A Conflict out of Context (Part II)

p16vcu3ohl6as2f01qp01jmg1mvd0_46140In the light of current events, Graduates of Democracy focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As many people know, it is a violent and complex clash. This has been the case for almost 70 years and maybe even longer. Today it is not any different, violence rules the streets with many victims. Experts are nowadays even talking about a Third Intifada. 

This conflict is also very much debated and discussed in Europe. Everyone has an opinion about it or tries to formulate one. This often leads to confusion and frustration. Many Palestinians and Israeli’s don’t feel understood by Europeans. Graduates of Democracy therefore invited two speakers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, to share their perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They get free space to share their opinion and what they think are the real causes.

The second author is Mohammed Alhammami, Gaza’s Project Manager of We Are Not Numbers (WANN) and Undergraduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania with a joint major in public policy and government.

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The winners and losers of Post-Paris

paristtAfter the dust has settled, a pattern of winners and losers are starting to appear as a result of the Paris attacks and their aftermath. This is a pattern where some are vigorously profiteering and thriving of the aftermath, while others are succumbing to more and more pressure and difficulties as a result of the attacks.

One of the most immediate winners of the attacks and their aftermath is the weapons industry. As pointed out by Gleen Greenwald in an article published in The Intercept, directly after the attacks the stocks of major weapons manufacturers like Lockheed and General Dynamics surged, and kept on rising for some time. This is putting the spotlight Continue reading “The winners and losers of Post-Paris”

The Myth of Sisyphus and military interventions

12431417_1732843296939371_653112406_nIn Greek mythology, Sisyphus was one of the most astute and clever mortals who managed to deceive the gods several times and thus prolong his life. As a rebel, he earned the anger of the gods who condemned him after his death to an eternal task of rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, and when he was about to achieve the objective, the stone would inevitably roll down from the top, invalidating all the Continue reading “The Myth of Sisyphus and military interventions”

White Feminism

liberatad_feminist_idiotsFew decades ago, a debate over the credibility of the “universality” of human rights has been raised among Third World legal writers and certain Western legal scholars. Their arguments against the universality of Human Rights have been linked to its origins being mainly written by Western philosophers and the Western natural law writers whose interpretations and understanding of HR don’t necessarily comply with and/or are not applicable to non-Western Continue reading “White Feminism”

Paris agreement, its achievements and what was left undone

Foto1International Climate Conference in Paris (COP21) is over and people likeme who have been following enthusiastically every single step of the negotiations can breathe a short sigh of relief, getting back to our daily lives. Not too deep one and just for a minute though – neither us, nor the leaders can sit back Continue reading “Paris agreement, its achievements and what was left undone”

Elecciones en España: un nuevo tablero electoral

RajoyOver two weeks ago, on Thursday 3rd of December, the starting signal for the electoral campaign in Spain was given. Virtually at the same time as the popular streets of Gran Via in Madrid or La Rambla in Barcelona were being lit up with colorful Christmas lights, political banners displaying the images of the different candidates were hung.  Christmas and elections, as if all that mattered was to catch the eyes (and the votes) of everyone.

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Calabria: A Rough Diamond Still To Be Refined

Last summer I decided to organise a journey with a couple of friends to my second hometown, Taverna sulla Sila, a small village up in the mountains in the middle of one of Italy’s southernmost regions, Calabria. We planned the whole journey in such a way to be able to see as much as possible of this remote and forgotten region. We travelled from north to south, from one coast to the other, crossing twice the famous motorway, the Salerno-Reggio Calabria, which with its 443km of length splits the region in two sides and almost connects the Italian peninsula with its largest island Sicily.

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