Bitcoin as a Legal Tender in El Salvador: Future or Failure

On June 5th, 2021 the government of El Salvador, guided by the President Naiyb Bukele, announced the adoption of the Bitcoin as a legal tender. Following the announcement, on September 7th 2021 the small Central American nation became the first economy to use Bitcoin as currency, with the same power… Read More »Bitcoin as a Legal Tender in El Salvador: Future or Failure

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

According to the Talentsmart company, 90% of successful CEOs have a high level of Emotional Quotient. Also, employees with developed emotional intelligence earn an average of 29,000$ more per year than those who have this indicator at a low level. So what is ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and how can it improve… Read More »The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

From physics student to “Climate Chancellor”:  Angela Merkel and climate change 

How did Angela Merkel try to change the world? Angela Merkel, born in 1954 in East Germany, started to study Physics in 1973 at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig and now she is known as the “Climate Chancellor”.  After five years at the University of Leipzig, she became a… Read More »From physics student to “Climate Chancellor”:  Angela Merkel and climate change 

Education in our times, “A GENERAL STUDY AND THE CASE OF ITALY”

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein What is education today? What is its value in our fast-growing world? How important is it in our times? All these questions deserve a specific answer that is not yet provided by worldwide societies,… Read More »Education in our times, “A GENERAL STUDY AND THE CASE OF ITALY”

The Streaming Effect in the new Hollywood Income Flows

The fascinating Hollywood world has been shocked by an event which is definitely going to change contracts between stars and studios. Everything started at the end of July with the decision of the famous American actress Scarlett Johansson to sue The Walt Disney Company after the questionable choice the multinational… Read More »The Streaming Effect in the new Hollywood Income Flows

Texas abortion ban: Pro-Life Movement Strikes Back

IMPORTANT UPDATE: On October 6, US District Judge Robert Pitman has temporarily blocked the abortion ban. However, there is still no clarity on whether the decision is final or will be further challenged. On September 1, the new abortion ban came into effect in Texas, USA, which sparked heated debates… Read More »Texas abortion ban: Pro-Life Movement Strikes Back

Killing The Prospects Of Development In The Democratic Republic of Congo.

As Ghana, Guinea and other colonies gained independence during the post WWII period, the African continent once again became a battleground of foreign powers, and this time it became a battleground in the US-Soviet Cold War conflict. For the Soviet Union, the African continent presented several characteristics favorable to socialism… Read More »Killing The Prospects Of Development In The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Women’s condition under the Taliban regime

Afghanistan will be ruled according to Sharia laws, there will be “no democratic system at all”, as a Taliban commander stated. This is like a nightmare for the thousands of people living in Afghanistan. A nightmare that you cannot wake up from, because, unfortunately, it is the reality. The Taliban… Read More »Women’s condition under the Taliban regime

Why it is okay to be angry

In societal norms, it is common to consider anger as a negative emotion which is either judged or suppressed. And while actions driven from the place of rage may indeed be impulsive or aggressive sometimes, understanding the reasons why this emotion occurs may be the key to not only resolve… Read More »Why it is okay to be angry

What is happening in Afghanistan? The new Taliban regime and their promises.

The situation in Central Asia is all that is being talked about these days. Afghanistan no longer exists, or at least not under this name. The events that occurred mark history: after twenty years of war, the country returns to the hands of the Taliban. We have all seen the… Read More »What is happening in Afghanistan? The new Taliban regime and their promises.

Subcultures

By definition, a subculture is an identifiable subgroup within a society , especially one characterized by beliefs or interests at variance with those of the larger group. When I say this word the image that pops in my head is the opening scene of a high-school teenage American movie that… Read More »Subcultures

Protecting Language Minorities: Europe’s Path and the Case of Italy

“The Republic safeguards linguistic minorities by means of appropriate measures”, states article 6 of the Italian constitution proposed by Tristano Codignola, ratified in 1947. Thanks to this article, linguistic heritage is protected in Italy.  The intention of the members of the Italian constituent assembly was to ensure the survival of… Read More »Protecting Language Minorities: Europe’s Path and the Case of Italy

How a moving gesture caused so much hate

Bitterness, sadness, hope: these are the emotions we felt when we first saw this picture.  A long hug between Luna Reyes, a Red Cross volunteer, and a Senegalese boy who had just arrived from Morocco on one of the beaches of the Spanish enclave – on the 20th of May,… Read More »How a moving gesture caused so much hate

