Battle of ideas

Nurettin Taşar: Exploring the Causes of Authoritarianism in the Middle East after the Arab Uprising

Posted: 2018-02-06
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , africa , arab uprising , egypt , geopolitics , idea , middle east , nurettin taşar , politics , tunisia


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a region that has been characterized by crises for many years because of its geopolitical position. The Egypt and Tunisia are important actors in this region. They have been at the center of the discussions throughout the history of the Middle East. Both countries have faced many significant crises in their histories. One of them is Arab Spring.

The story of Ádám and Anna

Posted: 2018-02-02
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , debate , eu , minority safepack , opportunities


Ádám and Anna, brother and sister, are Hungarians from Transylvania, a historical region of Romania.

Chuck Collins: What Rich People Should Have Done Instead of Going to Davos, and What They Should Do

Posted: 2018-01-30
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , chuck collins , davos , economics , inequality , world


If you want to save the world, invest in your own communities. Pay your taxes. And support social movements.

Education is the kindling of a flame: How to reinvent the 21st-century university

Posted: 2018-01-26
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , changes , education , future , society , students , think tank , university , vision


“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” This quote from Plutarch is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Still, the misconception of education as a vessel-filling activity remains. In this column, I outline an idea that could reshape our universities while also prototyping new ways of addressing urgent societal challenges. The kindling of the flame that Plutarch talked about has never been more relevant than now.

by Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT; Co-founder u.lab and Presencing Institute


How to make SMART goals for a meaningful life ?

Posted: 2018-01-10
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , future , life , life-hack , s.m.a.r.t. , smart goals


Do you ever feel like you're working hard but not getting anywhere?  Many people spend their lives drifting from one job to another or rushing around trying to get more done while actually accomplishing very little. Goals are part of every aspect of life: how you conduct your relationships, what you want to achieve at work, the way you use your spare time etc. Everything comes down to priorities, and what you would like to accomplish in every aspect – whether you make a conscious choice or go with subconscious preferences.

Rising from slums to become the first ISRO scientist from Mumbai: Pratamesh Hirve's story

Posted: 2018-01-08
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , future , india , isro , youth


If it is surprising that no Mumbaikar has ever been a scientist at ISRO before, it is even more surprising that Pratamesh Hirve became the first one to break that spell considering the odds that were stacked against him. Yet, he worked hard for more than ten years, living in the Filter Pada slums of Mumbai to achieve this feat.

Nurettin Taşar: The massive new protests and Green Movement in Iran

Posted: 2018-01-04
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , green movement , iran , protests


The Green movement is a social movement developed in Iran during and after the presidential elections of June 2009. The movement’s major issue was the making of democracy in the Islamic regime. However, this movement failed to take over authoritarian rule. People have faced new demonstration in Iran today. Green movement came to exist in Iran because of rigged poll, on the contrary, new movement have come to exist because of Iran’s economic situation. I am going to examine the green movement regarding the role of women, intellectuals and new generation and subsequently explain why the movement failed by the wayside. In addition to that, I am going to compare to Iran’s new protests with the "Green Movement" of the past.

Open letter to the editors of The Spectator in response to the Mr.Cook' article

Posted: 2018-01-02
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , alex juhnevich , debate , journalism , kira savchenko , latvia , open letter , russia , uk


Editor's note: Open letter to the editors of The Spectator in response to the article “Russian fake news is causing trouble in Latvia” by William Cook ( Authors: Kira Savchenko, Alex Younevitch, London-based journalists, citizens of Latvia.

Вызов молодёжи: Боремся с одиночеством вместе!

Posted: 2017-12-28
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , economics , future , poverty , psychology , stress , vision , будущее , как бороться с одиночеством , одиночество , психология


Британские учёные определили, что мир сегодня де-факто стоит на грани эпидемии одиночества. Причём молодёжь неожиданно подвержена эпидемии гораздо больше, чем старшее поколение. Одиночеством страдают не только одинокие люди, а также люди состящие в браке, отношениях и имеют семью.

Loneliness Epidemic

Posted: 2017-12-28
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , dialogue of generations , how to cope with loneliness , loneliness , psychology , social


How to cope with loneliness?

Several decades ago scientists studying dietary habits predicted that an epidemic of obesity was coming. That epidemic has arrived.

Стэн Ивашин: Быстрее, выше, сильнее, честнее.

Posted: 2017-12-11
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , doping , olympics , russia , sports , sportsmen , world


Спорт это не только физические или умственные нагрузки. Прежде – это склад характера, отношение к окружающим. Занимаешься сам – давай заниматься другим. Не занимаешься сам – тогда хоть не мешай тем, кто это делает. Занимаешься сам, но мешают тебе – значит, ты уже находишься не в том коллективе или окружении.

Как добиться гендерного равенства в обществе через СМИ

Posted: 2017-12-07
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , armenia , eu , gender equality , media , армения , будущее , гендерное равенство , ес , неравенство , равенство , россия , сми , снг


Гендерное неравенство присутствует во всех сферах социальной и экономической жизни. В мире нет ни одной страны где было бы полностью стёрто гендерное неравенство в экономике, образовании, здравоохранении и политики. Уровень неравенства разнится от страны к стране и остаётся основным барьером к развитию человечества.

