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↓ Threats to Democracy  ↓ Housing 
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Threats to Democracy

Illustration is showing a printscreen of the journalistic video. Illustration: Key Visual 'What are the threats to independent journalism?' © Alena Julie Novotná for revue Prostor revue Prostor

What are the threats to independent journalism?

The question was simple: What are two biggest threats to independent journalism in your country? What do you consider the most important for maintaining the independence of journalism? The contemporary media scene in Europe.

Original Article in Czech language: Jaké jsou hrozby pro nezávislou žurnalistiku?
Video in English and Czech language included
by­ Alena Julie Novotná for revue Prostor 
Read the Article at revue Prostor

Photo is showing two young people kissing near dirty politically oriented graffiti. Photo: Key Visual 'The Polish opposition won an unfair election. What's next?' © Petr Zewlakk Vrabec for revue Prostor revue Prostor

The Polish opposition won an unfair election. What's next?

The toughest election campaign in Poland since 1989 is over, and Law and Justice (PiS) is about to lose power, with the entire state apparatus deployed on the front line with a single task: to fight the opposition. Can the next government resist the temptation to use the tools that the PiS party has created for it?

Original Article in Czech language: Polská opozice vyhrála neférové volby. Co bude dál?
by­ Jakub Bodziony for revue Prostor 
Read the Article at revue Prostor

Photo is showing Journalist Khaled Drareni standing in front of microphone. Photo: Key Visual '“Reporters Without Borders” shocking that journalists are becoming targets in war' © personal album photo for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

“Reporters Without Borders” shocking that journalists are becoming targets in war

The war between Israel and Hamas has become one of the bloodiest for journalists. Read our tnterview with Khaled Drareni, Reporters Without Borders' representative for North Africa, who talks about the situation of journalists during the war.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: „Reporteriai be sienų“: šokiruoja, kad kare žurnalistai tampa taikiniais 
by­ Aurelija Babinskienė for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Photo is showing Dr. Mažvydas Jastramskis, Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University at the table. Photo: Key Visual 'M. Jastramskis: “A representative of the far right from Western Europe would not find common ground with a colleague from Central and Eastern Europe”' © Rytas Staselis for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

M. Jastramskis: "A representative of the far right from Western Europe would not find common ground with a colleague from Central and Eastern Europe

Is it true that the spectre of the far right is continuing its triumphal march across Europe? An interview with Dr. Mažvydas Jastramskis, Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, sheds light on the question.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: M. Jastramskis: „Kraštutinės dešinės atstovas iš Vakarų Europos su kolega iš Vidurio ir Rytų Europos nerastų bendros kalbos“ 
by­ Rytas Staselis for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Photo is showing a group of students sitting on benches. Photo: Key Visual 'A class full of feminists, Gabčík as a fascist. What I discovered on my way around Slovak secondary schools' © Tibor Czitó for Kapitál Kapitál

A class full of feminists, Gabčík as a fascist. What I discovered on my way around Slovak secondary schools

Not only in Slovakia, many people sympathize with extremist political parties. Tomáš Hučko spent several days watching a music-discussion project at schools that brought the tragedy of the Holocaust closer to young students. The Holocaust is a trauma that we still cannot talk about, but something will have to be done about it. Every four years, we save Slovakia in elections from extremists and fascists. 

Original Article in Slovakian language: Trieda plná feministiek, Gabčík ako fašista. Čo som zistil na ceste po slovenských stredných školách 
by­ Tomáš Hučko for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál

Illustration is showing a collage of the guest’s portrait with a crumpled newspaper on a red background. Illustration: Key Visual 'The Media Situation in Hungary – #02 Defamation Lawsuits and their Consequences in Media Law – a Conversation with Bea Bodrogi and Dániel Szalay' © Dóra Pilinszky for EPER Radio EPER Radio

The Media Situation in Hungary – #02 Defamation Lawsuits and their Consequences in Media Law

The media situation and criminal law in Hungary has undergone significant changes in recent times. In June 2023, an amendment to the law decriminalizing defamation and libel in the media came into force. Why SLAPP suits against various media companies are problematic, and how one defamation case can completely exhaust a company’s budget. Should defamation be punishable and how does the EU currently deal with this type of lawsuit? We asked Beáta Bodrogi, lawyer and media lawyer, and Daniel Szalay, editor-in-chief of Media1, which is in the middle of a series of SLAPP trials. 

