Thursday, July 14, 2016

"Is musical success written in the stars?" plus more...

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OUPblog - "Is musical success written in the stars?" plus more...

Is musical success written in the stars?

When we look at the so-called "miraculous gifts" of musical prodigies, it is easy to get caught up in the nature vs. nurture debate: are these prodigies born or made? But we won't be entering here into the discussion as to whether genetics or education plays the greater role. Instead, there may be a secondary element to this debate that is often overlooked, an element that intrinsically ties together these two conflicting sides. That element is nothing less than destiny.

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Talking peace in Burundi, once more at the cost of impunity?

On 10 June 2016, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa travelled to Brussels to meet the leadership of Burundi's opposition coalition CNARED (National Coalition for the Restoration of the Arusha Agreement and the Rule of Law). CNARED is a heterogeneous group of exiled Burundian politicians opposed to the third presidential term of Pierre Nkurunziza, president of Burundi. Nkurunziza was sworn in in August 2015 after his party CNDD-FDD (National Council for the Defense of Democracy –...

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A tale of two referendums

One of the consequences of the vote for 'Brexit' in the EU referendum on 23 June has been to focus renewed attention on the Scottish question. In this blog I want to look both forward, to the possibility of a second independence referendum, and backward, to compare the EU referendum with the Scottish independence referendum of 2014. The result of the latter, with 55% voting to remain within the UK and 45% to leave was simultaneously a rejection of independence by a decisive margin and an...

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