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Interview with Jean-Pierre Kempeneers

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On the 30th of April Clio will host its annual conference under the theme “Diplomacy unravelled?”. At this conference, Jean-Pierre Kempeneers will lead a workshop on the importance of economic diplomacy. Mr Kempeneers has been serving in the Dutch diplomatic service for almost two decades. In 2014 he changed into the private sector and started working as Head of the ... Read More »

Prague: A History of Self-Immolation

Almost every year, Czech students set themselves on fire near Wenceslas Square in Prague. It must be said that, in most cases, this is not a suicidal act. More specifically, this odd tradition is meant to remember Jan Palach, a student who protested by means of self-immolation against the Communist regime and the Soviet invasion in Prague. The hero of ... Read More »

Tackling Ignorance

Did you know that saving the lives of little children in regions of extreme poverty will decrease the overall growth of population in the long run? Or that the deaths caused by natural disasters decreased throughout the 20th century? Today, I want to present you a tool I spent too much time on in the last couple of hours. For me, ... Read More »

Eight Weeks With Ebola

Letters of Andrius Slavuckis Sierra Leone, 2014 September-October Source: Intelligent Life, 2015 April, Nr. 3 (30) Week I As I presented my passport to the frontier-guard I was kindly asked to state the reason of my arrival. Without any further explanation I showed her the MSF – Médecins Sans Frontiéres – sign on my jacket and I was greeted with ... Read More »

Fighting Misinformation: Google vs. The Internet

The internet is full of garbage, you know it, I know it, let’s not kid ourselves. Anti-vaccination websites get to the first page of Google and factual inaccurate “news” stories spread like wildfire, while pictures of “Blue and Gold Dresses” dominate Facebook and fast-track news websites. In a world where most of our information is gathered on the internet, misinformation ... Read More »

Not so ‘Frently’: Student-Landlord Relations in Groningen

An independent life in a city of Groningen inevitably grants one abundant circumstances to substantiate the difficulties that follow after settling in. The complexities of managing one’s household expose unfairness with which the majority of students are being treated. According to Frently – a company established to assist students in the event of  such disagreements – over 10 000 students 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 »

Into the Deep Web: The Silk Road Marketplace

Hello again, Last week we took at look at the basics of the Deep Web, how it worked and how you can get access. But other than hiding your radical book club from the all-seeing eye of Google and Bing, what is the point of creating a Deep Web website, it won’t generate a lot of traffic since nobody can ... Read More »

Jens Stoltenberg: a profile.

Who is he, how did he reach this powerful position and does Scandinavia have such great military men? Jens Stoltenberg (1959) is a Norwegian politician. He held various positions within the Norwegian government, the highest being prime minister between 2000-2001 and 2005-2013. Stoltenberg was born and raised in a political family: his father was a diplomat, and his early life ... Read More »

Into the Deep Web: A History

If you have, like me, spent any of the past weeks binge-watching the second season of Netflix’s House of Cards, you’ll know that there’s a lot of talk about the “Deep Web.” Mentions of illegal drugs and arms trading, child pornography and ‘hitman’ services, might make you think you’re missing out. However the Deep Web is a much more intricate ... Read More »