Where to Be a Woman

What awaits you if you’re growing up in India, in Russia or in Canada respectively?

The life a woman lives is highly determined by the place she grows up in. A look at the Trust Law ranking G20 countries: the worst and the best for women. Continue reading

Corrupted World – Corrupted Europe

It is everywhere on protester’s banners: down with corruption. How bad is it really?

Transparency International writes: “Corruption – a Pan-European Problem”. So besides rescue plans and rising debts, Europe does have another problem to tackle. The report clearly finds: “Corruption is a reality in Europe and affects the daily lives of ordinary citizens.” Let’s have a look at their findings: Continue reading

Revolution According to Greenpeace

Greenpeace is positive by saying: “The Energy [R]evolution will pay off in savings and jobs”. Besides, it solves the problem of Climate Change.

Here in Spain more than 50% of young people are unemployed, a similar situation begins to show in other European areas. What we need is jobs – and green energy. Continue reading

Sorry But We Gotta Help Ourselves Now

After books like Deadaid andĀ  The White Man’s Burden we are aware that development aid is not just something inherently good.

But if the rich countries in the North suddenly make huge cuts in their aid-budgets that can only lead into even worse situations. That is because the aid industry has created a system of dependency over the last years and aprubt cuts of these supplies – possibly combined with even more protectionism – can have serious impact for the poorest. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening right now. Continue reading

How To Do Smart Economics

Did you know that “about 2/5 of girls are never born due to a preference for sons”?

That’s one of the statements given by the recently published Word Development Report 2012. You can think of the World Bank whatever you like, but at least they are going with the times and looking at how important women are for the development of our planet. Here are some of the findings: Continue reading

Climate Killer Banks

How bad is your bank doing as far as global warming is concerned? Are they full of empty promises or full of promising actions?

The question is: “private banks are the first to claim to fight climate change – but do they put their money where their mouth is?”. A group of NGOs know offers us an answer – or better, a rating of the dirtiest banks out there.

If your money is with one of the big banks, you can already start worrying now; it’s likely yours might be within the ranking you are about to see. Continue reading

What Did you Have for Dinner?

2011 was another good year for hunger, which means a pretty bad one for the people in poverty.

Last week I told you how the Barclays Bank is nominated for the Public Eye Award this year. They get this honour because thanks to them people are starving to death in many places in the world. How is that, you might ask. Continue reading

New Year’s Aftermath

This morning I woke up by the ear-battering sound of an air-blower in the street right in frontĀ  of the window.

“Of course”, I thought, “this is what you get”. When – after a short moment of acoustic peace – the street-cleaning car started patrolling, I knew it was time to get up and write a post.

Yesterday, New Year, is definitely the day of littering. The streets have in a very short time transformed from being jam-packed with Christmas lights to being blotched by left overs of fireworks and firecrackers. Continue reading

All Those Immigrants Everywhere

You know how people always complain that there are too many immigrants? Next time you can just tell them that their perception is actually fooling them.

The New York Times recently titled “Perceptions of Migration Clash With Reality”. The article analyzes the recent World Migration Report published by the International Organization for Migration and finds that “citizens estimate that there are as many as three times the number of immigrants living there than is actually the case.” The difference in perception is especially high in the USA, Canada, Italy and Britain. Continue reading