Fair Trade?

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In 2001, leaders from 143 member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met in Doha, Qatar to begin a new round of talks. The aim of these talks, known as the Doha Development Round, was to reduce global barriers to trade, a mission in keeping with the increasingly globalised economy of the 21st century…. Continue Reading ➤

The Hunter-Uploader Society: Lights, Camera, Obsession

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“Quick! Take a picture!” “Get a snap!” “Film this!” “Hurry and record!” “You’ve gotta put that on Facebook!” Sound familiar? Well it should, because these are the stock phrases of the photo-mad digital world in which we live. Recording events on iPads before we think to breathe them in, snapping pictures with people we barely know… Continue Reading ➤

Should scientists bother to engage with skeptics?

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While the Globalist would not go so far as explicitly endorsing the sentiment, Salon writer Jarret Ruminski summed up the recent clash between American science educator Bill Nye and Founder of the Creation Museum Ken Ham pretty well: In the annals of great American nuttiness, the recent live-streamed creation vs. evolution debate between former kids’ television host… Continue Reading ➤

The Controversial Legacy of Ariel Sharon

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After spending eight years in a coma, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died on 11 January from multiple organ failure. Following his death, Sharon’s legacy has once again come under scrutiny. This article examines the divided opinions regarding this controversial political figure. “Didn’t I tell you that he will be consigned to the trash… Continue Reading ➤

When should governments intervene to protect, subsidise or promote culture?

Matthew Ridley When should a government intervene to protect culture? The case for intervention does not only rest on a culture’s value to society. Culture should only be subsidised or protected if there is an externality present – if that value to society is greater than the amount people are, in total, willing to pay… Continue Reading ➤

Westminster’s Empathy Deficit: Shifting down the political spectrum

Source: CNN.com; September 18, 2013

I’ve got it. I know where we’re going wrong. I’ve solved politics. Hold your revolution, Russell Brand; it all hinges on one crucial point – the difference between “sympathy” and “empathy”. The solution is beautifully simple: changing those two little letters could turn political disillusionment on its head. SYMPATHY Noun: Feelings of pity and sorrow for… Continue Reading ➤

Not the time to sabotage relations with Iran

The recent agreement between Iran, the United States, and five other world powers over Iran’s nuclear program is the most significant breakthrough in diplomatic relations between Iran and the West for several decades. Both the Obama administration and President Rouhani deserve credit for turning their backs on historical antagonism and bringing a pragmatic approach to… Continue Reading ➤