Ending the Violence: Talk to the Terrorists

Watching the western world unfold during election cycles over terrorist attacks is painful. It’s painful because of the way politics work: get tough or you lose. It stops the conversation and limits capabilities in performing the work that should be done. Yes, there should be a no-nonsense approach to violence; however, what good has it…

White and Red, Part 2: the US Election

It’s a perfect storm. Watching reruns of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and South Park from years ago has asserted the impression that the socio-economic challenges of immigration policy, cultural differences, fiscal inequality and geopolitical challenges of national security and foreign policy have come to haunt us. Those who’ve been in the center of…

An Unexpected Presidency: A Look Into The Future Policies Of Hillary Clinton

The US Presidential elections. I felt like writing an article about the Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton for a particular reason. I know this is not the first article dedicated to her persona, her policies, her campaign promises, or her scandals that have been haunting news-consumers since the 1990s. This article is about the socio-political structures…

Special Interests in Interstate Cooperation

Introduction “Well then, a republic is the property of the public. But a public is not every kind of human gathering, congregating in any matter, but a numerous gathering brought together by legal consent and community of interest. The primary reason for its coming together is not so much weakness as a sort of innate…

The Media Tools Used By Dutch Political Party DENK

Introduction The national discussion about race and ethnicity in the Netherlands has reached its peak. After years of unsolved discussions around the children festivity called Sinterklaas, its movement is gaining traction whether one of its key figures, Zwarte Piet, a black-faced servant of the bishop, should be abolished or at least adjusted to a persona…

How Rock and Roll’s Anti-Establishment Culture Changed the World

Thesis Introduction Drug culture. In today’s day and age it is hard to imagine a westernized world without being aware of the existence of the illicit consumption commodities known as marihuana, cocaine, shrooms, heroine, Ecstasy and amphetamines to name a few. In western culture, the depiction of drug use in movies, series and music —…

International Cooperation: Climate Change in Fragile Territories

Preface: The conflict in Syria over zones of influence has political leaders and international policy-makers divided. The United Nations Security Council has since 2011 been unable to act unanimously in drafting a resolution condemning the violence that was used by Syria’s current sitting president Bashar el-Assad. Civil war has engulfed the region since and has…

Article: Global Drug Treaties

Global Drug Treaties A Lookback in the History of International Drug Laws and Their Influence Worldwide History of Drug Use and Trade Worldwide Drugs, the collective noun used for narcotics or psychedelics as opium, cannabis, alcohol, cocaine and amphetamine types, have been commodities of civilizations throughout the course of history. To understand why international drug…

Article: A Repressive Climate Dominating the Dutch Drug Policy

The climate of responsible drug use in the Netherlands has reached its end. The rejection of advices from research institutes – such as the Municipal Health Service (GGD) and Trimbos Institute – by political leaders and the Public Prosecutor (OM) in order to maintain a harm-reduction policy towards drug users has changed. Instead, the emphasis…