Spying on Allies
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Spying on Allies

This week, Wikileaks, the infamous journalistic non-profit specialized in leaking secret information, revealed a new report, “Espionnage Elysée,” a collection of “top secret intelligence reports and technical documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years”. Continue reading

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What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #15
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What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #15

This week in review: Let us not forget how horrifying the Charleston shooting was; Chinese officials seize contraband meat that was packed 40 years ago; species are going extinct at unprecedented rates; the story of a globe-trotter cat; and the US wins 2 victories, one at the Women’s World Cup, and one on home turf by making same-sex marriage legal. Continue reading

Will there ever be democracy in China?
Politics / Society

Will there ever be democracy in China?

In many ways, China’s authoritarian way of exerting power seems incompatible with constitutionalism. A constitutional state follows an established pattern of governing principles and laws as defined in a constitution; and the concept of constitutionalism more generally encompasses the idea that institutions are to a certain degree democratic in their functioning, and that the state ensures the protection of basic rights. Continue reading

Unlikely Allies: the MRM and Feminism
Feminism / Society

Unlikely Allies: the MRM and Feminism

Although it appeared as early as the 1970s, the Men’s Rights Movement only truly found its audience, peculiar style, and obsessive gimmicks with the birth of Internet forums (they are perhaps best known for this gem of a Reddit thread) and the rise of trolling, an art form at which they excel. But some of the movement’s concerns, such as understanding the causes for, and striving to reduce, the particularly high rates of male suicides, are perfectly legitimate. Continue reading

“Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.”
Politics / Society

“Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.”

In Imperial China, people involved in the agricultural sector constituted by far the largest part of the population. But like in many other civilizations, the divide between the ‘rural’ and the ‘urban’ was already entrenched. The aristocracy as well as middle-class urbanites also sought to distinguish themselves from the labor class, which was considered of lower worth. But on the other hand, the “stupidity” and simplicity of the peasantry inspired a rather idealized and romanticized view of rural life. Continue reading

“The Displaced”
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“The Displaced”

On 15 March 2011, civil protests erupted in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Daraa. Four years later, the unrest has turned into a seemingly endless war, causing the death of thousands, the exile of millions, and the rise to international fame of Daesh / ISIS. Faced with no other option, many Syrians have fled to neighboring countries; thus began the slow and steady trickle of refugees into Syria’s smallest neighbor, Lebanon. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #13
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What Did I Miss? The Week in Review #13

This week: Girls show their pre-match game face; 500 people have already been killed by police this year in the US; a “debate” on fracking turned sour as Stuart Varney was caught in an embarassing lie; Women in Russia face renewed sexism; and Mona Eltahawy argues that it’s high time the Middle East had its own sexual revolution. Continue reading