Building a Sanctuary for Refugee Children
Politics / World News

Building a Sanctuary for Refugee Children

“The idea of allowing kids to be kids is at the heart of what we do. Our project is about restoring innocence and providing a relief from the terrible conditions in the camp. It is an oasis in a very dry desert… It is about relieving parents, and taking away the stress of their children not receiving an education. Continue reading

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The Digital Pedophiles Among Us
Politics / Society

The Digital Pedophiles Among Us

Say the word “pedophilia” in public and watch the quasi-universal reaction –there is nothing we loathe more, nothing we are more reluctant to talk about than pedophilia. During ten months, VG built a world map of thousands of men who had downloaded, and sometimes paid for, over 430, 000 files showing violent sexual abuse of children. Continue reading

Secularism in French Schools
Politics / Religion / Society

Secularism in French Schools

The concept of laïcité is an ideological pillar of the French école de la République (“school of the Republic”), founded by Jules Ferry. It involves a strict separation between religion (confined to the private sphere) and the public sphere. By implying that school is not the preferable forum for discussing the comparative value or inherent relevance of various religions, laïcité willingly ignores the importance of religious belief in individual identity. Continue reading