The first quarter of 2015 has been a busy time for GPPW.
Our main focus continues to be putting together a workshop titled “Spheres of Interest – Recent Challenges to Sovereignty and Human Rights in Eastern and North Eastern Europe” that will be held from the 28th to the 29th of May in Erfurt, Germany.
We have also been working hard on applying for a number of funding opportunities which we hope will allow us to establish our first office in Erfurt and expand the range of our projects and capabilities. Among those, we are delighted to announce that GPPW was placed second in the UK in the EU Parliament’s Charlemagne Youth Prize competition. With over 300 applicants, this is pretty good going, especially for our first entry, and hope it is a sign of more good things to come.
In the meantime, GPPW co-founder Catherine Lefèvre recently represented GPPW in the EU-NATO roundtable organised by ATA Estonia, in Tallinn. Through this we are welcoming several new contributors who we can’t wait to start working with.
Series and Projects of Note
As we are gearing up for spring and new opportunities, this year has already brought us two new series of articles, namely “Syria – the Failure of Three Wise Men” by GPPW regular Felix Troelzsch and the “Kashmir Series” by author Ritu Sushila Krishan all the while our “Great War” and Arctic series, both authored by Co-Director Mario Zorro, are still going strong.
The beginning of 2015 was – for those of us living in Europe – shaped by protests and violence we don’t normally associate with our immediate surroundings. Out of this grew, rather accidentally, an on-going series of essays and articles on PEGIDA and the current state of politics in Europe in general that broke with the one author, one series scheme, and included written and spoken-word content, produced by several of our team members.
The context of this series features not just content by essayists Catherine Lefevre, Moritz Borchardt and Ritu Sushila Krishan, but as well the launch of GPPWatch, GPPW’s Youtube-Channel. For this channel Catherine and GPPW designer Alastair Cassell covered the recent UN Anti-Racism Demonstration in Glasgow, while Ritu and Moritz managed to interview the Human Rights Commissioner for the German Government, Christoph Strässer.
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GPPW directors Moritz and Mario have been extensively covering the recent PEGIDA movement in Germany, attending demonstrations, counter-demonstrations and even interviewing Christoph Strässer, Human Rights Commissioner for the German Government on the issue.
Continuing on a similar theme, GPPW director Catherine Lefèvre and Editor & Designer Alastair Cassell have been keeping up with human rights events in Glasgow, UK, recently creating a short film of the anti-racism/fascism demonstration in Glasgow on Saturday the 21st of March 2015, the UN’s anti-Racism day.
As part of his series on the three Joint Representatives of the UN and Arab League for Syria, regular GPPW contributor Felix Troeltzsch analyzes the initial representative, Kofi Annan, during his term in office and the successes and failures of his work.
In a piece co-written by GPPW Co-Director Mario Zorro with Ella Fuller and Ece Kepekci of our partner organization, the Project for Democratic Union, the authors make the case of and for the establishment of a single European military force as one example for the European Union to go beyond solely a unified economic approach in order to better combat global – and geopolitical – challenges.
In the first instalment of her series on the conflict in and around the Kashmir region, GPPW author Ritu Sushila Krishan delves into the intricacies and implications of identity in India’s sole state with a Muslim majority, as well as its importance for the region and India as a whole.
With the death of its long-time leader Lee Kwan Yew, an era ended in Singapore on March 23rd, 2015. GPPW guest contributor Yu Chen takes a look at the legacy of the country’s rise in the 20th century, its founding father and its importance today.
In this report, GPPW’s Golnaz A. Jafari delves into the various political and historical factors of the Turkish role in the conflict with IS and the perception/promotion of it in the domestic Turkish media.
— Daniel Buschmann
In this piece, guest author Daniel Buschmann introduces and elaborates on the concept and paradigm of degrowth that seeks solutions to today’s problems by going beyond the traditional idea of growth-based economies and societies.
In the year’s first editorial piece, GPPW Co-Director Moritz Borchardt responds to the events of the early days of January in Europe and describes their implications in the context of global problems and societal processes on a global scale.