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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Fuck Humanity!

Fuck Humanity. [Signed] Aleppo, April 28, 2016. This is what someone wrote on a wall of Aleppo while the recent bombing campaign of al-Asad’s regime was going on without hesitations, with the backing of Russia, after having buried the ceasefire and started doing what they have always wished to do: annihilate people to win territory.…

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The factory away from Kabul

My first time in a fertilizers factory. Built by the Soviet Union in 1967 and commissioned in 1974, located nearby Mazar Sherif, not far from the borders with Uzbekistan. Large, rationally designed, antiquated in its appearance, surrounded by scattered trees and high grass, in the middle of the countryside, accessible via an old paved road,…

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Plays in Kabul

Scene 1 The husband calls the wife complaining that nobody serves him a cup of tea. He sits on a cushion, in the living room. The wife comes, reassures him that the water is boiling, and asks him to talk over an important topic. The husband, a moustached man, raises his voice and says: “Bring…

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Inside Italy: «Hopes were not supposed to be: Messina after the Sabir Maydan»

Special issue: When Sicily challenges the narrative of the end of Mediterranean hopes Kanaltürk and Bugün, two Turkish independent TV channels are closed by the police on October 28, with the accusation of fomenting terrorism (but apparently, the two channels were investigating the corruption inside Mr. Erdogan’s party). Five days earlier, a court of Istanbul…

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Eurexit!

The Treaty of the European Union says: «The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance,…

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