Polemics

Phantom Victims: A Migrant Woman’s Route to Neglect

Teresa’s relatives warned her not to take the train to Mexico. It was too dangerous, not worth the risk to mount that violent mammoth of metal that propelled through the small town of Intipucá...

Russia-China Pipeline deal, political or economic move?

In the constant struggles that are the geopolitics of oil, revolutionary changes are on the horizon. Russia’s dominance of the natural gas market since the time of the Cold War appears to have found...

“Frameworkization” and the Destruction of Academic English

Frameworkization, namely the rise of unreadable academic writing in the social sciences, has contaminated academic language. This occurs through a complex process of mutual misunderstanding between scholars and rank-and-file readers, whereby scientific presuppositions and...
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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...

Commit Suicide

Fagot, nigger, retard –these are all words which were once common practice. Thankfully, as a society we mostly realised that it was offensive to flippantly use these phrases, often as a way of (un)consciously...

Alons enfants de la dèmocratie!

When Emmanuel Macron triumphed in the May presidential elections in France, his victory became a symbol of a new refusal to the populist radical right in Europe. The proof was in the results. Macron, an...