Battle of ideas

Please don’t learn to code

Posted: 2016-10-18
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , coding , lifehack , tech


There’s an idea that’s been gaining ground in the tech community lately: Everyone should learn to code. But here’s the problem with that idea: Coding is not the new literacy.

Danube Diplomacy

Posted: 2016-10-14
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , danube , diplomacy

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble. Augustus


I would like to start the story with the geographical prelude about the river Danube. The Danube is Europe's second-longest river, after the Volga River, and also the longest river in the European Union region. It is located in Central and Eastern Europe, the most important European historical events took place here. The great forest region which lay beyond the river was fundamental core for Europe. River is really huge, especially if we compare it with our local Baltic rivers, such as Daugava, Nemunas or Narva.

Importance of emotional wellbeing and mental health

Posted: 2016-10-12
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , health , mental health , students , toolkit , youth

Editor's note: very important text on the mental health, and, the most important, — mental health first aid and how-to's.


This is Mental Health Awareness Week and World Mental Health day on 10 October every year.  The theme for World Mental Health Day 2016 is psychological and mental health first aid. The overall objective of  Mental Health Awareness Week is to raise community awareness of mental health issues around the world  and is held every October.

О вызовах Большой Европы

Posted: 2016-09-23
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , army , eu , future , ideas , thoughts


Концепция большой Европы сегодня более чем реальна. Основная проблема откуда один за другим вылезают экономические, мигрантские и прочие эпические кризисы в Европе - безответственные политики, слабые лидеры и наплевательское отношение к интересам всего континента. Ну не могут наши европейские политики понять, что даже глобальные проблемы нужно начинать решать на локальном, местном уровне. Что чем больше языков ты знаешь, тем ты богаче и сильнее, но языки гиганты - такие как английский, испанский, францзуский, русский - тоже надо укреплять. Языки - наше богатство.

The global reality of young people employability

Posted: 2016-09-12
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , global , global trends , youth , youth unemployment


Global Challenge: youth unemployment and working poverty,  and gender gap in youth labour force participation. Global development STOPPED?

Overprotected Kids Are the Most at Risk

Posted: 2016-09-03
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , children , parents , psychology , youth


It’s never too late to teach young people to make good decisions for themselves. If you’ve been one of those uber-protective type of parents that has snowplowed the path in front of your child and expected great things, or bubble-wrapped your kid to keep them out of harm's way, the news is not good I’m afraid.

Importance of Young People Economic, Political and Community Engagement

Posted: 2016-08-26
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , asia , india , youth , youth engagement


There are more than 1.8 billion young people in the world today and it is the highest number in human history. It is  nearly 30 % of the world's population.  While the ageing of populations is a frequent topic, humanity as a whole is still young.   62% of youth live in Asia and 17% in Africa. Africa is the most youth continent. According to the latest report of United Nations Population Fund's State of the World's Population, the proportion of the world’s young people under age of 24 living in Africa is expected to rise up to 28 % by 2040, while in  other regions will decline. 

Перенос в другой мир возможен… Но каким образом? Часть 2

Posted: 2016-07-26
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , art , artist , lusine , photoart , young artist , youth

Лусине, талантливая фотохудожница, в прошлый раз рассказала, как нашла ее основное хобби и дело жизни. Она поведала о том, что ее вдохновляет, как добилась таких успехов в искусстве фотохудожника. А сегодня она готова поделиться тем, какую роль играет в работе фотохудожника вдохновение, а главное – как поймать это необычное состояние, когда нужно лишь повторить на экране монитора то, что уже всплыло в сознании. И, впрочем, не только на экране…


Вдохновение можно черпать из чего угодно. Скорее всего, каждый вдохновляется чем-то своим. Кто-то вдохновляется музыкой, кто-то красивым пейзажем. Кто-то может черпать свое вдохновение из книг. Каждый человек должен сам для себя определить эту немаловажную деталь. Не важно, чем человек хочет заниматься, фотоартом или хочет стать поваром.

Facing the Reality - Child marriages

Posted: 2016-04-26
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , child , children rights , india , world


Despite laws that marriage before the age of 18 is a fundamental violation of human rights, child marriage is a reality for both boys and girls. Although girls are disproportionately the most affected. These girls are not only denied their childhood, they are often socially isolated and  with limited opportunities for education and employment. 

Алексей Весёлый: Демократия, — ценность, а не ярлык

Posted: 2016-04-15
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , война , европа , латвия , мир , россия


Война — это серия катастроф, ведущих к победе. Жорж Клемансо

Raising awareness of sustainable consumption and waste reduction

Posted: 2016-04-06
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , consumption , economic , economics , india , india , sintija bernava , sustainable development , waste , world


The global population has already reached 7 billions. Population’s growing number puts so much pressure on  environment and the use of the natural resources. Our planet’s capacity is being greatly exceeded as the world’s population is now producing and consuming more resources than ever generating a range of environmental, social and economic problems.


Strategic Investments in Youth in Emerging Economies

Posted: 2016-03-29
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , africa , economics , eu , peace , sintija bernava , sustainable development , world , youth


There are more than 1.8 billion young people in the world today and it is the highest number in human history. It is  nearly 30 % of the world's population.  While the ageing of populations is a frequent topic, humanity as a whole is still young.   

90 %  of young people live in the poorest countries. 62% of youth live in Asia and 17% in Africa. Africa is the most youth continent. According the latest report of United Nations Population Fund's State of the World's Population, the proportion of the world’s young people under age  of 24 living in Africa is expected to rise up to 28 % by 2040, while in  other regions will decline.
Sintija BernavaPresident, Chairwoman of the Board of the Non Governmental Organisation ‘’Donum Animus’’, Latvia (European Union)Sintija Bernava holds  a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences, Master Degree in Public Administration. Sintija has a long-standing experience in working for the Latvian  Parliament and Government (State Chancellery) as well implementing local and international projects.
Sintija Bernava is only Scholar of the European  Union of the  Ministry of External Affairs of India, Government of India ITEC study program ‘’Entrepreneurship Education to Strengthen Emerging Economies" at the  Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India.

