The French Draft Law on Intelligence vs. Individual Liberties
Politics / Society / World News

The French Draft Law on Intelligence vs. Individual Liberties

A draft law presented to the French parliament in April allows French intelligence services to implement techniques only used by the judicial police until now: collection, transmission and recording of words pronounced privately or confidentially or computer data and real-time localization of a person, a vehicle or an object. This regrettable turn of events is taking place in the midst of generalized indifference Continue reading

Do Ghosts Really Exist?
Culture & Art / Religion / Society

Do Ghosts Really Exist?

Since the ghost is, according to the general definition, the apparition of a dead person (or animal) into the world of the living, the beliefs and practices linked to ghosts and spirits are oftentimes connected with rituals paying respect to ancestors: the rites, in this case, come as a way of ensuring that the soul or spirit of the dead should remain in peace instead of restlessly haunting the living world. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #6
Environment & Sciences / Politics / Society / The Week in Review / World News

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #6

This week: Bears having a pool party; Sherpas will risk their lives again to help Everest climbers reach their dreams; there are no alien supercivilizations nearby; Paracetamol can dull your emotions; will France get a 100% energy mix by 2050? Why do we have chins? And a video of rock climbing prodigy Ashimaa Shiraishi. Continue reading

“Southern Trees Bear Strange Fruit”
Culture & Art / Music / Society

“Southern Trees Bear Strange Fruit”

Eleanor Fagan, best known as Billie Holiday, was one of the most prominent jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Among her most outstanding works is the song “Strange Fruit”, which took Billie Holiday from the realm of love songs and lighter entertainment to the status of symbol of political involvement in the civil rights movement. “Strange Fruit”, written and performed at the end of the 1930s, rose to fame in a context where the Civil Rights movement had yet to take off. Continue reading

Women in Sports: a Celebration
Society / Sports

Women in Sports: a Celebration

From Lindsey Vonn to Maria Sharapova,the portraits of 6 inspiring female athletes. Women in sports are utterly under-represented. Anyone who has a TV in their home or has walked by a sports bar has seen a football match, and there’s a 99,99% chance that this match involved male players. So this is my very small and humble contribution to put in the spotlight some of the amazing female athletes that inspire me. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #5
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What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #5

This week: The francophone network TV5Monde hacked by terrorist group Daesh; Dutch people are growing taller faster than other people; another Black man, Walter Scott, is shot in the back by a police officer; Ikea produces mobile shelters for refugees; and fracking causes the earth to tremble in Oklahoma. Continue reading

Ai Weiwei: Navigating Art and Activism
Culture & Art / Politics

Ai Weiwei: Navigating Art and Activism

Ai Weiwei is one of the most, if not the most, famous Chinese contemporary artists in the West. A large part of his work can be qualified as provocative, defying the political order, social prudery, and going against the idea that ancient artifacts should be put in museums or sold at auctions. Ai Weiwei summarizes his attitude towards his art as such: “An artwork unable to make people feel uncomfortable or to feel different is not one worth creating.” Continue reading