We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden – Sweden, who would believe this?
Donald Trump certainly managed to baffle Sweden on the 18th of February this year. The truth turned out to be that nothing really had happened the previous night and that it all came down to misinterpreted news about Swedish immigration policies from a questionable source, picked up by some random advisors and presented to Trump completely out of context. Last year’s American election campaigns clearly showed that the most uncertain quotes and non contextual news were picked up and twisted to suit its purpose and that sources and references are less important than a smashing headline. Groups on Facebook literally exploded with articles about the most random statements about both the candidates and the current state of America and the rest of the world.
The eternal question within development studies is what is to be considered development. Are all types of change development? Does development have to be connected to economic growth? Or is the prime purpose of development political? Is a negative development also considered development? I quite agree with the way Jan Nederveen Pieterse puts is it: What, under the circumstances, is the meaning of world development? Because of the combined changes of globalisation, informatisation and flexibilisation there is a new relevance to the notion that all societies are developing. This is not just an agreeable sounding cliché but a reality confirmed by transformations taking place everywhere, on macro as well as micro levels. The whole world is in transition. (2010:50). Continue reading →