SOCIETY

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

Can you smell it? The smell of dirtiness and misery;  The lack of dignity on this train?   Can you hear it? The noise of loneliness and poverty; The cracking ice and the pouring rain? I can smell it.  I can hear it.    Every day.  In every train.     The 5% unemployment rate of…

WITHOUT FEAR THERE IS NO POWER

The Miljacka river, crossing the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, runs independently of what it witnesses. The low, blurred water, where hundreds of crows bathe, has seen the history of humanity take many turns on its shores. We woke up in Sarajevo. The basement turned improvised accommodation is located in the old part of town. We woke…

LET’S GET NAKED

Most Wall Street banks have some form of a leadership insight forum whereby a group of first-year analysts is invited to join one of the firm’s famed directors for an intimate hour-long Q&A. In my experience, the eager analysts ask perfunctory questions pertaining to the market outlook, insight into the firm and relatively conservative questions…

REMEMBERING BOSNIA

Originally published on www.srebrenica.org.uk on the 7th May 2015 Sarajevo’s main street has the staples of an example of coexistence and harmony. A mosque, a church, and a synagogue lie within 60 meters of each other on the main street in Sarajevo. In fact, upon the advent of the Second World War, the heads of the…

THE GREAT DIVIDE

For those unaware, “The Great Wall” is a recent Chinese Blockbuster starring Matt Damon in the leading role, and featuring Game of Throne’s Pedro Pascal as the main supporting actor. This description alone should be enough to peak anybody’s interest. It is a Chinese movie, as directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers),…

UBIQUITUOUS ASSIMILATION

Dear parents, students, teachers and worldwide seekers of knowledge, I am writing you concerning a subject that has a vital importance to all of us. I am writing you to discuss the landscape of education. Please be aware, dear reader, that this won’t actually be a discussion, since I’m writing the article without listening to…