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Humanitarian Interventionism Is Dead, Long Live Humanitarian Interventionism

The Syria conflict has highlighted the difficulty of getting governments to accept responsibility for their actions and the actions of other agents within their borders. If we are to accept the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states, then...

/ November 3, 2017

Fostering Inclusion in a Diverse Classroom

High school can be daunting, especially when young students have to make decisions that will shape their careers and lives. Many opt for higher education because it is the ‘thing to do,’ without fully knowing what university, or their chosen...

/ October 30, 2017

The “Greatest Good” Has Provided Cover for Great Evil

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Lenin may have never said those words, but the sentiment remains as powerful and relevant as it ever was. These days, it seems, almost any act, however cruel or unjust,...

/ October 26, 2017

The Nazi Movement Today: Our Cousins, Ourselves

I watched the Richard Spencer visit to the University of Florida from afar. It happened as my blog piece noting the likely Nazi heritage monuments in a former Southern resort town was posted.  Meanwhile, in Gainesville, my home university as...

/ October 26, 2017

Venezuelans Turn to Bitcoin to Escape Currency Crisis

By now, most Americans are familiar with the economic basket case that is Venezuela. The country’s economy has collapsed, leaving the population desperate and starving. The human cost is highly visible and tragic, but what gets less attention is the...

/ October 25, 2017

When cities were Nature’s haven: a tale from Bangalore

We tend to think that nature and cities are polar opposites. Yet this is not true. As my research on Bangalore or Bengaluru – India’s IT hub – shows, for centuries, the population of this region grew because of nature,...

/ October 25, 2017

The Grass Is Greener in a Legal Cannabis Shop

Matt Kibbe Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People. He is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author, and political...

/ October 24, 2017

Austrian Elections: A ‘shift to the Right’ and a ‘mixed Bag’ for Europe

On 15th October 2017, Austrian elections made international headlines once again. Austria took a ‘turn to the right’ as a result of a campaign that promised to enforce a tougher stance on migration into Austria. The tightening of border controls...

/ October 24, 2017

Kyrgyzstan: migrant women workers and a ‘lost generation’ of children

Dilya-eje, a secondary school teacher in the border village of Samarkandek, Kyrgyzstan, often visits the houses of her neighbourhood to record the children who should attend school the next year. She always indicates the status of their parents in her...

/ October 24, 2017

Going Grassroots: Visiting the Foreign Locales of Arkansas and Southwest Texas

One of the great things about travel is surprise.  In recent months, I had the opportunity to drive through the United States to several locations that I had never seen.  Most of my travel over the years has ironically been...

/ October 19, 2017

China’s green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs. This provides the...

/ October 17, 2017

Peace makes strides in Colombia, but the battle is far from won

One year after Colombians initially rejected a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, today the outlook for peace seems almost promising. On Oct. 10, the country’s constitutional court shielded that accord from any changes for a period of 12...

/ October 16, 2017

The Weird and Wonderful Virtues of Human Geography

My introduction to Human Geography was a weird one. During my first two years of graduate school, my International Relations Department resided in the same space, physically (and intellectually?) as the Geography Department. It shouldn’t have been weird…or should it...

/ October 14, 2017

Tackling climate change could bring North and South Korea closer and help stabilise the region

The Paris Agreement, signed in 2015 requires every country to make pledges to tackle climate change. North Korea is no exception. Given that air pollution doesn’t recognise borders, there are already several emissions-reduction projects underway that will require cooperation between...

/ October 12, 2017

Trump’s Dream and Tocqueville’s Nightmare

Many of us observe in astonishment as we witness the startling outbursts of Donald Trump on the critical issues of the day, from taunting North Korea with total destruction to provoking the abuse of basic freedoms. It seems to not...

/ October 12, 2017

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design,...

/ October 11, 2017

Fmr. Manager of DOD Aerospace Threat Program: “UFOs are Real”

Something extraordinary was revealed today. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows came forward on one platform. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentifed...

/ October 11, 2017

A close-up look at what happens when tourists and Maasai communities meet

My study of interaction between tourists and a Maasai community raised questions about the boundaries between research, tourism and entertainment. For one thing, the local Maasai generally classify overseas visitors, whether researchers, NGO workers, businessmen or tourists, in the same...

/ October 11, 2017

El flagelo del aborto ilegal en América Latina: ¿hay democracia sin derechos reproductivos?

Read in English. Tres cuartos de todos los abortos en América Latina se hacen de forma ilegal. Junto con África y Asia, esta región reune gran parte de los 17.1 millones abortos realizados de manera insegura cada año alrededor del...

/ October 11, 2017

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river could fuel more conflicts in the country

Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar was once called “Asia’s rice bowl”, and that label stuck...

/ October 10, 2017