Coffeeshops and Cannabis: Amsterdam grapples with Drug Tourism

Image description: A hand holding a smoking blunt, on a green background. The Amsterdam city council recently made headlines with a proposal to ban foreign tourists from visiting the city’s world-famous coffeeshops. These establishments, which use the name as a euphemism for cannabis dispensaries, have long been a part of Amsterdam’s international identity, to the […]

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Dutch doughnuts: How Amsterdam’s recovery plan threatens Capitalism as we know it.

Image description: Doughnuts on a light blue background. The coronavirus pandemic has destroyed our economies, decimated industries, and cost millions their jobs. While this was taking place, our skies got clearer, our carbon footprints diminished, dolphins returned to the waters of Venice, and we took time to appreciate nature around us – after all, exercise […]

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Guilty Men

Image description: Stage at the final Republican Party debate, hosted by Fox News, before the 2016 Iowa caucuses at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. When was enough, enough? That is the question on which the Republican Party, its representatives and its leadership these past four years will be judged by history. Last […]

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The case against Killer Robots

Image description: A protest, with banners with slogans like “Stop Killer Drones”.  On Saturday 12th December, youth representatives from 20 countries, alongside members of the UN Disarmament Committee, representatives of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Director of Human Rights Watch Japan, convened online for the International Student Conference on Fully Autonomous Weapons. […]

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Debenhams is dead

Image description: A row of shops, with a Christmas tree in the middle. Will I shed a tear for Debenhams, the department store that has withstood total collapse for so long? The store opened first in 1778, withstanding wars, depressions, the invention of modern life, and even my working there as a Christmas Temp, despite […]

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Move Fast and Break Democracy

Image description: The Whitehall sign, which reads: ‘Whitehall, SW1, City of Westminster’.  Dominic Cummings left 10 Downing Street as he entered it — through the front door, with the nation’s cameras watching.  A special advisor, he enjoyed unusual influence in a PM’s team, and a higher public profile than many senior frontbenchers. We should all be […]

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