BREXIT- What has changed from a Public Management point of View

The changes in the UK related to the advent of Brexit until now can be summarised in four main points: Exit from the Single Market, Financial mechanisms, Trade transactions, New sustainable entity. Before Brexit UK was a member of the European Economic Area and of the Single Market which guarantees… Read More »BREXIT- What has changed from a Public Management point of View

South Koreans shaving their heads in protest to Japan’s wastewater plan

Dozens of South Korean college students shaved their heads in front of the Japanese embassy the past week to protest the Japanese decision to release water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. It all began on April 13th, with the announcement of the Japanese government of the decision… Read More »South Koreans shaving their heads in protest to Japan’s wastewater plan

Women in Qatar, a lifetime spent asking for “permission” and the “male protection system”

Studying abroad, getting married, working in public positions, traveling: these are some of the areas in a woman’s life where a man’s approval is needed. Women cannot act as primarily responsible for their children, even when they obtain legal custody following a possible divorce. It is called the “male protection… Read More »Women in Qatar, a lifetime spent asking for “permission” and the “male protection system”

DOXA: Student Media under Police Attack

What if one day you publish an article on the Global Observer, and the next morning a special forces unit tears down your front door, brutally searches the rooms, and confiscates most of your belongings for “investigating purposes”? Unfortunately, team members of DOXA, an HSE student-run magazine, no longer need… Read More »DOXA: Student Media under Police Attack

25th of April: a Day to Celebrate

Everybody who lives in Italy knows that, every year, on the 25th of April, Italians give their opinion and comments on the meaning of this day. They often argue and fight: some celebrate this holiday, while others criticise it. But what does this celebration really mean for Italy?   The 25th… Read More »25th of April: a Day to Celebrate

Green Markets, Trust and Regulation

Environmental concerns among consumers are growing everyday, boosting the demand for a faster green transformation of the economy. However, imperfect information and misleading claims can generate confusion and distrust, jeopardizing the success of the green transition. The aim of this article is to show what can be done about it, both at an individual and institutional level, in order to spread clear information and build trust in the green markets.

Kathrin Jansen, a female leader in a man’s world

After introducing you to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director general of the World Trade Organisation, I would like to continue our journey today by introducing to you another female leader worthy of our attention and admiration. Her name is Kathrin Jansen; She is the Senior Vice President and Head of Vaccine… Read More »Kathrin Jansen, a female leader in a man’s world

Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

If you’ve been following the news or social media in the last month, you’ve undoubtedly heard of something called the Istanbul Convention.  What is the “Istanbul Convention”? Approved by the Council of European countries, the Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding international instrument that creates a comprehensive framework to… Read More »Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

The new Whatsapp Privacy Terms, what we almost gave consent to…

How many times have you accepted “Privacy Terms” or the very well-known “Cookies” without ever having read them first?  You have probably done it so many more times than you can ever imagine or care to remember. By signing the ‘Terms and Conditions of Usage’ without consulting them as we… Read More »The new Whatsapp Privacy Terms, what we almost gave consent to…

Women in STEM

Marie Curie is one of the most famous scientists and physicists in history. She won the Nobel Prize in 1903 (alongside her husband Pierre Curie and Antoine Henri). At the time, it was, obviously, very hard for women to pursue  a career in sciences. Indeed, this has been the case… Read More »Women in STEM

Is mass culture still culture?

For a long time, the term “culture” referred only to the erudition, the “savoir-vivre” and the intellectual know-how of an elite. However, the term “mass culture” denotes the popular imagination (without being confused with “popular culture”, but rather in the sense of a large number of people). It has nothing… Read More »Is mass culture still culture?

Blockchain: The fundamentals

Before I dwell into the specifics, I plan to provide my readers with insights on certain fundamental aspects that I consider essential to understand this topic.

To begin with, one needs to understand what a blockchain is. In my words, I would define blockchain as a digital method of recording information in a way making it nearly impossible to hack or cheat the system.

According to Oxford, blockchain is defined as a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly. Perhaps the concept of blockchain would go way beyond this notion, and that its characteristic as a foundation for cryptocurrency is just one of the many features that have been explored by blockchain analysts.

This article aims to let the readers have a basic knowledge on blockchain, how it works, how it affects peer to peer lending, and how it is disrupting the traditional financial transaction sectors.

How does this work?

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The Dark Side of Sustainability: Greenwashing.

The trend is clear; regardless of the market you are in, your consumer base will grow if you produce sustainable products. At the same time, long-term sustainability is nowadays the new standard for investors. In this framework, a shift towards the production of green products would resemble a natural process… Read More »The Dark Side of Sustainability: Greenwashing.

Franco Battiato and the beauty of cosmopolitanism in 2021: “L’era del cinghiale bianco”

My dear readers, I’m sorry to inform you that I really don’t know how to start this article. Franco Battiato is a figure that is so inspiring to me, a master of…what? Are there people who don’t know about him? Are there people who are asking themselves who is this… Read More »Franco Battiato and the beauty of cosmopolitanism in 2021: “L’era del cinghiale bianco”

Workplace and University: The Transgender Experience

What is it like being a transgender person in the labour market and in academia nowadays? How do people perceive transgender people? Are they discriminated or are they accepted and supported by the people who surround them? Trans people can face stigma and hostility at their workplace. Indeed, people have… Read More »Workplace and University: The Transgender Experience

Pfizer: The Lethal Ethical Code

Pfizer is a multinational pharmaceutical corporation that has products in almost all pharmacies around the world like Advil, Nexium, Lyrica and many more. Pfizer’s ethical controversies reached a peak in 1996, when an outbreak of meningitis took place in Nigeria, where two hundred children were given medications without their parents’… Read More »Pfizer: The Lethal Ethical Code

The instruments for a post-covid Europe: funds for resilience and sustainability

Since March 2020, Covid-19 Pandemic has been damaging many aspects of our society. The economic sector is for sure one of the fields that suffered the most from the overall crisis. This is especially due to the multiple lockdowns undertaken by countries to limit the propagation of the virus, which… Read More »The instruments for a post-covid Europe: funds for resilience and sustainability

What You Should Definitely Say to an Arab When You First Meet Them

A typical Middle Eastern city I’m sure a lot of you, just like me, had had this feeling before: the wonder, the intrigue and the surprise as you see an Arab getting out of the airport. This is when the confusion hits and tongues get tied. What do we say… Read More »What You Should Definitely Say to an Arab When You First Meet Them

Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability 

Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability  In our era, people are finally realising the impact their actions have on climate, the environment, and our planet in general. The World Health Organisation states that “according to current projections, droughts will strongly increase in frequency and intensity in the coming decades in large… Read More »Big Companies, Innovation and Sustainability 

The green economic turning point of the revolutionary Airlite painting

What would your reaction be if we told you that today murals can help our environment? And we are not talking about propaganda murals of course, but actual masterpieces able to filter and clean the air from cars’ pollution. Believe it or not, we are introducing you to the new… Read More »The green economic turning point of the revolutionary Airlite painting