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.
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».
: 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?
: 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?
: 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.
: 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.
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