Tag Archives: post-socialism

In light of the election victory of Victor Urbán: Post-socialist politics of solidarity revisited

In February 2008 I was invited to a curious event in Olomouc, in the Czech Republic. The event, entitled The relevance of research institutions to development cooperation, brought together academics from key institutions where Development Studies as a subject was … Continue reading

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Democracy, dictatorship, and the messy space in-between – reflections on commemorating 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

The date: Thursday, 9th of November 1989. I vividly remember the night that is now being commemorated in multiple ways, including through a feature film called Bornholmer Straße that focuses on the East German lieutenant colonel Harald Jäger who opened … Continue reading

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Blackmailed – How Solidarity Drowned in a Sea of Ice Buckets

In the last few weeks there was no escape from pictures showing friends and strangers from all wakes of life dumping buckets of ice-cold water on their heads. What on the surface is being marketed as a fun activity for … Continue reading

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‘I dream about those German sausages’

The above sentence was the message I received the other day from a Facebook-friend, together with a black and white photograph showing some African kids in a classroom with a tall, Germanic looking woman-teacher, and some German sentences on the … Continue reading

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