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Government austerity demands that we die within our means

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

May 23, 2017

Most people still don’t fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed This article first appeared on openDemocracy VICKIE COOPER and DAVID WHYTE 23 May 2017 As we move towards the general election, we are paralyzed by what is probably the biggest single issue affecting ordinary people in the country:...

The road to the great regression

The road to the great regression

May 19, 2017

César Renduels Menendez de Llano, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Donatella Della Porta, Institute of Human and Social sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence This article examining the backlash against neoliberalism is the fifth instalment in our Globalisation Under Pressure series. In 1980, the novelist Martin Amis attended a meeting in Texas with...

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

May 7, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy To wrest back control from private finance, to reclaim our “hollowed out democratic institutions,” we must begin with a public understanding of money. Book review. By David Beer The UK is feeling pretty divided at the moment, yet there is one thing that is likely to unite people across the political spectrum: a...

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

May 1, 2017

Rodrigo Zeidan, NYU Shanghai Late April saw an odd couple of days for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 23-year-old deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico. At the start of Thursday April 27, President Donald Trump’s advisers were said to be working on an executive order withdrawing from the trade deal. During his election campaign,...

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

May 1, 2017

Excerpt of Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joseph Stiglitz NEW YORK – The likely victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election has elicited a global sigh of relief. At least Europe is not going down the protectionist path that President Donald Trump is forcing the United States to take. But advocates of globalization should keep the...

Rouhani warns voters to prevent ‘extremism’ returning to Iran

Rouhani warns voters to prevent ‘extremism’ returning to Iran

Apr 30, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians on Saturday they could face greater authoritarianism if they replace him with a hardline rival in May’s election. Rouhani was the surprise winner of the last presidential vote, in 2013, after eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whose re-election for a second...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

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