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The Man Who Turned Fiction Into Reality?

-An article on Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission and a changing France- Paris, the night of the 6th of January 2015. Michel Houellebecq, enfant-terrible of the French literary world, is sitting in his hotel room in expectation of something big to happen. In the past months Houellebecq has locked himself up in his house on the Réunion Islands in order to work ... Read More »

Interview with Dr. Bob Reinalda Part II

A few days ago my esteemed colleague Rosa published the first part of the interview we conducted with Dr. Bob Reinalda, a considered expert in the field of international organizations. He has published articles in several journals such as Chronique ONU, the magazine of the UN, and is one of the editors of IO BIO, an bibliographical dictionary of Secretary ... Read More »

Memoirs of Exile

Forced settlements in the Soviet Union took place in a series of brutal operations. A majority of the deportations were carried out in the Baltic States, primarily between 1941-1949. Over 44 thousand families, approximately 130 thousand Lithuanians, were forced to leave their country. These are the facts offered by statistical data. However, Checks&Balances provides you with a story from another ... Read More »

Seaweed Energy: Food or Fuel?

  A recent small-scale study in Norway, Scotland and Ireland revealed that seaweed could start playing a major role in our energy production. Dutch scientists got all excited and even started calling the Netherlands the “new Saudi Arabia of the Seaweed!”. Within only 5 years, seaweed could compete with the total amount of energy that windmills produce, it cleans harmful ... Read More »

Do It For Denmark

Denmark’s birth rate is at its lowest point in decades indicating 10 births per 1,000 residents. The nation’s perennially low birth rate places the country alongside with Germany (8.33), Japan (8.39) and Singapore (7.72) and even though most Danish couples say they want two or three kids, according to the Copenhagen Post, one in five couples end up childless. It ... Read More »

Friesian Cows in China

From a culture where dairy was completely absent, to a big market share in the dairy industry: dairy’s star is rising in China, it’s undeniable. China’s increasing milk consumption affects the Chinese as well as the global market. The popularity of dairy is unprecedented, as China’s dietary tradition does not involve dairy. Why are the Chinese consuming more dairy and ... Read More »

Combating Driving Under Influence

The Effectiveness of Legislative Measures Deployed in the Netherlands and Lithuania Hazardous consumption of alcoholic beverages contributes significantly to health complications and causes a range of social issues, such as underperformance at educational institutions, loss of productivity at work, and marital difficulties. However, the most adverse effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption are recognized as road traffic injuries and fatalities. In ... Read More »

One More Wall

On the 29th of August 2015, Hungary finalised the first phase of its initial plan of building a wall. The establishment of barbed wires along the 175km of land that separates the hungarian territory from its neighbour Serbia, was achieved in a remarquably short amount of time. Indeed, at the end of june of this same year, the Hungarian minister ... Read More »

Rising Xenophobia in Germany

For months the flow of refugees has not stopped. As it might not be a long term solution to allow the increasing amount of refugees to access Europe, one significant issue is still the willingness of European states to house refugees. Germany, the country leading the efforts to aid this record flow of refugees takes on responsibility by housing up ... Read More »