Can the world fight climate change without Trump?

In December 2015, 195 countries came together in Paris, France to adopt the Paris Agreement, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change by limiting global warming to 2°C. The agreement, a first of its kind, was long in the making. After increasingly alarming atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide …

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The Wilful Destruction of Uighur Culture

“Are there any Uighurs on this train?” asked the policeman. Yes, there were, and they all had to show their ID’s and open their bags for inspection. I was on a 46-hour train ride from Chengdu, a city of more than 10 million in eastern China, to Xinjiang, China’s largest …

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How does the United States shoot down a nuclear missile?

IT IS SAID that the late leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, once warned that in the scenario of a nuclear war, “the survivors will envy the dead”. Nonetheless, on July 4th, North Korea tested its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which, if successful, could reach the United States …

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Winter is Coming to Westeros but Disappearing on Earth

There is squabbling between the kingdoms in the fantasy world of  the HBO TV series “Game of Thrones”, and a great enemy to all is near. But what could this famous fictional world tell us about the real world we are living in? Is there a threat so great that …

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Italian Edition

What does the dystopian series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and Italy have in common? They might seem like two different realities, but they share an urgent issue: The improvement of women’s rights. Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was the stand-out protagonist of the 69th Primetime Emmy …

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Clickbait Catastrophe: the Case of Mumbai’s Blue Dogs

India is home to the world’s largest population of stray dogs, numbering in the tens of millions and responsible for about a third of rabies deaths worldwide. Since 2001, dogs have been protected under Indian law, and over the last fifteen years their population has skyrocketed. Street dogs have become …

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Abe’s Dream Constitution: End of the Security Dilemma or Something More?

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Japan’s post-war constitution, in effect since 1947. Rather than celebrate the success of this constitution, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shocked Japan and its neighboring countries by making a bold promise to revise Japan’s constitution. Abe chose the year 2020 as a goal for implementing the new …

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Can Legalizing the Rhino Horn Trade Help Save the Rhino?

In the last couple of years, Africa’s rhino population has experienced a poaching epidemic. Official figures show that the number of killed animals has exploded in South Africa, from 13 in 2007 to 1054 in 2016. This surge can be traced back to a demand boom for rhino horn in …

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China: Africa’s Curse or Blessing?

Africa goes Chinese. All over the continent Chinese companies are investing their money. Mines are being opened, roads are being made, and trains are starting to run. The results seem staggering: after decades of sluggish economic growth, Africa finally has its long-awaited economic boom. The question is how long this …

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Let the Games Begin… Somewhere Else

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro (Picture: Agência Brasil, Wikimedia Commons)

Seven years from now, the youth of the world will assemble for the games of the thirty-third Olympiad, at a venue to be decided in September of this year. But the bidding process for the 2024 games has played host to controversy from the start, as political wrangling and popular …

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