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The Worldwide Symbol of Rebellion

Ever since the end of World War 2, the AK-47, or popularly named Kalashnikov after its designer, has been a recurring phenomenon in international conflicts. The rifle is for many more than just an instrument of death, it is a symbol for their struggle against the Western world.  Cheap, easy to use, will not break down. The characteristics speak for ... Read More »

The Axe-Effect

Meet Ramil Sahib oglu Safarov. After being sentenced to a lifelong imprisonment and having been incarcerated for several years in a Hungarian prison, Safarov was extradited to Azerbaijan a few weeks ago, where he was greeted as a hero and immediately pardoned. The result? An angry mob in Armenia’s capital Yerevan, burning Hungarian flags and bombarding the Hungarian consulate with ... Read More »

A Lost War

The drug war in Mexico: 35,000 casualties, the biggest law suit ever to the ICC and a shocking amount of human rights abuses. A story of systematic failure. There are two sides to the war on drugs: Firstly, the attempt to supress trade and consumption of hard drugs is a quasi-impossible undertaking. Secondly, as long as drugs are illegal, the ... Read More »