The Heinrich Böll Stiftung Beirut office (HBS) is holding its 6th annual Almost There Film Festival on Human Rights and Migration from 14th of September until 22nd of October 2022. This year’s edition, and for the second year, is set to take place in various locations all over Lebanon. The role we play is our topic of 2022. As usual, the screenings will be open to the general public and free of charge.
Our partner Kohl Journal has an open call for papers: "The Ministry of Health warns that smokers are liable to die young"
Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2022.
The title of this dossier is an attempt at capturing the surreal audacity of governments and stakeholders whose policies systematically exterminate life on earth in the name of capitalist profit and expansion. Therefore, this dossier hopes to redirect our anger against the systems and regimes that are killing us. As economic policies deplete our ecosystems, as militarization and imperial expansion are more concerned with oil, power, and control than with our livelihood, we would like to reflect on the urgency to organize and resist so we might break free.
Under the heading “promoting talent”, every year The foundation support around 1,200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students –from all subjects and types of higher educational institutions in Germany and abroad – who affirm the goals of the Green project. Each year, up to 250 new scholarship recipients join the programme.
The objective of the scholarships is to promote future leaders and experts who are prepared to take on social responsibility, are interested in politics, and work to pass on the basic political values of the Heinrich Böll Foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice.
The Geneva Refugee Convention at 70
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Refugee Convention (GRC) it seems more important than ever, to bring the Convention’s indispensable importance for refugee protection back to the attention of policy makers and a broader public.
With changing global migration patterns and increasing numbers of refugees, the relevance of the Convention is often questioned. At the external borders of Europe, the United States, and Australia, the Refugee Convention is being blatantly violated due to pushbacks. Yet, as long as people are being persecuted in this world, the Geneva Refugee Convention cannot be dispensed with.
In 11 short statements persons of diverse backgrounds – artists, academics, refugees, activists – express their support for the basic principles of the Convention. We hope their voices will reach a large audience and hence make a difference.
Inside the Green Economy
Promises and Pitfalls
Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.
For the many who have so far been excluded from prosperity, inclusion is supposed to become possible thanks to the Green Economy paradigm. And both goals are to be accomplished while keeping within the biophysical boundaries of our planet. For others, Green Economy is “business as usual” dressed up in green, or merely a greenwashing manoeuvre which does not stop the overexploitation of the planet and even exacerbates social disparities.
There is a nightmare unfolding in Lebanon. The currency losing value at a staggering speed while thousands of people are emigrating. While this is happening, there are no solutions in sight. The people living through this crisis in Lebanon deserve justice and there should be accountability for those in charge of creating this economic collapse.