Making Sense of the Unconscious: Françoise Dolto and the Use of Language
Culture & Art / Environment & Sciences / Society

Making Sense of the Unconscious: Françoise Dolto and the Use of Language

Since language starts as a longing to communicate what our body experiences, it is never a lie to the extent that it reveals things the way one feels them, or the way one tries to express something about themselves to others; it is the truthful retranscription of a biased seizing of reality. Continue reading

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Pollution, The Thorn in China’s Side
Environment & Sciences / Politics / Society

Pollution, The Thorn in China’s Side

Pollution is a crucial issue in China, one that, in my opinion, will be decisive for the future of China. Local activists and initiatives, although they are generally limited in scope, can make a small difference that could turn into something bigger. For us in the West, we have to be more conscious of what we buy and how much we buy, and to take action to ask companies to upgrade their standards in all countries where they produce their goods. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter, and So Do Black Deaths
Politics / Society

Black Lives Matter, and So Do Black Deaths

The assassination of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his murderer, George Zimmerman, as well as the assassination of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014 have shown yet again that Black lives are still deemed less worthy than white lives in the United States. Let’s take a closer look and see how this revolting state of affairs has a striking parallel in the way Black defendants are dealt with in the judicial process and in the administration of the death penalty. Continue reading

DSK: Sex Offender or a Victim of the Morality Police?
Politics / Society

DSK: Sex Offender or a Victim of the Morality Police?

To summarize, I do not believe in the slightest in DSK’s innocence, but regardless of my opinion, the tribunal will give its verdict. What we can give our verdict on is the initial question: should we care about our politicians’ sexual lives? Yes, I think we should care, for the simple reason that a high-ranked civil servant is given power by society, and therefore has the responsibility to use his/her power for the benefit of the country-and not for his/her own good, for as long as he/she serves. It is a responsibility that is largely moral, although it is sometimes framed by the laws: notably in the case of corruption. Continue reading

Marion Bouvier
The Founders

Marion Bouvier

What is your background? My maternal grandparents were peasants and workers who started working in a mine and moved on to a factory. My paternal grandparents were urban bourgeois who enjoyed intellectual conversations. I belong in the middle, I guess, or maybe more exactly in both worlds. I have a privileged background, which is something … Continue reading

Marie Baléo
The Founders

Marie Baléo

What is your background? I was born in France and moved to Oslo (Norway) with my family at age 9. I moved again four years later to a slightly warmer location: Beirut (Lebanon), where I lived until the end of high school. Being exposed to two very different cultures at a young age was a great opportunity … Continue reading