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The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

“The civilizational ‘us’ and the extracivilizational ‘them’ is a constant in human history”.[1]  Samuel Huntington’s observations summarized in the above quote offer valuable insight, mostly regarding the mentality of former empires and great powers. For Romanians, the opposite is true. The ‘abroad’ has always been civilized, while we…

Cogitations: The Essence of the Self and the Longing for the Other

Cogitations:  The Essence of the Self and the Longing for the Other

The world today is busy. Everyone has a place they must be. Everyone has a pressing engagement they cannot miss. Grownups are overwhelmed at work. Children are overwhelmed at school. There is never enough time and always too much to do. What we forget in the midst of our distractedness, however, is to communicate and forge meaningful relationships. In the century of Twitter and Facebook, words…

Freedom of Choice in the 21st Century: Towards a New Jus Vitae Necisque?

Freedom of Choice in the 21st Century: Towards a New Jus Vitae Necisque?

In the United States, an important conversation is taking place, the results of which might set a worldwide precedent for ethical regress of the most devastating kind. It is now an alarming reality that, while European countries have laws which generally ban abortion after the first trimester, when the baby becomes better formed and (as far as science knows so far) able to feel pain, in the US,…

GLOBALIZATION AND NATIONAL IDENTITY: THE CASE OF ROMANIA

GLOBALIZATION AND NATIONAL IDENTITY: THE CASE OF ROMANIA

As Romania prepares to vote on enshrining into its constitution the definition of marriage as an act between a man and a woman, it is wise for all those involved to understand the context of their reality and the consequences of their actions. An article I published some time ago for SFPPR News and Analysis seems quite relevant in this case: While Euro skeptics try to hold on to national…

Towards clearer skies: The East- West bridge

Towards clearer skies: The East- West bridge

The richness of history and diversity of thought between East and West are as undeniable as they are fascinating. One cannot expect to have a well-rounded image of history and present-day reality without first exploring what both Orient and Occident have to offer. As much as the world of today tries to explore and connect these two diverse cultural perspectives, harmony between the two has yet to…

No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

  Recently, the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees questioned Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook with regard to the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy breach scandal.The breach of personal data and privacy hits very close to home for most, as, in the age of technology, where surveillance capacities have become increasingly advanced over…

From Lisbon to Brexit- The EU Debate

From Lisbon to Brexit- The EU Debate

After the British vote to leave the European Union several debates have surfaced with regard to how the future of the Union should look. This is, of course, not a recent development. Since its inception there have been debates with regard to how it should function and whether it should be an economic union, a confederacy or a super state. The dialogue has been similar to the one carried out…

“Unplugged Skills”: The Need to Live beyond Technology’s Limitations

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“Unplugged Skills”: The Need to Live beyond Technology’s Limitations

It would seem as if there is an electrical outlet for everything from one’s toothbrush to their car now. Society is in continuous technological progress. Advances in scientific and technical knowledge have extended and improved our lives. Most of us live in comfort only afforded to kings a few centuries ago and with capabilities they could not have imagined. And with all the new technology…

The Essence of Europe’s Soul

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The Essence of Europe’s Soul

Europe is an old continent. It is full of history and tradition. And every country has its own stories, legends, customs, and celebrations. One cannot mistake France for Germany or Greece for Luxembourg. Although European nations share a history and indeed, commonalities, they are quite distinct and independent in their identity. This, of course, is part of the continent’s charm. It is a…

Eastern Europe's Exodus

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Eastern Europe's Exodus

  Eastern Europe is dealing with an exodus. Many hard-working people find it difficult to live in the Eastern European systems and choose to leave. Some return and try to affect change in their countries by applying new skills acquired abroad. Many do not, however. Once they have built families abroad they are connected to their adoptive countries. They make a good living. For them, there…

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