The Vladimir Putin Show

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is the type of politician that inspires strong opinions. In his own country he has been a symbol of hope, strength and progress since he first took the presidential chair in 1999. He dealt with the chaotic economic heritage of the Yeltsin years, and stopped the impending disintegration of the Russian […]

Fukushima vs. Chernobyl – Public compliance and democratic control

American anthropologist Ruth Benedict put it like this: While the Judeo-Christian civilisation of the United States and Europe is based on guilt, the Japanese value system is based on a culture of shame (The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, 1946). This thesis is contested today, but does come to mind when looking at the behaviour of […]