Catalonia walks the independence tightrope

The Tyee Thu October 19 2017 By: Jon Beasley-Murray

Jon Beasley-Murray, a UBC professor of Hispanic studies, wrote an op-ed for The Tyee about Catalonia’s bid for independence. “Barcelona and Catalonia as a whole are now suffering increasing unemployment, poverty, and social inequality, but in large part this is thanks to policies promoted by the Catalan government itself,” he said.

North Korea uses video to ‘humanize’ their capital city

Global Wed October 18 2017 By: Leslie Young

Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, spoke to Global about a video showing an aerial view of Pyongyang. Evans said the fact that the North Korean authorities allowed the video to be taken means there is a message behind it.

U.S. stood by as Indonesia killed a half-million people: Papers

New York Times Wed October 18 2017 By: Hannah Beech

The New York Times quoted John Roosa, a UBC history professor, about the purge of Indonesians in 1965-66.

Roosa, who wrote a book on the event, said “the U.S. was following what was happening very closely, and if it weren’t for its support, you could argue that the army would never have felt the confidence to take power.”

Photos highlight gentrification in uber-hip neighbourhood

Metro News Fri October 13 2017 By: Christopher Cheung

Metro News interviewed Zachary Hyde, a UBC sociology PhD candidate, about gentrification on Main Street. He said Main is showing signs of what academics call “super-gentrification,” when displacement is driven by global and corporate wealth.

Satellite launched despite Inuit concerns over toxic splash

Radio Canada Fri October 13 2017 By: Levon Sevunts

Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, was quoted in a Radio Canada story about a European satellite launched into orbit despite Inuit concerns over toxic splash. He said “I am disappointed with the Government of the Netherlands and the European Space Agency for proceeding with the launch despite the scientific evidence of devastating health and environmental damage caused by similar returning rocket stages in Russia and Kazakhstan.”

Campaigns worry about lacking interest in city council by-election

Globe and Mail Fri October 13 2017 By: Frances Bula

The Globe and Mail quoted Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, about the Vancouver city council by-election. He said studies have shown that in by-elections where the new candidate won’t change the balance of power, “there is a modest tendency to bring out negative voters.”

A new cabinet for Mongolia

The Diplomat Fri October 13 2017 By: Julian Derkes and Mendee Jargalsaikhan

An op-ed in the Diplomat by Julian Dierkes, an associate professor at the Institute of Asian Research at UBC, and Mendee Jargalsaikhan, a PhD candidate in political science at UBC, discussed the many changes to the Mongolian government in the last 20 months. They say that Mongolians are feeling frustrated with the two large parties.

Systemic racism encourages half of Canadians to fear Islam and Muslims

Vancouver Sun Fri October 13 2017 By: Ayesha Chaudhry

Canada needs to look at systemic problems to address racism and religious discrimination, said Ayesha Chaudhry, in an op-ed in theVancouver Sun.

“Only by recognizing how we are all complicit in systemic racism and religious discrimination, by looking at our systemic problems square in the eye, can we begin to think about addressing and eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination,” she wrote.

It is stressful to be poor, and that stress can keep people in poverty

Vice Thu October 12 2017 By: Tamara Khandaker

A story in Vice describes how financial stress impacts the brain. “Let’s say you’re short on income or you’re thinking about financial trouble or a cost that you have to pay, your performance on other irrelevant cognitive tasks suffer, so it’s kind of like a trade-off,” Jiaying Zhao, a professor of psychology at UBC. “As you focus on one thing, your performance on other things suffers.”

Opinion: Relations between majority and minority nationalities are never set in stone

Vancouver Sun Wed October 11 2017 By: Philip Resnick

The Vancouver Sun published an op-ed by Philip Resnick, a UBC professor emeritus of political science, about a small region in the Pyrenees that threatens to break away from Catalonia should it secede from Spain. He wrote that “suddenly everything is up for grabs, with neither the hard-line defenders of Spanish nationalism nor the hard-line defenders of the Catalan version prepared to cede an inch.” The story also appeared in The Province.

China’s secret aid empire uncovered

BBC Wed October 11 2017 By: Celia Hatton

BBC interviewed Xiaojun Li, a UBC political science professor, in an article about researchers who uncovered the Chinese state secret regarding how much money Beijing gives in aid to other countries. Li said researchers have uncovered signs that China is starting to shift its approach to lending. Li also spoke to CNN on the same topic.

Politicians should get over their allergy to academia

Toronto Star Fri October 6 2017 By: Peter W. Klein

The Toronto Star published an op-ed by Peter W. Klein, a UBC journalism professor and executive director of the Global Reporting Centre, about politicians’ aversion to academia. He wrote that “for years policymakers in Ottawa ignored widespread evidence of the effectiveness of harm-reduction efforts like safe-injection sites, and over the past decade, they have silenced scientists who’ve had evidence of environmental harm from economically lucrative industries.”

Gambling disorder top of mind at Las Vegas conference

Stat News Fri October 6 2017 By: Rebecca Robins

Stat News featured research by Luke Clark, a gambling researcher at UBC, in a story about a conference organized by The National Center for Responsible Gaming. Clark’s research examined the methodological rigor of more than 2,500 studies on gambling and found that just six of those were conducted in real gambling environments with real gamblers.

Morneau goes after tiny fish while tax-avoiding whales swim free

Financial Post Thu October 5 2017 By: Terence Corcoran

Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, was quoted in a Financial Post article about a neutral tax system. He said “the target is for people to make the same decisions under taxation as they would without taxation. This is a free-market goal: business decisions based on business merits.”

China’s Arctic road and belt gambit

Radio Canada Tue October 3 2017 By: Levon Sevunts

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, was quoted in a Radio Canada story about the vulnerability of China’s current trade routes. He said he expects Chinese involvement in the Arctic will grow if the country maintains its vast stores of capital available for investment.