Posts byAlma Rottem

An Israeli economics and philosophy student at Amsterdam University College. I enjoy finding obscure connections between things.

When Economists Change Their Minds

There is a known story about the famous American economist Irving Fisher that professors and their students like to tell jokingly whenever they gather in groups of three or more: It was in early October 1929, when Fisher claimed publicly that the stock market had reached a “permanently high plateau”; he did so in the

You Are What You Eat

Gastronationalism, Globalization and Identity

Scrolling down my Facebook feed, along with photos of other people’s vacations and posts by my mom, I often stumble upon videos such as “Italians Try American Snacks” or “Americans Try German Food For The First Time.” We all know these videos: usually produced by media companies like Buzzfeed, they attract millions of viewers using

A Tale as Old as Time

Disney film remakes - between investment, technology and creativity

One of the highlights of my childhood were the dozens of Disney videotapes purchased by my parents over the years, as I was too young to buy such masterpieces on my own. I had (almost) all of them: The Lion King, Mulan, Dumbo, Cinderella, The Sword in the Stone, The Aristocats, The Jungle Book, you

Dirty Harry of the Philippines has a plan, but will it work?

Behind the Filipino crackdown on drugs

Leila de Lima is a senator from the Philippines, the former Secretary of the Department of Justice, and a human rights activist. In late February, she was arrested by the Filipino police for alleged involvement in drug trafficking. Coincidentally, she is also one of the fiercest opponents of the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte,