Tag Archives: Law

*Debunking Myths About Highly-Skilled Immigration and the Global Race for Talent*

The comment boards of articles about immigration are often filled with heart-wrenching stories of American engineers who can’t find employment. They too blame foreigners for their woes. So what gives? Could there indeed be a vast conspiracy by the technology industry to exclude Americans from the innovation economy? The truth is we’re not seeing the… Read More »

Grim story of asylum application denied, self-sacrifice, and possible denial of citizenship

The boy was 13 when a dawn immigration raid abruptly ended his father’s four-year quest for political asylum in Britain. By nightfall of that day in 2005, father and son were hundreds of miles from home, locked in the privately run Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Center here, scheduled for deportation to their native Angola in… Read More »

PhD Studentships

At the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen Website: www.abdn.ac.uk/cisrul The inter-disciplinary Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen will offer two or more PhD studentships starting 2011-12. We welcome applicants from anthropology, cultural and literary studies, history, legal… Read More »

Gary Becker proposes making a market in immigration

Gary Becker, the economics Nobel laureate who is probably most famous for his application of economics (in his case, rational choice and utility maximisation) to subjects such as racial discrimination, patterns of family organisation and drug addiction, has recommended the creation of a market in immigration. From The Economist: As with any price, one for… Read More »

A Matter of Life and Death: LGBTI Rights in Uganda

Sunday 21st March, Sidney Street LGBT Centre, off Oxford Rd David Kato, LGBTI activist from Uganda and member of SMUG http://www.sexualminoritiesuganda.org will talk about his experiences as an activist in the context of recent legislation threatening the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”, the campaign in Uganda to stop the new law as well as international… Read More »

Absentee President Update: Court orders cabinet to decide on Nigerian president’s fitness

The courts have given the Nigerian cabinet 14 days to determine whether the president is fit to lead the country. You might recall that the president has been away from the country on treatment for close to two months. From Reuters: Judge Dan Abutu ordered the cabinet to pass a resolution on Yar’Adua’s fitness within… Read More »

Workshop Call for Papers

‘Commerce and Illegality, 1500-2000’ 21 April 2010 University of Wolverhampton, UK The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution invites participants to a workshop devoted to a discussion of illicit and illegal commercial practices, from 1500 to the present. Proposals are invited covering any form of dodgy dealing and any geographical location. Topics of… Read More »

David Graeber on Debt: The first five thousand years

Throughout its 5000 year history, debt has always involved institutions – whether Mesopotamian sacred kingship, Mosaic jubilees, Sharia or Canon Law – that place controls on debt’s potentially catastrophic social consequences. It is only in the current era, writes anthropologist David Graeber, that we have begun to see the creation of the first effective planetary… Read More »

Nigerian Guardian and Having ‘The Gay’

Have you seen this editorial from The Nigerian Guardian? See an excerpt: Africans have a right to say ‘no’ to a movement whose ultimate outcome will be the destruction of the family. Homosexuals are claiming that men can marry themselves. If everyone followed their example, would they have even been born? Looking at the debate,… Read More »