Wolfgang Depner

Wolfgang Depner is a doctoral candidate
at the University of British Columbia –
Okanagan and the co-editor of Readings
in Political Idealogies since the Rise of Modern
Science, published by Oxford University
Press.

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2017: Reasons to rejoice

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
2017: Reasons to rejoice

2016 was a difficult year, so why should 2017 be any better? We dug deep and came up with 10 reasons to celebrate this year. “The time is out of joint — O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!” Hamlet Act I, Scene V Shakespeare’s dithering prince Hamlet speaks these […]

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Strong stateless minorities

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Strong stateless  minorities

As the First World War drew to its end, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson’s famous Fourteen Points called for a settlement that would permit nations to determine their own fate. While we may question the intellectual consistency of this demand, as the United States itself had recently joined the ranks of imperialist powers with overseas possessions, […]

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Life is a beach

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Life is a beach

Your handy travel guide to the top 10 beaches from the Blue Flag program, an ecological certification system that recognizes and promotes cleanliness, safety, environmental awareness and sustainability. Initiated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Blue Flag program is an ecological certification program that recognizes and promotes high standards […]

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The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” This quote from leading American oceanographer Sylvia Earle reminds us that the fate of humanity — our fate — inevitably depends on the fate of the oceans that cover almost 71 percent of our planet. In fact, it is misleading to speak of oceans […]

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Survival … of the fittest

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Survival … of the fittest

Every January, scores of people storm the doors of their local fitness studios. Their will is resolute, their aim simple — to finally get into shape, as they had promised themselves at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1. Yet weeks later, the resolve behind this tide will have ebbed away, as old habits reassert […]

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The greenest countries

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The greenest  countries

Pope Francis practically sounded like Canadian author Naomi Klein this past June when his second encyclical, titled Laudato Si,’ blamed irresponsible capitalism and consumerism for the environmental perils that confront humanity. Linking these problems to global inequality, western political interests and a “throwaway culture” that consumes resources and fetishizes technology, His Holiness warned of “unprecedented […]

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10 dangerous men

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
10  dangerous men

What is terrorism? James D. Kiras, an American expert on asymmetrical warfare, describes the term as a “complex phenomenon open to subjective interpretation.” His ambivalent interpretation of the word “terrorism” could be applied to an actor such as Iran and Syria-backed Hezbollah, a militia and political party representing Shia interests in Lebanon. According to the […]

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Nations and their Nobels

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Nations and their Nobels

By the middle of October of this year, it is likely we will know all of the nominees for this year’s Nobel Prizes. The announcements — and the awards themselves— have become global events, eagerly anticipated by the world’s leading media and excitedly awaited by the would-be recipients. While the Nobel Prizes are not the […]

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The travel world’s treasures

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
The travel world’s treasures

What do we want out of a vacation? Always intensely personal, the answer says a lot about who we are — our preferences, priorities and decision-making process. Travel forces us into difficult choices about two very precious resources — time and money. But travel is not merely about maximizing some cost-utility function that fits a […]

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Resource Wars

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Resource Wars

It is an article of faith among large sections of the left-leaning intelligentsia that the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 simply to secure the country’s oil reserves. It’s one thing to hear this line from Noam Chomsky, but another thing to hear it from a figure such as Sir David King, Britain’s former chief […]

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