Poland’s 2020 Abortion Law and the Failure of the European Union’s “Community of Values”

By STANISŁAW NAKLICKI
The Treaty on the European Union, one of two treaties providing a constitutional basis for the functioning of the EU, is a curious, albeit hopeful case. Unlike other documents of its kind, it names seven common values (respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law) as the only founding element of the constituted entity, as opposed to common language, national identity, and history in other cases… Continue reading Poland’s 2020 Abortion Law and the Failure of the European Union’s “Community of Values”

Du problème de la religion en France

Par MORITZ KLEINEIDAM
Un professeur décapité, des dessinateurs abattus et des supporters explosés. Leurs crimes ? Ne pas avoir respecté la loi d’une religion. Le débat qui suit ces événements semble toujours se focaliser sur les musulmans. Les uns s’insurgent contre l’amalgame et les autres demandent moins d’immigration. Lorsque l’on parle du « problème de l’Islam en France », on parle en fait des musulmans et non de la religion musulmane. Or, tout le problème, ce sont les religions… Continue reading Du problème de la religion en France

Getting Paid in Kisses and Hugs

By BEETA DAVOUDI
[…] Founded in materialism and founder of colonialism, capitalism requires for labour to be rewarded and incentivised by money. But not just money—more specifically, the competition for money. Although, this system, logic, or game, even from the viewpoint of Adam Smith himself, seems to contradict with the most inherent nature of man. A nature which is defined by a “mutual sympathy of sentiments”… Continue reading Getting Paid in Kisses and Hugs

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