Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Next General Election – A Geographer’s Guide

With the government having survived a series of hurdles in the latter months of 2009 – the renewal programme for government discussions between Fianna Fáil and the Green Party, the NAMA debate and the Budget – it now looks likely that – barring a series of by-election defeats – that the next general election will […]

Should Ireland introduce mandatory electoral gender quotas?

A recently published Oireachtas report on women’s participation in Irish politics has called for the introduction of mandatory electoral gender quotas. This will undoubtedly be an unpopular measure for a number of parties involved should the recommendation be carried out. Why are legally-binding gender quotas being considered in the first place? Women are considerably underrepresented […]

Haitian shock space?

There is no shortage of coverage of the horrific events in Haiti these last few days.  See, for example, the informative maps at The New York Times.  The Real News is an excellent place for alternative coverage, with original slants, and informative content from up-and-coming journalists and broadcasters. In the video below, for example, Jesse […]

“Climategate” scientist tells his side of the story

Penn State University climatologist Michael Mann, one of the scientists caught in fallout from the ‘Climategate’ theft of personal email conversations by climatologists in University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit,  agreed to talk to the press at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in San Francisco in December, 2009. His interview is covered in […]