George Weah and Liberia – fighting (for) corruption and democracy?

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end…” you become president of Liberia. Yes, the Germans usually win, but this is not what George Weah took from Gary Lineker’s famous quote. The 1990’s football superstar is now Liberia’s second democratically elected head of State (after the wars), an incredibly hard position to hold in one of Africa’s most war-torn countries. His election in 2017 was stamped by the want for a renewed democracy in a country ravaged by civil wars, political coups, poverty and corruption. Continuer de lire « George Weah and Liberia – fighting (for) corruption and democracy? »

Towards the end of the European dream?

While billions of people are quarantined at home, while on our balconies we sing and clap to thank the healthcare professionals and the active workers in the current crisis situation and with great despair, we empathize with the deaths of those who have not been able to resist the virus, we realize that the survival of our Mother Europe is in danger.  Continuer de lire « Towards the end of the European dream? »

The Path to Scottish Independence: from the Treaty of Union to the Brexit fiasco

 “May she sedition hush; And like a torrent rush; Rebellious Scots to crush; God save the Queen”. Thus, ends one of the most famous anthems in the world, that of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Though it may seem merely symbolic, Scotland is here, at the heart of British identity, intimately associated with the ideas of rebellion and dissidence, seditious habits that must be systematically repressed. The political context of Brexit has given the already historically tense – to say the least – Anglo-Scottish relations a dramatic turn: will Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom?  Continuer de lire « The Path to Scottish Independence: from the Treaty of Union to the Brexit fiasco »

American painting : a political instrument?

American painting is very interesting for its plurality and specialty of subjects. For instance, many similarities can be found between French, English or German paintings but American art appears to be very specific from its beginning. From great landscapes to portraits, focusing on the pictural art in America really allows one to understand the wish to build a great independent nation.

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Glyphosate: the poisonous gift that isn’t going anywhere

During August 2018, the jury of a civil Californian trial found Monsanto – acquired earlier this year by the German chemical colossus Bayer- guilty of causing the cancer of Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper. Continuer de lire « Glyphosate: the poisonous gift that isn’t going anywhere »