19 Sep, 2017

The Trumps Say They’re Opening Hotels in Dallas, Nashville and Elsewhere. We Couldn’t Find Evidence of Them.

Earlier this summer, the Trump Organization announced big plans to open a line of hotels across the country. The new brand, American IDEA, would be modestly priced and patriotically themed. “The product is very hometown and fits in every hometown in the United States,” Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger said during a presentation at Trump Tower in Manhattan, the same place where Donald Trump had announced his presidential campaign two years earlier. …

15 Sep, 2017

Turkey, the Rohingya crisis and Erdoğan’s ambitions to be a global Muslim leader

The emerging humanitarian crisis that has been rocking Myanmar - where an estimated 370,000 Rohingya have been forced out of the country – has prompted broad international condemnation. But so far it has translated into little concrete action. …

13 Sep, 2017

Drone journalism takes off to give Kenyans a new view

The pilot African SkyCAM project funded by the Africa News Innovation Challenge is using these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Kenya, and a follow-up initiative, africanDRONE, is planned to agree safe community standards for ‘drone journalism’ across Africa.

Filming from a high vantage point helps bring a sense of scale to stories that might otherwise be unavailable to journalists in developing countries, says Dickens Olewe, African SkyCAM’s founder. …

08 Sep, 2017

Thousands of Criminal Cases in New York Relied on Disputed DNA Testing Techniques

New York City’s crime lab has been a pioneer nationally in analyzing especially difficult DNA samples. But the recent disclosure of the source code for its proprietary software is raising new questions about accuracy. …

06 Sep, 2017

Environmental Law – Common, Substantive or a Mixture of Sorts?

The study of Environmental Law has been regarded as very difficult on account of it being in actuality a complex mixture of different types of laws (in terms of how they are brought into existence). The rules are not located in one place. There is a debate over whether environmental law falls under the common law regime or under the substantive law regime or if it is a mix of both. This paper attempts to establish the position of environmental law as in fact a mixture of both substantive and common law regimes. …

05 Sep, 2017

Women in power are complicit in South Africa’s gender-based violence

As South Africans marked Women’s Month, which celebrates the milestones and achievements of its women, a politically charged event involving gender-based violence made the headlines.

The country’s deputy minister of basic education, Mduduzi Manana was forced to resign after he allegedly assaulted two women at a club in Johannesburg. Images of the incident went viral, sparking a massive social media outcry. …

01 Sep, 2017

Why development needs social science

A recent editorial, for example, appears to mean the natural sciences when setting out arguments for focusing aid on science funding based on the UN’s Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia in July. Last year SciDev.Net, in partnership with UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), published a book of 11 African science, technology and innovation success stories, again of the natural sciences. …

30 Aug, 2017

Pentagon Task Force: We Want Villas and Flat-Screen TVs in Afghanistan

The requirements were clear: Villas with no less than queen beds, flat-screen TVs of no less than 27 inches, meals of at least three stars, and round-the-clock bodyguards.

Sounds more like a celebrity rider than a description of Afghanistan accommodations for U.S. government employees. But that’s what the Pentagon’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations requested — at a cost of $150 million, according to a letter released today by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR. …

25 Aug, 2017

A short history of the office

For centuries people have been getting up, joining a daily commute or retreating to a room, to work. The office has become inseparable from work.

Its history illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work’s physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces. …

22 Aug, 2017

The case for boosting Africa’s knowledge ecosystem

I must confess that I had never really made an explicit connection in my mind between a country’s social and economic development and the number of graduates holding a PhD or ‘doctor of philosophy’ degree. But my perspective on this shifted somewhat when, in April 2013, …

18 Aug, 2017

A Stealth History Lesson in Baltimore

We were all in the dark, on the edge of the wooded park known as Wyman Dell, opposite the Baltimore Museum of Art. It was 2 a.m. Wednesday, and despite the presence of a couple of dozen workers in hardhats, a huge crane, a flatbed truck and a couple of other pieces of heavy machinery, the work site, surrounded by police tape, was remarkably still. …

14 Aug, 2017

Saving Mexico’s endangered sea turtles will be good for tourism too

Seven of the world’s eight sea turtles species nest on the beaches of Mexico – undertaking the serious business of reproduction in 17 of the country’s 32 states. That means 53% of Mexican national territory, which is flanked by both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, is home to sea turtles. …

11 Aug, 2017

Delhi’s pollution woes traced to trucks

[NEW DELHI] In 2016, the local government of Delhi experimented with allowing private cars to ply the roads on alternate days only, according to odd or even registration numbers. The scheme attracted a lot of interest, but it was never clear if it succeeded in improving air quality in Delhi. …

08 Aug, 2017

Vegas Prosecutors Seek Help in Identifying Convictions Won With Faulty Drug Tests

The Clark County District Attorney's Office in Nevada established a conviction review unit in October. In what appears to be one of its first efforts, the unit has been seeking information about problematic convictions resulting from one of the office's routine practices: accepting guilty pleas in drug cases that rely largely on the results of field tests done by police that can be unreliable. …

01 Aug, 2017

Global hijabista style, from the Afghan burqa to the cover of a fashion magazine

July 12 is National Hijab Day in Iran, a celebration that has been met by defiant protests by women driving headscarfless in their cars.
At the same time, the American glossy Allure has featured, for the first time, a hijab-wearing model on its cover. The Somali stunner Hamali Aden demonstrates just how beautiful and fashion-forward Islamic style can be. …

27 Jul, 2017

Brazil benefits from social quotas in higher education

The performance of students who accessed higher education through social inclusion policies in Brazil is equal and sometimes even better than that of their peers, according to a study published by the Brazilian journal Educação e Pesquisa (12 January) and supported by FAPESP (the São Paulo Research Foundation). …

26 Jun, 2017

Japan’s politics is opening up to women, but don’t expect a feminist revolution yet

Three women have in recent months been appointed to politically powerful positions in Japan. But even as seeing women in positions of power becomes less unusual in the country, gender parity is a long way off. …

22 Jun, 2017

Alabama Mom’s Charges Are Dropped, But Only After an Arduous Battle

It took 16 months and thousands of dollars, but prosecutors have dismissed the case against Katie Darovitz, one of hundreds of women charged under Alabama’s harsh chemical endangerment law. …

19 Jun, 2017

Indonesian Muslim women engage with feminism

The practice of Muslim women wearing headscarves is often taken as a sign that they are objectified through religious practices. Genital mutilation, child marriage, domestic violence and polygamy in Muslim majority societies are practices said to be based on Islamic teachings. …

16 Jun, 2017

Does South-East Asia need more satellites?

Singapore will launch its first locally made commercial satellite next month from India —TeLEOS-1, weighing 400 kilograms, will be capable of taking photos at a ground resolution of up to one metre. …
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