Ralph Haddad is a research officer for Basmeh & Zeitooneh, NGO from Lebanon dedicated to serving Syrian refugees by providing aid in forms of cash assistance, workshops or education.
In many European countries, the availability of psychological treatment in the public healthcare system is inadequate or even non-existent. Barriers such as long waiting lists, co-payments and inadequate resources push people with anxiety or depression -those who can afford it- to the private system.
In my second text on concepts in relation to the pandemic, I want to focus on "time" and "temporality", exploring "COVID time" during "the time of COVID". How can it be that time has appeared to "stand still", "slow down" and "speed up"?
Unless you had watched ‘Contagion’ or listened intently to public health specialists, COVID-19 arrived unexpectedly to shake up everyday life and social, political and economic structures around the world. The nature of pandemic-induced changes has, of course, been different for different people in different moments and in different places. Here, I want to discuss only one of many elements of this change, namely the concept and practice of ‘value’.
We were unpleasantly surprised when in the early morning of August 4th Franjo Tudjman announced the start. My dream was to convince other environmental and peace activist in Europe that Croatia, more precise West Slavonia, as the place to organise Ecotopia ’96. I know a very selfish reaction, less than 40 km away the war is going on again and I am afraid that I can´t have my nice international peaceful ecological youth camp in the middle of it...
Just one day before the January Democratic Debate and with the Iowa Caucus only weeks away, the Warren Campaign pulled a pathetic stunt by having "anonymous sources" report that during a private conversation in 2018, Senator Sanders told Senator Warren that a woman cannot win the presidency. Of course, there's no proof that he said that and anyone with common sense would doubt that the same Senator Sanders who once encouraged Senator Warren to run for president wouldn't suddenly adopt such a misogynistic stance. Of course, common sense and facts don't matter to the bourgeois media.
As the neoliberal establishment cannabalises itself and Senator Warren bleeds supporters after shooting herself in the foot, it does in fact seem that Senator Sanders could energise the party base, secure the nomination, and establish an intersectional coaliton of working class voters across the country to take the White House in November.
Half a year after the publication of our first article on the torture garage for migrants, and almost a year after the first testimony about the garage was documented by organisations, fearsome testimonies of inhumane detention of refugees and migrants continue to arrive. According to the descriptions, the garage in question is still the one in the police station in Korenica.
In another one in a series of cases of mistreatments and beatings of migrants that are being pushed back from the border, officials of the Croatian border police brutally attacked K.S., a minor from Afghanistan, according to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia. The boy, who survived severe physical and psychological torture, was first separated from a group of 16 migrants and beaten up at the border. After that he was detained in a dark room where he was beaten by four border police officers and subjected to electroshock torture.
There are new witnesses reporting police violence against refugees and migrants, and they are coming from the very Ministry of the Interior. In an anonymous letter sent to the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović, a police officer writes about the violent and illegal practices perpetrated at the border on refugees and migrants. "We have no more will nor power to look at what is being done to these humans", the officer writes. We publish the letter in its entirety.