New book: Citizen Activism and Mediterranean Identity

My new book has been released in January 2017. It is entitled “Citizen Activism and Mediterranean Identity – Beyond Eurocentrism” and is published by Palgrave Macmillan, part of the Springer group. You can order it here: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319459608 The book explores the commonalities between the struggles of the last years around the Mediterranean and tries to find the cultural roots of this…

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Twenty years after Florence’s European Social Forum

One week ago, representatives of European social organisations and movements gathered in Florence on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the first European Social Forum, which gathered in Tuscany thousands of people of the anti-, alter-globalisation movement from across the continent. It was the time of the mobilisation against neoliberal policies, and against the…

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Gorby : Obituary of an idea of power

It was only 1987 that the true facts behind the celebrated Stalin’s rule were made public, and The Moscow News published Lenin’s testament, where the founder of Soviet Russia had called for putting Stalin on the sidelines because he was too brutal. Those days, Gorbachev was segretary general of the CPSU’s[1] central committee, function he…

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L’héritage de Tarek Ben Hiba

La nouvelle du décès de Tarek Ben Hiba arrive sur le dispositif mobile alors que plusieurs représentants de la société civile méditerranéen étaient sans voix devant les images tournées sous la barrière que sépare Melilla du territoire marocain. Des dizaines de corps immeubles amassés sur le sol nu : parmi eux, il y avait ceux qui…

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If Pacifism Kills…

On April 25, Italy celebrates the liberation from Nazi-fascism. On April 25, 1945, the Allied forces and the Italian partisans broke through the Gothic Line, and the Germans and Italian fascists withdrew from the main Italian Northern cities. It was the beginning of the full liberation of the country. Hundreds of parades and rallies have…

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Ucraina: immaginiamo per un attimo

Immaginiamo per un attimo che la Storia sia andata per il verso opposto e che l’asse nazifascista abbia vinto la Seconda guerra mondiale. Che, dopo decenni di vita sotto un regime come quello del generale Franco, una sollevazione popolare abbia costretto alle dimissioni il cancelliere italiano, il quale si rifiutava di aderire all’alleanza delle nazioni…

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Of Kabul, I remember…

Of Kabul I remember the dirty snow and the shops of pistachios and walnuts. Of Kabul I remember that thick, dark smog layer encapsulating the town’s air bubble I could see from above, from the top of Shir Darwaza mountain. A whole humanity was swarming in the streets under the layer, squeezed like their poor…

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La crise, vue de Carthage

Carthage n’est presque plus en Tunisie. Ancrée sur le promontoire qui sépare la mer Méditerranée de la lagune de Tunis, elle domine dans son isolement le paysage terrestre et marin. La Tunisie profonde est lointaine, à peine peut-elle être imaginée de la ligne de côte. C’est sur une butte proche des ruines de l’ancienne ville…

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تحرير فلسطين وإسرائيل. إنهاء الاستعمار وليس إدارة الصراع

LIBERATING PALESTINE/ISRAEL: DECOLONIZATION, NOT CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. Originally published on Raseef22, June 29, 2021. غاصت عقولنا بدويّ الحرب مجدداً. الصراع من أجل القدس، من أجل الضفة الغربية، من أجل غزة، ومن أجل شوارع إسرائيل نفسها، هي ليست صراعات مستقلة بل صراع واحد على جميع الأراضي بين نهر الأردن والبحر المتوسط. يتطلب تفسير أحداث الأسابيع الماضية المتسارعة…

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Estinzione, è per sempre

Questo fine-settimana, mi sono lasciato distrarre dai titoli dei faits divers, sovente inutili ma curiosi, per tirarmi su di morale dopo giorni di letture delle sezioni “ambiente” delle testate del mondo intero. Le notizie che giungono sono a di poco allarmanti, o meglio deprimenti, perché non si nota inversione di tendenza. Il ritmo di distruzione…

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Memory Gaps

It has always been a fascinating puzzle to me how our brain works, and how memory influences us and the way we look at the surrounding world. We always say that a person with a good memory is better equipped and has better skills to understand what happens around him. Memory is an extraordinary faculty…

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