Monday, January 30, 2012

Congratulations!

As volunteers and co-founders of the Youth Club "Social diplomacy" as well as young perspective scientists in the Institute of Socio-Economic and Humanities Research of Southern Research Center of  Institution of Russian Academy of Sciences Evgeniya Goryushina and Elena Zhirukhina under the direction of the Krasnodar colleague Polina Zeti won the grant competition in 2012 for Russian State support of young Russian scientists and PhD -- Grant of the Russian Federation President in the Social Sciences and Humanities with the project's subject: "The Information Security in the youth as a factor in countering extremism" (MK-1421.2012.6).

Congratulations! 

В России в 2011 году жертвами агрессивной ксенофобии стали более 30 человек

В России в прошлом году жертвами агрессивной ксенофобии стали более 30 человек, 120 пострадали. Большинство погибших - дагестанцы. Нападениям также подвергались африканцы, армяне, узбеки, киргизы, таджики, грузины и представители других национальностей. Об этом сообщил на пресс-конференции в Москве директор Московского бюро по правам человека Александр Брод. 

В то же время, количество жертв ксенофобии в России каждый год сокращается. Так, в 2010 году в результате нападений на почве ксенофобии погибли 46 человек, что почти в два раза меньше, чем в 2009 году. По мнению правозащитников, это показатель того, что российские власти и правоохранительные органы все же осознают серьезность проблемы и пытаются контролировать ситуацию. Это отметил на пресс-конференции президент Конгресса национальных объединений России Владимир Хомерики.

Пресс-конференция была посвящена опубликованному в понедельник же докладу Бюро по правам человека "Агрессивная ксенофобия, расизм и нетерпимость в России в 2011 году".

Источник: svobodanews.ru

О конкурсе "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития"

Youth Club ‘Social Diplomacy’ (г. Ростов-на-Дону) совместно с АНО "Центр социально-политических исследований "Премьер" (г. Краснодар) в октябре 2011 г. объявили конкурс лучших научных работ с последующим формированием и изданием сборника "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития" (УДК, ББК, ISBN). 

Причерноморский бассейн входит 12 государств, на карте мира этот регион занимает 4,7%, его площадь 19,1 млн километров. Здесь проживают 322,9 млн человек. Поэтому основной задачей проведения конкурса стало определение основных проблемных точек во взаимоотношениях государств данного макрорегиона и формирование необходимых направлений дальнейшей работы с целью вовлечения молодых экспертов в коммуникационное пространство Причерноморского региона. Однако изначально конкурс был ориентирован как на российских молодых экспертов, так и на зарубежных коллег. 

Впоследствии все статьи победителей будут переведены на английский язык и сверстаны в полноценный электронный сборник, что позволит в полной мере вывести на другой качественный уровень подобные инициативы среди молодежи и привлечь к ним кавказских, европейских и ближневосточных специалистов, а также всех заинтересованных в его изучении. Причерноморский регион – стратегически важный в политике не только Российской Федерации и соседних государств, но и держав, географически расположенных за его пределами. 

Немаловажно, что участие в конкурсе было совершенно бесплатным. Это позволило беспристрастно оценить присланные материалы и помочь в продвижении интереса к Причерноморскому региону среди молодых людей до 35 лет на волонтерском уровне.

Следите за нашими обновлениями, пишите нам и предлагайте свои идеи проведения конкурсов, статей и публикации материалов! Мы работаем для того, чтобы молодежь была в курсе происходящих событий, анализировала, развивалась и получала дополнительное образование. 

Community Mapping for Intercultural Dialogue



Intercultural Dialogue is one of the most pressing challenges of today's plural world. Exchange and knowledge sharing among different cultures have been recently defined in the White Paper for Intercultural Dialogue “an antidote to violence and rejection” (Council of Europe, 2008). This work presents the result of research carried out in recent years by the Diathesis Cartographic Laboratory, which aimed to create a community mapping system able to communicate the social sense of place among communities living in a variety of territories1. In this context, based on the theoretical approach of cartographic semiosis (Casti, 1998a) and in line with the methodology of the SIGAP Strategy (Casti, 2004, 2006) we attempted to translate and implement some international principles regarding environmental protection and sustainability, using community mapping as the key tool in the various phases of research: from research to design, implementation and, finally, capitalization.

In this paper, we focus on the methodologies followed in a particular territorial context—the villages of Sub-Saharan Africa—with a specific aim: to create cartographic instruments capable of implementing the principles of environmental governance and sustainability within projects for cooperation. 

Congratulations!

Будучи волонтерами и со-учредителями Молодежного Клуба "Общественная дипломатия", а также молодыми перспективными учеными в Учреждении Российской академии наук Институт социально-экономических и гуманитарных исследований Южного научного центра РАН,  Е.М.Горюшина и Е.В.Жирухина под руководством краснодарской коллеги П.П.Зети стали победителями конкурса 2012 года по государственной поддержке молодых российских ученых-кандидатов наук Президента Российской Федерации в Общественных и Гуманитарных науках с темой проекта: "Информационная безопасность в молодёжной среде как фактор противодействия экстремизму" (МК-1421.2012.6). 

Это означает, что еще больше работы и еще глубже исследования проблематики! 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship


CEURUSe suveülikool 23.-28. juuli 2012 Tartus
CEURUS Summer School
‘EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship’
23-28 July 2012 in Tartu, Estonia
 
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Objectives
While many experts describe the EU-Russia relations as stagnating, internally both players are going through dramatic changes. The eurozone has been hit by the debt crisis, which presents a grave danger to the very existence of the single European currency. The scale of the financial problems, which the European Union is now facing has pushed the EU governments towards far-reaching political and institutional reforms, which might lead to the emergence of a much more coherent and robust political actor to replace today’s rather loose confederation. Russia, for its part, demonstrates an unprecedented degree of political stability and continuity, and yet there are numerous indications that the tensions continue to accumulate within the economy, the state and society. There seems to be a consensus for the need to modernise the country, but various elite groups and the wider society increasingly diverge as to the most basic goals of political and societal development.

