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naked capitalism
Seen by some as "socialist blog", by itself as "the world's most Influential finance & economics blog with trenchant commentary, tenacious investigation, insider political & regulatory analysis.".

Wiki:
"Naked Capitalism is an American financial news and analysis blog that "chronicles the large scale, concerted campaign to reduce the bargaining power and pay of ordinary workers relative to investors and elite technocrats".

Under the pen name Yves Smith, Susan Webber, the principal of Aurora Advisors Incorporated and author of ECONned, launched the site in December 2006. She focused on finance and economic news and analysis, with an emphasis on legal and ethical issues of the banking industry and the mortgage foreclosure process, the worldwide effects of the banking crisis of 2008, the 2007–2012 global financial crisis, and its aftermath."

HAG
Lifesnippets  Agrachina  blog  Politics  Policy  Finance  Economy  news  Analysis  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  Research  Ethics  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
Care2
Online community and petitition site for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.

From Wiki:
"Care2 is a social networking website that was founded by Randy Paynter in 1998. The goal of the site is to connect activists from around the world with other individuals, organizations and responsible businesses making an impact."

HAG
Agrachina  Social_Networking  Social_Networks  community  health  Green-New-Wave  green_promotion  Humanitarian  Animal_Welfare  Politics  via:frauchauchat 
march 2019 by eocas
Free Software Foundation
About:
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.

As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us. The Free Software Foundation exclusively uses free software to perform its work.

The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation—particularly the GNU operating system—and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents."

Founded and lead by Richard Stallmann, organises year-long-campaigns such as https://www.defectivebydesign.org (fighting for the right to repair, against DRM / DMCA), free software licenses (e.g. GNU), free software OS tools (e.g. GNU Toolchain in GNU/Linux), a OS with kernel (GNU Guix) or conferences such as LibrePlanet.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  opensource  Software  Legal  tools  Systems_Management  Security  community  Campaign  activism  Linux  Politics  Policy 
march 2019 by eocas
YPARD | Young Professionals for Agricultural Development
About:
"YPARD enables and empowers young agricultural leaders who shape sustainable food systems. It is an international movement by Young Professionals FOR Young Professionals for Agricultural Development.
[...]
This global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform is meant to enable and empower young agricultural leaders around the world to shape sustainable food systems."

Background:
Started in 2005, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR), Bioversity International and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In 2006 in Bern, Switzerland funding support by SDC and official formation in India soon after.

Besides of fostering discussion via their social network function are they also have a regularly updated directory related to fundraising. For example they have posted the 'International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture' from the FAO and the Swiss governmentfor which our UR Bridge app is eligible for the 'Award for Digitalization and innovation for Sustainable Food Systems (USD 40 000)'.

HAG
Agrachina  Rural_Development  community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Social_Networking  Agricultural_Development  Forum  foodsystems  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization  Policy  Politics  Sustainability  poverty  Fundraising  Innovation  Italy  Switzerland  UrB 
january 2019 by eocas
Handshake
About:
"Handshake is a decentralized, permissionless naming protocol compatible with DNS where every peer is validating and in charge of managing the root zone with the goal of creating an alternative to existing Certificate Authorities. Its purpose is not to replace the DNS protocol, but to replace the root zone file and the root servers with a public commons.

The Handshake protocol maintains the root zone file in a decentralized manner, making the root zone uncensorable, permissionless, and free of gatekeepers.

Handshake uses a coin system for name registration. The Handshake coin (HNS) is the mechanism by which participants transfer, register, and update internet names. Upon launch of the mainnet, the community will be able to initiate auctions and place bids for top-level domains using HNS or trade their HNS as they see fit. This is necessary to prevent spam on the peer-to-peer network."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  decentralization  Networking  tools  opensource  Open_Hardware  Intellectual_Property  blockchain  Organization  Politics  Security  Safety 
november 2018 by eocas
Obama's policy on Bush's crimes is how Kavanaugh got to the Supreme Court
Editorial by Cory Doctorow lamenting how Obama's systematic unwillingness to investigate George W. Bush administration's alleged crimes (Iraq war, etc.).

His conclusion:
"There's a good chance that Donald Trump is going to be out in 2020, and a Democrat will end up in his seat. If that Democrat follows the example of Obama and the Dem establishment, then Trump's planet-cooking program of looting and racism and misogyny and oligarchic fattening will go unpunished.

Trump's capos and dukes will lurk on the sidelines through the next Democratic administration, able to amass power thanks to a lack of official recognition of their crimes (against America, against humanity, against the Earth). Their programs of disenfranchisement, theft and brutality will never be named, never be reckoned with, and will thus never be extinguished."

HAG
Lifesnippets  Politics  Legal 
october 2018 by eocas
Zero Hedge
Controversial blog about (global) system-critical issues written by a collective of often anonymous writers.

Their mission:
" to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public.
to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become.
to liberate oppressed knowledge.
to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint.
to facilitate information's unending quest for freedom."

HAG
Lifesnippets  Economy  blog  Politics  Policy  Collective  Media  news  Investor_Relations  Financial 
july 2018 by eocas
Fashionable Forests at the High Level Political Forum | UN DESA
Excerpts:
"Forest fashion takes centre stage at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, during the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.

The “Forests for Fashion” exhibit brings together the work of many young designers, all inspired to use forest-derived materials for their creations.

Alongside many innovative and creative designs, is a capsule collection by Spanish designer Ms. María Lafuente using the world’s first fabrics certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which can be traced back to sustainably managed forests.

Almost 65 per cent of global fabric consumption consists of synthetic fibres derived from fossil fuels, whilst the majority of the remainder is made up of cotton, a water- and pesticide-intensive crop. Renewable and responsibly sourced wood fibres are part of the solution to transform fashion into a more sustainable industry.

Forest-based materials need to originate from sustainably managed forests and to be produced in a sustainable and ethical manner.
[...]
Visitors can also learn about the connection between forests, fashion and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by exploring the ‘SDG cubes’."

HAG
Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Trade  Spain  Forestry  Sustainability  Agroecology  Fashion  Policy  Politics  certification  Ecobalance  Eco  sustainablefashion  Brand 
july 2018 by eocas
The Useless Tree
About:
"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life."

Blog enriched with directory of other resources in the internet about Chinese Philosophy, I Ching, Tao, China & East Asia news / politics.

By Sam Crane

HAG
Lifesnippets  Philosophy  China  news  Lifestyle  Directory_Database  Politics  USA  blog 
july 2018 by eocas
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down
Excerpt:
"Pretty much every message that Trump put out was data-driven
[...]
On the day of the third presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, Trump's team tested 175,000 different ad variations for his arguments, in order to find the right versions above all via Facebook. The messages differed for the most part only in microscopic details, in order to target the recipients in the optimal psychological way: different headings, colors, captions, with a photo or video. This fine-tuning reaches all the way down to the smallest groups
[...]
address villages or apartment blocks in a targeted way. Even individuals."
[...]
stating that traditional blanket advertising is dead."

Translation of the original scoop / article by Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus:
https://www.dasmagazin.ch/2016/12/03/ich-habe-nur-gezeigt-dass-es-die-bombe-gibt

HAG
Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Press  Social_Media  Social_Networking  bigdata  Politics  UK  Report  PR  Advertisement  Ad_Serving 
may 2018 by eocas
CircularUBI – Funding Universal Basic Income in the Circular Economy
About:
"C.UBI is an initiative that proposes a preliminary framework to finance a universal basic income out of global resource usage, within the context of a circular economy and enabled by technology."

Team based in Munich / Germany.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Framework  Finance  Economy  circulareconomy  Technology  Germany  Sustainability  Politics 
april 2018 by eocas
Tech Solidarity
About:
"501(c)4 grass-roots organization whose goal is to better connect tech workers with the communities they live in. Our emphasis is on regular in-person meetings, volunteer assistance to organizations serving the vulnerable, and the creative use of labor law in pursuit of an ethical agenda.

Founded in November of 2016 by Maciej Ceglowski, a San Francisco web developer (Pinboard), Tech Solidarity holds quasi-monthly meetups in a number of American cities, coordinates volunteer help for NGOs, and helps secure working journalists and political campaigns."

