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Freedom of Choice in the 21st Century: Towards a New Jus Vitae Necisque?

Freedom of Choice in the 21st Century: Towards a New Jus Vitae Necisque?

In the United States, an important conversation is taking place, the results of which might set a worldwide precedent for ethical regress of the most devastating kind. It is now an alarming reality that, while European countries have laws which generally ban abortion after the first trimester, when the baby becomes better formed and (as far as science knows so far) able to feel pain, in the US,…

Revisiting the link between dual citizenship and democracy

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Revisiting the link between dual citizenship and democracy

Adilia Jilgildina holds a master´s degree in Public Policy from the University of Reading, UK. Her research interests include gender studies, international politics, religious freedom and political philosophy. ____ The concept of citizenship represents legal status, participation, belonging, and brings about the respect or disrespect for human rights. Today citizenship debates are…

A neglected hero - worthy of the admiration given the Founding Fathers: part II

A neglected hero - worthy of the admiration given the Founding Fathers: part II

Grover Cleveland’s reforms, both real and abortive, during his first term (1885 – 1889) cost him his mandate in the 1889 election. Despite the efficacy with which he shrank the federal government, his resolute disregard toward special interests, and his focus on constitutional limits and fiscal responsibility, he became very unpopular with the majority of the electorate.…

A neglected hero: part I

A neglected hero: part I

American President Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908) is rather neglected in the sequence of US leaders. For schoolchildren, he appears as the man who was both the 22nd and the 24th president – he lost his reelection bid the first time to Benjamin Harrison but then defeated Harrison in his reelection bid four years later. Cleveland deserves to be remembered for much more than his dramatic…

Flaws in the international law surrounding military recruitment of children

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Flaws in the international law surrounding military recruitment of children

Adilia Jilgildina holds a master´s degree in Public Policy from the University of Reading, UK. Her research interests include gender studies, international politics, religious freedom and political philosophy. ____ Over the recent decades, children have become increasingly involved in military action, leading to a rapid transition into adulthood and ultimately a lifetime of pain and…

Responsibility! Now!

Responsibility! Now!

  “The happiest slaves are freedoms worst enemies.”1   “They, who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”2   “We have to choose between slavery and freedom. We chose freedom!”3   “Freedom means responsibility. That’s the reason most people fear it.”4…

No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

  Recently, the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees questioned Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook with regard to the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy breach scandal.The breach of personal data and privacy hits very close to home for most, as, in the age of technology, where surveillance capacities have become increasingly advanced over…

From Lisbon to Brexit- The EU Debate

From Lisbon to Brexit- The EU Debate

After the British vote to leave the European Union several debates have surfaced with regard to how the future of the Union should look. This is, of course, not a recent development. Since its inception there have been debates with regard to how it should function and whether it should be an economic union, a confederacy or a super state. The dialogue has been similar to the one carried out…

Germany's new Facebook-law is downright dystopian

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Germany's new Facebook-law is downright dystopian

Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz. No, I didn't just fall asleep on my keyboard. This is the actual name of Germany's Facebook law which came into effect in autumn of 2017. This new legislation, officially known as "law for the improvement of law enforcement on social media", is cracking down on "fake news" and abuse on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The unique and…

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