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    Beyond the casino state

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 March 2010
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    Still in thrall to neoliberal nostrums, British politicians compete to dismantle the state as a provider of services, leaving its function as primarily a prop to private capital.

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    Russian liberals in their theatre of the absurd

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    11 May 2010
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    Recently invited to an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Boris Kagarlitsky laments the disillusionment of Russian liberals, who think “real capitalism” doesn’t produce crises, while as the crisis deepens, critical voices draw increasing attention among audiences in the West.

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    Is Corruption the Cause? The Poverty Trap

    Walden Bello
    11 May 2010
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    The “corruption-causes-poverty” narrative has become a standard tool in the hegemonic discourse kit for leaders in some developing countries - where in fact, Waldon Bello argues, it is neoliberal economic policies that are really to blame for poverty. Thailand’s “Red Shirts” are not, however, being distracted by the “corruption” line the World Bank and IMF are pushing, choosing instead to keep their eyes on the prize - the real answer to poverty - replacing neoliberalism with pro-people economic policies.

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    Programme of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, May 2010

    13 May 2010
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    Programme and background to Peoples' Tribunal on "Neoliberal Policies and European Transnational Corporations (TNCs) in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

  5. UK election: No political parties offered "big ideas to match the depth of crises”

    Hilary Wainwright
    14 May 2010

    What we saw in the UK election campaign and the recent coalition deal is the level of opportunism amongst the political parties, and the real absence of politics and ideas on how to deal with major crises in the economy, over climate change and of our political institutions.

  6. «Mettre les marchés sous tutelle»

    Susan George
    22 May 2010

    La Banque centrale européenne doit accepter de prêter à bas taux aux États plutôt que d’avoir recours au FMI.

  7. The battle for Thailand

    Walden Bello
    29 May 2010
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    Behind the deaths, military repression and violence that has flared up on the streets of Bangkok lies another story of a country following the dictates of the IMF and the markets, which increased inequalities and unemployment for many Thais and created the resentment that will continue to fuel conflict in Thailand.

  8. Creating a Nation of Poor, Sick and Ignorant

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    15 June 2010
    Article

    A new bill has been passed in Russia that will extensively roll back Government funding of education, the arts and social services - by introducing per capita financing - that will punish smaller towns and downgrade quality in the larger ones.

  9. 'Save Us From These Bankers, Fast'

    David Cronin
    19 July 2010
    Article

    Besieged by bankers opposed to regulation of their sector, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have taken an unusual step

  10. G20's Central Role? As a Lightning Rod

    Walden Bello
    21 July 2010
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    The G20 is going to be around for some time. But it will probably be as ineffective as the G8 in stabilizing global capitalism.

  11. Social efficiency: reforming public services in 21st Century

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 July 2010
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    The ideological reasoning behind UK government policies is that the market is the only way to make public services 'efficient'. Isn't it time we talked about social efficiency, maximising public benefit rather than maximising profit?

  12. Insisting on an alternative: meeting the challenge of the cuts

    aleksej
    06 August 2010
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    The logic of "the market" masks a modern form of despotism where the self-interests of financial elites are dressed up as the "public good."

  13. Millennium Development Goals for the Rich?

    David Sogge
    21 September 2010
    Article

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are today’s global foreign aid agenda. Yet if we look at who's aiding whom, the world's pro-rich global agenda is rather more obvious.

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    'The crisis' and the crisis of global capitalism

    23 September 2010
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    "The financial crisis" is one facet of the systemic and converging crises of capitalism - a predictable symptom of oligopolistic late capitalism; but what main challenges lie ahead for the Left in South Africa?

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    Practical and tactical challenges, and strategic perspectives for African engagement with China

    Dot Keet
    23 September 2010
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    There are many important factors to consider when speaking broadly of China's role in Africa, and one should avoid falling into the trap of simplistic comparisons with historic African-European relations.

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    The WTO Doha round and EPAs in an era of crisis

    23 September 2010
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    The language contained in agreements being negotiated by the EU through the WTO with their southern counterparts often deliberately diguises real political goals, obscuring the negative economic implications for those countries of the neoliberal agenda.

  17. Corporate capture at the heart of Europe

    Olivier Hoedeman
    06 October 2010
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    The Irish government announcement of a €34 billion Euro bailout, two years after the financial crisis first broke, is a reminder that little has been done to prevent it happening again just as the social costs are becoming ever more evident.

  18. When world recession knocks at the door it's time to change

    Marcos Arruda
    13 October 2010
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    Since economic growth dependent on fossil fuels cannot persist, we must challenge the financial market ideology which continues to take precedence over human well being and the evironment.

  19. This is no model for development: the "Neoliberal Games" in India

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    The flawed neoliberal notion behind India's hosting of the Commonwealth Games, that 'development' starts with attracting foreign capital investment - has brought only corruption and the destruction of communities to Dehli.

  20. Poor recovery, high costs

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    The Great Recession shows no clear signs of ending, but conservative solutions to it have already wrought great long-term social damage.

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