Can we decide?

In various parts of the world, different governments have implemented a policy of participatory budgeting and citizen participation to improve living conditions in large cities. In Mexico City, the main cosmopolitan city of Latin America, the implementation of these two public policies has not led to an improvement or resolution of problems identified by those…

A road in Singapore. Epilogue

Some of you may remember a previous post of mine on a road in Singapore, named after my great-uncle, René Onraët. The family lore told of that road, of my uncle’s career as a police officer in the Straits settlements at the beginning of the 20th century. The above was sent to me by my…

Smiles from Africa

In 2011, Daughter #1 decided to take a break for medical school, in between two residencies. Anybody who has a doctor in the family knows what a “Doctor” break means: More work. She applied to, and joined, for a year, “Médecins sans frontières”, (Doctors without borders) a French/International NGO that provides medical and humanitarian aid…