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Covid-19 has made the world leaderless, just like what we saw back in the 1930s

The coronavirus has exposed serious faults in US power, while also crippling most of Europe as well as China. To understand this current historic moment, we need to look to the 1930s – a time when the global political and economic order was also thrown into chaos. This comparison isn’t meant to be pessimistic. Rather, what we can learn in this historical comparison is that politics matters more than ever in a time of crisis and collective struggles will determine our future.

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International Relations

Covid-19 has made the world leaderless, just like what we saw back in the 1930s

The coronavirus has exposed serious faults in US power, while also crippling most of Europe as well as China. To understand this current historic moment, we need to look to the 1930s – a time when the global political and economic order was also thrown into chaos. This comparison isn’t meant to be pessimistic. Rather, what we can learn in this historical comparison is that politics matters more than ever in a time of crisis and collective struggles will determine our future.

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Essay

Social Media has replaced Print and will continue to

The President of the United States has unofficially sanctioned Twitter as his first location of national consciousness-building. The entire discussion around politics taking place among intellectual elites has gravitated from the pages of magazines and into the long tablets of individual Twitter feeds. We might believe that we are competent enough to sort through an infinitely updating database of information, and that we can be responsible for great stores of print literature amalgamated upon our heels in an ever-receding past. We might also imagine that this glut of information, incalculable in scale, is navigable, and that our democratic consumers are

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Essay

Family stories: the future seen from the 76th Venice International Film Festival

This is my experience at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious cinematographic events of the year worldwide. In this article, I discuss some movies I watched that share a common theme: the contemporary family, with its problems and contradictions. I then reflect on what family really is and how it has evolved over time, and I highlight the importance of human bonds and connections in a world that is growing more hostile each day.

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Essay

The Covid-19 outbreak: here is why the quarantine will not hold

A few days ago, the Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte declared a status of quarantine in Italy to fight the Coronavirus outbreak. This article aims to illustrate why this measure will not hold, and why Italian citizens might eventually come to break it. The Italian case serves as an example to illustrate how an average citizen in the Western world would cope with a condition of physical confinement.

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Essay

What cell-to-cell communication teaches us about human society

Cells interact with each other in different ways, by direct contact or by releasing specific molecules to elicit a biological response in target cells. Communication between cells guarantees the successful functioning of the organism. In this article we analyze how this precise and successful cellular communication strategy differs from the way humans communicate in society, which may serve as an intimate explanation for our failures in functioning as a cooperative society.

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Essay

Ode to egoism

This brief essay aims to provide some sociological, psychological and philosophical insights on why altruism is overrated, and on why egoism should be rediscovered as the main source of individual self-fulfilment and self-expression.

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International Relations

Dieselgate: why nations hold secrets about each other

Almost everyone has a skeleton in the closet. Governments of sovereign states can go to extreme lengths in order to protect their most strategic assets and industries, and this inevitably means they have a fuller closet than you do. A government with a proven track record of spying on other states, like the US, can use this as leverage over them. In this article, we will analyze a prominent example of what it means to know a secret concerning a “friendly” state, and to reveal it only at the time when the friend becomes an “enemy”.

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Macrostory

How to enhance inclusion for people with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be socially isolating. The fear of not being able to hear can make it tempting to simply stay home, avoiding that dinner out with friends or an evening at the theater. Public spaces are often not conducive to easy communication but simple tricks like turning down the music, installing assistive listening devices and employing communication best practices can help make gatherings more inclusive for everyone. Here’s what you can do to help.

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Macrostory

How scientists are saving the lives of Kenyan new-borns, one prebiotic at a time

Between 1993 and 2005, an estimated 600 million children across the globe were diagnosed with anaemia, a disorder often caused by poor bioavailability of dietary iron resulting from malnutrition. Strategies to reduce mortality in children, especially those from low-income countries, are of the utmost importance. Iron supplementation is an obvious approach, but adverse side-effects from high-dose iron supplements have been widely reported. Lately, the addition of prebiotics and probiotics has proven to be effective for treating anaemia and is expected to treat many other diseases in the near future.

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Macrostory

Are tired working parents harming economy more than parents on paid parental leave?

Working efficiently after a night of interrupted sleep is difficult. In many countries, parental leave is kept very short and the main argument for this is that longer parental leave will result in economic loss due to a smaller workforce. In this article I challenge this argument and propose that tired parents who come to work with insufficient sleep might actually be causing more harm to a nation’s economy than a reduced workforce.

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The access to information and the spread of ideas brought about by technological advancement represents a huge leap forward for humanity. However, with an increasing volume of communication present in everyday life there is a greater need to critically examine this overwhelming amount of information. Many of us are not educated in a way that allows such a critical appraisal of so many subjects. In this article I discuss the implications of a lack of critical thinking skills and why this should be an essential component of everyone’s education.

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Millennials need to be heard by the Italian film industry

Millennials need to be heard by the Italian film industry

Italy has had a long and very strong history in film dubbing which has yielded some of the best dubbers in the world. This, unfortunately, has led the Italian film industry to indirectly deprive Italians of the possibility to learn another language: it is becoming increasingly difficult for the younger generation to master foreign languages, which would drastically improve their future.

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