Blue Skies, Blue Seas : Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa

Very timely book by the World Bank on Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in MENA. Unfortunately, 1) MENA’s cities are on average more than 5 times as air-polluted as recommended by WHO guidelines.  2) MENA’s seas are amongst the most plastics-polluted internationally and 3) in Maghreb region, coastal erosion is about 10 times … Continue reading Blue Skies, Blue Seas : Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa

Migrations internes induites par le changement climatique : Que doit faire le Maroc ?

Un autre rapport qui nous rappelle à quel point le changement climatique est un énorme défi pour le Maroc ainsi que les autres pays du Maghreb. Ce rapport se focalise précisément sur l’impact des changements climatiques sur les migration internes des populations. Avant d’aborder les recommandations, le rapport énonce les observations suivantes : ** Les ressources en … Continue reading Migrations internes induites par le changement climatique : Que doit faire le Maroc ?

Selected quotes from the book: The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness (2020)

In this book, Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and proposes advices to how to make better sense of one of life's most important topics. Here are some selected quotes from this book: On social comparison There is no need to risk what you have and need … Continue reading Selected quotes from the book: The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness (2020)

Book review : Reimagining capitalism in a world on fire by Rebecca Henderson

In a nutshell In this book published on April 14, 2020, Rebecca Henderson, a business economist at Harvard University, defends free markets and argues that the issue is not free markets but rather “Unchecked “ and “uncontrolled free markets”. The author believes that markets can save the world provided the right public policies are in … Continue reading Book review : Reimagining capitalism in a world on fire by Rebecca Henderson

Book review : The Ages of Globalization by Jeffrey D. Sachs

In a nutshell What a good timing to read a book on globalization! Indeed, Covid19 crisis has strongly challenged the relevance of globalization and has raised the following questions: Is globalization over?Is open trade too dangerous?Should we revert to closed borders and national self-sufficiency? “The Ages of Globalization” by Jeffrey D. Sachs, published in the … Continue reading Book review : The Ages of Globalization by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Book review : “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

When I decided to read Anand Giridharadas’s book “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” I was looking for answers to my questions on changing the world through business. I finally ended up with even more questions! I read the book a second time, the list of questions kept getting longer, and … Continue reading Book review : “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

Book review: Humankind a Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

After the success of his first bestseller Utopia for Realists, Dutch historian Rutger Bregman has just published his second book “Humankind: a hopeful history”. The main idea in a nutshell The book's main thesis goes as follows: “Most people, deep down, are pretty decent” and if we want the best from people, we need to … Continue reading Book review: Humankind a Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Book review : Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Utopia for Realists is a book by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman. Originally written as a series of articles in Dutch, the book has been published in several languages. The book starts with highlighting the benefits of free trade and globalization in terms of economic prosperity and social progress in the last 200 years: life expectancies, … Continue reading Book review : Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Capital & Ideology (Thomas Picketty) : Book review

About the book : French economist Thomas Piketty published Capital and Ideology in French (September 2019) and then in English (March 2020). The book is somewhat an updated and enriched version of Picketty’s great success, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which focused on wealth and income inequality only in Europe and the United States. After … Continue reading Capital & Ideology (Thomas Picketty) : Book review