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usbngo 26 Απρ 2017

Maria's Life in Turkey Volume 2

Hello again!

I have seen seen and done so many things so far. The list of to do things or to go places is ever-growing but i like to be on the lookout for something different something not so popular. I ask the new people I meet for their recommendations, each ones unique point of view is bound to reveal a treasure at some point.

usbngo 18 Απρ 2017

Αναμνήσεις από το πρόγραμμα “What's my age again?”

Η χαρά μας τεράστια, όταν μας ενημέρωσαν απ' τη USB πως η αίτησή μας για το πρόγραμμα “What's my age again?” στο Tσέλιε της Σλοβενίας ήταν επιτυχής. Σίγουρα το θέμα της ανταλλαγής μας ενδιέφερε όλους: Διακρίσεις με βάση την ηλικία (ageism) και πρόληψή τους με online καμπάνιες, δημιουργία βίντεο και πιο εναλλακτικά μέσα όπως τα memes. Η συνεργασία μας με τους συμμετέχοντες από τις άλλες χώρες, οι φιλίες που δημιουργήθηκαν και το πόσο πολύ ταιριάξαμε σαν ομάδα, θα μας μείνουν αξέχαστα. Απόδειξη αποτελεί και το video που περιγράφει το σύνολο της εμπειρίας μας.

usbblogger 07 Απρ 2017

“Divided Memories 1940-1950”, an art route through history and experience

by Silvia Bartolotti

In this uncertain beginning of spring, there is an alternative way to spend a Sunday afternoon in town. The exhibition “Divided Memories 1940-1950” is organized by the Goethe-Institut and the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki in the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.  
During the 1940s Greece was first subjected to a brutal Nazi occupation, and then laid to waste by three years of civil war. Though the hard times didn't keep the artists of the time from painting. On the contrary, the turbulent period served as inspiration to dig inside the darker aspects of mankind. 

usbblogger 05 Απρ 2017

From Thessaloniki to Ghana the school of sustainability, the idea of two young architects

by Rino Maffione

Among the 30 articles of the Declaration of Human Rights there is one that refers to the Right to have access to a proper education. For most of us, in the north-western part of the world, this right is fully satisfied, we all can go to school and actually during our study years we hardly like to wake up early to attend lessons. So much so that our highly educated civilizations struggle to face the opposite problem, the dropouts. But in other regions of the world the struggle for education is real.

usbblogger 04 Απρ 2017

The state of Greece and the World’s Human Rights according to Amnesty International