Aiming for regular in-person events in every major tech center and towards 2018 Mid-terms running the "Great Slate" campaign in rural areas of swing states in order to galvanize Democrats and other opponents of GOP Republicans / Trumpists.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Politics  NGO_NPO  community  Education  Media  urban-rural  Rural_Economy  Technology  Innovation 
march 2018 by eocas
Alternativlos!
German blog from (what some people might categorise as crypto-anarchists) Frank Rieger und "Fefe" Felix von Leitner (http://blog.fefe.de). HAG
Lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Security  Safety  Germany  Expert  blog  Politics  decentralization  Policy  government  Technology 
march 2018 by eocas
The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid
Excerpts:
"When a company makes a decision that is destructive to the environment, for instance, it is not because there are bad or unintelligent people in charge: Directors typically have a fiduciary responsibility that makes the bottom line their only priority. They serve a function, and if they don’t, others can take their place. If something goes wrong — which is to say, if something endangers profit making — they can serve as convenient scapegoats, but any stupid or dangerous decisions they make result from being personifications of capital.
[...]
The intelligence of the brightest people around is no match for the rampant stupidity of capitalism.
[...]
But the burden of justification should not fall on the shoulders of those putting forward an alternative. For anyone who has really thought about the climate crisis, it is capitalism, and not its transcendence, that is in need of justification. And don’t be surprised, or fooled, when its defenders point to the tireless work of intelligent people."

HAG
Agrachina  Lifesnippets  climatechange  Politics  Economy  Environment  environmentalism  System  Analysis 
december 2017 by eocas
BITNATION: Governance 2.0 - BORDERLESS | DECENTRALIZED | VOLUNTARY
About:
"BITNATION is the World’s First Virtual Nation – A Blockchain Jurisdiction.

Nation State Governments have failed to keep up with the technologies that are transforming our lives. The Internet has radically interconnected our world and Blockchain technology – a cryptographically secured public ledger that is distributed amongst all of its users – allows us to choose to govern ourselves for the way we want to live now: peer-to-peer, more locally and globally.
[...]
We’re a holacratic organization and we strive to become a fully functional Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO).
[...]
Anyone can join or create a team (‘holon’), whether for-profit or nonprofit, and benefit from the support and technological infrastructure of the BITNATION community."

The underlying rules / framework is called:
"Decentralized Borderless Voluntary Nation (DBVN) Liquid Holocracy Constitution".

HAG
blockchain  Framework  Standardization  decentralization  HR  Policy  Politics  Security  open-data  NGO_NPO  Organization  Localization  Ecosystem  Legal  network  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  opensource 
october 2017 by eocas
Paul M Furley
Inspiring talented, kind-spirited fellow citizen / engineer / developer / mentor.

About:
"I'm trying to build things to improve the world.

I care about human rights, internet freedom, equality.

I ❤ linux, python, crypto & security :)

- - -

I’m a pragmatic Engineer with great people skills - I'm good at balancing technical decisions against user needs and working with non-technical people.

I get excited about Open Source, Linux, Python, Automating everything(!), Raspberry Pi, privacy, cryptography, Tor, machine learning, internet of things, renewable energy, open government, democracy, transparency... and lots more!"

Useful tutorials:
- Expirybot emails PGP users before their key expires
- Taking Back My Data, Part 1: Move from Dropbox to Nextcloud
- Hardening my Development Machine
- The Difference Between GPG, GnuPG, PGP and OpenPGP

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Lifestyle  Python  interview  Politics  democracy  Transparency  IoT  Expert  machine-learning  Automation  Linux  Tutorial  opensource 
october 2017 by eocas
AidData
About:
"AidData is a research lab at William & Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. We equip policymakers and practitioners with better evidence to improve how sustainable development investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated.
[...]
Who is doing what, where, for whom, and to what effect?
[...]
Generating and publishing more sectorally and spatially precise data on bilateral and multilateral aid projects.
[...]
Features / Datasets:
- Tracking Underreported Financial Flows
- Geospatial Impact Evaluation / Natural Resource Concessions
- SDG Coding
- Geocoding
[ ...]
Special focus on China and Africa. Dedicated report:
"AidData releases first-ever global dataset on China’s development spending spree - More than USD $350 billion in foreign aid and other forms of state financing that China committed to five major regions of the world."
http://aiddata.org/blog/aiddata-releases-first-ever-global-dataset-on-chinas-development-spending-spree

Excerpts China report:
- Chinese government considers its international development finance program to be a "state secret"
- China's official financing, including foreign aid, concessional and non-concessional state financing, to 140 countries
- A clear majority of U.S. spending (USD $395) was in the form of official development assistance (ODA), "the strict definition of aid," while the bulk of Chinese spending focused on other official flows (OOF), which is primarily intended for commercial projects
- Infrastructure dominates the majority of Chinese funds, particularly transportation
- Many top recipients are members of the Belt and Road Initiative
- Risky to run into repayment difficulties by lending money to countries where World Bank's indicator for rule of law is critical

Top 10 recipients of official Chinese development aid:
- Cuba ($6.7b)
- Cote d'Ivoire ($4b)
- Ethiopia ($3.7b)
- Zimbabwe ($3.6b)
- Cameroon ($3.4b)
- Nigeria ($3.1b)
- Tanzania ($3b)
- Cambodia ($3b)
- Sri Lanka ($2.8b)
- Ghana ($2.5b)

HAG
gis  development  Africa  China  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  datasource  Data  NGO_NPO  Policy  Politics  research  open-data 
october 2017 by eocas
A Magna Carta for Inclusivity and Fairness in the Global AI Economy
Excerpt of analysis:
"Advancements in intelligent machinery may force us to codify the processes by which decisions are made. Should your self-driving Uber be allowed to break traffic regulations in order to safely merge onto the highway? To what extent are algorithms as prone to discriminatory patterns of thinking as humans – and how might a regulatory body make this determination?"

Paragraphs:
"- Machine meritocracy
- Balance of power
- Machine decisions
- Personal choice [not needed anymore, depriving us of encounters and friction]
- Polarization [reinforcing our beliefs and values without the random opportunity to check them]
- Who makes judgements?
- Discrimination and bias"

Conclusion:
"A new charter of rights

Therefore, we propose a Magna Carta for the Global AI Economy — an inclusive, collectively developed, multi-stakeholder charter of rights that will guide our ongoing development of artificial intelligence and lay the groundwork for the future of human-machine co-existence and continued, more inclusive, human growth. Whether in an economic, social, or political context, we as a society must start to identify rights, responsibilities, and accountability guidelines for inclusiveness and fairness at the intersections of AI and human life. Without it, we will not establish enough trust in AI to capitalize on the amazing opportunities it can and will afford us."

HAG
AI  Startupinthecloud  Ethics  Economy  Research  Report  Information_Culture  Information_Science  Information_Society  Information_Systems  Information_Technology  Politics  Policy  Philosophy  Legal 
september 2017 by eocas
Coin Center
About:
"Based in Washington D.C., Coin Center is the leading non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Our mission is to build a better understanding of these technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to innovate using permissionless blockchain technologies.

We do this by producing and publishing policy research from respected academics and experts, educating policymakers and the media about blockchain technology, and by engaging in advocacy for sound public policy."

HAG
blockchain  policy  politics  legal  ngo_npo  research  decentralization  finance 
september 2017 by eocas
Style that’s sustainable: A new fast-fashion formula
Intro:
"Stylish, affordable clothing has been a hit with shoppers. Now companies are trying to reduce its social and environmental costs."

Excerpt:
"As consumer spending increases, especially in emerging economies, the clothing industry's environmental impact could expand greatly; the World Bank estimates between 2015 and 2015 a rise of CO2 emissions by 77%, water use by 20% and land use by 7%."

Conclusion:
"Production methods that are more sustainable may cost slightly more, but they can also spur innovation and protect businesses from supply-chain shocks and reputation risks, resulting in greater resilience and profitability."

HAG
sustainability  sustainable  fashion  textile  environment  Ethical_fashion  Statistics  Politics  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Consumerism  Fashionmeetsorganic 
october 2016 by eocas
GMOs=Monoculture=Bio-disaster? Time to revise simplistic ideological narrative
Pro-GMO propaganda in disguise of being "the voice of science" [asserting that GMO proponents are misleading].

Written by Andrew Porterfield at the NGO 'Genetic Literacy Project' whose slogan is "science not ideology" and mission "What benefits do advances in genetics offer? What are the potential pitfalls?"

