Culture

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

Cancel culture

Cancel culture refers to the practice of withdrawing support for public figures and companies after they have done or said something offensive,it is a rather new phenomenon that is often encountered on many online social platforms. We could call it a modern-day trial, but the only issue is:who is really… Read More »Cancel culture

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

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 enhancement of human elements in schools

In this article the aim is to enhance the roles of teacher and pupil by looking at two important days of the year: 5 October(World Teachers’ Day) and 20 November (World Children’s right day). Concerning these two dates it is important to take in consideration also the 16 of November,… Read More »The enhancement of human elements in schools

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

Europe Don’t Forget about Education & Culture!

The article’s title refers to a webinar, which was held during the Diplomacy Festival. The ‘Diplomacy Festival’ is an event that  was born in 2009 from the awareness of the centrality of Rome in the international arena. It has self recognition as a Medal of the Presidency of the Republic… Read More »Europe Don’t Forget about Education & Culture!

The Movie House…IS BACK!

Catch me if you can (US, 2002):  Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye.  Written by: Jeff Nathanson.  Directed by: Steven Spielberg.  Genre: Biographical crime.   Running time: 141 mins.  Curiosities: The film is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale. [image taken from wikipedia]… Read More »The Movie House…IS BACK!

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

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

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