In sum, the EU and Russia are entering an interesting time of major transformations, which can make them much stronger, but can also lead the collapse of the current social, economic and political structures. The goal of the 2012 CEURUS Summer School is to help students get a grasp on the scale and interconnectedness of various challenges that the EU and Russia face today, and to estimate the potential impact of these challenges on the EU-Russia relations. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Raising awareness around issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment

Join Us in Helping Advance Women's Causes

Facebook is proud to play a part in helping to achieve the Millenium Development Goals by raising awareness around issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. By building technology that allows people to easily connect and share, we are helping women’s organizations and causes connect with supporters around the world.

Learn more about the Millenium Development Goals


United Nations Foundation

"Facebook is giving a voice to one of the most important conversations on Earth today - a dialogue between millions of girls in the U.S. and developing countries. The conversation has already sent a resounding signal to the world that we can end child marriage, that young girls must have access to an education and safety, and that health shouldn't be a luxury...but is a right for everyone." — Elizabeth McKee Gore for the United Nations Foundation


Girl Up


"As a community, the hundreds of thousands of girls of the Girl Up Campaign sent petitions to the White House, have signed global declarations of support, and are taking the message of The Girlafesto worldwide. We could have never brought such a diverse and dynamic community together to support this issue without Facebook. The collective actions of these girls demonstrate the power of social networking at its finest. Leveraging this tool, we will collectively create a better world for generations to come." — Tamsin Smith, Girl Up


  • Connect to Women’s Causes and Advocacy Pages
  • How are you connecting to women’s causes on Facebook? What issues need to be highlighted the most? Share your thoughts!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Human Rights Watch -- Russia

"This 22nd annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2011. It reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff has undertaken during the year, often in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.

The introductory essay examines the Arab Spring, which has created an extraordinary opportunity for change. The global community has a responsibility to help the long suppressed people of the region seize control of their destiny from often-brutal authoritarian rulers. Standing firmly with people as they demand their legitimate rights is the best way to stop the bloodshed, while principled insistence on respect for rights is the best way to help these popular movements avoid intolerance, lawlessness, and summary revenge once in power".

The special focus in on the election-related problems in Russia.

Also we recommend to read the following material devoted to Russia: 'Russia Repeats Western Mistakes in Arab Spring -- Support for Assad in Syria Misguided'. 

And we kindly ask to watch HD photos and videos about Russian civil society: http://www.hrw.org/features/russia-civil-society 


"The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development" youth competition results

It's time to sum up results of youth competition of scientific articles "The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development" which was held by us -- Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy', in a partnership with the Center of Social and Political Studies "Premier" (Krasnodar) with a further publication of materials in a special section of the "The Socio-Humanitarian Journal of the South of Russia " -- "The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development "(1 (21) 2012).  

The winners are:
  • A.V. Bredikhin "THE GREAT ROMANIA" PROJECT: TERRITORIAL CLAIMS
  • A.V. Ivanov PROSPECTS AND PROBLEMS OF THE BLACK SEA regional multilateral cooperatioN
  • V.E. Bagnyuk THE MODERN GEOPOLITICAL FACTORS of Turkish influence in the Black Sea region
  • M.V. Semenishin THE PROBLEM OF institutional cooperation OF COUNTRIES OF THE BLACK SEA REGION
  • N.V. Shershunova THE SOCIAL SECURITY POLICY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BLACK SEA NATIONAL SECURITY OF RUSSIA
  • O.O. Titerin CHARACTERISTICS OF INFORMATION PRESENT OPPOSITION, THE EXAMPLE OF RUSSIA - Georgian armed conflict in August 2008
  • O.Yu. Patrakeeva, V.V. Kulygin, K.E. Mesropyan THE INTERREGIONAL large-scale project a transport crossing over the Kerch Strait: possibilities of modern technologies COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROJECT TO RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
  • S.A. Novikov THE naval exercises in the Black Sea countries: the role in strengthening cooperation and political repercussions

The issue will be sent to each winner in the middle of February together with the attached Certificate.

Congratulations to the winners!

Russian original post is here.

Empowerment of women

Due political changes in Russia we propose you to read the next article -- "Political Empowerment of Women in Russia: Discourses and Strategies" by Ludmila Popkova

Also we propose you to look at this site section which is dedicated to Violence Against Women. The blog "Understanding violence in Russia" aims at making available to researchers and to the public a corpus of articles and references on violence in Russia. It aims at analysing those data and at favoring collaboration between researchers and practitioners working on those topics . This blog is supported by "Emergences" programme of the City of Paris. And check the "North Caucasus" section. 

Hope it would be useful for young researchers and new civil leaders -- especially women. 

Only your own selfmotivation could lead you to success in your future though all barriers and life troubles. Respect your woman, wife, girlfriend, sister and mother and take care of HER. Let yourself be a real man with a real woman within the frameworks of mutual respect, understanding and love. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The special Educational traditional meeting in the Russian style

Today the special Educational cultural traditional meeting in the Russian style will be held. It will allow to the Arab students and residents from the Middle East living in our Russian city to touch the peculiarities of tea ceremony, the national Russian food -- pancakes and pancakes with apples, jam, original tea from a samovar. We meet at the same place of all our meetings -- Sovetskaya street 44, office 317, 3 floor, Al-Farahidi Center.

Our meeting starts at 18:00. We look forward to all our friends!