A Fast-Growing South-East Asia: RCEP

Have you ever talked or discussed about the European Union? Have you ever read or seen something about the US-Canada-Mexico Agreement on Free Trade? Well, these are two examples of large free trade areas built by international agreements. The processes to establish them are usually long, and the changes they… Read More »A Fast-Growing South-East Asia: RCEP

Everyday Life of a Palestinian

—- Hebron: Where Picking Akkoub is a crime.   On a breezy morning in March, Issa, an 11 years old boy, woke up craving Akkoub, also known as Gundelia. He went up to his mom, “Mama, can we have Akkoub for lunch today?”. She replied, “but we don’t have any”. Issa… Read More »Everyday Life of a Palestinian

A philosophy of confined Youth

2 days ago, France re-opened the cinemas, bars and restaurants, after more than 8 months of closure. That meant freedom, for the youth : being able to go out, to socialize again. But now that the summer makes us see another end of the tunnel, I asked myself: what will we do with all our memories? What will we do with this year of online learning, anxiety, monotonous social life and psychological struggles? Do we chose to forget, or to build upon? 

Sex without consent is rape: what we still struggle to understand in 2021

We live in 2021, and still, myths and gender stereotypes related to rape and consent are widespread in our societies, including in courtrooms. Today, more than ever, it is necessary to change the culture, to unhinge social attitudes based on gender power relations, also thanks to the contribution of the… Read More »Sex without consent is rape: what we still struggle to understand in 2021

Israel and Palestine, the endless war: what is happening and what could happen

A few days ago, the tension between Israelis and Palestinians has re-exploded, and the ancient conflict, now more than ever, does not seem to subside. Israel and Palestine: an ancient dispute The clashes between Israel and Palestine have a very ancient origin and, in order to retrace their reasons, we… Read More »Israel and Palestine, the endless war: what is happening and what could happen

What is Happening in Sheikh Jarrah?

“We’ve been living in this house for 65 years. Each stone or sib of sand reminds us of our parents and ancestors. Our kids are scared. They keep asking us why the Israelis want to kick us out.”  -Aref Hammad, a Palestinian resident of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.  Located in… Read More »What is Happening in Sheikh Jarrah?

Reputation: Rupert Younger Interview

On the 14th of April, Giuliano Chiara and Reghuvaran Niranjan Nair, Pachu for friends, had the opportunity to interview Younger Rupert, founder and director of the Centre for Corporate Reputation of the University of Oxford and co-author of the ”Reputation Game”. The questions and comments were made based on personal… Read More »Reputation: Rupert Younger Interview

BREXIT- What has changed from a Public Management point of View

The changes in the UK related to the advent of Brexit until now can be summarised in four main points: Exit from the Single Market, Financial mechanisms, Trade transactions, New sustainable entity. Before Brexit UK was a member of the European Economic Area and of the Single Market which guarantees… Read More »BREXIT- What has changed from a Public Management point of View

South Koreans shaving their heads in protest to Japan’s wastewater plan

Dozens of South Korean college students shaved their heads in front of the Japanese embassy the past week to protest the Japanese decision to release water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. It all began on April 13th, with the announcement of the Japanese government of the decision… Read More »South Koreans shaving their heads in protest to Japan’s wastewater plan

Women in Qatar, a lifetime spent asking for “permission” and the “male protection system”

Studying abroad, getting married, working in public positions, traveling: these are some of the areas in a woman’s life where a man’s approval is needed. Women cannot act as primarily responsible for their children, even when they obtain legal custody following a possible divorce. It is called the “male protection… Read More »Women in Qatar, a lifetime spent asking for “permission” and the “male protection system”

Green Markets, Trust and Regulation

Environmental concerns among consumers are growing everyday, boosting the demand for a faster green transformation of the economy. However, imperfect information and misleading claims can generate confusion and distrust, jeopardizing the success of the green transition. The aim of this article is to show what can be done about it, both at an individual and institutional level, in order to spread clear information and build trust in the green markets.

