Dutchbar Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka was decimated by the 2004 tsunami. It fell under a newly created 200m buffer zone set up to protect people. But it destroyed fishing communities.
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There is a need to be alive to tensions between short- and long-term objectives, as well as the assumptions we hold around what we consider to be “better” and how to achieve it.
People wearing face masks walk in front of a euro sign in the center of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (October 21, 2020).
The global economy is currently experiencing its severest contraction since the 1930s. While capitalism will survive, its fundamental structure can change at critical historical junctures.
It’s a … fire!
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Increasingly outlandish gender reveal parties align perfectly with the values of an economy that's always scrolling for the next best thing.
Weekend in the Islamic world usually means Friday and Saturday.
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For many people, the standard weekend is Saturday and Sunday. That's not true for Muslims in some Islamic nations.
American thinker John Dewey in 1946.
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Though many in the US are disoriented and disheartened by the lack of an effective federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, American thinker John Dewey would not have been surprised.
African policymakers should strenuously safeguard their right to choose from the widest possible range of technology options that suit their countries’ development needs.
Grocery workers have been essential during the pandemic. so should we be paying them more?
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After the pandemic is over, grocery workers and nurses will still be essential. But will they be paid any better?
The 1820 Settler Monument in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, commemmorates the arrival of 5,000 British colonial settlers.
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It is not hard to see the roots of 20th century apartheid policies in the legacy of the British settlers.
Alberta’s new ministerial orders modify some industrial environmental reporting requirements in the province.
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Alberta has modified its environmental rules, becoming the first to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 1620 engraving depicts tobacco being prepared for export from Jamestown, Virginia.
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During two 17th-century medical calamities, economic imperatives outweighed moral concerns.
The Camp Fire in November 2018 was the deadliest in California’s history.
During California's deadliest wildfire season, 2,000 prison inmates fought the flames on USD$1 a day.
We could use this crisis to rebuild, produce something better and more humane. But we may slide into something worse.
Bernie Sanders was asked at a CNN-sponsored town hall about socialism.
Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, a potential problem for the presidential candidate. A Cold War campaign to link American-ness and capitalism helped create popular distrust of socialism.
Some people might think it's a ridiculous conversation, but for the sake of the planet we need to talk about ending capitalism.
A session at Davos highlighted the consequences of capitalism.
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As capitalism's image crumbles, many of the world's biggest companies are trying to give it new life by showing it can mean more than just making money.
Bad customer service is increasingly good for companies who use it.
Bad customer service is actually good for companies' bottom lines.
Large corporations have both contributed to the expansion of LGBTQ equality and served as a bulwark against conservative backlash.
In an interview, law professor Carlos Ball explains how gay rights activists and corporations went from adversaries to partners. But would the alliance have happened if it had hurt companies' bottom lines?
The Berlin Wall in October 1988.
East Germans feel alienated and powerless. They see themselves as second-class citizens, while outsiders live high on what is rightfully theirs.
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In 1989, Francis Fukuyama pronounced that history had ended. How wrong he was.
Manipulating our own personal data can allow us to manipulate capitalism.
Personal data is valued primarily because data can be turned into a private asset. That has significant implications for political and societal choices.