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[ANALYSIS] The Palestinian Cause: Between the Ideal of Liberation and the Stigma of Terror

“What about Hamas though? Isn’t Israel state violence a lesser evil when compared to the unpredictable warfare of a fundamentalist non-state group seeking power in a war-torn land? These are some of the long-standing objections which, during the last escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, came back to haunt one of the most controversial debates in international relations.
As if supporting Palestine would necessarily mean supporting Hamas, the main organization that is currently fighting on its behalf. Well, this narrative seeking to discredit the cause of Palestine is misleading because it overlooks the fact that supporting the rights of the Palestinian people means acting according to international law, as if such norms had lost adherence to reality and became de facto obsolete. But truth is, in such a complex world shouting “that is not fair” is not enough. Civil society needs to know exactly how to formulate its demands. After all, both Nelson Mandela and Gandhi used to be lawyers, didn’t they?

25 Years After a Conflict: Helping the Youth in Bosnia

Dubioza Kolektiv, a popular Bosnian avant-garde group would say – or rather, sing – that Bosnia-Erzegovina is in Europe “just in Eurosong”. By that, meaning that the country is only welcome as a full-fledged member of Europe when this benefits the image of a multicultural, welcoming continent. But when the lights of Eurovision go off, Bosnia is likely to disappear from the public discourse. If anything, it may come up in conversations simply as the place where “there once was a war”.

In part, this is understandable. How is it possible that a European country could be majority Muslim? Why does it stubbornly refuse to behave like a “normal” democracy? And yet, no matter how divided or unstable, Bosnia is clearly a member of the wobbly, colorful European family.

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