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Farewell Pepe! The Legacy of the World’s poorest President

Guerrilla fighter, MP, Senator, Minister and eventually President of Uruguay – José “Pepe” Mujica’s life has been more than eventful. The floriculturist that nowadays occasionally appears shaved and in a shirt but still without tie, has during his presidency given way to progressive and courageous, though contested, reforms that have catapulted Uruguay towards one of the most liberal countries in ... Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

  Hillary Clinton’s autobiography on her experiences as American Secretary of State under President Obama can primarily be characterized as patriotic and a political work in preparation for Clinton’s second run for the U.S. presidency. Without neglecting mistakes made in the past by US officials, Clinton observes the world she lives and operates in. She does so as is requested ... Read More »

Rest in Peace Tomas Young

Monday, the 10th of November 2014, Tomas Young, an American Iraq war veteran, died at the age of 34 years. The death of Young Tomas is the death of a soldier and strongly committed anti-war activist who joined the army to risk his life for the people of the United States and then tried to prevent as many young Americans ... Read More »

The Sixth Great Extinction?

Reports about the changing climate and human’s role in it are plenty. The prognosis these studies give are often snowed under by the fierce debates that follow them, questioning the effects these changes in temperature really will have. A recent study however comes with a new angle: the extinction rate. And according to it, we’re ’at the verge of a ... Read More »

A Venezuelan Spring: Undermined by Fragmentation and Geopolitical Stakes?

By José-Manuel Heinze Power cuts, shortages of goods, staggering inflation, corruption and crime rates ranking among the highest on the continent, have become common features in the record of Venezuela. As of recently, domestic turmoil that has been the largest in a decade and have thrown the country into a serious domestic crisis, can be added to this record. The ... Read More »

A Civilian Force Opposing A Drug Cartel

The war the Mexican government is waging against drug cartels has dragged along for years and resulted in nothing but more instability and civilian casualties. The government simply doesn’t seems to be able to get a grip on these huge organizations. As a reaction to this, a new ‘force’ entered the game and already has one of the major cartels, ... Read More »

Fracking Energy Revolution

Major technological inventions occur  in extracting gas from unconventional sources. Nowadays natural gas is the new gold. Substantial amounts of natural gas are ready to be extracted from sedimentary rocks, so called shales. According to Forbes,  the US could become the world’s largest producer of fracked energy by 2017. This energy revolution could be the solution for European countries like ... Read More »

The Power of Brazilian Soap Opera

As the Central Intelligence Agency indicates, the fertility rate in Brazil over the last five decades has dropped from six children per women to approximately fewer than two. This substantial shift in the Brazilian demographical records is often compared to the China’s one child policy which has produced similar results. However, if in China the responsibility over declining birth rates ... Read More »

Just in Time: US Fiscal Cliff

On the 17th of October 2013, the USA could advert the bankruptcy of the state but the ideological raptures remain. By Derya Bischoff A few hours after insolvency, President Obama warned the 535 members of Congress that the way how Washington is doing business has to change. But this is wishful thinking. The polarization of society and the political elite ... Read More »