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
“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 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
—- 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
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
“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?
What if one day you publish an article on the Global Observer, and the next morning a special forces unit tears down your front door, brutally searches the rooms, and confiscates most of your belongings for “investigating purposes”? Unfortunately, team members of DOXA, an HSE student-run magazine, no longer need… Read More »DOXA: Student Media under Police Attack
Everybody who lives in Italy knows that, every year, on the 25th of April, Italians give their opinion and comments on the meaning of this day. They often argue and fight: some celebrate this holiday, while others criticise it. But what does this celebration really mean for Italy? The 25th… Read More »25th of April: a Day to Celebrate
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.
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”
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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