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A soldier stands guard in front of the Brazilian national flag on Army Day in Sao Paulo, 18 April 2019. Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil: the road to Jair Bolsonaro’s militarised democracy

Don't be fooled by the recent resignation of three members of the military in Brazil – the country is heading down an increasingly militarised path.
Coprophanaeus lancifer, a large seed-disperser dung beetle in the Amazon. Hannah Griffiths

Counting mammals, birds and dung beetles could be vital for saving the Amazon

We know surprisingly little about the millions of animals, plants and birds that live in the Amazon – here’s how we can understand them better.
President Ndaw, centre, as Vice-President Goïta (in uniform) looks on, during his inauguration ceremony on September 25, 2020. Michele Cattani/AFP

Inside Mali’s coup within a coup

Mali’s president and prime minister have just been arrested and dismissed by the military junta which brought them to power in the first place a few months ago. How did this happen?
This giant effigy of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is intended to be burned as part of the Holika Dahan, during which the demon Holika is led to the stake on the eve of the Holi celebrations, a popular Hindu festival. Sujit Jaiswal/AFP

RNA vaccines: what protection do they provide against Covid-19 variants?

One of the main fears regarding new SARS-CoV-2 variants is that they might be resistant to immunity granted by vaccines, including RNA vaccines.
Renzo Martens attends the opening of the “White Cube” gallery on April 22, 2017 in the town of Lusanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Junior D. Kannah/AFP

‘White Cube’: a postcolonial utopia?

The documentary by Dutch artist Renzo Martins is generating important debates today in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in Europe. Analysis of the stakes of a film that will be a milestone.
By the end of April, 19 EU member states, including France, had approved the text paving the way for the launch of the recovery plan. Shutterstock

Why the European recovery plan funds have not yet been released

National procedures for approving the financing of the European recovery plan are delaying its implementation. But the horizon seems to be clearing.
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Truth, lies and honey

Hives that travel by truck, bees paid for their pollination service, adulterated honey, economic theories based on an imaginary social organization...
In Belgrade, Serbia, residents and visitors queue to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus (March 28, 2021). Oliver Bunic/AFP

Small countries and Covid-19 vaccination: the example of Serbia

While Serbia's Covid-19 infection rate continues to be worrisome, the country has shown the ability to vaccinate a higher proportion of its population than EU nations.
Coastal areas in West Africa are under intense pressure from demographic growth, economic expansion and ongoing climate change. IRD

Interdisciplinary approaches to coastal vulnerability: the pathway to coastal sustainability

Around the world, fragile coastal ecosystems are under intense pressure, and understanding and managing their complex interactions requires an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen presents the “Green New Deal” plan to fight climate change before the European Parliament in Brussels on December 11, 2019. Aris Oikonomou/AFP

For the EU’s ‘Green Deal’ to succeed, economic theory must take into account qualitative growth

To achieve sustainable growth under the constraint that consumption is independent from the use of natural resources, we must move along the path of qualitative growth.
Students at Ecole Polytechnique. Their alumni network is one of the most powerful and may lead some to the top of a large French company. J. Barande/École Polytechnique

France’s elite schools and their alumni networks: a flaw in the governance of French companies

When the directors of a company are graduates of the same school as the executive, their ability to hold the executive accountable for his or her decisions becomes compromised.

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