The “Pussy Riot” Case

The trial and verdict in the "Pussy Riot" case reveals that precarious state of Russia's democracy, and the increasingly weak position of president Putin.

Sing. Dance. Shout. ...

We must not be silent while the "Pussy Riot" activists go to jail. Their dancing and singing has been stopped - and Russia readies itself for another, much more frightening kind of dance.

Vaginal Turmoil...

The harsh verdict against Pussy Riot's punk activists has unleashed a torrent of criticism. But some solidarity statements are misguided: not every performance is protected by freedom of expression.

Girls Aloud...

The system shows its nasty side: if you dare to insult patriarch Putin, you'll be locked away. But the writing is on the wall after the Pussy Riot case.

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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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