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Brexit 10 Years On. What future for the EU and the UK?
It seems fair to say that the new decade did not begin at its best. The finalisation of Brexit took place on 31st January 2020 and was shortly followed by the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19. Considering the complexity of global politics, ten years are likely to be gone in the blink of an eye: lon…
Social Policies During the Pandemic: the Chinese Approach
As the pandemic became a global threat, each country reacted to it with its own approach. I wrote about the responses enacted by Western states such as Germany, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the first part of this article. The desire to understand the situation better brought me to…
Social Policies During the Pandemic: the Western Approach
“Never in my whole life would I have imagined that I could experience something like this one day”, my flatmate said to me during a chilly morning at the end of March, on what was on one of the first days of lockdown in London. I remember how relieved I felt when our Head Manager at work decided …
CILD Names Wajahat Abbas Kazmi Activist of the Year
As promotor of the “Allah Loves Equality” campaign, Italian-Pakistani film director Wajahat Abbas Kazmi traveled to Pakistan in November, along with fellow activist and member of Il Grande Colibrì association, Elena De Piccoli, to film a documentary that will be entitled like the campaign. The fi…
China: heavy polluter or climate change activist?
China, the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, is often regarded as a heavy polluter with unbreathable air, gray skies and no interest in environmental sustainability whatsoever. This opinion is certainly endorsed by the American President Donald Trump, who, during his announcement of…
How you doin’, Manchester?
Talking about terrorist attacks is not easy at the present moment, when everybody wants to respect the grief of the victims’ families and the privacy of the injured. However, I truly believe that there is a great need to report how the citizens of the countries hit by violence are currently react…
Being a Parisian in 2017
The multicultural character of European cities like Paris and London used to be a given. “Multicultural – insert name of any European capital” would be a fitting title for any travel magazine article concentrating on one of these cities, as well as for a cover story on a fashion magazine where mo…
Being international has never been so easy: travel around Europe with Generator Hostels!
What’s the best way for young people to travel, meet new people, and get to know different cultures in an affordable way? The answer is staying in hostels, where young generations from all over the world share experiences and unforgettable moments. Today we meet Laura, a young Italian girl who mo…
10 everyday objects that can’t be missing from homes around the world
Ever wondered what daily life looks like in other countries? From cooking equipment to fortune charms, we have drawn a list of the most characteristic objects and rituals that shape everyday living in homes around the world. 1. Italy, Bidet Mon Amour Italians are quite demanding when they move ab…
Bergamo, what a babe! Discover beauty in Italy’s province
One of the reasons low-cost airline companies allow you to reach European capitals for just a handful of euros (or pounds) is that their airports are usually located quite far from your final destination, in areas generally uninteresting for tourists. This is not the case for Orio al Serio, the m…
Welcoming spring in Eastern Europe
Last month I visited Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. It was the end of February and the weather was still cold but sunny, and it was lovely to spend time walking the streets of the city. At every corner I could find stalls selling nothing but red and white wrist bands, sometimes adorned with two small…
Birth Companions: making pregnant women’s and new mothers’ voices heard
Birth Companions (BC) is a London-based organisation set up in 1996 to support women prisoners during pregnancy and birth. Since then, the organisation has developed into a registered Charity and has expanded its services to vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers in the community: prison and h…
Scandinavian prisons: a different approach to offender re-education
Prisons play a crucial role in our societies, although their exact function is often debated: if for some this is to take offenders off the streets for years following their crimes, making sure they regret their actions, others see prisons from a different point of view: places whose main mission…
Are You Syrious? Solidarity along the Balkan route
On Sunday Are You Syrious (AYS) posted a call for volunteers in Croatian on its Facebook page: the organisation is looking for people with different abilities to help run activities for around seventy refugee children, most of whom have fled war-torn countries and are now hosted in the spaces of …
“Tomorrow I’ll try again!” Ahmed’s story
We are quietly seated around a table and Ahmed decides to tell us his story in detail. He comes from the South of Somalia and his city of origin is a few kilometres away from the borders of Ethiopia and Kenya. His family – father and mother, two sisters and a little brother – are still there, wai…
Chinese investments in Africa in the 2000s: a new colonialism?
During the last Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), held in 2015 in Johannesburg, the Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to provide a $60 billion funding for development projects in Africa over the following three years. The announcement was not unexpected. Since the FOCAC process began …
Banned things around the world
The subject of Prohibitionism in the United States has a retro flavour, it reminds us of wooden counters, thick velvet curtains and moonshine. It is hard to imagine living in such a situation today, but even if the atmosphere in the US has since changed, there is still a great number of officiall…
5 Random Christmas dishes and drinks: enjoy your meal!
One of the most important religious events in the world, Christmas is celebrated in several countries and cultures with rituals featuring lights, presents and acts of kindness. For many of us the happiness brought by Christmas is linked to food and drinks, elements that vary significantly in diff…
All crazy for Western customs
What’s next for Cuba? Obama’s policy, Castro’s death and Trump’s election have made the political future of the country uncertain, but it is undeniable that things have recently changed on the island. Over the past few months ‘bites’ of capitalism have seduced Cuban citizens – Karl Lagerfeld’s Ch…
No light poles thanks, smart highways please
Since the beginning of the XXI century and even more so with the rise of the technological hype, the adjective “SMART” has made its appearance in several different domains. Behind this trend is the need to make daily objects more interactive and better able to provide fast solutions to daily issu…
Notes on the Italian constitutional referendum
Judging by the debate surrounding the changes proposed by the Renzi government to the Italian constitution, one would gather the impression that this set of fundamental principles is some sort of sacred authority, an institution always already perfect in its form and therefore untouchable. The te…
The present of things past: an archaeology of post-socialism in Mostar
Visiting the country where I was born has always meant, at least partly, visiting ruins. This is true in a metaphorical as well as a concrete sense: in addition to the remains of buildings bombed out in the nineties, the landscape of my travels there has always been punctuated by stories of the a…
We are receiving the right education, aren’t we?
Education represents a crucial element of our societies, becoming increasingly important as more and more people pursue the educational path to secure better job opportunities. Considering this, a question arises naturally: is the type of education we are currently receiving providing the stronge…
Paris a year on
This Sunday will mark one year from the terrorist attacks that killed 130 people and injured more than 350 in Paris in November 2015. Since then further attacks targeted Brussels, Nice and other localities in and outside Europe, forcing us to confront ourselves with the idea that violence can …
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