Democracy: The Choice Between a Far-Right Demagogue or a Corporate Criminal

by Kumail Jaffer

Reblog from

As Bernie Sanders’ brave campaign looks to have come to an end, Americans are left with a choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – a nightmare for the left. You have to wonder how in the self confessed ‘greatest democracy in the word’, tens of millions of voters are being left alienated by a rigged system which favours Establishment candidates and carry on forcing the political spectrum to the right. Continue reading

Out-of-date statistics and the use of traditional medicine in middle-income countries

By Dr Oyinlola Oyebode

Associate Professor of Public Health, Warwick Medical School


As is widely documented in the scientific literature, official fact sheets, reports and the press, 80% of people in Asian and African countries (or sometimes that 80% of the world’s population) use traditional medicine practitioners to meet their primary healthcare needs. This statistic has also been used in policy-making and in defence of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine. Continue reading

Democratic Discrimination: Minors’ Voting Rights, Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice

by Vishal Wilde

Typically, across countries, relatively low-income households tend to have more children than higher-income households; this difference also holds between countries that have relatively high incomes versus low incomes. It’s also the case that the voting age in most countries coincides with the age at which one is no longer considered a minor but a fully-grown adult (16, 18 or 21, usually) Continue reading

Human Security at a Time of Transition in the KRI

by Christina Bache Fidan

Report on a project supported by the GRP ID and the Hollings Center for International Dialogue

Project Activities:

With support of the GRP IP we convened a group of four specialists on human security in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Over three days we discussed the most pressing human security challenges (community, economic, environment, food, health, personal, and political) facing the region and devised strategies to overcome them. Continue reading

The ‘necessity defence’– should climate activists be allowed to break the law?


Lecturer in Law, Bangor University

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Can you break the law to stop climate change … and get away with it? That’s exactly what five climate change activists wanted to argue at a recent criminal trial in Seattle, Washington. Continue reading