UK Elections: I’m (still) proud to be British

As much as it makes me uncomfortable to admit, I love my country. It’s a strange statement to make as someone living abroad who so readily hates the usual patriotism and politics that comes with being a ‘proud Brit’. But somewhere deep inside of me there is a confusing mixture of hope and joy that has always made me see Britain without the cynicism that … Continue reading UK Elections: I’m (still) proud to be British

Why the Pope’s comments on the Armenian Genocide caused outrage in the Turkish establishment

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Pope Francis (left) meets with Turkish President Erdogan earlier this year.

Who would have thought that the humble words of a man who always seeks reconciliation between peoples and peace of mind could cause so much ado both on an international and political scale? Well, that’s what happened to Pope Francis during a Sunday Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica earlier this month when declaring the killings of Armenians as the first genocide of the 20th century, which consequently ignited Turkey’s anger. Continue reading “Why the Pope’s comments on the Armenian Genocide caused outrage in the Turkish establishment”

Could a single digital market ruin the European music industry?

musicLead by Europes’s digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip, former Estonian Prime Minister, the EU is planning to reform their copyright laws, creating uniform regulations in all member states in order to form a single digital market. This would mean equal access for people all over the Union to all media created in the EU.

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Will embracing the English language be the next big step for Italian academics?

Students at a university lecture in Milan, Italy.
Students at a university lecture in Milan, Italy.

Italy’s future lies in the hands of all those who decide to dedicate their studies towards something which could help the country step up and be noticed internationally – be it the construction of a state-of-the-art building through advanced technology, the solution to a long unsolved disease thanks to the hard work and research of poised experts, or any other talent many could go unsung for, if the right conditions for prosperity and recognition fail to exist. Continue reading “Will embracing the English language be the next big step for Italian academics?”

20 years after adopting the Beijing Declaration – the situation for IDP women in Georgia

Women at a camp for IDP in Georgia. Image by The Guardian.
Women at a camp for IDP in Georgia. Image by The Guardian.

All around the world International Women´s Day, celebrated on 8th of March, is the opportunity not only to highlight achievements made in gender equality, but also to point out those issues which still remain. This year especially is important for reviewing the situation of gender equality, as it is 20 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Continue reading “20 years after adopting the Beijing Declaration – the situation for IDP women in Georgia”