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Food, identity, and polarisation

Promise Frank Ejiofor

When we talk about culture, we tend to overemphasise emblematic features such as language, art, laws, customs, beliefs, knowledge and morals of a particular people and to underemphasise one particular feature: food. But food – like these other features – is a potent force of cultures and identities not only because it is a biological necessity but also because it connects people everywhere.

Whose choice is it?

Vivien Slíž

Alabama’s new law imposes the most severe restrictions on abortion in the United States. The law was passed by 25 Republicans with the deliberate intention that it ends up before the Supreme Court. These 25 men decided what women should do with their bodies. How absurd.

The Myth of Great Moravia

Jonáš Jánsky

A selective view of history is often employed by mainstream politicians as well as by governments. In this article, I would like to look at one such case, which is quite close to our hearts at Il Ponte: namely, the Slovak treatment of medieval Great Moravia.”

The age of digital identity: the trap for political action

Cade M. Olmstead

It is on social media where the vast majority of political expression is carried out after all. Is this just because of the technology’s widespread popularity or are the digital commons the only place in which one can be public? Is the virtual in our eyes virtually the only option? So much of one’s identity is increasingly tied up into these social media platforms.

Rwanda 1994: 100 days of brutal killing. A genocide faster than the Holocaust

Peter Sterančák

25 years ago, on April 6, 1994, the plane of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down, killing everyone on board. The day after, on April 7, an apocalyptic genocide started to unfold in this small Central African nation. Over the course of the next 100 days, somewhere between 800 000 to 1 000 000 people have died, in the country with a population of 7 million.

Will Slovakia have its first female president?

Peter Sterančák

These seem to be the only two options possible after the first round of presidential elections on Saturday 16, 2019. Zuzana Čaputová (read: tschaputova) won the first round with 40.6 % of the vote (870 415 votes), while Maroš Šefčovič (read: marosh chef-tchovitch), the candidate of the ruling party, secured only 18.7% (400 379).

The ultimate guide to the Sunday Derby match between Slovan and Trnava

Peter Sterančák

Sunday 18:00, 3 March 2019. This day and time will probably be remembered by every fan of ŠK Slovan Bratislava – historically the most famous and successful football club in Slovakia. It’s a day when Slovan, after 10 years, will return to the place where the history was written and where his fans feel at home– the iconic Tehelné Pole stadium (a brick field – loosely translated).

No Longer Sleeping

Laura Palenčíková

It has been twelve years now, twelve years of a government headed by Robert Fico and made in the likeness of that strongman of the ‘90s. There have been numerous scandals in Slovakia on Fico’s watch. Somehow, we tolerated all that. Until the headlines hit our screens on Monday morning, February 26, 2018. Several groups of organized crime have operated in Slovakia.