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  • Africa: Future Trajectories for BRICS

    , by VANAIK Achin

    Despite much optimism, there are clear indications that BRICS lacks the capacity to function as a powerful and innovative new force in the realm of global politics and governance.
    Can BRICS emerge as a collective that will reject the current neoliberal order and seek to promote a much more (...)

  • More Banks versus the People

    , by TOUSSAINT Éric

    “As the Economist put it at year-end 2006, ‘having grown at an annual rate of 3.2% per head since 2000, the world economy is over halfway towards notching up its best decade ever. If it keeps going at this clip, it will beat both the supposedly idyllic 1950s and the 1960s. Market capitalism, the (...)

  • G20: Capital’s War on the People

    , by HOSSEIN-ZADEH Ismael

    INSTEAD OF CALLING the recent G-20’s brutal austerity declaration (issued at the conclusion of its annual summit in Toronto) an orchestrated declaration of class war on the people, many progressive/Keynesian economists and other liberal commentators simply call it “bad policy.” While it is true (...)

  • Thailand/Argentina: Garment Workers of the South Unite

    , by VALENTE Marcela

    BUENOS AIRES, Oct 19, 2010 (IPS) - They left behind months or years of slaving away — in some cases, literally — in garment sweatshops, working long hours for little to no pay. But breaking free from modern-day slavery or forced labour wasn’t enough for a group of textile workers from Argentina (...)

  • ’We are fighting for our lives and our dignity’

    , by VIDAL John

    Across the globe, as mining and oil firms race for dwindling resources, indigenous peoples are battling to defend their lands – often paying the ultimate price.
    It has been called the world’s second “oil war”, but the only similarity between Iraq and events in the jungles of northern Peru over the (...)

  • Hunger and Food Crisis: a view from the ground

    , by GUTTAL Shalmali

    In a press conference in Timor Leste’s capital city Dili on May 14, top UN officials declared that the country is not at a risk of starvation from the global food crisis. According to the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Joan Fleuren in Timor Leste, “The Government is working hard to (...)

  • The last bite – Is the world’s food system collapsing?

    , by WILSON Bee

    The global food market fosters both scarcity and overconsumption, while imperilling the planet’s ability to produce food in the future.
    In his “Essay on the Principle of Population,” of 1798, the English parson Thomas Malthus insisted that human populations would always be “checked” (a polite word (...)

  • Entering the Tough Oil Era – The New Energy Pessimism

    , by KLARE Michael T.

    When “peak oil” theory was first widely publicized in such path breaking books as Kenneth Deffeyes’ Hubbert’s Peak (2001), Richard Heinberg’s The Party’s Over (2002), David Goodstein’s Out of Gas (2004), and Paul Robert’s The End of Oil (2004), energy industry officials and their government associates (...)

  • How the rich starved the world

    , by LYNAS Mark, MacWHIRTER Iain

    World cereal stocks are at an all-time low, food-aid programmes have run out of money and millions face starvation. Yet wealthy countries persist with plans to use grain for petrol reports Mark Lynas. Plus Iain Macwhirter on how food prices are rocketing (see below).
    The irony is (...)

  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Superstar of Poverty

    , by SKANTHAKUMAR Balasingham

    Mother Teresa’s death though somewhat overshadowed by that of Diana Windsor a few days before was nevertheless an event for much media orchestrated mourning on the passing of a living Saint. The Indian Government insisted on a state funeral with full military honours usually reserved for the (...)