Inflating another Bubble?

[source: wikimedia]

Since the 2008 recession, journalists and politicians have spilt much ink arguing over the nature and sustainability of the economic recovery in the UK. Pessimists first lamented a prolonged period of GDP flat-lining as the economy tinkered on the edge of a double-dip recession. Now that the UK is poised to be the fastest growing… Continue Reading ➤

Dubai: an economic paradox?

[source: Beth Swords]

Dubai has seen eight bear markets, in which the daily stock market has declined by 20% or more, in the past six years.  On June 30th, the benchmark DFM General Index lost 26% in value. But Dubai is still considered one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Volatility is often considered an impediment… Continue Reading ➤

What next for the Union?

[source: Wikipedia]

How fitting that last week, just when the Yes campaign looked like it might win and Westminster burst into flames of panic, J.M. W. Turner’s ‘The Burning of Parliament’ took centre stage in the Tate Britain’s new exhibition of our greatest artist’s late masterpieces. Turner witnessed the blaze at first hand in 1834, and it… Continue Reading ➤

Going Viral: the Human Impact on Emerging Infections

[source; U.S. Department of Agriculture]

In a rapidly changing world, where human modification of the environment has become routine global practice, are we paving the way for emerging viral infections? In the mid-20th century, a naïve belief began to surface that in the future, infectious disease would be consigned to history; that our improved sanitation, better socioeconomic conditions and medical… Continue Reading ➤

2014, the year of the quenelle? An analysis of the Dieudonné Affair

The Quenelle gesture [source: MoTH4FoK]

Last January one could not switch on a French TV station, read a French newspaper, or have a conversation with a French person without the name of French comedian, Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, coming up. Even amongst Cambridge’s French student community, all our gatherings that month ended in heated discussions of what had become known as… Continue Reading ➤

Factory Bound: Gender Inequality in China

Foxlink factory in China [source: flickr]

China under Mao is remembered as a time of ideological chauvinism and societal paranoia, but also of radical commitment to gender egalitarianism: according to the Communist leadership, true socialism would come only if women participated in society on a par with men. This egalitarian ethos was certainly enlightened, but it was by no means perfect…. Continue Reading ➤

The Italian Spring

Renzi

The demolisher The Italians love nicknames, and their politicians are not exempted. After il Divo Andreotti, il Cavaliere Berlusconi, il Professore Monti, now comes il Rottamatore—‘the demolisher’—Matteo Renzi. And how he has lived up to his name. Renzi has demolished the typical path of an Italian political career. By the time Matteo Renzi’s image finally flashed across major global news outlets, driving… Continue Reading ➤