Category Archives: Global Politics

Israel-Palestine: with us or against us? Neither, thank you (2014)

The world isn’t black and white. Those who demand of you to be “with us or against us” start on the wrong foot.
In the current escalation (July 2014) of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict I often get accused by one side or the other to be taking the opposite side. That is one of the keys: [...]

So you are alive, but do you also exist? (2014)

I haste to declare that I jot down these notes in drunken stupor, so I beg the reader’s forgiveness for any odd sounding or potentially offensive verb. However, do believe the content of my words, it is genuine and verifiable. Besides, don’t blame me, but a country where a bottle of reasonably good, unsophisticated, additive-free [...]

Attenti al lupo! (2014)

Ieri un’amica mi ha detto “ma lo sai che un mio amico mi ha detto che ha letto che in Inghilterra ormai i musulmani sono più del 50 %?!!”
Al che ho cortesemente detto alla mia amica che il suo amico probabilmente aveva letto male e non si era curato di pensare prima e controllare poi. [...]

A semiotic analysis of the feature film “Holly” revealing latent Orientalism in XXIst century representations on the background of human trafficking in a globalised, post-colonial world (2011)

Index
Abstract – page 3
Holly, film’s synopsis
1) Introduction and context – page 4
Globalisation and human trafficking
2) Literature review and theoretical framework – page 8
Introduction
Sources
3) Methodology and methods – page 11
Semiology and semiotics
Time span and nature of sources
Why and how looking at a feature film
4) Findings, arguments, results – page 15
Starting points
Holly, the reality and its representation
Othering: [...]

Global multiculture: does globalisation imply cultural homogenisation? (2011)

What we are is often better defined by simple elements of daily life than deep philosophical ideas. It’s the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the way we organize our living spaces that really spell our identity, what Bourdieu (1986, 1993) calls “habitus” and “structuring structures” – how is globalisation influencing what we are?
Throughout [...]

Immigration: reality and perception (2010)

The debate on immigration is as heated as ever, but is mainly based on false premises and mistakenly seen as separate from the wider socio-historical context of migration. The reality of data greatly differs from the way the issue is presented by politicians and the media, and perceived by the general [...]

Immigration – short introduction (2010)

The perception of immigration and the impact it has on local economy and employment are distorted by the media and government propaganda.
The Home Office UK Border Agency site publishes constantly updated statistics. The November 2009 data show that immigration to the UK has been decreasing in recent years. 2009 has seen a reduction of [...]

Us and the “others” (2010)

Do scientific formulations of ‘racial difference’ continue to circulate?
The perception of the “sources of truth” shifts with time. The concept of “race” was originally based on scientific reasoning that, in the age of Enlightenment, when science was replacing religion in the minds of people, made it plausible and justified slavery.
Over a century after the abolition [...]

Identity (2009)

Identity is a complex and delicate web, almost invisible, it takes time to create, it can withstand great stress, but severing one of its threads can make it collapse irremediably.
Local identities are precious and make up for the richness of world’s cultural diversity, essential to the vitality and continuous evolution of our societies, which depend [...]

First impressions after 9/11 (2001)

September 2001
People in the USA have access to information and education, one would expect them to be able to look at reality with their own eyes, yet the majority seem to believe the most incredible lies their leaders tell them. How could you expect people who have been born in total ignorance and misery to [...]

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