01. August 2013

Oops! They did it again, they played with the law, got lost in the game

by Jovana Mihajlovic

jovana-mihajlovic-modifiedDuring the 1990’s there was a war between ex-Yugoslavia countries – a war between people who had been Yugoslavian brothers and sisters. Since these „brothers and sisters” slaughtered each other relentlessly, the UN and the EU had to do something about this shameful bloodshed in the middle of Europe. So they came up with the idea to establish an International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with the task of dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s. This should have been a way to make the aggressors think about the possible legal consequences of their criminal acts and on the other hand to give some kind of a moral satisfaction to the victims.

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18. July 2013

Freedoms beyond our borders, issue that also matters.

by Laura Virué Escalera

Laura VirueOn June 24th in the Council of the European Union, foreign ministers signed the European Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief. This issue has been barely commented on news, taken by economic debate – where unemployment, fiscal policies, banks recapitalization seem to be the only topic that mattered on those days. The Guidelines to Promote and Protect the Enjoyment of Human Rights by LGBTI Persons approved the same day did not receive media attention either.

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17. July 2013

Young in Greece vs. young in Germany

by Heidi Beha

heidi_beha-2012-2015-modifiedYoung people in Greece return back to their childhood home. They cannot start their own life, have their own family. This is what awaits Theodora Matziropoulou as well: Almost two-thirds of the people in her country under 30 are without a job, statistics indicate. In Germany only about eight per cent are unemployed. The future of young people couldn’t look more different in two EU member states. A confrontation of two realities.

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05. July 2013

From History to Remembrance

by Ksenia Srednyak

ksenia-srednyak-2012-2015-modified“History must be alive. The thing we are doing has a second name – living history”, said Sophia, a young woman from Volgograd. “Reconstruction is one half of life. From the other things the second part is formed”. Sophia is one of the “activists of memory” I interviewed during the project “Сталинград Reflexes Stalingrad: The strategies of remembrance in Russia and Germany”.

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04. July 2013

Technician, Lawyer, Scholar, Spy

by Ivan Lavrentjev

ivan-lavrentjev-modifiedWhile people are enjoying their summer holidays, one needn’t to turn on a TV series to enjoy a detective show. Edward Snowden, former CIA employee, dealing with technical issues is said to be staying at the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in Russia. As the topic of what exactly we’d discovered thanks to Snowden was already covered here, I’d rather comment on what Russia has won from this affair.

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