Amnesty International published the Annual Report for 2016 to 2017. According to the annual assessment of human rights, last year was marked by a “toxic speech” with the “us vs them” rhetoric creating a more divided and dangerous world. Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, alert to narratives of blame, hate and fear that are in levels not seen since the thirties, before the second world war. This ideas are using too legitimate economic and security options that divide and manipulate people and win votes. 
According to Amnesty International, summery, 2016 was the year when “governments turned a blind eye to war crimes, pushed through deals that undermine the right to claim asylum, passed laws that violate free expression, incited murder of people simply because they are accused of using drugs, justified torture and mass surveillance, and extended draconian police powers”. The organization documented grave violations of human rights in 2016 in 159 countries. 
One of the major concerns of the report are the politics of refugees and migrants. The Amnesty International’s Annual Report documents 36 countries violated international law and unlawfully sending of refugees back to a country where their rights were at risk. There are refugees and migrants arriving to Greece than are summarily returned. With the closure of the Balkan route, thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants “stranded in mainland Greece in poor conditions”. In the end of 2016, is estimated that 173,450 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants had arrived by sea in Greece. More than 400 people died or were reported missing while trying to cross the Aegean Sea. On the mainland there are around 47,400 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants and on the islands there are 15,384. The reception conditions on the islands were “overcrowded and insanitary”, creating tension between migrants and local people. This tension occasionally “erupted into violence, including riots” as in Lesvos, Chios and Leros. 
The hate attacks against vulnerable groups continues. Far-right extremist has attacked a squat that provides shelter for refugees in Athens, in July. In the end of the year, suspected far-right extremists attacked refugees in Souda camp on Chios Island.  Two activist who tried to help the refugees were also attacked and hospitalized. 
On 18 March 2016, EU and Turkey celebrated a deal “which Turkey agreed to take back all irregular migrants arriving on the Greek islands after 20 March, in exchange for €6 billion of targeted assistance." While people were formally guaranteed access to an asylum process can be “returned to Turkey without a substantive examination of their claims”. The agreement was based on the idea of Turkey as a “safe country”. Along the year, researches showed that Turkey is not a safe country for asylum-seekers and refugees. 
By the end of the year, while more than 66,000 places were pledged, only 7,286 asylum- seekers had been relocated from Greece to other European countries.
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Summary of the state of Humans Right all around the World:
Bangladesh: Authorities have pursued trials against media and the opposition for Facebook posts, for exemple.
China: Continued the crackdown against lawyers and activists continued with detention without communication and harassments of family members.
DRC: Pro-democracy activists were subject to arbitrary arrests.
Egypt:Authorities used travel bans, financial restrictions and asset freezes to silence civil society groups.
Ethiopia: The is government increasingly intolerant of dissenting voices and used the excuse of state of emergency to crack down on journalists, human rights defenders, the political opposition and protesters.
France: Heavy security measures under the prolonged state of emergency have included thousands of house searches, as well as travel bans and detentions. 
Honduras: Eight human rights activists were killed.
Hungary: Government rhetoric was translated into a policy of systematic crackdown on refugee and migrants rights.
India: Authorities used oppressive laws to try to silence student activists, academics, journalists and human rights defenders.
Iran: Suppression of freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and religious beliefs. Journalists, lawyers, bloggers, students, women’s rights activists, filmmakers and musicians are jailed after grossly unfair trials.
Myanmar: Tens of thousands of Rohingya people - who remain deprived of a nationality - displaced. There are reports of killings, indiscriminate firing on civilians, rape and arbitrary arrests. 
Philippines: Extrajudicial executions happen after President Duterte promised to kill tens of thousands suspects of being involved in the drug traffic.
Russia:The government pressure increase around national NGOs with propaganda labelling critics as “undesirable” or “foreign agents”. Dozens of independent NGOs receiving foreign funding were added to the list of “foreign agents”. Abroad there was a complete disregard for international humanitarian law in Syria.
Saudi Arabia: Critics, human rights defenders and minority rights activists have been detained and jailed with charges such as “insulting the state”. The army forces led by Saudi Arabia committed war crimes in Yemen such as bombed schools, hospitals, markets and mosques, killing and injuring thousands of civilians using arms including internationally banned cluster bombs. 
South Sudan: There are strong evidences to the use of chemical weapons by government forces in Darfur. Elsewhere, critics of the government was subjected to arbitrary arrests and detentions.
Sudan: There are strong evidences to the use of chemical weapons by government forces in Darfur. Elsewhere, critics of the government was subjected to arbitrary arrests and detentions.
Syria: Impunity for war crimes and gross human rights abuses continued, including indiscriminate attacks and direct attacks on civilians. Activists either imprisoned, tortured, disappeared, or forced to flee the country. 
Thailand: Emergency powers and defamation were used to restrict freedom of expression.
Turkey:  Tens of thousands locked up after failed coup. Hundreds of NGOs were suspended and the media were crackdowned. The attacks to Kurdish areas continues.
UK:After the referendum about the European Union membership, increased the number of hate crimes. A new surveillance law granted more powers to the state intelligence agencies to invade people's privacy.
USA: The election campaign marked by discriminatory, misogynitory and xenophobic rhetoric bring news concerns about the position of US with human rights domestically and globally. 
Venezuela: Alarming situation about human rights caused by the government’s failure to meet the economic and social rights of the population. 
Source: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/pol10/4800/2017/en/

by Pedro Amaro Santos

Amnesty International published the Annual Report for 2016 to 2017. According to the annual assessment of human rights, last year was marked by a “toxic speech” with the “us vs them” rhetoric creating a more divided and dangerous world. Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, alert to narratives of blame, hate and fear that are in levels not seen since the thirties, before the second world war. This ideas are using too legitimate economic and security options that divide and manipulate people and win votes.

usbngo 09 Μαρ 2017

Εμπειρίες από το σχέδιο κατάρτισης "Stick with the school»" στην Ρουμανία!