Original Article in Hungarian language: Médiahelyzet Magyarországon – #02 Rágalmazási perek és következményeik a médiajogban – beszélgetés Bodrogi Beával és Szalay Dániellel
by Tamás Jamriskó for EPER Radio
Read the Article at EPER Radio

Illustration is showing a collage of the guest’s portrait with a crumpled newspaper on a red background. Illustration: Key Visual 'State of the media in Hungary – #01 Media wars and conflicts' © Dóra Pilinszky for EPER Radio EPER Radio

State of the media in Hungary – #01 Media wars and conflicts

In Hungary, the media has undergone countless transformations and changes until it reached its current form, but this process has not stopped. In this episode of Első Pesti Egyetemi Rádió we invited Attila Bátorfy, a professor of the media faculty at ELTE, who talked about the media wars, the role of public service media, and the past, present and future of media itself. We also get an insight into how the listeners’ preferences change the contents of media and get a glimpse of what the future holds concerning the growing use of AI. 

Original Article in Hungarian language: Médiahelyzet Magyarországon – #01 Médiaháborúk és a média konfliktusai
by Tamás Jamriskó for EPER Radio
Read the Article at EPER Radio

The memorial at the Olympia shopping centre in Munich commemorates the racist attack. The stainless steel ring with the portraits and names of the nine victims surrounds a gingko tree. Filmstill: Key Visual 'Einzeltäter/No lone perpetrators' © Julian Vogel for ZDF JÁDU

No lone perpetrators

Munich, Halle, Hanau - three right-wing extremist attacks. Three times they were attributed to a "lone perpetrator". In his documentary film trilogy with this title (German: "Einzeltäter"), Julian Vogel tells us why these were not individual acts and why we should listen to the bereaved families of those murdered. 

Original Article in German language: Keine Einzeltaten
by Isabella Caldart for JÁDU
Read the Article at JÁDU
(also available in translation to Czech)

Photo showing a billboard before the Slovak parliamentary elections on an empty street Photo: Key Visual for “Slovakia on the wrong track” © by Václav Lang for revue Prostor revue Prostor

Slovakia on the wrong track

A report by the well-known reporter Václav Lang from Slovakia on the eve of the elections. How will the election results affect the political direction of Europe? What do young Slovaks expect from the election results?

Article in Czech language: Slovensko na scestí   
by­ Václav Lang for revue Prostor 
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Illustration/Visual composed of multi-colored swirled and textures. Illustration: Key Visual 'The end of the end of the world' © Jakub Štourač for revue Prostorrevue Prostor

The end of the end of the world

How does poetry relate to the symbols of the time? Gabriel provocatively recognizes a fundamental transformation of poetics already in the work of the middle and older generations and he approaches them through more general themes such as humanity, the (post)apocalyptic approach to time, the crisis of pathos, the return to humour or the phenomenon of a new sensibility.

Article in Czech language: Konec konce světa   
by­ Tomáš Gabriel for revue Prostor 
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Housing

Illustration is showing a construction of block houses in blue colour. Illustration: Key Visual 'Housing and Climate Justice. Why is International Organizing Important?' © Kapitál Kapitál

Housing and Climate Justice. Why is International Organizing Important?

The international organizing is extremely important for the leftists, but at the same time it is very demanding and resource-consuming. What are the conditions in which our struggles for spatial justice take shape?  

by­ Yuliya Moskvina for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál

Illustration is showing construction of block houses in purple colour. Illustration: Key Visual 'The Rise of Internationalism in the European Urban Movements' © Kapitál Kapitál

The Rise of Internationalism in the European Urban Movements

Reportage from the meeting of the European action coalition for the right to housing and the city that took place in Paris in November 2023. As it is usually the case, it combined open program with internal discussions between the activists from the European urban movements fighting for the spatial justice.  

by­ Yuliya Moskvina for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál

Photo is showing the facade of an apartment building. Photo: Key Visual 'Solving the housing crisis - but how?/Die Wohnungskrise lösen - aber wie?' © Ján Jakub Naništa via unsplash | CC0 1.0PERSPECTIVES Newsroom

Solving the housing crisis – but how?