Сегодня состоится обучающая культурная традиционная встреча в русском стиле. Она позволит познакомить арабских студентов и резидентов с Ближнего Востока, проживающих в нашем российском городе, с особенностями чаепития, национальной русской кухней -- блинами, оладьями с яблоками, вареньем, чаем из самовара. Мы встречаемся на том же месте, где проходят все наши встречи, а именно -- ул. Советская 44, оф. 317, 3 этаж, Центр арабской культуры "Аль-Фарахиди".

Встреча начинается с 18:00. Ждем всех наших друзей!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Volunteering - A Great Way To Learn Real Executive Leadership FORBES


We published some materials dedicated to volunteering in our blog. But now we would like to recommend the following Forbes article. Do you know why does Forbes pay a huge attention to volunteering as a tool of selfdevelopment and leadership skill? So you should read it!

This is written with Richard Pound.

Improving NGO Organizational Effectiveness through Capacity Building

We'd like to propose you this opportunity: 

Registration for course: Improving NGO Organizational Effectiveness through Capacity Building

Course Dates: Starting 16th February 2012 for 6 weeks

Course Description: 

This course is designed for young people aged 18-30 who are actively involved in making a difference in their communities, particularly those already running small non-profit organizations or community projects or intending to start one. The course will help students understand and analyze the capabilities and capacities of their non-profit organizations or projects and identify gaps relative to the capabilities needed to achieve their targeted goals. Students will then be guided to develop an action plan to improve their organization/project’s capabilities.

The course will be led by Amanda Bancroft an experienced youth volunteer who has served as a former Americorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer, and built organizational capacity through grant writing, youth program development, website design, volunteer management, fundraising, and green job creation.

The course will be restricted to 40 participants chosen by application – preference is given to participants who are active in their communities and who intend to use the course material to help them make a difference in their communities. Participants must be able to attend all sessions of the course and complete homework tasks in order to obtain a certificate of completion. Participants must also have regular internet access (at least 5 hours per week) to join course sessions. Students who may also be disadvantaged are also encouraged to apply.

About Youth Action for Change:
Youth Action for Change is a global, youth-led organization inspiring and empowering young people worldwide to become active agents of change in their own communities, so as to be able to tackle the issues affecting them and the world at large.

Register by: 28 January 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Daily Human Rights on Twitter

We'd like to share this link -- The Daily Human Rights on Twitter by Ramy Raoof, Editor of Egyptian Blog for Human Rights. It is interesting to explore the other side of Human Rights issues especially via current trend of social media in Egypt, the place of different socio-political changes. 


Additionally, Twitter and Paper.li as modern digital tools help in information filling process and serve as real structurized virtual newspaper. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Итоги конкурса "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития"

Пришла пора подвести итоги молодежного конкурса научных статей "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития", который проводился нами, Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' в партнерстве с АНО 'Центр социально-политических исследований "Премьер"' с последующей публикацией материалов в специальном разделе журнала "Социально-гуманитарный вестник России" -- "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития" (1 (21) 2012).

Победители:

  • А.В.Бредихин ПРОЕКТ «ВЕЛИКАЯ РУМЫНИЯ»: ТЕРРИТОРИАЛЬНЫЕ ПРЕТЕНЗИИ
  • А.В.Иванов ПЕРСПЕКТИВЫ И ПРОБЛЕМЫ РЕГИОНАЛЬНОГО МНОГОСТОРОННЕГО СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА ПРИЧЕРНОМОРЬЯ
  • В.Е. Багнюк Современные факторы геополитического влияния Турции в  Причерноморском  регионе.
  • М.В.Семенишин ПРОБЛЕМА  ИНСТИТУЦИОННОГО  СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА СТРАН  РЕГИОНА ЧЕРНОГО  МОРЯ
  • Н.В.Шершунова Социально-политическая безопасность Причерноморья в контексте национальной безопасности России
  • О.О.Титерин Характерные особенности информационных противостояний современности, на примере Российско - Грузинского вооруженного конфликта августа 2008 года
  • О.Ю. Патракеева, В.В. Кулыгин, К.Э. Месропян  МЕЖРЕГИОНАЛЬНЫЙ КРУПНОМАСШТАБНЫЙ ПРОЕКТ ТРАНСПОРТНОГО ПЕРЕХОДА ЧЕРЕЗ КЕРЧЕНСКИЙ ПРОЛИВ: ВОЗМОЖНОСТИ  СОВРЕМЕННЫХ ТЕХНОЛОГИЙ СРАВНЕНИЯ  ЭФФЕКТИВНОСТИ  ПРОЕКТА ДЛЯ РОССИИ И УКРАИНЫ
  • С.А.Новикова ВОЕННО-МОРСКИЕ УЧЕНИЯ СТРАН ПРИЧЕРНОМОРЬЯ: РОЛЬ В УКРЕПЛЕНИИ СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА И ПОЛИТИЧЕСКИЙ РЕЗОНАНС
Номер журнала будет выслан каждому победителю в середине февраля вместе с прилагаемой грамотой. 

Поздравляем победителей!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Women Empowerment

We'd like to support our friend -- Forgottern Diaries and promote 'Learning & Livelihood for Women Empowerment' in Balochistan, Pakistan. 

For sure it is very important to provide Vocational Training (embroidery, swing, cutting, stitching, candle & soap making and computer skills) to at least 500 young girls & women. We hope this project will get a success. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Caucasus: Three Countries, one story

The modern trend is to implement training courses oriented, unfortunately, only on the Caucasian states participation without Russia. May be it is connected with some official political issues but hope it couldn't reflect on a youth cooperation between all these countries. 

This training course will take in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 20 till 25 February 2012.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apply for Free Training in Web Journalism with Al-Masry Al-Youm


Thinking of a career in web journalism? Always keeping one eye on the latest stories trending on social media? This free training may be for you!

