We need to build
a civil society voice to rival the corporate lobbies, which are protecting
their lucrative stake in the price speculation commodities market. We have the
choice to make this the decade where world hunger ends.
The number of people in Colombia killed by US
tobacco is way beyond the number of Americans killed by Colombian cocaine… Do
they have a right to come to the United States and carry out chemical warfare
on North Carolina and Kentucky because they have a tobacco problem and it’s
coming from here?
Despite what the Mexican Federal government would have
us believe, especially since taking presidency of the G20 summit, racism
and repression against the indigenous people of Mexico remains strong, in
fact it could be called a way of life.
The vote for Hollande is not so
much a radical desire for change as a possibly illusory desire to go back to
the pre-crisis period. The socialists have meanwhile opened up a new approach to the economy. But 'racism from above' has led the way in this historic fight over what is normal
The livelihoods of the Egyptian people are a political priority. In the 1990s, at the behest of the IMF and the US, neoliberalism exacerbated the gap between the haves and the have-nots by ensuring that the primary benefactors of growth have been wealthy Egyptians.
China's accession into the WTO in 2001 sparked fierce debate as to its consequences for China's development, the impact on (un)employment in economically advanced states, and the effect on the international devision of labor. Ten years later, it is time to take stock.
My friends in teaching jobs in
Afghanistan and Korea or aid organizations in Bangladesh, nearly all returned
to the United States, to ask themselves hard questions about their educational
pursuits or their student loans. Suffering offers infinite growth. But faith is
like a blanket, only large enough to keep so many children warm.
There is still a solid social cushion in France if we compare it to other European countries. But the pressure for work-hour productivity – one of the highest in the world – oppresses generations of digital cognitive workers.
The consensus of the UK's three main political
parties of the need to 'rebalance' the economy fails to acknowledge the
paradoxes of modern systems of production. Aaron Peters examines how the global
processes of mechanisation and outsourcing have together made impotent the
possibility of recovery via 'reindustrialisation'.
Since trucking deregulation
began under President Jimmy Carter, trucking rates are no longer set by the
federal government, but by companies like SSA Marine, who can avoid paying
benefits if their truckers are not classified as employees
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