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Author Archives: Dorien van Dam

I try to find the humor and irony in IR, make global events accesible and understandable. My aim is to offer new and surprising perspectives on the world as we know it.

Seaweed Energy: Food or Fuel?

  A recent small-scale study in Norway, Scotland and Ireland revealed that seaweed could start playing a major role in our energy production. Dutch scientists got all excited and even started calling the Netherlands the “new Saudi Arabia of the Seaweed!”. Within only 5 years, seaweed could compete with the total amount of energy that windmills produce, it cleans harmful ... Read More »

Hawaii: too Green to Function?

With an ambitious bill planning a 100% renewable energy use in 2050 pending in the Hawaii legislature, states are looking towards the island for its example. With fossil fuels occupying an 80% of the total energy use, the country still has a long way to go. Yet, the utility company managing the second biggest grid on the island even claims ... Read More »

The Greeks, the Pope, and the Euro’s Soul

What do the Pope’s visit to South America and the almost TV-series-worthy developments in Greece have in common? Even though the Pope claims to have no political intentions, with his passionate critique of economic injustice and environmental degradation, he would make a formidable politician. Visiting Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, he is set to address the incredibly sore and widespread income ... Read More »

Sanctions vs. Sanctions: Poking the Bear?

Poke a bear and he pokes you back. Putin raises his shoulders about Russia’s renewed sanctions against the West: “The government turned to me with an appeal,” he claims. Well okay, let’s not blame Putin for this one then. Wednesday’s announcement of the extension of Russia’s ban against most food imports from the US, EU, Australia, Canada and Norway came ... Read More »

How the Media Sets Our Priorities For Us

The exact wing of the exact hospital where the new Royal baby was to be born appears to be more breaking news than the almost 5500 people that have died in Nepal alone. The homepage of telegraph.co.uk apparently gives priority to the newsfeed that follows all developments on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy over the one that follows the devastating effects of ... Read More »

Cameron Dubbed Winner of First General Election Debate – but Did He Really Win?

“Hell yes, I’m tough enough. I stood up against the Leader of the Free World!”, Labour leader Ed Milliband responded firmly against the allegations that he might not be tough enough to run the UK, referring to his outright disapproval of British involvement in the bombing of Syria. Struggling to properly answer the hosts questions about his economic policy plans ... Read More »