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US Base Crimes: Enemies within the Ranks for Female Soldiers

Both at home and on the world stage, the military personnel of the US Armed Forces play an active role in matters ranging from the war on terrorism to natural disasters. Moreover, the US Armed Forces have, since the American revolutionary war in 1776, fought against a myriad of enemies. …

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Nuclear Waste Management: Towards a gloomy future?

The question about how to manage nuclear waste is as old as the technology itself, however no definite solution has yet been found with regards to long-term storage. Many proposals to create infrastructure that lasts for millennia, necessary for the high-level radioactive waste to become harmless, have been discussed with …

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Western Sahara: Disputed Land and Still a Grey-Zone to the International Community

When looking at most maps, it is possible to spot a land just west of the Sahara desert, squeezed in between Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco. It says “Western Sahara” and lines are drawn to separate it from neighboring countries. Although, when looking north towards Morocco the line is often dashed, …

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Locked, Loaded and Lost – the hunt for missing nukes

Some refer to them as Broken Arrow incidents, some call them nuclear mishaps. Dangerous nuclear accidents have happened since the discovery of radiation, and as we learned earlier this year, weaponized nuclear material is not as secure as one might expect. Weapons of mass destruction are vulnerable to the same …

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Gone with the war: exploitation of women in conflict

For most, it is a well-known fact that human trafficking is big business; after illegal drugs and arms trafficking, it is believed to be the third largest international criminal industry, generating approximately 32 billion USD in profit each year. The reasons for this industry are many: poverty, gender-based violence, inadequate …

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Mandatory heterosexuality – The only alternative in Iran

Iran has for nearly four decades posed a particularly hostile environment towards its LGBT-identifying citizens, with little or no prospect of positive change regarding the rights of such individuals. The punishments for sexual acts between individuals of the same sex are severe, ranging from lashing or flogging, and including the …

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Smart drugs – a smart move for society?

For many people, trying to keep energy and motivation levels high throughout the working day is hard. Many turn to substances such as coffee to help keeping them sharp. Although useful, these are not the only substances that are used in today’s hectic life. The need to perform better than …

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Botswana: The end of a success story?

Botswana is often praised for its political and economic stability, the multi-party democracy and good human rights records. This reputation is widely shared, by organisations like Freedom House and Transparency International, and even by foreign governments and international financial institutions. But events during last year’s election showed a gap between …

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Money behind bars – prisons and profiteering

Debates about the prison system usually revolve around its cost and occasionally, due to the likes of “Orange is the New Black or The Shawshank Redemption”, about inmates’ conditions. The result is a mix between limited media coverage and what Hollywood wants to show. But perhaps there are other aspects …

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Referendum in Slovakia – Is Gay Marriage a Red Herring?

In February 2015, Slovakia held a referendum against gay marriage with a record low turnout. Is the Slovak population so indifferent about human rights? Or does it rather have to do with political tactics? The discussion on gay rights might simply be a red herring to obscure other social and …

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