Meedan (http://meedan.org), a San Francisco-based nonprofit working on ICT and media, is training Egyptian citizen reporters to work with journalists from Al-Masry Al-Youm on its citizen-driven liveblog. We'll be offering training in web journalism techniques with a focus on verifying reports and sources on citizen media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs.

You'll also get a full introduction to our participatory reporting tools at http://liveblog.almasryalyoum.com. Trainees will be invited to two days of workshops in either Cairo, Alexandria, Mahalla, Suez, Minya, Aswan between February and April run by leading citizen reporters such as Lilian Wagdy and Ramy Raoof.

You'll also be given up to three days of dedicated web-based instruction to consolidate your skills. If you want to take part, apply below before 31 January 2012.

Applicants must be Egyptian nationals living in Egypt.

EUROMED and EECA


In 2012, SALTO EUROMED Training Strategy is focused on 3 main axes:
  • EuroMed cooperation: aims to provide opportunities of EuroMediterranean cooperation and to increase the knowdlege and skills of youth workers and trainers aboutEuroMed framework and Policies;
  • Inter-regional cooperation: aims to develop the cooperation with East Europe and Caucasus and South Est Europe Regions;
  • Tools for Learning: aimed to support the European reflection about Tools for Learning within the Training Activities within the Non Formal Learning Framework. 
We hope for a better cooperation between EECA within the frameworks of the EuroMed Platform. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Разные (Россия и Турция) / Different (Russia and Turkey)

Будучи на каникулах в межкультурной столице Евразии -- Стамбуле, -- я сталкиваюсь с двойными стандартами в отношение русских в целом. С одной стороны, это, бесспорно, бизнес и ностальгия по 'челночным' 90-х годов, а с другой -- это типичная туристическая Турция, где русские, скорее, источник дохода и зачастую пьяное неадекватное поведение. 

В беседах с различными представителями власти об истинных камнях преткновения в отношениях между Анкарой и Москвой нередко всплывают в единой связке фамилии Путин и Эрдоган. Как-то так случается, что в массе своей турки воспринимают Россию как женщину с большими сумками в районе Лалели (Стамбул), с пивом, водкой наперевес, женщину из совершенно другой культурной среды, которую, конечно же, умом не понять и не измерить хитрым турецким сердцем. 

Турция и Россия делят стратегически важное пространство Черного моря, где первая -- многовековой страж Босфора, а вторая -- многовековой флюгер между Западом и Востоком. 

Мы для другого черноморского берега -- та же Hagia Sofia, где становится одновременно величественно и дико оттого, что когда-то это гигантское сооружение неоднократно служило местом раскола конфессий и религиозной силы. В наши дни оно перестало быть местом диалога или даже возможного диалога. Это музей, в котором лучшие гиды -- безмолвные колонны и пологие каменные спуски-подъемы с мутными стеклами в окнах-бойницах. Вспоминается сегодняшний случай, когда в саду комплекса молодая пара из Ливии сконфуженно не знала, кого попросить -- то ли двух китайцев, то ли двух (ну совершенно очевидных) русских женщин сфотографировать их вместе. Поэтому они попросили на скудном английском языке меня. Спросив, откуда я, они были шокированы, ведь на их щедрое 'thank you' я ответила открытое 'awfon'. Было удивительно, что русская может знать арабский или, по крайней мере, сделать так, чтобы межкультурный диалог состоялся в стенах комплекса, где-то когда-то окончательно разошлись ислам и христианство. 

И хочется напоследок отшутиться в русской стилистике, что Турция без России -- все равно что водка без пива. Однако на деле мы не столько разные, сколько мечемся без устали в поиске собственной геополитической идентификации, когда нужно искать совсем уж под боком.

Евгения Горюшина, специально для блога YCSD

While on vacation in cross-cultural capital of Eurasia -- Istanbul -- I'm faced with the double standards in relation to Russian in general. On the one hand, it is certainly a business and nostalgia for the 'shuttle' 90s, and on the other -- this is a typical tourist Turkey where Russians rather are the source of income and often drunken misbehavior.

In conversations with various authorities about the real stumbling block in relations between Ankara and Moscow often come up in a single bundle named Putin and Erdogan. It happens such way that for the most part the Turks Russia looks as a woman with big bags in the Laleli (Istanbul) with beer and vodka, a woman from a totally different cultural environment, who couldn't be accepted and perceived by the mind and by the sly Turkish heart.

Turkey and Russia share a strategically important area of ​​the Black Sea, where the first is a centuries-old guardian of the Bosphorus, and the second is a centuries-old weather vane between East and West.

We are (Russians) for the other Black Sea coast are the same Hagia Sopfia which is simultaneously grand and wildly because once this gigantic structure has repeatedly served as a place of religious denominations and the split of power. Nowadays it ceased to be a place of dialogue or even a possible dialogue. This is a museum where the best guides are silent stone pillars and sloping hills, rises bleary-glass in the windows of loopholes. I remember now the one moment which happened  in the garden area where a young embarrassed couple from Libya did not know whom to ask -- whether the two Chinese, or two (well, quite obvious) Russian women -- take pictures of them together. Therefore, they were asked to lean on me in English. After their questiong about my national roots they were shocked because on their generous 'thank you' I said open 'awfon'. It was surprising that the Russian girl could know Arabic, or at least make sure that intercultural dialogue was held in the walls of the complex where the religuous clash had happened between Islam and Christianity. 

And in the end I want to make a joke in the Russian humor style that Turkey without Russia is like vodka without beer. However, in reality we are not so different as how tirelessly rush about searching of its own geopolitical identification when you need to look very very close inside of ourselves. 


Evgeniya Goryushina specially for YCSD blog

Monday, January 30, 2012

Congratulations!

