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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 Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Leadership is everyone’s act of citizenship

On 24 June 2016, I devised a game I have been playing ever since. Virtually every time I meet a group of people to talk things like change and leadership, the future of work and politics, the future of Europe or democracy, I ask: “If you are under 35, please […]

by × 28 April 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience

Mining in Sierra Leone. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Reputable mining investors wanted in Sierra Leone

How to improve integrity due diligence in mining license management On the first anniversary of the Panama Papers, the National Minerals Agency (NMA) of Sierra Leone wants to know who they are doing business with. The NMA is the government agency responsible for issuing mining licenses. Beny Steinmetz of Simandou […]

by × 24 April 2017 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

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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 Alumni, Science and technology

Whatsapp screen. Image by Sam Azgor. Source: Flickr CC

Governance in the time of Whatsapp

Early this year, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi suspended a government officer in Puducherry, one of the six Union Territories of India, for sending an obscene video in a WhatsApp group dedicated to improving the administration, of which she and other senior bureaucrats were members. Soon the Chief Minister banned the […]

by × 06 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 Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

An illustration showing the effects of domestic violence (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Recognise stalking as domestic violence in Malaysia

After years of abuse, Nina left her husband. Yet she was not safe. Wherever she moved, her husband would look for her. One time, Nina noticed men taking pictures of her children around her house. She was being stalked. Worried, she filed a police report, but she was not given […]

by × 01 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

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Anti-corruption protests in Romania: The opportunity of a generation

The recent mass protests in Romania were the largest since the fall of the communist regime in December ‘89. These started when the newly elected Romanian government hastily (bordering on ‘furtively’) adopted an ordinance bill in an attempt to decriminalise misuse of office. As a response, citizens have taken over […]

by × 27 February 2017 ×