Economic Violence

02.04.2013

April Fools in the UK, cuts, freezing cold, benefits freeze and no Spring in sight

April Fools in the UK, cuts, freezing cold, benefits freeze and no Spring in sight

Metaphors don’t come more satirical than this. The weather refuses to let Spring arrive, with the coldest Easter in living memory. The Chancellor chose April 1st, aka April’s Fool day, to effect the most draconian cuts to benefits and services yet, and news from the rest of Europe anticipates more… »

09.03.2013

Do we know what we eat?

Do we know what we eat?

Knowing what we eat has become something which is every day more difficult. The recent food scandal where horse meat was detected in beef highlights this clearly. Cannelloni from La Cocinera, burgers from Eroski, ravioli and tortellini from Buitoni, and Ikea meatballs are some of the products that… »

13.02.2013

Elderly Spanish couple commits suicide over debts

Elderly Spanish couple commits suicide over debts

A retired Spanish couple has committed suicide after receiving an order to evict their home on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca due to unpaid debts. Authorities said the 68-year-old man and the 67-year-old woman, who took an overdose of prescription drugs on Tuesday in their home, stated in a suicide… »

02.02.2013

Spain is in the hands of thieves

Spain is in the hands of thieves

No doubt. We are in the hands of thieves. The Barcenas, Pallerols, Crespo, Nóos and Mercurio cases, added to the Gürtel case, Millet, Champion, Pretoria and many others, show that those who have been giving us lessons of austerity have been benefitting: not only the bankers and businessmen but also,… »

02.02.2013

Tomás Hirsch: the meaning of nonviolent action

Tomás Hirsch: the meaning of nonviolent action

On February 1st the Chilean humanist Thomas Hirsch took part in the International Conference for Peace that took place at Munich, called “Non violent ways of regime change.” We publish here the transcript of his words: “The name proposed for this conference is already arguable. Firstly, as a reflection rather… »

25.01.2013

French, Malian Military Restrict Access of Media to Conflict Areas

French, Malian Military Restrict Access of Media to Conflict Areas

“French military and Malian government forces are restricting access to conflict areas for members of the media, making covering the situation a major challenge” By Peter Townson*, 23/01/2013 – As violence continues in Mali, the national and international media are finding it increasingly difficult to provide quality coverage of the situation. The primary… »

16.01.2013

When buying cheap turns out expensive

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 really so cheap?  What is being hidden behind the clothing… »

15.11.2012

General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis

General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis

A general strike is underway across Europe today as millions are protesting spending cuts and tax hikes they say have deepened the region’s economic crisis. Spanish and Portuguese workers are coordinating their strike with work stoppages underway in Greece, Italy, France and Belgium. We go to Madrid for an update… »

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”… »

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… »

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