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Nurettin Taşar: Understanding Lebanese Politics through a Cross-Sectarian Lens

Posted: 2017-11-25
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , france , idea , lebanon , opinion , politics , sectarianism


My research shows that Lebanese politics tend to strengthen sectarianism included external and internal several factors. The Sectarian system caused uneven distribution of power which causes trouble among rivals. Therefore, that kind of a politic system reinforces sectarianism.  However, as I mentioned in the first part of the paper, this kind of sectarian system creates polarization in all countries.

Pursuing Gender Equality Through Media

Posted: 2017-11-22
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , emancipation of women , gender equalities , gender inequalities , gender stereotypes , human rights , individualism , media , sustainable development , youth workers


Gender based inequalities persist in all areas of social and economic life.  There is no country in the world that has fully closed the gender gap across all economic, educational, health and political domains and the degree and causes of gender inequality vary throughout the world. Gender inequality remains a major barrier to human development.

Публикацию на русском языке можно найти здесь.

Youth Work: Recognising Potential for Individuals and Society

Posted: 2017-11-02
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , crisis , eu , europe , germany , unemployed , young people , youth work


Young people have been hit very hard by the economic crisis and many young people feel that in their country they have been marginalised and excluded from economic and social life.

Me Estuda, Me Trabalha

Posted: 2017-10-11
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , economics , education , employment , europe 2020 , labor , learning , neet , sustainable development , youth


How much do we know about NEET? What does NEETs mean?
The transition from school to work has never been particularly easy; but for millions of people it has become nearly impossible.

"День за днём". (c) Стэн Ивашин

Posted: 2017-10-06
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , время , желание , жизнь , любовь , мудрость , мысли , счастье


Ты любишь жить, плывя по течению. Это не вопрос. Все придет или уйдет само собой. Если что-то проходит мимо, значит, не судьба. Не стоит напрягаться: мимо так мимо. Живем дальше. Одним днем. Время... Секунды, минуты, часы. С тобой согласятся. Действительно, зачем рвать на себе жилы, пытаясь дотянуться до звезд? И вот он, упущенный шанс.

Стэн Ивашин: Молитва слепца

Posted: 2017-09-15
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , activity , contest , idea , opinion , religion , youth , вера , идея , мнение , религия , спор


Верите вы в Бога или нет? В любом случае, вы в своем праве. Если ваша вера помогает вам делать добро людям, если вы действительно это делаете по тому состоянию души, которого достигли, просто веря во что-то высшее, в то, что помогает вам по жизни... это хорошо. Если вас это мотивирует.

Time to end the cycle of poverty ensuring peace and prosperity in the world

Posted: 2017-09-12
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , action , crysis management , peace , poverty , prosperity , solution , sustainable , sustainable development , world


While the world on the whole has become more prosperous in recent years, inequality has increased both within and between countries therefore stronger partnerships and development cooperation among countries will play a key role in accelerating sustainable development. World’s population has reached 7.5 billion and the number is growing by 1.18 % per year, or approximately an additional 83 million people annually.

Battle of Ideas: Social Entrepreneurs Need To Be Futurists, Too

Posted: 2017-08-23
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , book , social-entrepreneurship


What if we tried to prevent future problems, instead of just solving the ones in front of us?

ЕС встает с колен после Брексита

Posted: 2017-08-22
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , alliance , crysis , eu , military , society


Последнее десятилетие можно без обиняков назвать климаксом "ужасной декады" Европы (cruel decade for Europe). Евросоюз пережил несчетное множество кризисов: финансовый, экономический, Евро, Украину, беженцев и, как вишенка на торте тупика, — Брексит. 

All statues different, all equal

Posted: 2017-08-17
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , europe , freedom , history , lee , statues


My personal opinion on the statues and history, — let them be, people need to remember. It is history, political background doesn't really matter in case of question to be or not be. It already happened, you can't change past, but you can hell change the future. That's the point really matter.

Supporting girls today for the collective well-being of tomorrow

Posted: 2017-08-16
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , development , human rights , women rights


Millions of girls globally face a number of challenges to fulfil their potential. In some parts of the world little girls  see limitless possibilities while in  other parts of the world their  horizons are limited. As they reache puberty social and cultural norms, institutions and discriminatory laws block their path forward.  Little girls may be forced to marry, pulled out of school to begin a lifetime of childbearing and servitude to their husbands.

Политика соотечественников за рубежом. Виденье.

Posted: 2017-08-06
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , compatriots , compatriots politics , russia , russian compatriots , vision , youth


Какая должна быть политика соотечественников за рубежом? Дискуссий на эту тему очень много, и, наверное, у каждой организации соотечественников своё виденье. Я считаю, что движение соотечественников должно быть направлено на создание благоприятной среды для развития личности, поддержку, взаимовыручку друг друга, поддерживать русский язык, культуру и быть открытым миру и новым идеям.

Алексей Весёлый: Сможет ли глобальная экономика пережить протекционизм?

Posted: 2017-07-27
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , economics , future , global economics , mercantilism , russia , uk , us


Протекционизм в мире на подъёме. И санкции против России тут не при чём, — это лишь малая толика всей истории. Пока ЕС и США погрязли в торговых войнах за тарифами экспорта/импорта стали, экономисты предупреждают о возврате эпохи политики меркантилизма 1970-х (Если не вообще не 30-х годов).