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It’s Not About Sports

In 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Paris by Andie1 Comment

The Olympics have been on for the past two weeks, not that anyone in Paris cares too much about curling. The hype around the Winter Games has never felt lower. The French cleaned up with fifteen medals overall, but compared to Norway’s thirty-nine the ennui becomes apparent. It fits the stereotype, that’s for sure. But that’s what the Olympics have …

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When coal burns

In 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Sydney by Sasha3 Comments

North of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland lies the site of Adani, a proposed coal mine. A $16.5 billion investment, the mine would produce 60 million tonnes of coal per year and rank as one of the largest coal mines in the world. Adani Group, the entity putting the project in motion, claims that the mine will be economically …

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For the People or for Personal Gain?

In Buenos Aires, 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Places by CY1 Comment

On Wednesday in Buenos Aires Argentina truckers blocked many streets in Buenos Aires as a protest to current president Mauricio Macri’s market-friendly economic policies. Last October, Argentina has its midterm elections where Macri’s political party won. With that momentum, he had outlined his plans for structural reforms in Argentina. Macri is a president very much in a the neoliberal mould, …

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Surveillance

In 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Shanghai by William Denning1 Comment

With the technology in Shanghai everything is simply easier. Leaving the house becomes irrelevant with the popularization of super apps, such as WeChat. WeChat has everything you could possibly need in terms of life in China. It streamlines all of the processes which can be streamlined. Payment, food delivery, even dating. Using it makes me weary of returning to the …

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Communist Resurgence

In 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Prague by Sean OhLeave a Comment

Once under the totalitarian regime of Soviet Communism, the Czech Republic, like its many neighbors, still harbors the legacy of pain and oppression that has not only stunted growth on several occasions, but has also brought about a backwards mentality that has been growing increasingly prominent in recent years. To fully understand the current political situation in the Czech Republic, …

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

In 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018, Sydney by Brennan1 Comment

Refugees landing on Australian soil only to be thrown in offshore detention centers. Heads of state promoting their mistresses to highly paid positions behind the public eye. An indigenous history, forgotten. Australian politics claim to be moderate, democratic, and most remarkably, “better than America.” However, within the first few days of arriving on Australian land, I realized that there are …

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A Re-evaluation of Self and Safety in Berlin

In Berlin, 4. Politics, The Art of Travel Spring 2018 by Havana LiuLeave a Comment

At three O’clock on Saturday afternoon I woke up from a nap to the sounds of hollering, chanting and clapping outside my window. The NYU Berlin Residence Hall is located in Kreuzberg, next to a few decent size parks—in other words open space perfectly conducive to public gathering. I peeked through the shades with puffy eyes and saw a mass …