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The trouble with Suriname

The trouble with Suriname

The trouble with Suriname is that all wise men there, are full of doubts, while the idiots, criminals and stupid ones are full of confidence.

Bob Nadkarni

“Bob Nadkarni: 1943-2023”

by Gabe Ponce de Leon The first time I walked through its doors, back in 2005, the Maze was just a family home. Its main claim to fame, at that point, was having been featured in the Snoop Dog video “Beautiful.” But I was completely blown away by the setup: The idiosyncratic design of the…
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Aai-, dear, dear Steven, My esteem and respect for you, since the days when I visited you when you still studied so incredibly hard in the U.S. of A. and to which I even devoted a radio story, is boundlessly great. Your statement about suspending parliament in Suriname to save the country in various areas is in principle good and interesting. But now that I try to think about it further and deeper, I believe that other solutions must be found and sought after. 01) After the Second World War, the IMF, as an offshoot of Bretton Woods, saved Western Europe from ruin and poverty with good and respectful management of the money. So your comment that they are good for nothing is not entirely correct. I really understand very well that times have changed, but still. The distribution of wealth, albeit in fits and starts in Europe, is much better now in 2023 than elsewhere. And some countries prosper. 02) However, suspending parliament for five years is a very big question mark. Plans to return power to parliament after a certain time – such as the five years you are talking about – have already been tried and implemented in various countries. It is true: the economy could flourish again and achieve growth. But: [ what could be the results and at what human costs ] That’s why social history is so interesting. On our own continent: 01) Brazil 1964 with Marshal Castelo Branco and his successors lasted until 1989, the generals also had the plan to make it only five years. I was able to shake the hand of the last general in question Joao Figueiredo and still have a sore arm left. It is true that the economy has grown enormously and Brazil has been able to join the so-called BRIC countries thanks to a great variety of factors, mainly from the private sector and has quickly overtaken us in Suriname. But the better distribution of wealth was not due to the generals, but to an economist and president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who inspired Lula to better distribute the proceeds of taxes and all other incomes and, in return, demanded that the poor had to send their children to school and feed them well. ( And training of teachers, of course ) In this way, 38 million people have been lifted out of severe poverty.

Suspending the Parliament in Suriname – Pros and Cons in the Historic Context

Aai-, dear, dear Steven, My esteem and respect for you, since the days when I visited you when you still studied so incredibly hard in the U.S. of A. and to which I even devoted a radio story, is boundlessly great. Your statement about suspending parliament in Suriname to save the country in various areas…
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Brazil on the horizon again

eyesonsuriname Ansterdam, 21 January 2023– Private sector investors are preparing to take on the bulk of Brazil’s 500-700 billion reais in sanitation-related investments.  This will be necessary to achieve the goal of expanding water and sewage systems across Brazil by 2033.  The new sanitation legal framework that triggers these investments was recently approved by the…
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Norway richest country

How Norway Got Insanely Rich

Norway is one of the Richest Nations on Earth, but its not exactly obvious why. Its large quantities of oil may be your first conclusion, but most oil rich small nations suffer from severe economic and social issues. How did Norway avoid the oil curse to become the economic powerhouse it is today and does…
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Harrison Clock 1727

The Clock That Changed the World

Of international scientific importance, the Harrison Clock is only one of only three precision pendulum clocks made by John Harrison and instrumental in solving the Longitude problem. The clock was made in 1727 with an amazing fully working wooden mechanism. Plans are in place to display it as part of an interpretive display at Leeds…
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Emmanuel Macron frustrated

Macron

antonfoek.com Amsterdam, June 21st 2022– France is heading into a period of exceptional political instability, with the real threat of legislative paralysis, after President Emmanuel Macron lost his overall parliamentary majority in Sunday’s elections.  It was a stunning setback for a president re-elected to office just two months ago. Macron’s Ensemble! alliance won only 245…
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Three Blind Kings

Three Blind Kings

A Q&A with geostrategist and Pentagon guru Edward Luttwak By David Samuels Being an enfant terrible at the age of 79 is not a task that can be undertaken lightly. Most men are simple conformists from childhood on. For those with more adventuresome temperaments, a flurry of rebellion in their teens or 20s is usually…
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Neon Dystopia

David Eggers: Suspicion, Sadness and Sabotage

Technology is Everything and more  Soon we ( mankind ) will be living in our own self and home made jungle. Monstrous technology determines everything, including who your friend is: Eggers’ new novel. Auke Hulst  & Anton F. Amsterdam, October 29th 2021 — In other times David Eggers [ author, Boston 1970 ] wrote a worldwide…
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Martha Nussbaum

Of Beauty and Consolation Episode 7 Martha Nussbaum

Journalist Wim Kayzer interviews Martha Nussbaum. The American philosopher studied at New York University and Harvard. Later she wrote books like The Fragility of Goodness. She talks about her youth, the relationship with her parents, Sophocles, Aristotle and philosophy as comfort. Dutch Journalist Wim Kayzer interviews Martha Nussbaum. The American philosopher studied at the university…
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