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Is cyber the new gunpowder and corruption the spark?

by James Black, Transparency International A 2013 report by Kroll Advisory Solutions suggests that more than two-thirds of all cyber cases involving theft of data stem from corrupt corporate insiders – but that companies’ desire to deal with incidents quietly and internally means they rarely reach the public eye. Cyber threats can take a range of … Continue reading

“I’m Mad as Hell…”: Brazilian Protests in Comparative Perspective

By Peter Kingstone Pope Francis’ visit to Brazil has come and gone largely without incident. By most accounts, it was a tremendous success and the new pontiff’s modesty and positive message was well received both in Brazil and abroad. Security officials expressed concern about the Pope’s desire to move openly and worried about the risks … Continue reading

Global Corruption, Global Protests: The Odds of Success Against the System

By Laurence Cockcroft   Corruption has featured heavily in the rounds of street-led protests over the last three years, and in some cases much earlier. Sometimes the protesters have focused directly on the corruption issue (as in Indonesia, Egypt and Russia); in other cases there has been a stronger focus on issues such as profligate … Continue reading

Religion in the EU : How Many Divisions ?

By François Foret Sociologists present Europe as “an exceptional case” to the extent that religious beliefs and practices have declined there more than in any other part of the world. It does not mean that religion is disappearing. On the contrary, it is becoming more visible in the political and public arenas, in new, individualised … Continue reading

Housework not homework for millions of children in Malala’s Pakistan

LAHORE, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for “free, compulsory education all over the world for every child” is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused. The most recent annual … Continue reading

An Examination of Decisions to Intervene in Libya and Syria

Why did the International Community Decide to Intervene in Libya, yet not in Syria? by Paul Stokes “The Middle East is a region where fools rush in, but wise men fear to tread.” – Leon Carl Brown This essay will explain why two countries, Libya and Syria – and two leaders, Muammar al-Gaddafi and Bashar … Continue reading

Would More Female Leadership Lead to Less Global Conflict?

Would a World In Which Women Dominated Key Leadership Positions Contain Less Violent Conflict? by Mia Lombardi The impact of gender on international security has come under much scrutiny in recent years, with divergences between the influence of socially-constructed gender or biologically-led ‘sex’ taking a key focus. This essay will examine whether one can evaluate … Continue reading

Five Influential Cultural and Social Trends from Rising Powers

Great post, pressed from: The Kula Ring Five Influential Cultural and Social Trends from Rising Powers.

Russian anti-pollution activist pays high price

By Will Englund, PERVOURALSK, Russia — After three men in this heavily polluted city beat Stepan Chernogubov unconscious, fracturing his skull and knocking out three teeth, criminal investigators took him, still bleeding, to a police station, where they questioned him for four hours and then threatened to bring charges against him. Chernogubov had been set … Continue reading

Malala’s prescription for change: One child, one teacher, one pen and one book

by Anne Hamilton Malala Yousafzai on Friday delivered her first speech since being shot by the Taliban on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley last October. Addressing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a Youth Assembly of 1,000 students at U.N. headquarters, she confirmed to the world that being shot in the head at point-blank range … Continue reading