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Politicians Hijack Macedonia

in: Inter Press Service English, English (April 14, 2017)

The political crisis in Macedonia is deepening. With the president and former coalition preventing the formation of a new government, the state threatens to disintegrate in a climate of corruption and nationalism.

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Big Davids, small Goliaths

in: overig, English - The New Internationalist (June 2016)

Huge transnational companies – many wealthier than entire countries – are using Investor-State Dispute Settlements to claim billions in lost profits from governments whose laws ‘damage’ their business. ISDSs are currently making headlines as part of the nefarious TTIP and TPP trade deals. But they have been around for longer, and there are many players making a lot of money from them.
Frank Mulder, Eva Schram and Adriana Homolova meet the winners and losers in a one-sided game.

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Oil giants punish Venezuela through Dutch treaty

in: Inter Press Service English, English (January 4, 2016)

Venezuela doesn't want investment treaties anymore if they give investors the right to drag the country before a commercial court. "The system has been set up to break down the nation-state."

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French firm attacks Ugandan tax using ISDS

in: Inter Press Service English, English (December 25, 2015)

The heavily criticized legal mechanism, known as ISDS, is an important tool for European companies to pressurize developing countries. This year Uganda joins the rank of developing nations asking themselves: "Why have we ever signed this?"

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Companies sue developing states through Western Europe

in: Inter Press Service English, English (December 21, 2015)

Many Europeans fear TTIP, because it could enable American companies to file claims against their states. The strange thing, however, is that Western Europe is becoming a big hub in this mechanism, called ISDS, leading to billion dollar claims against poorer countries.

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Lessons for agriculture from the movie Speed

in: English - Thought for Food, Oxfam and Hivos (February 2014)

We are rapidly changing agriculture into a worldwide food machine. But is food the only goal of agriculture? It seems that the means we've chosen are undermining the original ends. That's a classical mistake, and it reminds me of the bus in the old movie Speed. I wrote this essay for Oxfam and Hivos, two development organisations.

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The secrets of Fortress Europe

in: Presseurop, English (October 4, 2012)

The EU is constantly looking to strengthen surveillance of its external borders, using increasingly expensive technologies. But are they effective? And in a democracy, who control the controller?

This article has been published in ten languages.

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'All of these people come here for philosophy?'

in: English - Filosofie magazine (October 2012)

Foreign philosophers often react with surprise: why is philosophy so popular in the Netherlands? Dutch philosophers write bestsellers, the “philosophical cafes” are full, and the Month of Philosophy is flourishing. Does it have something to do with the national character of the Dutch? And does this say anything about the quest for meaning in the Netherlands?

This article is discussed on Opinionator, the opionion blog of the New York Times.

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Going Dutch Means Staying Stuck

in: Inter Press Service English, English (3 juli 2012)

Many asylum seekers are being denied refugee status by the Dutch authorities, but cannot go back to their own country either. Forced removals are doing little to better the situation.

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Jesus and Muhammad about People, planet, profit

in: blog, English

Technical students won't get credits very often for attending a lecture about Jesus and Babylon System! Last week they did, in Eindhoven. Together with a muslim I explained the connection between my faith and PPP.

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Counting the Cost at 2,600 Litres of Water a T-Shirt

in: Inter Press Service English, English (March 24, 2012)

The share of organic cotton is increasing in an unstable cotton market, thanks to big European retailers like H&M and C&A who've jumped on the bandwagon of offering organic clothing at a low price. But whether this benefits the farmer is another matter.

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Poles Apart in These Online Wars

in: Inter Press Service English, English (15 februari 2012)

Many people are appalled by the anti-Polish website established recently by the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV). The site encourages complaints against migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe, particularly from Poland. The Poles are hitting back with their own hotlines, and humour.

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Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers swim against the tide

in: Inter Press Service English, English (May 26, 2011)

Although politicians seem to have put the peace process on ice, there are many different groups in Israel and the Palestinian territories that still believe in reconciliation. They call on the world not to believe in stereotypes. "The minute you choose sides, you become part of the conflict."

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Overspeeding China Must Slow Down

in: Inter Press Service English, English (19 november 2010)

Rosy figures tempt China to postpone much-needed reform, says a renowned Chinese economist. "Much growth is non-productive, with enormous speculation widening the gap between rich and poor."

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De geluksmachine digitaal
01 November 2017

Nu gratis te downloaden: De geluksmachine. Klik hier voor de omslag en hier voor de inhoud.


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Businessplan Wooncoöperatie
01 November 2017

Afgelopen maand ben ik vooral bezig geweest met het schrijven van een businessplan. Die is nu te lezen.


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Scheiden in Overvecht
21 Augustus 2017

Op radio 1: gesprek met mij over mijn onderzoeksreportage in de Groene Amsterdammer over huwelijken in achterstandswijken.


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