“I came across an article called, “Why Do Women Love True Crime?” in the New York Times which talks about the link between women being the major victims in these crimes but also being the largest community entertained by them.”
By Caroline Bernet
On a train from Paris back to Le Havre. I had just come from a wonderful weekend with a friend and was ready to sit for a peaceful train ride and listen to some podcasts. Of course, not just any podcasts, but true crime podcasts. By the end of the train ride I had probably listened to the gruesome details of about four to five separate murders as the train pulled in at 10:30pm. As soon as the train stopped, I practically ran home, calling my dad to make sure that if something happened to me on this ten-minute walk, he could alert the authorities of my whereabouts. I was completely petrified until I made it up the stairs to my flat and locked the door behind me.
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It could have been me.
These are the words that come to my mind, every time I think back to the years I spent in Egypt. Along with the excellent memories as a student, the wonderful moments spent traveling, meeting new people and confronting myself with a completely different reality from the one I was used to back at home, nowadays I cannot but recount everything in the light of that infamous January 25, 2016; the day Giulio Regeni went missing.
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Because We Are All Human.
Qui n’a pas entendu parler des réfugiés dans les médias ? Des centaines de personnes qui meurent chaque jour dans la Méditerranée (près de 20 000 depuis 2014), des camps de migrants à Calais, de démantèlement, et par dessus tout, de la fameuse « crise de réfugiés » ? Nous sommes bien nombreux à n’entendre parler de ce « problème » qu’à travers nos écrans, ayant pour impression que nous ne sommes pas concernés et que cela se passe loin de nous. Mais pourtant, il s’agit bien d’une réalité inhumaine qui se déroule dans le monde, mais aussi sur notre territoire, là, juste à côté de chez nous.
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Democracy is by far the dominant political regime in today’s world. Pew Research Center reports that in 2017, 96 out of the 167 countries with a population of at least 500,000 were democracies, while 46 had a hybrid system with aspects of both democracy and authoritarianism. Despite enjoying quantitative prosperity, the qualitative progress of democracy has been increasingly in question. Both scholars and non-scholars are asking if democracy is in crisis.
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“Tanking” is quite possibly the most bizarre and counterintuitive concept in the strange world of professional sports. In North America, a franchise system is used rather than the promotion/relegation system commonly found in Europe, where, for example, the three worst performing teams are replaced by the three best performing teams by the league below every year. In North American leagues such as the NBA, there are a fixed number of franchises, and no matter how poorly managed and dysfunctional a team is, there is no danger of said team being forced out of the league. In fact, bad teams in North American leagues are often rewarded for their poor performance.
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