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Since the crisis this week-end, the split of Belgium received further credits and some in Wallonia are effectively elaborating on their future without Flanders. The wheel of fortune turns. Now, Flanders appears to be afraid… Read background on Belgian politics for dummies… and EU-afficionados According to a recent survey by Dedicated Research, Flanders is afraid… » read more

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Sir, 10 March has a double significance in the history of Tibet. On that day in 1959 the Dalai Lama fled the Chinese occupation. On March 10 2008 Tibetan monks took to the streets of Lhasa protesting Chinese oppressive policies. The Chinese authorities brutally suppressed the uprising. Until today, there has been no independent investigation… » read more

Author: Nikola Zdravkovic “Life, it’s a scene play with no previous practice. So, sing, smile, dance and love…And live every single moment of your life. Before the scene closes and the play ends with no audience clapper.” It was 1999 when these words first time came to my ears. I was only 9, and I… » read more

A common value

There is much talk about values and frequently comparisons between Western and Eastern values. There is at least universal agreement on one value, as spelt out below: Buddhism “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5.18) Christianity “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” (Matthew… » read more

And the Conducator* said his was a “Golden Age…” Monty Python’s weaponized “killer joke” may have been used for offensive purposes, but under the Ceausescu regime humour was mainly in self-defense: Humour is what kept Romanians alive, and TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE aims to re-capture that mood, portraying the survival of a nation having… » read more

When East met West

Author: Evgeniya Lisovskaya I had come to this country with a baggage of stereotypes, as a student of intercultural communication, I admit it. Some of them were rejected, others were reinforced. Actually, stereotypes are not so bad. We need them to make the reality around us seem easier. However, the problem is […]

Sir, Regarding ‘The Slovak-Hungarian dispute over Slovakia’s language law’: In a recent study analysing the type of modifications expected in the Act on the State Language of the Slovak Republic by international organisations, Istvan Andras Türke, a doctor of the Sorbonne and director of the Europa Varietas Insititute, writes that “the future of European minority… » read more

Toulouse Film Festival

As fewer legal professionals nowadays still take an interest in defending human rights, the city of Toulouse stands out as a shining example to the contrary. The well-known organisations such as Avocats sans frontieres, Cimade, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and others organise regular events bringing human rights to the top of the political and civic… » read more

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