Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?
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Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?

Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process? Continue reading

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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

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

Is fracking causing the earth to tremble?
Environment & Sciences / Society / World News

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

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

A Norwegian Watergate?
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A Norwegian Watergate?

In the fall of 2014, prize-winning political journalist Per Anders Johansen came across a document in a database, titled “Guidelines for the notification of mobile-regulated zones”. Intrigued, Johansen set out to understand the obscure concept of mobile regulation. It was while further researching this topic that Johansen first discovered, and made the connection with, IMSI catchers. Continue reading

DSK: Sex Offender or a Victim of the Morality Police?
Politics / Society

DSK: Sex Offender or a Victim of the Morality Police?

To summarize, I do not believe in the slightest in DSK’s innocence, but regardless of my opinion, the tribunal will give its verdict. What we can give our verdict on is the initial question: should we care about our politicians’ sexual lives? Yes, I think we should care, for the simple reason that a high-ranked civil servant is given power by society, and therefore has the responsibility to use his/her power for the benefit of the country-and not for his/her own good, for as long as he/she serves. It is a responsibility that is largely moral, although it is sometimes framed by the laws: notably in the case of corruption. Continue reading