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Reason online
Cites Susan George

In the latest issue of The New Scientist, Yale University's Gus Speth says he seeks a non-socialist alternative to today's capitalism as a way to put a stop to economic growth. Speth is a contributor to the magazine's special issue detailing "The Folly of Growth." Economic growth is folly because "our economy is killing the planet." Speth outlines his vision of his "non-socialist alternative" in The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (2008).

October 2008
Cites TNI

On 29 October, the European Commission co-hosts the one-day conference "Burma/Myanmar – prospects for the future” in Brussels. European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner has taken the initiative to invite NGOs, advocacy groups, international organisations and think tanks from Burma/Myanmar and from Europe to discuss the present situation in the country and its future outlook.

October 2008
Upside Down World
The aim of a US military base in Peru is not the war on drugs, argues Ricardo Soberon, but control over territory and the containment of the Bolivarian project in South America.

The government of Alan García has initiated Plan VRAE, a military offensive in the South Andean region of Ayacucho, specifically in the Apurímac Ene River Valley (VRAE) with the object of exterminating the surviving militias of the Communist Party of Peru - Shining Path (PCP-SL) and defeating drug trafficking.

October 2008
Russia Profile
Quotes Boris Kagarlitsky

The Left Front, a loose confederation of radical leftist groups which held a founding congress in Moscow last week, took its first major action as an entity on Saturday. The Day of People's Wrath, as the demarche was called, culminated in meetings against corruption, unemployment and unfair housing construction.

October 2008
Al Jazeera
Cites Boris Kagarlitski

Neave Barker in Moscow

Long gone are the days when all things American were greeted as new and exciting in Russia.

When the first MacDonald's opened in 1990 in Red Square, people queued in the cold for hours.

Now, modern Moscow is a western-style consumerist capital infatuated with big cars, expensive clothes and luxury holidays.

In fact, Moscow has more in common with pre-depression New York; a gung-hoe boom town where anything is possible for a price.

Colossal cranes swing ballet-like over building sites.

October 2008
The Star (Malaysia)
Covers AEPF

PRIOR to the meeting of Asian and European leaders in the Chinese capital for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on Oct 24 and 25, more than 500 people from key grassroots, activist networks, and non-governmental organisations from Asia and Europe gathered at a three-day forum themed “For Social and Ecological Justice” here.

Since 1996, the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) has been held every two years, normally before the ASEM, and AEPF participants gather to discuss a range of issues, exchange views and share insights.

For the Seventh Asia-Europe People’s Forum, th

October 2008
Cites Walden Bello

Far-reaching strategic debate is underway about how to respond to the global financial crisis, and indeed how the North's problems can be tied into a broader critique of capitalism.

At minimum, the ongoing chaos offers new ideological space and material justifications for African finance ministries to re-impose exchange controls and re-regulate finance, and to find sources of hard currency not connected to the Bretton Woods Institutions or Western donors.

The 2008 world financial meltdown has its roots in the neoliberal export-model (dominant in Africa sinc

October 2008
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October 2008
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Covers AEPF

BEIJING — As I said last week, although the theme of the 7th Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) is “Social and Ecological Justice,” there was no escaping the current global financial crisis that began in the posh financial enclaves of the world and in the brains of its overpaid architects in expensive suits.

And so even with 33 workshops on different crucial topics, the AEPF Asian and European participants spent night hours outside of the workshops deciphering this financial meltdown.

We called it “Beijing Nights.” Anyway, there was no escaping for a night in town

October 2008

BEIJING—Over 500 participants of Asian and European Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) gathered here on Monday for a three-day forum to discuss issues covering social and ecological justice.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the seventh Asia and Europe People's Forum (AEPF), Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi believed the forum participants would follow the principle of equality and mutual respect, fully exchange views on subjects related to the theme of the meeting, seek common ground while putting aside differences, increase consensus, make constructive contributions and work together

October 2008
Cites Susan George

«Nous devons procéder à une révolution de nos modes de pensée et d´action, une révolution de nos modes de vie. Nous devons le faire maintenant. Demain, il sera trop tard.» Discours de Jacques Chirac, le 9 juin 2008.

