Category: Social Issues & Culture

The Economics of Eurovision

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I quite like Eurovision - hardly a controversial statement, even if some may find the absurd pageantry a little too much. As I was watching Ukraine’s last minute dash to victory (despite winning neither the popular vote, nor the judges vote) in the 2016 reincarnation of the franchise I couldn’t help but think about the cost of performing and hosting Eurovision. Read more...

Honduran Activism and the Lead Veil of Secrecy

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In an environment where everyone knows but no one speaks, volume is a measure of courage.

 

Berta Cáceres had a loud voice, and even louder actions.

 

The all too familiar arc of prominent activists in Central America sadly mirrors that of Icarus; too much ambition, or worse, success, in making your society a better one will likely result in the proverbial sun cutting short your journey. Read more...

How to Make a Murderer

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Like millions of others, I have spent a good chunk of time since the turn of the year gripped by Netflix’s devourable documentary series Making a Murderer. This is one of those rare television shows that has transcended both its format and its genre to become the source of many water-cooler moments, heated debates and insane theories.  Read more...

Thoughts on COP21’s exclusive guestlist

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I was very impressed by the COP21 ads in the Parisian metro last week. In big bold white letters the placards proclaimed:

THE PLANET IS IN OUR HANDS

WE CANNOT TELL OUR CHILDREN THAT WE DIDN’T KNOW

WELCOME TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE COME TO DEFEND OUR PLANET

Since wrapping up the climate talks last weekend, the COP21 agreements have been hailed a historical success by politicians from around the globe. Read more...