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France Legislative Election 2024

Tricoleur

Centre and left supporters have every reason to worry about the surge in popularity of Marine LePen’s National Rally (Rassemblement National), the extreme nationalist party that won …

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The Secrets of National Songs

All you need to know about the making and meaning of national songs! Erik Levi, Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, talks about the musical devices that stir emotions in patriotic songs and takes a critical look at some interesting examples.

    The Death penalty and the Authoritarian Personality

    Robert Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington DC, discusses with Wayne Brittenden the ethical and legal situation of capital punishment globally — but particularly in the US, which is the only western democracy that — at least in 29 states — can still execute its citizens.

      Iconochasms

      Gandhi

      The chasm between your icons and what you probably don’t know about them

      The Population Bomb … And Much Else

      Paul Ehrlich

      The Population Bomb was a bombshell best-seller when it was unleashed in 1968. Author Paul Ehrlich, a renowned biologist, warned of the consequences of unchecked population growth and introduced the term Zero Population Growth (ZPG).

      The population then was less than half of today’s figure, yet the issue is barely mentioned now in the media and public discourse. Despite our greater awareness of climate change, peak oil and other related hazards, why did population slip off the radar?

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        UK General Election 2024

        Union Flag

        After a devastating result for the Conservatives in the May 2 English local elections, few expected that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak would be in a hurry to call for a national election. But he’s announced it, for July 4. Was he hoping to capitalise on the lowest inflation figure (2.3%) since July 2021, or did he know …

        The Political Compass in a nutshell

        Our amusing video explains so much in less than 5 minutes!

        How Fascism Works — The politics of us and them

        Benito Mussolini

        Philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Yale University Jason Stanley discusses his book on fascism — a word currently widely used but often misunderstood. Stanley, also the author of How Propaganda Works, offers some unique insights into the fascist mindset and the circumstances that help create it. 

          Lenin and Ukraine

          Vladimir Lenin’s view on UKRAINE was vastly different from Vladimir Putin’s!

          Gardens and Politics

          What your garden reveals …

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