Kathrin Jansen, a female leader in a man’s world

After introducing you to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director general of the World Trade Organisation, I would like to continue our journey today by introducing to you another female leader worthy of our attention and admiration. Her name is Kathrin Jansen; She is the Senior Vice President and Head of Vaccine… Read More »Kathrin Jansen, a female leader in a man’s world

Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

If you’ve been following the news or social media in the last month, you’ve undoubtedly heard of something called the Istanbul Convention.  What is the “Istanbul Convention”? Approved by the Council of European countries, the Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding international instrument that creates a comprehensive framework to… Read More »Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

The new Whatsapp Privacy Terms, what we almost gave consent to…

How many times have you accepted “Privacy Terms” or the very well-known “Cookies” without ever having read them first?  You have probably done it so many more times than you can ever imagine or care to remember. By signing the ‘Terms and Conditions of Usage’ without consulting them as we… Read More »The new Whatsapp Privacy Terms, what we almost gave consent to…

Women in STEM

Marie Curie is one of the most famous scientists and physicists in history. She won the Nobel Prize in 1903 (alongside her husband Pierre Curie and Antoine Henri). At the time, it was, obviously, very hard for women to pursue  a career in sciences. Indeed, this has been the case… Read More »Women in STEM

Is mass culture still culture?

For a long time, the term “culture” referred only to the erudition, the “savoir-vivre” and the intellectual know-how of an elite. However, the term “mass culture” denotes the popular imagination (without being confused with “popular culture”, but rather in the sense of a large number of people). It has nothing… Read More »Is mass culture still culture?

The Dark Side of Sustainability: Greenwashing.

The trend is clear; regardless of the market you are in, your consumer base will grow if you produce sustainable products. At the same time, long-term sustainability is nowadays the new standard for investors. In this framework, a shift towards the production of green products would resemble a natural process… Read More »The Dark Side of Sustainability: Greenwashing.

Franco Battiato and the beauty of cosmopolitanism in 2021: “L’era del cinghiale bianco”

My dear readers, I’m sorry to inform you that I really don’t know how to start this article. Franco Battiato is a figure that is so inspiring to me, a master of…what? Are there people who don’t know about him? Are there people who are asking themselves who is this… Read More »Franco Battiato and the beauty of cosmopolitanism in 2021: “L’era del cinghiale bianco”

Workplace and University: The Transgender Experience

What is it like being a transgender person in the labour market and in academia nowadays? How do people perceive transgender people? Are they discriminated or are they accepted and supported by the people who surround them? Trans people can face stigma and hostility at their workplace. Indeed, people have… Read More »Workplace and University: The Transgender Experience

Pfizer: The Lethal Ethical Code

Pfizer is a multinational pharmaceutical corporation that has products in almost all pharmacies around the world like Advil, Nexium, Lyrica and many more. Pfizer’s ethical controversies reached a peak in 1996, when an outbreak of meningitis took place in Nigeria, where two hundred children were given medications without their parents’… Read More »Pfizer: The Lethal Ethical Code

The instruments for a post-covid Europe: funds for resilience and sustainability

Since March 2020, Covid-19 Pandemic has been damaging many aspects of our society. The economic sector is for sure one of the fields that suffered the most from the overall crisis. This is especially due to the multiple lockdowns undertaken by countries to limit the propagation of the virus, which… Read More »The instruments for a post-covid Europe: funds for resilience and sustainability

What You Should Definitely Say to an Arab When You First Meet Them

A typical Middle Eastern city I’m sure a lot of you, just like me, had had this feeling before: the wonder, the intrigue and the surprise as you see an Arab getting out of the airport. This is when the confusion hits and tongues get tied. What do we say… Read More »What You Should Definitely Say to an Arab When You First Meet Them

Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability 

Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability  In our era, people are finally realising the impact their actions have on climate, the environment, and our planet in general. The World Health Organisation states that “according to current projections, droughts will strongly increase in frequency and intensity in the coming decades in large… Read More »Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability 

The green economic turning point of the revolutionary Airlite painting

What would your reaction be if we told you that today murals can help our environment? And we are not talking about propaganda murals of course, but actual masterpieces able to filter and clean the air from cars’ pollution. Believe it or not, we are introducing you to the new… Read More »The green economic turning point of the revolutionary Airlite painting

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A female leader in a Man’s World

Two days ago, we celebrated international women’s day and to be honest we still have a long way to go in order to see our rights truly recognised, but today I don’t want to talk about that. Today I would like to focus on how far we have come so… Read More »Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A female leader in a Man’s World

Mental illness-a global epidemic?

Right now the world is going through a pandemic that has and still is negatively affecting many people’s lives, but it is not the only global epidemic that is widely spread right now. More and more, I hear how people struggle with anxiety and depressive disorders. People are being suffocated… Read More »Mental illness-a global epidemic?

