How Do People Learn?

Nov 27, 2020

This week, Fair Observer featured an article with the title “Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity.” The authors, Deborah Brosnan, Andreas Rechkemmer and James Bohland make some important points related to the global crisis affecting education that the coronavirus pandemic...

“Human Work” Is the Key to Ending Income Inequality
Nov 23, 2020

“Human Work” Is the Key to Ending Income Inequality

We Can’t Turn Our Back on the DRC
Nov 18, 2020

We Can’t Turn Our Back on the DRC

India’s New Education Policy: Not Paying Attention
Nov 11, 2020

India's New Education Policy: Not Paying Attention

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

A Counterweight to Authoritarianism, People Power Is on the Rise

Oct 30, 2020

Despite all the obstacles, Americans are voting in huge numbers prior to Election Day. With a week to go, nearly 70 million voters have sent in their ballots or stood on line for early voting. The pandemic hasn’t prevented them from exercising their constitutional right. Nor have...

No Democratic Guarantee in Myanmar and US

No Democratic Guarantee in Myanmar and US

Oct 27, 2020

The presidential elections in Myanmar have been set for November 8, just days after the US goes to the polls on November 3. Both countries have a history of keeping minorities in line by blocking their ability to vote and hold office. A brief comparison between the two is enough to illustrate...

India’s New Education Policy Is Hodgepodge

India’s New Education Policy Is Hodgepodge

Oct 20, 2020

The union cabinet of the government of India recently announced its 2020 National Education Policy (NEP). This is the first education policy developed by a non-Congress party government since independence. Coming 34 years after the last formulation of a fully-fledged education policy, Indians...

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Oct 15, 2020

In 1994, the United Nations coordinated the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which resulted in the Programme of Action that formally recognized the right to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR), including the right to safe abortion...

Governments Must Recognize the Importance of the Youth

Governments Must Recognize the Importance of the Youth

Oct 07, 2020

In 2015, world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly agreed to 17 goals for a better world. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the aim is to meet these objectives by the year 2030 in a bid to end poverty, achieve gender equality, ensure access to quality education,...

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Oct 05, 2020

In December 1938, French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet told German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop of a French plan to deport 10,000 Jews to Madagascar, a French colony. After the defeat of France in June 1940, the idea was taken up by the German Foreign Office. On July 3, 1940, Franz...

No Place for Naivety in Afghan Peace Talks

No Place for Naivety in Afghan Peace Talks

Oct 01, 2020

In recent years, there has been widespread talk in the media about how much the Taliban has changed. First, it has been argued that the Taliban’s ideological view has been adjusted, which created the impression that the armed group no longer has a problem with human rights or gender equality....

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

Sep 30, 2020

In human rights circles, there are few more important events than the annual opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Critically, the high-profile event brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society actors, fostering cross-sector collaboration and providing...

Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims

Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims

Sep 29, 2020

In a 2018 government declaration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to growing voices within her party who questioned her policies during the refugee crisis by stating that “There is no question that the historical character of our country is Christian and Jewish. But … with 4.5 million...

India’s Higher Education Must Be More Holistic

India’s Higher Education Must Be More Holistic

Sep 28, 2020

In 2020, exams for the 10th grade conducted by India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) led to impressive results. Of the 1.8 million students who took the exam, 10% scored over 90% and 2.23% scored over 95%. In 2019, a similar number wrote the exam with 13% scoring above 90% and...

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