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“Civic death” penalty: the pinnacle of disability rights violations

"Civic death" penalty: the pinnacle of disability rights violations

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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Autonomous decision making is still an elusive dream for a large number of Europeans with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities who are placed under guardianship. These people experience “civic death” as they can not make their life choices, get married, sign employment contracts, inherit and manage property, vote or choose the place of living. Author: Radoš […]

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Achieving the Necessary

Achieving the Necessary

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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In our culture, partly due to deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, it is still somewhat difficult to associate “power” roles with women. These stereotypes extend beyond image to performance, convincing us that men are more capable than women. Author: Sanja Sontor A father and a son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly. The […]

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In search of finality: two degrees of global warming

In search of finality: two degrees of global warming
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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On June 8, the G7 agreed on the notorious two degrees target of global warming. In a rare moment of agreement, politicians, environmentalists and corporations signaled their approval of a ‘policy’ which is diversionary at best and socially regressive at worst. Author: Mathis Hampel The global target by which global average temperature should be limited […]

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The Spanish Revival: a closer look at Spain’s economic recovery

The Spanish Revival: a closer look at Spain’s economic recovery

Rowan Anderson

Rowan Anderson is an MA French and English Literature student at the University of St Andrews who is currently spending a year abroad in
Strasbourg. She also writes for the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review
and is a staff reviewer for The Monitor: the Journal of International
Studies at the College of William and Mary.
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Spain’s economic growth in 2014 wildly exceeded expectations by outperforming both Germany and France. If there had been any contender for Greece’s top spot on ‘The Biggest Loser: Eurozone Crisis Edition’, it would have been Spain. While the country didn’t have to endure similarly acrimonious negotiations with the IMF, sliding property prices and a failing […]

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Integrating Roma into Europe’s future: Change Must Come from Within

Integrating Roma into Europe’s future: Change Must Come from Within

Athena Tacet

Athena Tacet is a journalist and editor specializing in foreign affairs, human rights and socio-political issues. Her writings have appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and Embassy Magazine, a weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper. She holds a BA in political science, a Certificate in Modern Arabic language and culture, a Graduate diploma in journalism and undertook a Master's degree in public policy at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her interests include the EU foreign policy, issues related to immigration and asylum policies, as well as nationalism and identity politics in Europe.
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It is urgent for national governments to establish frameworks through which victims of discrimination can become aware of their rights and receive fair remedy. Author: Athena Tacet As the European Union is intensifying its efforts to promote dialogue with member states on the necessity to fight discrimination and marginalization of Roma minorities in Europe as […]

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Is there life after the Islamic State?

Is there life after the Islamic State?

Sam Andrews

Sam Andrews is a writer and researcher with two Masters degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies, with specializations in the MENA region and in statistical analysis. He has a number of published articles, and has worked with international organizations in Palestine, Brussels, Iraq and London. He is particularly interested in how statistical techniques can help us understand and analyze public policy and political action.
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Who feels safe under the Islamic State and why?   Author: Sam Andrews It is now one year since ISIS occupied Mosul and subjected the people there to its rule. Much has been made in way of analysis of their successes and failures as a kind of ‘quasi-state’ – their attempts to regulate law and […]

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EU Humanitarian Aid: Is Nepal on the Radar?

EU Humanitarian Aid: Is Nepal on the Radar?

Pratibha Singh

Pratibha Singh is a researcher/writer on issues pertaining to gender and conflict in South Asia. She is currently pursuing her Masters from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Germany.
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Although the EU is one of the biggest aid donors in the world, it is often inhibited in its strives by grand political and economic pursuits. Author: Pratibha Singh Nepal has experienced one of the worst earthquakes in the history of natural disasters, sweeping more than 8000 lives and rendering many homeless. Prone to severe […]

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Net neutrality: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Net neutrality: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Kristina Mihnevich

Kristina holds a BA of Engineeringand an MA in “European Studies on Society, Science and Technology” (Maastricht University, IT University of Copenhagen). She also successfully finished an OSF Summer School on European Studies at İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi. Her Master's thesis related to the EU-US debates on the Internet privacy after Snowden's revelations. Kristina has a two-year work experience in IT companies, and has recently accomplished her internship on cyber-security in the context of international relations at CERI SciencesPo. Her current research interest is a variety of social aspects of Internet technologies, with main focus on cyber-security,surveillance and privacy.
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“We need balance between users and service providers which ensures equal treatment and no discrimination”[1], insists one of the youngest European Parliament’s members, Eva Paunova, during the panel discussions on Net neutrality at the European Dialog on the Internet Governance (EuroDig 2015). This argument is not new for these debates that have been ongoing since […]

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The Great Gatsby Effect

The Great Gatsby Effect

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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The Unites Stated and South Sudan are the only two nations still refusing to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Author: Sanja Sontor Allow me to paint you a picture of the United States (U.S.). The U.S. is a vital democracy and one of the richest countries in world. The U.S. […]

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“Leave it in the ground” – A divestment in ideas

“Leave it in the ground” – A divestment in ideas
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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The failure of top-down technocratic climate policy to accelerate decarbonization of the economy has provoked environmentalists to experiment with the idea of divestment in fossil fuel corporations. However arousing excitement among the Left, good intentions don’t always make for good policy. Author: Mathis Hampel The opposite of investment, divestment is the removal of one’s investment […]

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