GAYS + RELIGION: HOLY JOY

hen the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision to legalize gay marriage under the 14th amendment, they knew there would be some backlash. They weren’t wrong. Conservatives have had adverse reactions to the ruling, and…

CHANGING THE DEBATE

ince the first televised debate between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, debates have followed a formulaic approach. Candidates  will try to look good and avoid making mistakes. But the introduction of social media shakes…

TUG-OF-WAR OVER SYRIA

With the 70th commemoration of the UN General Assembly approaching, the world has watched as Russia suddenly and dramatically ramps up its military support to Syria, in the form of tanks, planes, helicopters, and even troops. The question, however, is…

TSIPRAS 2.0

As in January, Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras is back in power. But this time around, Syriza has committed to a harsh austerity program that is guaranteed to keep Greece in a depression for several more years. It is not surprising, however,…

EMERGING NO MORE?

rowth is slowing significantly in emerging economies and asset prices are falling sharply across the board. Is a crisis in emerging markets, echoing the one in advanced countries, already happening? After years of solid growth…

BACK TO THE WILD

urope and the Americas are losing much of their mesofauna: bison, moose, wolf, bear, and lynx among others are losing ground. These losses, paradoxically, are coming by way of conservation. Many conservation sites maintain a…

ETHICS AND THE BOTTOMLINE

ith an ever-increasing awareness of company policies, politics and sources of input, people are beginning to demand more responsibility from the business sector. Now, in an era of social media where people can be heard…

POPE CHANGES THE CLIMATE

ew people like change – that is a cliché, but it is also a well-proven theory. Kind of like climate change. Pope Francis, to conservatives’ dismay, has picked up the issue of climate change and…

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

he Great Firewall of China has stood on both the technological and ideological borders of China since 1998. Seventeen years after its creation it now serves to censor any foreign content that could criticize the…

FROM BRIC TO POLITICAL BRINK

or some time now, Brazil has been widely seen as a respected democracy with a booming emerging economy, ready to cement its place in the world. While the former aspect may yet hold true, the…