Pollution in space

A few days ago, a report came out that the debris (= wreckage) from China’s Fengyun 1C meteorological satellite – which was deliberately destroyed in an anti-satellite weapons test in

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Don’t Mention the Genocide – Hidden Armenians in Turkey

In two years Armenians will commemorate the centenary of the attempted extermination of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.  While Turkey’s gross denial of

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Going Dutch: Building Land, Concurring Water

Right now, the port of Rotterdam is realising one of the biggest land reclamation projects in the world in order to expand its capacity. In September 2008 the construction of

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Studying Abroad: UKRAINE

Checks&Balances is, as of this moment, starting a series of blogs from IRIO students studying abroad. Lina Rusch is currently studying in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Welcome to Ukraine At some point

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Bitter sweet chocolate

14th of February: Valentine’s day… a day dedicated to love and romance. Tomorrow, thousands of people all over the world will buy their loved ones little pluche teddybears, red roses

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Studying Abroad: GREECE

Checks&Balances is, as of this moment, starting a series of blogs from IRIO students studying abroad. Leonie Jegen is currently studying in Athens, Greece. First Impressions of Athens „So you

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Haiti: After the Earthquake

On the 12th of January 2010 an earthquake of the magnitude 7.0 has rocked the state of Haiti to its core. In less than a minute Haiti was broken apart.

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Houses for Sugar: Trade in Cambodia

The “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement of the European Union was once meant as a gesture of assistance. It eliminated the custom duties on all products imported from the world’s

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South Africa: Riot or Revolution?

Many problems are awaiting Zuma’s second term of presidency this year. The killing of protesting mineworkers in the Rustenburg area in August 2012 has brought to the surface what has

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The Mountain That Eats Men

Until recently, Bolivian tourist brochures mostly focused on the highest capital in the world (La Paz) the salt planes of Uyuni.  Today, one can ‘experience’ the hellish conditions deep in

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