Civic Hacking, Pinks Masks and a Shiba Inu: How Taiwan is Evading the COVID-19 Pandemic

By SALINA KUO
Malcolm Gladwell roots for the underdogs, but not for the reason you may think. In his obsessive inquiry to unpack the biblical story of David and Goliath, he finds himself befuddled about the odds of David’s victory against Goliath. How did the shepherd boy of Bethlehem, David, triumph against the Philistine champion, Goliath? A boy, equipped with only a sling and a shepherd staff, cannot realistically defeat an armored giant several times greater than himself. How did the improbable—impossible, even—come to pass? Continue reading Civic Hacking, Pinks Masks and a Shiba Inu: How Taiwan is Evading the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Latin American Struggle to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

By JULETTE LAFFONT
Although Latin America has been one of the last continents to feel the full effect of the pandemic, the way it was and still is hit by COVID-19 is far from being the least violent. With more than 6 million cases and 230.000 deaths as of early September, Latin America has become the new epicenter of the pandemic… Continue reading The Latin American Struggle to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

In India, Praise For Kamala Harris Clouds a Deeply Rooted Culture of Anti-Blackness

By SANTOSH MURALIDARAN and SALINA KUO
It wasn’t the first time a group of Black people in India had been accused of being cannibals. The story was starting to become disturbingly familiar: a young Indian boy goes missing or suffers a mysterious death. His friends, family, and fellow community members long for explanations. To eradicate the ambiguity, even the most outrageous of explanations can suffice. With hardly enough breathing time to mourn the lost, a mob attack and bloodshed ensue… Continue reading In India, Praise For Kamala Harris Clouds a Deeply Rooted Culture of Anti-Blackness

Farewell to Liberté?: COVID-19 and Our Ever-changing Notion of Freedom

By JAERIN KIM
As much as this would come off as a cliché, there is no quote that better defines the concept of democracy than “liberté, egalité, fraternité.” Perfectly encapsulating the spirit of the French revolution, this short yet pithy motto has given birth to the very idea of democracy to this world, inspired the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and continues to influence the current political landscape… Continue reading Farewell to Liberté?: COVID-19 and Our Ever-changing Notion of Freedom

The Conundrum Which is Growing up Black, American and Away From the Resistance

By YUSEF BUSHARA
If you are somebody who rushes to the nearest bottle of moisturizer after a shower, who has had to endure Saturday morning spring cleaning sessions soundtracked by the leading voices in gospel; if you have been taught to never consult your pockets after touching merchandise in a store, or plainly, someone who has to stare anti-Black racism in the face during every waking moment, chances are: you look like me… Continue reading The Conundrum Which is Growing up Black, American and Away From the Resistance

Les élections américaines vues par une expatriée

Par CAROLINE DALHEIMER
Discussion avec ma mère sur la citoyenneté d’une expatriée :
Caroline : Ces élections présidentielles m’épuisent. Si je pouvais éteindre mon portable et me déconnecter de tout média d’information pour un mois, ce serait le paradis.
Maman : Mais tu te fais du souci pour rien ! Tu n’as pour le moment pas de plan d’aller vivre aux USA dans les 6 années suivant les élections. Et puis tu n’y as jamais vécu… Continue reading Les élections américaines vues par une expatriée

170 Years of Taboo and Assumptions: Italy’s Mafia, From its Creation to its Criminalization

By IRENE SEGONE
Law n. 646, article 416-bis, better known as the law Rognoni – La Torre passed on 13 September 1982 is the first law ever passed in Italy, criminalizing the mafia. The mafia however, is thought to have originated in 1812. It took the Italian State exactly 170 years to define and penalize a criminal organization… Continue reading 170 Years of Taboo and Assumptions: Italy’s Mafia, From its Creation to its Criminalization

Le drame et les coupables

Par RYAN TFAILY
L’ignoble attentat islamiste perpétré contre le professeur d’histoire Samuel Patty, à Conflans, a bien-sûr saisi la France d’effroi. Le pays se savait menacé par le risque terroriste, mais le procédé utilisé, celui de la décapitation, ainsi que la froideur et le motif de l’acte, ont marqué un seuil supérieur dans la monstruosité terroriste… Continue reading Le drame et les coupables

Accords libano-israéliens : aux prémices d’une réorganisation durable de l’échiquier moyen-oriental

Par JOSEF NASR
Jeudi 1er octobre, le Président du Parlement libanais, Nabih Berry, annonce lors d’une conférence de presse que son pays et l’Etat d’Israël sont tombés d’accord sur la mise en place d’un « accord-cadre » portant sur la délimitation de leurs frontières maritimes. Comme conscient des implications d’une telle annonce dans un pays dont la culture politique se base largement sur la méfiance totale envers l’Etat hébreux, il précise deux jours plus tard lors d’une nouvelle allocution… Continue reading Accords libano-israéliens : aux prémices d’une réorganisation durable de l’échiquier moyen-oriental