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The new information warfare

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The war of the words

A global war is raging but it is not one fought with weapons but with words. States go to great lengths to influence the official narrative of a conflict and use the national media as mouthpiece. How is this global “information war” waged and who are the winners and losers?

A war without shadows

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You cannot see it and you cannot hear it. It happens silently every day, can hit anyone anywhere, and we can all be its unsuspecting victims. This is the new type of warfare:

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by Luciano Floridi
17.10.2014

Lies, Inc.

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We know that climate change is a reality, but an army of deniers led by business interests and supported by the mainstream media makes us believe that warnings of a climate calamity are overblown.

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by James Hoggan
24.09.2014

British politics after the Scottish referendum

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Splendid inclusion

The Scots have decided stay in the Union – if only by a hair. Yet, the Scottish referendum will cast its shadow over British politics. How will Westminster deal with Scottish devolution claims and how will it impact on next year’s general election?

Lessons from Scotland

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By choosing to stay in the Union, Scots probably did the right thing. But did they do it for the right reasons?

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by Ewan MacPhee
29.09.2014

How united are we now?

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The referendum may have failed to return independence, but it might have gone a long way toward gaining Scotland both more powers and more influence. Will others follow the Scottish example?

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by Mark Briggs
26.09.2014

Talkin' bout a devolution

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The referendum must be the starting point of a wider discussion about how power is distributed across the whole United Kingdom and not just between Scotland and Westminster.

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by Annie Rutherford
25.09.2014

The Ukrainian crisis

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The battlefield in Europe's front yard

It all began as an internal Ukrainian crisis in November 2013, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for greater integration with the EU. Now it has turned into a war. How will it play out?

Just a Paper Tiger

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Russia’s success in Ukraine is built not on strength but on camouflaging weaknesses. The fact that Western leaders are nevertheless shying away from intervening exposes their lack of military resolve.

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by Franz-Stefan Gady
17.09.2014

How far will he go?

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The West should prepare for everything – except for one thing.

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by Mark Galeotti
09.09.2014

The new sleepwalkers

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Russia cannot be allowed to dictate what happens in eastern Ukraine, but Western diplomats need to realize that pressure alone will not lead Putin to give in.

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by Robert Jervis
05.09.2014

Breaking away for good

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Ukraine’s unexpectedly matured society leaves the post-Soviet space.

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by Oleg Shymanskyi
29.08.2014

Austerity or Stimulus: Which way to go?

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Sovereign Doubt Crisis

Five years after the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis, the economy is picking up only slowly. Stagnating growth rates and the specter of a further recession are looming large. Many experts see no other way out of this quagmire than to capitalize on the low interest rates and borrow more money. But is borrowing the best option on the table?

Fixing the Eurozone

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The fact that key economies are currently saving instead of borrowing shows how detached the euro zone has become from the wisdom of conventional economics. Yet there is hope.

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by Richard Koo
03.09.2014

Backing the wrong horse

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The solution to ease mass unemployment is at hand, but policymakers across Europe are too blind to see it.

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by Ekkehard Ernst
02.09.2014

The wrong medicine

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The Eurozone’s remedies against sluggish growth rates aren’t working. The problem: a misdiagnosis of the illness.

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by Paul De Grauwe
26.08.2014

The Future of Mobility

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Peak Car

"The car has become an article of dress without which we feel incomplete", Marshall McLuhan once said. But what if oil prices continue to rise, and cities continue to grow? In the 21st century, the obsession with private car ownership is beginning to seem like a curious anachronism.

Revolutionary Steps

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Walking is making a comeback in the United States. But the mostly car-centered society has a lot to get used to.

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by Karolina Golimowska
21.07.2014

Leading the Way

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Rather than a dangerous nuisance, motorcycle taxis are a vibrant part of the transportation network in many developing countries. City planners in OECD countries should take note.

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by Joseph Hammond
08.10.2013

Shifting the Paradigm

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The past decades have exposed the unintended consequences of car-based transportation. But times are changing: Cars are transformed from private vehicles into collectively used modes of transportation.

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by Felix Creutzig
28.01.2012

Transportation Is A Public Good

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We value cars because we value our autonomy: To travel at a time and in a manner of our choice. For future mobility concepts, this poses a significant challenge: Can we expand the grid of public transportation without the straightjacket of bus schedules and crowded trains?

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by Andreas Knie
19.01.2012

Brazil and the World Cup Protests

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Panem et circenses

Brazil hosts this year’s football world cup, but instead of samba and cheers, the streets are filled with protesters and their chants. Will the demonstrators force the government’s hand?

The Overblown Protest

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Worries about mass protests ran high in the run-up to the World Cup. But recent weeks have shown that such worries were completely overblown by Western media.

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by João Feres Júnior
08.07.2014

Offensive Play

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Brazil has scored an own-goal. If it wanted to show the world how modern and progressive it is, it should have allowed its citizens take to the streets and protest without fear of violence.

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by Naomi Westland
23.06.2014
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