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How African Union members came to share power despite themselves

The establishment of the African Union shows how social context is important in international organisations. Getty Images John J. Hogan, University of Groningen The African Union (AU) held its first summit in 2002, establishing itself as a new international organisation. It also launched a new vision for African security cooperation. Nearly two decades later, it is worth reflecting on the …

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Taking the knee in football: why this act of protest has always been political

PA Images/Alamy Paul Ian Campbell, University of Leicester The England football team’s preparations for the 2020 European Championships were recently overshadowed by some of their own supporters’ decision to boo the team for “taking the knee” before matches. This was about players showing support for the fight against racism and campaigning for meaningful change in football, and not about frontline …

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Pierre Trudeau’s failures on Indigenous rights tarnish his legacy

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau speaks during a dramatic meeting with the entire federal cabinet and a delegation of about 200 First Nations leaders on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 1970. THE CANADIAN PRESS/R. Mac Raymond B. Blake, University of Regina and John Donaldson Whyte, University of Regina More than a half century ago, Pierre Trudeau became Canada’s 15th prime minister. …

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Sudan’s ‘forgotten’ pyramids risk being buried by shifting sand dunes

Martchan / shutterstock Ahmed Mutasim Abdalla Mahmoud, University of Nottingham The word “pyramid” is synonymous with Egypt, but it is actually neighbouring Sudan that is home to the world’s largest collection of these spectacular ancient structures. Beginning around 2500BC, Sudan’s ancient Nubian civilisation left behind more than 200 pyramids that rise out of the desert across three archaeological sites: El …

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Le graphène ou la révolution programmée de l’électronique : c’est pour bientôt ?

Flexible, résistant, aux propriétés électriques et électroniques inhabituelles, le graphène a de nombreux atouts en laboratoire, mais les applications peinent à voir le jour. Ici, le Museo Soumaya à Mexico. David Villasana, Unsplash , CC BY Thibaut Lalire, IMT Mines Alès – Institut Mines-Télécom « Matériau du XXIe siècle », « matériau révolutionnaire », voici comment le graphène est caractérisé depuis sa découverte en 2004 …

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New material inspired by spider silk could help solve our plastic problem

Shutterstock/Olga Miltsova Hom Dhakal, University of Portsmouth Plastics are very useful materials. They’ve contributed significant benefits to modern society. But the unprecedented amount of plastics produced over the past few decades has caused serious environmental pollution. Packaging alone was responsible for 46% out of 340 million tonnes of plastic waste generated globally in 2018. Although plastic recycling has increased significantly …

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Why Iranians won’t vote: new survey reveals massive political disenchantment

A poster of Ebrahim Raisi, the conservative head of the judiciary, who is frontrunner to be Iran’s next president. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA Pooyan Tamimi Arab, Utrecht University and Ammar Maleki, Tilburg University The Islamic Republic of Iran has never organised free and fair elections since its establishment in 1979. By definition, the combination of modern totalitarianism and Iran’s Islamic theocracy, with …

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How an app to decrypt criminal messages was born ‘over a few beers’ with the FBI

David Tuffley, Griffith University Australian and US law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced they’d sprung a trap three years in the making, catching major international crime figures using an encrypted app. More than 200 underworld figures in Australia have been charged in what Australian Federal Police (AFP) say is their biggest-ever organised crime bust. The operation, led by the US …

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Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

Dejan Dundjerski/Shutterstock Duane Mellor, Aston University Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable? A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan …

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Ce que la crise de la Covid-19 nous dit de l’UE

Sylvain Kahn, Sciences Po Cette année, la journée de l’Europe (le 9 mai) a fait écho au premier anniversaire du plan de relance européen, symbole de la panoplie de politiques publiques déployée en réponse à la crise sanitaire, économique et sociale du Covid. Si cette journée est célébrée le 9 mai, c’est parce que le 9 mai 1950 Robert Schuman prononça son discours sur …

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