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“Thucydides” on “Right to work”

“Thucydides” on “Right to work”

Moose McGillicuddy had just opened his tavern on a quiet weekday morning, wanting to do some cleaning before people began to stop in for lunch. He was having a hot cup of coffee sitting at the bar and reading the Daily Standard. A headline caught his eye: “Legislator introduces RTW bill.” It was Rep. John […] … learn more→

Britain may be leaving the EU, but English is going nowhere

Britain may be leaving the EU, but English is going nowhere

After Brexit, there are various things that some in the EU hope to see and hear less in the future. One is Nigel Farage. Another is the English language. In the early hours of June 24, as the referendum outcome was becoming clear, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, left-wing MEP and French presidential candidate, tweeted that “English cannot […] … learn more→

From dating profiles to Brexit – how to spot an online lie

From dating profiles to Brexit – how to spot an online lie

There are three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes – and lying. The latter certainly appears to have been borne out by the UK’s recent Brexit referendum, with a number of the Leave campaign’s pledges looking more like porkie pies than solid truths. But from internet advertising, visa applications and academic […] … learn more→

Please think twice — maybe three times — before sharing a political post on Facebook

Please think twice — maybe three times — before sharing a political post on Facebook

OPINION: If you share a political post on Facebook, I think less of you It’s not that I mind people discussing politics online. I’ve done it, and in a few of those cases I’ve even enjoyed it. It’s the particular act specific to Facebook of “sharing” that infuriates me. I have some friends who have […] … learn more→

Removing social media hate speech within 24 hours sounds like a good idea, but…

Removing social media hate speech within 24 hours sounds like a good idea, but…

In a bid to fight escalating anti-migrant propaganda, the European Commission this month released a blueprint for regulating online hate, which requires social media companies to take down racist material within 24 hours. This joint code of conduct sounds like a positive political compromise. But it’s unclear how it will work in practice and how […] … learn more→

TB could kill 75 million people by 2050; Improved treatment methods and vaccines need of the hour

TB could kill 75 million people by 2050; Improved treatment methods and vaccines need of the hour

Alongside HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death in the planet. Nearly, 9 million people and 1 million children suffer from TB according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the last decade, the advancement in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of TB has brought the mortality rate down, by 47%. Every […] … learn more→

Breaking the silence around lecturers who are sexually harassed – by students

Breaking the silence around lecturers who are sexually harassed – by students

Sexual harassment is ubiquitous in higher education institutions around the world, and a large body of research suggests that women are its main victims. This is true for students and academics, who are experiencing sexual harassment from their superiors, their peers – and their students. It is this last category – what’s known as contrapower […] … learn more→

From tiger to free-range parents – what research says about pros and cons of popular parenting styles

From tiger to free-range parents – what research says about pros and cons of popular parenting styles

What’s the best way to raise your child? It’s a question that has provoked the publication of numerous books, and seen authors race to coin the next quirky name for a new style of parenting. And it turns out there are many styles. To date, some of the best known include: Tiger parents, who are […] … learn more→

What can academics do about the refugee crisis?

What can academics do about the refugee crisis?

About 60 million people are currently displaced around the world as a result of conflicts and human rights violations. This displacement is being referred to as the largest refugee crisis since World War II. In the first four months of 2016, over 180,000 people have arrived in Europe. We are facing one of those ‘wicked […] … learn more→

Simply punishing students for bullying will not address the problem

Simply punishing students for bullying will not address the problem

The spring legislative season is well underway, and, as has been the case for the last several years, a number of states are again considering and passing amendments to their anti-bullying laws. This year, Florida and Kentucky, for example, saw amendments to their anti-bullying laws introduced in their general assemblies. Florida’s bill, which has been […] … learn more→