Their Glyphosate-blogroll (www.geneticliteracyproject.org/tag/glyphosate) publishes new posts almost daily with consistently pro-Roundup positions regarding usage and also regulations. Including from China such as Chao Zhang's report www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/10/11/adoption-of-gmo-crops-could-improve-health-of-chinese-farmers (originally published in journal Nature.com as 'Health effect of agricultural pesticide use in China: implications for the development of GM crops').

The NGO's 'Genetic Literacy Project' executive director is Jon Entine, media science advisors are Kevin Davies and Elizabeth Finkel, science & risk communication advisors are Geoffrey Kabat and Gary L. Kreps, human genetics advisors are Henry Harpending, Caroline Lieber, Ariella Oppenheim, Sharon Terry and food security advisors are Peggy G. Lemaux, C.S. Prakash, Chavali Kameswara Rao and legal and ethics advisors are Laurie Zoloth.

HAG
GMO  Press  research  NGO_NPO  Pesticide  policy  politics  China  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
october 2016 by eocas
MADE-BY / MODE Tracker
About:
"MADE-BY launched in 2004 in direct response to growing consumer concern in Europe over social and environmental issues in the fashion industry. Multi-stakeholder non-profit organisation with offices in Amsterdam, London and Dusseldorf.

Its mission is to make sustainable fashion common practice. To achieve this, it works with fashion brands to develop and implement sustainable strategies that improve the environmental and social conditions across their operations and entire supply chains in a commercially sensitive way.

MADE-BY has developed a range of tools and processes that enable brands to measure and monitor their sustainability progress. They include the Textile Wet Processing Benchmark, the Environmental Benchmark of Fibres, Benchmark for Social Standards. In addition, the company has re-developed its transparency solutions supporting brands with supply chain mapping, risk assessment and traceability."

Since 2016 MODE Tracker:
"Sustainability scores for fashion brands and retailers which are truly transparent and independently verified. There are eight areas that are assessed: people, product, manufacturing, packaging and transport, own operations, use and durability, product waste and transparency. Companies must choose product and people plus one other. Each cube is broken down into three ascending levels:

1) build foundation and set ambition;
2) make steady progress and
3) adopt best industry practice.

MODE Tracker is complementary to other sustainability indices like Global Reporting Initiative and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index. What differentiates it is the use of third-party evidence based verification, its breadth and depth, its simple visuals and short summaries, its inclusion of consumers among its target audiences and its holistic approach.

HAG
sustainability  Netherlands  Germany  UK  transparency  retail  Supply  Chain  Business_Planning  ecological  environment  label  Standardization  Fashion  Politics  agency  import_fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Fashionmeetsorganic 
august 2016 by eocas
The Obama Doctrine
Essay by Noam Chomsky in which he ponders influences of the alleged Obama Doctrine, such as isolationism an exceptionalism and concludes that they uncritically feed the path of “abuses of reality.”

An example of the sentiment of isolationism: "we can no longer afford to carry out the noble mission of racing to put out the fires lit by others"

An example for exceptionalism, using a quote by Obama in his his Sept. 10, 2013 address to the nation: “What makes America different, what makes us exceptional, is that we are dedicated to act, with humility, but with resolve, when we detect violations somewhere."

“For nearly seven decades the United States has been the anchor of global security,” a role that “has meant more than forging international agreements; it has meant enforcing them. For nearly seven decades the United States has been the anchor of global security, a role that has meant more than forging international agreements; it has meant enforcing them.”

Chomsky quotes Hans Morgenthau, the founder of the now dominant no-sentimentality 'realist' school of international relations who sees considerable common ground between the two positions. Morgenthau describes America as unique among all powers past and present in that it has a “transcendent purpose” that it “must defend and promote” throughout the world: “the establishment of equality in freedom.”

To which Chomsky follows up:
"At the fringes, some observers reject the shared assumptions, bringing up the historical record: for example, the fact that “for nearly seven decades” the United States has led the world in aggression and subversion — overthrowing elected governments and imposing vicious dictatorships, supporting horrendous crimes, undermining international agreements and leaving trails of blood, destruction and misery."

To which Morgenthau answered that America has consistently violated its “transcendent purpose.”

But to bring up this objection, he explains, is to commit “the error of atheism, which denies the validity of religion on similar groun
Politics  Philosophy  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
august 2016 by eocas
On Our Inevitable Disappointment With Bernie Sanders
Opinion editorial by Matt Osborne (aka https://twitter.com/OsborneInk) who is considered a leftist. In this article he tries to demystify Bernie Sanders by lining up interesting facts spanning decades. His attempt maybe is motivated by the desire to avoid a disproportional cooling down of sympathies the way Obama faced it after being elected.

He introduces by saying "What follows are ten points where my pessimism deepens most with the audacious hopes of a rising generation:"

1. His rhetorical range is narrow — and so is his appeal

2. Rhetoric aside, Bernie Sanders is just another politician

3. His potential path to the nomination also remains very narrow

4. Sanders needs the Democratic Party more than it needs him

5. The right wing Wurlitzer has yet to put Sanders on blast

6. President Sanders will not deliver peace in our time

7. President Sanders will not deconstruct the military-industrial complex

8. Bernie Sanders isn’t wearing coattails

9. ‘Changing the conversation’ does not actually change the laws

10. If this ‘revolution’ fails, we are totally screwed

Especially interesting is also the comment section and how other left-oriented voices compare Bernie with Hillary Clinton.

HAG
Politics  Psychology  Media  USA  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
august 2016 by eocas
The Legacy of the Obama Administration: An Interview With Noam Chomsky
Excerpt of Noam Chomsky's conclusion of his assessment of Obama's (administration) two terms:

"In General: Much smooth rhetoric, some positive steps, some regression, overall not a very impressive record. That seems to me a fair assessment, even putting aside the quite extraordinary stance of the Republican party, which made it clear right after Obama's election that they were, substantially, a one-issue party: prevent the president from doing anything, no matter what happens to the country and the world."

HAG
Politics  Philosophy  Energy  Environment  USA  Media  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
august 2016 by eocas
Deborah Brautigam
About:
"Has been writing about the fact and fiction of China and Africa; state-building; governance and foreign aid for more than 20 years. Her 2015 book 'Will Africa Feed China?' sheds light on the contrast between realities, and the conventional wisdom, on Chinese agricultural investment in Africa. She is also author of 'The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa'. She's founding director of the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
[...]
she has been senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC.
[...]
She has served as a consultant for Transparency International, the United Nations, the World Bank, DFID, GIZ, DANIDA, the African Development Bank, and USAID, and has provided commentary to the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Guardian, CNN, NPR, Al-Jazeera, VOA, CCTV, and MSNBC."

Member of Working Group on scholarly China-Africa Knowledge Project: http://china-africa.ssrc.org

Personal blog on China-Africa:
www.chinaafricarealstory.com

HAG
Expert  Africa  China  rural_development  government  NGO_NPO  Media  Social  Transparency  policy  politics  Finance  Fundraising  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2016 by eocas
China Africa Project
About:
"The China Africa Project is a multimedia resource dedicated to exploring every aspect of China’s growing engagement with Africa. Through a combination of original content and curation of third-party material from across the Internet, the CAP’s objective is purely informational. None of the blog’s authors or producers have any vested interest in any Chinese or African position."

Main categories are:

Culture 文化
Development 发展
Diplomacy 外交
Economy 经济
Media 媒体
Military 军事
Resources 资源
Immigration 移民

HAG
politics  Africa  China  Social  Media  research  platform  Report  Market_Report  Publicity  publication  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
august 2016 by eocas
Full transcript of the Yanis Varoufakis | Noam Chomsky NYPL discussion
About:
"Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he became Greece’s finance minister amidst the country's financial crisis, creating an image for himself both beloved and reviled. He discusses his complicated role in his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future, and on the LIVE stage alongside renowned academic and theorist Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of countries worldwide. Among his most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Hopes and Prospects, and Masters of Mankind and Who Rules the World?"

Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szIGZVrSAyc (1h43)

HAG
Politics  europe  Philosophy  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
august 2016 by eocas
Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy
Editorial conclusion:
"Mr. Trump had to rely so heavily on testimonials by relatives and employees during this week’s Republican convention. With one exception (Bob Dole), the living Republican presidents and presidential nominees of the past three decades all stayed away. But most current officeholders, even those who declared Mr. Trump to be an unthinkable choice only months ago, have lost the courage to speak out.

