What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #11
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What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #11

This week: avant-garde filmmaker Agnès Varda receives the honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Chinese businessmen illegally log Mozambique’s hardwood forests; Charlize Theron shines bright in the impressive Mad Max: Fury Road; Rats hand each other a helping paw; Kazakhstan’s saiga antelopes are mysteriously dying; and a musician reinvents her way of playing music after she loses hearing. Continue reading

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Why and How Should We Jail Criminals?
Society

Why and How Should We Jail Criminals?

The verdict in the Tsarnaev case and the comments it inspired bring to mind a long-standing debate on the philosophical role of punishment. Similar indignant comments had been made when the seemingly luxurious incarceration conditions of Anders Behring Breivik (sentenced to 21 years in prison Norway) were made public, stemming from a misunderstanding of the way Norway (and other countries) thinks of the role of punishment. Continue reading

Will technology save or end humanity?
Environment & Sciences / Society

Will technology save or end humanity?

Technological progress has changed a lot of things for the better. From therapeutic innovations that can cure most deadly diseases to washing machines, there are tons of examples that show how technological innovations can have positive effects. But what we forget to ask is: how much of this progress is really a necessity, and how much of it is an unending urge to make human lives easier, longer, and more productive? Continue reading

Is fracking causing the earth to tremble?
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Is fracking causing the earth to tremble?

Injection-induced earthquakes are upon us by Marie Baleo Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, consists in drilling a pipeline as deep as 10,000 feet into the ground before injecting a specific mixture of water, “proppants” such as sand or ceramic, and various chemicals. The injection of this high-pressure fluid fractures shale rocks; in turn, the resulting fissures … Continue reading

The Dawn of a New Cold War?
Politics / Society / World News

The Dawn of a New Cold War?

“If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind.” People often burst into the ‘Never again’ emotional song at the twilight of fading conflicts or man-made catastrophes. But it seems that History’s lessons never stay long in our little human brains. Continue reading

Women in Politics: Towards Gender Equity?
Feminism / Politics / Society

Women in Politics: Towards Gender Equity?

Beyond the specific political problems women can encounter, i.e. being elected and holding elective office, the core issue has to do with women’s presence in the public debate at large. Greater female presence would influence the terms of political debate on several crucial issues. There are still too few female experts in debates and on television panels, and females over the age of 60 are especially absent from the public eye, unlike their male counterparts, whose credibility grows with time. Continue reading

Rolling Stone, Jackie, and the “emblematic college rape case”
Feminism / Society

Rolling Stone, Jackie, and the “emblematic college rape case”

This is important: it is not known whether Jackie was in fact raped or not, but the public’s perception following the story is that of a cunning, hysterical liar, an attention-seeking fabulist[10]. This, and not the jaw-dropping failure of the magazine, or the very real problem of campus sexual assault, is what readers everywhere will come away with. Continue reading