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Recent Abe Victory Shakes Pacifist Japan

Following Shinzo Abe´s remarkable election result, commentators have speculated about his renewed zeal for constitutional revision; namely the amendment of Article 9 to grant constitutional recognition of the quasi-military Self-Defence Forces. However, a lukewarm...

From Destroyer to Savior: Unweaving Assad’s Tale

In the seventh year of the war in Syria Bashar al-Assad is still the main figure. His strategies and allies kept him on the throne. His dangerous narrative made even rivals changed their attitude...

Western Dogma

Neoliberalism does not technically adhere to sacred texts, but it is devoted to certain arbitrary laws and alleged unyielding truths readily comparable to religious dogma. The ideology has attained genuine, even hegemonic adherence in Western society. Neoliberalism has...

A Battle for the Soul of Europe

Representatives at the "Religions for a New Europe" conference believe Europe is facing a daunting crisis in the history of integration – one that needs the support of religious leaders if its democratic traditions are...
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Assimilate or Leave

The 450 members of the Ukrainian Parliament decided by majority vote to introduce a new law regarding education policy. As of 2018, this law establishes Ukrainian as the sole nationwide language of secondary education....
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Crossing Borders: The Role of Fashion in Politics

Over the past few decades, political slogans have found a space in high fashion shows, highlighting issues such as immigration, diversity and feminism. Since the 1980s, bold slogans have been featured on T-shirts- from...

Syria: Has the war permanently damaged coexistence?

Age-old sectarian clashes, especially between Sunni and Shiaa Muslims, are often thrust into the forefront of narratives discussing the causes of the war in Syria. But six years into the deadliest war of the...
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Of Paris, Pacts and Paradoxes

CO2 levels are continuously increasing, biodiversity is vanishing and extreme weather events cover news pages. Yet, the political momentum for environmental protection is losing steam. Well, not entirely… one European country of indomitable pioneers...
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Hungry vibes

Contribute your share and save money doing it: Food sharing and food saving are becoming increasingly popular. Almost a chic and trendy habit today, it is necessary for the survival of others, even in...

Whaling – It’s Sustainability, Stupid!

“Save the whales!” goes the successful slogan touted by environmental and conservation organizations. After all, who doesn’t admire those lovable sea mammals! Yet, the newest of environmental catchphrases is “Eat local!” What then, if...

Campus Inquisitions and Violence from the American Left

The chanting echoed around the Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College – “We are here to shut down this fucking fascist!” – as nearly 250 protesters shoved past police officers and formed human walls to...

The War on Words and the Loss of Substance

Many’s the time one reads about deep trenches within Western societies, but it seems that little has been done to overcome this split. Populism and extreme political correctness are both phenomena we need to...

Minority Protection or Moral Vaccine – Whom are we protecting, anyway?

In December 2015, ex-Muslim, feminist campaigner Maryam Namazie was heckled and aggressively disrupted by members of Goldsmiths University’s Islamic Society, while giving a talk on blasphemy and apostasy. After the event, the Islamic Society publicly...