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Why don’t you shut up?

A few weeks ago the ABC newspaper in Spain headlined the imminent death of Hugo Chavez Frias.  And today, 24th of January, after the El Pais newspaper published a picture of him intubated on its front page it had to…

Think, Eat, Save: UNEP, FAO and Partners Launch Global Campaign to Change Culture of Food Waste

Consumers, Food Industry and Government All Have Role to Play in Reducing 1.3 Billion Tonnes of Food Wasted or Lost Each Year Geneva, 22 January 2013 – Simple actions by consumers and food retailers can dramatically cut the 1.3 billion…

Annual Income of Richest 100 People Enough to End Global Poverty Four Times Over

By Oxfam International – An explosion in extreme wealth and income is exacerbating inequality and hindering the world’s ability to tackle poverty, Oxfam warned in a briefing* published on 19 January 2013 ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The $240…

Environmental Storm and Economic Storm on Collision Course

IRIN* The World Economic Forum has released its eighth annual Global Risks Report, which lists top global threats identified by a survey of over 1,000 experts. As in last year’s report, 2013’s risks were topped by economic and financial concerns,…

When buying cheap turns out expensive

Three, two, one, zero… The sales are now on.  Offers, discounts, % off… fill the shop windows of the high streets and the shopping centres.  It is the time to buy and to buy cheaply.  But… Is what we’re buying…

Nowhere left to run for factory owners in Asia

When the cost of labour started to rise in China a few years ago, many manufacturers thought it would be a smart move to decamp to smaller Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia where wages were a lot lower and…

Bolivia: Evo’s government gathers 24% more tax than last year

The Bolivian Tax Office (SIN in its Spanish acronym) has closed the 2012 period with a total tax collection of 37,459.5 million bolivianos (5,421.34 million US dollars), a total which represents an increase of 24% with respect to what was…

USA saved from the Fiscal Cliff – An immodest proposal

We are saved —so our politicians tell us —from a plunge off the fiscal cliff. In all reports, however, it is mentioned that President Obama settled for a slice of what he claimed to be after, which was to raise…

The unbearable lightness of memory: Germany and Switzerland

Germany and Switzerland: two solid financial rocks in the EU crisis or just fantastic at “social maquillage”? (with thanks to Mr. Kundera). These days the EU is going through serious growing pains. The economic disciplining is in full motion and…

Over 40 UK Uncut actions across UK successfully target Starbucks over tax avoidance and impact of government cuts on women

– UK Uncut successfully targets Starbucks over tax avoidance and impact of government cuts on women – Over 40 protests across the UK take place at Starbucks shops today, in UK Uncut’s biggest day of action – Protesters stage sit-ins…

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