Tag: Politics

Foul language: How the politics of hate undermine democracy

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In November 2015, as Europeans were grappling with the shock of the Islamist terror attacks in the French capital Paris, the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, published a cartoon in response to the events. It showed a group of people, most of them clearly Muslims – as indicated by the men’s beards and the veiled women – crossing the border of the European Union. A sign advertised the EU’s open borders and the free movement of people. At the people’s feet were rats jumping the border line in the shadow of the immigrants. The cartoon provoked outraged reactions, as it was undoubtedly meant to: it had connected the influx of hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern war refugees into Europe that summer with a rising terrorist threat, and it had equated some of those border crossers to rodents. Perhaps the artist directed that comparison only at violent extremists, perhaps he did not. Either way, the cartoon’s appearance fit into a disturbing pattern. That April, controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins had published a particularly extreme opinion piece in the Sun tabloid on the topic of migrants. Parts of it read:

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A self-destructive tree of entitlement

    I come from an apple of a country. A country that is beautiful and picturesque, but the core is completely rotten and worm-ridden. The mountains are high, bare and offer a view to die for while the forests are bursting with life and diversity. The system, on the other hand, is broken and stuffed with people who don’t really care what, who or where [insert any verb], as long as they can secure a seat (any seat) in the next term. It’s like a fun game of musical chairs only that this one is ruining the country.

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Treated Like A Royal

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En-me-barage-si of Kish is a name that won’t mean much to anyone. However this is the name of the first ever known “king”, dating bawn by the name “Bretwalda”, the Anglo-Saxon for “ruler of the British.” But these monarchs were back in the days before democracies, when Royals led the country from the front and made decisions on their country’s politics. As one of very few left, the UK acts as perhaps one of the best examples of a modern day, western monarchy. But today’s royals are seen as nothing more than a set of figureheads, no longer in charge of a third of the world. Even the UK royal family website states, “The Sovereign no longer has a political or executive role.” However they must have their uses, or else there wouldn’t be a need to maintain them. So the question is, is there any point in keeping them?

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È possibile la crescita di nuovi neuroni in un cervello adulto?

La neurogenesi – il processo di formazione di nuove cellule nervose – è normalmente attivo durante il neurosviluppo, ossia nello sviluppo prenatale e i primi anni di vita dell’individuo, e si conclude in media alla fine dell’adolescenza, intorno ai vent’anni.

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