Andreas Salmen

Born and raised in Germany, learned a job in IT and Business and ultimately decided that this wasn’t exactly where my life was going to end. Left everything behind to become a writing backpacker instead. The world’s crumbling away anyway so why not write about it and get a few good Instagram pics on the way, am I right?

Balfour Declaration

Balfour Declaration: A Century of Bloodshed

A letter was all that it took for the British Empire to artificially (and accidentally) create the Israel-Palestine conflict on November 2nd, 1917. This letter, the Balfour Declaration, has caused a century of conflict in the Middle East between Jews and Arabs over Palestine. If at all, a solution to the conflict is as improbable as ever 100 years after the Zionists were promised “a National Home” by British Officials.
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Jaywalking

Jaywalking: How the Car Industry Criminalized Pedestrians

Jaywalking is a crime most of us know first-hand. After all, we know that this reckless behavior is dangerous and puts us at risk getting hit by a car. Little do we know that roughly over a century ago, cars were not common and the street was a pedestrian domain. This is the story of how the automobile industry criminalized pedestrians and banished them from the streets.
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Sexual harassment me too

Sexual Harassment: Who are the Real Victims?

Sexual Harassment has become the prime topic. Since the Bill O’Reilly and Harvey Weinstein allegations broke, we have been constantly bombarded with new facts, victims, offenders, and allegations. What we are missing though is a cohesive picture of what Sexual Harassment is and that it isn’t a problem solely defined by gender.
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amsterdam weed capital

Amsterdam: The European Weed Capital?

Amsterdam is the weed capital of Europe, maybe even the world. That’s what people all around the world say at least. Cannabis aficionados love Amsterdam for its vast buffet of drugs, prostitution and, well, fun. But guess what, cannabis and other substances aren’t really legal in Amsterdam. The capital of the Netherlands struggles, like every other nation, with the circulation of hard drugs. They have, however, found a unique way of dealing with it. Namely tolerating cannabis and helping drug addicts deal with their addiction.
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