Venezuela: How and Why Did It All Go So Wrong?

Venezuela was, until relatively recently, one of the richest countries in Latin America. Due to its vast oil reserves, and the revenue they brought in, they were able fund food subsidies health care and education programmes. Under the presidency of Hugo Chavez (1999–2013) unemployment and poverty halved and personal incomes doubled. Chavez nationalized the oil industry and used the profits for welfare programmes. Chavez dies in 2013 and was replaced Nicolas Maduro, who continued with the spending programme. However, the price ...

Sports’ activities – is football obscene?

The recent transfer of the footballer Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world record 100 million euro transfer fee took place this week, leading to a new currency - 'the Bale'. For instance, the GDP of Cuba is 734 Bales. The question asked of students in the recent blog, 'Is football obscene?',  is whether the size of the transfer and Bales annual salary of nearly $25 million can be morally justified in light of the parlous state of Europe's economies ...

Getting to know you

Friday January 20th was the date of the annual LISA (London International Schools Association http://www.lisa.org.uk/) Conference. There are currently 15 LISA schools: most are international schools in and around the London area (although the International School of Aberdeen is also a member). The conference was hosted by the King Fahd Academy with almost 500 participants attending. http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article566385.ece The keynote speech was given by Processor George Walker, talking about international education, proposing links between recent writings by Howard Gardener (Five Minds for the Future) ...