Confessions of a Former Radicalist

When I started my internship at a local NGO in Jordan, the unexpected happened. One of my colleagues, a young empathetic man working in the humanitarian field, unveiled to me his dark past.  To protect his identity, I shall call him Abdallah. But I can reveal to you 3 things… Read More »Confessions of a Former Radicalist

Gold in Our Veins

“i love myself.” the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution. ever.” This is a poem by Nayyirah Waheed, from her collection “salt.”. Her poems are gentle, deeply introspective and powerful. She talks of self-love, of acceptance, of patience, of growth, similarly to Rupi Kaur. This poem warms my heart, with love… Read More »Gold in Our Veins

Anti-government Protests Around The World: What Do They Have In Common

Protests are an integral part of democracy, and special attention needs to be given to them. When citizens revolt against their governments, it gives them a chance to dismantle government structures that have failed to meet the responsibilities towards their citizens. A democracy is built on the wishes of the… Read More »Anti-government Protests Around The World: What Do They Have In Common

Defining Indie Music: a Game of Whack-a-mole – The Sanremo Controversy

What is indie music? Is it possible to define it? Does it mean it is “independent”? If so, from what? What exactly do we mean when we say that we are into indie?   While trying to write an article about the history of indie music, I looked for its… Read More »Defining Indie Music: a Game of Whack-a-mole – The Sanremo Controversy

Pandemic Reflections

I’m 20 years old. Mine is the age of friends, of university, of trying out odd jobs here and there, of moving out, of travelling, of going to parties, of trying to figure out what I want to do with my future, and also of ignoring my future, because I’m… Read More »Pandemic Reflections

Beauty is the Beast

Cosmetics. Is it a girl’s or boy’s best friend? Is it a great form of releasing innate artistry? Does it boost your self-esteem? Does it help you break gender and sexual boundaries in a bigoted and prejudiced society? Whatever be the case, it seems as if the appreciation for make-up… Read More »Beauty is the Beast

The good in the bad: Toxic-positivity

Toxic positivity  is the belief that focuses only on positive emotions and on the positive aspects of life and as a consequence, ignores sadness, anger or other negative feelings; It encompasses the things we need to be able to live a much happier and healthier life.  Toxic positivity is something… Read More »The good in the bad: Toxic-positivity

The Arrest of Paul Rusesabagina

As Westerners living in peace and comfort, most of us have never had to experience bloody conflicts and instability in our lives. As a result, we lack the capacity to fear such cruelties, we lack the capacity to imagine instability, and ultimately, we lack the ability to foresee brutal scenarios… Read More »The Arrest of Paul Rusesabagina

Russian Tremors at the Pantheon

The mass of protesters started gathering at the Pantheon around 11 AM yesterday. The skies threatened them with an angry downpour, which never came to pass. Age-wise, they were an assorted bunch; from parents with toddlers to students to the elderly. Country-wise, they were from all over the world; from… Read More »Russian Tremors at the Pantheon

Disability inclusion: an issue which matters

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Although violations of human rights are a daily issue all over the globe in many different ways, we live in a “fairer” world today, a world that is increasingly taking care of minorities. In this context, media has been used by social movements to spread their message, encouraging people to… Read More »Disability inclusion: an issue which matters

Intergenerational Learning: A conversation with a 62 year old.

Intergenerational learning is an approach that involves learning between different generations; it helps people learn about the world, themselves and others. It is a reciprocal process that involves all, in a mutually beneficial system of teaching and learning. It promotes understanding and increases tolerance towards people of other generations.  Through… Read More »Intergenerational Learning: A conversation with a 62 year old.

Trump’s Demise

“And we fight. We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore. Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavours have not yet begun.” These were the words of Donald Trump during his rally on the 6th of January, in Washington D.C.… Read More »Trump’s Demise

Inauguration Day

USA, January 20, 2021 That of the 46th president of the United States is an inauguration without a crowd, in a cold and empty Washington, reminiscent of the assault on Congress on January 6 and where a bomb threat caused the evacuation of the Supreme Court. Former presidents Bill Clinton,… Read More »Inauguration Day

The Trials and Tribulations of India’s Adolescence 

    Around a year ago, I had received a translated copy of  “The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea” by Yukio Mishima. To me it looked like a mere sob story, but the outline of the novella was surprisingly linked to a modern issue which remains overlooked.  Filled… Read More »The Trials and Tribulations of India’s Adolescence 

Uganda: when accessing the Internet is going political

Uganda, an East African country bordering Congo and Kenya, is going through dark days for human rights. On Thursday 14 January, after a long-running campaign between Yoweri Museveni, vying for a 6th term, and Bobi Wine, MP and youth favourite singer, the country voted. A tense electoral process for the… Read More »Uganda: when accessing the Internet is going political

