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The new unknown: what’s got Poland so scared?

The end of communist rule marked a new era for nationalism in Poland. Since 1989, the country’s key political goals have been the maintenance of national sovereignty and the minimization of external influence. Nowhere has Poland’s nationalism been more visible in recent years than in its debate regarding the EU …

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Poaching: Modern Threats to the Animal Kingdom

It has long been known that one of the largest threats to Earth is man itself. In one specific area, this is very true. For various reasons, in many countries across the world, hundreds of thousands of animals are needlessly killed each year for humanity’s selfish purposes. Unfortunately, as with …

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4 Territorial Disputes you didn’t know about

  The territorial conflict in the South China Sea has shown the world how tensions still arise over unsettled border disputes. Whilst conflicts between some of the world’s powerful nations receive lots of attention, they are far from the only territorial conflicts out there. Here are some frightening, surprising and …

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One felon, one vote: Virginia’s disenfranchised voter problem

On April 22, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he would use his executive clemency to extend the right to vote to about 200 000 ex-felons, all of whom have served their time and are no longer on parole or probation. When he campaigned for the Governor’s seat in 2014 …

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Bialowieza – logging in the name of forest protection

Along the border between Poland and Belarus lies Europe’s last primeval forest, Bialowieza. Sadly, however, a rising presence of bark beetles has become an alarming threat to the ancient forest according to polish officials. Their response? A massive increase in logging by 2021. This decision has caused an outcry among …

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The Invisible Children of Central America

Many may know of the problem with unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Fewer know that the problem is even bigger in the southern boarders of Mexico where many children begin their journey north, towards the U.S. By their means of transport, often on the roofs of cargo …

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Fear & Loathing in the EU

Imagine you are Hunter S. Thompson, dug up from the grave to write one last novel on the current state of Europe. Now, of course, you are not prepared for this assignment – no doubt looking terribly pale and in need of an energy drink or 20 just to bring you back to life …

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Disappearing paradise: How will the Pacific island people cope with the rising sea?

Kiribati is a Pacific Island facing the immediate impact of rising sea levels and has been looking towards relocation as a possible solution. Forced migration due to climate change has put pressure on urban cities and tensions have risen around questions of national moral responsibility. What will be the fate …

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Contested waters and island building in the Asian-Pacific

The quest for control of the South China Sea has stirred up old antagonistic relationships between many countries in the Asian-Pacific region. A new phenomenon of island building is being used as a means to try and change the boundaries of international waters. This region is importing sand like no …

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“A Welfare Program for Journalists”: A Look at a Donald Trump Presidential Campaign

The 2016 primary election on the Republican side has seen something of a realignment of their traditional constituency, and a renegotiation of everything that used to be sort of true about the party’s ability to control its own nomination process. Donald Trump is capturing many voters who may not even …

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