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19 December 2014
The restoration of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba,
announced simultaneously by Barack Obama and Raúl Castro yesterday, is a
huge political breakthrough. The benefits to the Cuban economy, however, will be more gradual. Economic sanctions by the US against Cuba began in 1960. They
consisted of a range of measures, only some of which can be removed by
the US president in the short term. The rest require congressional
approval, which is likely to be a difficult and protracted process, writes Dr Emily Morris (UCL Institute of the Americas) in The Conversation.
17 December 2014
There are many complex reasons why people decide not to accept the
science of climate change. The doubters range from the conspiracy
theorist to the sceptical scientist, or from the paid lobbyist to the
raving lunatic. Climate scientists, myself included, and other academics have strived
to understand this reluctance. We wonder why so many people are unable
to accept a seemingly straight-forward pollution problem. And we
struggle to see why climate change debates have inspired such vitriol, writes Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) in The Conversation.
16 December 2014
Dianne Feinstein and the US Senate intelligence committee have produced a brave and damning report on torture by the CIA. It will go some way in preventing the use of torture, yet there is more to be done, writes Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) in the Financial Times.
15 December 2014
The reverberations of the
U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s devastating report on the use of
torture by the CIA were felt around the world because of the scale of
the abuse and the graphic detail of the horror described. The conclusions make for grim reading: the
CIA used torture. It was driven by the White House. It provided no
useful information. It was accompanied by lies and deceit — to Congress,
to the American people and to the world, writes Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) in the Daily Mail.
9 December 2014
If you had been walking down Mile End Road in London on Saturday
December 19, 1931, you would have witnessed a scene common in the days
before Christmas across Britain. A man who had celebrated a little too
much a little too early was taken away by the police after he had
consumed four or five pints and the best part of a small bottle of
whisky and made a nuisance of himself. But this wasn’t quite as run of
the mill as it seemed, writes Dr Luke Seaber (UCL Centre for Languages &
International Education) in The Conversation.
4 December 2014
With high levels of equality, low unemployment and sophisticated social
services, Norway, Denmark and Sweden represent models many strive to
emulate, but they are not the northern utopias they seem, writes Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global
Prosperity) in The Guardian.
3 December 2014
Why does it take so long for human children to grow up? A male chimp and
male human, for example, both end up with the same body weight but they
grow very differently:
at year one the human weighs twice that of the chimp but at eight the
chimp is twice that of the human. The chimp then gains its adult weight
by 12 – six years before the human. A male gorilla is also a faster
growing primate – a 150kg male gorilla weighs 50kg by its fifth birthday
and 120kg by its tenth, writes Dr John Skoyles (UCL CoMPLEX) in The Conversation.
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