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A giant pyramid game

Anastasia Nesvetailova, Ronen Palan: Sabotage – The Business of Finance

THE FINANCIAL WORLD: Do the authors of Sabotage manage to explain how the interaction between the authorities, central banks and banking and financial institutions works?

Sustainable debt and financial transparency

RESPONSIBLE LOANS: Adopted principles of transparency about debt is a step in the right direction for sustainable and legal lending to vulnerable low-income countries. Norway should take the lead as a responsible lender and investor.

The abyss of peace

ORIENTERING 22. FEBRUARY 1969: Report from Iron Mountain is a scary satire that hits American social sciences and the armaments industry. The research report is a fictional document that shows what would happen if peace broke out, and concludes in a sober scientific language that war is a necessity for our social system. In this way, the book – which has now been published in Norwegian as Fakkel-bok fra Gyldendal – can also be read as a shocking revelation of habitual thinking and war preparations. The Danish author Carl Scharnberg chooses to read the book as an authentic and serious document and gives in this article a summary of the «research results».

The finance elite's manipulation of reality

Arne de Boever: Finance Fictions: Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis

THE PARADOX OF MONEY: Arne de Boever explores how the unstable reality of finances makes people psychotic – and pushes literary realism to its outer limits.

Yellow vests, taxes and black money

: Is it President Macron who is the reason why the yellow vests have taken to the streets of Paris, or are the people wearing yellow vests just generally thoroughly tired of a patronizing French state?

The alternative cryptonations – Governance 2.0

: Cryptoanarchists around the world are developing "bitnations" – virtual communities based on blockchain. New Time met Bitnation's founder, Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof. What drives her to create such online communities?

Our future with bitcoin and blockchain

: Is bitcoin, crypto and blockchain a hype that will burst? Buying cryptocurrency is not impossible to track down.

Who owns Oslo?

: Transparency International will map who owns Oslo and assess the extent to which the owners bring corrupt luggage. 

Secure payment through blockchain

: The Swedish startup company Cinezen Blockchained Entertainment paves the way for the first worldwide agreements for Video on Demand (VOD) services, which use blockchain technology to secure and simplify payments based on cryptocurrency.

The sky is not falling

: In many ways, the world is becoming an ever better place to be, for more and more people. According to Bjørn Lomborg, professor at the Copenhagen Business School, we can thank broad economic growth for this.

Money with expiration date

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Tunisia after the Arab Spring

TUNISIA: Debt, unemployment and slow-moving reforms – the country that recovered best from the upheavals in 2010–2011, still has major challenges.