In honour of Svetlana Alexievich’s awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015, I unearthed my first-impression review written four years ago of Zinky Boys, a masterpiece of non-fiction writing. I just finished reading Zinky Boys and I don’t feel very well. The stories Alexievich reports are like a fist in the stomach, every single …
Leiden University wants to lay off the only person who’s been teaching Russian in the International Studies and Liberal Arts and Science BAs in the past three years to avoid offering her a permanent contract.
Today is International Workers’ Day. If I were in Italy now I’d probably be coming home from the May 1st demonstration. I started going when I was a child, with my grandpa. It was usually a clear Spring day, the red flags of the parties and the unions shining against the blue sky. Then I …
Words are crucial elements in the process of remembrance. Primo Levi’s words resonates through time and space to keep memory alive. He was liberated from Auschwitz 70 years ago today.
This year’s Peace Prize has to be understood as a union of both Malala and Mr. Satyarthi. Focusing on Malala only not only diminishes the impressive work that Mr. Satyarthi has carried out, but also is missing the point of the award.
Given the audience and the attention receive, Watson actually missed an opportunity to properly discuss the issue at the heart of the fight for gender equality worldwide: the idea of privilege, both in terms of gender, and also in terms of social class.
Sanctions on energy trade with Russia present an opportunity for Western companies to trade with another country with poor human rights record and authoritarian rule: Azerbaijan. Their envoy is democracy’s champion Tony Blair.
A Supreme Court ruling that brings women and workers’ rights back to Feudalism.