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    Reclaiming Public Water: Participatory Alternatives to Privatisation

    • Brid Brennan, Olivier Hoedeman, Philipp Terhorst, Satoko Kishimoto
    09 October 2004

    The time has now come to refocus the global water debate to the key question:how to improve and expand public water delivery around the world? Important lessons can be learned from people-centred, participatory public models that are in place or under development in cities like Dhaka Bangladesh), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Savelugu (Ghana) and Recife (Brazil), to mention a few.

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    Reclaim the State

    • Hilary Wainwright
    14 June 2005
    Book
    Hilary Wainwright sets out on a quest to find out how people are putting concepts like participatory democracy and economic solidarity into practice locally and taking control over public power
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    Call to the Peoples' Alternative Summit, Enlazando Alternativas 4

    05 February 2010
    Declaration

    Call to all the social networks and organisations, trades unions, political forces and civil society movements to join the Peoples' Alternative Summit in defense of peoples' sovereignty, human rights, participatory democracy, labour rights, the rights of women and indigenous peoples, social justice, the defense of the environment in the face of climate change, and the establishment of peace.

  4. Venezuela's CANTV: What should a 21st century "socialist” telecommunications company look like?

    04 March 2010

    Venezuela's revolution has often been tied to the slogan “Socialism in the 21st Century.” What might that might mean concretely in changes under way in the renationalised state telecommunications company, CANTV?

  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. Kentucky Fried Education: The Market Assault on Reason

    Tariq Ali
    02 June 2010
    Multi-media

    In April 2010, UK Middlesex University decided to close down Philosophy. Ever since, students and staff, and thousands of their supporters, have been battling to save it.

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

    Walden Bello
    21 July 2010
    Article

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

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

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 July 2010
    Article

    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?

  9. Is the water privatisation tide finally turning?

    21 September 2010
    Article

    The EU's announced fund of 40 million Euros to support “non-profit partnerships” of water and sanitation utilities in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific is the latest evidence that the corporate push for water privatisation has been forced on to the back foot.

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    Video: Emerging Powers: Allies or Rivals?

    Boris Kagarlitsky, Dr. Chaohua Wang, Research Scholar in Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    21 January 2011
    Multi-media

    The economic elites are turning to a neoliberal Keynesianism to save the crisis of capitalism, which is doomed to fail because it does not address its root causes.

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

    Claudio Schuftan
    17 March 2011
    In the media
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    Video: Through the Empty Tap - Water Privatisation in Jakarta

    21 March 2011
    Multi-media

    The experience of water privatisation in Jakarta (Indonesia) shows that private investments are not the answer to fulfill the human right to water.

  13. The politics of achieving the Right to Water

    Susan George, aleksej, Mthandeki Nhlapo, Peter Waldorff
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Privatisation offers nothing to the 43 percent of Africans in cities who have no access to water. On World Water Day 2011, experts met in Cape Town to share experiences of successful public-public partnerships for equal public access.

  14. The public debt crisis in Greece

    Marica Frangakis, Nicos Poulantzas Institute, Athens
    07 October 2011
    Article

    Every story needs a narrative, an explanation of why things happened the way they did. In such a narrative lie the answers of how to avoid/correct similar developments in the future and how to propagate positive ones.

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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.

  16. The Fiscal Compact on European Budget Discipline

    Heikki Patomäki
    17 April 2012
    Article

    European political leaders and the institutions of the European Union have reacted to the Euro crisis by creating conditional debt packages, in cooperation with the IMF (International Monetary Fund). Such “aid packages” typically prescribe severe austerity measures, similar to the structural adjustment programmes applied to many troubled developing countries, especially since the 1980s. The results have rarely been a success. 2

     
  17. Web-based course on Alternatives to Privatisation

    08 August 2012
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI), in cooperation with the Municipal Services Project (MSP) and the Latin American Programme for Distance Education in Social Sciences (PLED) is offering a free web-based course on Alternatives to Privatisation: Non-Commercial Public Services Options in the Global South. The course will begin on 8 October 2012 and will comprise a series of eight weekly sessions.

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    The EU Crisis Pocket Guide

    06 November 2012
    Primer

    A useful pocket guide on how a crisis made in Wall Street was made worse by EU policies, how it has enriched the 1% to the detriment of the 99%, and outlining some possible solutions that prioritise people and the environment above corporate profits.

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