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  • By: Willem Jan Hilderink
  • There are some characteristics that most if not all forms of identity politics share. These are 1) a peculiar relationship between the self and the collective, 2) a tendency to measure marginalisation, 3) a strong focus on the concept of power and 4) the lack of some utopian vision. Let’s go through these characteristics one by one.
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  • By: Wolf
  • The X7 is X5’s larger, more luxurious brother. We wouldn’t exactly call the X7 a beauty on the outside, but from the inside it’s absolutely stunning, carrying all the toys and quality from the 7-series, with enough luggage space to transport the whole family on their skiing holiday.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Added to this is the couple making music in the left, which also suggests (sexual) impropriety. Music evokes lovemaking, with the phrase “‘to strum the lute’ being (…) an innuendo for sexual intercourse.” A watch, just above where the hands of the couple touch – the place the composition draws the eye to – is said to be reminiscent of the vanity of earthly desires.
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  • By: Lars Benthin
  • “The truth is that the masses grew out of the fragments of a highly atomized society whose competitive structure and concomitant loneliness of the individual had been held in check only through membership in a class. The chief characteristic of the mass man is not brutality and backwardness, but his isolation and lack of normal social relationships.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Having been given a drink containing some sort of drug rendering her “defenseless”, she left the disco and was, according to police reports, raped by ten men in nearby bushes. Following a series of arrests, eight Syrian migrants between 18 and 29 years old, one 18-year-old Algerian migrant and one “German without migration background”, are now in custody for the suspected gang rape. At least seven out of ten suspects were known to the police.
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  • By: Wolf
  • The petition, created by Zimbabwean activist Shelton Mpala, was “to draw attention to the appropriation of African culture and the importance of protecting our heritage, identity and culture from being exploited for financial gain by third parties. This plundered artwork serves to enrich or benefit these museums and corporations and not the creators or people it’s derived from.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “You might say it was a case of divide and rule – except that, paradoxically, it was by being divided themselves that Europeans were able to rule the world. In Europe small was beautiful because it meant competition – and competition not just between states, but also within states.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “I don’t believe in a merger of armies. You can’t just put soldiers together and make them serve Europe. The idea of a supranational state cannot be imposed on people, that will only scare them of. A soldier doesn’t die on the battlefield for an economic community, for something abstract.”
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  • By: Willem Jan Hilderink
  • Most people think of the late Stephen Hawking as the ultimate scientist. However great Hawking was, he too had a mentor: Roger Penrose (b. 1931). Penrose is not as widely known as his fellow scientist, but he is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century mathematics, physics and cosmology.
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  • By: Wolf
  • In the documentary, he climbs Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall, and is the first free solo climber to do so. The wall is known as one of the world’s ultimate challenges for climbers. Five people have died in climbing accidents on El Capitan since 2013 alone.
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