Food For Thought

There is a restaurant in Pittsburgh whose mission is to serve food only from countries the United States are in conflict with,it is called “Conflict Kitchen”. The idea behind it is to expose Pittsburgh’s palates to an unusual mean of understanding of other traditions. The seduction of food does the …

HE Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene

Interview with HE Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, Ambassador of Lithuania to the UK

Energetic and driven. These are probably the first things that come to your mind when you listen to HE Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, the Lithuanian Ambassador for the United Kingdom. “When you go to politics, don’t be afraid to stand alone. Have your own views on whatever is happening and defend …


Raising wages: how much?

The public debate around labour market institutions in the US is currently focused on the minimum wage. President Barack Obama has repeatedly proposed a raise in the minimum wage (now at $7.25/hour) at federal level from the beginning of his second term, but no wide consensus has been reached upon …


Modern Slavery: Behind the Barcode

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 states that “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”. Half a century has passed since this principle was set black on white; nevertheless, the fight against slavery is …


Malala: Education and Women Empowerment

“A girl has the power to go forward in her life. And she’s not only a mother, she’s not only a sister, she’s not only a wife. But a girl should have an identity. She should be recognised, and she has equal rights as a boy.” Malala In her Nobel …


HK Revolution in the Media

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy revolution has covered the headlines of all international media in the past week showing that the world’s eyes are focused on the Umbrella Revolution. The international community has followed the current demonstrations very closely, mindful of the 1989 student protests in central Beijing; but how has the …


The Right Price of Education

Socrates believed that education, paideia, is the process that enables individuals to become virtuous; he thought of knowledge as a process of self-discovery and imagined educators as guides during this long and harsh path. Socrates firmly claimed that education had no price and argued against sophists like Anaxagoras for charging …


Women in Japan and Growth

The weak status of women in the Japanese professional environment has changed minimally throughout the past decades and the country’s economy is suffering from their absence. Le level of higher education in Japan is amongst the highest in the world, according to the OECD, but when women leave university their …