Category Archives: Political Commentary

Thinking fast and slow about disaster preparedness

Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow Author: Daniel Kahneman Getting back to my notes from “Thinking Fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman, I am still amazed by the diversity of new insights the book provides on how (most) humans think . … Continue reading

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The hunger games, the Paris agenda and political sciences.

I read the 3 parts of the Hunger Games trilogy in only a few weeks. A book that captivates so well its readers cannot be all bad. What amazes me most  is how “fantasy”writers seems to be better at captivating the realities of the … Continue reading

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The silent revolution: is the electric bike a black swan?

The media and the public are staring at the lacklustre growth in the sales of the electrical car, and meanwhile it seems they miss the revolution happening under their nose. For mobility in the city or the suburbs, the ideal … Continue reading

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Busan Aid Effectiveness, Power Impact Analysis and the Rights Based Approach

The use of big words and capitals in capitals I just used a title where most of the words seem to call for capitalization. It just shows how the development bingo is still in full swing, and we take ourselves … Continue reading

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Development: The dictator’s handmaiden; Is bad aid almost always good politics?

I have just finished reading the Dictator’s Handbook, by Bruce Bueno de Mequita and Alastair Smith. I immediately reread some chapters. The book gives you an insight you feel you have known all along, but you just could not act … Continue reading

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Darwin awards for international organisations and treaties

Chatting with a friend over lunch on what is real work and what is just unproductive time-filler, we touched upon the Food Aid Convention. If this international treaty would just vaporise without leaving a trace, the overall effect on food … Continue reading

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Aid evolution: a system beyond planning, markets and networks

Local units obeying local incentives and rules1 I remember the bleak look of the supermarkets in Nicaragua in 1992. Only a few products were available, nearly all from the same low quality brands. So where should we buy diapers, baby … Continue reading

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Ethical eating in a diverse world; cultural idendity and food: from nuclear family to feasting on diversity (Part 5 of a series)

The cultural identity is based on the biology, but tastes better. Answering the question “what do we eat” is central to our omnivorous identity, unknown by herbivores nor carnivores, as they just eat the same every day. The major cuisines … Continue reading

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Believing in the electric car

Electric cars are finally breaking through – perhaps. The electric car is ready for it, but a bump must be taken to get to acceptance: changing habits and making the initial investments in infrastructure before the success is possible. In this article, it is argued that it is important to make this choice rather sooner than later, and live up to it. Continue reading

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