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    Financial Governance Beyond the Crisis

    • Interview by Sofia T. Jarrin
    10 October 2011
    Paper

    Dr. Pedro Paez talks about the creation of a new financial architecture in Latin America, based on principles of redistribution, environmental sustainability and social cohesion rather than market principles that dominated the old architecture.

  2. Nuclear Phase-Out put to the test

    • Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Rhea Tamara Hoffmann
    08 October 2013
    Policy briefing

    Swedish energy company Vattenfall filed request for arbitration at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), after Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear energy.

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    Austerity Forever

    • Kenneth Haar, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
    10 October 2011
    Policy briefing

    The European Union’s new model of economic governance, including the Euro Pact, is a model of prolonged austerity.

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    Time for Europe to put human rights above commercial advantage

    • Cecilia Olivet, Paulina Novo
    17 March 2011
    Policy briefing

    Free trade or slave trade? How the EU's free trade agreements in Colombia and Peru reward human rights abuses, destroy livelihoods, promote land grabbing and strip governments of their sovereignty to regulate capital flows.

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    Dangerous Weapons

    29 June 2012
    Report

    Across the world, citizens and social movements are mounting strong and effective campaigns to fight the environmental and social abuses of transnational corporations.

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    The World Crisis and Beyond - Building a New Global Solidarity

    04 February 2010
    Report

    Neoliberal market capitalism has dragged the world into a crisis which threatens human civilisation. Climate destruction, resource wars, and the replacement of democracy by an oligarchy face us if we don't act now to reduce the burden we place on our planet and reorganise society on a more egalitarian  basis.

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    Liberalisation Of Trade in Services

    • Erik Wesselius
    18 October 2001
    Paper

    The United Kingdom is home to a particularly influential services industry lobby, which operates through an organisation called International Financial Services, London (IFSL). Two IFSL working groups, the Liberalisation of Trade in Services (LOTIS) Committee and the High-Level LOTIS Group, constitute a veritable corporate-state alliance.

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    The impact of free trade on the financial crisis … and vice versa

    • Myriam vander Stichele
    25 November 2010
    Paper

    Behind the currency wars and the worsening global economic crisis lies a largely unquestioned free trade model that both contributed to the crisis and, without radical reform, is a major obstacle to overcoming it.

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    Converging Crises: Reality, Fear and Hope

    • Susan George
    10 May 2010
    Paper

    The term crisis implies a short lived period of uncertainty - suggesting there is something temporary or anomalous about the current state of the global economy. On the contrary, our global economy, from the financial clouds (or bubbles) to the real roots - where men and women work, live and survive - is suffering from systemic flaws based on an ever expanding void between rich and poor.


     

  10. Video Documentary: Global Crises, Regional Solutions

    Cecilia Olivet
    01 May 2012
    Multi-media

    Activists from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe argue that regional integration is the only viable response to the convergence of economic, climate, food and energy crises.

  11. What is the role of WTO services rules in the context of the current financial crisis?

    Myriam vander Stichele, Sergio Marchi
    24 November 2009
    Multi-media

    The WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (the "GATS")  has very much underpinned expansion without regulation and supervision, so the financial corporations had the guarantee that their expansion would be underpinned. But financial services are not the same as other services – they need special supervisory structures.

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    Video: What is wrong with Bilateral Investment Treaties?

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    24 August 2012
    Multi-media

    Who benefits from BITS, and who pays the price?

     
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    Video: Olivier Hoedeman: Going to the heart of the European Crisis

    11 May 2012
    Multi-media

    Only if we tackle corporate power at the heart of the EU, do we have a chance to stop Austerity Europe.

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    The Lisbon Treaty: Workshop with Susan George at Enlazando Alternativas, 2010

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
    Multi-media

    Despite repeated democratic rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission pushed ahead with it via the EU Constitution via a private, technocratic and non-democratic process. Susan discussed the treaty and its implications in a workshop at the EA4 summit in Madrid, 15 May 2010.

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    Putting people before profits: opening speech for EA4

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
    Multi-media

    "The banks are ours!" Public money was used to bail out the banks, and now they are lending back to the public at interest, while governments ignore the social and environmental crises that confront society. It is time to demand real solutions that will work not only for the sake of the economy but for the lives and conditions of people on whom it depends.

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    Debate on France Inter radio: Susan George on the crisis and financial regulation

    Susan George
    25 May 2010
    Multi-media

    Susan George appeared on the major French radio network France Inter to debate the financial crisis and regulation. Her most recent book "Their Crises, Our Solutions" has been published in French ("Leurs Crises, Nos Solutions"); the English version is due to be published in September.

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    Beware the Invisible Hand

    Penney Kome
    01 November 2007
    In the media

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's October 30 "economic statement" evoked a hoary old spirit that haunts Canadian politics at every level: the Invisible Hand of laissez-faire capitalism.

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    The limits of Chinese expansionism

    Shawn W. Crispin
    29 December 2010
    In the media

    China's fast growing capital expansion within South East Asia is raising concerns about landgrabs and exploitative practices, especially as it is often aligned with support for authoritarian regimes such as Burma.

     
  19. Book Review of “Whose Crisis, Whose Future?” by Susan George

    Claudio Schuftan
    17 March 2011
    In the media
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    In praise of Susan George

    Edwin Madunagu
    13 November 2008
    In the media

    In a recent editorial comment, The Economist issued a solemn call to all believers in global capitalism not to despair, not to panick, and to do nothing that could endanger the capitalist system (October 18-24, 2008). The magazine invoked the words and spirit of its founder, the Scottish businessman, James Wilson, who, about 165 years ago, gave the paper the philosophy of "economic liberty".

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