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Anthropologist Georges Balandier in October 2003 in the gardens of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Eric Feferberg/AFP

Colonialism, power and culture: why reading French anthropologist Georges Balandier is crucial today

As early as 1953, Balandier demonstrated how the struggle against colonialism was associated with an inverted vision of the world.
Children at a Koranic school in Mombasa, Kenya. Michał Huniewicz/Flickr

Arab-Islamic education in Sub-Saharan Africa: going beyond clichés to build the future

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab-Islamic education is neither a limited nor recent phenomena. While poorly understood, it remains a fundamental part of the educational development of the region.
An Egyptian street vendor selling bread walks past as a tear gas canister (background) fired by riot police during clashes with protesters near Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 29, 2013. Khhaled Desouki/AFP

How to assess political stability? Follow the bread path

In Morocco, bread is not only a symbol for wider demands but also the material basis of affordable and just living conditions.
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Are there two pilots in the cockpit?

In the cockpit of an aircraft, the hierarchy between captain and co-pilot is strictly respected. At the risk, sometimes, of poor decisions being made.
Sweden is studying the possibility of an “e-krona”, an electronic form of the country’s currency. Shutterstock

Central-bank digital currencies: toward a cashless society?

With countries such as China and Sweden are studying plans to create a new form of money – a central-bank digital currency. CBDCs risk revolutionizing both the way money is created and distributed.
Pan having sex with a goat, statue from Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, 1752. Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia

Why animal orgasm matters to our moral universe

The vast discrepancy between abhorrence of bestiality and acceptance of slaughtering on animals suggests that thinking imaginatively about animal orgasm may help us to be more compassionate toward animals.
When the Human Genome Project completed its work in 2003, the entire human genome was published in book form. Stephen C. Dickson/Wikimedia

Reading the entire human genome – one long sentence at a time

In 2003 the Human Genome Project "cracked the code of life", yet parts of our DNA remained unidentified. A new study fills out our genetic blueprint by using a nanotechnology-based technique.
On March 18 in Tempe, Arizona, an Uber self-driving car struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a street. The human driver was supposed to be monitoring the car’s behaviour, but did not do so. Its systems apparently did not detect the victim, as it neither slowed down nor tried to avoid hitting Herzberg Wikimedia

Artificial intelligence: between scientific, ethical and commercial issues

The report of the mathematician and deputy of Essonne Cédric Villani renders his report on artificial intelligence today.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Pentagon on January 18, 2018. Dominique A. Pineiro/Flickr

A friendly reminder: impeaching Donald Trump will not remove him from office

Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump, but history indicates that – barring a dramatic turn of events – he is likely to serve out his first term.

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