The Mediterranean is a place of apparent difference, but one in which politics and culture are often more similar than we might at first suspect. This blog looks at Italy, Egypt and the relationship each has with the other shore of the 'Med', thinking about political trends in both countries, reflecting on the dangers and opportunities for democracy each of these experiences presents us with.

 

For those who missed the Italian general elections last month, here is a small summary of the issues at stake which first appeared in Egypt Independent a couple of weeks ago as "An Italian spring? Italy’s 2013 general election." ---- As results from Italy’s general elections on 24–25 February began...
The recent surprise success of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (Five Star Movement, or M5S) in Italy's recent elections and the heavy losses suffered by both Berlusconi and his centre-left counterparts in the Democratic Party have produced a kind of Mexican standoff in which the stakes are not just who...
There has never been such rejoicing at the resignation of a post-war Prime Minster as was on display yesterday in the streets of Rome: music, popped champagne and dancing in the streets, and much talk of a page being turned in Italian history. This, however, remains to be seen. Berlusconi has...

This blog aims to provide readers with a clearer understanding of the full realm of actions being taken by global citizens in the name of environmentalism by focusing on the “underside” of the environmental movement through critical analysis of issues like greenwashing, ecoterrorism, and radical environmentalism.

How Our Digitized Lifestyle is Costing the Environment in BIG Ways Example 1: To start, take paper-saving, a simple action most people would associate with “sustainability” without a second thought. In other words, many of us are under the impression that going “paperless” is good for the...
Let's start by defining the term "environmental racism." Environmental racism is policy or practice that differentially affects or disadvantages (intentionally or unintentionally) individuals, groups, or communities because of their race and/or class. Poor communities and communities of color often...
Greenwashers is a documentary film by Bret Malley which was first released last year. It is truly the first film of its kind, as it tackles the truths of greenwashing head-on in a variety of comedic, satirical, and shocking ways, through a "mash-up of real commercials, live events, examples, and...

Łukasz W. Niparko invites YOU to come to the SOLIDARITY Avenue; to the space where we recreate the agora of free-thinking individuals who are not afraid of speaking their minds and are ready to shape reality! SOLIDARITY Avenue is a name of the street in Poznań, Poland and memorizes the Polish Movement of Solidarity, which became a platform of freedom operating inside the regime.

 

When most of mainstream media attention in the last couple of days was concerned about the fall due to an overdose of some Hollywood star, and another young celebrity that may go that way very soon. When our commentators were so concerned “why the fifth circle of the Olympic symbol did not work at...
Have YOU seen it yet? See it! This is how we treat people in the 21st century, in the middle of Europe... Look carefully how people are STRIPPED from their Human Rights, their humanity - watch how our society is dealing with migrants, with fellow human beings who dream about better life and seek...

This blog aims to expose some of the underreported stories behind the queer movement.  I would like the challenge the idea that gender and sexuality are binary.  It will also serve as a resource to trans-attracted people.

Este artículo fue traducido de su versión original en Inglés por Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez. Jennicet es una activista con mucha pasión por la igualdad y justicia social. Miembro del grupo Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.   Después del trágico suicidio de Leelah Alcorn, una chica...
After the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl from Ohio, I have some words for parents and partners of trans people.  Those two groups— the people that raise trans people and the people that date them—should be on the front lines, hand-in -hand with trans folk in...
Due to our patriarchal society there is a large wage gap between men and women.  Sarah Silverman, writer and comedian, came up with a seemingly logical solution to this problem: get a sex change.  While obviously a well-meaning joke meant to draw attention to a serious issue, her proposed...

Urban poverty affects too many people to ignore.  Weave blogger Steve Peraza is exploring the problem's many dimensions and thinking through possible ways to solve it.

A greater percentage of Americans suffer poverty today than when Dr. King was assassinated. The poverty rate in 1968 was approximately 12.8%; today it’s 15%. As poverty plagues more and more people, U.S. leaders propose provisional and fragmented solutions to the problem. Where are the big ideas...
One Region Forward An eclectic mix of educators, legal professionals, and community activists convened today at the Olmstead Center for Sight in downtown Buffalo to attend the first of four sessions in One Region Forward’s Citizen Planning School, an educational program designed “to empower...
If you're going to do it, why not step outside?In my neighborhood it’s not uncommon to see drivers smoking cigarettes in their cars with young children in the backseat. According to a recent study, poverty has something to do with it. Whatever the reason, parents really should stop lighting...

