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Gambling in Japan: Has Abe Gone Too Far?

Everyone travelling to Japan knows it: Pachinko (パチンコ). In the loud, well-lit halls dozens of people gamble, throwing steel balls into slot machines. The steel balls make a clicking sound (sounding like ‘Pachinko’ – explaining the name), and together the multiple rows of machines make a deafening noise. Still, the …

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Eating Climate Change

Animal agriculture is one of the main causes of climate change, with different sources claiming that our meat production and consumption produces between 14.5% and 51% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. The tremendous effect of climate change on the economy and society has received a great deal of attention in the …

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Climate Change in 2017 – A Tale of Two Cities

In Washington, the Trump administration is currently repealing the previous administration’s climate change regulations. It is becoming clear that this administration won’t take a leading role in the fight against climate change. In Beijing, however, the Chinese government is sending out a different message. “It was the best of times, …

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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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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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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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Brexit and “The Irish Problem”

Carrickcarnon is not exactly the centre of the universe. It is in fact a village, boasting a population in the hundreds, located about an hour’s drive from Dublin. It generated global headlines, however, when anti-Brexit campaigners took to the streets there in early October. They were protesting against the threat …

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Why prosperous Macau does not follow Hong Kong’s gamble for independence

4 September, 2016 was a watershed moment for Hong Kong: for the first time in the city’s history, parties supporting the independence of the territory were elected to parliament. As Hong Kong faces problems such as an influx of Chinese migrants, soaring housing prices, a lack of democracy, and a perceived …

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