Universities: a System Falling Apart

The global university system, threatened by funding problems and its own dysfunctions, cannot continue in its current form, argues Jim McNiven, author of F&O’s Thoughtlines column. He suggests that one solution — so drastic as to be almost unthinkable — is to jettison the research

John Oliver riffs about ads camouflaged as news

This is good. And quite funny. “News is like porn. People don’t want to pay for it on the Internet.” — John Oliver    (Facts and Opinions does not sell advertising. If you think our journalism has value, please support us with a

Electric Cars New Company Workhorses

By Richard Brooks, Coventry University, The ConversationAugust, 2014 If press coverage is any measure, it appears that electric vehicles (EVs) have finally arrived. Tesla’s Model S was named Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, the Nissan Leaf is topping the EV sales ranks and the

On the “Great Black Tornado” of WWI

Every person who fought in World War I is now dead – and yet no one alive today is unaffected. The war consumed much of the globe for, arguably, decades. Many contend that the unresolved conflicts of the “Great War” re-ignited to become

World and War

DEBORAH JONES: FREE RANGE
 August 4, 2014 Every person who fought in World War I is now dead – and yet no one alive today is unaffected. The war consumed much of the globe for, arguably, decades. Many contend that the unresolved

Chris Wood: How to respond when a world is at stake?

Writes Chris Wood: “We heard this week that a few members of a previously ‘un-contacted’ tribe in Brazil, provoked by the appearance of outside prospectors in their roadless territory, had emerged from the jungle. The event prompted hand-wringing in ethno-cultural circles over

Triage: learning to say goodbye

CHRIS WOOD: NATURAL SECURITY August 1, 2014    I shared breakfast recently with a bunch of other guys over 60. With the disinterest of age they surveyed the state of the planet and to a man expressed relief that they were no longer 20.

Ruling on Srebrenica may affect UN peacekeeping

By Regina E Rauxloh, University of Southampton, The Conversation August 1, 2014 The Srebrenica massacre of July 1995 is one of the most horrendous atrocities of post-war European history. The mass killing of 7,000 to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims accompanied by the deportation of

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