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"There are some who are in darkness / And the others are in light / And you see the ones in brightness / Those in darkness drop from sight." (B. Brecht)

In Defense of Mainstre...

It takes significant resources and good lawyers to do some of the best public interest journalism. Traditional media organizations are not the only entities capable of providing this service, but they remain uniquely positioned to do so.

Monster wanted...

The Japanese monster “Godzilla“ once anticipated the fears and risks of a whole century. Who could fill its shoes?

A better tomorrow...

Today’s ethics of responsibility is deeply individualized.

A political problem...

Despite all warnings, it took an infection on American soil for the West to respond to Ebola. The virus is much more than just a medical challenge.

The State, Unbound...

The almost exclusive focus on the NSA obscures the degree to which surveillance has become integrated into almost every level of government. For most of us, the first point of contact with the surveillance state isn’t the NSA – it’s the local police department.

The End of Innocence...

The past two months have undone the Age of Digital Innocence. It's now possible to speak of technology of power, and of the internet as a site of old-fashioned struggle.

Turns of the Century...

What the protests in Brazil and Greece tell us about world history.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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