500 Words on Brexit

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That ever-useful distinction between ‘ideologues’ (crudely, those who put ideas before people, whatever their motives) and ‘pragmatists’ (those who put people’s needs before ideas) seems nowhere more relevant than in Britain today. The UK has proved a perfect environment for ideologues whose chief idea - Brexit - reflects (but only [...]
30 Jan 2020 Read more

Protests in the Czech Republic: A Perspective From Russia

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Last weekend, on 16 November 2019, dissatisfied citizens gathered for large-scale demonstrations all over the Czech Republic, demanding the resignation of the sitting Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The biggest demonstration took place in Prague, where about 300 000 people took to the streets. As a part of the Forum Solidarity Group’s mission, the Russian activists Evgenia Kulakova (St. Petersburg Memorial) and Miroslav Mishinov (Movement of Сonscientious Objectors to Military Service, St. Petersburg) came to observe how the Czech citizens exercise their right to peaceful assembly.

21 Nov 2019 Read more

Sea Watch: Whose Guilt It Really Is

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In 2015, Europe had faced the total number of asylum applications rising to a record level since European Union foundation. Several political actors took this opportunity and shifted the narrative on migration by using a very strong anti-humanitarian language and converting the already existing legal and physical “Fortress Europe” into [...]
28 Aug 2019 Read more

No Technology Comes As “Climate Shadowless”

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It is more than great to hear about symbolic steps, such as the recent Amnesty International Award for Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future Movement. But does this make us thoughtful? I mean, really thoughtful? When we talk about climate issues, we should demand the best possible technologies and [...]
15 Jul 2019 Read more