Affordable, dignified, and adequate housing is particularly (but not exclusively) scarce in urban centers across Europe. The affected groups are primarily those with lower incomes, such as younger generations or individuals marginalized for various reasons. It quickly became apparent to us in the PERSPECTIVES Newsroom that the housing crisis requires our collective attention and innovative solutions. To showcase the many dimensions of the housing issue, we conducted a joint Europe-wide survey. We sought input from experts in politics, academia, the private sector, and citizen initiatives and asked: In your opinion, what specific measures should be taken to address the housing crisis in your country/city?

Article in German language: Die Wohnungskrise lösen - aber wie?
by PERSPECTIVES Newsroom 
(also available in Slovakian, Czech & Ukrainian)
Read the Article at Jádu 

Illustration showing a funny meme based visual for audio podcast called “rant“. Illustration: Key Visual for Rant Podcast © by Jakub Štourač for revue Prostor revue Prostor

Ludmila Böhmová VS. rights of tenants

Listen to our new podcast “Rant” where we speak about issues that bother us! Ludmila Böhmová identifies the lack of regulation of rental housing as a major problem. As a result, people face a chain of short-term rentals, fear of insecurity and rent increases. This situation affects 30 % of the population, Böhmová says, but the political representation has not paid any attention to this problem until recently. Moreover, the narrative of rental housing is dominated by the owner's perspective. The initiative wants to change this.

Original Article in Czech language: Ludmila Böhmová VS. práva nájemníků a nájemnic    
Ludmila Böhmová for revue Prostor 
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Photo is showing a residential area of houses built more than 30 years ago in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Photo: Key Visual ': Young people in big cities are finding it harder and harder to buy a home. Regions are the way forward' © Karolina Savickytė for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

Young people in big cities are finding it harder and harder to buy a home. Regions are the way forward.

In Klaipėda, Lithuania's third-largest city, young people are struggling to afford housing. Here, salaries are lower and house prices are almost the same as in the capital.  

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Didmiestyje jauniems žmonėms būstą įsigyti vis sunkiau. Išeitis – regionai  
by­ Karolina Savickytė for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Illustration is showing a balcony full of clothes and a broken window. Illustration: Key Visual 'How to live in a system that won't let you live? On the housing crisis from a Roma perspective' © by Olga Wawracz for revue Prostor revue Prostor

How to live in a system that won't let you live? On the housing crisis from a Roma perspective

The public debate about the housing crisis primarily addresses the situation of students and single mothers, we know the stories of seniors at risk of poverty due to rising rents and middle-class families who cannot afford a mortgage. But how does the housing crisis affect the Roma community and their everyday lives? 

Original Article in Czech language: Jak bydlet v systému, který vás nenechá žít? O krizi bydlení z romské perspektivy    
by Olga Wawracz and Jiří Šimčík for revue Prostor 
Read the Article at revue Prostor

Photo is showing the shiny surface of the grave on which the tree is reflected. Photo: Key Visual 'Equality not even after death (Make Death Great Again)' © Zuzana Jarošová for revue Prostor revue Prostor

Equality not even after death (Make Death Great Again)

The various religious systems may promise people some justice after death, but no matter, our pale bodies remain the object of funeral services that prolong secular inequality. Interesting article about the “after-death” housing crisis. 

Original Article in Slovakian language: Rovnosť ani po smrti (Make Smrť Great Again)     
by­ Zuzana Jarošová for revue Prostor 
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Photo showing Pile of three blue chairs, one grey chair, a small ladder, a red vaccuum cleaner and a wooden sign, placed behind a glass window against a partly painted brick wall. Photo: Key Visual 'Rooms and Bedrooms' © Bernardeta Babáková revue Prostor

Rooms and Bedrooms

Bernarda Babáková's literary text has a sharply realistic edge. The question of one's own room or space is complemented by questions of freedom, intimacy and the difficulties we have to face in our living. How is a (young) person today supposed to find a place to live?

Article in Czech language: Pokoje a Pokojíčky    
by­ Bernardeta Babáková for revue Prostor 
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The War against Ukraine

Illustration is showing a Drawing of a lying man with a red cat lying on him. Illustration: Key Visual '“This is the shelter of the giant red cat” – Maksym Kryvtsov. In memoriam' © Tetiana Kostyk for JÁDU JÁDU – Maksym Kryvtsov. In memoriam

“This is the shelter of the giant red cat”

The Ukrainian poet Maksym Kryvtsov, codenamed „Dali“, and his red-haired front cat, who accompanied him in the last moments of his life, were killed by a Russian attack on 7 January. An obituary by the poet Julia Stakhivska. 

