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A display of acrobatics by German internees at the prisoner of war camp at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire in October 1914. Imperial War Museum/Wikimedia

A glimmer of light amidst the darkness: honour in the First World War

During First World War, the rhetoric of chivalry counteracted the inhumanity of the conflict in sometimes surprising ways.
The remains of an Ixil man emerge from the ground, one of the countless victims of the civil war in Guatemala. Tristan Brand/FAFG Fundacion de Antropologia Forense de Guatemala

‘It is the job of the living to save the dead from drowning’

The Ixil people of Guatemala dream of the places where their dead, massacred during the country's armed conflict might be located.
The Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC. Museum of the Bible

Fake scrolls at the Museum of the Bible

The highly controversial Bible Museum in Washington, D.C., has just announced the withdrawal of five manuscripts deemed counterfeit. Where did these fragments come from and how did they get there?
A “rationalist” assembly in Washington DC, 2011. “Nones” or “none of the above” groups are growing. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Are the ‘non-religious’ becoming the new religion?

In many European societies, the non-religious are a sizable part of the population, often silent but growing in number.
Some Harlequin ladybugs, Harmonia axyridis, have black elytra with two large red spots. Others have two additional red spots backwards, or are decorated with a dozen small red spots. Conversely, there are ladybugs with red elytra, decorated with 20 black spots. All these ladybugs belong to the same species. B. Prud’homme, J. Yamaguchi

In red and black, the genetics of ladybug spots

Where do the pretty colours of the harlequin ladybug come from? A single gene draws the colour patterns of this familiar insect.
The old ideologies have to go so we can re-invent politics based in local knowledge and citizens’ initiatives. Nad X/Unsplash

Challenge populism: re-inventing the world together

Populism is currently attractive because it contains a grain of truth. If we want to be prepared for the post-populist period and hasten its coming, we must address these real issues.
The spix macaw is considered to be extinct in the wild.“

Debate: Mobilizing collective intelligence for the ecological transition

Rapid environmental decline is a major threat, yet education is not mobilised to empower children. Fortunately, many initiatives explore how to make students actors of the ecological transition.
Is a cassette player an “ordinary object” or a “mystery”? It depends on whom you ask, and ethnography can help you ask the right questions. Yoshikazu Takada

Why teach ethnography to managers (in the big data era)?

Big data is all the rage in management circles and beyond, yet little is said about the understanding needed with such voluminous data. An important lesson can be learned from ethnographic research.
City Skyline and Main River in Frankfurt, Germany. Valerian Alecsa / Shutterstock

New monetary policies: fuelling metropolisation and megalopolisation in Europe?

Economic polarisation across Europe is becoming an important phenomenon, in part driven by monetary policies that can increase office prices and can even affect the fundamentals that drive the markets.
Women hold signs as they take part in a demonstration against government plans to ban or limit the practice of abortion in Turkey on 22 June 2012, in Istanbul. Reuters

Debate: When abortion is ‘haram’, women find strategies to claim their rights

Abortion appears to be illegal and clandestine in large parts of the Muslim world. Yet, women continue to challenge the status quo and archaic laws through their daily practices and activism.
In France, nearly three-quarters of the children of divorced couples see their fathers only one weekend every fifteen days. Pixabay

Are joint custody and shared parenting a child’s right?

Families in the 21st century have changed, making it necessary to rethink what has been "traditional" ways of sharing the custody of children.

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