ARTICLE: Noncitizens of Latvia (II): deniezenship or statelessness?


This second paper on the topic of Latvian noncitizens aims to analyse the socio-cultural but specially the political implications of those ethnic Russians that lost all political rights once Latvia restored its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and how the course of time has helped easing their access to Latvian citizenship and therefore gaining political rights in the current Republic of Latvia.

ARTICLE: Noncitizens of Latvia (I): The origins of the issue


This June 17th marked the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union occupation of the Republic of Latvia, and followed the anniversary of the creation of the Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic on the 21st of July 1940. More than fifty years of Soviet domination had severe socio-economic and cultural implications for Latvians but also for those ethnic Russians that were forced to move into the former Soviet Latvia.

ARTICLE: ISIS attacks in Tehran could plunge the Middle East into greater turmoil


Iran experienced its first major ISIS attack on June 7, as armed men and suicide bombers targeted two symbols of the Islamic Republic in Tehran: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum and the Iranian parliament. At least 12 people are reported to have been killed and 42 wounded. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the most powerful force in the country, accused Saudi Arabia for the attacks, saying, “This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the U.S. president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists.

INTERVIEW with Richard Giragosian about Nagorno Karabakh war

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Last year in April the conflict of Nagorno Karabakh, which in fact is a war that started in the eighties and is still ongoing, suffered the major escalation after the ceasefire agreement in 1994. This is an interview held before the Armenian elections, the 22 of march, with Richard Giragosian, the director of the Think Tank Regional Studies Center from Yerevan, also a specialist in the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict.

ARTICLE: Tserovani settlement in Georgia, uncertainty and nostalgia

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Near the ancient city of Mtskheta, 20 km from Tblisi, the capital of Georgia, next to the highway that has the goal to connect the Caspian Sea to the Black sea in what it will be a modern belt that one day will connect Europe and China like in the old silk route, it raises Tserovani, a huge settlement divided in squares and parallel lines that host 2000 cottages and 8.000 inhabitants. The people there are mostly from the region of Akhalgori which was undisputed territory before the war of 2008.

ARTICLE: Lo que no vemos detrás de la purga de Erdogan: desenfoques occidentales


Para muchos en Turquía, el público occidental no entiende el peligro que la comunidad Gülen representa. Las críticas a Erdogan y a sus desproporcionadas purgas no dejan ver la realidad que puede haber detrás. La comunidad Gülen ha sido vista durante años como una amenaza a la democracia turca, primero por la oposición y más tarde por el propio gobierno. Ahora, tras el intento de golpe de julio de 2016, parece que la opinión occidental aún se resiste a considerar la versión más aceptada en Turquía.

ARTICLE: A note on the European Dream


If you want to make your dreams become true, wake up! This phrase of the Chinese philosopher Lao-tsu has proved its value as a source of wisdom for countless calendar mottos until now. Besides its overextended use in popular culture, however, it may give quite an instructive counterpoint to the common understanding of popular dream images. Images that are equally overstretched in their affirmative use, like the US-American dream – or, in our case, the European dream.

ARTICLE: Golpe de Estado en Turquía, golpe de suerte para Erdogan


El mayor desafío a la Turquía de Erdogan puede convertirse, paradójicamente, en el mayor regalo a Erdogan. Tras el fallido golpe de estado, las divisiones dentro de Turquía ya son más que obvias, como también són evidentes las tendencias dictatoriales de Erdogan. Pero lo cierto es que el presidente turco y su partido han sido votados durante 14 años por una mayoría que aún lo apoya – parece que hoy más que nunca, con muchos de sus partidarios saliendo a la calle para detener en masa a los golpistas.

ARTICLE: Acord Turquia-28


L’acord Turquia-UE sobre la crisi dels refugiats sirians ha estat acusada de vulnerar els drets humans i l’estatut dels refugiats per part de l’ACNUR. Primers ministres i caps d’Estat europeus decideixen sobre la vida de milers de refugiats i posen en entredit una vegada més els principis sobre els que diu fonamentar-se Europa. Mentrestant la societat europea -tant de dreta com d’esquerra- ha trobat en la UE el blanc de la seva indignació.

ARTICLE: Els veredictes sobre Karadzic i Seselj del “ICTY” de La Haia sacsegen l’ex-Iugoslàvia


Aquests últims quinze dies dues sentències provinents del tribunal “ad-hoc” per a jutjar crims de la Guerra de Iugoslàvia han aixecat agitació i malestar en diversos fronts. Radovan Karadzic va ser condemnat a quaranta anys el 24 de març. Vojislav Selsej, polític Serbi, un dels ideòlegs de la Gran Sèrbia, que va arribar a ser primer ministre amb Milosevic, va ser absolt de tots els càrrecs el passat 31 de març.

ARTICLE: La Hungría de Orbán


Hungría se está convirtiendo en un país restrictivo para con los refugiados. El Primer Ministro Viktor Orbán ha convocado recientemente un referendum acerca de la situación que vive el país debido a la gran presencia de refugiados mientras cierra las puertas a los solicitantes de asilo para preservar su integridad étnica, cultural y religiosa dentro del continente europeo.

ARTICLE: La “putinització” de Polònia

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La Polònia actual està entrant en una deriva autoritària que mina la base de la seva democràcia. Un gran pes de la religió combinat amb un sentiment identitari molt marcat que es retroalimenta sobretot del seu veí Rússia, ha permès unes grans majories que estan desmuntant una democràcia jove sorgida de les cendres del comunisme.

ARTICLE: Sargsyan Government has changed the Constitution of Armenia

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The Republic of Armenia held a referendum on 6 December last year to apply a new constitution. The President Serzh Sargsyan was determined to change the political system of the country with a new law which among other things will change the government system from a semi-presidential to a new parliamentarian model with second round. There were two main movements against the reform which are trying to rise awareness about the danger that this new law could suppose for the country.

ARTICLE: Demanding a cleansing: Moldova’s anti-corruption protests


News coming from Moldova hit the international media on the week of January 18th, 2016. Widespread demonstrations asking for elections struck Moldova’s capital Chisinau. But this political crisis has not come out of nothing and has a clear sequence of events that explains it. Although the protests could be read from the perspective of geopolitics as yet another clash between “Western” and Russian interests, most of what is happening in Moldova can be explained by plain corruption and internal political rivalries.

NOTES ON: “El conflicte sirià: una mirada crítica”

El dijous 4 de febrer l’Associació Joventuts d’Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya del barri de Sant Antoni de Barcelona (@JERCSantAntoni) va organitzar una xerrada sobre el conflicte sirià “El conflicte sirià: una mirada crítica”. Les ponents eren: Mayssaa Refai (Associació Sírio-Catalana per la Llibertat i la Democràcia); (del Comitè de Solidaritat amb el Poble Sirià i periodista del Diari Ara) i Anna Palou (membre de Stop Mare Mortum).
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