The party’s failure of judgment leaves the nation’s future where it belongs, in the hands of voters. Many Americans do not like either candidate this year . We have criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the past and will do so again when warranted. But we do not believe that she (or the Libertarian and Green party candidates, for that matter) represents a threat to the Constitution. Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger."

FYI - transcript of conversation between Trump and Washington Post editorial board:
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/03/21/a-transcript-of-donald-trumps-meeting-with-the-washington-post-editorial-board

HAG
Politics  Media  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
july 2016 by eocas
The Plutonomy Is Doing Fine
Excerpts:
"The poor are fundamentally in Africa, India, and Asia-Pacific (mainly Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Vietnam), while the wealthy are in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific (i.e. Japan). China has more people in the middle section of the wealth distribution than at the extremes.
[...]
71% of the population holds 3% of the wealth. The top 0.7% of the population holds slightly more than 45% of total wealth.
[...]
The U.S. has added more people at the top, while Japan and Europe have lost a few.
[...]
We estimate that there are 123,800 UHNW (Ultra-High Net Worth) individuals worldwide, defined as those whose net worth exceeds USD 50 million. Of these, 44,900 are worth at least USD 100 million and 4,500 have assets above USD 500 million. So about 4,500 with a net worth above $500 million."

HAG
Politics  statistics  Research  Economy  Ethics  Sustainability  equality  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
july 2016 by eocas
The Death of a Liberal Chinese Magazine
Yanhuang Chunqiu (Chinese: 炎黄春秋; pinyin: Yánhuáng Chūnqiū), sometimes translated as China Through the Ages, was a monthly journal in Beijing, China.

Intro:
"A hostile takeover by a state institution forces the closure of the reform-minded Yanhuang Chunqiu."

Wiki on 201607201:
"Long considered influential among liberals and reformists, in July 2016, the entire editorial team resigned following the sacking of long-time publisher Du Daozheng (杜导正) and demotion of chief editor Xu Qingquan, by order of the Chinese National Academy of Arts, amid intensifying pressure from the authorities to soften its editorial stance. The magazine had been founded in 1991 by reform-minded party veterans, including the efforts of General Xiao Ke, and had a circulation of around 200,000."

Another sign how freedom of press and civil liberties get curtailed under Xi Jinping's leadership.

HAG
Media  democracy  civilsociety  legal  Politics  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
july 2016 by eocas
NationBuilder
About:
"We envision a world where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to create what they are meant to create. We build the infrastructure for a world of creators by helping leaders develop and organize thriving communities."

Cloud-powered community organizing platform for campaigning & fundraising using CRM & community CMS technologies.

Excerpt features:
- People database with social matching
- Action websites
- Goals dashboard and paths workflow
- Email A/B testing and scheduling
- Text messaging (pricing)
- User submitted events
- Service: Dedicated Community Strategist

Similar:
- www.openpublicapp.com (public sector & open government initiatives, Drupal-based open-source CMS)
- www.citysourced.com (civic engagement)
- www.simplycast.com (marketing automation platform‎)
- www.drupal.org/project/openpublish (news platform)

Example of how Donald Trump uses it for his run for US presidency:
www.nzz.ch/nzzas/nzz-am-sonntag/e-demokratie-wie-das-internet-wahlkaempfe-veraendert-ld.104859

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Community  Policy  Fundraising  Information_Society  Information_Systems  Innovation  NGO_NPO  Social_Media  Social_Networks  Communication  civilsociety  democracy  Politics  Information_Technology  Information_Culture  import_startupinthecloud  import_lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets 
july 2016 by eocas
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
About:
"Online US grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers."

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community  NGO_NPO  Consumer_Rights  consumer  consumption  Health  Legal  Sustainability  food  Food_Trade  Food_Trade_Association  food_safety  food_standards  Declaration  Transparency  GMO  agriculture  Corporate_Farming  environment  environmentalism  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Certification  Consumer_Behavior  Organic_Food_Labeling  Organic_Market  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_food  organic_education  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  usa 
july 2016 by eocas
Avoiding Future Famines - Strengthening the Ecological Basis of Security through Sustainable Food Systems
Report / book by United Nations Environmental Program.

Food security discourse: Its ecological foundation. The report argues that while factors such as availability, access, utilization and stability must be given adequate attention for global food security to be achieved, an underlying factor – the ecological dimension is not only largely being overlooked but is also being undermined.

Main objectives:

1. To describe the problem. What is the significance of the ecological foundation of food security and how is this foundation being undermined by societal pressures?

2. To offer some possible solutions. How can we build sustainable food systems?

Undermining:
Some of the causes or threats are longstanding (over- fishing, agricultural practices that lead to soil erosion), but some are new or growing (climate change, coastal dead zones, competition for land between food and biofuels, competition for water between irrigation and other water use sectors).
Lower meat consumption!

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food  security  Ecology  sustainability  policy  politics  fish  climatechange  foodsystems  biofuels  irrigation  water  consumption  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Here’s Why 19 Countries In Europe Just Completely Banned Genetically Modified Crops
19 countries which include: Germany, France, Scotland, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Poland, and Belgium.

Excerpts:
"The journal Evironmental Sciences Europe published a study which found severe liver and kidney damage, as well as hormonal disturbances, in rats fed GM maize in conjunction with low levels of Roundup — levels that were below those permitted in most drinking water across Europe. The rats also developed large cancer tumours.
[...]
Other studies have found instances of adverse microscopic and molecular effects of some GM foods in different organs or tissues. They also determined that no standardized methods to evaluate the safety of GM foods have been established. Many studies have emphasized that more scientific effort is needed in order to build confidence in the evaluation and acceptance of GM foods.
[...]
Studies have also linked GMO animal feed to severe stomach inflammation and enlarged uteri in pigs.
[...]
These data show very strong and highly significant correlations between the increasing use of glyphosate, GE crop growth and the increase in a multitude of diseases. Many of the graphs show sudden increases in the rates of diseases in the mid-1990s that coincide with the commercial production of GE crops.
[...]
There are also Wikileaks documents showing that the United States was ready to retaliate against countries refusing to accept GMOs.
[...]
Recommends book: Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public."

HAG
GMO  European_Union  European_Food_and_Safety_Authority  policy  politics  food_safety  Pesticide  Health  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment
Excerpts:
"Industrial hemp was refined for various industrial applications, including paper, textiles, and cordage.

Over time, the use of industrial hemp has evolved into an even greater variety of products, including health foods, organic body care, clothing, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more (according to one source, more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp).

[...]

A hemp revival is beginning to gain momentum. Perception is beginning to shift in the U.S. Over the past several decades, there’s been a resurgence of interest in hemp by a diverse but increasingly politically influential and unified group of businesses, farmers, nutritionists, activists, and green consumers."

Needs to overcome marijuana stigma.

For further study see US Congressional Research Report "Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity" which concludes that America Should Grow Hemp: www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32725.pdf

HAG
hemp  textile  farmers_livelihod  farming  policy  politics  research  report  import_agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Soil carbon and organic farming - A review of the evidence of agriculture’s potential to combat climate change - Soil Association
Note: This is "only" the summary of the full report whose download link is broken. Worthwhile reading still.

Conclusion:

"On the basis of these important benefits for GHG mitigation and climate adaptation, soil carbon sequestration should be maximised by agricultural and climate policies in four main ways:

Soil carbon impacts should be fully accounted for and considered in climate policy and agricultural GHG accounting systems, in line with IPCC recommendations and including overseas impacts.

National and global strategies for large-scale soil carbon sequestration should be adopted based on a major expansion and development of organic farming, with a parallel approach to improve non-organic farming.

Work to define a sustainable diet (as is being championed by the Council of Food Policy Advisors and the Sustainable Development Commission) should take account of the importance of grass-fed livestock in conserving existing soil carbon stocks in permanent grasslands and sequestering carbon in cultivated land via temporary grass leys on mixed farms.

The major national and global carbon source ‘hot-spots’ should be also directly addressed. For the UK, this means drastically reducing imports of beef, soya and palm oil, reversing peatland drainage, and returning the cultivated fenlands (lowland peat soils) to rotational arable/grass ley farming."

