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”

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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”

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

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 

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

  • by Oriana

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

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

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

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?!

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?

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

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…