News 12.1.2022 a les 11:00h

Gagauzia: Turkic, Orthodox crossroads between Moldova, Russia and Turkey

A people unsure of its origins. A land of welcome. Moldova’s last pro-Russian stronghold. Turkic language, Orthodox faith. Autonomy in a discontinuous territory. Agrarian culture. Such labels can be used to define in a few words the Gagauz people, a bridge between Turkey and Russia in southern Moldova, one of Europe’s most unknown countries. Keep reading

News 24.12.2021 a les 10:00h

Amid pandemic, HDP faces last year before likely closure by Turkish authorities

Amid a pandemic still not willing to fade away, the end of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is imminent: the Turkish government is initiating proceedings to get rid of it in a context in which party members have been unable to take to the streets to protest. Covid restrictions have obviously been used by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has not hesitated to ban mobilizations that go against his interests. Keep reading

Un congrés de l'HDP a Diyarbakir, la capital kurda de Turquia, 2021.
News 12.11.2021 a les 12:15h

Mapuche aspirations between conflict and hope for a new plurinational Constitution

Both Chile and the Mapuche people are going through a period of great political turmoil. Chile’s Constitutional Convention is working on the drafting of a new constitution for the South American country, which is scheduled to be ready in 2022. The new supreme law will replace the current one, which dates back to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The Convention, with a left-wing majority and chaired by Mapuche academic Elisa Loncón, is struggling to coexist with a Congress of Deputies dominated by the right. At the behest of Chile’s conservative president, Sebastián Piñera, the Congress extended earlier in November a state of emergency in four provinces in the heart of Wallmapu (as the Mapuche call their land) which had been decreed by Piñera himself on 12 October. Keep reading

Elisa Loncón s'adreça a la Convenció Constitucional, que ella mateixa presideix, amb la bandera maputxe sobre la taula.
News 4.11.2021 a les 12:45h

Albanians’ integration in North Macedonia remains complex 20 years after Ohrid Accords

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a low-intensity conflict in North Macedonia that was the last in a string of wars ravaging the Western Balkans at the end of the 20th century. The conflict lasted less than a year, in 2001, and pitted the Albanian and Macedonian communities —25 per cent and 65 per cent of the population— against each other. The spiral of violence was halted because the US and the EU promptly intervened and helped broker an agreement that, while ambiguous, satisfied the actors involved. The Ohrid Accords thus granted basic rights to the Albanians, and allowed the Macedonians to avoid a war they could lose. In return, the deal left a bitter aftertaste in one of the parties: the Macedonian people, who despite being the country’s majority, could not find a formula that helped them enforce their vision of how the rest of the communities in Macedonia should be integrated. Fuelled by politicians who continue to profit from the ethnic divide, the gap between the two communities resonates in and is widened by stereotypes circulating in segregated neighbourhoods, bars, and schools in the country’s main cities. Keep reading

El mural dels herois albanesos a la plaça de Skanderbeg, al districte de majoria albanesa de Çair, a Skopje, reflecteix la visibilització recent del relat nacional albanès a Macedònia del Nord.
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