A healthy democracy requires its citizens to be exposed to a wide range of ideas and perspectives. This promotes shared experiences and makes it easier to govern a heterogeneous society, and reduces the likelihood of people resorting towards extremism. This represents the positive side of free speech – the diversityRead More →

  Third Culture Kid –  A child raised in a culture other than their parents’ (or the culture of the country given on the child’s passport, where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early development years. The term was coined by anthropologists John and Ruth Hill Useem inRead More →

  As Estonia became the first European country to introduce e-democracy, namely a digital version of the “traditional democracy”, it has become a model for the rest to follow. Indeed, it has added a new dimension to our concept not only of democracy, but also of participation and nation states. Named byRead More →

Frida Kahlo was born in 1907, during the early 20th century global era of political upheaval, bloody revolutionary uprisings and world war. The artist´s native country did not escape such instability, and in 1910 Mexico was plunged into revolution. Kahlo´s childhood progressed therefore, amid a backdrop of armed rebellion againstRead More →

  The peaceful little nation of Iceland rarely makes any news on the political front, much less anywhere else if not for its natural beauty or lack of army. However lately, it sparked a debate by successfully eradicating the Down syndrome, not through any breakthrough cure for the genetic disorder, but through abortions. This has been possible dueRead More →

  Born in the outskirts of  Vienna in 1862, Klimt was the second son of a gold engraver. Perhaps this explain his “gold period” that later came to be known as his legacy.  After completing university, he worked on various art commissions, which included the ceilings and murals of publicRead More →

  What do the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein’s relativity theory and the prominent surrealist painter Salvador Dalí have in common? This painting – “The persistence of Memory” – that binds them all together in the most fascinating yet unimaginable way possible.     Salvador Dalí’s relationship with science began when heRead More →

  Midnight, November 8, 2016. While the Americans were rejoicing or lamenting the victory of Donald Trump as president of the USA, India was fumbling with suddenly valueless pieces of paper, as the result of one of the boldest government move since the establishment of the Indian republic. Indeed, onRead More →

  Recently, as the United States experienced one of the coldest winter ever in the country’s history, a tweet by the current president Trump attracted a lot of attention from everyone around the world. Consequently, this brings attention to the much  bigger issue here, the lack of people’s scientific understanding of climate change and related phenomena like globalRead More →