A Disturbance in the Force

This is a cartoon done by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Adam Zyglis. He’s great, and this picture pretty much sets the vibe for this post. Hello everyone. This stuff is just weird for me to write but still, here I am. 2020 was a tough year. There’s no easier way… Read More »A Disturbance in the Force

Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: An African Heritage Activist

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Mr Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza is an activist with a rising profile who gained notoriety for his stance supporting the repatriation of African artifacts obtained during the French colonial era from French museums and back to their countries of origin. Born in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, he… Read More »Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: An African Heritage Activist

The road to a clean life starts with a clean home

In a world where everything is new, innovative, useful, fast and replaceable, it is difficult to appreciate the little things. Thanks to the growth of the offer,every day,new products come out, in order to fulfil the needs of a new, growing, and more demanding population.  It is in this new… Read More »The road to a clean life starts with a clean home

For a radical practice of love and hope. Erich Fromm’s socialist humanism

One of the most common things that high school students get to hear from their teachers or tutors is that they should be ready to get out of the cosy cocoon of school to face the “sharks out there’’, ready to rip them apart. They, therefore, are encouraged to beware… Read More »For a radical practice of love and hope. Erich Fromm’s socialist humanism

Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment How Women Can Get Top Jobs Are women treated differently than men in the workplace? Although the answer to this question for some is “no”, some shocking facts reveal the harsh truth about the way society undervalues women’s qualities and talents. Moreover, this prejudice inevitably leads to women… Read More »Women Empowerment

THE MOVIE HOUSE-CHRISTMAS EDITION

Guess who’s back with some terrific Christmas suggestions.  This time it’s not films, but tv series!  Our favorite Christmas episodes from some of the most famous tv series of all time!  Glee (Season 3 episode 9): “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”.   If you’re looking for spending Christmas time in the name… Read More »THE MOVIE HOUSE-CHRISTMAS EDITION

Why the 60’s and 70’s are the Greatest Decades of Music

Two words; progressiveness and innovation, that is what the 60’s and 70’s is all about in terms of music. The decade saw a vast advancement in multiple genres and was introduced to many other sub-genres as well. So many of these changes in the musical scenery have influenced current pop-culture… Read More »Why the 60’s and 70’s are the Greatest Decades of Music

What does it mean to be Queer?

“Queer”. If you translate it on Google, you will get a bunch of different meanings: odd, spooky, freaky, creepy, strange, unusual, eccentric, unorthodox, unconventional, OUT OF THE ORDINARY and other 20 synonyms. This word was originally used to insult gay people, the first recorded written example of its use as… Read More »What does it mean to be Queer?

Demisexuals: the pride and the prejudices

Someone may assume that nothing could make bigots happier than someone who preselve themselves until the right  person and the right moment come, but that is not the case, and demisexuals know it too well. But let’s take a step back: what is demisexuality?   Demisexuality is a sexual orientation… Read More »Demisexuals: the pride and the prejudices

Children in a global pandemic: what are the consequences?

In order to protect the psychological wellbeing, each one of us needs to be in control. A single critical event is enough to disrupt our balance, but instead of a single event we have to deal with a global emergency such as the one of Covid-19, it has shown that… Read More »Children in a global pandemic: what are the consequences?

Life in the future

The world we are living in right now is influenced by new technology everyday. Just take a look at your home; we have around us  devices that make our life way easier. Technology is advancing at a very high speed, which is both a good and a bad thing, the… Read More »Life in the future

FROM BLACK TO GREEN FRIDAY: A NECESSARY TRANSACTION

BLACK NOVEMBER “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday” and “Single Day” are events dedicated to shopping lovers from all over the world. Both online and offline,they are days in which people around the world queue physically or virtually to grab the best deals on the market. Not even Covid-19 has stopped this… Read More »FROM BLACK TO GREEN FRIDAY: A NECESSARY TRANSACTION

Over the Rainbow… with the Friends of Dorothy: Garland’s iconic status in the Queer world

I’ve always taken ‘The Wizard of Oz’ very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it. – Judy Garland. Saying that Judy Garland is an important figure in the LGBTQIA+ world would be just an understatement… Read More »Over the Rainbow… with the Friends of Dorothy: Garland’s iconic status in the Queer world

How to react to a coming out

Coming out of the closet, mostly known as coming out, is the conscious decision of a member of the LGBTQIA+ community to “reveal” their gender identity or sexual orientation to their family, friends, or the general public. It happens when someone willingly shares a part of their identity with someone… Read More »How to react to a coming out

Covid-Vaccines, let’s clear up some doubts!

