IRON CURTAIN POLITICS

ast November, Germany threw itself a party commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall. At the time, the nation couldn’t have seemed more unified: “The ‘ancient states of central and eastern Europe,’ as Churchill once…

NO ROOM AT THE INN

The recent UN report stating that the world’s refugees now equal almost 60 million, the equivalent of the population of Italy and the highest it has ever been in recorded history, only scratches the surface of bleak statistics. Of those…

THE UTOPIAN E-PARADISE

 he US Congress has recently enacted the ‘Freedom Act’ setting limits to the National Security Agency (NSA) when collecting mass data on US citizens. In May, France has also approved a surveillance bill that allows…

TAYLOR AND GOLIATH

aylor Swift has now done something that no other music artist has ever done, forced Apple to change singlehandedly. Taylor has now mandated that Apple compensate all its artists for the music that it uses…

NUMBERS GAME: DOES GDP MEASURE PROGRESS?

hroughout the 20th century, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the monetary value of goods and services produced within an area in a given year, has been used to determine the international economic hierarchy. For instance, the…

THE OTHER ASTEROID

t five points in the Earth’s history there has been a widespread and rapid decrease in the amount of life, otherwise known as a mass extinction. According to a new study done by the scientific…

ANTI-IMMIGRATION FEVER: A NORTHERN DISEASE?

hat is so special about the social fabric and political culture of Northern European countries that makes them easy prey to anti-immigration right-wing parties, being as they are relatively removed from Europe’s immigration borders in…

EUROPEAN DIS-UNION

Solidarity: a noun that defies attempts to tether it to reality. Until recently, solidarity was spoken about in the abstract. It was almost always deployed by politicians seeking money or other rewards from their peers. Both Greece’s attempts to secure…

SLEEPLESS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

ontroversy has had a home in the South China Sea for as long as anyone can remember, and particularly for the last couple decades. In 1995 for example, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, and Malaysia…

WHAT HAPPENS ONLINE, STAYS ONLINE

s human beings, we search for our limits, as individuals and jointly as interests’ groups. On that quest, humans commit mistakes of different breadth sometimes without taking into account what these may mean, unaware that…