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Author Archives: Minja Sillanpää

Minja is a second year IRIO student and a layout editor/journalist for C&B. Today, in-depth, analytical journalism is more important than ever, as we see how our news culture is gradually turning into a five-second consumer experience. Minja aims to write articles that expose the intertwined flows of power and money worldwide and hopefully provide the readers with some new perspectives!

One Ball to Unite Them All – Politics of the FIFA World Cup

“Football brings us together in one single team and we are united by our affection for this spectacular, vibrant, uncompromising game. Players of these teams have a great degree of mutual understanding, a unity which cannot be affected by different language, ideology or faith. It represents the power of football and sport as a whole. The power of its humanistic ... Read More »

Pathways to an egalitarian society – how to make sense of social psychology of power and sexual violence

35 % of women globally have experienced physical or sexual violence. 87 % of women in Vietnam have experienced sexual harassment of some sort in their life time. Every 98 seconds, a woman in the United States is sexually assaulted. Sexual abuse is a global phenomenon. It permeates our societies worldwide targeting those with a  vulnerable, subordinate status: women, children, ... Read More »

Power of the Passport and Controversies of Investment Immigration

This article was inspired by an open lecture on the 13th of February given by a RUG professor from the faculty of law, Dimitry Kochenov. In this lecture, which carried the title “What is the value of your nationality?”, Kochenov aimed to highlight that nationality for most people is in fact a restricting, rather than an empowering institution. To consolidate ... Read More »

Bitcoin mining: Undermining state legitimacy?

Cryptocurrencies are digital assets meant to work as mediums of exchange. They do not rely on central regulation but cryptography which, in the absence of banking control, secures transactions, verifies asset-exchanges and controls the creation of additional units. The first-ever introduced cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, created in 2008 by allegedly pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, has gradually cemented its position as a valid alternative ... Read More »

Covert Partisan Electoral Intervention 101: How to interfere in a democratic election process

Does your next-door-neighbor-democracy have elections coming up, but you are not convinced that they will make a choice that best benefits your country? Don’t worry! Interference in democratic election processes is widely used tactics to get your most-favored candidate to power without caring about international principles such as ‘equal sovereignty’ or ‘par in parem non habet imperium’. These tactics are ... Read More »