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Bullying , studies and, solutions?

Bullying is defined as violence, both physical and verbal or mental, conducted among students for a continuous period of time, it can come from a single individual or group. It is increasingly common that this bullying comes through social networks. From numerous government entities, such as the ombudsman, there have been a lot of studies showing that, for example, in 2008 nearly a 25% of students aged between 11 and 15 years had suffered bullying. Although that percentage has been reduced to almost half, thanks, among others, the study of Thormod Idsoe or detailed study of Araceli Oñate and Inaki Piñuel. There is a fact that must be emphasized, is that nearly 80% of minors who commit suicide are a result of bullying, a truly alarming fact. Read more of this post

Current streaming greatest TV

If you do not have broadcasting rights for a successful film, create yours. That was the decision of Netflix, the largest TV streaming in the world, who recently announced that from now on will be available in 131 new countries. In practice, that means everyone, with the major exception of China because they will have to wait at least until the end of this year, will be able to enjoy, if payed, its successful productions such as Narcos or Downtown Abbey. This was announced by Reed Hastings, executive director of Netflix, a company based in Los Gatos (California), in the CES, which is the biggest fair of consumer technology in the world located in Las Vegas. Read more of this post

The beginning of a generation with less expectations

In this current economic uncertainty horizon, expectations for citizens seem increasingly small and the forecast for future generations points to be dark. Years of economic crisis and globalization have left winners and losers. Among the beneficiaries are old acquaintances: the economic elite. For example, Branko Milanovic and Thomas Piketty, both economists, have been responsible for alerting about the injustice effects caused. Even though few have informed with the frankness of billionaire Warren Buffett, who in 2011 wrote in The New York Times: “While the middle and lower classes fight for us in Afghanistan, while Americans fight for a living, we, over wealthy people, continue to have extraordinary tax breaks.” Read more of this post

End of Ebola in Africa?

At 14 January of 2016 the WHO (World Health Organization) declared the end of the Ebola virus disease that punched Africa, taking with it millions of African lives. But, is this the end of the Ebola virus in Africa? The WHO insists in the fact that there is no chain of transmission now, at least in West-Africa, but they also warn about the possibility of the appearance of new flare-ups. Many countries were declared free of having the virus, for example Liberia, but this country has had two more outbreaks. Anyway, today there is no infected patient in the most likely countries to have the virus but Dr Alex Gasasira (2016); a WHO representative in Liberia says that “The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of the government’s strengthened capacity to manage disease outbreaks. WHO will continue to support Liberia in its effort to prevent, detect and respond to suspected cases.” Read more of this post

Languages: should learn or not?

Learning languages means also to have a close relationship with translation, as it helps connecting different cultures. The importance of languages is becoming more and more outstanding due to the opening of doors that it supposes to get to know an unknown cultural and linguistic environment (Anna Bernacka, 2012). As Bernacka says translation is a way of communication between different cultures, and this leads to a better understanding of social issues and also different cultural ideas. This is why it is very important to get a well use of languages, because they are the key element for the connection between cultures.

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Religion and War: a never-ending relationship?

It is normally considered to be an atheistic statement to say that with less religions there would be less wars but it is also very superficial to affirm this because we would have to analyze all the wars that broke out throughout the history and tell wether they had been caused by economic-political reasons or religious conflicts. I was driven to talk about this topic after the terrorist attack in Paris where 5 armed men, muslims, who had been fighting in Syria with the Islamic State, assaulted the French theatre, Bataclan: it would not be probably wrong to say that this atrocious act could have been avoided if Islam did not exist but it would also be a very reductionist approach to reality. The aim of this post is to discuss whether or not religions have endangered the world, especially in these last decades where extreme religious groups have been doing terrible terrorist attacks.

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Political honesty: does it really exist?

 

Europe is ill. Everyday the newapapers talk about political corruption in Spain, France, Greece or Italy wich has been recently extimated to be one of the most corrupt countries in Europe; recently the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi released an interview in wich he pointed out that:

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David and Goliath

Today there is talking a lot about the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a treaty that is being negotiated now between the United States and the European Union. This treaty is seeking increased trade and investment between the EU and the US creating a large transatlantic market to generate new opportunities internally that greatly benefit all members. But is it really a deal that would benefit all? It is something that many people put into question. Read more of this post

Allemagne : les réfugiés stigmatisés après des violences

             D’après Thibaut Madelin, les allemands sont en émoi suite aux nombreuses agressions sexuelles de la part des réfugiés qui ont eu lieux dans leur propre pays près de la gare de Cologne. La nouvelle a aussitôt fais réagir la chancelière allemande qui n’a pas hésité à s’exprimer face à l’attitude « primitive » des réfugiés et son parti a exposé des mesures à prendre contre les coupables mais la Gauche est intervenue avant que toute décision ne soit prise. Des évènements similaires s’étant présentés dans d’autres villes d’Allemagne, les habitants semblent tendus quant à une possible collision aves les réfugiés (Les Echos, Janv. 2016). Read more of this post