  The holy grail of medical research in 2020 is finally here. Pharmaceutical companies have apparently developed an effective vaccine against Covid; this is a great result showing the wonders of modern medicine. But all the hope and joy that such an event was seeming to bring have been replaced… Read More »Covid-Vaccines, let’s clear up some doubts!

LAB4ALL Champions The Great Cause of HYGIENE

A new proposal for student’s education Our GG Alumni association is moving forward with a partnership which was started in July, namely the Lab4All initiative, launched by two associations: Orizzonte and SeedScience, which started collaborating last year. They came up with this project by merging their two missions. We saw… Read More »LAB4ALL Champions The Great Cause of HYGIENE

The Italian CPRs: modern lagers for migrants before our eyes?

The CPRs, which stands for Centri di Permanenza per il Rimpatrio (Permanence Centres for Repatriation), are employed to identify and deport from the Italian territory the irregular migrants. On paper, they might seem completely adequate to their goal, but many organizations argue that the time of detention is too long… Read More »The Italian CPRs: modern lagers for migrants before our eyes?

Dismantling Hindu Fundamentalism: Ethnic Nationalism with Fascist Undertones?

I’d like to start by saying that this is not an attack on the believers of Hindutva. More than anything, this is a lament of a 20-year-old who sees his world crumbling before him. Writing this essay from an objective, academic perspective has been extremely difficult for me and I… Read More »Dismantling Hindu Fundamentalism: Ethnic Nationalism with Fascist Undertones?

Nature: Mother or Stepmother

Nature in the arts from Romanticism to Futurism. How do humans relate to nature? Moreover, how did this relationship change through time, through historical eras and revolutions? Is humanity a part of nature or is nature an external entity? Do people have the right to exploit nature and use it… Read More »Nature: Mother or Stepmother

The queerest Parliament in the world: New Zealand

New Zealand has elected the queerest Parliament in the world since the last elections in October 2020. How has New Zealand got to the point to reach this result? What’s the history behind such a progressive achievement, not only for the country itself but also for the ones witnessing such… Read More »The queerest Parliament in the world: New Zealand

The Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) takes place every year on 20 November all around the world. It was first established to honor trans people murdered in transphobia-motivated crimes, and is now the highlight of Transgender Awareness Week. Trans people and their allies come together for candlelight vigils, tributes to… Read More »The Transgender Day of Remembrance

How not to go crazy during a pandemic?

Do you ever want to just lie on the floor? Unplug your phone, turn off the lights, leaving only one dimly lit lamp in the corner of the room, and just lay on the floor. Staring at the ceiling and not thinking about anything. Or, conversely, think about something. You… Read More »How not to go crazy during a pandemic?

The women of Poland defying the lockdown and protesting for their rights

On October 23rd, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal enacted a judgement that voided the 1993 Law on abortion. The part which formerly allowed the termination of pregnancy within the first 12 weeks; in case of serious or irreversible fetus’ malformations or syndromes was revoked. The right of abortion remains valid in… Read More »The women of Poland defying the lockdown and protesting for their rights

(Democratic) Party in the U.S.A.

The recent presidential race in the United States has certainly been, apart from the Covid19 pandemic, one of the most relevant events of this challenging 2020 and we’d be lying if we were to say that none of us followed the election process with bated breath and a great dose… Read More »(Democratic) Party in the U.S.A.

My Gayversations

READER DISCRETION ADVISED. CONTAINS OFFENSIVE USAGE. It’s been a while since I wrote anything for TGO. I’d like to say that my duties as Co-Editor in Chief has been keeping me busy, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The real reason why I refrained from writing anything was… Read More »My Gayversations

QUEER is here and we will survive

Queer was born out of rage. My rage. When I was growing up, I remember being always extremely angry. I felt uncomfortable doing anything other teenagers were doing. I felt out of place. I remember the crying. And, trust me, there were tons of it. I recall the bullying. And,… Read More »QUEER is here and we will survive

Requiem for Suffragettes

feminism : (/ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/) the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state.

A ripped page of a living past.

Never thought there could still be a vivid existing context where you can ‘feel’ the presence of the spirits of the world wars as if they were still inhabiting our world, and see everything they brought along in a social context where heterogeneity has given rise to homogeneity , where… Read More »A ripped page of a living past.

