Has Brazil really entered recession? Then here is what to do

By Arnout Nuijt Positive news about Brazil’s economy is hard to find these days. In fact the bad news is piling up. A recent report by the Financial Times of London, quoting Brazil Central bank figures, suggests the country has entered technical recession more than 7 months ago by shrinking slightly for two consecutive quarters… Read More Has Brazil really entered recession? Then here is what to do

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The Democratic Alliance and South Africa’s 2014 elections

By Arnout Nuijt With less than six months to go, South Africa’s national elections already fuel many speculations. As I wrote earlier, the big game changer may be Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters. The EFF may grab up to 10% of the national vote (one poll put them even at 12%), mostly votes previously cast… Read More The Democratic Alliance and South Africa’s 2014 elections

As Brazil’s protests become a fading memory, the presidential campaign seems increasingly “old school”

By Arnout Nuijt It’s been months now since we saw a completely unpredicted, rare and wild explosion of mass demonstrations and protests against the authorities in Brazil. The protests were not aimed directly at Dilma’s present PT-led government, but at all parties, state governments as well as municipalities, in short Brazil’s corrupt and inefficient political… Read More As Brazil’s protests become a fading memory, the presidential campaign seems increasingly “old school”

Wearable technology is coming and it is connected

By Leo Beerden GADGET REPUBLIC Gadgets are gadgets because they are novelties, nice-to-haves, but essentially superfluous. Oh, really? They used to be anyway. But that was before we started carrying them around and trust them with our precious data. So what will happen once we’ll start wearing our gadgets while connecting them? Connected wearables will… Read More Wearable technology is coming and it is connected

Is Angela Merkel’s victory a pyrrhic one?

By Arnout Nuijt Yes, Federal Chancellor Mrs Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU alliance won an astounding victory in Germany’s federal elections on Sunday September 22nd and that is exactly her problem now. Her party failed to win an absolute majority in the Bundestag by a narrow margin. Much worse, her preferred coalition partner, the liberal FDP, was… Read More Is Angela Merkel’s victory a pyrrhic one?

Why Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters could become a game changer for South African politics

By Arnout Nuijt South Africa’s former African National Congress Youth League leader, Julius Malema, last week successfully registered his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), for the 2014 national elections. Mr Malema promises to provide free and quality education, healthcare and sanitation, as well as redistributing land and nationalising the mines. Although he was… Read More Why Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters could become a game changer for South African politics