The guilts of Oskar Gröning

On April 21st Oskar Gröning, age 93, appeared before a court of law in the German city of Lüneburg. He is charged with being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews in the infamous concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ran by the Nazi regime during World War Two and where Gröning served as an […]

Societies of trust

An abundant academic literature has been produced in the last two or three decades on the topic of societies of trust . This is very relevant today given that trust in public institutions has markedly declined in the Americas and elsewhere, according to several opinion polls. The different authors who have written on this topic […]

State Capture

The expression State capture was coined by the World Bank experts Daniel Kauffmann y Joel Hellman some 15 years ago. These authors alluded to the relationship between corporations and the State. They distinguished three modalities : a) administrative corruption, that is the payment by corporations to published servants so that they do not apply the […]

Contemporary Terrorism

Recent high-profile attacks have put a new note of urgency on the combat of terrorism. They include a parade of horrific executions of hostages carried out by ISIS, recorded and uploaded in the social networks; the massacre of the journalists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and the mysterious death of the Argentinian prosecutor who investigated […]

Good News for humankind

On this day, December 24 2014, enters into force the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. This agreement is meant to regulate international commerce of conventional weapons and to eradicate the illicit traffic thereof, so as to contribute to peace, security and the reduction of human suffering. These purposes, especially the last one, transform the new […]

The virtue of American hypocrisy

“Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue”. This phrase is usually ascribed to the French writer François de La Rochefoucauld. What it entails is a very simple proposition: Vice supposes by definition the existence of a positive or virtuous extreme, with regards to which the former is deemed underachieving. Hypocrisy would mean, in this […]

Slavery is Still Around

On December 2, 1949, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved the  Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, which entered into force two years later. For this reason this December day has been established as the international day of the abolition of […]