ProPublica Reveals the US Is a Tax Haven

Jun 10, 2021

This week, ProPublica published a long, detailed article that blew the roof off two burning and intimately related questions currently in the news: wealth inequality and taxation. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Thomas Piketty, Branko Milanovic and numerous pundits in the media have...

Can the Word “Solidarity” Have Any Meaning in the Consumer Society?
Jun 08, 2021

Can the Word “Solidarity” Have Any Meaning in the Consumer Society?

The Champion in the Art of Tax Avoidance Can Now be Crowned
Jun 04, 2021

The Champion in the Art of Tax Avoidance Can Now be Crowned

Could This Have Been a Zoom Call?
Jun 04, 2021

Could This Have Been a Zoom Call?

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

Jun 02, 2021

Guacamole, or so BBC has claimed, is “undoubtedly one of Mexico’s most popular dishes,” dating back to the times of the Aztecs. Thanks to Pancho Villa and Old El Paso’s spice mix, guacamole has conquered European lunch and dinner tables from Norway to France, from Switzerland to Spain....

America’s True Hyperreal Heroes

America’s True Hyperreal Heroes

May 28, 2021

At the very moment that US President Joe Biden is busy demonstrating how little power he wields, whether in reigning in the neocolonial and militaristic behavior of the Israeli government or in attempting to push key legislation through Congress, Elon Musk, who has never been elected to any public...

Europe’s Thirst for Virtual Water: Blueberry Fields Forever?

Europe’s Thirst for Virtual Water: Blueberry Fields Forever?

May 27, 2021

Blueberries have long established themselves among the superfoods. They are tasty, low in calories and full of beneficial nutrients. Most importantly, they are a rich source of antioxidants that serve to protect against a range of diseases, most notably cancer. This might explain why the demand...

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

May 14, 2021

On April 28, 2011, an economic integration initiative involving Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru was announced following a forum held in Lima to discuss deeper regional integration. The Declaration of Lima saw the four countries commit themselves to deepening ties, with particular emphasis on...

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

May 12, 2021

Great expectations are placed on hydrogen as an energy carrier. In the future, the climate-neutral molecule will replace fossil fuels in applications where direct electrification is impossible or too expensive. This enables effective climate protection in energy-intensive industries, heavy...

Fintech’s Problem With Race

Fintech’s Problem With Race

May 11, 2021

It’s been a turbulent year for the fintech industry. The pandemic had its effect on the sector, just as it did on many others, in strange and contradictory ways. Experts are predicting that COVID-19 will drive more people into the fintech market while simultaneously slowing down the...

Big Pharma’s Big Free Lunch

Big Pharma’s Big Free Lunch

May 10, 2021

A vast majority of the planet’s population had every reason to welcome the Biden administration’s belated backing of a proposed patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. To anyone not invested in the pharmaceutical industry or not named Bill Gates, it was a no-brainer. Economist David Adler and Dr....

Will We Wake Up to the Big Tech Distraction Crisis?

Will We Wake Up to the Big Tech Distraction Crisis?

May 07, 2021

Big Tech and the devices and apps it produces consume the world’s collective attention in pursuit of profit. Tech giants need to find a better purpose if they are going to retain society’s permission to dominate our lives in the way they currently do. Society is distracted, our attention...

Corruption, an Unnecessary Evil

Corruption, an Unnecessary Evil

May 06, 2021

Since the United Nations Convention Against Corruption was adopted in October 2003, International Anti-Corruption Day is observed annually on December 9. In the context of the ongoing pandemic, António Guterres, the UN secretary general, had a clear message: “Corruption is...

For a Few Billion Dollars More

For a Few Billion Dollars More

May 05, 2021

The Guardian’s wealth correspondent, Rupert Neate, is an unrelenting fan of philanthropist Bill Gates. On April 11, he effusively praised the fact that “billionaires — including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey — have committed huge amounts of their money to...

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