Category Archives: Reflexions

The 24-Hour News Cycle in 2013


The cycle prob­a­bly started when Ted Turner pieced together CNN, but with­out the sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal advances in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­put­ers that ener­gize You Tube, Google, Twit­ter, et al, plus the bat­tle for audi­ences and read­ers in the media, it wouldn’t have turned into a mon­ster. Prac­ti­cally there is no limit to what will get […]

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Role models and the choice of professions


A debate on the qual­ity and future of edu­ca­tion has been going on for some years now. Many top­ics are dis­cussed, from tiger moms in Asia to the fac­tors that make teach­ing an uninvit­ing pro­fes­sion. At present some geneti­cists argue that genes affect how peo­ple learn to read and write and how they learn mathematics […]

Greenpeace and The Environment


The debate about how seri­ous the degra­da­tion of global envi­ron­ment really is has many peo­ple con­fused. Higher tem­per­a­tures and unprece­dented nat­ural dis­as­ters indi­cate that the gazil­lions of tons of CO2 emit­ted to the atmos­phere in the last two cen­turies must have altered the planet’s ecol­ogy. Sci­en­tists and most com­mon­sen­si­cal peo­ple agree on that but disagree […]

Breaking Bad


Real­ism in fic­tion is a con­tro­ver­sial issue. For read­ers of lit­er­a­ture and/or view­ers of films and tele­vi­sion series seek­ing enter­tain­ment to escape daily grind, real­ism may be both­er­some. But oth­ers pre­fer fic­tion that cuts it as close to real­ity as pos­si­ble. Nei­ther group should be crit­i­cized. Cul­tural tastes result from per­sonal expe­ri­ences, age, edu­ca­tion, profession, […]

The Situation in Syria


In what con­cerns Syria’s civil war and the recent use of chem­i­cal weapons against civil­ians, it seems as if hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple share the opin­ion that the best course West­ern democ­ra­cies could fol­low is to help the refugees, demand that the crim­i­nals are brought to jus­tice, wait for irrefutable evi­dence about who gassed […]

Corruption in Cuba


News from Cuba con­cern­ing a crack­down against entrenched cor­rup­tion have cir­cled the world in the last few weeks. A for­mer food indus­tries min­is­ter, Ale­jan­dro Roca, is serv­ing a 15-year sen­tence. The pres­i­dent of Cubana de Avia­cion was fired and 14 exec­u­tives of that air­line and a tourism agency were sen­tenced to prison terms. Offi­cials from the […]

Entertainment and the Internet: Political Weapons?


Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous cen­tury author­i­tar­ian regimes used radio, tele­vi­sion, cin­e­matog­ra­phy, sports and art forms such as stage plays, music and bal­let, to make their sub­jects for­get their tribu­la­tions and enslave­ment. Com­mu­nist dic­ta­tor­ships excelled at this. Internet-based social media, how­ever, has proved a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it serves as pro­pa­ganda tool and invalu­able source […]