Economic Violence

15.05.2013

Some US multinationals resist agreement to make Bangladeshi manufacturing industry safer

Some US multinationals resist agreement to make Bangladeshi manufacturing industry safer

Further to the Pressenza report on Mohammed Yunus call to the West to help make the clothes industry safer after nearly 1200 died in the collapse of a factory building, an international agreement has been signed by several companies to ensure fire regulations, health and safety monitoring, better salaries… »

02.05.2013

(Some) Tax Havens to open their books, but…

(Some) Tax Havens to open their books, but…

A number of British overseas territories that function as Tax Havens have agreed to a higher level of transparency opening their books to the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. “In a statement, the [UK] Treasury said that Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos… »

29.04.2013

Disobeying to transform the world: A conversation with Enric Durán

Disobeying to transform the world: A conversation with Enric Durán

By Marta Molina April 29, 2013 To commit an act of civil disobedience requires one to let go of their fear, understand their enemy and their enemy’s power. It must be rooted in good strategy and be supported by an organized group. But most importantly, the action must help to… »

26.04.2013

Corruption in the so-called developed world. A few UK examples

Corruption in the so-called developed world. A few UK examples

Corruption is a problem in developing countries because poverty creates unbearable living conditions and early death. Money, for many, is survival and the moral problem of stealing (corruption being one form) may fade into the background. Corruption in the developed world has a different face. It is not a matter… »

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… »

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