Testimonials — Arson fire at the GERM premises
Author : GERM
1/ Quiero manifestar mi más profundo estupor por el acto vandálico cometido contra las instalaciones y el material de la institución GERM. Durante varios lustros GERM ha sido un espacio de libertad en el que han germinado y se han desarrollado muchos proyectos de análisis de la realidad en el que hemos colaborado pensadores y escritores de los más diversos países. Debo de decir que por lo que respecta al ámbito iberoamericano la perspectiva de un GERM disminuido en sus actividades es considera como una grave pérdida cultural. Esperamos que pronto puedan ser identificados los autores del vandalismo y reparados sus daños para que vuelva a ser el motor creativo que ha sido hasta ahora.
While the United Nations identifies 17 major regional seas in its planning, the Mediterranean is perhaps the most dramatic case as it has gone from being the so-called cradle of civilization to be a cemetery for thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants. And it is most probably also the most polluted water basin the whole world. [...]
But it is also a sort of a huge salty lake, being a semi-enclosed sea with only two tiny points of contact with open oceans-the Suez Canal in the East and the Gibraltar Straits in the West. This implies that its waters need between 80 years and 150 years to be renewed [...] In other words, a drop of polluted water remains there, circulating for a whole century on average.
Like all other world regions, the Mediterranean is caught up in the horrors of economic, financial and technical globalisation. Presented as a chance for development, its international fluctuations rock social and economic equilibriums, expose the confusion of political and social institutions when faced with inequalities, plunge states into crisis, deepen old and new divides and accentuate the gap between the North and South, whilst reinforcing the homologation of Mediterranean cultures by dominant cultures.
The past few years have seen a huge increase in the number of women murdered in Turkey. There are also increasing reports of domestic violence. Those victims who report violence to the authorities, however, are often treated badly.
Recently there has been a huge increase in the number of women murdered. The platform "Kadin Cinayetlerini Durduracagiz" (We will stop the murder of women) is one of the independent women's organisations documenting murders perpetrated against women. According to its statistics, 303 women were killed in 2015; more than in previous years.
What danger is there of contagion in the event of a "Brexit"?
Author : Julien Zalc / Fondation Robert Schuman
Beyond the economic and strategic amputation implied by an exit of the UK from the European Union, "Brexit" would also boost the Europhobic discourse of certain national political movements, for example in the Netherlands some tabloid newspapers are already raising the issue of a referendum on the country's EU membership . If the UK did leave the EU might we fear a domino effect amongst other Member States? Which countries are tempted the most by this? This is the question we try to answer here, notably using Eurobarometer data as support focused on three main axes, each matching specific questions being raised in the various Member States: support to the EU, opinion about membership; the feeling that the country would be doing better, or not, if it left the EU.
Mur à la frontière mexicaine au coeur des débats de la présidentielle américaine, multiplication des barrières anti-migrants en Europe... Les murs, barrières ou clôtures pullulent depuis quelques années : cartographie de la fortification des frontières, et analyse d'un monde de plus en plus fermé.