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Wallerstein: The Origins and Outcomes of the Global Economic Crisis 


"We are in a depression. And that is just the beginning,” says the world-famous profesor of sociology Immanuel Wallerstein. What awaits the world? Read

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A Matter of Trust 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

Trust is much easier to undermine that it is to create, and, in general, we are much better off in a society where we are able to trust one another than in one in which we are not. Read

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Devil in the detail of government restructuring plan 

Author:Iveta Kažoka

If implemented, the new government restructuring plan could significantly reduce transparency and civic participation in government decision-making. Read

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Say ‘sorry’, dear bureaucrat 

Author:Iveta Reinholde

I believe that in order to consolidate society it is crucially important for the public administration to admit its mistakes and to state its willingness to reduce the impact of these mistakes. Read

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“Nothing Special”: The Economic Crisis in Latvia 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

A prudent government would have kept a cap on its spending and invested into reserves in order to cushion the inevitable heavy blow that would follow the 'credit orgy'. The Latvian government did none of it Read

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Freedom(less) Island 

Author:Viktors Makarovs

What the Cuban government is worried about is human rights activists who might grab their mass appeal. But in the end of the day, the civil society has been growing in Cuba, first of all, due to the courage, and second, thanks to the support it has been receiving. Read

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Taking child abuse seriously 

Author:Mark Case

However unpleasant it is to have to consider child abuse as a possibility, I do believe that schools need child safety professionals, as children need social services who will watch them carefully and deserve police forces that will take abuse seriously. Read

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Is It Really State Business? 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

By using commercial rationale to justify the closure of a public TV show the frontier between public and private media become blurred. Read

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Crime and Punishment. Or simply PR?  

Author:Ilona Kronberga

If we continue dealing with crime by the means of impulsive repression and empty rhetoric, we may end up in the world where an individual citizen is forced to take care of his own security and keeps firearms instead of firewood in his shed. Read

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Love, Marriage and Ministry of Foreign Affairs  7


t turns out that love is not a good enough reason for marriage. What is then? “Long-term relationship,” a Foreign Ministry official informed me. Read