One of the most popular marketing strategies of the past few years has been associating one’s brand to social issues. Whoever uses social networks, surfs the internet, or just watches TV, can easily recall a promotional campaign in which the product advertised endorsed messages related to female empowerment, multiculturalism orRead More →

  Belarus, a small state on the edge of Europe, rarely makes it to international headlines. However, starting August 9, astonishing hard-to-miss protests sparked in the country following the presidential election results. As in 2011 elections (and the ones earlier), opposition activists pointed out deliberate falsification of vote counts, whichRead More →

Big Tech Companies have always publicized themselves as fierce opponents of pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. They often associate themselves with climate activism and, during panels and conferences their “Green” Initiatives are always presented to the public to remind us their concern for the environment. While all of this isRead More →

Photos credits: IDDRI In France, the municipal elections on the 28th of June surprisingly brought ecology on the front of the political scene in big cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, and Strasbourg. In a government practically reluctant to take the climate emergency into consideration and prioritize concrete measures, the electionsRead More →

Monsanto is already world-wide known as the nightmare of farmers, and the developer of the polemical glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide in the 1970s. What the company traditionally does is called genetical and bio-engineering, using gene improved plants to better off the profits and efficiency of agricultural production. It is specialized inRead More →

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The world is facing a global health crisis, but wasn’t the  planet already sick?   While the number of living vertebrates diminished of 60% between between 1970 and 2014, the oil production never stopped increasing (i.e chart below). In August 2018, the global world production passed the 100 billions barrels perRead More →

The symbiotic economy is a term coined by Isabelle Delannoy in her book “Symbiotic economy: Regenerate the planet, the economy and the society” published in 2017.    In our series “Unlocking the locked, and the possible”, we are going to meet several concepts the author strongly uses to build herRead More →

In this academic article, based on Abas Amanat’s Iran, A Modern History (Yale, 2017) I will try to point a few key points in Iran’s modern history, showing how sometimes accidental, sometimes unavoidable events can lead to wide-ranging and consequential upheavals. I am especially interested in history’s inner logic, theRead More →

(Cute Laden) Folks, ya’ll in for a tough read over here. It might get a bit windy and confusing but bear with me. Afghanistan, the Crossroad of Asia, the Graveyard of Empires, land of the Afghanis (which raises the question “Who are the Afghanis?” but honestly, that’s a whole differentRead More →

  AICS, “Italian Agency for cooperation and development”, is a public agency that overall promotes international development. The presentation held at the EXCO, an exhibition based on international cooperation, mainly focused on the law 125 that entered into force in August 2014. This law revolutionized the system of international cooperationRead More →

March 2019, Rome. Founded in 1992 by the day-dreamer actor and director Dario D’Ambrosi, the one of the “Teatro Patologico” represents a unique and avant-gardist reality: aimed at fostering the meeting between art and psychic diseases, the Theatre imagined by D’Ambrosi considers the encouragement of the free expression of anyRead More →