As volunteers and co-founders of the Youth Club "Social diplomacy" as well as young perspective scientists in the Institute of Socio-Economic and Humanities Research of Southern Research Center of  Institution of Russian Academy of Sciences Evgeniya Goryushina and Elena Zhirukhina under the direction of the Krasnodar colleague Polina Zeti won the grant competition in 2012 for Russian State support of young Russian scientists and PhD -- Grant of the Russian Federation President in the Social Sciences and Humanities with the project's subject: "The Information Security in the youth as a factor in countering extremism" (MK-1421.2012.6).

Congratulations! 

В России в 2011 году жертвами агрессивной ксенофобии стали более 30 человек

В России в прошлом году жертвами агрессивной ксенофобии стали более 30 человек, 120 пострадали. Большинство погибших - дагестанцы. Нападениям также подвергались африканцы, армяне, узбеки, киргизы, таджики, грузины и представители других национальностей. Об этом сообщил на пресс-конференции в Москве директор Московского бюро по правам человека Александр Брод. 

В то же время, количество жертв ксенофобии в России каждый год сокращается. Так, в 2010 году в результате нападений на почве ксенофобии погибли 46 человек, что почти в два раза меньше, чем в 2009 году. По мнению правозащитников, это показатель того, что российские власти и правоохранительные органы все же осознают серьезность проблемы и пытаются контролировать ситуацию. Это отметил на пресс-конференции президент Конгресса национальных объединений России Владимир Хомерики.

Пресс-конференция была посвящена опубликованному в понедельник же докладу Бюро по правам человека "Агрессивная ксенофобия, расизм и нетерпимость в России в 2011 году".

Источник: svobodanews.ru

О конкурсе "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития"

Youth Club ‘Social Diplomacy’ (г. Ростов-на-Дону) совместно с АНО "Центр социально-политических исследований "Премьер" (г. Краснодар) в октябре 2011 г. объявили конкурс лучших научных работ с последующим формированием и изданием сборника "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития" (УДК, ББК, ISBN). 

Причерноморский бассейн входит 12 государств, на карте мира этот регион занимает 4,7%, его площадь 19,1 млн километров. Здесь проживают 322,9 млн человек. Поэтому основной задачей проведения конкурса стало определение основных проблемных точек во взаимоотношениях государств данного макрорегиона и формирование необходимых направлений дальнейшей работы с целью вовлечения молодых экспертов в коммуникационное пространство Причерноморского региона. Однако изначально конкурс был ориентирован как на российских молодых экспертов, так и на зарубежных коллег. 

Впоследствии все статьи победителей будут переведены на английский язык и сверстаны в полноценный электронный сборник, что позволит в полной мере вывести на другой качественный уровень подобные инициативы среди молодежи и привлечь к ним кавказских, европейских и ближневосточных специалистов, а также всех заинтересованных в его изучении. Причерноморский регион – стратегически важный в политике не только Российской Федерации и соседних государств, но и держав, географически расположенных за его пределами. 

Немаловажно, что участие в конкурсе было совершенно бесплатным. Это позволило беспристрастно оценить присланные материалы и помочь в продвижении интереса к Причерноморскому региону среди молодых людей до 35 лет на волонтерском уровне.

Следите за нашими обновлениями, пишите нам и предлагайте свои идеи проведения конкурсов, статей и публикации материалов! Мы работаем для того, чтобы молодежь была в курсе происходящих событий, анализировала, развивалась и получала дополнительное образование. 

Community Mapping for Intercultural Dialogue



Intercultural Dialogue is one of the most pressing challenges of today's plural world. Exchange and knowledge sharing among different cultures have been recently defined in the White Paper for Intercultural Dialogue “an antidote to violence and rejection” (Council of Europe, 2008). This work presents the result of research carried out in recent years by the Diathesis Cartographic Laboratory, which aimed to create a community mapping system able to communicate the social sense of place among communities living in a variety of territories1. In this context, based on the theoretical approach of cartographic semiosis (Casti, 1998a) and in line with the methodology of the SIGAP Strategy (Casti, 2004, 2006) we attempted to translate and implement some international principles regarding environmental protection and sustainability, using community mapping as the key tool in the various phases of research: from research to design, implementation and, finally, capitalization.

In this paper, we focus on the methodologies followed in a particular territorial context—the villages of Sub-Saharan Africa—with a specific aim: to create cartographic instruments capable of implementing the principles of environmental governance and sustainability within projects for cooperation. 

Congratulations!

Будучи волонтерами и со-учредителями Молодежного Клуба "Общественная дипломатия", а также молодыми перспективными учеными в Учреждении Российской академии наук Институт социально-экономических и гуманитарных исследований Южного научного центра РАН,  Е.М.Горюшина и Е.В.Жирухина под руководством краснодарской коллеги П.П.Зети стали победителями конкурса 2012 года по государственной поддержке молодых российских ученых-кандидатов наук Президента Российской Федерации в Общественных и Гуманитарных науках с темой проекта: "Информационная безопасность в молодёжной среде как фактор противодействия экстремизму" (МК-1421.2012.6). 

Это означает, что еще больше работы и еще глубже исследования проблематики! 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship


CEURUSe suveülikool 23.-28. juuli 2012 Tartus
CEURUS Summer School
‘EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship’
23-28 July 2012 in Tartu, Estonia
 
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Objectives
While many experts describe the EU-Russia relations as stagnating, internally both players are going through dramatic changes. The eurozone has been hit by the debt crisis, which presents a grave danger to the very existence of the single European currency. The scale of the financial problems, which the European Union is now facing has pushed the EU governments towards far-reaching political and institutional reforms, which might lead to the emergence of a much more coherent and robust political actor to replace today’s rather loose confederation. Russia, for its part, demonstrates an unprecedented degree of political stability and continuity, and yet there are numerous indications that the tensions continue to accumulate within the economy, the state and society. There seems to be a consensus for the need to modernise the country, but various elite groups and the wider society increasingly diverge as to the most basic goals of political and societal development.

