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Brussels Notebook – Tougher rules to protect the rule of law

The European Commission has introduced new rules todefend its principles and fight tax evasion. Whenever an EU member state has run afoul...

Technology&Resources – Sunscreen, on a very, very large scale

A new proposal to stop global warming receives a cool reception. The idea - the desperate hope, some would say - is...

Rats are back

The adaptable, omnivorous and ever-present urban parasite may outlive mankind. The Canadian province of Alberta is proud of its a rat-free status....

Trends – Twitter bots can change your mind for you

The ‘tweets’ that spur voters and trigger rebellions are often written by machines. According to a report by the Potomac Institute Cyber...

Food&culture – Marching on stomachs

Combat rations fuel the fighter, not the gourmet. “An army marches on its stomach”, Napoleon is supposed to have said. Two centuries...

East Books

War, guerra, guerre, oorlog, πόλεμος, whawhai, lufte, bellum, krig, 战争, gerra, вoйнe, wojny, strid, המחלמ , rat, gubat, valka, milito, дайн, soda, sota, rhyfel,...

Film – Masterpieces in wartime

Spoils, treasures and our artistic heritage. Many war movies are about the personal dramas of a handful of soldiers, who often stand...

Art – Operation War Diary

A British crowdsourcing project brings the everyday heroes of the First World War back to life. Everyone was at that ‘party’. Paul...

Kalashnikov

Mr. Kalashnikov’s peerless killing machine still holds its own.  The Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle’s transformation from the Soviet Union’s homespun Nazi-killing defense...

GRAPHIC JOURNALISM – Killer robots

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The power of the media: the focus and credibility of information in today’s world

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