I, Daniel Blake – squeezed, cheated and dehumanized by benefits? #FilmReview

By Victoria Collins It’s not about how accurate or inaccurate the film is, it’s about how people feel they’re being squeezed, cheated and dehumanized by a system that’s supposed to support them. Ken Loach’s latest work, heralded as one of … Continue reading I, Daniel Blake – squeezed, cheated and dehumanized by benefits? #FilmReview

Brazil In Crisis – How Did We Get To This Mess And What Should We Do To Leave?

By Rachel de Sá Brazil. The land where women are beautiful, food is delicious, everyone knows how to dance “samba”, play football, and of course, the future is bright and the time to shine is just around the corner. Right? … Continue reading Brazil In Crisis – How Did We Get To This Mess And What Should We Do To Leave?

Kuczynski’s Challenge To Build Dialogue As Peru’s New President

By Carlos Valdivia Peru has elected a new leader. Liberal Pedro Pablo Kuczynski – better known as “PPK” – won the runoff election against populist Keiko Sofia Fujimori. The results were announced on the 9th of June, four days after the … Continue reading Kuczynski’s Challenge To Build Dialogue As Peru’s New President

What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us? A Brief Examination of the Roman Welfare State

By Kabira Namit INTRODUCTION In 1787, Edward Gibbon completed ‘The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ wherein among several other reasons, he attributed “higher taxation and spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace” as one … Continue reading What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us? A Brief Examination of the Roman Welfare State

The Fallibility of Development Statistics

By Kabira Namit 1. INTRODUCTION We need credible data to design evidence-based policies, measure national progress and compare development strategies across nations. However, government officials and donor partners agree that the current sets of development statistics being published by national statistics … Continue reading The Fallibility of Development Statistics

“Minus the Shooting”: World Trade Organisation and the Path to Legalisation

By Sudhanshu Roy Sudhanshu Roy is an international lawyer based in New York. His interests include history, politics and musing about writing a perfect movie which incorporates his two main interests. On 26 January 2015, even as President Obama became … Continue reading “Minus the Shooting”: World Trade Organisation and the Path to Legalisation