In sum, the EU and Russia are entering an interesting time of major transformations, which can make them much stronger, but can also lead the collapse of the current social, economic and political structures. The goal of the 2012 CEURUS Summer School is to help students get a grasp on the scale and interconnectedness of various challenges that the EU and Russia face today, and to estimate the potential impact of these challenges on the EU-Russia relations. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Raising awareness around issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment

Join Us in Helping Advance Women's Causes

Facebook is proud to play a part in helping to achieve the Millenium Development Goals by raising awareness around issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. By building technology that allows people to easily connect and share, we are helping women’s organizations and causes connect with supporters around the world.

Learn more about the Millenium Development Goals


United Nations Foundation

"Facebook is giving a voice to one of the most important conversations on Earth today - a dialogue between millions of girls in the U.S. and developing countries. The conversation has already sent a resounding signal to the world that we can end child marriage, that young girls must have access to an education and safety, and that health shouldn't be a luxury...but is a right for everyone." — Elizabeth McKee Gore for the United Nations Foundation


Girl Up


"As a community, the hundreds of thousands of girls of the Girl Up Campaign sent petitions to the White House, have signed global declarations of support, and are taking the message of The Girlafesto worldwide. We could have never brought such a diverse and dynamic community together to support this issue without Facebook. The collective actions of these girls demonstrate the power of social networking at its finest. Leveraging this tool, we will collectively create a better world for generations to come." — Tamsin Smith, Girl Up


  • Connect to Women’s Causes and Advocacy Pages
  • How are you connecting to women’s causes on Facebook? What issues need to be highlighted the most? Share your thoughts!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Human Rights Watch -- Russia

"This 22nd annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2011. It reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff has undertaken during the year, often in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.

The introductory essay examines the Arab Spring, which has created an extraordinary opportunity for change. The global community has a responsibility to help the long suppressed people of the region seize control of their destiny from often-brutal authoritarian rulers. Standing firmly with people as they demand their legitimate rights is the best way to stop the bloodshed, while principled insistence on respect for rights is the best way to help these popular movements avoid intolerance, lawlessness, and summary revenge once in power".

The special focus in on the election-related problems in Russia.

Also we recommend to read the following material devoted to Russia: 'Russia Repeats Western Mistakes in Arab Spring -- Support for Assad in Syria Misguided'. 

And we kindly ask to watch HD photos and videos about Russian civil society: http://www.hrw.org/features/russia-civil-society 


"The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development" youth competition results

It's time to sum up results of youth competition of scientific articles "The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development" which was held by us -- Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy', in a partnership with the Center of Social and Political Studies "Premier" (Krasnodar) with a further publication of materials in a special section of the "The Socio-Humanitarian Journal of the South of Russia " -- "The Black Sea Cooperation: modern aspects of development "(1 (21) 2012).  

The winners are:
  • A.V. Bredikhin "THE GREAT ROMANIA" PROJECT: TERRITORIAL CLAIMS
  • A.V. Ivanov PROSPECTS AND PROBLEMS OF THE BLACK SEA regional multilateral cooperatioN
  • V.E. Bagnyuk THE MODERN GEOPOLITICAL FACTORS of Turkish influence in the Black Sea region
  • M.V. Semenishin THE PROBLEM OF institutional cooperation OF COUNTRIES OF THE BLACK SEA REGION
  • N.V. Shershunova THE SOCIAL SECURITY POLICY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BLACK SEA NATIONAL SECURITY OF RUSSIA
  • O.O. Titerin CHARACTERISTICS OF INFORMATION PRESENT OPPOSITION, THE EXAMPLE OF RUSSIA - Georgian armed conflict in August 2008
  • O.Yu. Patrakeeva, V.V. Kulygin, K.E. Mesropyan THE INTERREGIONAL large-scale project a transport crossing over the Kerch Strait: possibilities of modern technologies COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROJECT TO RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
  • S.A. Novikov THE naval exercises in the Black Sea countries: the role in strengthening cooperation and political repercussions

The issue will be sent to each winner in the middle of February together with the attached Certificate.

Congratulations to the winners!

Russian original post is here.

Empowerment of women

Due political changes in Russia we propose you to read the next article -- "Political Empowerment of Women in Russia: Discourses and Strategies" by Ludmila Popkova

Also we propose you to look at this site section which is dedicated to Violence Against Women. The blog "Understanding violence in Russia" aims at making available to researchers and to the public a corpus of articles and references on violence in Russia. It aims at analysing those data and at favoring collaboration between researchers and practitioners working on those topics . This blog is supported by "Emergences" programme of the City of Paris. And check the "North Caucasus" section. 

Hope it would be useful for young researchers and new civil leaders -- especially women. 

Only your own selfmotivation could lead you to success in your future though all barriers and life troubles. Respect your woman, wife, girlfriend, sister and mother and take care of HER. Let yourself be a real man with a real woman within the frameworks of mutual respect, understanding and love. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The special Educational traditional meeting in the Russian style

Today the special Educational cultural traditional meeting in the Russian style will be held. It will allow to the Arab students and residents from the Middle East living in our Russian city to touch the peculiarities of tea ceremony, the national Russian food -- pancakes and pancakes with apples, jam, original tea from a samovar. We meet at the same place of all our meetings -- Sovetskaya street 44, office 317, 3 floor, Al-Farahidi Center.

Our meeting starts at 18:00. We look forward to all our friends!

