In the article, “Why the world should be worried about the rise of strongman politics”, Tony Walker laments the rise of strongman politics throughout the world and the dangerous consequences of it. In light of subsequent developments around the world, he is of the opinion that the “macho” phenomenon, driven… Read More »The Rise of Strongman Politics
“You can either spend your time building borders or crossing them, and I chose the latter.” Ciao! My name is Tanya and I am 19. Born in a country as diverse as India, I was introduced to multiculturalism at a very young age. However, it was not until I was selected to be an exchange student in France that my life changed completely. I realized that I do not want to be confined to a particular nationality but I want be a part of a more global picture which is why I chose Global Governance. I like exploring art history, languages, and breaking stereotypes.
A healthy democracy requires its citizens to be exposed to a wide range of ideas and perspectives. This promotes shared experiences and makes it easier to govern a heterogeneous society, and reduces the likelihood of people resorting towards extremism. This represents the positive side of free speech – the diversity… Read More »Serendipity
Many would argue that the best works of art aren’t just about aesthetics. The best works are about expression, making a statement, taking a stand. They tell a story to the viewer, they communicate an emotion, a legacy. They can be the statement of an era, of a society, and… Read More »Picasso’s Guernica: A Legacy beyond Aesthetics
Third Culture Kid – A child raised in a culture other than their parents’ (or the culture of the country given on the child’s passport, where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early development years. The term was coined by anthropologists John and Ruth Hill Useem in… Read More »THIRD CULTURE KIDS : CHILDREN OF GLOBALIZATION
As Estonia became the first European country to introduce e-democracy, namely a digital version of the “traditional democracy”, it has become a model for the rest to follow. Indeed, it has added a new dimension to our concept not only of democracy, but also of participation and nation states. Named by… Read More »DIGITAL DEMOCRACY: FUTURE OF THE NATION STATES?
July 11, 2018. As I reached the beautiful island of Utoya in Norway, amidst all the nature, I found myself in the midst of the peaceful serenity that almost makes one forget the daunting events that happened on this island. Indeed, its history is quite heavy. In the deadliest attack… Read More »WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER : CIVIC EDUCATION AGAINST EXTREMISM AND THE CASE OF UTØYA
Frida Kahlo was born in 1907, during the early 20th century global era of political upheaval, bloody revolutionary uprisings and world war. The artist´s native country did not escape such instability, and in 1910 Mexico was plunged into revolution. Kahlo´s childhood progressed therefore, amid a backdrop of armed rebellion against… Read More »Frida Kahlo’s legacy: Of Marxism and Art
The billion dollar reason behind women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia Up until September 2017, Saudi Arabia was unique in being the only country in the world where women were forbidden to drive motor vehicles. However, on 26 September 2017, King Salman issued an order to allow women… Read More »GET, SET, GO!
The peaceful little nation of Iceland rarely makes any news on the political front, much less anywhere else if not for its natural beauty or lack of army. However lately, it sparked a debate by successfully eradicating the Down syndrome, not through any breakthrough cure for the genetic disorder, but through abortions. This has been possible due… Read More »Iceland’s Down Syndrome Dilemma and the “Dirty Hands” Theory
Normal : conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected Malaysia, 2018 Naveen was out celebrating with a friend, known only as Previn, after quitting his job so he could move to Kuala Lumpur and begin University the following day.It is believed that the two friends ran into two classmates… Read More »THE PARADOX OF NORMALITY : Celebrating the pride month
Born in the outskirts of Vienna in 1862, Klimt was the second son of a gold engraver. Perhaps this explain his “gold period” that later came to be known as his legacy. After completing university, he worked on various art commissions, which included the ceilings and murals of public… Read More »GUSTAV KLIMT’S LEGACY: FROM HIDDEN ALLEGORIES TO A REBELLIOUS TRIUMPH
What do the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein’s relativity theory and the prominent surrealist painter Salvador Dalí have in common? This painting – “The persistence of Memory” – that binds them all together in the most fascinating yet unimaginable way possible. Salvador Dalí’s relationship with science began when he… Read More »Dalí’s surrealist legacy: A consonance from Freud’s psychoanalysis to Einstein’s relativity
“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should… Read More »VAN GOGH’S LEGACY – A PECULIAR HARMONY OF ART AND SCIENCE
September 2015. I’m sitting at the airport with my headphones on, waiting for a flight all alone, conscious of the weird stares I keep getting from those sitting around me. My hands are trembling, questioning my life choices, yet I am trying to keep calm reminding myself why I made… Read More »WHY EVERYONE SHOULD EXPERIENCE BEING FOREIGN AT LEAST ONCE
Midnight, November 8, 2016. While the Americans were rejoicing or lamenting the victory of Donald Trump as president of the USA, India was fumbling with suddenly valueless pieces of paper, as the result of one of the boldest government move since the establishment of the Indian republic. Indeed, on… Read More »Demonetization 2016: A stagnant point for the Indian economy and society
There is an ongoing debate about whether democracy is a prerequisite for economic growth or vice versa, and today the circumstances today challenge the way the Western world has always perceived the issue. The end of the Cold War is seen as a victory of the Western society and their values of neo-liberal… Read More »Economic Growth and Democracy: Perspectives
Recently, as the United States experienced one of the coldest winter ever in the country’s history, a tweet by the current president Trump attracted a lot of attention from everyone around the world. Consequently, this brings attention to the much bigger issue here, the lack of people’s scientific understanding of climate change and related phenomena like global… Read More »Making climate change a human right issue