It's not for lack of alternatives that the Left has struggled to harness the opportunity for change offered by the global financial crisis - but for failing to translate this into a political programme that connects with the everyday struggles of people suffering under neoliberalism.
The first anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse and last week’s meeting of the G20 countries have provoked numerous reflections on the causes and possible solutions to the current financial and economic mess. The problem is that the majority of these deal with cosmetic rather than the profound changes needed to get the global economy back on track.
The Mexican president was reassured of President Obama's sympathy regarding drug-related gun crime and harsh Arizona anti-immigration laws, but neither gave much attention to the plight of Mexican workers still suffering the economic violence of NAFTA and human rights abuses of the Mexican state.
Over 1,000 women and men, representing people’s organisations and citizens from Asia and Europe joined together at the 9th Asia Europe People’s Forum under the title “People’s Solidarity against Poverty and for Sustainable Development: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States of Citizens for
Obama has not just backpedaled from his campaign commitments to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He has ended up expanding the accord which will remove even more checks and balances on the exchange of capital, services, and goods.