In our global society, filled with consumerism and materialism, Weave blogger Kate Higgins believes there to be a significant gap between who consumes a product and who consumes the trash said product produces. Where does it all really go? This blog aims to shed light on who are the dumpers and who are the dumpees?

The website StumbleUpon is one of the coolest I've encounted, and while most of the sites it bumps you to lack the "life-altering experience" and useful information our society turns towards the world wide web for, it occastionally drops you into some pretty cool places. Exam week is usually when I...
Looking at different communities around the world who deal with trash has had some surprising side tracks for me. While it has become increasingly hard to ignore the millions of people who have been forced to make a living in some foul and horrific conditions, it has also made me question the...
The phenomenon of "floating islands of trash" is a rather well-known reality, but not the conventional way that I once originally thought. When I first heard about one "island" imparticular, also known as the "Garbage Patch" (although there are a host of other names for this thing), I just kept...

John Collins (@djleftover), author of Global Palestine (Hurst/Oxford UP, 2011), explores the global politics of violence and the representation of violence, paying particular attention to the microcosmic and prophetic location of Palestine in relation to these processes.  (Image: Diego Lopez Calvin)

Upon hearing the news that student activists at Northeastern University (“a leader in global experiential learning”) were being targeted for punishment by the university administration in response to their work in solidarity with Palestinians, I was immediately reminded of an episode from my own...
Dr. Eyad El-SarrajThe following interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, internationally renowned founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), was conducted in May 1997 as part of field research for my Ph.D. dissertation focusing on popular memories of the first Palestinian intifada....
Dr. Eyad El-SarrajThe following interview with Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, internationally renowned founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP), was conducted in May 1997 as part of field research for my Ph.D. dissertation focusing on popular memories of the first Palestinian intifada....

This blog examines media coverage and representation pertaining to subjectivity and the "psy-disciplines" (psychiatry, psychology, and psychoanalysis). What are the effects of proliferating mental health discourse and practices? Does there exist a politics of "therapy," "health," and "well-being?" Where is the subject - the self - in the multiplicity of mental health practices today?

Several years ago I read a book entitled The Physics of Star Trek. My memory of it is vague, but I can say with confidence that the chapter that fascinated me the most was on Star Trek's relationship to matter: transporting, warp drive, and the holodeck. In other words, vaporizing humans and...
A piece entitled 'Primed for Controversy' appeared in the February 23rd New York Times. Written by a psychiatric scholar known for her critique of 'therapy culture' and forthcoming critical appraisal of the popular appeal of neuroscience, it discusses how one of one of psychology's most popular and...
These categories tell you something about the way in which sophisticated human beings think, but it is doubtful they tell you anything about the things themselves. -Wilfred Bion It is no secret that psychiatry is in a crisis. Beginning in the 1970s - the so-called emergence of 'therapy culture' -...

Five members of the Weave recently their work at the 2013 Union for Democratic Communications conference, held at the University of San Francisco on November 1-3.

Directors John Collins and Jana Morgan presented a paper on the pedagogical challenges and benefits of teaching investigative blogging.

Weave staffers Tzintzun Aguilar, Allison Paludi, and Thomas Matt presented a multimedia performance piece title "Big Questions and the Future of Media: An Interactive Mashup." This included a spoken-word performance of Aguilar's original poem, "A Robots Dream."

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Art is often down played in the media. The media indulges in atrocities, deaths and explosions, and most often ignores positive action, such as art.   Media so often becomes a spectacle, and it only serves to distract people from the true context in which events occur.  Art, on...

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John Collins (@djleftover), author of Global Palestine (Hurst/Oxford UP, 2011), explores the global politics of violence and the representation of violence, paying particular attention to the microcosmic and prophetic location of Palestine in relation to these processes.  (Image:...

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The Mediterranean is a place of apparent difference, but one in which politics and culture are often more similar than we might at first suspect. This blog looks at Italy, Egypt and the relationship each has with the other shore of the 'Med', thinking about political trends in both countries,...