” (but maybe Scampia a bit more)
May 15, 2020: it is the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, the ‘catastrophe’ of the Palestinian people who, following the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, had to abandon their lands being forced to flee, while the State of Israel was celebrating its independence. Today, seven decades after the expulsion, there are about 13 million Palestinians in the … Continue reading The relationship between Palestine and International Organizations
Over the course of a six year period, from 2013 until 2019, Europe experienced a dramatic rise in irregular arrivals entering Europe in order to seek refuge and attempt to make a better life for themselves and their families. This “crisis” reached its peak in 2015, when just over one million immigrants were reported to have … Continue reading You Will Not Replace Us: Making Sense of the ‘Great Replacement’ Conspiracy Theory.
A lot of things are happening those days in France related to the big topic of Islam in the French society. In late September, two people were stabbed outside the former office of Charlie Hebdo as the satirical republished cartoons with the Prophet Muhammad. After showing Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons to his students and debating on … Continue reading “Je ne regrette rien„ or maybe yes: where is France going with its post-colonial burden?
OPINION ARTICLE Disclaimer: This article has sensitive content regarding descriptions of rape and sexual assault which may be triggering for some. Reader discretion is advised. “The path of social reform in India is strewn with many difficulties. Social reform in India has few friends and many critics.” – B.R. Ambedkar During my schooling, in the … Continue reading Caste, Rape and the Criminal Justice System in 2020 India
The election of Russia to the board of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on October 13, 2020, notwithstanding the concerns expressed by human rights advocacy groups, comes as a shock to those affected by the crimes of the Syrian regime. Waad al-Kateab, a Syrian activist and filmmaker, in disbelief about the votes of … Continue reading A ‘mad world’: Russia’s election to the UN Human Rights Council and its implications for the victims of the Syrian regime
On the 23rd of September 2020, the European Commission launched its New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The new pact was one of the main agenda points for the 2019-2024 legislation of the European Commission chaired by Ursula von der Leyen. Initially, this pact was due in April, but the COVID-19 crisis muddled with the … Continue reading Europe’s ‘fresh start’ on migration: Reflections on the New Pact