Servergate is not the new Watergate
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Servergate is not the new Watergate

On 17 August, 2015, famous Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward appeared on MSNBC and likened the highly controversial Hillary Clinton email case to the most remarkable political scandal in United States history: Watergate. Stay with us to understand why this particular historical comparison is dangerously inappropriate, but also how Clinton and her team seem to have missed one of Watergate’s most important lessons. Continue reading

Oslo Under Surveillance
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Oslo Under Surveillance

On 12 December 2014, after weeks of intensive research conducted by a team of journalists and technical experts, Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten exposed evidence of widespread espionage of Norwegian political and economic actors in central Oslo. On 23 June, Aftenposten presented a new report, based on Delma’s analysis, which confirmed that IMSI catchers were being used all over Oslo, from the Parliament to Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s office, to Aker Brygge and around Parkveien, home to many foreign embassies. Continue reading

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

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?
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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

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