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    Sexual Violence: the US’s Psychological Weapon Against Terrorism

    By Anne-Laure Pineau and Sophie Tardy-Joubert. In the days following September 11, the United States was still reeling from the attacks on the World Trade Center. Almost everyone was terrified of another attack. In hopes of obtaining intelligence, the Bush administration developed methods of torture to “break” prisoners of the so-called war on terror. These men would be stripped of their humanity, beaten and waterboarded. Less well known is the fact that they were also systematically sexually humiliated and sexually assaulted. More

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    The DNA of Sangaris

    By Justine Brabant and Leïla Miñano. The French Minister of Defense called the French military operation in the Central African Republic a “success”. But when the forces of Operation Sangaris pulled out of the country in October 2016, they left in their wake numerous accusations of rape and sexual assault, some involving minors. In at least one case, a child may have been born of this abuse. While the French judicial system is taking its time to investigate these accusations, the list of victims may be growing. More

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    Child Rape: The Other War Crime Carried Out By the Assad Regime

    By Cécile Andrzejewski and Leïla Miñano, with Daham Alasaad. In the six years that war has ravaged Syria, almost every crime imaginable has been committed against its people. They’ve been massacred, tortured, bombed and subjected to chemical weapons. Yet there is another crime, which, until now has been wrapped in a veil of silence: child rape. And yet, in Syrian government prisons, at regime checkpoints and during raids, Assad’s forces are systematically abusing the children of opposition figures in total and utter impunity. More

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    One Year in Berlin

    By Rama Jarmakani. I have not felt such inner peace for a very long time. For the last four years I haven’t slept and I have forgotten what fear is. Today, it’s been a month since the life that I abandoned. I feel like a little girl who ran under a blanket to protect herself from the cold. I did not leave anything for her to remember me by, I just put a lot of kisses on her forehead, left her at the border and walked away. More

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    Making Films in Conflict Zones

    Author: Lilian Pithan. This year’s Berlinale had a quiet, unassuming novelty in store: for the first time, the festival screened a film from Manipur, one of the tribal states in northeastern India. In “Lady of the Lake”, director Haobam Paban Kumar tells the story of a fisherman who is threatened by the local government with immediate eviction from his native home. When Tomba accidentally finds a gun on one of the floating islands of Loktak lake, he sees a chance to overcome his self-imposed paralysis and paranoia. But he seriously underestimates the violence triggered by the mere possession of a gun. ABWAB talked to Haobam Paban Kumar about the difficulty of making films in conflict zones, at the intersection of documentary and fiction. More

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    SIBE: Dual Degree for Academic Newcomers

    It is currently not easy for newcomers with academic qualifications to enter the job market in Germany. In order to bring academic job seekers and German companies together, the Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) has launched the brand new programme “Perspectives” which will allow newcomers to obtain a dual degree. Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) is a private, state-approved German university with 20 years of experience in international programmes. Several of SIBE’s courses integrate academic study with practical work experience in a partner company. More

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    Sorry, you are an overqualified refugee

    Reaching a final definition of the word “refugee”, to be easily found in dictionaries, easily classified, easily put in practice and dealt with, has been the focus on German sociologists over the past two years. What we witness of late is an ineffectual controversy concerning the classification of refugees as war refugees or economic migrants. […] More

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    Human Dignity: Article 1 of the German Constitution

    By Barbara Meincke Article 1 of the German Constitution begins as follows: ”Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.“ Not only is human dignity the starting point of the German Constitution; Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) by the United […] More