Category: The Guardian

The Mexico City earthquake, 30 years on: have the lessons been forgotten?

The Guardian Susan Eckstein, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The devastation of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake was swift. In just over a minute – in the early hours of 19 September, while the city was still asleep – 100,000 houses crumbled, 5,000 people died and roughly five million residents […]

Government launches video to tackle sexual assault rates in US colleges

The Guardian Katharine Silbaugh, School of Law As part of a campaign to lower sexual assault rates on college campuses, the Obama administration has released a new public service announcement, a reminder to viewers that sex without consent is rape… Expert quote: “Many colleges and universities feel a new kind of urgency but don’t yet […]

Ketamine control plan condemned as potential disaster for world’s rural poor

The Guardian Richard Laing, School of Public Health A proposal that is about to come before the UN to restrict global access to ketamine, a drug abused in rich countries, would deprive millions of women of lifesaving surgery in poor countries, according to medicines campaigners… Expert quote: “This would be an absolute disaster for low-resource […]

Model life: to call it indentured servitude is no exaggeration

The Guardian Ashley Mears, College of Arts & Sciences Runway models, who are the faces of desirability and luxury, are in fact caught in the middle of deeply unequal and borderline exploitative labor relations… Expert quote: “Women’s bodies lend status, or are status signifiers of luxury, especially to men. Women are central to showing off […]

Guantánamo force-feeding amounts to punishment, detainee’s lawyers argue

The Guardian Sondra Crosby, School of Medicine Lawyers for a Guantánamo detainee argued in court on Monday that the US military’s forcible feedings of hunger-striking detainees were a method of punishment, not the medically viable procedure the government has long claimed… Expert quote: “It looks like medical care is being withheld because of disciplinary status and that […]

Bitcoin shakes up remittances as poorer people offered digital deals

The Guardian Mark Williams, School of Management Social entrepreneurs in developing countries are using mobile phones and the controversial digital currency bitcoin to increase the speed, and slash the price, of international money transfers, raising the prospect of a revolution in the $600bn annual global remittance market… Expert quote: “Consumers learned a hard lesson [from Mt Gox]. […]

Debt and housing costs make young worse off than past generations

The Guardian Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences Young people face a steeper climb to achieve the lifestyle of today’s baby boomer generation, according to an index measuring intergenerational fairness which recorded a rise from last year… Expert quote: “Like an adult report card, the Intergenerational Foundation’s vitally important intergenerational index makes it clear […]