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The Tropical Oil Crops Revolution – A More Sustainable Future?

November 8, 2016 • EMERGING TRENDS, Climate Change & Society, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Derek Byerlee, Walter Falcon, and Rosamond Naylor The rise of soybeans and oil palm in the tropics has attracted massive private and state investments, offering significant opportunities for tropical regions to develop their economies but often at the cost of clearing forests and savannas. This article discusses how the tropical oil crop revolution can

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Rio 2016: Human rights and sustainability after the Olympics party

November 8, 2016 • EMERGING TRENDS, Americas, Climate Change & Society, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Jorge Knijnik Being a host of the Olympics brings in an opportunity of diverse communities’ social engagement. With the help of friends,1 the author discusses the Olympics’ implications for Brazil’s human rights development and its most vulnerable

Latin America’s Challenge: More and Better Saving for Development

October 7, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Eduardo Cavallo and Tomás Serebrisky The Latin American and Caribbean region is trapped in a vicious cycle of low savings and poor use of these savings. This article discusses strategic goals for households, firms, and governments across the region to

Social Wealth Funds: A Key Ingredient of a New Alternative Economic Strategy

September 29, 2016 • Capitalism in the 21st Century, World DevelopmentComments (1)

By Stewart Lansley  Tackling growing inequality will not succeed without fundamental reform of the current model of corporate capitalism and the “de-concentration” of capital ownership. One of the most powerful tools for achieving such change would be by

Rio 2016 and the (Broken) Promises of the Olympic Games

September 23, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Global Giants, Americas, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Simon Darnell and Rob Millington  The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were to catalyse and signify Brazil’s final transition into a modern, developed nation. Yet, many were skeptical of the city and country’s ability to host the event successfully,

From the “Tragedy of the Commons” to the Tragedy of Enclosures

August 2, 2016 • EMERGING TRENDS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Climate Change & Society, World DevelopmentComments (1)

By Olivier De Schutter and Katharina Pistor If the enclosures movement that swept through England in the 18th century was the general rehearsal, the play has now been staged for over two centuries, and has penetrated deep into all regions of the world:

Understanding the Numbers: The Lives of Syrian Refugees

July 29, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Jeffrey H. Cohen The life of a refugee is not easy. At least 6.6 million Syrians had been internally displaced, and nearly 5 million Syrians have fled their homeland. Yet these facts tell us little about what they are doing. You might also like: Life After

Xenophobia in the UK

July 13, 2016 • Climate Change & Society, Special Focus on Brexit, World DevelopmentComments (0)

by Julian Vigo Racism and xenophobia cannot be spun into class solidarity, nor can they be forgotten away as if some new class spirit will erase the eruption of hyper-nationalism. Race as a construct is a tool to silence those who are disposable by those who

Anti-Corruption Drive – Critical to Future, International by Nature

June 5, 2016 • FINANCE & BANKING, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Dan Steinbock, Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock No inclusive growth is conceivable without success in Nigeria’s anti-corruption drive. Today, that struggle is increasingly global. You might also like: Life After Trump Demonetisation: A Few Disturbing Questions Trump’s Great Game:

Stormy Forecast for Nuclear Energy Future

May 23, 2016 • EMERGING TRENDS, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Climate Change & Society, World DevelopmentComments (2)

By Linda Pentz Gunter While nuclear energy continues to play a role in political discussion and decision-making circles, the financial realities indicate it is a dying industry with no meaningful role in the future energy mix. Too costly, too slow to build,