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German and US Conservatives have Little In Common

While across the US the German election has been depicted in the mainstream media as a defeat for the ruling Conservative (Christian Democrat) Party, the reality of conservatism in Germany — and most of Europe — is that it bears little resemblence to what it means to Americans.

Canada General Election 2021

Prime minister Justin Trudeau, after just two years of minority government, has called an election with the shortest campaign period that the law allows. He wants …



The chasm between your icons and what you probably don’t know about them

Gardens and Politics

What your garden reveals …

    The Death penalty and the Authoritarian Personality

    Robert Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington DC, discusses with Wayne Brittenden the ethical and legal situation of capital punishment globally — but particularly in the US, which is the only western democracy that — at least in 29 states — can still execute its citizens.

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      The Corporatised University

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      The University has become a brand. The degree is the commodity. And the students are the customers.

      Top heavy administration, the obsession with income and ratings, and many other troubling factors have undermined the traditional role of the university as the critic and conscience of society – particularly in the faculties of science and the social sciences.

      Many academics are deeply troubled by the shrinking universe of the university. Professor Peter Wills is one of them.

        What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

        Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change — and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it …