Article in German language: „Das ist der Unterstand des riesigen roten Katers“
by Julia Stakhivska for JÁDU
Read the Article at Jádu
(also available in Czech, Slovakian & Ukrainian original)

Photo is showing an arid landscape, with a river running through. Photo: Key Visual 'The War caused ecocide in Ukraine' © Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group revue Prostor

The War caused ecocide in Ukraine

The leading Ukrainian ecologist Maksym Soroka, who, among other things, deals with the environmental consequences of the Russian invasion, believes that Russia has violated all 17 points of the Sustainable Development Goals. That agenda and plan for achieving a better shared future was adopted by all 193 UN members in 2015. The ecologist believes that the violation of all the points of the Convention as a result of Russian aggression in Ukraine is leading to the ceasing of life in that territory.

Original Article in Czech language: Válka způsobila v Ukrajině ekocidu
by­ Galyna Ostapovets for revue Prostor 
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Photo is showing the medical doctor Aleksandr Lelikov in a child hospital. Photo: Key Visual 'Ukrainians settling in Lithuania: we fear we may soon lose our jobs' © Karolina Savickytė for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

Ukrainians settling in Lithuania: we fear we may soon lose our jobs

Ukrainians can currently work in Lithuania without any restrictions, but in spring, two years after the war, the State Language Inspectorate plans to start penalising employers if their employees do not speak the language at the level required for the job. However, many Ukrainians are only now starting to learn the language.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Lietuvoje besikuriantys ukrainiečiai: baiminamės, kad netrukus galime netekti darbo 
by­ Aurelija Babinskienė for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Illustration is showing a man in white shirt standing against a blue background featuring the Perspectives logo. Illustration: Key visual 'Conflict over Ukrainian grain embargo' © Kultura Liberalna Kultura Liberalna

Conflict over Ukrainian grain embargo

Journalist and former diplomat in Belarus, Witold Jurasz discusses the tensions caused by the Ukrainian grain embargo in the Polish and European context. He analyses Ukraine's relations with Poland, Germany and Lithuania, as well as Ukraine's potential future in European structures.

Original Podcast in Polish language: Konflikt Ukraina – Polska. Zboże i embargo – kto ma racje? 
by­ Jakub Bodziony for Kultura Liberalna 
Listen to the Podcast on Spotify

Illustration is showing two men, one military, one civilian, against a background showing two tanks and the Ukrainian flag. Illustration: Key visual 'Colonel Piotr Lewandowski: report from the front - what problems is Ukraine facing?' © Kultura Liberalna Kultura Liberalna

Report from the front - what problems is Ukraine facing?

Colonel Piotr Lewandowski provides a report from the frontline and discusses Ukraine's biggest problems. In the latest episode, our guest analyses the progress of Ukrainian army's counter-offensive. He talks through the current state of the supply of weapons from the West to Ukraine and provides predictions on possible outcomes of the current phase of the war.

Original Video in Polish language: Płk Piotr Lewandowski: raport z frontu – problemy Ukrainy? 
by­ Jakub Bodziony for Kultura Liberalna 
Watch the video on YouTube

Photo is showing a person in empty swimming pool wearing a white helmet with an inflatable object resembling a flower around her neck. Filmstill from video of Michaela Kacsiová: Roľníci a roľníčky s dlhmi, 2023 © Michaela Kacsiová for Kapitál Kapitál

How many languages do you know, so many times you are from Ukraine

After fleeing from the Russian aggressor, many Ukrainian children had to get used to a new apartment, a new school class, new friendships, and a new language. Reporter Zuzana Límová describes how children from Ukraine get used to Slovak schools and why emotional support is essential in this case.

