In the age of extinction, who is extreme? A response to Policy Exchange

There is a spectre haunting Europe, the spectre of… environmentalism? There is overwhelming scientific evidence that we are living in a time when radical, rapid and far-reaching changes are needed to avert environmental disaster. Scientific evidence supports Extinction Rebellion’s statement that “Humanity finds itself embroiled in an event unprecedented in its history. One which, unless […]

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NSFW: A student collected over 300 d**k pics on Tinder and turned them into an art project

The dick pic phenomenon is one of the stranger outcomes of the Tinder era. A YouGov poll found that 27 percent of millennial men have sent one to a woman and 53 percent of women have received one. Of these women, a whopping 78 percent say they’ve received them without asking. What causes men to send pics of their junk? […]

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Think tank won’t reveal who paid for report calling Extinction Rebellion ‘extremists’

A right wing think tank that commissioned a report labelling environmental activists as “extremists” who want to “break up democracy” has failed to reveal who funded the research. The think tank Policy Exchange, which has long refused to reveal its financial backers, commissioned retired terrorism police officer Richard Walton to write the headline-grabbing report. Walton […]

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Mueller says Trump can be charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves office

During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Robert Mueller, the former special prosecutor in the investigation into Russian election interference, confirmed that President Trump can face charges after leaving office. Mueller’s admission came during an exchange with Republican Ken Buck from Colorado. “Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” […]

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How to respond to Boris Johnson – and how not to

After Brexit and Trump, we get the first day of the third instalment in the great moving-right-show: Boris Johnson. Take five to be angry, appalled, apoplectic even. Go to the Fck Boris event organised by community activists this evening. It’s a necessary but far from sufficient response. So afterwards stop for much longer and ask: […]

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Think tank won’t reveal who paid for report calling Extinction Rebellion ‘extremists’

A right wing think tank that commissioned a report labelling environmental activists as “extremists” who want to “break up democracy” has failed to reveal who funded the research. The think tank Policy Exchange, which has long refused to reveal its financial backers, commissioned retired terrorism police officer Richard Walton to write the headline-grabbing report. Walton […]

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Biologist repopulated rare butterfly species in his backyard all by himself 

If you think your conservation efforts aren’t going to do anything because you’re “just one person,” think again. One man single-handedly brought back an entire population of butterflies.  The California pipevine swallowtail butterfly (or Battus philenor hirsuta), native to San Francisco, began to disappear in the 20thcentury when the city was developing. Eventually it became rare to see […]

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Globalization and the enchantment of the world

The discussion about globalization can be idle, however, we live in times where its presence is increasingly important. Notions such as “hyperconnectivity”, "network society" or "telematics" epitomise this process, comprising economic, communicational, cultural, demographic, geopolitical and scientific aspects. The marxist tradition notoriously contributed to the creation of an analytical corpus about globalization, from sociological, historical […]

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Why the radical right love their intellectuals

For a part of the political spectrum that is so notorious for disparaging intellectuals, the radical right is very appreciative of those prominent libertarian voices that stand out from the crowd and champion men’s rights, anti-immigration, and second amendment rights. As universities grow increasingly uncomfortable employing academics or welcoming speakers who promote hate speech and […]

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Turkish centre-right: soon over-crowded?

Turkish politics seems to be preparing for yet another transformation period. For the first time in the last two decades President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his socio-political hegemony are likely to face challenges through newly rising actors. These circling actors are primarily eyeing the centre-right vacated by Erdoğan’s discursive and political radicalization. Perhaps the future […]

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