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Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Research  Research_Analytics_Organic  Research_Institutes  Report  Soil  Soil_Conditions  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange  UK 
may 2016 by eocas
Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change - A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming ("Rodale Institute White Paper")
Synopsis:

"We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as man-made changes to the climate threaten humanity's security on Earth. But there is a technology for massive planetary geo-engineering that is tried and tested and available for widespread dissemination right now. It costs little and is adaptable to local contexts the world over. It can be rolled out tomorrow providing multiple benefits beyond climate stabilization.

The solution is farming.

Simply put, we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term regenerative organic agriculture."

Full PDF: www.rodaleinstitute.org/assets/WhitePaper.pdf

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Research  Organic_Agriculture  Organic  farming  policy  politics  food  security  Organic_Farming  agriculture  Research_Analytics_Organic  Research_Institutes  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
may 2016 by eocas
The Obama Doctrine - The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world
Excerpts:
“ the moment Obama decided not to enforce his red line and bomb Syria, he broke with what he calls, derisively, “the Washington playbook.” this was his liberation day.
[…]
But he also has come to learn, he told me, that very little is accomplished in international affairs without U.S. leadership.
Obama talked me through this apparent contradiction. “I want a president who has the sense that you can’t fix everything,” Obama said. But on the other hand, “if we don’t set the agenda, it doesn’t happen.”
[…]
“One of the reasons I am so focused on taking action multilaterally where our direct interests are not at stake is that multilateralism regulates hubris,” Obama explained.
[…]
“We have a history [of American self-righteousness] in Iran, we have history in Indonesia and Central America. So we have to be mindful of our history when we start talking about intervening, and understand the source of other people’s suspicions.”
[…]
He is clearly irritated that foreign-policy orthodoxy compels him to treat Saudi Arabia as an ally. And of course he decided early on, in the face of great criticism, that he wanted to reach out to America’s most ardent Middle Eastern foe, Iran.
[…]
In Asia, as well as in Latin America and Africa, Obama says, he sees young people yearning for self-improvement, modernity, education, and material wealth.
[…]
“I’ve been very explicit in saying that we have more to fear from a weakened, threatened China than a successful, rising China,” Obama said.
[…]
Obama announced that no one except the secretary of defense should bring him proposals for military action.

HAG
Politics  Management  military  multilateralism  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
may 2016 by eocas
Blockchain – der nächste Wohlstandsschock
Article explains the blockchain technology (e.g. Bitcoin) and elaborates on how the society including governments, finance industry, consumers and privacy advocates can expect from it.

HAG
finance  Politics  Economy  Technology  innovation  Information_Technology  Information_Culture  Philosophy  legal  import_lifesnippets  Blockchain  Lifesnippets 
may 2016 by eocas
Trump and the Lord’s Work
Excerpts:
"No one was more responsible for this “stuckness,” though, than today’s Republican Party. When Mitch McConnell, the G.O.P. leader in the Senate, said in October 2010 that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” he described the Republicans’ dominant strategy since 2008. The party stopped thinking seriously about market-based alternatives. Into that emptiness entered Trump, like an invasive species.
[...]
inflection point we hit around 2007 ... Apple came out with the iPhone, beginning the smartphone/apps revolution; 2006 Facebook opened its doors to anyone, not just college and high school students, and took off like a rocket; Google came out with the Android operating system in 2007; Hadoop launched in 2007, helping create the storage/processing power for the big data revolution; Github, launched in 2007, scaling open-source software; Twitter was spun off as its own separate platform in 2007. Amazon came out with the Kindle in 2007. Airbnb started in 2007."

HAG
Politics  Economy  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
may 2016 by eocas
Democracies end when they are too democratic
Final paragraphs:
"[the republican leadership] need, quite simply, to disown their party’s candidate. They should resist any temptation to loyally back the nominee or to sit this election out. They must take the fight to Trump at every opportunity, unite with Democrats and Independents against him, and be prepared to sacrifice one election in order to save their party and their country.

For Trump is not just a wacky politician of the far right, or a riveting television spectacle, or a Twitter phenom and bizarre working-class hero. He is not just another candidate to be parsed and analyzed by TV pundits in the same breath as all the others. In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional order, Trump is an extinction-level event. It’s long past time we started treating him as such."

* Update * Two days later NYT wrote: "enthrall voters by promising simply to “Make America Great Again” — but offering only xenophobic, isolationist or fantastical ideas"

HAG
Politics  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
may 2016 by eocas
Die EU-Gegner geben die Demokratie und die Zukunft auf
Excerpt:
"Der Klimawandel, die Migrationsfrage. Europa betreibt eine katastrophale Flüchtlingspolitik. Schuld haben aber weniger die EU-Institutionen als die Nationalstaaten. Wir brauchen in der Migrationspolitik nicht weniger Europa, sondern mehr. Eine weitere Frage ist, wie wir den globalisierten Kapitalismus zähmen. Den Standortwettbewerb kann man nur auf internationaler Ebene dämpfen.
[...]
Natürlich leidet die EU an einem Demokratiedefizit, aber dann muss man sie reformieren, nicht ihre Institutionen zerschlagen. Zumal das EU-Parlament und die EU-Kommission weniger das Problem sind als die Mitgliedstaaten. Gegen die EU zu sein, heisst, den Niedergang der Demokratie zu akzeptieren: Niemand kann im Ernst behaupten, dass die nationalen Demokratien dem globalen Markt noch etwas entgegensetzen können. Es bedeutet, die Idee aufzugeben, dass die Menschen ihre Zukunft selber in der Hand halten. Darum finde ich diese Antieuropahaltung so kleinmütig und letztlich perspektivlos.
[...]
Die Sozialistin Rosa Luxemburg sagte, die revolutionärste aller Taten bestehe darin zu sagen, was ist. Wir müssen sagen, dass wir die Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts nur in einem vereinten Europa meistern können. Es gibt also nur eines: Kämpfen für die Idee einer sozialen, demokratischen, europäischen Föderation."

HAG
Politics  Switzerland  europe  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
may 2016 by eocas
Wir brauchen Utopien in der Arbeitswelt
Interview with ETH-Arbeitspsychologe (industrial psychologist at Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology ) Theo Wehner who pleads for a "Trennung von Beschäftigung und Existenzsicherung, aber auch für sanfte, graduelle Anpassungen, um die Menschen nicht zu überfordern."

Excerpts:
"Wollen wir nicht lieber Menschen, die sinnvoll beschäftigt sind? Beschäftigt nicht durch die Zwänge der Konsum- und Produktionsgesellschaft, sondern gemäss ihrer tatsächlichen Bedürfnisse? Mir scheint, dass Letzteres heute nicht der Fall ist. Wir haben eine Entkoppelung von Bedürfnissen und Angebot.
[...]
Es kann aber auch sein, dass neue Jobs in alten Branchen entstehen, weil wir unsere Prioritäten ändern. Auf der Liste der angeblich verschwindenden Jobs steht zum Beispiel auch der Metzger, weil die Schlachtfabriken noch stärker automatisiert werden können. Gleichzeitig gibt es immer mehr Fleisch- und Lebensmittelskandale. Und immer mehr Nicht-Vegetariern ist es wichtig, dass das Tier, das sie essen, gut gelebt hat und möglichst human zu Tode gekommen ist. Das könnte doch eine Gegenbewegung auslösen – weg von den Mastbetrieben und Schlachtfabriken, hin zu mehr Jobs für Menschen, die Filets und Wurst in höchster Qualität mittels Handarbeit herstellen.
[...]
Aber schon heute gibt es Gemeinschaften, die Naturalien oder Arbeiten tauschen, nicht mehr nur Arbeit gegen Geld. Das dürfte künftig zunehmen. Würde mehr geteilt, müssten wir auch nicht so viel Dinge produzieren, Geld als Tauschmittel würde weniger wichtig; jeder wäre ein bisschen von allem: Produzent, Arbeitskraft, Unternehmer, Tauschpartner und Konsument.
[...]
Das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen entlastet die Menschen kolossal und führte zu mehr Bildungsausgaben, Eigenverantwortlichkeit und Kreativität.
[...]
Es ist bedauerlich, wie sehr sich das ökonomische Denken in den Köpfen der Menschen eingenistet hat – als wäre das die Leitwissenschaft. Dabei sind diese ökonomischen Modelle meist weit weg von der Realität. Es wäre wichtig, in der Arbeitswelt Neues zu wagen."