Original Article in Slovakian language: Koľko rečí vieš, toľkokrát si z Ukrajiny 
by­ Gražina Bielousova for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál

Photo is showing Lithuanian scholar Grazina Bielousova sits on a bench in a park in Vilnius. Photo: Key Visual 'Why the Pope Is Wrong About Ukraine' © Berta-Tilmantaite for NARA NARA

Why the Pope Is Wrong About Ukraine

When meeting with young Catholics in St. Petersburg, Pope Francis praised Russia’s imperial history – the same history that the Kremlin uses to justify Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Gražina Bielousova, a Lithuanian scholar and a former priest, analyses how the pope's upbringing in Argentina might have shaped his worldview toward Russia and Ukraine.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Kodėl popiežius nusišneka apie Ukrainą 
by­ Gražina Bielousova for NARA
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Drawing of a young woman in camouflage clothing in a pink toy doll box. Illustration: Key Visual 'Nuclear explosion in pink' © Tetiana Kostyk for JÁDU JÁDU

Nuclear explosion in pink

In Ukraine, the collective cinematic experience will not be missed in the summer of 2023. "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer" have already attracted more than half a million people to the cinemas. The Ukrainian reception of the pink and black "Barbenheimer" is a very special one in the context of war.

Article in German language: Atombombenexplosion in Rosa
by Daryna Melashenko for JÁDU
Read the Article at Jádu
(also available in Czech, Slovakian & Ukrainian)

Illustration with two sad faces in grey and blue Illustration: Key Visual 'We make jokes so we don't have to cry' © Tetiana Kostyk for JÁDUJÁDU

We make jokes so we don't have to cry

More than 100.000 volunteers reportedly joined the Ukrainian armed forces during the first year of the war. How many of them died in battle remains unknown. Andrej was one of them. For his widow Anna, Andrej is a hero.

Article in German language: Wir machen Witze, damit wir nicht weinen müssen 
by­ Lieselotte­ Hasselhoff­ for JÁDU
(also available in Czech & Ukrainian)
Read the Article at Jádu

Illustration with various animals in front of a war-damaged building Illustration: Key Visual 'Monkeys bite off their tails in fear' © Tetiana Kostyk for JÁDUJÁDU

Monkeys bite off their tails in fear

Dozens of Ukrainian zoos, animal shelters and nature reserves have come under attack. In just one year, Russia turned the Feldman Ecopark in Kharkiv into an ecocidal wasteland.

Article in German language: Vor Angst beißen Affen sich die Schwänze ab
by Anna Lakyza for JÁDU
(also available in Czech & Ukrainian)
Read the Article at Jádu

Identity

Photo is showing the young Muslim woman Alaa Elsayed, with a smile on her face.  Photo: Key Visual 'Muslim woman Alaa: it hurts when people are sorted by nationality or religion' © Edvinas Sinkevičius for Bendra.lt Bendra.lt

Muslim woman Alaa: it hurts when people are sorted by nationality or religion

Alaa Elsayed moved to Lithuania from Egypt 10 years ago. She now considers Lithuania her home and speaks excellent Lithuanian. But sometimes it is hard for her to understand why people are still sorted by nationality or religion - she has had to deal with unpleasant attacks and aggression many times.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Musulmonė Alaa: skaudu, kai žmonės rūšiuojami pagal tautybę ar religiją 
by­ Aurelija Babinskienė for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Illustration is showing authorial colored photos of typically masculine objects. Illustration: Key Visual 'Masculinity for sale. Who makes money from Czech men and what does it cost to be a real man today?' © Nora Třísková for revue Prostor revue Prostor

Masculinity for sale. Who makes money from Czech men and what does it cost to be a real man today?

"Pickupers“, "grifters" and all sorts of Czech online gurus are sowing harmful ideas of masculinity and reaping millions of views and crowns. What to do as a young man?

Original Article in Czech language: Maskulinita na prodej. Kdo vydělává na českých mužích a co dnes stojí být pravý chlap?  
by­ David Laufer for revue Prostor 
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Illustration is showing an original coloured portraits of young men. Illustration: Key Visual '"I want to be a Fight Club dude and David Bowie." Stories about dealing with your own masculinity' © Nora Třísková for revue Prostor revue Prostor

"I want to be a Fight Club dude and David Bowie." Stories about dealing with your own masculinity

How to cope with society's idea of "proper masculinity"? How differently do masculinities weave themselves into the lives of three young people?

