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 Emergence of Populism and the Delegitimation of Facts: a very global issue

Until the beginning of the digital era, whenever authoritarian governments felt uncomfortable with the critics, they would engage in the censorship of these so-called deserters of the nation and in the hegemonic control of the media, the academia and other institutions related to the production or the spread of information. In the twenty-first century, populist movements currently in power or even those that were not so successful in the last elections seem to demonstrate a common discomfort when faced with specific democratic values – such as the possibility of dissent – however, they no longer employ old-fashioned strategies to hide the parts of reality that they do not want to be shown to the public. As developed further in this article, populist leaders in the digital era who share a common authoritarian mentality can exploit more sophisticated tactics to silence their critics. Continuer de lire « The Emergence of Populism and the Delegitimation of Facts: a very global issue »

The controversial nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

On Saturday the 6th of October, Brett Kavanaugh was elected by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court Justice, with 50 votes in favour and 48 against. He swore the same night in his new functions. This is concluding weeks-long hearings that were followed by millions of Americans with great concerns. But why did it make such noise and took so long? Some accusations of sexual harassment were deposited against him, which led to hearings before the Senate as well as an FBI investigation. Continuer de lire « The controversial nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court »

A complementary approach to China’s use of force

What follows is the text I read for a presentation I made for a course I have had during my exchange semester at Fudan University, in Shanghai. Each class consisted in several presentations given by the students (and discussions), which made me want to do something a bit different, to try to bring something else and to see how people would react. As you may … Continuer de lire A complementary approach to China’s use of force

Refugees : an asset for western economies

Today with rising populism all over the world, it seems that migrants are not welcome everywhere. Populist leaders are constructing their speeches against refugees making them responsible for the crisis, for taking jobs while natives are unemployed. It has been seen all over Europe, very recently in the Netherlands with Geert Wilders, in Great Britain with Nigel Farage, in France with Marine Le Pen and in the United States, with Trump declaring, “ »When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best (…). They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists”. This quote gives a pretty accurate vision of the tensions that are surrounding migrants in today’s world.  Continuer de lire « Refugees : an asset for western economies »