HAG
Politics  Switzerland  Psychology  equality  entrepreneurship  finance  basic  income  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
Schweiz ist ideal für Experimente mit dem Grundeinkommen
Interview with former Greek finance minister Giannis Varoufakis about the Swiss initiative about the unconditional basic income. Excerpts:

"Das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen fördert weder die Arbeitslosigkeit, noch hat es etwas damit zu tun, dass Leute zu Hause herumsitzen und nichts tun. In der Schweiz haben meines Wissens in einer repräsentativen Umfrage nur 2 Prozent gesagt, sie würden aufhören zu arbeiten. Selbst wenn es etwas mehr wären: Das Grundeinkommen macht nicht faul. Die Experimente, die zu diesem Thema gemacht wurden, etwa in Kanada in den 70ern, haben das belegt. Oder würden Sie aufhören zu arbeiten?
[...]
Genau weil es der Schweiz so gut geht, eignet sie sich ideal für Experimente mit dem Grundeinkommen. Aber vergessen Sie nicht: Trotz des Reichtums nimmt die Lebensqualität schon heute ab. Was nützt Ihnen ein gut bezahlter Job, wenn Sie Angst haben, ihn zu verlieren? Diese ständige Furcht lähmt und macht krank. Die Schweiz sollte das Grundeinkommen als eine Investition in die Zukunft betrachten.
[...]
Es ist nur schade, dass der Wirtschaftsverband so ein negatives Menschenbild von den Schweizern hat. Und offenbar hat Economiesuisse kein Problem damit, wenn sich beispielsweise Kinder reicher Fabrikanten und Manager dank ihres ererbten Vermögens dem «Dolcefarniente» zuwenden. Sie arbeiten nicht, um zu überleben, sondern um sich selbst zu verwirklichen. Zum Beispiel, indem sie sich in Stiftungen engagieren, Projekten nachgehen oder sich an erstklassigen Schulen weiterbilden. Warum sollte man Kindern aus weniger privilegierten Verhältnissen nicht einen Bruchteil dieser Chancen ermöglichen? Weniger Konkurrenzkampf und Existenzangst wird die Menschen kreativer machen und so neuen Wohlstand schaffen.
[...]
das Grundeinkommen ist das grösste Unternehmensgründungs-Förderprogramm, das man schaffen kann. Im Silicon Valley redet man schon von «Seed Money for Everybody» – also Startgeld für jeden. Man kann es auch «Chancengerechtigkeit» nennen, was das Grundeinkommen schafft. Und das ist übrigens ein urliberal
Politics  Philosophy  finance  entrepreneurship  equality  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
How Luxury Travel Is Changing the Fashion Industry
Excerpts:
"current Chinese trends are leaving luxury products behind to focus on luxury experiences. “The new luxury is not buying a branded bag, it’s swimming with dolphins, hiking mountains, visiting far-flung, amazing places—and then sharing the images on your phone.” This desire for authenticity—and people’s need to derive it from and share it with other communities of people—also explains the soaring popularity of ventures such as Airbnb.
[...]
Luxury brands need to focus on creating one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences that tie into purchases.
[...]
Brands need to do more to come alive not only digitally, but also in their flagship stores across the world, offering curated and exclusive experiences to the well-heeled and worldly.
[...]
Example Burberry:
The bags, the trench coats, the shoes—they’re practically souvenirs. Of course, it must all be made into compelling content—print, video, digital—but the essence is not online. It is intimate, bespoke, authentic—all key terms in the luxury travel industry.
[...]
Studies about Millennals generation indicate that ‘stuff’ is unimportant; they value access over ownership. "

When reading about these "multiple short trips all through the year, as well as extending business trips into leisure getaways", one wonders about the eco-aspect, the resulting pollution (airplane, taxis, ...) that greys the environmental foodprint.

Editorial by VOGUE India Chief Editor.

HAG
travel  luxury  Lifestyle  Marketing  Market_Report  Business_Planning  Customization  Fashion  Politics  India  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Consumerism  Fashionmeetsorganic 
april 2016 by eocas
Transkript/Wortprotokoll zum „NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE“ vom 31.03.2016 (unzensierte Folge 43) sowie Reaktionen aus Politik, Justiz und Medien
Jan Böhmermann in his comedy show NEO Magazine Royale of the second German public TV channel ZDF in an satirical sketch with the self-chosen label "Schmähkritik" (abusive criticism) has accused Turkish president of ‘repressing minorities, kicking Kurds and slapping Christians’, etc.

The link leads to the full transcript of the emission.

Other media reactions:
- www.taz.de/Boehmermann-Gedicht-ueber-Erdogan/!5291660
- www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/11/turkey-germany-prosecute-comedian-jan-bohmermann-erdogan-poem

HAG
Satire  Politics  Germany  Turkey  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
Erdogan und die Satire
Intro:
"Jan Böhmermanns Schmähgedicht auf den türkischen Staatspräsidenten spielt auf der ganzen Klaviatur der Satire. Erwartungsgemäss haben alle Beteiligten die für sie vorgesehene Rolle gespielt."

Excerpts:
"Autokratische Staaten erkennt man daran, dass sie das freie Wort mehr fürchten als alles andere. In einer Demokratie wiederum gehört die Redefreiheit zu den nicht verhandelbaren Grundrechten. Sie kann allerdings in Konflikt mit anderen Grundrechten geraten: dann nämlich, wenn es sich um eine Schmähkritik handelt, die nicht auf einen Sachverhalt abzielt, sondern auf die Herabwürdigung der Person. Was darf Satire?
[...]
Ein Machthaber, über den man Witze macht, verliert seine Autorität – es sei denn, seine Macht gründe sich auf eine Legitimation ausserhalb ihrer selbst, beispielsweise auf den Rückhalt in der Bevölkerung.
[...]
In diesem Spiel sind für den Angegriffenen nur Eigentore möglich: Wer sich gegen eine Satire wehrt, wird zum Komplizen seiner eigenen Herabwürdigung – nicht zuletzt, weil jede Empörung das Feuer der unwillkommenen Aufmerksamkeit heller lodern lässt.
[...]
Böhmermanns satirische Unverfrorenheit bringt vieles zutage: beispielsweise die Sollbruchstelle der Demokratie im Kontakt mit autoritären Regimen. Satire habe diese Woche «fast den dritten Weltkrieg ausgelöst, dafür erst mal Applaus!», so Böhmermann in seiner Sendung."

HAG
Satire  Media  Psychology  Politics  Germany  Turkey  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
Die subversiven Guten vom Roten Kreuz
Zurich / Switzerland-based newspaper NZZ:

«In unserer von Gewalt erschütterten Welt ist der Einsatz des IKRK wichtiger denn je», steht in einer unlängst an 4,2 Millionen Schweizer Haushalte versandten Broschüre. Ein präzedenzloser Spendenaufruf in der über 150-jährigen Geschichte des Hilfswerks. Die Erschliessung neuer Geldquellen geschieht vor dem Hintergrund des nicht enden wollenden Kriegs und Elends in Syrien. Sollten Sie sich zum Spenden entschliessen, erwarten Sie mit gutem Recht Transparenz über die Verwendung Ihres Geldes. Sie werden enttäuscht werden: «Ihnen wird man nicht im Detail erläutern können, wie sich das IKRK um operationelle Kontakte zu allen Kriegsparteien in Syrien bemüht, um seinen Auftrag neutral und unabhängig zu erfüllen», schreibt Martin Woker, früherer Auslandchef und heutiger Reporter der NZZ. Die Rot-Kreuz-Arbeit bestehe darin, Überzeugungsarbeit zu leisten – bei allen Involvierten, und zwar mit allergrösster Diskretion. «Ohne Einwilligung aller Kriegsparteien riskieren Rot-Kreuz-Helfer ihr Leben», schreibt der ehemalige IKRK-Delegierte Woker in seinem Leitartikel. Die Finanzierungsstrategien mögen ändern, nachgelebt wird aber bis heute der Idee des IKRK-Gründers Henry Dunant: Alle Kriegsparteien gleichwertig einstufen – und in die humanitäre Pflicht nehmen. Das sei zwar subversiv, so Woker, «aber nötiger denn je».

HAG
Politics  health  finance  fundraising  Media  import_lifesnippets  NGO_NPO  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
Yanis Varoufakis: Why we must save the EU
Intro:
"The European Union is disintegrating – but leaving is not the answer"

HAG
Politics  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
How to Hack an Election
Investigative account of how a hacker network systematically spied on opponents and used the gained intelligence to influence public opinion with automatised mass-campaigns on social media.

