DCW - Dissent, Conscience and the Wall

By EucA | This magazine is meant to continue the discussions started during the "Dissent, Conscience and the Wall" project. The project, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 10th of 2004 EU enlargement. Main themes covered include: role of dissent and conscience in society; freedom of press and speech; EU-Russia relations; Communism's legacy. The magazine contains also the papers that the university students involved in the project wrote.

German town builds 13ft wall to separate refugees from residents

A suburban town in Germany is building a 13ft-high stone wall to separate residents from refugees living at a nearby migrant accomodation …

Refugees

When Bruce Springsteen Helped Destroy the Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall has been attributed to lots of things, from Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms and Ronald Reagan's famous plea to the ineptitude …

Germany

The Tunnels: JFK, the cold war and the Berlin Wall

In his new book, journalist Greg Mitchell has excavated a story of daring escapes and media manipulation which speaks directly to the era of Donald Trump<p>Imagine a story with so much inherent drama it sounds far-fetched even for a Hollywood thriller. Our heroes dig tunnels from freedom into enemy …

Germany

The role of Literature in bringing about the Fall of the Berlin Wall (N. Magugliani)

<b>Historical Framework</b><p>Germany, 1945. After the Second World War, the Allies officially divided Germany into four military occupation zones at the …

Germany

‘The Power of the Powerless’: Past Struggles and their Current Lessons (Edward Lucas)

<b>[What follows is a lightly amended version of an unscripted talk given by Mr. Lucas at the Symposium on 29 November 2014]</b><p>I want to say at the …

Russia

Under attack

IN A sense, this is a golden age for free speech. Your smartphone can call up newspapers from the other side of world in seconds. More than a billion …

The Challenges of Memory

<b>[What follows is a lightly amended version of a talk given by Mr. Hiio at the Symposium on 10 December 2015]</b><p>Ladies and gentleman,<p>For introduction of …

European History

How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism<p>One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David …

Journalism

What is free speech?

Free speech is the right to say whatever you like about whatever you like, whenever you like, right? Wrong.<p>'Free speech is the right to seek, receive …

Censorship

'Era of propaganda': press freedom in decline, says Reporters Without Borders

Decline of open debate was of particular concern in Latin America during 2015, says advocacy group, warning of increasing violence against journalists<p>World press freedom deteriorated in 2015, especially in the Americas, advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday as it released its …

Latin America

Journalist's release highlights plight of Azerbaijan's other political prisoners

Khadija Ismayilova’s freedom welcomed but at least 80 still detained for daring to defy the president, RFE/RL reports<p>The release of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova from an Azerbaijani prison has drawn applause from international human rights groups, but it has also highlighted the …

Extremism

Journalist critical of Egyptian government deported from Cairo

Liliane Daoud, who has dual British-Lebanese citizenship, forced to leave after contract with ONTV network was terminated<p>A prominent British-Lebanese journalist who hosted a talk show critical of the Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s government has arrived in Beirut after being deported from …

Egypt

The Chinese documentaries exposing the Communist Party’s flaws

“BEHEMOTH” took documentary-film audiences last year on a journey from the mines of inner Mongolia to a ghost city west of Beijing. Forlorn workers …

Don’t be so offensive

STRIDENCY on campus is not only an American problem. Throughout the West it is the young who are most ambivalent about free speech. A recent survey …

The colliding of the American mind

VISITING some American universities these days feels like touring the scene of an earthquake, or a small war. Though administrators insist the …

Free speech is under attack, from Beijing to Istanbul

Britain, the land of George Orwell, must stand up against this anti-liberal tide, and keep its government’s hands off the BBC<p>Wherever you look, free speech is under attack. In China, an independent-minded journalist disappears at the airport, one of many to be detained, censored and intimidated. In …

George Orwell

The Berlin Wall Is Long Gone. Now a New Divide Threatens Europe

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

How Putin challenges post-cold war European order and fear of dissent in Russia (G. Gigitashvili)

The downfall of the Berlin wall was succeeded by the enraptured manifestation of people dancing, singing and toasting one another – they were …

Geopolitics

The Confused Nature of Censorship and the Relevance of Dissent in Contemporary Western Culture (L. M.Williams)

We witness today an unclear standard of censorship. In particular, the issue of political correctness has become predominant in much of the discourse …

Censorship

‘Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe since the Fall of the Wall’ (Dr. G. Beck)

When the Wall fell and the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc disintegrated this was hailed as a victory for democracy and the rule of law. Francis …

Judiciary

‘Conscience versus Reciprocity in the European Public Sphere since 1989’ (Dr. M. Meenagh)

<b>[Talk given at the 3rd DCW Symposium in London on May 30th, 2015]</b><p>I want today to concentrate for a few moments on what we mean by conscience in the …

Human Rights

A Tenuous Balance: The Evolving Role of the Internet in Facilitating Dissent (W. Kendrick)

<b>Abstract</b><p>The paper is concerned with examining the role of internet communications technology in the political process, arguing that the internet has …

Madrid

Between Freedom, Tyranny, and Totalitarianism (N. Pinkoski)

<b>Between Freedom, Tyranny, and Totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss on Preserving the Moral Difference between East and West</b><p><i>The split in</i> …

Martin Heidegger

Dissent and nationalism in the Baltic States: the Baltic Way (E. Bernini)

The year was 1989, August was the month. The months to come will be always remembered for the fall of the Berlin Wall, but this August episode, which …

Russia

Intellectuals and Romanian Communism (A.T. Man)

This paper tries to illuminate one’s of the most important parts of the contemporary Romanian society conditions of possibility[1] of identity, i.e. …

Communism

Making Europe from the Margins (H. Hydra)

<b>‘Making Europe from the Margins: The Politics of Conscience and the Fall of the Berlin Wall’ –</b> <b>Harald Wydra</b><p><b>[Speech given at the 2nd DCW Symposium in</b> …

John Paul II

Exploration of Wojtyła’s ‘The Acting Person’ and Kołakowski’s ‘Theses on Hope and Hopelessness’ […] (C. Watson)

<b>Exploration of Wojtyła’s ‘The Acting Person’ and Kołakowski’s ‘Theses on Hope and Hopelessness’ as possible philosophical foundations of the</b> …

Christianity

Soviet Nonconformist Art: Functional and Social Stipulation (A. Strelkovskaia)

<b>Introduction</b><p>The present paper covers the topic of Soviet cultural split and the following formation and underground existence of artistic movement …

Art

Censorship on the two sides of the Curtain […] (G. Coltorti)

<b>Introduction</b><p>According to René Girard, conflicts usually take place when two individuals can no longer share one object they both desire. Thus not …

Literature