LXX Magazine ǀ Issue 1

Noblesse oblige

By Cecilia Mihaljek (CH)

Unlikely as it seems, “Kony 2012” was not the first viral video to spark up debate about the legitimacy of charity for developing countries: already in 2010, Matt Lacey’s “Gap Yah” garnered 50 million views. Invisible Children tried to launch a serious campaign, while “Gap Yah” is a lighthearted spoof, but they both indirectly raised awareness about hypocrisy within charity. Sensational as “Kony 2012” may have been, it is not the first time that such an organisation has been accused of false advertising. “Gap Yah”, on the other hand, drew attention to a new and empty form of philanthropy.

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Why YOU should care about particle physics

By Saki Shinoda (CH)

On July 4th 2012, the scientific revolution of a generation occurred. The Geneva-based European Organisation for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, announced most improbably detected the elusive Higgs boson, a particle that has been sought by physicists for over forty years. Yet even on such a historic occasion, the press conference following the official seminar was a painful stumble through the ignorance of the general media.
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The pillar of our future

By Elisa Martinelli (IT) & Felix Makarowski (SE)

There are three ways of being successful in any business: be first, be smarter or cheat. Most of us want to achieve a certain level of success in life and to be recognised for our accomplishments. This requires hard work and often a big dose of smarts. With this in mind, how can we approach realising our dreams and what role does a formal education play in our futures?
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The longer voyage: one bus, sixteen cities and forty hours

Why it might be worth taking a 40-hour bus journey instead of catching a flight.

By Sandra Harney (IE)

I arrive at Paris Gare du Nord, ascend from the metro and search for Rue de Maubeuge. I find a urine-covered and rubbish-filled street, lined with a dozen or so people, their baggage on hand, waiting to board a black and yellow six-wheeled bus. On the bus we are met with an unholy smell of stale sweat and dust, a scent unique to only the most ancient of busses. I locate place 59 and sit down in my cramped seat, breathing in the fumes. I begin to think that this idea that came to me late one night, taking a 40 hour bus from Paris to Riga, may not have been the best idea after all.
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The 21st century is the century of expression

… for just about anyone who has an opinion on anything

By Elisa Martinelli (IT) & Randolf Carr (DE)

Consequently, all of a sudden everyone seems to have an opinion worth expressing on everything. Countless platforms exist where everyone can address virtually unlimited numbers of people with whatever they are thinking. And the best thing is that no matter what they write, they can always count on there being someone on Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr or Twitter to read it. The total number of such blogs on the Internet in 2012 is estimated at 181 million and their contents cover anything from anime fan-wisdom to gastronomic critiques; from pop science to inane GIF collections.
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Less could be more

By Nives Kaprocki (RS) & Aida Grishaj (AL)

The main economic actors nowadays are large countries like China, Brazil, Russia, India or Germany in Europe. The human and geographical potential are considered to be among the main contributing factors in the on-going rise of these countries. Yet, other smaller countries are showing the world that being successful is not unequivocally related to the size of a country.
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The Olympics and politics – a lethal cocktail or a cure?

By Jan Nedvídek (CZ)

Big sport has implied big politics ever since Ancient Greece, and the modern Olympics have always been a battle ground for many political contests. With the 2012 Olympics going on in London, the question of whether or not sport and politics should mix becomes a very topical issue. In this article, we shall see that sport cannot exist in a vacuum and that it will always reflect the state of world affairs. The question follows – is this a good or a bad thing?
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“It’s the show of bad pop songs, bad choreography and glitter.”

By Aida Grishaj (AL) & Ilias Oikonomuo (GR)

This fairly critical definition made by an American comedian is only one of many. The opportunity of getting to hear the reactions of others right after the final concert is a treat on its own. Just like the votes some countries award, these comments are the same every year. When the new winner is announced, the discussion always turns back to how bad the previous winners are, so it is more than logical to think that next year’s show will no longer be followed by the European audience. Yet, Eurovision remains the most popular and largest non-sport TV show on the planet.
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An alternative Europe

By Nives Kaprocki (RS) & Ilias-Marios Oikonomou (GR)

Just imagine that you had the power to change an important milestone of European history. Imagine that you could choose Robert Schumann to never present or even think of his plan for deeper cooperation between Europeans. The European Coal and Steel Community would never have been founded and Europe would have developed in a very different way.
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