Women’s education ban in the eye of the storm: Afghanistan and the Taliban rule

Afghanistan is, once again, making headlines in international news. Although disappointing, it should not surprise us. It would be hypocritical to assume that, after the Taliban regime rose to power,

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Are we still masters of our own fate?

“Common sense prevailed.” San Francisco supervisor Hillary Ronen used these words to praise the vote on Police-operated “killer-robots”. Citizens protested after it was announced that the San Francisco police department

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Eating Frikandel Speciaal and Drinking Chocomel is Activism

Enjoying a frikandel speciaal with a nice glass of Chocomel might sound like a quick and easy lunch the Dutch way. But can it be an act of activism? How

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Death, Destruction and Demise: Are we Losing the Ability to Feel?

Every day the number rose. Another death, another loved one, and yet just another number on a tv screen or headline. Quarantine and daily life throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was

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Halloween festivities show Government Complexities

156.  156 is the number of people currently confirmed to have lost their lives in the huge crowd crush that took place last month in Seoul, South Korea. This gruesome

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Is an ‘idiot-proof’-world making us behave like idiots?

A recent article I read by psychologist Thijs Launspach got me thinking: if the world is designed to help us and cater to our needs whenever we want, will our ability to think for ourselves eventually diminish? Put in other words: will an ‘idiot-proof’ world turn us into idiots?

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Depp v. Heard: The Bandwagon Nature of Public Opinion

If you have been anywhere near social media since the beginning of April, I can assume that you’ve heard of the ongoing defamation trial between John C. Depp, II and

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The glorification of drug abuse

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about media and how it shapes our thinking, doing, being. I also heard a lot about the tv show Euphoria (2019) lately, which

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The Moral Implications of Economic Sanctions

Economic sanctions are a popular tool to punish a state without using armed forces and risking a military conflict. For this reason, they have been in fashion over the past few decades, and are now once again being used against Russia as a reaction to the war in Ukraine.

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Sports and Politics: Why we Should not Treat Sports as Independent From Politics

“The US should stop politicizing sports, and stop disrupting and undermining the Beijing Winter Olympics.” According to the statement of a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, the United States’ decision to

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