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The Tonga volcanic eruption has revealed the vulnerabilities in our global telecommunication system

Dale Dominey-Howes, University of Sydney In the wake of a violent volcanic eruption in Tonga, much of the communication with residents on the islands remains at a standstill. In our modern, highly-connected world, more than 95% of global data transfer occurs along fibre-optic cables that criss-cross through the world’s oceans. Breakage or interruption to this critical infrastructure can have catastrophic …

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Morts et résurrections de l’État islamique en Irak

Myriam Benraad, University of Limerick Le 10 juillet 2017, le premier ministre irakien Haïdar al-Abadi annonçait, non sans un certain triomphalisme, une « victoire totale » à Mossoul, « pour l’Irak et l’ensemble des Irakiens ». De toute l’histoire du conflit irakien, cette bataille restera indiscutablement l’une des plus âpres et des plus sanglantes. Marque-t-elle toutefois la « défaite » de l’État islamique, comme s’aventurent à le …

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Antimicrobial resistance now causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria worldwide – new study

Some estimates suggest antimicrobial resistance could cause 10 million deaths per year by 2050. Fahroni/ Shutterstock Jonathan Cox, Aston University Antimicrobial resistance is spreading rapidly worldwide, and has even been likened to the next pandemic – one that many people may not even be aware is happening. A recent paper, published in Lancet, has revealed that antimicrobial resistant infections caused …

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Ukraine: how an armed conflict could play out

Julien Théron, Sciences Po Talks between Russia and the west have failed. Moscow has described the situation in Ukraine as “intolerable” and “a matter of life or death”. The US president, Joe Biden, has predicted the Kremlin “will move in” to Ukraine. The impasse was reached when the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, insisted that the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine …

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¿Cómo podemos ayudar a la población infantil a superar la fatiga pandémica?

Shutterstock / Sergii Sobolevskyi Nines Ballesteros-Duperón, Universidad de Granada and Carlos Martínez Martínez, Universidad de Granada En los últimos meses hemos asistido a una situación sin precedentes en la historia reciente mundial. La crisis generada por el covid-19 ha puesto patas arriba la situación social conocida hasta ahora. Sus efectos están presentes en nuestro día a día. Desde el “mundo …

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Ukraine: a country wounded by eight years of crisis

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham and Tatyana Malyarenko, National University Odesa Law Academy The Russian-Ukrainian war began in 2014 after pro-European protesters toppled the government of the Moscow-backed president Victor Yanukovych. This led to a rapid escalation of a crisis that resulted in the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 and the establishment of two Russian-protected de facto …

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How to be a god: we might one day create virtual worlds with characters as intelligent as ourselves

Virtual character may soon be smarter than us. Michelangelus/Shutterstock Richard A. Bartle, University of Essex Most research into the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) concerns its use for weaponry, transport or profiling. Although the dangers presented by an autonomous, racist tank cannot be understated, there is another aspect to all this. What about our responsibilities to the AIs we create? …

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Par-delà Mossoul, la survie des sunnites et de l’Irak contemporain

Myriam Benraad, University of Limerick L’assaut militaire lancé, le 17 octobre 2016, par le premier ministre irakien Haïdar al-Abadi pour reconquérir Mossoul ne déterminera pas seulement l’avenir proche comme plus lointain de cette ville la deuxième plus importante d’Irak, capturée par l’État islamique en juin 2014. Sur le plus long terme, c’est bien celui de l’État irakien en tant que tel …

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