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This week's editor
Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.
Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.
No to TTIP
Fundamental to sustainable and just globalisation, questions of economics, finance and trade are too serious for rhetoric. OpenDemocracy debates and articles get to the heart of the most difficult questions.
Oil-fuelled growth with child prostitution in Timor-Leste.
The degrading conditions of young women in Bangladesh's textile industry are shocking evidence of the need to force international corporations to observe human, workers' and women's rights. Anita Roddick calls for a new campaign that starts with insisting on maternity leave for those who make the world's clothes.
(This article was first published on 8 April 2004)
The global financial crisis exposes the failure of the economic model that rules the world. Ann Pettifor saw it coming.
The global financial panic triggered by uncertainties in the United States home-loans market is much more than an institutional wobble, says Tony Curzon Price: it is a system-crisis that requires a radical solution.
Biofuel production could offer Brasilia and Washington a source of partnership rather than of conflict, says Rodrigo de Almeida.
The World Bank economist talks to openDemocracy about globalisation, inequality and labour mobility.
Affordable drugs are crucial for fighting AIDS in developing countries, but the United States puts their availability at risk through its harsh trade agreements. Will Thailand stop the US in its tracks, and help protect access to life-saving treatments for citizens worldwide?
The effect of the London bombs was to aid the powerful and damage the weak. Campaigners for global justice must not be deflected, says Ann Pettifor.
The pundits who embrace or reject globalisation too often live in an eternal present and ignore the lessons of the phenomenons deep past, says Alex MacGillivray.
Brazil's growing trade power requires tricky new skills of the country's leaders. After hearing foreign minister Celso Amorim speak in London, Alex MacGillivray examines the challenges facing Brazil's trade diplomacy.
The world's leading trade powers are seeking to carve out a new deal on globalisation. Tom Burgis suspects the rich world is hoping to have its cake and eat it.
The ultra-competitive world of trade negotiations sees multiple alliances battling for preference and interest. Alex MacGillivray maps the maze, and reports on a new responsibility-based approach evolving behind the scenes in Hong Kong.
As another global trade summit ends in a raw deal for the poor, Tom Burgis reports from Hong Kong on the changing dynamics between protest and power.
The pessimism surrounding the World Trade Organisation meeting in Hong Kong contrasts with the feelgood outcome of the Montreal climate-change summit. But Ehsan Masood argues that even a flawed WTO compares favourably with other United Nations institutions in giving the poorest nations voice and influence.
As thousands of ministers, trade mandarins and protesters gather for this weeks crunch World Trade Organisation ministerial, Tom Burgis reports from Hong Kong, where the stakes could not be higher.
Their world turned upside down in the great Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Six months on, the fishing communities of southeast India struggle to rebuild their lives. Kirsty Hughes reports from a forgotten frontline of reconstruction.
A proclaimed "year of Africa" is deaf to the ways that the most global of 21st-century citizens Africans living in the rich north are reinventing their home countries' economies, says David Styan.
Global security is about inequality, injustice and livelihood and trade connects all these issues, says Britains international development secretary. The cycle of international trade talks, which reach a critical point at the end of July 2004, is a key element in the progress towards a fairer world.
Oxfams Amy Barry attended the eleventh United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD) in June 2004. Her daily dispatches to openDemocracy, now gathered here in compendium format, trace the personal experience of one participant in a summit whose global impacts on the lives of millions are unseen but real.
A report by respected American Political Science Association scholars argues that social inequality is damaging American democracy. Godfrey Hodgson sees political implications in the United States election year.
How can the lives and conditions of women garment workers in Bangladesh be improved? Naila Kabeer questions whether the workers themselves benefit from the campaigning approach of Anita Roddick and the National Labor Committee.
Anita Roddick recently visited Bangladesh with the New York-based National Labor Committee to investigate the conditions of women garment workers there, and wrote about her trip on openDemocracy. The economist Farida Khan offered a different interpretation of Bangladeshi experience. Now, the National Labor Committee sends this response to Farida Khan.
Unequal power relationships in the world economic system mean that hungry Africans often have no choice but to eat genetically-modified food. Patrick Mulvany argues that food aid policies can be driven by the commercial policies interests of rich nations rather than the interests of the most vulnerable people.
The ready-made garment industry is the backbone of economic growth in Bangladesh and an important factor for future development, argues Farida Khan in this reply to human rights campaigner Anita Roddick.
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