Στην Κραϊόβα της Ρουμανίας ζήσαμε μια αξέχαστη εμπειρία. Ήταν η πρώτη φορά που επιχειρήσαμε να συμμετάσχουμε σε ένα τέτοιο πρόγραμμα. Αυτό μας το εγχείρημα θα αποτελέσει ένα πολύ σημαντικό κίνητρο για το μέλλον ώστε να επιχειρήσουμε ξανά να λάβουμε συμμετοχή σε τέτοια προγράμματα. Τα trainingprogramsείναι ναι μεν λιγάκι απαιτητικά, ωστόσο, οι γνώσεις και η εμπειρία που αποκομίζεις σου δίνουν την επιβεβαίωση ότι δικαίως το τόλμησες.

usbblogger 08 Μαρ 2017

Kathara Deftera, the Greek Cleaning Monday with good company, kites and taramosalata

 

by Silvia Bartolotti
(Photo Oleg, Despoina, Foivos and Era)
It is Monday morning and the blue sea appears again among the white clouds from the heights of Agios Pavlos. For the last two days Thessaloniki has been under a dense fog, but suddenly the sun came back to shine. However this is not an usual beginning of the week, this is the first day of the 7th week before the Orthodox Easter Sunday, that means it is the Clean Monday.              
In this day the tradition wants people to go out having picnics in the country-side and flying kites in the sky. The time between February and March is usually the end of the winter in Greece, when days become longer, sun warmer and fields greener. It is something similar to the Italian “Pasquetta”, the monday after Eastern when people enjoy an open air day with barbecue and friends but, in fact, the southern we go, the earlier spring comes.                                                         
A day like this cannot be spent in town, but actually we don't know where to spend it at all. In this case there is just one thing left: go to the station and get on the first bus passing by.  Athens is too far and the beach too untimely while Zagliveri, a little village one hour east of Thessaloniki, looks just perfect. Behind our seats there is a group of young, trekking shoes at their feet and picnic hampers in their hands: “cool, fate put us on the right way!”, and one hour later, here we are, sharing the same table, forks, food, stories, laughs and fellowship of this beautiful people just strangers until some moments before.                                                                                                    
Food. A lot of food. A lot of crazy delicious food. There is the lagana, an unleavened flatbread baked just for this day, and it tastes insomuch good that you would never stop to bite it, until the moment you figure out that the six or seven different sauces to spread on, are even better. The one with capers is the most listed and it disappears in two minutes. After that it's time for the fish eggs dishes, the color of pink French macarons and the taste of sweet caviar. We eat and eat, while there is always a bag full of food going out from under the table, inside a back-pack or forgotten in some nook of the the wooden gazebo where we have settled in.
The air that becomes cold reminds us that is still February and that it will be dark soon. It's time to run back toward the street, the bus won't wait for us. And walking through the green cornfields that make the panorama looks like a huge English landscape garden we say see you soon hopefully to our new Greek gang.


by Silvia Bartolotti

(Photo Oleg, Despoina, Foivos and Era)


It is Monday morning and the blue sea appears again among the white clouds from the heights of Agios Pavlos. For the last two days Thessaloniki has been under a dense fog, but suddenly the sun came back to shine.

usbblogger 24 Φεβ 2017

World Radio Day 2017 in Serres: a day in the radio, a Radio in the World, the World in the Radio

by Jonathan Scatena
(Photo Alexandre Vale)

“At a time of turbulence, radio provides an enduring platform to bring communities together. On the way to work, in our homes, offices and fields, in times of peace, conflict and emergencies, radio remains a crucial source of information and knowledge.”
-Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

usbngo 22 Φεβ 2017

Αναμνήσεις και στιγμές από το πρόγραμμα Empowering for Change

 

Όλα ξεκίνησαν κάπου στις αρχές καλοκαιριού όταν ενημερώθηκα πως έγινα δεκτός για το πρόγραμμα Empowering for change στη Βιλανόβα της Ισπανίας. Το πρώτο συναίσθημα ήταν μια απέραντη χαρά την όποια όμως δεν άργησε να κυριεύσει το άγχος όντας η πρώτη μου φόρα σε ένα τέτοιο πρόγραμμα.

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