HAG
Media  Social_Networks  Politics  import_lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets 
april 2016 by eocas
Global Shapers Community
About: "The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. An Initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF)." HAG
community  Business_Advisory_relevant  Investor_relations  China  Networking  Social_Networking  politics  policy  Trade_Policy  Switzerland  education  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  SocialEntrepreneur  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
Global Shapers Beijing
About: "Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is a network of city-based Hubs (450 cities around the globe) developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities. Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference." HAG
community  Business_Advisory_relevant  Investor_relations  China  Networking  Social_Networking  politics  policy  Trade_Policy  Switzerland  education  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  SocialEntrepreneur  Beijing  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
China’s Coming Ideological Wars
Excerpt: "Just a decade or two ago, many commentators had trouble accepting that Chinese statesmen — or even educated Chinese — were anything but Communist ideologues. In the early 2000s, the notion that Chinese elites no longer believed in Communism was still a novel one that sometimes triggered incredulity and backlash. By contrast, anyone today who insists that Communist ideals still hold sway over Chinese policymaking does so at considerable risk to his or her reputation as a serious China hand." HAG
Politics  China  Culture  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
march 2016 by eocas
How China Won the War Against Western Media
Teaser: "The one-two punch of censorship plus propaganda has discredited Western journalism in the eyes of many Chinese." HAG
Media  Politics  Communication  China  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
march 2016 by eocas
Everyday Rebellion
About: "Everyday Rebellion is a cross-media documentary about creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide." HAG
Politics  Media  Documentary  import_lifesnippets  Lifesnippets 
february 2016 by eocas
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBS)
About: "... a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network We work with 160 project partners in over 60 countries. [...] one of six political foundations in Germany [...] associated with the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens), but works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness. We are a think tank for green visions and projects that provides a platform for international dialogue. In China, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung works in cooperation with the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO). We also work with governmental departments and think tanks, academic institutions and civil society organizations. Our activities in China are focused on three main areas: Ecology and Sustainable Development, Social Developments and Gender Equality, Globalization and China’s Role in Global Governance. Our aim is to promote mutual understanding between China and Germany as well as Europe." HAG
foundation  sustainability  politics  policy  NGO_NPO  Green-New-Wave  Research  Ecology  rural_development  Gender  China  Germany  Investor_relations  Fundraising  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2016 by eocas
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
About: "United Nations-supported initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices." Founded in 2006 by Kofi Annan and James Gifford and others. The ESG-centric (environmental, social, governance) six principles are: 1. incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes 2. active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices 3. seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest 4. promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry 5. work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles 6. report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles HAG
sustainability  policy  Investor_relations  politics  Trade_Policy  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  environment  Stakeholder_Management  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2016 by eocas
TTIP - Unfair competition will ruin European farmers. Quality-orientated small and medium-sized businesses are at risk
Study by the German NGO UnternehmensGrün regarding the to-be-expected effects of TIPP for the European agriculture society. Pivotal Quote by Dr. Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, chairman of the German Association of Organic Farmers, Food Processors and Traders (BÖLW): "We do need trade agreements, including one with the USA, but any agreement must ensure that those who profit are not those with lower standards, or those who externalize their costs by harming the environment, the poor, or future generations. CETA and TTIP deliver the opposite. I fear that our right to set new standards in the future is in danger. Mechanisms which would allow partners to insist on their own high standards for imports are not envisaged. Yet such mechanisms can be part of trade agreements, as shown by the existing bio-equivalence agreement between the EU and the United States." HAG
Market_Report  Food_Trade  Organic_Food_Trade  sustainability  politics  Trade  Trade_Policy  Trade_Association  Agricultural_Imports_and_Exports  Agricultural_Trade  European_Union  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
january 2016 by eocas
The True Cost
A documentary film about the exploitation and waste that the fashion industry carries with it. HAG
Education  environment  Fair_Trade  Pollution  Fashion  Politics  eco_fashion  sustainability  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
january 2016 by eocas
Afrika-Boom: The Growth is Progressing Strongly
Intro: "international reports on Africa usually centre around the topics of famine, epidemics, and conflicts. In their new book “The Africa-Boom“, Andreas and Frank Sieren challenge us not to ignore the opportunities this continent offers. In an interview with the Diplomatic Magazine, the brothers speak about economic progress, The West’s African policy, and China’s engagement." Excerpts: "The old western type of development assistance has, however, failed [...] The people want economic progress. Before they can begin to speak about Good Governance, they need stability. This is not possible with out electricity, roads, and the Internet. The Chinese as well as the Indians and Brazilians understand this, because this phase of development occurred in their recent past as well. [...] South-South cooperation [...] African governments now have a choice [...] Africa is located in the same time zone like Europe and has shorter delivery routes to there than to China" HAG
Africa  Rural_Economy  China  technology  politics  Trade_Policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2015 by eocas
New U.S, Swiss organic arrangement marks a critical step forward with Europe
Excerpts: "The new pact allows organic products certified in the United States, or Switzerland to be sold as organic in either country and eliminates the need for two sets of fees, inspections and paperwork while still upholding high organic oversight standards. [...] The signing of the U.S.-Switzerland Organic Equivalency Agreement builds on the U.S. 2012 landmark equivalency agreement with the European Union, and in 2009 with Canada, the two biggest trading partners for the U.S. organic sector. It also follows the opening of the Asian market to American organic made possible by the equivalency arrangements with Korea in 2014 and Japan in 2013." HAG
Organic_Market_News  policy  Trade_Policy  politics  Switzerland  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_Certification  Organic_Market  Trade  Agricultural_Trade  certification  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Food_Labeling  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
july 2015 by eocas
Bio darf nicht nur Impulsgeber sein
FIBL Switzerland director Urs Niggli thinks loudly about future reforms of organic standard(s). This could even include a split to a premium gold standard and a medium normal standard. He sees the demand for more research. HAG
Organic_food  organic_farming  politics  policy  Organic_Certification  organic_agriculture  Organic_Market  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2015 by eocas
Laudato si' (Praise Be to You) - On the care for our common home
Wiki: "Second encyclical of Pope Francis. In it, the pope lays forth a "biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action" to combat environmental degradation and climate change. [..] Francis "describe[s] a relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment, for which he blamed apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness". It states that "Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day" and warns of "unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequence for all of us" if prompt climate change mitigation efforts are not undertaken." [...] Press interpretation: http://theconversation.com/popes-climate-letter-is-a-radical-attack-on-the-logic-of-the-market-43437 HAG
environment  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  politics  education  Fossil_Fuels  rural_development  Urbanization  Rural_Economy  Biodiversity  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange 
june 2015 by eocas
Biovision: “Organics – must be more assertive”
Hans Herren at the Swiss delegate assembly of Bio Suisse: “If we are to create sustainable and productive farming systems, the organic sector must become more assertive. Annual growth of 2% is not enough: even after 50 years we would still be someway short of what is needed. We already have some promising systems but we need to identify synergies and exploit them. Animals belong on the farm, nutrient cycles must be closed loops, ecosystem services such as natural pollination encouraged and the inherent defence mechanisms in plants strengthened.” He concluded with: "We must significantly improve our organisation so we can provide society with more comprehensive information” HAG HAG
Organic_food  Organic_Food_Trade  politics  Declaration  organic_education  education  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
China tackles pollution, but has long way to go on labor
The article shows how China's production and society is shifting to become more environmentally-friendly and with improved labor conditions. The article concludes with: "Cheap labor and lax regulations may fade away in China, but there are plenty of markets that can help with companies still engaged in the global race to the bottom. In other words, the same forces that brought jobs to China may well send them away. Among the markets emerging for cheap manufacturing labor are Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and even Myanmar. As low-cost manufacturing shifts away from China, will labor and environmental advocates lose all the progress made in China over the last 15 years and have to begin anew in each of these countries? Or can these new host countries learn lessons from China’s evolution and chart a better course to sustainable development?" HAG
sustainability  Green-New-Wave  Water_Pollution  Air  Pollution  Soil_Pollution  Consumer_Behavior  China_Economy_Reports  politics  Solar  renewable_energy  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
The Argument for Local Food
Editorial about a restaurant in Vermont which heralds a food revolution, shifting to local sourcing. Excerpt: "He's talking about a shift in power as potentially profound as the eighteenth-century dismantling of aristocracies throughout Europe. In a modern food landscape where the Krafts, Monsantos, and ADMs play the role of the Tudors, Tzars, and Louis XIVs, Murphy's life work is fighting for food democracy. [...] The typical supermarket contains no fewer than 30,000 items. About half of those items are produced by 10 multinational food and beverage companies. And roughly 140 people-117 men and 21 women-form the boards of directors of those 10 companies. [...] Much of the apparent variety is more a matter of packaging and branding than of true agricultural variety, and rather than coming to us from thousands of different farmers producing different local varieties, has been globally standardized and selected for maximum profit by just a few powerful executives." HAG
politics  policy  sustainability  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_Food_Project  Organic_Restaurant_Trend  Organic_food  food_security  food_safety  Organic_Food_Labeling  Food_Processing  LocaVore  Transparency  Energy-saving  food  Slow_Food  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
100 Tage Textilbündnis: Hoher Anspruch, geringe Wirkung
The German minister started this textile sustainability initiative as reaction on the Rama/Bangladesh disaster. So far it wasn't able to create a tangible impact and the members are already sustainable whereas the industry-heavyweights prefer to stay out, referring to their participation at international schemes like the BCI Better Cotton Initiative. HAG
Association  Fashion  Politics  sustainability  sustainablecompany  import_fashionmeetsorganic  NGO_NPO  Fashionmeetsorganic 
january 2015 by eocas
The Gender Agenda
Essay by NJAL's Kate Abnett. Intro: "The fashion industry’s products are worn, read and bought by an overwhelmingly female body of consumers. Yet for an industry whose principal consumer is a woman, fashion has an illogical tendency to do or support things that harm women. Can we honestly say that this industry, which in theory operates for and is powered by a female consumer, is free of the charge of sexism?" Conclusion: "Fashion is more than just clothes. It is the desires and aspirations of women, its workforce is the seamstresses as well as the businessmen at the top, and as an industry that is so intertwined with celebrity and social media, fashion speaks to and shapes our popular culture more than ever before. The people at the top – men or women – have a responsibility to their client, and currently, this responsibility is being conveniently, lazily, and destructively ignored." HAG
Gender  Fashion  Politics  import_fashionmeetsorganic  Fashionmeetsorganic 
december 2014 by eocas
Globaler Dreier
Frank Sieren from the German Handelsblatt on Germany's Africa politic compared to China's. HAG
Africa  politics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2014 by eocas
None
Describes the Comprehensive African Agriculture Programme (CAADP) pact where many African countries participate in order to boost investment in agriculture. Furthermore the writer suggests the following four measures to apply: 1. Put in place or cement existing, locally acknowledged rights to land and facilitate issuance of titles - using mechanisms such as local ‘juries’ or boards to quickly resolve land disputes. 2. Strengthen mechanisms (e.g government land bank balance sheet) to secure reserves, parks and public. 3. Enact land reforms in which the government seeks land which is not being effectively utilised for land redistribution, under a strict and transparent formula, to locals only, who need and can effectively utilise it, with priority given to youth, women and those falling below the poverty-line. 4. Fourthly, the Government should articulate a policy for promoting ‘modern’, value-added agribusiness to improve incomes of the rural poor. HAG
food_security  politics  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2013 by eocas
None
Excerpts: "... Li's remarks came amid China's growing efforts to speed up the transfer of rural land to improve efficiency and promote large-scale commercial farming...." "...guide the orderly transfers of contractual rights of rural lands, and encourage land contracts to flow to large-scale landholders, family farms or farmer' cooperatives to develop scale management. The large-scale farming will improve land and labor efficiency and provide a firm support to the country's new type of urbanization..." HAG
politics  Land_Grab  Corporate_Farming  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2013 by eocas
None
Excerpt: "European Parliament held a historic vote to set out the rules for the EU's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) on 13 March 2013 but unfortunately MEPs failed to vote for a fair and sustainable CAP." ... "The Greens made the following change requests: • support of shorter food chains, decentralised processing and local products through the rural development measures • support for farmers' organisations so as to strengthen their bargaining position against the dominant market position of traders and supermarket chains • adaptation of hygiene rules which currently favour industrial food systems and have destroyed decentralised food processing • crop rotation including leguminous protein plants. This basic farming practice can counter and mitigate climate change thanks to lower use of chemical inputs and smash monocultures. It will also reduce the protein deficit and allow farmers to produce their own feed, with the aim being to replace soy imports • change of public pro ... HAG
politics  Trade_Policy  sustainability  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2013 by eocas
Nourish9Billion.org
Many of the organizers from the Millenium Initiative / IAASTD Report around Hans Herren started this website to use it for promoting petitions (e.g. at Rio20+) for political change towards more sustainability.

