By Robert Simpson On Monday, February 18th, 2013

Hell on a hill-side?

The Economist recently ran a fascinating feature on Hell (December 22nd-January 4th). In its ‘Infernal Tourist Board’ promotional flyer for visits to Hell, it was described as ‘strikingly cosmopolitan’, More...

By Robert Simpson On Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Mali puts coup forecasting in the spotlight

A lot has happened since the March 2012 military coup in Mali. At the time, very little news of it made its way into the Western press and attention has only recently focused on the West African country following More...

Mind the Gap
By Robert Simpson On Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Ennis et al.: role models for girls

We are told that the London Olympics has provided girls with some great female role models. And it has. Yet this stance does more than state a fact; it invites an uncomfortable question. Can these female athletes More...

By Robert Simpson On Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

A true Olympics moment

Regardless of who heads the medal table come the end of the Olympics, Hammadou Djibo Issaka’s efforts, if not his name, will be one of the defining memories once the competition is over. The rower from Niger, More...

By Robert Simpson On Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
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A Rally With The Gender Lens

Everyone sees every thing and every other person through some kind of lens, to filter what we want from what we believe from what we care about. Today, the fashion seems to be gender. Almost unavoidably so. Yet sometimes, in constantly More...

South Sudan
By Robert Simpson On Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

South Sudan celebrates 1 year of independence

South Sudan this week celebrates the one year anniversary of its independence, providing an opportunity for its government and people to reflect on the challenges that lie ahead. Celebrations have been mute, with More...

By Robert Simpson On Sunday, July 8th, 2012

In Today’s News…

This evening, I was incomparably delighted as I was able to exchange an unwanted egg on an All Day Breakfast for two extra slices of bacon. Two! So there they were, those little streaks of piggy joy, slithering More...

By Robert Simpson On Friday, July 6th, 2012

Timor-Leste prepares for key election

The people of Timor-Leste will head to the polls tomorrow for parliamentary elections that represent a fork in the road for the country’s future. 2012 marks a decade of independence for the small southeast More...

By Robert Simpson On Friday, July 6th, 2012

1º education gender parity MDG achieved

Parity between boys and girls in primary education enrollment has been achieved, according to the 2012 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) report. The report highlights that 97 girls are enrolled for every 100 boys, More...

UoL and Rwanda
By Robert Simpson On Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

University to develop Rwandan collaborations

The University of Liverpool is to develop a “series of collaborations” with higher education institutions in Rwanda. The Rwandan Education Minister, Vincent Biruta, was joined by the Rwandan High Commissioner More...