Trump’s Foreign Admirers

There are probably few areas of public policy where something that is so good for society is portrayed as being so bad. Of course, projecting a society’s problems onto foreign scapegoats is an old political tactic. But the extent to which hostility to immigration goes against the evidence of its salutary effects is surprising.

Recent research on immigration shows very large positive effects on the welfare of locals. Bill and Sari Kerr have shown that, while immigrants represent about 13% of the US population, they account for 26% of all entrepreneurs, and about 36% of new firms have at least one immigrant in the leadership team. This suggests that immigration is a large part of the story behind American economic vitality and job creation.

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Mothers of Courage

The project « Mothers of Courage » sets out to explore a number of questions linked to  those special mothers via the aesthetics of film. At this moment we are asking for filmmakers to submit their ideas, scripts and notes about documentaries scrutinizing the frictions that arise between mothers, their offsprings, their spouses and the Albanian speaking societies in general. We are particularly interested in hearing from upcoming female filmmakers, but all interesting project will be consider. Submissions should center on case stories, although we will consider larger theoretical approaches that question the role Albanian women occupy in our societies. Courages Mother Team

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Taming the Populists

The likes of Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen did not gain a foothold in their countries’ politics – not to mention the chance of leading them – on their own. They exploited the feeling of many citizens that the political classes – which touted the benefits of globalization, while allowing inequality to rise to unprecedented levels – had abandoned them.

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