Сегодня состоится обучающая культурная традиционная встреча в русском стиле. Она позволит познакомить арабских студентов и резидентов с Ближнего Востока, проживающих в нашем российском городе, с особенностями чаепития, национальной русской кухней -- блинами, оладьями с яблоками, вареньем, чаем из самовара. Мы встречаемся на том же месте, где проходят все наши встречи, а именно -- ул. Советская 44, оф. 317, 3 этаж, Центр арабской культуры "Аль-Фарахиди".

Встреча начинается с 18:00. Ждем всех наших друзей!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Volunteering - A Great Way To Learn Real Executive Leadership FORBES


We published some materials dedicated to volunteering in our blog. But now we would like to recommend the following Forbes article. Do you know why does Forbes pay a huge attention to volunteering as a tool of selfdevelopment and leadership skill? So you should read it!

This is written with Richard Pound.

Improving NGO Organizational Effectiveness through Capacity Building

We'd like to propose you this opportunity: 

Registration for course: Improving NGO Organizational Effectiveness through Capacity Building

Course Dates: Starting 16th February 2012 for 6 weeks

Course Description: 

This course is designed for young people aged 18-30 who are actively involved in making a difference in their communities, particularly those already running small non-profit organizations or community projects or intending to start one. The course will help students understand and analyze the capabilities and capacities of their non-profit organizations or projects and identify gaps relative to the capabilities needed to achieve their targeted goals. Students will then be guided to develop an action plan to improve their organization/project’s capabilities.

The course will be led by Amanda Bancroft an experienced youth volunteer who has served as a former Americorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer, and built organizational capacity through grant writing, youth program development, website design, volunteer management, fundraising, and green job creation.

The course will be restricted to 40 participants chosen by application – preference is given to participants who are active in their communities and who intend to use the course material to help them make a difference in their communities. Participants must be able to attend all sessions of the course and complete homework tasks in order to obtain a certificate of completion. Participants must also have regular internet access (at least 5 hours per week) to join course sessions. Students who may also be disadvantaged are also encouraged to apply.

About Youth Action for Change:
Youth Action for Change is a global, youth-led organization inspiring and empowering young people worldwide to become active agents of change in their own communities, so as to be able to tackle the issues affecting them and the world at large.

Register by: 28 January 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Daily Human Rights on Twitter

We'd like to share this link -- The Daily Human Rights on Twitter by Ramy Raoof, Editor of Egyptian Blog for Human Rights. It is interesting to explore the other side of Human Rights issues especially via current trend of social media in Egypt, the place of different socio-political changes. 


Additionally, Twitter and Paper.li as modern digital tools help in information filling process and serve as real structurized virtual newspaper. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Итоги конкурса "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития"

Пришла пора подвести итоги молодежного конкурса научных статей "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития", который проводился нами, Youth Club 'Social Diplomacy' в партнерстве с АНО 'Центр социально-политических исследований "Премьер"' с последующей публикацией материалов в специальном разделе журнала "Социально-гуманитарный вестник России" -- "Причерноморское сотрудничество: современные аспекты развития" (1 (21) 2012).

Победители:

  • А.В.Бредихин ПРОЕКТ «ВЕЛИКАЯ РУМЫНИЯ»: ТЕРРИТОРИАЛЬНЫЕ ПРЕТЕНЗИИ
  • А.В.Иванов ПЕРСПЕКТИВЫ И ПРОБЛЕМЫ РЕГИОНАЛЬНОГО МНОГОСТОРОННЕГО СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА ПРИЧЕРНОМОРЬЯ
  • В.Е. Багнюк Современные факторы геополитического влияния Турции в  Причерноморском  регионе.
  • М.В.Семенишин ПРОБЛЕМА  ИНСТИТУЦИОННОГО  СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА СТРАН  РЕГИОНА ЧЕРНОГО  МОРЯ
  • Н.В.Шершунова Социально-политическая безопасность Причерноморья в контексте национальной безопасности России
  • О.О.Титерин Характерные особенности информационных противостояний современности, на примере Российско - Грузинского вооруженного конфликта августа 2008 года
  • О.Ю. Патракеева, В.В. Кулыгин, К.Э. Месропян  МЕЖРЕГИОНАЛЬНЫЙ КРУПНОМАСШТАБНЫЙ ПРОЕКТ ТРАНСПОРТНОГО ПЕРЕХОДА ЧЕРЕЗ КЕРЧЕНСКИЙ ПРОЛИВ: ВОЗМОЖНОСТИ  СОВРЕМЕННЫХ ТЕХНОЛОГИЙ СРАВНЕНИЯ  ЭФФЕКТИВНОСТИ  ПРОЕКТА ДЛЯ РОССИИ И УКРАИНЫ
  • С.А.Новикова ВОЕННО-МОРСКИЕ УЧЕНИЯ СТРАН ПРИЧЕРНОМОРЬЯ: РОЛЬ В УКРЕПЛЕНИИ СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА И ПОЛИТИЧЕСКИЙ РЕЗОНАНС
Номер журнала будет выслан каждому победителю в середине февраля вместе с прилагаемой грамотой. 

Поздравляем победителей!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Women Empowerment

We'd like to support our friend -- Forgottern Diaries and promote 'Learning & Livelihood for Women Empowerment' in Balochistan, Pakistan. 

For sure it is very important to provide Vocational Training (embroidery, swing, cutting, stitching, candle & soap making and computer skills) to at least 500 young girls & women. We hope this project will get a success. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Caucasus: Three Countries, one story

The modern trend is to implement training courses oriented, unfortunately, only on the Caucasian states participation without Russia. May be it is connected with some official political issues but hope it couldn't reflect on a youth cooperation between all these countries. 

This training course will take in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 20 till 25 February 2012.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apply for Free Training in Web Journalism with Al-Masry Al-Youm


Thinking of a career in web journalism? Always keeping one eye on the latest stories trending on social media? This free training may be for you!

