• A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

    Wenguang Huang joined us in a discussion of the Bo Xilai scandal, the subject of his book, A Death in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: Murder, Money, and an Epic Power Struggle in China. The scandalous story of the corruption of the Bo Xilai family—the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood; Bo’s secret lovers, who may have […]

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  • The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

    Andrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding. In The Real North Korea, Lankov […]

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  • Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link or Why We Need a Monetary Ecosystem

    Our money system IS the ‘Missing Link’. We tend to assume that we must have a single, monopolistic currency, funded through bank debt, enforced by a central bank. But we don’t need any such thing! In fact, the present system is outdated, brittle and unfit for purpose (witness the Eurozone crisis). Like any other monoculture, […]

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  • Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future-and Why America Should Listen

    Most books about the war in Afghanistan examine the conflict from the perspective of a foreign correspondent, political analyst, or US soldier, but Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future–and Why America Should Listen focuses on the people of Afghanistan themselves, providing a forum in which the thoughts of […]

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  • Legitimate Target: A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing

    The recently leaked Department of Justice memo on the legality of killing American citizens has brought new attention to the Obama administration’s strategy of drone strikes and assassinations abroad. In this The World Beyond the Headlines event, Amos Guiora discussed why targeted killing decisions must reflect consideration of four distinct elements: law, policy, morality, and operational […]

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  • Extractive Industries: Global Goods, Local Costs

    How “Green” Bio-Fuels are Destroying the Little People of the Rainforest James Whitlow Delano Biofuel in Malaysia is neither “green” nor an alternative to fossil fuels. Meanwhile, two indigenous “little peoples”–little in stature, little in number and of little importance in the eyes of the government–are in the process of losing or have already lost […]

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  • Market Imaginary

    Market Imaginary, written, directed and produced by Joanna Grabski, explores the commercial/social, historical/spatial, and visual/creative imaginaries around Colobane Market in Dakar, Senegal. The market is aptly characterized by the Wolof dictum, “Lepp looy wut rekk am na marsé Colobane (You can find anything in the world at Colobane Market).” The objects populating market stalls ‐‐ colorful […]

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  • Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania

    “Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania” is a new project that will focus on a commodity called “a game changer,” promoted as a cleaner fossil alternative to coal and oil and cheered as the next step toward the American dream of energy independence. Poland is now Europe’s center of shale gas. Like Pennsylvania, it embraces […]

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  • Anti-Anti-Witchcraft: Why Humanitarian Concerns About “Witchcraft Violence” in Africa are Misplaced

    In recent years international organizations and humanitarian groups, along with refugee activists and lawyers, have become concerned about violence against suspected “witches” in Africa, particularly when it involves “vulnerable groups” such as women, children, the disabled, or the elderly.  This paper argued that that the problem of witchcraft violence in Africa is extremely important, though […]

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  • Social and Biological Impacts of Rising Seas and Reduced Lake Levels

    Global warming is causing sea levels to rise even faster than previously predicted. At the same time, levels of Lake Michigan are reaching record lows due to increased evaporation related to warmer temperatures, drought, and human water consumption.  These changes call for mitigation and adaptation to ensure the sustainability of coastal settlements and ecosystems. An […]

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