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“I want to become a YouTuber”

Last year’ s Christmas family gathering was a good reminder of how bad I am at defending my life choices, and my lack of social skills in communicating with children. When seeing my cousins and nephews, for the first time in years, I could only think to ask them what I, …

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Chewing gum for the soul

“We, the People, are taking our country back.” The rallying cry of the American right since at least 2009 provokes as many questions as answers. Taking our country back from whom? Or indeed: taking it back to where and when? When the Industrial Revolution broke out in Europe in the …

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An Interview with the Australian Ambassador to Sweden

On 28th November 2017, I had the opportunity to interview Jonathan Kenna, Australian Ambassador to Sweden, following on from an event where members of UPF were able to ask the Ambassador questions, especially pertaining to Australia’s new Foreign Policy White Paper. I asked him a few questions regarding recent domestic …

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Trumping reality: How the resistance movement is paving a brighter path

For many, the days after the 2016 US presidential election were spent mourning what was lost, and dreading what lay ahead. Yet, despite a general worldwide despair over Trump’s unexpected win, not all the consequences of this victory are discouraging. It has spurred a nationwide political uproar against Trump’s rhetoric …

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“I’m not optimistic, but I’m hopeful”: the future from a human rights perspective

It is raining as usual, which brings on a gloomy feeling as I am walking towards the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to see if there is a brighter future for human rights. But once greeted by Morten Kjaerum, who is sitting in his office at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, …

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Why do we think about the future?

The future has been one of the greatest mysteries to humankind. Since ancient times, human beings have been trying to predict the future. Our ancestors turned to magic, various rituals and prophecies for answers concerning our destiny. While today, we resort to numerous scientific tools to satisfy our curiosity. However, …

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A Europe still divided

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Theperspective.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. At a time when populism and xenophobia in Europe are rising, a British departure from EU is reality, and the thought of a …

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Do walls matter?

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Theperspective.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. Nationalism is on the rise, and with it the need to separate those that belong, and those that should remain outside. All over …

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Let’s Call It A Democracy: The Upcoming Referendum in Turkey

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Theperspective.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. Turkish politics have been quite fluctuant in recent years. AK Party government which was seen as a democratic role model for Islamic countries …

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How to Talk About Islam

This article is a part of The Perspective’s Open Mind Theme week. The aim of this week is to broaden perspectives and reveal new angles of subjects you may have thought were crystal clear. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of The Perspective or the Association of Foreign Affairs …

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