NEW PUBLICATION:Quaderns de la Mediterrània by IEMed “Intercultural dialogue: recognizing ourselves in the culture of the Other”
Twenty academic specialists and active representatives of civil society from both shores of the Mediterranean alert to some current dynamics contrary to dialogue between peoples and sustainable and shared development and offer their recommendations. The remedy, as they point out, does not consist in isolating ourselves and building walls, but in staying united and participating. Within TIMES OF TRANSFORMATION AND RESILIENCE that the dossier addresses, the article by the president of the MCAF, Vicent Garcés, has been published: “The Mediterranean in emergency and resistance: the voice of the youth of the region”
The Mediterranean in Emergency and Resistance: The Voice of the Region’s Youth
Vicent Garcés. President of the Mediterranean Citizen’s Assembly Foundation (MCAF)
The Covid-19 crisis has shaken the foundations of the entire world and also of Mediterranean societies, adding to the situation of emergency which the Mediterranean was already experiencing and that affects different variables:
• Economic: characterised by growing economic and social inequalities between northern and southern countries in the region and within the countries themselves.
• Climatic and environmental: particularly concerns the Mediterranean Sea and has special impact on the advance of desertification.
• Social: particularly visible in the permanent migration flows worsened by the refugee crisis and by the thousands of dead in the deserts and the sea.
• Political: seen in citizens’ growing crisis of trust in the representatives and the constant citizen demands for a change of regime.
• Cultural: revealed by the increasingly religious and identity tension between the peoples of the Mediterranean and the neighbouring areas.
This Mediterranean emergency is worsened by the active presence of new and old powers, intervening in different ways, and whose extreme manifestation we see in the wars and armed conflicts in the region and neighbouring areas. In 2010/11, in a first stage, the phenomenon of the so-called “Arab Spring” appeared and has developed differently in each country and with different outcomes. In a second stage, the one we are currently experiencing, the citizenry, from Algeria to Lebanon, continues to insist on their initial demands for freedom, dignity and social justice. Similar citizen uprisings, with their specificities, took place in Spain, France, Greece and Italy.