Post Tagged with: "USA"

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams. Source: Flickr CC

Trump’s Immigration Ban jeopardises scientific collaboration and technological advancement

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus. The New Colossus. Inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, United […]

by × 10 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

The insecurity of globalisation is perhaps becoming overwhelming. There seems to be a strangely pervasive atmosphere of marginalisation and threatened dignity these last weeks, cutting across ideological divides. Yesterday’s contribution to this blog articulated some principles of what we might need to do in response. My intention below, without necessarily […]

by × 03 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Donald Trump signs Executive Orders, January 2017. Source: Wikimedia Commons

We must speak out to protect our democracy

“All I have is a voice. To undo the folded lie.” – W.H. Auden Auden wrote that line as part of an extended poem in 1939 during a period of rising upheaval with the onset of World War II.  In the midst of another period of political upheaval in the […]

by × 02 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women's March on Washington, 21 January 2017. Image: Mobilus in Mobili. Source: Flickr CreativeCommons

More than a Women’s March: A movement for representation and justice for all

Friday, 20 January 2017, marked the beginning of a new era in American politics and global history. Thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, and participate in the festivities of the day. Inauguration Day is […]

by × 27 January 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 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Stand Up For Science rally in San Francisco, USA, December 2016. Photo: Peg Hunter. Source: Flickr CC

Facts under attack: science policy in the “post-truth” era

“If we are not serious about facts – what’s true and what’s not – and particularly in an age of social media where so many people are getting information in sound bytes and snippets off their phones… If we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.” […]

by × 20 December 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Supporters of Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Source: Flickr CC

Can corruption explain the success of Donald Trump?

In a number of yearly polls, Gallup has reported that since 2010, between 73 and 79 percent of Americans agree that “corruption is widespread throughout the government in this country.” These staggering figures are by no means unique but there is considerable variation between countries, from 99 percent in Greece, […]

by × 09 December 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

US general election polls 2016. Source: Wikimedia

Systemic errors, group behaviour and uncertainty: Why the polls did not predict Trump’s victory

Many people predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidential elections – academics, pollsters, newspapers. I was assuming so, too. She was leading with a significant edge in national polls over the last weeks of the electoral campaign. But now Donald Trump is the President-elect. Why did the polls […]

by × 01 December 2016 ×