Original Article in Czech language: „Chci být Fight club týpek i David Bowie.“ Příběhy o vypořádávání se s vlastní maskulinitou  
by­ David Laufer for revue Prostor 
Read the Article at revue Prostor

Photo is showing a young man standing with a lot of tatoos on his body. Photo: Key Visual 'Tattoos – a form of aesthetics or body mutilation?' © Silvestras Polinauskas for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

Tattoos – a form of aesthetics or body mutilation?

For some, tattoos are a form of self-expression and an expression of aesthetic exploration. For others, it is a way of defacing one's own body, which may even "violate the rights of the person who sees it".

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Tatuiruotės – estetikos forma ar kūno gadinimas? 
by­ Silvestras Polinauskas for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Photo is showing the young man Ivan reads comments in his telephone. Photo: Key Visual 'Russian speakers in Lithuania: without support, we are excluded' © Aistė Kalčytė for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

Russian speakers in Lithuania: without support, we are excluded

How long does it really take to learn Lithuanian when you don't have to use it actively at work, in your studies or at home? Find out about the difficulties Russian speakers face when learning the language in this video story.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Rusakalbiai Lietuvoje: nepalaikydami atstumiam 
by­ Aistė Kalčytė for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Photo is showing the senior woman Petrutė Strolienė in a cemetery of her childhood village. Photo: Key Visual 'Municipality scraps plan to erase half of the villages from the map in the face of residents' opposition' © Aurelija Babinskienė for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

Municipality scraps plan to erase half of the villages from the map in the face of residents' opposition

One municipality, during the implementation of the project of reorganisation of territory boundaries, names and territories, planned to remove more than half of the settlements from the map. Community says: nobody discussed with us.   

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Pasipriešinus gyventojams, savivaldybė atsisakė sumanymo iš žemėlapio ištrinti pusę kaimų 
by­ Aurelija Babinskienė and Audrius Lelkaitis for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Photo is showing the middle-aged man Slava sits at his desk at school. Photo: Key Visual 'Slava's new life: from rock bottom to social work' © Danielius Minkevičius for Bendra.lt/M4C. Bendra.lt

Slava's new life: from rock bottom to social work

Slava, who used drugs, stole and went to prison, has radically changed his life: he has graduated as a social worker's assistant, he is working, and he obeys the law, even in the small details.   

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Slavos naujas gyvenimas: iš visiško dugno – į socialinį darbą  
by­ Danielius MInkevičius for Bendra.lt
Read the Article at Bendra.lt/M4C

Illustration is showing a inscription vietnam on the left side and on the right side - an image of a young Vietnamese girl with braids in denim pants sitting in the bus and leaning against a silhouette of a man made of pink paper cut out of a children's notebook. Illustration: Diana Cam Van Nguyen 'Milý tati (Dear Dad)', film still, 12:46, 2021 © Diana Cam Van Nguyen Kapitál

Dilemmas of Vietnamese Parents

A report about the second generation of Vietnamese. Four respondents talk about their relationship with Vietnam, their families, raising children or their work. Do they feel accepted in Slovakia? What are they trying to teach their children?  

Original Article in Slovakian language: Dilemy vietnamských rodičov 
by­ Magdaléna Rojo for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál

Photo showing a portrait of a young Vietnamese girl. Photo: Key Visual 'My mother's home is not my home' © Lê Thị Hoài for revue Prostor revue Prostor

My mother's home is not my home

Where is my home? And who am I? In Lê Thị Hoài's text on the Vietnamese immigrant experience, two voices are intertwined - one explains, the other speaks to itself. Both address the pressures imposed by majority and minority societies, both in the Czech Republic and in Southeast Asia. And above that, they discuss the impossibility of breaking out of the Western vision of the world.

Article in Czech language: Domov mojí matky není můj domov  
by­ Lê Thị Hoài for revue Prostor 
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Education

Photo is showing wasp on a green background. Photo: Key Visual 'How do we educate for a future we can't even imagine?' © Mizuki for revue Prostor revue Prostor

How do we educate for a future we can't even imagine?

We present a reflection by a poet, theologian and lecturer from the project "Futuropolis: School of Emancipation" on the possibilities of imagining a more just world and why thinking about the future is a key skill for the coming epoch. In addition to her own experiences, Šipka is inspired by figures such as cultural historian Thomas Berry, anthropologist Jason Hickel and activist Satish Kumar, and last but not least by the question of an anonymous girl who is still finding her place in life.

