The “Shadow Pandemic” and its implications for the MENA-region: Domestic violence on the rise

Silently, a “Shadow pandemic” has begun amidst the COVID-19 crisis: Worldwide, a rise in domestic violence has been recorded since the outbreak of COVID-19. Women in the MENA-region find themselves especially at risk. Even before COVID-19, the Eastern Mediterranean Region had the second highest prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) worldwide, …

Towards the normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel?

While most of the Arab countries do not officially recognize the state of Israel over the latter’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, common concerns in the past thirty years over regionals issues have brought the different parties closer. However, The announcement of Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu on July 1st, …

SAFER – The looming environmental and humanitarian disaster off Yemen’s shore

A 45 year old supertanker carrying 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil is decaying just 60 kilometers off the shore of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, threatening the Yemeni population, Red Sea littoral countries and Red Sea ecosystems. The vessel was part of Yemen’s national oil infrastructure but fell …

The Libyan Quagmire: The failure of the international community to engage in a constructive peace process

Following a peace summit in Berlin on 19th January 2020 about the civil war in Libya, and the intensification of violence from February until July, Yacoub El Hillo, the United Nations’ (UN) resident and humanitarian coordinator for Libya, argued that “We are witnessing a protracted conflict severely impacting civilians in …

Learning to Participate: Who educates young people on political participation and how?

Several actors embark on the endeavour of educating young people on political participation. Schools, media, family and peers have a key role in this process. Besides them, youth workers, and the youth sector more broadly, also play a role in the participation landscape. Their untapped and underestimated potential could reveal …

Niedrige Löhne und höhere Preise

Die alltägliche Re-/Produktion von Weiblichkeit kann teuer sein: Der pinke Rasierer kostet ein paar Cent mehr als der blaue, das Hemd ist billiger als die vergleichbare Hemdbluse, der Deospray Cotton Dry kostet zwar gleich viel wie Cobalt Dry für Männer*, letzterer enthält aber doppelt so viel Inhalt. Gender Pricing bezeichnet …

Systemwechsel in Österreich

Österreich hat im 20. Jahrhundert fünf Systemwechsel erlebt: 1918, 1933/34, 1938, 1945 und 1995. Die herrschende Ansicht nimmt zwischen dem Beginn der Republik vom 30. Oktober 1918 bis heute eine Kontinuität unseres Staatswesens an. Die Jahre 1933 bis 1945 werden freilich davon ausgenommen. „Politologisch ist dieser Befund aber nicht haltbar, …

The European Green Deal: a new “normality” after the pandemic crisis?

The European Union in its entirety is at a crossroads and will have to choose between continuing on  as heir of the European Coal and Steel Community or to initiate a new era of society that is economically sustainable, socially sustainable, and circular  in the sense of promoting an integrated …

Lehrer*innenbildung und Demokratie

Lehrer*innen erfüllen in demokratischen Gesellschaften wichtige Aufgaben. Trotz verstärkter öffentlicher Debatten um diese Aufgaben gelingt es der Lehrer*innenbildung aktuell aber nicht, Studierende ausreichend auf sie vorzubereiten – einige Ideen, um das zu ändern, sollen in diesem Beitrag vorgestellt werden. Lehrer*innen und Demokratie Die Rolle von Bildung für die Demokratie wird …