A barbaric practice, even when it goes right

2014.05.08 Last week’s tragically botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma has brought the issue of the death penalty and its inhumanity back into the light. After a long legal battle over obtaining the chemicals to be used in the execution (with the state refusing to explain where they bought the lethal drugs for fear…

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Education, economics, or exploitation?

2014.04.25 The New York Times has recently reported that British universities are facing a big problem – student enrolment is falling for the first time in years. Not among British students, who are still taking out their £9,000 loans to pay for tuition every year, having been told that you need a degree to get…

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Hatred through the ages

2014.04.22 To some extent, last week’s shooting at a Jewish community centre in Kansas City should seem unexceptional. After all, shootings in the US are not exactly rare – both in terms of individual gun crimes and multiple shootings like this one. The fact that only three people were killed should, if anything, make it…

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ICEPE Conference: 2014

2014.04.07 Today, Southeast Asia students are forced to find new ways to advance their careers and meet graduation requirements in the overcrowded and hugely competitive region. One strategy is to attend professional conferences, where students can submit and present academic papers before a professional audience, says investor-entrepreneur Ana Shell, who is dedicated to developing alternative…

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Historical justice, brought up-to-date

2014.03.31 A big topic of conversation today (well, it’s a big topic among the people I talk to, anyway…) is that of climate justice. Roughly speaking, this means the need to take into account that some countries have a historical responsibility for the large amounts of pollution they have created, while other countries need help…

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Coexistence in Singapore: Shared spaces are spaces of hope

2014.03.14 Issues related to race, multiculturalism, and coexistence are not extinct in any country, and it’s of paramount importance to keep dialogues open about these touchy topics. Singapore can be considered, if anything, an extremely multi-cultural country, and it’s always refreshing to see concerns which arise from such a diverse culture not being swept under…

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Controlling the Dragon centrally and horizontally

2014.02.21 With a population of close to 1.35 billion people, land area of 9.7 million square kilometers and 34 divisions that include provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions, special administrative regions and also the claimed Taiwan province, China requires a strong government to ensure harmony and functionality of every aspect of the country. Two of the many…

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