A l´occasion de la Journée mondiale de l´alimentation aujourd´hui, les organisations spécialisées insistent sur l´extrême nécessité d´investir massivement dans l´agriculture vivrière. Jacques Diouf, le directeur général de la FAO, annonçait mi-septembre les nouveaux chiffres sur la faim dans le monde.

October 2008
OneWorld US
Covers 32nd Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (OneWorld) - In the midst of applause, tears, and multiple standing ovations, a group of Indian workers trafficked into the United States and a Peruvian human rights organization seeking justice for crimes against humanity were honored here Wednesday evening for their bold actions.

The 32nd annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards saluted the work of the Indian Workers Congress and Peru's Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH).

The honors are presented each October by

October 2008

A new documentary film, 'The End of Poverty?,' that examines the increase in global poverty as the byproduct of free market economics, has struck a nerve with anti-poverty activists and film festivals and is being screened this week at events in over twenty countries from Argentina to Pakistan to the United States as part of a worldwide protest.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2008 -- As the global economic crises deepens, activists worldwide seek to draw attention to the plight of the poor through actions this week to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and

October 2008
The American Conservative
Cites Walden Bello

Getting the American economy back on solid ground will require new financial regulations. Goldman Sachs alums aren’t the men for the job.

As bewildered Americans survey the wreckage of their nation’s once vaunted financial system, they could do worse than reacquaint themselves with one of Wall Street’s oldest and most revealing parables.

The story goes that an out-of-town customer dropped by to talk to his broker and afterwards was ushered around Lower Manhattan’s yacht-filled docks.

“Here is Mr. Morgan’s yacht,” his guide pointed out.

October 2008
Americas Policy Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

More than 800 representatives from organizations throughout the Americas made their way to the northern city of La Esperanza, Honduras to take a strong stand against the militarization of their nations and communities. Following three days of workshops, the participants read their final declaration in front of the gates of the U.S. Army Base at Palmerola, Honduras, just hours from the conference site. The first demand on the list was to close down this and all U.S. military bases in Latin America and the Caribbean.

October 2008
New Scientist No 2678
Cites Susan George as TNI

THE graphs climbing across these pages (see graph in detail, or explore the data) are a stark reminder of the crisis facing our planet. Consumption of resources is rising rapidly, biodiversity is plummeting and just about every measure shows humans affecting Earth on a vast scale. Most of us accept the need for a more sustainable way to live, by reducing carbon emissions, developing renewable technology and increasing energy efficiency.

But are these efforts to save the planet doomed?

October 2008
Media for Freedom
Cites Walden Bello

It is true that the bursting of the housing bubble started the financial crisis that is rocking the world right now. But the bursting of the housing bubble in itself and by itself is not big enough to trigger the kind of financial crash that the world is witnessing right now. Something else is going on which is much bigger and which, increasingly, looks like it could lead to a serious economic recession and, possibly, even to something similar to the Great Depression which, in 1929, started with the collapse of the stock market.

October 2008

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The article was originally published by Studies in Social Justice, Volume 1, Issue 1, Winter 2007.

October 2008
Inter Press Service
Cites Walden Bello

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (IPS) - Beyond the sound and fury at the rallies and violence at recent protests here in Thai capital, a larger, more painful struggle over how to resolve deep divisions in electoral democracy continues -- and may well reshape politics in this South-east Asian country.

For some five months now, Thais have been following the protests staged by the anti-government, conservative group called People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to try to unseat the government led by Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat.

Like his predecessor Samak Sundaravej who ha

October 2008
The Olympian
Cites Phyllis Bennis as TNI

Middle East occupations will be the focus of a three-day Peace Works conference in Olympia this Friday through Sunday.

The theme of the third annual event is "Dual Occupations: Sovereignty and freedom from Iraq to Palestine."

The event is hosted by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, an organization named after a former student at The Evergreen State College who was killed in 2003 while trying to protect Palestinian homes from being bulldozed.

Her parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, formed the foundation to keep their daughter's wor

October 2008