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 ➤

Our Modern Waste Land: Food, Facts and the Future

Source: David Fedele

When doomsayers warn of the various ways that humanity is expediting its own demise, they tend to focus on the twenty-first century trinity of overpopulation, food and water shortages, and climate change. And to some extent, they’re right. There’s no denying that these looming issues are desperate for attention from researchers and the public, both… Continue Reading ➤

Old Front, New Façade

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The magazine Minute is not in the business of playing devil’s advocate. As the unadulterated mouthpiece of the French extreme-right, it is regularly and deliberately embroiled in controversy. Its most famous debacle came in the run up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when it ran an article by politician Georges Frêche posing the question, ‘are there… Continue Reading ➤

Uruguay’s Clasificadores

Source: GlobalRec, Comunicado de Prensa: Una nueva Marcha de Carros de la UCRUS, September 5 2012

It’s a typically chilly July afternoon. Traffic on one of Montevideo’s busiest streets is gridlocked by dozens of horse-drawn rubbish carts. Pulling up outside the Palacio Municipal, home to Montevideo’s regional government or Intendencia, the rickety carros and their drivers cause quite a stir. These clasificadores steer their carts through the streets of Montevideo, collecting rubbish from households and more often… Continue Reading ➤