The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons—More than Nuclear Gesture Politics

By EVA SIEGMANN
On the 6th August 1945, “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima. Little Boy, very much a euphemism for the first nuclear bomb ever used, killed 70.000 civilians immediately. The unimaginable scale of this explosion in an almost finished war astounded the world. Humanity had opened Pandora’s box and tapped into the dark, not quite knowing which horrible consequences their newly gained capabilities could have on humanity’s future. And humanity has tried to live up to this incredible challenge in attempting to stop nuclear proliferation and place multilateral and bilateral disarmament agreements; however, nuclear weapons are the only one among the trio of weapons of mass destructions governments legitimately threaten to use against an enemy… Continue reading The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons—More than Nuclear Gesture Politics

Qu’est-ce que je dois faire ? : une réflexion sur les défis environnementaux

Par JOAQUÍN GOSÁLVEZ CASTILLO
Vous allez connaître la fin du pétrole », cet énoncé court, clair, percutant m’a énormément impacté lorsque je l’ai entendu en cours de Science Fiction. Pourtant je le savais déjà, mais très souvent on préfère oublier, cacher dans un tiroir secret ce que la conscience ne peut pas supporter par simple instinct de survie… Continue reading Qu’est-ce que je dois faire ? : une réflexion sur les défis environnementaux

A Step Backwards: Spain’s Unsteady Political Climate

By JOAQUÍN GOSÁLVEZ CASTILLO
José Saramago, a Portuguese writer awarded in 1998 with the Nobel Prize of Literature, said: “We must recover, preserve and transmit historical memory, because when we start with oblivion, we end up with indifference” […] [Spain’s current] political legislature may be the most polarized and angry in our recent democracy. Today, more than ever, we need to defend historical memory… Continue reading A Step Backwards: Spain’s Unsteady Political Climate

« Islamo-gauchisme », retour sur un terme qui polarise la société française

Par ANTON SEGAL
Les plaies sont encore béantes après l’attentat de Conflans-Sainte-Honorine du 16 octobre 2020 au cours duquel Samuel Paty, professeur d’histoire-géographie en collège, fut assassiné par un islamiste russe d’origine tchétchène pour avoir montré des caricatures du prophète Mahomet à ses élèves dans le cadre d’un cours d’éducation morale et civique… Continue reading « Islamo-gauchisme », retour sur un terme qui polarise la société française

France contre Allemagne, la guerre de « l’absurdistan » ?

Par ALEXIS ARADES
Avec un pays comme la France, il était possible de s’y attendre et pourtant, le remous provoqué arrive toujours à surprendre. Vous l’avez tous lu, la France serait un « Absurdistan » et l’accusation ne vient pas de n’importe où, mais d’Allemagne, et plus précisément d’Annika Joeres, correspondante en France pour « Die Zeit »… Continue reading France contre Allemagne, la guerre de « l’absurdistan » ?

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

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

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