Six reasons why anti-Putin opposition is rising tensions in Baltics

Posted: 2016-03-17
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , baltics , cis , eu , nato , russia , sweden , ukraine , youth policy

"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ― Stephen King



I am more NATO optimist, but I want this publication to be real critical and I hope reader may see possible changes in the constructive direction.

Safe drinking water and sanitation still is a luxury

Posted: 2016-03-08
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , global , poverty , water , youth


Global water demand is largely influenced by population growth, urbanization, food and energy security policies, as well as macro-economic processes. Over the past century, the development of water resources has been largely driven by the demands of expanding populations for food, fibre and energy. Strong income growth and rising living standards of a growing middle class have led to sharp increases in water use. Water is the core of sustainable development. Economic growth itself is not a guarantee for wider social progress. 

Baltic cooperation: future enhancement IS possible

Posted: 2015-09-08
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , byp , estonia , future , latvia , lithuania , poland , youth policy

The training course project "Baltic cooperation: developing local youth policy together" brought together 32 participants from Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania for a 7 day training course on regional youth policy development to Lithuania AUGUST 23 - 30, 2015. 


Crossing the sensitive border

Posted: 2016-02-15
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , care , domus animus , education , health , life , sexual education , sintija bernava

Editor's note: why sexual education is so important for the modern school and that's not only about refugees and health, it's about new educational program.


Sexual health is a sensitive area, covering multiple levels of educational, ethical, medical, social and cultural customs. 

According to the current working definition by World Health Organisation  working in the area of sexual health since at least 1974., sexual health is: “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” 

2016 and the World: international peace under the question mark

Posted: 2016-01-21
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , brics , crysis , debates , eu , head-to-head , nato , russia , world


Editor's note: this publication is part of the ongoing debates on the EUNetwork about 2016 forecasts and linked to the Ana Maria Ducuta's article. By Aleksey Vesyoliy.

Rome was not built in one day. So do international peace and security. It is a real hard domestic homework for every country to make input into fighting against terror. It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the world terrorism threat.

Стэн Ивашин. Творя «эффект бабочки»

Posted: 2016-01-16
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , butterfly effect , philosophy , sci-fi , science , world


Эрудиция. Что мы знаем о мире, о людях, об истории? Что мы можем представить «если бы было иначе»? Может, кто-то заслуживает лучшей участи, чем было на самом деле? А кто-то был несправедливо успешен, несмотря на свои злодеяния (или «благодаря им же»)? Что, если бы наш мир сосуществовал со сказочными вселенными? Взять хоть те же комиксы Marvel. 

Григорий Амнуэль: К праздникам, но может быть непраздничное

Posted: 2015-12-24
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , christmas , critical opinion , opinion , russia


Приближается Рождество и Новый год, или наоборот. Кому как нравится и ближе.  Факт остается фактом. Человечество перелистывает ещё одну страницу своей истории. Взгляну  на неё своими глазами, а выводы, возможно, сделаем вместе.

Индейские страсти. Часть 1.

Posted: 2015-12-22
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , cherokee , indians , us


Расскажу историю из 1970-го года, которую я почерпнул из индейских архивов и которая продолжается до сих пор. Национальные общины далеко не всегда имеют демократическое лицо, часто клановая борьба приводит к деградации общины.

Алексей Весёлый

Алексей Весёлый: Приди и возьми

Posted: 2015-12-21
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , eu , europe , latvia , non citizens , non-citizens , russia , ukraine


В Киеве активизировались дебаты на тему введения статуса негражданина для «нелояльных» жителей Востока страны. Как прямо известная крылая фраза «приди и возьми»: именно такими словами во времена греко-персидских войн ответил царь Леонид I персидскому вождю Ксерксу, актуально до сих пор. Очень напоминает геополитическую обстановку в восточной Европе. Для прибалтийских русских тема негражданства очень болезненная, всё таки уже на протяжении почти 20 лет вот уже эта практика имеет место быть в Латвии и Эстонии и косвенно затронула всех русскоязычных жителей региона. 

Чингиз Лепсибаев: актуальный момент для Казахстана

Posted: 2015-11-29
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , kazakhstan , tatarstan


Выражу свое субъективное мнение.Сейчас актуальный момент Казахстану, как учредителю Тюрксой - показать свою силу и место в тюркском мире и взять под крыло нашу собственную организацию.

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Чингиз Лепсибаев.

After Paris. EU crisis: Ideas and solutions.

Posted: 2015-11-19
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , cooperation , crisis , eu , nato , russia


Terror has no face and no nationality. France is great country with the future and potential. Definitely, we can't be tolerant to the evil and terror. Still, less emotions are appreciated, because one of the aims of terror is chaos and panic. But this doesn't mean we shouldn't hide obvious facts or or don't think about possible changes to solve crisis. Political crisis in the EU revealed the problem of mistrust and lack of critical thinking. 

Gender equality = smarter development

Posted: 2015-11-18
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , equality , gender , humanrights , right , rights , women , women-right


Gender equality is not a women’s issue but should concern and fully engage men as well as women. Equality between women and men is seen both as a human rights issue and as a precondition for sustainable people-centered development.

Violence is not our culture

Posted: 2015-11-18
Category: Battle of ideas
Tagged: , humanrights , women , womenrights


Violence against women is a major threat to social and economic development that takes place in public and private spaces.