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Gender Gaps in the Economic Sphere: Is Indonesia Making Progress?

February 13, 2019 • World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Namira Samir Women’s rights have long been the centre of arguments since ancient times. Though societies have formidably dealt with the issue the best way they could, these efforts are shortchanged due to the underwhelming support for empowerment. In this article, the author imparts practical measures on how The Government of Indonesia can alleviate

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Empowering Lives With Zakat: Why We Need More Transparency And Innovation

February 12, 2019 • Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Namira Samir and Imad el Fadili A recent study by Sumner (2012) suggested that approximately 960 million people from 1.3 billion poor people in the world live in Middle-Income countries1. This evidence is being referred to as the “new bottom billion”.

Venezuela – An Appeal to Russia, China and all Unaligned Countries for Support of Sovereign Venezuela

January 25, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig On 23 January 2018, the United States has initiated a coup against President Nicolás Maduro and his Government, by encouraging and fully supporting the “self-proclaimed” opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as interim President. Already days

Peace for Syria and a New Kurdistan as Regional Stabilizing Factor?

January 10, 2019 • International Relations, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The US will withdraw her troops from Syria. Will they really? – Let’s take Trump at his word, just for argument’s sake. Though in the meantime, RT reports that the withdrawal may be slower than anticipated, to allow Erdogan making his

The Top 10 Financial Inclusion Heroes Who are Changing the World for the Better

December 1, 2018 • Climate Change & Society, Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Valentina Loiz Despite the increased resources for providing financial access to the unbanked, 2.5 billion of the world’s adults still lack access to regulated financial services. In this article, the authors provide a comprehensive list of individuals

Empowering SMEs with Islamic Finance

November 29, 2018 • Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Danis Nurul Yunita and Nur Dhani Hendranastiti The success story of SMEs in Indonesia began to attract public attention from their strength during the financial crisis in 1998. However, their true potential has not yet been fully actualised due to their

The United States of America – the Real Reason Why They Are Never Winning Their Wars

November 14, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Commentary, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig This essay is inspired by Professor James Petras’ article, describing that the US never wins wars despite trillions of investments in her war budget and obvious military superiority    Professor Petras is of course right, the United

Ethiopia – A Case Study in Take-Over by Western Interests

September 26, 2018 • Capitalism in the 21st Century, World DevelopmentComments (1)

By Peter Koenig Ethiopia is a landlocked country, bordering on Somalia which is dominating the Horn of Africa. Due to several border conflicts during the past decades with Somalia, many of them supportive of Ethiopia by the US military, the border between

The Return of the Feudal World?

July 26, 2018 • EMERGING TRENDS, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, Global Giants, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By John Hulsman and Boris Liedtke In today’s post-industrial economy, it is evident that world politics is under radical restructuring. More precisely, as the authors argue, the model of nation-state has come under attack from below – in the form of a

Race and Caste: Worlds Apart But Closer Than You Think

July 26, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, India, World DevelopmentComments (2)

By Rajesh Sampath Combining historical knowledge and awareness of the present situation in America and India, one can deduce that racial and caste-based discrimination are by and large deeply entrenched in their culture and systems. The big question then is