Society

Influencers’ Politics: Between Attention, Democracy and Power

[Illustration by Silvia Baccanti]   In recent months, the Italian political scene has been dominated by the debates involving the approval of a law aiming at aggravating the legal penalties for discriminating and instigating crimes on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability, the so-called...

The most common disease you’ve never heard of by Shannon Cohn | TEDx Talk

[Illustration by Armadilly]   If someone doesn’t look sick, it doesn’t mean that he/she doesn’t have a chronic illness. As Shannon Cohn explaines, endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus. The tissue usually affects the pelvic area,...

Green turn for the Green Island

[Illustration by Alessia Angelini] The elections held on April 6 in Greenland may be crucial for Greenland’s future. The opposition Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) has beaten the Siumut Social Democrats who have dominated Greenlandic politics since 1979. At the heart of the election campaign consisted of the opposition to a...

Smoke and Mirrors in Turkmenistan: Democratization or Power Transition?

  [Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno]   On March 28, the citizens of Turkmenistan went to the polls to elect, for the first time, the members of the new upper house of Parliament. It is a novelty of these elections: until now, in fact, the Turkmen Parliament was composed of...

Why can’t we talk about periods? by Jen Gunther | TED Talk

Commentary by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Armadilly     In line with the message of the video, let’s start with some facts: menstrual cycles are a biological phenomenon that affects half of the world population and a pretty unique trait within the mammal world. As Healthline reports, almost all...

The Circular Economy: Potential and Challenges within the European Context

[Illustration by Matilde Morri] In the European Union, more than 2.5 billion tons of waste are produced annually. This unimaginably large quantity of trash is a pressing issue for several reasons, one of which is of course its disposal. To tackle the problem, the EU is updating and modifying...

From Charlie Hebdo to Samuel Paty, did France reach a turning point?

Article by Laura Governi | Illustration by Matilde Morri In the last five years, France was struck by several terrorist attacks. Political scientists and journalists believe that the terrorists’ aim was to create a state of chaos, undermining French culture, secularism and lifestyle. Those attacks did not manage to...

What it takes to be resilient: the Pandemic, the Parliament and Us

Article by Alessandro Zerbini | Illustration by Matilde Morri Euphemistically speaking, 2020 has been a year of great adaptation. Individually and collectively, we have had to accept and adapt to different rhythms and behaviours, and hardly any realm of our societies has been spared from this revolution. Parliaments are...

Apam Aitkan (Mom Said) | Zere

Commentary by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly Apam Aitkan, in English ‘Mom said’, is the title of the new song by the young Kyrgyz singer and activist Zere Asylbek, become famous in 2018 with the song Kyz (Girl). Released in November 2020, the song is about the harassment...