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From Russia with Love: The Nord Stream II Pipeline

While different issues within the European Union may come and go, one always remains: energy supply. Being the energy junkie that it is, the recent Russian-led gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, has put EU energy supply under question once more. The idea of increasing the already overwhelming energy dependency …

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Mind the Gap – the Issue of Growing Inequality

The issue of growing inequality has become more and more pressing in the last few years. Three years ago, the poorest 50 percent of the world owned as much as the 85 richest people. This year, the eight wealthiest men of the world own an amount equal to that of …

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“But we already know what happened” – Historical Revisionism in American Schools

The point of teaching history in schools – despite insistence from students that there is none – is often cited to be something along the lines of “the past informing the present” or, somewhat more poetically, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. But what …

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Trump, Tillerson & ExxonMobil: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

A man with no government experience, Rex Tillerson is not your average choice for Secretary of State. But this isn’t your average President. Despite question marks over Tillerson’s diplomatic credentials, he is undeniably a shrewd operator. He was at the helm of the sixth largest company in the world, which …

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The Morality of Driverless Cars

The ‘trolley problem’ is a thought experiment in ethics that can be defined as follows: picture an empty train hurtling down a track. Pan along the track, and there are five people tied to the ground who will be killed if the train continues. You are stood by a lever …

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The long shadow of Ferdinand Marcos

“[It is] wrong, denies our history, erases the memory of lives lost and destroyed, mocks the collective action we took to oust the dictator, and denigrates the value of our struggle for freedom.” That was the reaction of Maria Serena Diokno, the Philippines’ top government historian, to President Rodrigo Duterte’s …

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Is Africa’s oldest country falling apart?

Despite Africa being known for political instability post-WW2, there has been almost no change to African countries and borders since independence from colonial rule. Only three new countries have been declared from other African nations in the past 30 years – Namibia, Eritrea and South Sudan. This might change soon …

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Noble Intentions with Devastating Consequences – The Aid Mission in Haiti

There is a general wish to help when the sorrows of natural disasters are broadcasted into our living rooms. When seeing pictures of individual suffering we recognize our privilege in feeling safe. We go out and support the institutions and NGOs there to help, and if time and money allow, …

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Rio’s Favelas – Where Beauty Meets Brutality

What does one think of when hearing the word favela? Those familiar with the term would likely connect it with crime, gangs, and violence in the forgotten cities within Rio de Janeiro where the so-called “people of the hill” live. The favelas largely represent a failure of the Brazilian government …

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In the land of unicorns and cockroaches

As the world’s seemingly insatiable hunger for tech-savvy products and services continues to increase, the pressure on tech companies and startups’ ability to tap into the tech-market has only intensified. Besides struggling to stay a front-runner in the technical development, they have been confronted with new challenges as to how …

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