No cure for anti-vaccine hysteria?

In 2014, the United States has seen the greatest number of measles cases since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. The same trend can also be seen in many European countries. For that reason, the discussion about vaccination is back on the agenda and with it a debate about …

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The Development of Boko Haram – An Unstoppable Force?

The origin of the organisation that is today known and feared as Boko Haram was a clash between moderate and militant islamic teachings at the Mahammadu Ndimi Mosque in Northeastern Nigeria. Boko Haram’s former leader and founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was a preacher at the mosque, well known for both his …

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The Rise of Resistance – will the bacteria strike back?

Antibiotic resistant bacteria – this feared killer has for a long time been a catastrophe in the distant future. But it is increasingly clear that this is no longer only a warning for future generations, resistant bacteria are already here and the number of deaths because of them is growing …

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Ready in 5 – The Scary Truth of Nukes Around the World

Nuclear weapon use saw daylight on August 6, 1945. This day was, for an estimated 60,000-80,000 Japanese people, blinding light and total destruction. Tens of thousands more witnessed the same disaster three days later, and tens of thousands have fallen victim to the radiation sickness that followed. That was almost …

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X marks the spot?

In middle school my social science teacher explained to me that if you had a map of Europe and drew an X over it, Brussels was right in the middle and that is why the European Union placed all of its bureaucracy there. Does anybody really care or know why …

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Can Australia be kicked out of Asia?

Australia has always thought of itself as a special country, they even have a mantra about being ‘the lucky country’.  This ideology has not helped Australia’s perpetual identity crisis, and has resulted in the country questioning where it belongs. Can the answer to this come from football (soccer), and is …

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It’s CO2mplicated: Outcomes of the UN Climate Summit

Last September in New York, right in the midst of fashion week, a perhaps slightly more serious gathering took place at the UN headquarters: the largest UN Climate Summit to date. Leaders from all over the world gathered to demonstrate their ambition to stop global warming. Not only by focusing …

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Popular Populism – The Success of Populist Parties Explained

Populism has existed since the dawn of politics and many historical consequences – ‘good’ and ‘bad’ – have been ascribed to it. Presently, Europe is experiencing a surge of popularity towards populist parties, often dubbed right-wing, which in turn leaves conventional parties struggling to remain in power. Ideology aside, the …

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Stumbling Towards a Brexit?

A referendum about the UK’s exit from the EU was proposed by a prime minister positive towards membership, backed by a party supporting membership and made more likely by international politicians wanting to keep the UK in the EU. Is Britain and the EU accidentally being pushed apart? The European …

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A Palestinian State: “To Be or Not To Be?”

On October 30, Sweden officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first European country to do so and joining the 134 countries, mainly from the developing world that already recognized Palestine since its proclamation in Algiers in 1988. More than a symbolic step towards the Palestinian people, the Swedish …

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