MOOCs (massive open online courses)
and more freely available lectures and university content are transforming
the education landscape, and alliances between academia and corporations are ever-increasing. But this revolution
in education might pose a lethal threat for hardly commodifiable
disciplines such as those of the humanities.
When the rice harvest season finishes in a few weeks, fields in India will turn black as farmers burn thousands of
acres. This practice shows one of the
failures of the Green Revolution, with devastating regional and global consequences. A food-security-obsessed India cannot ignore these
issues for much longer.
The digital age brings with it the promise of micro observation and indefinite memory. This will bring about a different approach to history - similar to what Tolstoy described one and a half century ago.
The consensus is that this presidential election
may all come down to Ohio and a few other “swing” states, as in 2000 and 2004.
If there are any voting irregularities to be found this time around, Ohio will
be the place to look first.
In France, the Manifesto of Appalled Economists underlined
some of the country’s most prominent economic concerns about the
European response to the global crisis. It was signed by over 700 economists
and more than 6,500 concerned citizens. Today, we publish their call for a
more open, more democratic European Union.
The recent announcement of the president of Yale University to the effect that he will step down from his office next June, allegedly because of tension about the new Yale-branded college
in Singapore, was a small tsunami in the world of academia – and raised a
broader question: what role do universities have in today's society?
The only way to turn the tide against the Assadist forces is by both
equipping the FSA with heavier weaponry, and providing the FSA with greater
support in the form of eventual intervention by aerial and some ground
It is surely better now to concentrate on Meles’ positive
achievements rather than dwell on negatives from the past. His legacy will be
decided by what happens next. But the “develop now and clean up later” approach
enjoyed by the west for a while is no longer an option - for anyone.
British hospitals are being encouraged to sell their services abroad. But Healthcare UK, created to oversee this move into the foreign market, won't reflect the real NHS 'brand', rooted as it is in the human right to health.
These are our
last unhurried moments to make all haste, to prepare for the worse, to make
sure the climate change lifeboats are all stocked, and more importantly, that
there are enough to go around for all.
The top down medical bio-fix behind the new Global Plan for an AIDS-free generation will not work without
shifting the status quo to include human rights and the science of
phenomenology: that means talking to us, funding us and involving us, says
The understanding of global climate change has deepened since the 1970s, in parallel with voluminous research into and clear scientific evidence of its reality. The obstacles to recognition remain powerful. But this, the 2010s, really is the crucial decade.
With the selection of the politically extreme Paul Ryan as his VP candidate, Romney will energize Obama’s base as well as his own, making it a watchable race for those who enjoy political blood sports.
As we enter the fourth
decade of AIDS, we need to assert once again the importance of transparency,
knowledge and autonomy in the introduction and distribution of technologies for
prevention and treatment of the disease.
Heidemarie Kremer is a
medical doctor, psychologist, and scientist. She has been barred from
presenting her science at the International AIDS Conference in Washington because
she is HIV-positive. She writes, "I have a criminal record because I am
open about my HIV status. The stigma has made me silent".
For the UK and
beyond, the tensions between ‘green growth’ and the ‘steady state’ continue to
battle it out as the main models of an environmentally responsible economy. As
the UN's Rio summit approaches, the question of whether economic growth can be
reconciled with environmental constraints remains an open one.
PrepCom Review in Vienna closed by underlining the majority view that “any use
or threat of use of nuclear weapons would be inconsistent with fundamental
rules of international humanitarian law". In her final report from the NPT
Rebecca Johnson says that the next few years may see some fundamental changes
in how nuclear issues are addressed