HAG
sustainability  politics  policy  food_security  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2012 by eocas
A fair and ecological agrarian policy for the EU
Abstract of this petition by Pavlos Georgiadis:

"Food production and consumption concern every one of us. With multilateral conversations on sustainable development and food production heating up in Brussels and at the highest level of the United Nations bodies, now is time to act to make our voices heard. We must stand against the undue influence of powerful lobbies and trade groups over our food system.

As EU citizens with deep concerns about our current food system and its many failures, we must urge our policy makers to focus on sustainable production and youth as the two pillars that our future food system will be built upon. In that context, let’s demand that the following five issues be given priority in any future scenario for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP):

Sustainability - ...
Youth - ...
Biodiversity - ...
Research - ...
Meat & dairy - ... "
sustainability  politics  policy  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2012 by eocas
Hold onto Your Wallets – Organic Industry Checkoff Being Pushed by OTA and an Agribusiness-Friendly Congress
Pros and cons of the 2012 US farm bill regarding organic farming. It also gives background information about the role of corporate in the US organic world, especially regarding the OTA.

HAG
politics  Subsidies  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2012 by eocas
European Union and United States Agree to Historic New Partnership on Organic Trade
Abstract excerpt from poultrymed.com:

"... The pact will open up free flowing trade, starting June 1 this year, of certified organic products that meet the terms of the new arrangement. The agreement also stipulates the EU will recognize the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) as equivalent to the EU Organic Program, allowing USDA certified products to be marketed as organic in EU nations; the United States will, in turn, allow products certified through the EU program as organic in the United States.

Among the requirements for accessing each others markets, products entering the United States must not have been created from animals administered antibiotics; and products entering the European Union must not be made from apples or pears subject to antibiotic use to control fire blight. To facilitate trade, the EU and United States have agreed to work together to promote electronic certification of import transaction certificates. ..."

HAG
Organic_Certification  policy  politics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2012 by eocas
Stop subsidies, switch to organic farming
Excerpt of agri-policy optimization suggestions:

***Stop the addiction***
> End perverse subsidies: Conclude subsidy programmes for irrigation ($22 billion), the Commodity Credit Corporation ($24b), export subsidies ($26b), direct producer payments ($10b) and the biomass energy tax incentive ($5b). Total cost: $0, with $87billion in savings.
> Accelerate adoption: Create a market-friendly, budget-neutral fee/bate (penalty/reward) programme to reduce and sequester carbon emissions, to reduce water usage intensity and to eliminate nutrient waste and leakage. ... Total cost: $0.

***Invest in the future***
> Finance farm conversion: ... from conventional to regenerative (sustainable) systems. Total cost: $60 billion.
> Innovate and test rural infrastructure designs: ... Total cost: $10 billion.
> Accelerate renewables: End taxation of renewables ... Total cost: $0.
> Educate innovators: ... Total cost: $10 billion.
> Finance the biochar revolution: ... Total cost: $7 billion.

HAG
politics  policy  Organic_Farming  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2012 by eocas
Die HungermacHer Wie Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs & Co. auf Kosten der Ärmsten mit Lebensmitteln spekulieren
Comprehensive collection of reports about food speculation and its negative effects on food security (in poor countries). The chapters are:

I. Was macht das Brot an der Börse?
II. Das globale rohstoff-Kasino
III. Preise und Beweise – Der anteil der spekulation am rohstoffboom
IV. Machtkampf um die preishoheit – Wer zügelt die rohstoffspekulanten?

HAG
Report  politics  food_security  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2012 by eocas
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