Verslaafd aan China

in: De Groene Amsterdammer 25 (21 juni 2021)

Het wordt steeds moeilijker om nieuws over de Oeigoeren te horen en ondertussen vrolijk goedkope spullen uit China te blijven kopen. Maar kunnen we wel zonder?

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Podcast over Ellul, macht, verzet en geloof

in: overig denieuwewereld.tv (27 mei 2021)

Pas was ik te gast bij De Nieuwe Wereld, een podcast- en youtubekanaal. Filosoof Ad Verbrugge en ik bespraken daar wat we kunnen leren van het leven en denken van Jacques Ellul. Over techniek, macht, verzet en geloof in deze tijd.

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Big Davids, small Goliaths

in: overig - The New Internationalist (June 2016)

Huge transnational companies – many wealthier than entire countries – are using Investor-State Dispute Settlements to claim billions in lost profits from governments whose laws ‘damage’ their business. ISDSs are currently making headlines as part of the nefarious TTIP and TPP trade deals. But they have been around for longer, and there are many players making a lot of money from them.
Frank Mulder, Eva Schram and Adriana Homolova meet the winners and losers in a one-sided game.

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Oil giants punish Venezuela through Dutch treaty

in: Inter Press Service English (January 4, 2016)

Venezuela doesn't want investment treaties anymore if they give investors the right to drag the country before a commercial court. "The system has been set up to break down the nation-state."

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French firm attacks Ugandan tax using ISDS

in: Inter Press Service English (December 25, 2015)

The heavily criticized legal mechanism, known as ISDS, is an important tool for European companies to pressurize developing countries. This year Uganda joins the rank of developing nations asking themselves: "Why have we ever signed this?"

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Companies sue developing states through Western Europe

in: Inter Press Service English (December 21, 2015)

Many Europeans fear TTIP, because it could enable American companies to file claims against their states. The strange thing, however, is that Western Europe is becoming a big hub in this mechanism, called ISDS, leading to billion dollar claims against poorer countries.

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Lessons for agriculture from the movie Speed

in: - Thought for Food, Oxfam and Hivos (February 2014)

We are rapidly changing agriculture into a worldwide food machine. But is food the only goal of agriculture? It seems that the means we've chosen are undermining the original ends. That's a classical mistake, and it reminds me of the bus in the old movie Speed. I wrote this essay for Oxfam and Hivos, two development organisations.

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Overhoop in the NY Times
04 September 2021

We are in the NY Times today! Our community Overhoop is part of a story about cohousing, in the Style section. Go and see the pictures!


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Now available in English
03 September 2021

I proudly present my new book, Hyperreality, published in the United States by Wipf&Stock.

For a pdf version of De geluksmachine in Dutch, click here.


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