Hero’s Burial of President Marcos

The Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, who served as president of a dictatorial regime from 1972 until 1981, was interred in a Heroes’ Cemetery on November 18th, 2016. Although groups petitioned for the cancellation of this internment, on August 8th, 2017 the Supreme Court finally decided to affirm the ruling authorizing …

JobStart Philippines: A Promising Project with Some Obstacles

School-to-Work (STW) Transition has been persistent in the Philippines, and this has translated to the country’s youth unemployment problems (Canlas, M & Pardalis, M., 2009)  – specifically, there are 1.19 million unemployed Filipinos from 15 to 24 years of age (PSA, 2016). In response to this, the Philippine government started …

On Fire. Memory and Conflagration in Guatemala.

The fire in the Grenfell Tower in East London on June 14, 2017, has caused Europe-wide consternation. The tragedy has left 79 dead or missing persons dead or missing behind, shedding light on the possible ignorance on behalf of English authorities. At the beginning of this year, another fire blaze …

Urban Labs als neue Impulsgeber einer integrativen Stadtentwicklung

Um den komplexen und vielfältigen Herausforderungen städtischer Entwicklung angemessen zu begegnen, braucht es integrative und wertbasierte Lösungsansätze. Derzeit erleben „Urban Labs“ als neue Form der städtischen Verwaltung und BürgerInnenbeteiligung einen Aufschwung in Europa. Da EntscheidungsträgerInnen und PraktikerInnen bei der Initiierung und Etablierung solch innovativer Governance-Ansätze mit vielfältigen Schwierigkeiten konfrontiert sind, …

Islamic Diversity Adds to Social Cohesion in Post-Immigration Europe

The alleged ghosts haunting Post-Immigration Europe are varied, yet somehow related to Islam. For numerous reasons, Islam is perceived and described as an obstacle to social cohesion in Europe. However, these notions presume a relation between Islam and politics that does not reflect the faith of the majority of Muslims …