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Trends. Double Bind in Quebec and in the World — February 2, 2001
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This article discusses the desire for Quebec to become an independent nation-state but there are dynamics that affect that process. The Separatist Movement faces roadblocks no matter the state of the national economy in Canada.

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Psycho-Political Assessment and Making People: What Can We Know? — December 3, 2018
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This article describes foundational problems in even experts’ knowing people from formal psychological assessment to musings on human nature.

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Short Term Effects of the Retrenchment Exercise on Individual and Organisational Performance in the Uganda Civil Service: Part II — July 6, 2001
Peter Baguma

IBPP Note. The concluding segment of this article provides theory, empirical data, and analysis on some political psychological consequences of organizational retrenchment in a political bureaucracy within a country often unattended to by Western researchers. It was written by Dr. Peter Baguma, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and International Editor, IBPP. Dr. Baguma can be reached at uparipari@mulib.ac.ug.

Abstract. This study set out to assess the short-term effects of a retrenchment exercise on individual and organisational performance in the Uganda civil service. In all, 247 senior and lower rank employees from 6 civil service ministries were administered a questionnaire that measured individual performance, factors hindering employee performance and suggestions on how performance could be improved, and organisational performance factors. The majority of participants reported retrenchment had positive or unknown effects on individual performance. Factors hindering employee performance were inadequate funding, lack of motivation, work overload, and lack of tools--to mention but a few. Providing a living wage, improved incentives, and training were some of the factors identified that could lead to improved performance. The majority of participants also reported that retrenchment had positive or no effects on organisational performance. Specific recommendations are given in the text. (Note: The Introduction for this article was posted in the June 29th Issue of IBPP.)

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Trends. Annual Polygraph Report to Congress: The Emperor Still Wearing No Clothes? — February 23, 2001
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This article describes some theoretical and methodological concerns with the approach of the United States (US) Department of Defense (DOD) towards establishing the validity of the counterintelligence-scope polygraph (CSP).

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Trends. Human Rights and Politics: The Wrong Argument Against the International Criminal Court — July 6, 2001
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This article discusses the International Criminal Court, or ICC. At issue is the contention that the ICC has been used primarily as a political tool for settling vendettas against the governments of nation-states and/or the leaders of these states instead of furthering human rights through adjudicating allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

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Trends. The Idolatry of Ignorance and Iconoclasm: Notes on the Taliban — March 2, 2001
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The New York Times has reported that at least some Taliban authorities have directed that all statues in Afghanistan--including those commonly viewed as priceless exemplars of cultural (largely Buddhist) heritage and as treasures--be destroyed. The Taliban's rationale--that these statues have been used as idols and deities by non-Islamic believers and may be turned into idols in the future--is largely discussed in the context of leading to a global cultural catastrophe, as an unacceptable decision, as gratuitous vandalism, as exemplifying a rigid ignorance deserving unique contempt and disgust.

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Trends. Once, Shame on You, Twice, Shame on Me: Recapitulation of Scandal in the United Kingdom — February 2, 2001
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This article discusses Peter Mandelson, confidant to the United Kingdom's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the attempts to explain why Mr. Mandelson has, for a second time, resigned from the government under scandalous clouds.

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Is There a Conservative Case Against Racial Profiling? — September 14, 2001
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This article analyzes contentions that a politically conservative case can be made against racial profiling.

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Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century: Sense, Nonsense, No Sense — October 6, 2000
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This article considers commonly posited benefits of nation-states' possessing nuclear weapons.

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The Utility of Psychological Research To Aid and Abet Violence: Terrorist Talent Scouts and the Selection and Management of Youthful Terrorists — June 22, 2001
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This article identities the political implications of psychological research intended to prevent or minimize youthful violence. The article then focuses on how this research can be used to help select and manage youthful terrorists.

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