political power

Water conflict threatens to boil over

May 27, 2014
2014.05.27 Tension in the South China Sea, which has been bubbling away fairly quietly for some time, has threatened to boil over in the past few weeks. The problems are being caused, as they always are, by issues of resource management and ownership, particularly related to that still absurdly popular fuel source, crude oil. Specifically,

Gender inequality is costing the global economy trillions of dollars a year

May 21, 2014
2014.05.21 According to a recent UN report, the progress made in the past 20 years towards reducing global poverty is at risk of being reversed because of a failure to combat widening inequality and strengthen women’s rights. The UN’s ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report, has found that the number of people living in developing countries has

Spiderman turns off Singapore skyline for Earth Hour

April 4, 2014
2014.04.04 At exactly 8.30pm on 29 March 2014, the cast of Spiderman 2 dimmed the lights of the waterfront cityscape of Singapore’s financial district. An audience of over 9,000 environmental advocates and fans gathered at Marina Bay in the name of the environment for an evening of performance and community, and to witness the co-operative

The future of our children is taking shape today

February 21, 2014
2014.02.21 The future of our children is taking shape today. Ask any parent and they will say they care about this more than about anything else. These same parents, though, are leaving the shaping of that future to the global financial industry, which has gotten so powerful it can buy anything and anyone that can

Two-and-a-half theories: Post-democracy in the age of global financial markets

January 7, 2014
2014.01.07 Beyond do-it-yourself politics, short-lived mass protests in the metropolises and a further swelling of the ranks of the popular right, the democratization of democracy is still possible, contends Claus Offe. But not if political life remains locked within the “prison of the market”. In the following, I shall contrast three theoretical approaches to both