Aeroponics systems as a local answer to global issues

  In France, where I come from, you learn in the first year of highschool to manipulate and understand the Maslow Pyramid of human’s needs. What you discover, back then, is the already intuitively felt importance of food and water, placed among the “physiological needs”, at the bottom of the… Read More »Aeroponics systems as a local answer to global issues

Get organised to be recognised

How entertainment industry workers reacted to the damage caused by Covid-19. The Covid-19 situation has weakened the careers of workers in almost every field and workplace. It has shown how fragile the balances of our economic system are. It has affected the world of work threatening the well-being of millions… Read More »Get organised to be recognised

A common policy for climate change: how to avoid a catastrophic future

During the diplomacy festival, Global Governance students of the second year had the opportunity  to attend an event about climate change, in particular regarding the urgent need for a common  policy involving climate change in order to avoid a future catastrophe. It is evident now more than ever before, how… Read More »A common policy for climate change: how to avoid a catastrophic future

Vegan Burger or Fake Burger?

During these last two years, there has been a significant growth in the number of people who decide to switch their own way of eating from an omnivorous diet to a more vegetarian or, as it is called now, plant-based one. The latter represents the adoption of a new way… Read More »Vegan Burger or Fake Burger?

TRIP IN TIME – BACK TO USSR

Coming from an Eastern post-Soviet country I can feel the USSR in each detail from my city. Going for a walk I see brick apartment buildings (Khrushchyovka) all having the same facade with small windows symbolizing how citizens should live in perfect equality, without having the right to choose. I… Read More »TRIP IN TIME – BACK TO USSR

Update on the new Italian measures against Covid: the DPCM of October 24th

Picture from http://www.ilmessaggero.it Here’s a summary of the Prime Ministerial Decree of the 24th of October that will be in force from October 26th to November 24th: RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE Bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlors, pastry shops will close at 18:00. The maximum people allowed at the table is… Read More »Update on the new Italian measures against Covid: the DPCM of October 24th

COVID-19 AND DIGITAL FASHION: A NEW ERA OF FASHION?

Streaming fashion seemed a concept very far from the mind of any exponent of fashion. However, due to COVID-19, it was necessary to take a leap forward in time and come up with new concepts to be the future of the fashion system. Milan, Paris, New York, and London Digital… Read More »COVID-19 AND DIGITAL FASHION: A NEW ERA OF FASHION?

Protests in Indonesia

What about Indonesia?  The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, located in Southeast Asia and Oceania, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. With the population over 273 million people, it is the world’s 4th most populous country as well as the most-populous Muslim-majority country.   Economic side of… Read More »Protests in Indonesia

Vintage fashion- a sustainable trend?

More often than not, when opening their wardrobes people will complain about their lack of clothes and just go out to buy more. Fast fashion stores are probably where they are going to satisfy their craving for new pieces: it is possible to find the latest fad for very convenient… Read More »Vintage fashion- a sustainable trend?

Witch Hunt

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble. For a charm of powerful trouble, can witches actually be real? Without a doubt, throughout the whole of human history, people have believed in supernatural powers existing and sometimes even manipulating people’s lives along with the course of the world.… Read More »Witch Hunt

Mafalda: a universal icon

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On September 30th, 2020, Argentina and the whole world lost one of the best cartoonists of the last century: Quino, mainly known as the creator of ‘’Mafalda’’, which, over the years, has become a symbol of rebellion all over the world. Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, his complete name, was born… Read More »Mafalda: a universal icon

Moria Fire in the European Scenario: How Far Has the Debate Got?

Written by: Anna Nardone, Arina Lopukhina Until now, the Moria migrant facility on the Greek island of Lesbos was seen as the most faithful representation of hell on earth, despite rarely making big headlines. Nobody could predict that, after the fire occurred in the night between the 8th and the… Read More »Moria Fire in the European Scenario: How Far Has the Debate Got?

The Nagorno-Karabakh, 30 years lasting conflict, is still reality

On Sunday the 27th of September, the heaviest clash since 2016 erupted, creating destruction and spreading fear. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict that involves Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and several other close districts, which are de facto controlled by the self-declared Republic… Read More »The Nagorno-Karabakh, 30 years lasting conflict, is still reality

Intersectional Feminism: what is it?

I am sure that every person has met at least once in their life, someone that considers themselves a feminist, but what is feminism? This movement started out in the 19th century, thanks to the women we know as the “suffragettes”. Initially it was a Women’s Organisation fighting for their… Read More »Intersectional Feminism: what is it?

The Legacy of Zafòn: an untold tale

Carlos Ruiz Zafòn was one of the most prominent contemporary writers and by far, one of my all time favourites. He died at the age of 55 on the 19th June 2020, leaving behind a precious legacy difficult to unfold and impossible to explain. Nevertheless, trying to describe it, is definitely worth a… Read More »The Legacy of Zafòn: an untold tale

The “Mole People”, those who live in city’s sewers and underground.

