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BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

No return for Kurdistan’s independence now

For the first time ever, the Iraqi Kurds have seriously raised the flag of independence and recently made several critical steps forwards for this purpose. The process has been rolled out with no chances of return. The date for the independence referendum has been set: September 25, 2017. Although going […]

by × 13 June 2017 ×

BSG Students, Economic growth and resilience

Opposition protest in Venezuela, 6 April 2017.
Image: Jamez42, Wikipedia

Understanding the Venezuelan Collapse

How does a country go from the being the richest of its region to absolute collapse? Why have people been protesting daily for over two months? Moreover, why do people continue to demonstrate when over 60 people have been killed by State security forces? How bad can the situation get? […]

by × 02 June 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Demonstration against homophobia in Russia. Image: Flickr Creative Commons

Homophobic purges in Putinland

When someone refuses to sell you a pizza because you are gay, it is not fascism, it is bigotry. When they kidnap you because you are gay, hold you in a secret prison, torture you into giving up your friends’ names and then return you to your family saying “Either […]

by × 02 May 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Photo: Tim Evanson. Source: Wikimedia.

The true ‘unnatural crime’: abdicating the constitutional duty of judicial review

On January 31, 2017, the Home Office in the UK posthumously pardoned more than 50,000 gay and bisexual men, including the literary genius Oscar Wilde under the “Turing Law”. Although not without it critics, this is a powerful symbol of seeking to redress injustice committed against gay men and another […]

by × 09 March 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Informal fish markets of Soumbedioune. Image credit: Aïda Ndiaye.

Do informal workers’ lives matter?

In February 2008 in Dakar, Senegal, a pregnant fish trader, who remains unnamed, was fatally hit by a police car. The car was attempting to displace her and her fellow fish traders from selling on public roads near the national highway. The story of her death was casually reported in […]

by × 03 March 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Sirius Building, an apartment complex in Sydney by architect Tao Gofers. Photo by Eastberliner. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The bitter debate that we need to have about home ownership

Australians love houses. We have a culture where home ownership is expected. A mandatory rite of passage for anyone that can rustle up a deposit. And once you have bought, the government gives you a big thumbs up with a range of special exemptions for the family home. But housing […]

by × 17 February 2017 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Tinkoff Bank Mobile banking application. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The role of financial technology in the fight against poverty

Let me begin this blogpost with what I think is a necessary preamble. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past several years, I’m well aware of the problems posed by profit masquerading as purpose.  Tech company after tech company has claimed that their product is going […]

by × 08 February 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff applaud in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Farewell President Obama: A legacy in question?

In a few hours the tradition of a peaceful transition of power that has taken place since John Adams was sworn-in as the second President of the United States will continue. President Obama will awake as the American Commander-in-Chief and when he ends his day his only title will be […]

by × 19 January 2017 ×