Is Marina Silva able and willing to endorse? Who will win the battle for signification of change? After the main text, some wild speculation on countering the right-wing momentum of São Paulo with Lula the governor and more serious speculation on the second round of the presidential election.
When one reads international media hype on Marina Silva’s presidential campaign in Brazil, one sometimes gets the impression she is the green candidate. The candidate of the Green Party of Brazil stands for gay marriage, abortion rights and marijuana reform. His name is Eduardo Jorge. As far as I know, Marina Silva is opposed to all these things.
A proposal to create an authoritarian decision-making model for the University of Helsinki threatens academic freedom and trust. It has just arrived from our Rector, and I first heard about it two days ago. A key change would be about the selection of deans and heads of department. According to the proposal, they would be selected top-down, rather than by the academic communities as is the case today. Continue reading
Kuulin juuri, että Helsingin yliopiston johto pyrkii tuomaan selvästi aiempaa autoritaarisempaa päätöksentekomallia yliopistomme uuteen johtosääntöön. Erityisesti olen huolestunut esityksestä, jolla dekaanien ja laitosjohtajien valinta halutaan siirtää pois yhteisöiltämme. Continue reading
One of the three leading presidential candidates of Brazil, Eduardo Campos, died in a plane crash today. Even if this is the time for condolences, political speculation on the impact of this tragic event is starting. This speculation can also be seen as an indicator of the importance his legacy. Let me offer some very preliminary remarks on what might happen now.
The main question that will be asked in the coming hours and days is whether his vice presidential candidate Marina Silva will take over the main candidacy. My guess is that even if there are likely to be important actors within the party of Campos who do not particularly like Marina Silva, her previously huge popularity makes her the most likely person to take over the main candidacy. Continue reading
Helsingin yliopistoa pyydetään lopettamaan yhteistyö yliopiston vartiointia hoitavan G4S-yrityksen kanssa. Myös yliopiston suurin akateeminen ammattiliitto Helsingin yliopiston tieteentekijät vaatii yliopistoa kantamaan vastuunsa. Continue reading
Meeri Koutaniemi is a Finnish photographer who has received various awards for her work in the last couple of years. During the first months of 2014, one set of her pictures stirred an interesting controversy. The photos on female genital mutilation were published in the biggest newspaper of Finland, Helsingin Sanomat, on January 5, 2014. They have also been seen through various other media, including Time. Continue reading