Posts byAchic Lema

Thomas Piketty at Room for Discussion-Review

Deep into his Latest Work: Capital and Ideology

On February 28th, Professor Piketty was interviewed by Room for Discussion. The discussion fell around Piketty’s newest book: Capital and Ideology (2019). Furthermore, if you want to get an insight into the topic and about Thomas Piketty, check out our preview on the interview here. The hall was full and the expectation on the air. Professor

The Magic of Money Creation

Are you thinking to save money in your bank account? Do banks lend out our deposits? How do they create money? Well, banks don’t have the best reputation. Probably you have heard that banks make money out of your money. Many have the intuition of banks using public deposits to create loans and earning the

The Rebels’ Offer: The Action or the Path to Action

Room for Discussion: Will Extinction Rebellion save our Planet?

Ernst-Jan Kuiper, activist, scientist and geologist, and Lennart Tiller, activist and former student at the University College of Amsterdam were interviewed by Room for Discussion on November 26th 2019. The representatives of Extinction Rebellion(XR) met when arrested in a protest against climate change, a common enemy. Room for Discussion addressed the feasibility of XR’s demands

The Dilemma of Growth

The environment not only provides the substance and space for economic activity but also is the container of castoff produced by human activity. Economic growth not only improves people’s life quality but also brings several environmental problems, such as air pollution, water pollution, soil degradation, desertification and more. The traditional path to development The issues

Under the Shadow of the Great Recession – Room For Discussion

More on a decade following the most devastating financial crisis since the Great Depression. The effects of a crisis are experienced today. Its outbreak occurred on September 15, 2008, when the investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. As of that moment, the United States collapsed and then the rest of the developed economies followed.

Sick countries and the IMF Rescues: The right prescriptions?

In 2018, Argentina received a loan package of $57.1bn, the biggest in the history of the International Monetary Fund (IMF.) It was aimed to recover the peso and from a state of recession. Also, Ecuador obtained a $10.2 billion finance deal intended to stabilize the economy and help to pay its debts. However, in recent months the

Climate Change on Trial

“There is no planet B”, this was one of the many slogans during the 10th March protest against climate change in Amsterdam. An estimate of 40,000 people turned out for the protest, demanding the Dutch government take stronger action against global warming. There is an ongoing emergence of protests in all corners of the world.

The Future of Space Exploration

It was 1957 when Russia launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite and inspired a 3 years-old little kid. In 2015, he became the Director of the European Space Agency (ESA). The university hosted an interview with Johann-Dietrich Wörner, the Director of the European Space Agency on Tuesday, February 21. He addressed various aspects of

Just some more numbers: Does the U.S. care of peace?

A recent report from The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) revealed information about the global arms trade. The United States is the lead exporter in the arms industry followed by Russia, the two countries represent more than 50% of the global arms industry. Additionally, the data scientist Will Geary launched a visualization about the U.S. weapons

The Potential of Immigration for Developed Countries: What about Developing Economies?

Mass media has expressed the benefits of immigration for recipient countries.  However, are the gains for developed and developing countries equivalent? According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, around 85 per cent of international displaced people live in low or middle-income countries. A receiving country experiences both advantages and disadvantages as a result of immigration.

Behind the label of ‘Refugee Crisis’

The Interview on Refugee Crisis

In our increasingly interconnected world, migration is one of its major characteristics. It has turned into a focus point of analysis everywhere, especially in European countries. The massive arrival of asylum seekers opened a polarised debate. Among the public, there is overreaction and fear due to a string of misconceptions and the lack of information