Economics

02.11.2012

Without Power and Aid, Low-Income Residents of NYC’s Lower East Side Struggle in Storm’s Aftermath

Without Power and Aid, Low-Income Residents of NYC’s Lower East Side Struggle in Storm’s Aftermath

We speak with residents of the low-income and largely minority community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side who live in the shadow of a Consolidated Edison substation that flooded during Superstorm Sandy and has left thousands in the dark. With no sign of help from the city or the Federal Emergency… »

30.10.2012

The London New Putney Debates launch a new stage in the Occupy process

The London New Putney Debates launch a new stage in the Occupy process

With presentations about the most pressing problems in the areas of Economy and (lack of) Real Democracy the New Putney Debates pick up the thread of revolutionary thinking that commenced in 1647, 365 years ago. The two weeks of sessions will culminate in a new “Agreement of the People”… »

29.10.2012

Unoccupy Wal-Mart says Occupy Tampa

Unoccupy Wal-Mart says Occupy Tampa

At Wednesdays’ General Assembly members of Occupy Tampa, concerned citizens and Local Wal-Mart Associates met with Representatives from OUR Wal-Mart. We heard heartbreaking stories of people from all across the nation and even the world about the daily struggles that workers face under the ever tightening squeeze of Wal-Mart’s labor… »

28.10.2012

US Vultures flying over Argentinean naval ship stranded at Ghanaian port

US Vultures flying over Argentinean naval ship stranded at Ghanaian port

The sailing Frigate Libertad is being held at a Ghanaian port by a US-based investment (vulture) fund in dispute over Argentinean debts. The Ghanaian high court has ruled on the case to determine whether the Libertad is allowed to sail on, that Argentina had waived sovereign immunity when it contracted… »

25.10.2012

Iceland’s Rock Bottom Approach to Debt Crisis: Let the Banks Fail

Iceland’s Rock Bottom Approach to Debt Crisis: Let the Banks Fail

Let the banks fail 2008 was a year of financial disaster and near government collapse. The crisis has been deemed by economists as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of 1930s. But in the worldwide turmoil, the country that got hit the hardest is undoubtably Iceland. With… »

23.10.2012

Asian Countries Easing Access To Cheap Drugs

Asian Countries Easing Access To Cheap Drugs

By Martin Khor* Recent government actions by Indonesia and India to issue compulsory licenses are extending the trend in Asia to increase access to cheaper medicines to treat serious ailments, especially HIV/AIDS, cancer and hepatitis B. The supply of generic medicines, either through import or local production, has been the… »

08.10.2012

Don’t owe, won’t pay, it depends on us!

Don’t owe, won’t pay, it depends on us!

The manifest: In recent months, the impact on our lives of the so-called crisis has intensified and politicians show no will or capacity to act upon it. So, we are building our own politics, we are taking the initiative, revealing what is behind the debt mechanism that sustains this big … »

02.10.2012

India: Anti-Corruption Movement Withering Away

India: Anti-Corruption Movement Withering Away

By Shastri Ramachandaran* As skeletons keep tumbling out of the cupboard of a government besieged by corruption charges, an agitated people may well despair that battling corruption in India’s officialdom is a Sisyphean task. Far from gaining in momentum, the popular protest movement against corruption led by the Gandhian activist… »

20.09.2012

Eurozone: Record Unemployment Rate Hurts Consumer’s Confidence

Eurozone: Record Unemployment Rate Hurts Consumer’s Confidence

Record unemployment rates and budget cuts implemented by governments have caused a fall in consumer confidence within the Eurozone, the European Commission (EC) reported on Thursday. The indicator dropped to a negative 25.9 points from a negative 24.6 in August, an action also caused by dismissals and elevated inflation resulting… »

16.09.2012

Zambia – The Good, the Bad and the Chinese

Zambia – The Good, the Bad and the Chinese

China’s voracious appetite for natural resources has driven a boom of investments and aid to African countries. In the Southern African country of Zambia, Chinese companies are building roads, hospitals, sports stadia as well as reviving copper mines abandoned in the country’s Copperbelt region. The Chinese have also… »

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