Original Article in Czech language: Jak vzdělávat pro budoucnost, kterou si ani neumíme představit?
by­ Magdaléna Šipka for revue Prostor 
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Photo is showing a signpost leading to the banner making. Photo: Key Visual 'Strike is not a dirty word: behind the scenes of the biggest academic strike since 1989' © Nina Wanča revue Prostor

Strike is not a dirty word: behind the scenes of the biggest academic strike since 1989

“Strike, union, solidarity, collective agreement - all these are concepts that are against the spirit in an individualistic society. And why are we striking now? Because for a long time we believed the promises of governments that the situation would improve. Because we have become accustomed to finding some individual solution. But the October strike started much earlier than that. It was also helped by the government's empty proclamations about the Czech Republic being the centre of education and the fact that the government was doing nothing to improve our situation. The strike gradually made its way into our active vocabulary.” 

Article in Czech language: Stávka není sprosté slovo aneb Reportáž ze zákulisí největší akademické stávky od roku 1989     
by­ Monika Brenišínová, Nina Wanča for revue Prostor 
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Illustration is showing a person wearing a white helmet with an inflatable object resembling a flower around her neck. Illustration: Michaela Kacsiová 'Roľníci a roľníčky s dlhmi (Peasants with debts)', 2023 © Michaela KacsiováKapitál

Handbook of Critical Students

The collective of students and graduates of two art Slovak universities wrote a manual for current and future generations of students. They propose what the education system at art schools should look like, while also touching on the topics of finances or mental health.  

Original Article in Slovakian language: Manuál kritického študentstva 
by­ Collective of students and graduates of VŠVU and VŠMU for Kapitál
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Illustration is showing a person with an inflatable object resembling a flower around her neck on the black background. Illustration: Michaela Kacsiová 'Roľníci a roľníčky s dlhmi (Peasants with debts)', 2023 © Michaela KacsiováKapitál

Alchemy of Art Education

What is special about art education? The article discusses the teaching system, the peculiarity of the relations between students and teachers at art schools and the consequences that result from this. The respondents are art school teachers from all over Slovakia. 

Original Article in Slovakian language: Alchýmia umeleckého školstva 
by­ Michaela H. Pašteková for Kapitál
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Mental health

Photo is showing the view from below on a building of the psychiatric clinic in Prague-Bohnice through trees and bushes with autumn leaves. Photo: Key Visual 'Inside the rabbit hole' © Bára Bažantová for JÁDU JÁDU

Inside the rabbit hole

A view through the barred windows of the psychiatric clinic in Prague-Bohnice, where time has its own speed and the temporary residents learn to recognise colour contours in the gloom of their own abysses. The author Bára Bažantová has returned to this place to revisit her own journey inside the rabbit hole.

Article in German language: Im Inneren des Kaninchenbaus
by Bára Bažantová for JÁDU
(also available in Czech Original & Slovakian)
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It's not enough to just breathe with your mobile: mental healthcare in the captivity of digital platforms

An increasingly complex world shatters old landmarks and causes anxiety and decision paralysis. The way out may be to invent your own tactics to cope with the tide of the unknown - whether in FarmVille, tarot, or through other pleasures that are nothing to be ashamed.

Original Article in Czech language: Duševní exoskelet: Udělej si sám!
by­ Palo Fabuš for revue Prostor 
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It's not enough to just breathe with your mobile: mental healthcare in the captivity of digital platforms

Digital apps that substitute and complement mental health care can contribute to the development of good habits. But even ingeniously designed meditation techniques or affirmations cannot correct systemic deficiencies.

Original Article in Czech language: Jen vydechnout s mobilem nestačí: duševní péče v zajetí digitálních platforem
by­ Štěpán Šanda for revue Prostor 
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Behind the scenes of the illegal trade in psychotropic drugs - both online and in the middle of the city

The journalist conducted an experiment - she tried to buy psychotropic drugs on the Internet. It turns out that this can be easily done. 

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Nelegalios psichotropinių vaistų prekybos užkulisiai – ir internete, ir vidury dienos miesto 
by­ Rasa Milerytė for Bendra.lt
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Becky Kay Livingstone VS. microaggressions

Listen to our new podcast “Rant” where we speak about issues that bother us! Microaggressions can be verbal, they can also have physical manifestations. “What happens very often is the changing of my name. Instead of asking how it is pronounced, one waves one's hand over it, saying it is not important. And then there are all sorts of inappropriate questions. They ask me where I'm from, and if I tell them I was born in Trebic, it's not enough. And they ask where I'm really from,” says Becky Livingstone aka Queen Jamaica about her experience with microaggressions.

