e-papers, Women

If you need to speak, speak

''…There is a tendency – particularly for women – to believe that if they work hard and for long enough they will be sufficiently recognized and rewarded. Genna Gardini, a writer and educator, spent many years trying to make herself invisible in order to “quietly produce interesting work that surprises people”. However, upon reflection, she learned… Continue reading If you need to speak, speak

e-papers, Globalization, inequality

Globalization can be reshaped

Globalization is neither feasible nor desirable. The problems are not with globalization, but with how it has been managed. IMF, World Bank and WTO have served the interest of the advanced industrialized countries particularly narrow mind-sets rather than developing world. Pfofessor Joseph Stiglitz believes globalization can be reshaped to realize its potentials. Government can, and… Continue reading Globalization can be reshaped

e-papers, Philosophy

Don’t Hide Your Wounds If You Want To Heal

Ecstasy is only out of agony -- and the deeper the agony, the deeper the ecstasy will be; total the agony, total will be the ecstasy. Everything has to be paid for. For ecstasy, we have to pay in agony. One has to go through deep pain to get rid of pain. Pain is cleansing.… Continue reading Don’t Hide Your Wounds If You Want To Heal

e-papers, Poetry

Find out poetry was actually written by a computer

Oscar Schwartz: Can a computer write poetry? If you read a poem and feel moved by it, but then find out it was actually written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Would you think that the computer had expressed itself and been creative, or would you feel like you had fallen… Continue reading Find out poetry was actually written by a computer

e-papers, evaluation, Philanthropy

Five tips for evaluating impact in int’l development

Good evaluation involves everyone, not just the evaluators. With more development programmes being multi-partner or consortium led, involving everyone becomes challenging. Having a shared understanding of what is required from people, what type of information impact evaluation can produce, and what it can or can’t do, will cool off unrealistic expectations and reduce the risk of unpleasant surprises later on.

Banking, e-papers

A history of UK banks’ system failures

HSBC’s meltdown has left business customers unable to pay salaries or suppliers, but this is not the first time such a crisis has hit a British bank.

Austerity, e-papers, UK economy

Let the euro go: Joseph Stiglitz

Stiglitz said the best way to save the European political project was “to let the euro go … Not only has there been evidence of a lack of solidarity, there is even a misunderstanding of what solidarity is, and you can’t have a group of countries with the same economic arrangements without some degree of solidarity.”

e-papers, My Literature

Harper Lee’s new novel: read the first chapter

For another thing, flying home meant her father rising at three in the morning, driving a hundred miles to meet her in Mobile, and doing a full day’s work afterwards: he was seventy-two now and this was no longer fair. Continue reading

Austerity, e-papers

Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter from Thomas Piketty et. al.

The humanitarian impact has been colossal—40 percent of children now live in poverty, infant mortality is sky-rocketing and youth unemployment is close to 50 percent. Corruption, tax evasion and bad accounting by previous Greek governments helped create the debt problem. Continue reading

e-papers, inequality, UK economy

How public transport subsidies entrench inequality in the UK?

In total the richest ten per cent receives £977.4 million in transport subsidy; the poorest ten per cent receives just £296.7 million. Per household the richest ten per cent receives nearly double the subsidy of the poorest ten per cent, £294 per year compared to £162 for the poorest households. For the rail system alone the richest ten per cent receives over three and a half times Continue reading