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Indicting the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court has come under withering criticism from the first four presidents of its oversight body, the 123-member Assembly of States Parties, following its decision not to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

Stories that can’t end well

In today’s irrational world of fake news and bad-faith politics, a new mantra has emerged: It’s all about narratives. Power today lies in one’s ability to tell a story.

Narratives and the trajectory of a Nation

The word “narrative” has become particularly important in policy and politics research. Public narratives of a given nation can determine the outcomes of policymaking and, eventually, the patterns and outcomes of nation-building.

Protesting in the digital age

Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies.

The monetization of garbage

As a child growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, in the late 1990s, I remember women roaming through my community and chanting in Yoruba, “onigo de o! Anra bata rubber ati ayo t’on jo.” This translates as “The bottle peddler is here! We buy rubber sandals and leaky (aluminum) pots.” Some families would separate their waste, because they could give some of it to these women for cash.

Universal Basic Income (UBI)

“Universal income” is a buzzword that has flooded popular media much like discussions of automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI).