The Perils of Research: Reflections on Giulio Regeni’s Story

By Prof. Alberto Rinaldi

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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Tous Humains : Mon expérience dans le camp de réfugiés de Grande-Synthe près de Calais

By Zoé Détrez

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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So, Where to Now? A Short Reflection on Democracy

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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The Process

“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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Mon père, mon héros (ou pas)

L’année 2020 m’a offert un père. Enfant d’un divorce compliqué, nos relations ont toujours été sporadiques. Un mois par ci, deux par là, la récolte est maigre. Mais voilà que, depuis le confinement, je vis chez mon père, découvrant ainsi la figure paternelle absente de mon enfance. Continue reading “Mon père, mon héros (ou pas)”