Jeff Bezos to the Planet’s Rescue

Feb 19, 2020

Jeff Bezos has apparently realized that for his customers to retain the level of disposable income required to ensure their continued capacity to order goods from Amazon, their survival might be a critical factor. Not everyone can spend $165 million on a residence that will never suffer from a...

Morocco Pays a High Price for Tourism Gentrification
Feb 18, 2020

Morocco Pays a High Price for Tourism Gentrification

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa
Feb 14, 2020

Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

The Importance of Good Governance
Feb 12, 2020

The Importance of Good Governance

Donald Trump and Elon Musk Invent the Wheel

Donald Trump and Elon Musk Invent the Wheel

Jan 24, 2020

No one can claim that US president Donald Trump lacks empathy for at least some of the downtrodden. Interviewed by CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trump responded to a question about Elon Musk. Given all that Musk has been through in recent times, Trump acknowledges that the poor fellow...

The Carrots and Sticks of Due Diligence

The Carrots and Sticks of Due Diligence

Dec 17, 2019

Throughout history, France has often been on the frontlines of leading change. This time it is about state regulation of transnational business activity. It was only in March 2017 when France's Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law entered into force. Over two years later, mandatory human rights and...

Branko Milanovic: An Ideologist of Inequality

Branko Milanovic: An Ideologist of Inequality

Dec 12, 2019

Branko Milanovic is a serious, highly-respected economist specialized in the analysis of income inequality. He is also an innovator. His book, “Global Inequality,”  has played a significant role in pushing the science of economics toward what its author calls “a new heterogeneity and...

What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

What Is Driving the Protests in Latin America?

Nov 13, 2019

The first thing to bear in mind when looking at the recent violent demonstrations that have occurred in Latin American countries like Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Bolivia is to resist the spell of common myths about the region. Latin America is a vast territory composed of 20 countries, from Mexico...

Chile Protests and the Rise of Political Risk in Latin America

Chile Protests and the Rise of Political Risk in Latin America

Just as it seemed that the leftist “pink tide” had finally receded across Latin America, a wave of social movements are shaking market-friendly governments in the region. While certainly a reflection of the polarized political climate on a global scale, the recent convulsions across the...

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

Oct 01, 2019

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the potential to integrate technology into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reaching new heights. According to Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum, 4IR is “blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and...

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Aug 16, 2019

A group of Italians started the Slow Food movement back in the 1980s. Stay away from fast-food restaurants, they urged: Eat local, focus on traditional recipes, relax and enjoy your meal.  The Slow Food movement began as a protest against McDonald’s, which opened a new franchise near...

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

Jun 14, 2019

More than constructing toilets, India needs to change the way its people think, behave and act when it comes to personal and public hygiene. This is the second of a three-part series. Indians have some of the most elaborate cleaning rituals in the world. It has roots in a peculiarly Indian sense...

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

Jun 06, 2019

What can governments do to improve peoples’ preparation for the new labor market in a “glocal,” or global, economy? The concept of work is as old as civilization. Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, used the expression praxis for doing something for its own purpose, and poiesis to...

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