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The process resulting in the definition of one’s own identity – hence an “us” – in an oppositional manner by, explicitly or implicitly comparing ourselves with “others”, is considered a universal movement in every society.

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Civil Society

From the mid-1980s to the present, civil society has been a key category of democratic politics, increasingly in a genuinely international setting.

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Ethnic Violence

Many of the conflicts or mass violence of recent decades have been characterised by the adjective “ethnic”. This means that the leading players were groups opposing one another on the basis of identitarian, religious, linguistic or more generally cultural assertions..

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Participation

It is possible to participate in a brutal event – such as gang rape, lynching, an ethnic cleansing operation – or in a humanitarian event – fund raising, collective adoption, sacrificing oneself in an exchange of prisoners..

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Genocide

The word genocide is nowadays used in a number of different ways and one must to try and analyse them separately, to the extent that this is possible.

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A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding

Cover Stories

IT ARTICLES for JUNE 15 - 23, 2010

Gideon Levy: «It is time to lift the Gaza blockade»

«Not only is the blockade criminal and cruel to the Palestinian people, it is also not in Israel’s best interests,» says Israeli Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy speaking of the Gaza blockade. After the shock of the attack on the pacifist Freedom Flotilla sailing to Gaza, the situation in the Gaza Strip has returned to the centre of the international debate. Following Barack Obama’s example, the most important European Foreign Ministers have invited Israel to lift the blockade. Gaza’s tragedy can only strengthen Hamas, Hezbollah and the enemies of the Jewish state.

«Why we Israelis should be worried» Gideon Levy talks to Marco Cesario
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