France initiates an investigation into the spill of huge dead fish off the Atlantic coast

On Thursday, the French division of Sea Shepherd, a nonprofit marine conservation activism organization, posted photos of the spill on its Twitter page. “Here’s what’s happening right now in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of La Rochelle,” reads the tweet. “Four factory boats operate in that area, including the Margiris, the second largest … Read more

Afghan refugees face the two-tier system in Europe

Some of the Afghan women around the table in the neoclassical building in central Athens were taking notes in leather-bound notebooks as they discussed the future of women and girls in their homeland. They were lawmakers, journalists and judges, but they were also refugees, a characterization that many of them flinched with shame and disbelief. … Read more

Whaling in Iceland: Country to end controversial fishing practice from 2024

“There are few justifications to authorize whale hunting beyond 2024,” when current quotas expire, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Svandís Svavarsdóttir said in an op-ed in Friday’s Morgunblaðið newspaper. The minister wrote it was “undisputed” that whale hunting had not had much economic significance to Iceland in recent years, with no big whale caught in … Read more

The End of the Transfer Fee

In soccer, though, a star of Alaba’s caliber running a contract down has always been – if not quite a unicorn – the exception, rather than the rule. Quite why that pattern has held is open to interpretation. Players tend to sign long-term contracts, and clubs tend to want them to do so. It gives … Read more