Meedan (http://meedan.org), a San Francisco-based nonprofit working on ICT and media, is training Egyptian citizen reporters to work with journalists from Al-Masry Al-Youm on its citizen-driven liveblog. We'll be offering training in web journalism techniques with a focus on verifying reports and sources on citizen media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs.

You'll also get a full introduction to our participatory reporting tools at http://liveblog.almasryalyoum.com. Trainees will be invited to two days of workshops in either Cairo, Alexandria, Mahalla, Suez, Minya, Aswan between February and April run by leading citizen reporters such as Lilian Wagdy and Ramy Raoof.

You'll also be given up to three days of dedicated web-based instruction to consolidate your skills. If you want to take part, apply below before 31 January 2012.

Applicants must be Egyptian nationals living in Egypt.

EUROMED and EECA


In 2012, SALTO EUROMED Training Strategy is focused on 3 main axes:
  • EuroMed cooperation: aims to provide opportunities of EuroMediterranean cooperation and to increase the knowdlege and skills of youth workers and trainers aboutEuroMed framework and Policies;
  • Inter-regional cooperation: aims to develop the cooperation with East Europe and Caucasus and South Est Europe Regions;
  • Tools for Learning: aimed to support the European reflection about Tools for Learning within the Training Activities within the Non Formal Learning Framework. 
We hope for a better cooperation between EECA within the frameworks of the EuroMed Platform. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Разные (Россия и Турция) / Different (Russia and Turkey)

Будучи на каникулах в межкультурной столице Евразии -- Стамбуле, -- я сталкиваюсь с двойными стандартами в отношение русских в целом. С одной стороны, это, бесспорно, бизнес и ностальгия по 'челночным' 90-х годов, а с другой -- это типичная туристическая Турция, где русские, скорее, источник дохода и зачастую пьяное неадекватное поведение. 

В беседах с различными представителями власти об истинных камнях преткновения в отношениях между Анкарой и Москвой нередко всплывают в единой связке фамилии Путин и Эрдоган. Как-то так случается, что в массе своей турки воспринимают Россию как женщину с большими сумками в районе Лалели (Стамбул), с пивом, водкой наперевес, женщину из совершенно другой культурной среды, которую, конечно же, умом не понять и не измерить хитрым турецким сердцем. 

Турция и Россия делят стратегически важное пространство Черного моря, где первая -- многовековой страж Босфора, а вторая -- многовековой флюгер между Западом и Востоком. 

Мы для другого черноморского берега -- та же Hagia Sofia, где становится одновременно величественно и дико оттого, что когда-то это гигантское сооружение неоднократно служило местом раскола конфессий и религиозной силы. В наши дни оно перестало быть местом диалога или даже возможного диалога. Это музей, в котором лучшие гиды -- безмолвные колонны и пологие каменные спуски-подъемы с мутными стеклами в окнах-бойницах. Вспоминается сегодняшний случай, когда в саду комплекса молодая пара из Ливии сконфуженно не знала, кого попросить -- то ли двух китайцев, то ли двух (ну совершенно очевидных) русских женщин сфотографировать их вместе. Поэтому они попросили на скудном английском языке меня. Спросив, откуда я, они были шокированы, ведь на их щедрое 'thank you' я ответила открытое 'awfon'. Было удивительно, что русская может знать арабский или, по крайней мере, сделать так, чтобы межкультурный диалог состоялся в стенах комплекса, где-то когда-то окончательно разошлись ислам и христианство. 

И хочется напоследок отшутиться в русской стилистике, что Турция без России -- все равно что водка без пива. Однако на деле мы не столько разные, сколько мечемся без устали в поиске собственной геополитической идентификации, когда нужно искать совсем уж под боком.

Евгения Горюшина, специально для блога YCSD

While on vacation in cross-cultural capital of Eurasia -- Istanbul -- I'm faced with the double standards in relation to Russian in general. On the one hand, it is certainly a business and nostalgia for the 'shuttle' 90s, and on the other -- this is a typical tourist Turkey where Russians rather are the source of income and often drunken misbehavior.

In conversations with various authorities about the real stumbling block in relations between Ankara and Moscow often come up in a single bundle named Putin and Erdogan. It happens such way that for the most part the Turks Russia looks as a woman with big bags in the Laleli (Istanbul) with beer and vodka, a woman from a totally different cultural environment, who couldn't be accepted and perceived by the mind and by the sly Turkish heart.

Turkey and Russia share a strategically important area of ​​the Black Sea, where the first is a centuries-old guardian of the Bosphorus, and the second is a centuries-old weather vane between East and West.

We are (Russians) for the other Black Sea coast are the same Hagia Sopfia which is simultaneously grand and wildly because once this gigantic structure has repeatedly served as a place of religious denominations and the split of power. Nowadays it ceased to be a place of dialogue or even a possible dialogue. This is a museum where the best guides are silent stone pillars and sloping hills, rises bleary-glass in the windows of loopholes. I remember now the one moment which happened  in the garden area where a young embarrassed couple from Libya did not know whom to ask -- whether the two Chinese, or two (well, quite obvious) Russian women -- take pictures of them together. Therefore, they were asked to lean on me in English. After their questiong about my national roots they were shocked because on their generous 'thank you' I said open 'awfon'. It was surprising that the Russian girl could know Arabic, or at least make sure that intercultural dialogue was held in the walls of the complex where the religuous clash had happened between Islam and Christianity. 

And in the end I want to make a joke in the Russian humor style that Turkey without Russia is like vodka without beer. However, in reality we are not so different as how tirelessly rush about searching of its own geopolitical identification when you need to look very very close inside of ourselves. 


Evgeniya Goryushina specially for YCSD blog