Economics

30.11.2020

Call to Join Civil Society Advisory Body for the Principles for Responsible Banking

Call to Join Civil Society Advisory Body for the Principles for Responsible Banking

27 November 2020 (UNEP)* — The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has issued a public call to civil society institutions around the world to declare their interest in joining the Civil Society Advisory Body until 15 December 2020. The body – which is designed to ensure that the Principles for… »

28.11.2020

‘Hunger Like They’ve Never Seen It Before’: US Food Banks Struggle as 1 in 6 Families With Children Don’t Have Enough to Eat

‘Hunger Like They’ve Never Seen It Before’: US Food Banks Struggle as 1 in 6 Families With Children Don’t Have Enough to Eat

“We’re now seeing families who had an emergency fund but it’s gone and they’re at the end of their rope,” said one Texas food bank director. By Brett Wilkins One in six U.S. families with children don’t have enough to eat this holiday season, a national emergency exacerbated by the… »

26.11.2020

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

The World’s Biggest Trading Bloc Does Not Include the United States

By Vijay Prashad and John Ross On November 15, 15 Asian and Pacific countries signed an agreement known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that unites 30 percent of the global population and 30 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). The entire trade area, which runs from… »

26.11.2020

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

Why Imperialism Is Obsolete in Latin America

An interview with Jorge Arreaza, foreign minister of Venezuela. By Vijay Prashad In September 2018, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro visited China, where he met with China’s President Xi Jinping and signed a series of important agreements on trade and culture. Toward the end of his stay, Maduro said that… »

22.11.2020

Biden Is Facing a Showdown on Iran Sanctions

Biden Is Facing a Showdown on Iran Sanctions

By Evelyn Leopold President Trump has called the Obama-initiated nuclear agreement for Iran a “horrible one-sided deal” and withdrew from it in 2018. Except he really didn’t. This past summer, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a series of appeals to the UN Security Council, saying that the… »

21.11.2020

What is the G20, and what is different at this year’s Riyadh summit?

What is the G20, and what is different at this year’s Riyadh summit?

Marco Ferrari, Al Arabiya English This year’s G20 summit will be an event quite unlike any in the organization’s history. Hosted by Saudi Arabia, the Leaders’ Summit will bring leaders from 19 of the most powerful countries and the… »

20.11.2020

BRICS 2020: Achievements and Future Challenges

BRICS 2020: Achievements and Future Challenges

By Kester Kenn Klomegah On November 17, under Russia’s BRICS Chairmanship, Vladimir Putin hosted the 12th BRICS Summit via videoconference. The leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa participated to discuss the state and prospects of cooperation within BRICS, discussed the global stability and security, and most importantly exchanged views on joint efforts to halt… »

20.11.2020

Polluting investments not in our name

Polluting investments not in our name

Daniel Willis Parliamentarians and NGOs across Europe have signed joint statements calling for public development banks to respect human rights and stop funding fossil fuels. Last week saw the first ever international meeting of public finance institutions, dubbed the Finance in Common Summit, as development banks from around the… »

17.11.2020

Africa’s governance performance declines for the first time in a decade, finds 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Africa’s governance performance declines for the first time in a decade, finds 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, says: “This is a testing time for Africa. Pre-existing weaknesses and challenges in African governance, as uncovered by the 2020 IIAG, are exacerbated by COVID-19, which also threatens economic progress. Citizens’ dissatisfaction and mistrust with governance delivery are growing. African states have… »

17.11.2020

Revising Our Moral Values: A Society Not Based on Work

Revising Our Moral Values: A Society Not Based on Work

By Flavio Del Santo In memory of David Graeber (1961-2020), whose untimely death deprived contemporary anarchist ideology of one of its finest thinkers Why do we (and should we) work? We are today going through a global pandemic which inevitably conditions some of the structures of our society. The places… »

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