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Britain and the EU: An Unavoidable Referendum

David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union before holding a referendum on the country’s membership by the end of 2017. This in/out referendum on Britain’s membership has for years been craved, derided, and resolutely ignored in more or less equal measure by the various elements of Britain’s political establishment. For some in Britain, a referendum on ... Read More »

The Greeks, the Pope, and the Euro’s Soul

What do the Pope’s visit to South America and the almost TV-series-worthy developments in Greece have in common? Even though the Pope claims to have no political intentions, with his passionate critique of economic injustice and environmental degradation, he would make a formidable politician. Visiting Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, he is set to address the incredibly sore and widespread income ... Read More »

Cambodian Sugar Rush

In our modern Western world, sugar is seen as something that is hidden in comfort foods that will make us fat if we overindulge. We think we are safe from it outside of candy stores and fast food establishments. Still, great amounts of sugar is to be found in a lot of processed foods. We try to avoid it because we ... Read More »

It is Getting Hot in Here: The Politics of Climate Change in 2015

The G7 leaders recently reaffirmed their commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and phase out non-renewable energies by the end of the century. Naturally, this was well received with environmental NGOs and concerned citizens. But what does this mean in our current context? What is the state of the climate and its accompanying policies and politics in ... Read More »

Exchange in Stellenbosch: Feeling Alive!

As the exams are drawing to a close, and more and more students are leaving this little town for greener (and considerably warmer) pastures, Stellenbosch surely is a different place than it was a mere month ago. At the moment, I’m snuggling up in my bed with a cup of hot chocolate, because the rain has been pouring down for ... Read More »

Beyond all scandals

Yesterday, Swiss police entered a luxury hotel in Zurich and arrested seven high functionaries of FIFA, among them two vice presidents of the organization, Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo. The men are accused of corruption, and breach of trust. On the same time Swiss authorities investigate against the FIFA itself under suspicion of money laundering and irregularities with regards to ... Read More »

On Banks, Occupation, and Building a Better Tomorrow…

Before the 1970s, banks were just that – banks. They did what banks were supposed to do in a capitalist state economy. What that is? They took unused funds from your bank account, and transferred them to some potentially useful purpose like helping someone to buy a home or send a kid to college, whatever the funds might be needed for. ... Read More »

How the Media Sets Our Priorities For Us

The exact wing of the exact hospital where the new Royal baby was to be born appears to be more breaking news than the almost 5500 people that have died in Nepal alone. The homepage of telegraph.co.uk apparently gives priority to the newsfeed that follows all developments on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy over the one that follows the devastating effects of ... 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 »