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The Modernity Question of IS

The UN has estimated that over 25,000 people from over 100 countries have joined IS. Without the possibilities modern media offers, IS would have never attracted this many souls to their cause. Of course, the rise of the terrorist group cannot be explained by the way ISIS uses social media alone. However, it is peculiar that for a group that ... Read More »

The Mountain of Men

Somewhere deep down in the second ‘leg’ of the peninsula of Chalkidiki, Greece, lays a mountain where only men live. Anyone wanting to see the stunning landscape surrounding Mount Athos, must be a man. A man, of course, in the sense of having the stereotypical features of what a man is supposed to be in our current social/societal understandings. Short ... Read More »

Brexit: Reflections From A New Britain

When I closed my eyes on the eve of the 23rd, I had no idea that I would be waking up at 5 am to the face of Nigel Farage, laughing hysterically. For the majority of people waking up on the 24th of June, the result of the referendum was nothing short of a complete and utter shock. Britain had ... Read More »

Songs of Protest

In the 1970s hippies embraced the countercultural voices of their generation and protest music was very hip. Now, protest music has a crusty punk rock or dread-locked folk singer imago. However, protest songs aren’t a phenomenon of the past. Protest songs have existed for ages, in that sense of course they are from past times. They originate from the “psalms” ... Read More »

Political Cartoons: There’s Some Method to the Madness

Before my Core Module, Visual Global Politics, I did never really pay attention to them, I thought they were just some faint dull jokes. However, when I delved into the topic for this course’ assignment, I found out that they were more creative, complex and politically relevant than I could have ever imagined. Now, I want to share some of ... Read More »

Patarei.

We were told it’s a former KGB prison. A fortress, used by the Soviet Secret Service until the end of the breakdown of the east bloc. I expected a cruel place, maybe isolation cells, maybe an execution room, maybe torture. I expected a testimonial area, witnessing a fragment of horrible practices, from long time ago. I did not know the ... Read More »

The European Left: All Eyes On Slovenia

The Left in Europe has shown glimpses of electoral success recently in both Greece and Spain. Even a grey-haired, bearded, self-titled socialist has been elected as the leader of the Labour party in the United Kingdom with a enormous mandate. Yet, the Left in Europe is still struggling to make any significant impact on the wider politics of Europe. Why ... Read More »

Forum Lecture on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – Q&A

 ‘Let’s stop being naïve and let’s accept that only by using force can we get Russia to the negotiation table’.  In the light of the upcoming Dutch Referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the international relations students’ association Clio, together with Checks&Balances and Forum Committee, organized a public lecture, given by the Lithuanian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Darius Semaska. With ... Read More »

From Groningen to the World Bank

                 written by Alexandra Voinescu                            edited by Casper de Boer   Brussels has the world’s most renounced European and International business environment. Most business-orientated students dream literally daily about working in such a competitive and complex-networking environment. Last week, 51 students crossed the border between the Netherlands and Belgium, awaiting to be ... Read More »