Social Issues

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”

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

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

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

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

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?

DOXA: Student Media under Police Attack

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

25th of April: a Day to Celebrate

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 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

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 

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

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

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