Original Article in Czech language: Becky Kay Livingstonová VS. mikroagrese    
by Becky Kay Livingstone and Šimon Holý for revue Prostor 
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Expert: We're still putting off saving lives for “better times”

Abstract. The Lithuanian Ministry of Health approved the procedure description for assistance to a person at risk of suicide, as well as the National Suicide Prevention Actions 2020-2024. plan. And individual municipalities have developed their own algorithms and plans adapted to local specifics. Yet, only 25 municipalities (from 60) have implemented such algorithms, but not all of them function effectively. Rimantas Misevičius, an expert in systematic suicide prevention, is convinced that delays in taking action is not justified

Article in Lithuanian language: Ekspertas: gyvybių gelbėjimą vis dar atidedame „geresniems laikams“
by Rasa Milerytė for Bendra.lt 
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Illustration is showing author's illustrations based on chemical formulas of substances used in medicines. Illustration: Key Visual 'Healing a hand burnt on a stove with Paracetamol: mental health in the age of antidepressants, ambiguous studies and individualism' © Ondřej Trhoň for revue Prostor revue Prostor

Healing a hand burnt on a stove with Paracetamol: mental health in the age of antidepressants, ambiguous studies and individualism

Antidepressants reduce psychological pain but do not address its individual or societal causes - and may even distract from them. Side-effects or symptoms from withdrawal are also a problem. What to do?

Original Article in Czech language: Léčit ruku popálenou o plotnu paralenem“: duševní zdraví v době antidepresiv, nejednoznačných studií a individualismu 
by­ Petra Dvořáková for revue Prostor 
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Pressure to be successful

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Career counsellor on the psychological pressures faced by teenagers: parents getting smarter, social media getting fiercer

In many countries, it is increasingly recognised that today's adolescents are under tremendous stress as a result of environmental pressures to be successful and to make clear and correct choices about their post-school path. We conducted an interview with the psychologist and career consultant Kristijonas Žičkus.  

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Karjeros konsultantas apie paauglių patiriamas psichologinio spaudimo problemas: tėvai protingėja, socialinės medijos aršėja  
by­ Rytas Staselis for Bendra.lt
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What will you be when you grow up?

What are you going to be when you grow up? – we have often been asked or asked the question to others or ourselves. Perhaps mainly because – beyond curiosity – the profession, the job, the occupation is an inalienable and defining part of so-called adult life. There are many rituals and customs associated with it. A very important and inevitable change and transformation that we all go through.

Original Article in Hungarian language: Mi leszel ha nagy leszel?    
by­ Tamás Jamriskó for EPER Rádió  
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Jan Přáda VS. overtime in health care

“Overtime is supposed to be extra work and should not make up 50 % of your income,“ says Jan Přáda, a physician and chair of the ‚Young Doctors' Section‘, about the unbearable situation of male and female doctors in the health care system. Medical staff, he says, have been overworked and underpaid for a long time despite the demands of their work. In addition, due to the administrative burden, there is no time for more care and communication with patients.

Article in Czech language: Jan Přáda VS. přesčasy ve zdravotnictví  
by­ Jan Přáda and Šimon Holý for revue Prostor 
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Mistress of Faun Cykas

How does the young poet cope with the pitfalls of the literary environment? The original short story by award-winning poet Alžběta Stančáková focuses on the theme of a young girl’s relationship with an older, successful man and the difficulty of later emancipating herself from his influence.

Article in Czech language: Milenka Fauna Cykase  
by­ Alžběta Stančáková for revue Prostor 
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Safety and security

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Criminologist: sexual violence in night-time entertainment venues is intolerable

Nightclubs and bars are safe, especially for women. Many a girl can tell of being subjected to unwanted harassment, sexual assault or even being drugged against their will.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Kriminologė: seksualinė prievarta naktinio pasilinksminimo vietose – netoleruotina 
by­ Aurelija Babinskienė, Rasa Milerytė, Audrius Lelkaitis for Bendra.lt
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