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Can democracy survive in the information age? Op-Eds

Can democracy survive in the information age?

Since the 1970-s, the contemporary world has been experiencing the Digital Revolution, the change from mechanical and electronic technologies to high tech, digital technologies. States have always…

Big Four Breakup Op-Eds

Big Four Breakup

After much speculation, the Big Four Accounting firms - Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers – are finally being investigated for anti-competitive practices.  Despite ardent…

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action Op-Eds

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action

Global waste generation is expected to double by 2050 given the current system in many regions. As the damaging effects of waste become more apparent, many countries and communities are taking active…

Is there a proxy war today? Op-Eds

Is there a proxy war today?

Background: A proxy war is an armed conflict between two parties, either countries or factions, which is taking place on behalf of parties not directly involved. Generally there will be a long term…

Using the Internet to stop Tsunamis Op-Eds

Using the Internet to stop Tsunamis

Background: Tsunami’s are unpredictable, travel faster than commercial jets and can carry 20 tonne rocks as far as 180 metres inland. According to the National Geophysical Data Centre, the first…

Tickets to Space: On sale now Op-Eds

Tickets to Space: On sale now

Background: Humans have dreamed about spaceflight since antiquity. The Chinese used rockets for ceremonial and military purposes centuries ago, but only in the latter half of the 20th century were…

Decreasing Global Dependance on Middle Eastern Oil Op-Eds

Decreasing Global Dependance on Middle Eastern Oil

Background: Following the First World War and the downfall of the Ottoman Empire, Great Britain took control a large part of the Middle Eastern region, including military rule over Palestine, which…

Dyslexia. A Step closer to its end Op-Eds

Dyslexia. A Step closer to its end

Background Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that makes it difficult for people to read. It’s the most common learning issue, although it’s not clear what percentage of kids have it. Some experts…

Microsoft goes Underwater Op-Eds

Microsoft goes Underwater

Background: A data center is a facility composed of networked computers and storage that businesses or other organizations use to organize, process, store and disseminate large amounts of data. A…

Big Brother is watching Op-Eds

Big Brother is watching

Background: Various states and regimes, at different times and places, established bodies which could be described as a secret service or secret police – for example, the Agentes in rebus of the late…

Trauma begets Trauma: The personal life of dictators Op-Eds

Trauma begets Trauma: The personal life of dictators

Background The Holocaust was the murder of six million Jews by Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany during World War 2. It took the Germans and their accomplices four and a half years to murder 6,000,000…

Genocide Today Op-Eds

Genocide Today

Background: The destruction of Carthage at the end of the Third Punic War (149–146 BCE) has been labeled as "The First Genocide". However, it was not the last and definitely not the worst. The Nazis…

 Money Laundering: How and Why Op-Eds

Money Laundering: How and Why

Background: The exact origins of the practise are unknown, but many place it in gang culture of early 20th Century USA, the term ‘money laundering’ itself was first officially used in the 1980s1 . By…

Capacity Building and Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan Op-Eds

Capacity Building and Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Background: Afghanistan: A Story of Statelessness- With Persia to its west and the Indian subcontinent to its east, the area that comprises modern Afghanistan has always stood between great empires.…

Digital Amnesia Op-Eds

Digital Amnesia

Background: The Internet, sometimes called simply "the Net," is a worldwide system of computer networks - a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get…

Labour Rights in South East Asia Op-Eds

Labour Rights in South East Asia

Background: The garment industry has notoriously poor, even dangerous, working conditions. Factory owners, competing in the global marketplace for contracts, do everything possible to cut costs.…

Northern Aerospace Op-Eds

Northern Aerospace

Background: The first instance of UK-China trade was in the 1620s, English ships sailed to Macau which was leased by China to Portugal. In 1637, Four heavily armed ships arrived at Macao in an…

Aadhaar and its History with contempt of court  Op-Eds

Aadhaar and its History with contempt of court

Background: In 1998 after the Kargil war, the Kargil Review Committee, headed by security analyst K. Subrahmanyam made the proposal that citizens in villages in border regions be issued identity…

2 Minutes to Midnight Op-Eds

2 Minutes to Midnight

Background: The Doomsday Clock was created by the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 as a response to nuclear threats. The concept is simple – the closer the minute hand is to…

UN and The Kashmir Dilemma  Op-Eds

UN and The Kashmir Dilemma

The United Nations released the first ever report on human rights violations in Kashmir, asserting that the Indian armed forces have used excessive force in Kashmir with many civilians killed and…