Business

  • I am Wikipedian

    By on Oct. 26, 2010
    I proudly announce I am the starter of the Wikipedia articles on the Portuguese Institute for Development Support and AICEP Business Development Agency.
  • Can you think of a better world?

    By on Feb. 16, 2010
    These are two YouTube modern classics: Zeitgeist Addendum (1h59) and HOME (1h33). Go on, it doesn’t hurt to watch.
  • Introduction to Guinea-Bissau: Cashew & Drugs

    By on Dec. 10, 2009
    Cashew is the solution, because currently it represents in its cheapest form more than 90% of the country’s exports and because economic development leads to poverty reduction. Watch on YouTube: Cashew harvest reaps small bounty for Guinea-Bissau Drug trafficking is the problem, because it makes political stability harder to achieve thus keeping most foreign investment away.
  • Turkey and the EU: “In varietate concordia”

    By on May 18, 2009
    The opposition to Turkey’s EU membership is often based on the country’s vast population, their wrongly publicized religion, their unconsolidated economy, their uncertain politics, their critical geographical location and their stereotyped culture. I argue that those, with few exceptions, must be seen as dynamic, thus prone to inevitable change.
  • Brazil (according to Samba-rap)

    By on April 8, 2009
    The recurrent case study for International Business and Development Studies scholars - Brazil - is analysed differently by the country’s Samba-rap musicians.
  • Turkey, on the right way?

    By on April 6, 2009
    There are two reasons why following news on Turkey’s EU accession is quite an easy task. First, it is a slow process. Turkey wrote an unsatisfactory application to the EU in 1987 which according to Wikipedia was immediately turned down on the basis of its poor economical and political situation, bad relations with Greece and their conflict with Cyprus (or so to say Greek Cypriots).
  • Shell: sticking to the oil

    By on March 27, 2009
    Apparently, Shell announced it will stop investing in wind energy. The reason is simple: it is not profitable enough. That may be true on narrow terms, on the accountant’s fact sheet, but I ask: have they talked lately with their marketing people or with the one’s struggling to give the oil giant a greenish look?
  • Portugal’s commitment

    By on Feb. 4, 2009
    I invite you all to take a look at Energy from Portugal It powerfully starts like this: 43% of our energy comes from renewable energy sources. No wonder we worship the sun, the sea and the wind. It reveals testimonials from Bill Clinton, Sam Bodman, Tony Blair, the King of Sweden and the President and CEO of Nissan and Renault.
  • Bacalhau superstar

    By on Jan. 29, 2009
    Mark Kurlansky’s prized book on Codfish (Gadus morhua or ‘Bacalhau’ in Portuguese) is full of curious and quite strange facts. The protagonist, an open-mouthed fish that swallows whatever it finds, is honoured to the skies and as the title makes clear codfish changed the world.
  • Clear as water

    By on Jan. 24, 2009
    On Mark Notaras’ article for UNU’s OurWorld 2.0 webzine we can find several facts about water and its harmful bottled version. Facts presented are as shocking as “developed countries alone consume over one billion bottles weekly” and “unrecycled bottles represent 80% of those consumed”.