17 Apr 2019

Why Are We So Moved By The Plight Of The Notre Dame?

Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching

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16 Apr 2019

Why Notre Dame Matters

Notre Dame is on fire, and its spire has fallen. As of Monday afternoon, we

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12 Apr 2019

Did European Colonisation Precipitate The Little Ice Age?

Many of us think that rapid environmental change is a quintessentially modern crisis. Today, temperatures

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11 Apr 2019

We Have Seen The Unseeable: Astronomers Capture First Image Of A Black Hole

An international collaboration presents paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of

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10 Apr 2019

Bias In Cable News

How much does consuming news with a strong political slant influence Americans’ votes in presidential

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09 Apr 2019

Power And Powerlessness In Global Cities

How does today’s globalization transform our perceptions of urban inequality and how do we respond

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20 Mar 2019

Why Science Matters So Much In The Era Of Fake News And Fallacies

Democracy and social progress die without science and fact-based knowledge. Science and facts are the

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19 Mar 2019

Christchurch Attacks Are A Stark Warning Of Toxic Political Environment That Allows Hate To Flourish

When lives are tragically cut short, it is generally easier to explain the “how” than

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25 Jan 2019

In A World Becoming More Polarized, Europe Must Stay United

This year’s edition of the Global Risks Report points out an existential need for a cooperative, multistakeholder

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24 Jan 2019

Davos 2019 Key Moments For Day Three

As expected, this year’s World Economic Forum continues to illuminate environmental, economic and societal issues

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21 Jan 2019

Davos 2019 – Ten Points Worth Remembering

The World Economic Forum 2019 will talk about existing and future challenges we all have

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17 Jan 2019

Need To Solve A Border Dispute? Look To Ethiopia Or Uzbekistan

Border disputes have recently taken on renewed importance, threatening political crisis in the UK, US

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11 Jan 2019

10 Predictions For The Global Economy In 2019

The global economy started 2018 with strong, synchronized growth. But as the year progressed, momentum

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09 Jan 2019

Democracy Is Facing Strong Headwinds In 2019

2018 confirmed the trend: liberal democracy is weakening throughout the globe. Latin America is no

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08 Jan 2019

Seven Charts That Show The World Is Actually Becoming A Better Place

Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend: not only do many people across

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11 Dec 2018

When The State Is Unjust, Citizens May Use Justifiable Violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old

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10 Dec 2018

Human Rights 70 Years On: Important Victories As Well As Major Misses

According to Amnesty International, human rights continue to deteriorate. CIVICUS – an umbrella body for

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30 Nov 2018

Does The G20 Summit Really Make A Difference? World Leaders Reckon It Does

“The secret to success is sincerity. Learn to fake that, and you’ve got it made.”

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22 Nov 2018

These Are The 8 Major Forces Shaping The Future Of The Global Economy

The world is changing faster than ever before. With billions of people hyper-connected to each

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20 Nov 2018

The Non-Brits Guide To Brexit (Because It Affects You Too)

The European Union is arguably the world’s most powerful bloc. But it’s about to lose

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14 Nov 2018

What Is The Greatest Challenge To The Future Of Human Rights? We The People Are

When considering the future of human rights and whether they will be viewed as more,

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12 Nov 2018

How Did The First World War Start?

The causes of the Great War are still being debated a century on, but time

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09 Nov 2018

World Politics Explainer: The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

30 years ago, in the night of November 9-10, 1989, East German border police opened

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30 Oct 2018

What History Reveals About Surges In Anti-Semitism & Anti-Immigrant Sentiments

The shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh is believed to be the

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29 Oct 2018

World Hunger Has Risen For Three Straight Years, And Climate Change Is A Cause

World hunger has risen for a third consecutive year, according to the United Nations’ annual

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19 Oct 2018

Slavery Was Never Abolished – It Affects Millions, And You May Be Funding It

When we think of slavery, many of us think of historical or so-called “traditional forms”

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11 Oct 2018

The Elimination Of Smallpox Showed How Humans Can Work Together To Solve Deadly Global Problems

If you were to watch a split-screen broadcast with global weather on one side and

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08 Oct 2018

America Has Become A Gerontocracy. We Must Change That.

The United States has a gerontocracy problem. This was clearly demonstrated in the recent hearings

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26 Sep 2018

A Brief History Of The United Nations

The United Nations (U.N.) is a global diplomatic and political organization dedicated to international peace

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21 Sep 2018

What Part Of “Brexit Now” Don’t You Understand?

Many people regard Magna Carta as the first constitutional guarantee of the basic liberties of the English-speaking

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18 Sep 2018

Under What Circumstances Is Inequality OK?

As two years since Brits voted for Brexit is checked off the calendar, the thick

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10 Sep 2018

Flu Plane: Are We Really Ready For A Global Pandemic?

An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers

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06 Sep 2018

Brazil’s National Museum Fire : What It Means for Science

The overnight inferno likely claimed fossils, cultural artifacts, and more irreplaceable collections amassed over 200

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14 Aug 2018

Why Politics Needs Hope (But No Longer Inspires It)

In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the word ‘hope’ was ubiquitous in Western politics.

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16 Jul 2018

France Produces The Most World Cup Players. Here’s Why.

French-born players are competing for national teams from Europe, Africa, and South America. Fifty players

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25 Jun 2018

The Dreadful History Of Children In Concentration Camps

Children and family have been central to the institution of the concentration camp from its

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16 Apr 2018

How To Assess Political Stability? Follow The Bread Path

When Egyptians were protesting in 2011, they held up piece of bread and demanded “bread, freedom

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24 Jan 2018

Four Reasons Why Corruption Matters

More than a trillion dollars are stolen from the world’s poorest countries every year, which is such a

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24 Jan 2017

The 5 Kinds Of Cities We’ll See In The Populist Era

Will your city go into triage mode, double down on progressive policies, or flex its

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13 May 2016

40 Years Of Changing Horizons Of Manhattan & The World Trade Center

In WTC, Brian Rose’s photographs explore presence, absence, and a constantly changing city. The World

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09 Nov 2015

A Brief History Of The Rise & Fall Of The Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East

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03 Apr 2015

Jerusalem : The City Of God

Jerusalem, considered to be one of the holiest places on Earth. Christianity, Islam and Judaism

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13 Mar 2015

Blood On The Streets : The Violent History Of Public Squares

There may have been earlier public squares, yet the ancient Greeks with their agora, or

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18 Feb 2015

Jared Diamond: Why Do Societies Collapse?

Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter

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