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2nd of August – 8th of August

The Case of the Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya

The Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya was first under the protection of the Japanese government after she criticized her coaches for registering her for the wrong event, according to the New York Times. Belarus tried to send her home but she was scared that she would be arrested upon her return. Timanovskaya has since stayed at the Polish embassy, hoping to seek political asylum in Poland, which has since been granted to her and her husband by Poland. Two Belarusian coaches who were apparently involved in the attempt to get her to leave Tokyo for Belarus have been expelled from the Olympic Village.

Wildfires in Turkey and Greece

Wildfires in Turkey have killed at least six people and forced tens of thousands from their homes. President Erdogan has also received criticism over his handling of what can be called Turkey’s worst wildfires in decades. Greece has also been badly affected by the wildfires, recording its hottest temperatures on record with thousands fleeing their homes. The wildfires have since also reached the island of Evia and ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The New York Times reported that local authorities and the army “dug firelines around the archaeological site” in an attempt to prevent the fires from destroying it. A thick pall of smoke also hung over Athens last Thursday, meaning that people were instructed to stay indoors until the smoke cleared. 

Other News

  • The Lazio region of Italy, which includes Rome, experienced a cyberattack and left it unable to offer vaccination appointments online
  • New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo faces criticism and calls for him to resign after it became public that he sexually assaulted 11 women. Governor Cuomo, however, has denied these accusations.
  • “American forces stepped up a bombing campaign in Afghanistan,” according to the New York Times
  • Over 200 million cases of COVID-19 have now been recorded around the world, as of Thursday
  • Ebrahim Raisi, the new President of Iran, was inaugurated this past week
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The winners of our Economic Theories Instagram Quiz

Over 50 participants took part in our economics quiz this past week! We are very honored to announce that in the end anloveschoco won with 9 out of 11 points. Four people tied for runner-up: bennilein_, likely2bjess, tyyne.kb, and angusmwalker. All achieved 5 out of 11 points. Congratulations and a huge thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to hosting the next quiz soon!

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Microeconomic Principles

Economics

Platform: Coursera, University of Illinois

Level: Beginner

This course aims to show students how economists think. It takes approximately 27 hours to complete. The material is divided into 8 weeks.

You can find out more here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/microeconomics?

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Chinese Politics Part 1 – China and Political Science

Country-related, Politics, Economics

Platform: Coursera, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Level: Intermediate

In this course, you will learn about the interesection of economics and politics that is the case in China. Additionally, you will also learn about the orgins of China’s political system, how decisions are made, the extent to which Chinese citizens can get involved in politics, and China’s political future. The course takes around 19 hours to complete and is divided into 7 weeks.

Interested? Find out more here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/chinesepolitics1?

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Circular Economy: An Introduction

Economics

Platform: edX, TU Delft

Level: Beginner

Our global society is not sustainable. The circular economy model provides solutions to these challenges. In this course, you will be introduced to and learn the basics of the Circular Economy over a period of seven weeks (with 3-6 hours of studying time a week).

Here is the link to the course if you want to find out more: https://www.edx.org/course/circular-economy-an-introduction

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Political Economy of Institutions and Development

Economics, Politics

Platform: Coursera, Universiteit Leiden

Level: Beginner

In this course you will learn about the way in which politics and economics are interconnected in our modern world. Over the course of 10 weeks (and around 21 hours) you will also learn about different studies that were conducted to compare different political systems and the economical development of countries and why these studies may not be reliable.

Interested? Find out more here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/political-economy?

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Welcome to Game Theory

Economics

Platform: Coursera, University of Tokyo

Level: Beginner

Looking for a short introduction to game theory? Then this course is perfect for you as it introduces you to the key fundamental ideas behind the key concepts of game theory (equilibrium, rationality, etc.). Furthermore, the course only takes 14 hours to complete. What are you still waiting for?

Here is the link to get started: https://www.coursera.org/learn/game-theory-introduction

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Economics: Consumer Demand

Economics

Platform: edX, Babson

Level: Beginner

In order to be able to understand how markets work, you have to understand demand. This online course will teach you the following apsects of demand:

  1. principles of demand
  2. determining factors and their benefits for individuals
  3. decision makers in firms
  4. policy makers

Throughout the 4 weeks that the course is divided into, you will need to dedicate approximatley 4 to 6 hours of your time to the completition of this course.

At the following link you can find out more: https://www.edx.org/course/economics-consumer-demand-2

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The Challenges of Global Poverty

International Relations/Development

Platform: edX, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Level: Beginner, but some experience in economics and statistics is useful

For those of you who are interested in the challenges that massive poverty creates, this course is perfect as you will become familiar with the key questions scholars in these fields are trying to answer. You can be sure that this course goes into a lot of depth because it is 11 weeks long, with around 12 to 14 hours of studying a week.

Explore this course more here: https://www.edx.org/course/the-challenges-of-global-poverty

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Water Resources Management and Policy

International Relations

Platform: Coursera, University of Geneva

Level: Intermediate

Although this course only takes around 10 hours to complete, you will still learn a lot! Over the course of 5 weeks you will look at the challenges private and public stakeholders are currently facing that are related to the water cycle. Additionally, you will also look into some approaches these stakeholders can use to combat these challenges.

Here is the link to the course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-management?