Wise women: six ancient female philosophers you should know about

Aspasia teaching Socrates the art of debate, painted by Nicolas André Monsiaux

When we conjure up ancient philosophers the image that springs to mind might be a bald Socrates discoursing with young men in the sun, or a scholarly Aristotle lecturing among cool columns. But what about Aspasia, the foreign mistress of the foremost politician in Athens who gave both political and erotic advice? Or Sosipatra, mystic, mother… Continue reading Wise women: six ancient female philosophers you should know about

UK slides in corruption perception index after series of political scandals

The UK has fallen down Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index (CPI) after a year of high-profile government scandals. The CPI is not a measure of corruption itself but a measure of how much corruption is perceived to exist across a country’s public sector. For the UK government, already focusing very much on the next general election amid multiple scandals, perception matters.… Continue reading UK slides in corruption perception index after series of political scandals

The children of LGBTQ+ parents are being stripped of their birth certificates in Italy

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Prime minister Giorgia Meloni’s coalition disapproves of LGBTQ+ couples raising children together and says the country’s laws do not allow children to have two mothers. Without warning, Michela Leidi was officially cancelled as the mother of her daughter on the infant’s birth certificate in January. ‘I cried for ten days when I opened the letter, it… Continue reading The children of LGBTQ+ parents are being stripped of their birth certificates in Italy

Frankenstein: how Mary Shelley’s sci-fi classic offers lessons for us today about the dangers of playing God

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus, is an 1818 novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Set in the late 18th century, it follows scientist Victor Frankenstein’s creation of life and the terrible events that are precipitated by his abandonment of his creation. It is a Gothic novel in that it combines supernatural elements with horror, death and… Continue reading Frankenstein: how Mary Shelley’s sci-fi classic offers lessons for us today about the dangers of playing God

From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

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A little over a year since leader of Fratelli d’Italia Georgia Meloni rose to power in Italy, the latest data spells out a clear message: she is not the only ultraright politician surfing on voters’ anxieties. In fact, we may be entering a new cycle of far-right extremism across the continent, with heavy stakes for… Continue reading From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

The Structure and Function of the US Congress: A Comprehensive Overview

The United States Congress, the legislative arm of the federal government, is a bicameral body composed of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. This dual-chamber system, established by the Constitution, balances the representation of states and the populace, ensuring a robust and thorough legislative process. Each chamber has distinct roles, responsibilities, and… Continue reading The Structure and Function of the US Congress: A Comprehensive Overview

Study Confirms Meteorite Caused Crater in India

In the vast desert of Kutch district, northwest India, where salt is harvested in colorful rectangular ponds, a circular feature in the otherwise flat Banni Plains has intrigued scientists for over a decade, with suspicions that it resulted from a meteorite impact remaining unconfirmed until recently. This crater, named Luna after the nearest village, measures… Continue reading Study Confirms Meteorite Caused Crater in India

What’s happening with global plastic treaty talks?

Global leaders are in Canada’s capital for the fourth round of negotiations towards what would become the first global treaty on soaring plastic pollution. The hoped-for treaty, due to be agreed to by the end of the year, could be the most significant deal relating to climate-warming emissions and environmental protection since the 2015 Paris… Continue reading What’s happening with global plastic treaty talks?

The Evolution of the Republican and Democratic Parties in the U.S.

The political landscape of the United States has undergone significant transformations since Barack Obama assumed the presidency in 2009. Both the Republican and Democratic parties have evolved in response to changing demographics, economic conditions, and cultural shifts. This article explores the evolution of these two major political parties from the Obama era to the present,… Continue reading The Evolution of the Republican and Democratic Parties in the U.S.

The US Judicial System and the Supreme Court: Shaping Domestic Policy and Global Standards

The United States judicial system, with the Supreme Court at its apex, is a cornerstone of American democracy. Its decisions reverberate not only within the country’s borders but also across the globe, influencing legal standards and norms worldwide. This article delves into the structure of the federal judiciary, the pivotal role of the Supreme Court,… Continue reading The US Judicial System and the Supreme Court: Shaping Domestic Policy and Global Standards