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The Kennedy Curse

In the United States, Joseph Patrick ‘’Joe’’ Kennedy started what would become one of the modern world’s most powerful dynasties. Even today the surname seems to go hand in hand with power and success. However, a shadow follows the Kennedy family wherever they go.  The original Kennedy family consisted of the nine children of Joe and Rose Kennedy, descendants of ... Read More »

Haiti: After the Earthquake

On the 12th of January 2010 an earthquake of the magnitude 7.0 has rocked the state of Haiti to its core. In less than a minute Haiti was broken apart. A nation and its people suffered devastating destruction. The world responded to the crisis promising to put Haiti back again, better than before. According to the United Nations the earthquake ... Read More »

Looking Down the Fiscal Cliff

607,000,000,000 (607 billion) – a gigantic number. The United States faces budget cuts of this magnitude on New Year’s Eve if the Obama Administration and the Congress will not be able to reach a solution on Governmental austerity measures this year. The background: With the Budget Control Act of 2011, President Obama and the Republican-dominated House has set up a ... Read More »

Playing Telecom Monopoly

Carlos Slim Helu is the richest man in the world. He owns almost all telecom companies (and a lot of other big chains) in South America. After buying his Carso Global Telecom into the North American telecom world, he now shifted his focus to Europe. Will the European telecom companies fall to Slim’s monopoly? For years, Mexico has been criticised ... Read More »

A Grave Story

“All the gravestones offered were dates, something to serve as mere parentheses around what really happened in a person’s life’’ – Roy MacGregor See that gravestone above this article? It is known as a stècak. The word originates from an even older word stojećak, which can be translated literally as ‘standing thing’.  Stećci are monumental medieval tombstones, that lay scattered across the Balkan area. ... 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 »

The Man Who Died Drawing the World

He captured the power structures of our world in his art – A portray of today’s political – economic reality. In 2000 Mark Lombardi was found dead in his gallery.  Mark Lombardi’s drawings create visual narratives which illustrate the money flows in our today’s world – from corporation to political organization, from banks to individuals or families. These visual narratives ... Read More »

Pauline Marois’ Parti Québécois: The Separatist Dream

“We want a country and we will have it.” According to Pauline Marois, the newly elected prime minister of Québéc, Canada, there is no doubt that she will lead the French-speaking region to independency. But how realistic is that? It is clear that some substantial obstacles have to be overcome before the Québécois flag can be risen. Separatist and nationalist ... Read More »