Duffy: Effects of Covid Rules on Today’s University Students

January 19, 2022

Evita Duffy, writing in the Federalist, gives insight into life as an American university student during Covid and how the strict Rules are affecting a generation.

Bebchuk and Tallarita: The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance

January 19, 2022

Lucian A. Bebchuk and Roberto Tallarita, writing in the Cornell Law Review, address the growing concerns of the effects of stakeholder capitalism on corporations, assessing it as an inadequate approach to addressing stakeholder concerns.

Lynas: Analyzing the Ashers bakery Cake Case

January 19, 2022

The Tablet: Lawyer Peter Lynas analyses the Ashers bakery case that has been in the headlines and the courts for the past eight years.

Suspect in Paris Attacks Defends Terrorism and Blames Foreign Policy

January 19, 2022

The suspect on trial in Paris for the Islamic State’s (IS) high-casualty attacks in 2015 offered insight into Islamist extremist worldview, as he defended terrorism and war crimes as acceptable Islamic responses to French foreign policy.

 

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  • U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh End to Race-Based College Admissions

    January 25, 2022

    Two cases concerning admissions practices at Harvard and the University of North Carolina will go before the US Supreme Court in the autumn of 2022 to determine whether university race-based admissions violate civil rights laws.

     
  • South Carolina Legislature’s Upcoming Tenure Bill to Impact Higher Education

    January 25, 2022

    Jay Schalin, director of policy analysis at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal writes that the bill making its way through the South Carolina legislature, the “Cancelling Professor Tenure Act”, may have a huge impact on the state’s public higher education system eventually providing a model for other states looking to improve the higher education systems.

     
  • New York Judge Strikes Down State Mask Mandate

    January 25, 2022

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate for large businesses, a New York judge struck down the state's mask mandate, ruling that the governor overstepped her authority in imposing a rule that should have been passed by the state legislature.

     
 
  • Veldhuis and Clemens: Stakeholder Capitalism and ESG’s Road to Socialism

    January 25, 2022

    Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens writing in the Financial Post argue that the trends of ESG (environment, social, governance) and stakeholder capitalism movements diminish economic freedom and push towards a new brand of socialism.

     
  • Bebchuk and Tallarita: The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance

    Cornell Law Review

    January 19, 2022

    Lucian A. Bebchuk and Roberto Tallarita, writing in the Cornell Law Review, address the growing concerns of the effects of stakeholder capitalism on corporations, assessing it as an inadequate approach to addressing stakeholder concerns.

     
  • ESG: Hyperboles and Reality

    George Serafeim - Harvard Business School

    January 19, 2022

    George Serafeim of Harvard Business School relates his observations of over a decade of research on ESG as well as its effects, misunderstandings, and the eventual usefulness of ESG assessments and ratings.

     
 
  • Google Launches Second Appeal to Overturn $2.8 bln Fine from Top EU Court

    January 25, 2022

    A spokesperson for the Alphabet unit has announced that Google is filing a second appeal at the European Union's top court against an earlier decision to uphold a $2.8 billion antitrust fine, seeking legal clarification from the European Court of Justice.

     
  • Austrian Parliament Approves Vaccine Mandate for Adults

    January 25, 2022

    In vote with 137 to 33 in favor, Austria’s parliament voted to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults from Feb. 1, with maximum potential fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000) for people who don’t comply after a series of reminders.

     
  • Online Advertising Based on Sensitive Information Banned in EU

    January 25, 2022

     EU lawmakers voted on amendments to the proposed Digital Services Act (DSA), setting out their unified position to ban certain « surveillance capitalism » practices based on sensitive information such as political affiliation, potentially reshaping the online service model that is heavily dependent on targeted advertising.

     
 
  • Turkey’s Islamists Target Speech Freedoms

    January 25, 2022

    Turkey’s Islamist regime continues its assault on speech freedoms with the country’s president calling for one of Turkey’s most popular singers to have her tongue cut out because of musical lyrics deemed religiously insulting, followed by the arrest of a leading journalist on charges of insulting the president because of her recitation of a proverb. 

     
  • IS Jihadists in Nigeria Continue Targeting Schoolchildren

    January 25, 2022

    Jihadist militants from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) abducted 20 schoolchildren in Nigeria after razing a village in the northwestern part of the country, with this recent episode part of a pattern that, according to UNICEF, has witnessed jihadists kidnapping 1500 schoolchildren in Nigeria in the past year alone. 

     
  • Pakistan Assumes Helm of OIC Foreign Ministers Council

    January 25, 2022

    Pakistan has assumed the chairmanship of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of islamic Cooperation (OIC), and following Niger, the handover speaks to the focal footprint of the 57-member multilateral organization that claims to represent the Muslims worldwide.