Economic Violence

06.07.2018

Two neoliberal infernos: Grenfell, and Piper Alpha 30 years on

Two neoliberal infernos: Grenfell, and Piper Alpha 30 years on

DAVID WHYTE 6 July 2018 for OpenDemocracy Profit-before-safety, warnings ignored, 239 people dead. Britain’s oil bonanza and London’s gentrification have much in common. Thirty years ago today the Piper Alpha oil platform exploded and was engulfed in flames killing 167 people. Only 61 survived in… »

01.07.2018

Big Demo to defend 70 yr old UK national treasure: its Health Service

Big Demo to defend 70 yr old UK national treasure: its Health Service

“Cuts leave scars” The UK NHS (National Health Service) is 70 years old. In spite of the onslaught it is suffering in the form of austerity and privatisation it continues to provide one of the best services in the world in spite of spending less than similar economies, although some… »

12.06.2018

Switzerland fails to start a money revolution, but opens debate about a mechanism of economic violence

Switzerland fails to start a money revolution, but opens debate about a mechanism of economic violence

“This Sunday, Switzerland will hold an historical referendum on how money should be created. Watch this short video to understand what the vote is about – and share with your friends!” (Facebook posting by Positive Money Europe prior to the referendum). See Pressenza and Pressenza… »

06.06.2018

Markets: The enemy shows its face

Markets: The enemy shows its face

Recent events have clearly demonstrated the great role and power of the so-called markets. The words of the European Budget Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, “The markets will teach the Italians how to vote correctly” are unequivocal. In fact, this is a good step forward, finally the enemy begins to show its… »

03.06.2018

Young people are leading a growing movement against low pay and precarious work

Young people are leading a growing movement against low pay and precarious work

Wil Chivers, Cardiff University; Helen Blakely, Cardiff University, and Steve Davies for The Conversation Strikes have taken place at McDonald’s and TGI Friday’s restaurants across the UK in recent months. These strikes are the first of their kind in the UK, instigated… »

01.06.2018

‘Land grab’ on hurricane-hit Barbuda could leave the island almost entirely owned by banks

‘Land grab’ on hurricane-hit Barbuda could leave the island almost entirely owned by banks

Tomaso Ferrando, University of Bristol  for The Conversation Hurricane Irma passed directly over the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda in September 2017. Irma was the fifth strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, and it reached peak intensity just before landfall, when 180mph winds damaged almost every… »

24.05.2018

[UK] Enough of Carillion culture. Make bosses pay for the carnage they cause

[UK] Enough of Carillion culture. Make bosses pay for the carnage they cause

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Here’s how to tame corporate power, and prevent ruthless executives from enriching themselves by harming us Once more, they walk away. Like those at RBS, Northern Rock and a… »

20.05.2018

UK: The Magic Money forest

UK: The Magic Money forest

The Prime Minister Theresa May and the austerity crowd keep telling us there is no money to support the NHS and other essential services, but the Rich List shows the increasing concentration of money at the top. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer is true… »

30.04.2018

Straight talk on trade, international institutions, Greek austerity and inequality

Straight talk on trade, international institutions, Greek austerity and inequality

By JAMES GALBRAITH 27 April 2018 for openDemocracy European austerity is a politics of power. It’s a banker protection racket. And the fact is, the strategy has now failed. Protestors outside trade negotiators meeting between 11 of the original 12… »

20.02.2018

Brexit between the lines: plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs

Brexit between the lines: plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs

A document uncovered by Greenpeace’s investigative unit (published accidentally by the Initiative for Free Trade) has revealed “a drive to lobby ministers to ditch strict EU safety standards in order to secure a US trade deal is being drawn up by a transatlantic group of conservative thinktanks”. The report according to the… »

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