Economics

Afghanistan sits on mineral wealth worth billions of dollars

While everyone in the world would say, Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorer countries, the fact is just the opposite. None of the so-called friendly nations of Afghanistan, including Pakistan and the United States had ever told the Afghans…

GPI vs. GDP: Does Size Matter More Than Substance?

U.S House Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) recently introduced a bill in Congress to overhaul GDP, the nation’s most-watched economic indicator. July 30th she introduced the Genuine Progress Indicator (“GPI”) Act. It would be a significant change for the trajectory of…

Premiere of the Argentinian documentary “In the Name of Lithium” on the conflict between indigenous communities and large-scale mining operations

The Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de Argentina has just released “En el nombre del litio”, a documentary produced by FARN and Calma Cine that deals with the situation in northern Argentina regarding the exploitation of this “wonder mineral”. Directed…

Egypt Hopes For Tourism Boost As Flights From Russia Resume

Russia and Egypt agreed finally to resume regular flights to Cairo, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh from August 9 after several negotiations and security inspections carried out for more than five years. On the other hand, Egypt is particularly expecting…

Let Cuba Live—The Movement Standing Up to Biden’s Maximum Pressure Campaign

On July 22, U.S. President Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris released a “fact sheet” on U.S. “measures” against Cuba. The release from the White House said that Cuba was a “top priority for the Biden-Harris administration.” On…

Does it take a pandemic to relaunch European social dialogue?

One of the unwitting effects of the pandemic crisis has been to remake the case for dialogue between social partners to solve major problems. By Christophe Degryse Hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers crossing Europe to help with the harvest…

Basic Income and Realpolitik

Every day more and more people understand the importance of a universal basic income. Every day the idea is discussed, organised, disseminated, presented as part of the political agenda, and how to finance it. And what can we say about…

If You Grew Up With the U.S. Blockade as a Cuban, You Might Understand the Recent Protests Differently

During the early morning of July 17, Johana Tablada joined tens of thousands of Cubans as they gathered along the Malecón boulevard in Havana to stand with the Cuban Revolution. “We are human beings who live, work, suffer, and struggle…

Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP): Forging Cultural Unity in Economic Diversity

The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) established with the fundamental objectives to promote sustainable development, scale-up social standards and preserve the unique language culture among the Portuguese-speaking countries. The CPLP’s nine member states are Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, East…

The United States Underestimates China’s Economic Challenge at Its Own Peril

This is not a moment for rose-tinted glasses. By Richard D. Wolff The economy of the People’s Republic of China has been growing much faster than that of the United States for decades. So too has China’s average real wage.…

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