The Fabric of Urban Life

image by Christian Jonas, via Flickr (licence CC 2.0) by Jack Layton It is now cliché to open an article on cities with the obligatory reference to the fact that over 50% of the world’s population now live in cities (54% in 2015 according to the World Bank, for the UK 83%). But I raise this not to draw attention to global pressures on resources and … Continue reading The Fabric of Urban Life

Mariano Rajoy is elected President of Spain: The story of when corruption meets power

image by Partido Popular de Cataluña, via Commons (licence CC 2.0) by Angela Munoz Aroca On Saturday 29th, Mariano Rajoy, president in functions and head of the conservative party, was invested President of Spain. The investiture ends the political gridlock Spain was suffering for the last year but, what should have been a reason to celebrate, has been interpreted by many as the victory of … Continue reading Mariano Rajoy is elected President of Spain: The story of when corruption meets power

Is Poland’s Law and Justice government losing momentum?

image by Beax  via Commons (licence CC 3.0) This article was written by a guest contributor, click here for more. by Professor Aleks Szczerbiak Although plunged immediately into a constitutional crisis that brought it into conflict with the European Commission, one year after its decisive parliamentary election victory Poland’s right-wing ruling party retains widespread support. It has come under fire recently over appointments to state-run companies and the … Continue reading Is Poland’s Law and Justice government losing momentum?

Social Responsibility, Pluralism and Freedom

by Arturo Mendoza If you ask me about the biggest problem of contemporary society, I would possibly answer: inequality. The latter catches a wide range of important matters such as race, religion, gender and income. Nowadays, divisive rhetoric and bigotry have nurtured intolerance and widened our misunderstanding of different cultures, preferences, and conditions. San Bernardino, Paris, Orlando, Aleppo and Mosul are just the tip of … Continue reading Social Responsibility, Pluralism and Freedom

Thai King’s passing away and its aftereffect on Thailand and South East Asia.

 by Wint Jan On 13th October, King Rama IX of Thailand, who served as the longest monarch in human history, passed away at the age of 88. Bhumibol Adulyadej was the great leader of his country and was loved by his people as a national father. We know this from his achievements during his life. After ascending the throne of Thailand in June of 1946, he … Continue reading Thai King’s passing away and its aftereffect on Thailand and South East Asia.

How will the Warsaw reprivatisation scandal affect Polish politics?

See posts from other guest contributors for The Priori here. by Professor Aleks Szczerbiak Polish politics this summer was dominated by a scandal involving irregularities in the return of Warsaw properties confiscated under communist rule. The so-called reprivatisation scandal is the most serious in the capital’s recent history and, given that the Warsaw mayor is a leading figure in the country’s main opposition party, has … Continue reading How will the Warsaw reprivatisation scandal affect Polish politics?

Climate Change: an inconvenient idea

by Jack Layton I love climate change. More specifically, I love climate change as an idea. It is one of the greatest achievements of humankind. Not the fact that we’ve accidentally interrupted our planet’s biological and atmospheric systems, more that we were able to discover it.   Climate is inherently complex, standing in for average atmospheric conditions over long periods of time. Climate change takes … Continue reading Climate Change: an inconvenient idea