The toxic and troubling truth of e-waste: How can we effectively dispose of our electronic and electrical waste? 

Written by @bettexsophie The growth in technological, electrical, and electronic equipment developments of the 21st century has made great advances in the world. However, these highly consumed types of equipment with short economic life spans have created a new type of waste called electronic and electric waste (e-waste) (Deniz et al., 2019). The European Union … Continue reading The toxic and troubling truth of e-waste: How can we effectively dispose of our electronic and electrical waste? 

‘Sex work’ versus ‘prostitution’: Just a matter of words? 

In most Dutch government legislative and policy documents, the term ‘prostitution’, rather than the term ‘sex work’ has been used (Benoit et al., 2018; Adriaenssens et al., 2016). However, the term prostitution has become contested worldwide while the term sex work has become more and more common (Sanders et al., 2018). Although not every academic … Continue reading ‘Sex work’ versus ‘prostitution’: Just a matter of words? 

The One Where The Future Is Europe

The following is an opinion piece written on February 25th and it is based on the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. It provides some food for thought on the European failures leading up to the current situation and potential future implications for a European future. There have been many developments in the past days that are not mentioned below as it had not happened at the time of writing. This piece is by no means an expert opinion and should be read with a grain of salt and sarcasm. Continue reading The One Where The Future Is Europe

Illicit trade in Blue Tree Monitor Lizards (BTMLs) in the Netherlands: an organised crime?

By Robin Taylor and @jorisvandeursen First and foremost, we would like to thank Felix Brongers and Sammie Verbeek for their invaluable contributions to this article. This article could not have been written without your insights on the scale of the illicit reptile trade and the theoretical framework on organised crime in this context. Introduction The … Continue reading Illicit trade in Blue Tree Monitor Lizards (BTMLs) in the Netherlands: an organised crime?

The Philippine ‘war on drugs’: Dehumanization within a politics of anxiety

By @jannelandsman During the 2016 Philippine national elections, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte promised to launch a ‘war on drugs’, aimed at the “neutralization of illegal drug personalities nationwide” (Gavilan, 2017). He enacted his campaign by making brute claims about his intention to use violent means to all drug ‘criminals’, including, for example, suspected drug users … Continue reading The Philippine ‘war on drugs’: Dehumanization within a politics of anxiety

Women and suicide bombings: Female Black Tigers of the LTTE

By @eggensnina The conflict between the Sri Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from 1983 to 2009 claimed over 100,000 lives, displaced over a million civilians (Selvadurai & Smith, 2013). The conflict is considered ‘innovative’ since it was the most extensive and systematic use of suicide bombings as a strategic tool … Continue reading Women and suicide bombings: Female Black Tigers of the LTTE

The fate of Africa’s rhino: pseudo-hunts, poaching and profit

Before the European colonization of Africa in the late 19th century, one million rhinos are believed to have roamed the African continent (Warchol, 2018; WWF, 2016). Today, fewer than 20,000 individual black (Diceros bicornis) and white (Ceratotherium sinum) rhinos remain, the majority of which inhabit South Africa (Rademeyer, 2012; van Zwam, 2021). Pestered by environmental … Continue reading The fate of Africa’s rhino: pseudo-hunts, poaching and profit