The US Educational System’s War on History

Jul 15, 2019

In an article published by Al Jazeera, Donald Earl Collins, a history professor who has worked as a reader of students’ exam copies for the US College Board, describes one of the ways the US educational system transforms the teaching of history into a form of Eurocentric, neoliberal and...

Image of Dead Immigrant Child Torches America
Jul 15, 2019

Image of Dead Immigrant Child Torches America

US Move on Reproductive Rights Sets Dangerous Precedent
Jun 14, 2019

US Move on Reproductive Rights Sets Dangerous Precedent

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene
Jun 14, 2019

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

The University at Buffalo Talks to Fair Observer

The University at Buffalo Talks to Fair Observer

Jun 13, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Satish Tripathi, the president of the University at Buffalo. A member of the Association of American Universities, the University at Buffalo (UB) is the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of...

What Modern Science Can Learn from Indigenous Knowledge

What Modern Science Can Learn from Indigenous Knowledge

Jun 10, 2019

The assumption is that what works in wealthy countries can work anywhere. Advancements in the science of building design for earthquake resilience are enabling the development of high-rises and now “supertall” buildings in earthquake-prone areas like Japan. Design processes, scenario and...

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

Jun 06, 2019

What can governments do to improve peoples’ preparation for the new labor market in a “glocal,” or global, economy? The concept of work is as old as civilization. Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, used the expression praxis for doing something for its own purpose, and poiesis to...

Without Fundamental Reforms to the Education System, Indians Will Not Innovate

Without Fundamental Reforms to the Education System, Indians Will Not Innovate

Jun 03, 2019

The education system, with terrible teaching that programs Indians to focus on tests, must change and put a focus on learning instead. In 2018, Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, visited India and made some fascinating observations on the country. He was humble enough to admit he knew little...

Will Agricultural Technology Keep Food on Our Plates?

Will Agricultural Technology Keep Food on Our Plates?

May 22, 2019

When it comes to agricultural technology, business opportunity is filling the void left by political inertia. Last month, Extinction Rebellion activists around the world triggered days of protests to end what they call criminal inaction by the world’s governments on climate and ecological...

Finland Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate

Finland Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate

May 21, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Satu Hassi, Finland's former environment minister. Finland is a country of fascinating and stark contrasts — long and glittery summer nights and short, snowy winter days, the midnight sun and the winter darkness. The country earned its...

To Fight Poverty, India Must Create Income-Generation Opportunities

To Fight Poverty, India Must Create Income-Generation Opportunities

May 20, 2019

This is the end of election season in India. Parties have announced many schemes. Although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is projected to win, the results may not be a foregone conclusion. To win public support, the Indian National Congress, the opposition party, has promised Nyuntam Aay...

The Unhappy Anniversary of a Saudi Activist

The Unhappy Anniversary of a Saudi Activist

May 15, 2019

May 15 marks an unhappy anniversary for Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul and all those who care about women’s rights everywhere. “I always wished I was a man, always, since I was a child.” In her home country of Saudi Arabia, Loujain al-Hathloul is a controversial figure. Her habit of...

It’s Time to Start Treating Family Separation as a Global Catastrophe

It’s Time to Start Treating Family Separation as a Global Catastrophe

May 15, 2019

While the US continues to uphold many of the world’s standards in democratic leadership, in the area of family separation it has too much in common with some of the most brutal regimes. The US secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned her post in April this year under a cloud...

How Deep Democracy Makes Health Services Healthier

How Deep Democracy Makes Health Services Healthier

May 14, 2019

Despite the incredible work that it does, the high demand for NHS services means the system is under constant pressure. A recent commentary in The Lancet by Helen Epstein discusses research that identifies health improvements and longevity in countries that have transitioned to democracy. The...

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