Thousands of homeless people live under the streets where their dignity and basic human rights fails to be achieved. Sleeping in a warm bed and having a roof over your head isn’t a luxury available to everyone. In fact, the people who live in the city’s sewers and underground, better… Read More »The “Mole People”, those who live in city’s sewers and underground.

From greenwashing to pinkwashing: all the shades of brand activism, behind the facade

One of the most popular marketing strategies of the past few years has been associating one’s brand to social issues. Whoever uses social networks, surfs the internet, or just watches TV, can easily recall a promotional campaign in which the product advertised endorsed messages related to female empowerment, multiculturalism or… Read More »From greenwashing to pinkwashing: all the shades of brand activism, behind the facade

CORONA TALKS- a conversation with Professor Hauwa Ibrahim

As students, we have started this section trying to give as much information as we possibly can being obviously limited by our young age and our limited knowledge. This has brought us to the decision of involving in this project professionals who can help us understand better the situation in… Read More »CORONA TALKS- a conversation with Professor Hauwa Ibrahim

What the tech?!

A conversation with Tommaso Valletti The focus of the meeting was linked with Mr. Tommaso Valletti’s reflections on in the last few years as an economist: he studied the last developments in the world about economics, policies and technology. The importance of data and his research to gain and study… Read More »What the tech?!

Capitalism and Environment: the other disease

The world is facing a global health crisis, but wasn’t the  planet already sick?   While the number of living vertebrates diminished of 60% between between 1970 and 2014, the oil production never stopped increasing (i.e chart below). In August 2018, the global world production passed the 100 billions barrels per… Read More »Capitalism and Environment: the other disease

THE MOVIE HOUSE

Beautiful Boy (U.K., 2019) Starring: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan Written By: Luke Davies, Felix van Groeningen Directed By: Felix van Groeningen Genre: Drama  Running time: 120 minutes  Curiosities: Beautiful Boy is the adaptation for the big screen not of one but of two autobiographies: Beautiful Boy,… Read More »THE MOVIE HOUSE

Unlocking the locked, and the ‘possible’

Isn’t this suspended time of quarantine already long enough to allow us to subject the components of the current system to examination and to assess them, before deciding whether we want to contribute to its repair, or seek a better one?

The Promised Land and a Villain

(Karahasan, Sefa. 2020 Ledra Protest. Unite Cyprus Now, DHA News Agency, 7 March 2020, https://www.facebook.com/unitecyprusnow/photos/a.1541251715886040/3053942934616903/?type=3&theater) Today we are flying off to a little island in the heart of the Mediterranean (Sea); which is as the rest of the world, also fighting with the “common enemy” in disguise as a virus.… Read More »The Promised Land and a Villain

Why Every Kid Should Learn How To Sail

A few weeks ago I stumbled across an article that analyzed an articles’ point of view on the benefits of sailing while being a kid. It basically described the benefits of taking sailing lessons while being a young child and adolescent. This sport can help in many ways to form… Read More »Why Every Kid Should Learn How To Sail

SARAMAGO’S “BLINDNESS” AND COVID-19. HOW LITERATURE DESCRIBES THE PRESENT

    The literature describes everything that happened yesterday and everything that will happen tomorrow, and our aim as readers is the one of being careful to seize up those features that help us to understand our past and that teaches us how to face the future. Starting from this… Read More »SARAMAGO’S “BLINDNESS” AND COVID-19. HOW LITERATURE DESCRIBES THE PRESENT

JOKER finally at peace with himself

 This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from the film, ‘Joker.’ (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Smile, because it confuses people. Smile, because it’s easier than explaining what is killing you inside. Arthur is mentally unstable. He works as a clown to pay… Read More »JOKER finally at peace with himself

Barking dogs never bite…

Bearing the brunt of the Cold War, The United States and the Soviet Union divided Korea into two sovereign states in 1948 with the border set at the 38th parallel. In the South, an export-led economic boom, industrialization, and technological advances created an enviably prosperous state. In the current world,… Read More »Barking dogs never bite…

Homosexuality and Ancient Greece: An Uneasy Relationship

How many times have we heard older generations saying “back in my day this didn’t happen” about any issue they opposed? And how many times have we heard this phrase referred to homosexuality or sexual orientations other than heterosexuality? I do not know about you, but I have heard it… Read More »Homosexuality and Ancient Greece: An Uneasy Relationship