Friday, October 03, 2003

Hmm... cattle farming encourages patriarchy:

"What they are trying to show is that human mating patterns, wealth inheritance and dominance systems respond to ecological variation in the same way that we would expect animal populations to behave."
American court upholds student's right to free speech.

Iraqis reclaim ancient wetlands.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

With the Roma in the news, I thought it worth taking a closer look at how Roma live. When I was living in Greece teaching my students told me: "the gypsies are rich, don't give them any money", but I could never reconcile this with what I saw with my own eyes: bedraggled women and children sitting on the streets begging, men standing on street corners at impromtu labour exchanges. It seems that the reality, as ever, is much more complicated than the stereotypes would suggest.