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George Steiner: The Gift of Memory

By Geoffrey Heptonstall in Arts and Culture, October 17, 2017

Has Truth a Future? George Steiner’s question may have sounded over-stated when it was first asked thirty years ago, but history has revealed the prescience of Dr Steiner’s urgent concern.

Plastics are making our oceans sick

By Olivia Boyd in Uncategorized, October 15, 2017

Filmmaker Jo Ruxton talks about why she left the BBC to tell a more honest story about our seas. Once you get into your head that plastic’s not disposable, there are so many changes you can make.

The Scale of Pentagon Waste

By Harry Blain in Features,

If any other public agency had blown hundreds of billions of dollars, Congress would hold hearings. If it’s the Pentagon, it gets $80 billion more. It’s worth asking: Where does the money go?

Richard Thaler, Nobel laureate

By Hersh Shefrin in Economics and Finance,

Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Hersh Shefrin looks at the development of three key areas of his research: people’s limited rationality, their perceptions about fairness, and their lack of self-control.

AIIB invests in Egyptian solar

By Liu Qin in Environment, October 8, 2017

It’s early days for solar power in Egypt but already the sector is attracting significant attention from big development banks, including investment by the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

The Neymar Bubble

By Eran Yashiv in Economics and Finance,

The €222 million transfer of Neymar to PSG calls into question whether football superstars are a good investment. Using the financial details of the transfer, at the price paid, Neymar has a negative net present value. While there are other explanations for PSG’s willingness to pay, in purely economic terms his contract seems a bad investment.

Bismarck’s health insurance

By Stefan Bauernschuster, Anastasia Driva, Erik Hornung in Features,

The model for today’s health insurance systems was Otto von Bismarck’s compulsory health insurance, introduced in the German Empire in 1884. contemporary mortality data to show that, by extending access to healthcare, Bismarck’s health insurance significantly reduced mortality rates for blue-collar workers

Catalonia: now what?

By Patrice de Beer in Politics, October 7, 2017

The time has come for Europe to make its voice heard, after Madrid’s brutal repression and failure to listen to many of its own people. “Rajoy has shown himself unable to foresee the crisis which has been brewing ever since the Constitutional Tribunal invalidated the “Estatut” in 2010.”

“Nothingwood” by Sonia Kronlund

By Lev Myshkin in Arts and Culture, September 14, 2017

Hollywood! Bollywood! Nollywood! Nothingwood! A gem of a documentary that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm. A wry look at the Afghan film industry through the life and career of Salim Shaheen.

Erdoğan: prophetic leader or political suicide?

By Daniel Petcu in Politics,

If Erdoğan persists in his callous quest, it will only be a matter of time before he succumbs to increasing economic pressure that will threaten to leave the country destitute.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Wanted in Europe

Wanted in Europe