Globalisation

Globalisation of Capitalist Crises

Globalisation of Capitalist Crises

The post pandemic economic recovery looks uncertain and the economic growth projections look gloomy in every stretch of policy paradigm within capitalist imaginations. The strong and existing multilateral cooperation within the Westphalian international system is falling apart and facing its existential threats due to its entrenched Eurocentric bias, democratic deficits and institutional dominance by the erstwhile colonial powers. The world[Read More…]

by July 29, 2020 Globalisation
Trucks at Chuquicamata, the world’s biggest open pit copper mine in Calama, ChilePhoto by Martchan/Shutterstock.com

Financialization of Copper Mining in Chile

As Chile gets convulsed by the aggravating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the structural brutality of copper mining is being starkly outlined. At Codelco or the National Copper Corporation of Chile, approximately 3,000 workers have been infected with Coronavirus and El Teniente and Chuquicamata are the hardest hit regions with 1,044 and 636 cases, respectively. In June itself, unionized workers had reported the suspect[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 Globalisation
Netflix, Chattichoru and Chumpak……

Netflix, Chattichoru and Chumpak……

Late capitalism is all about cultural metamorphosis. The intriguing share of pie is the choices of adaptation, resuscitation or both in a 3rd world economy. The cultural envisage of neo liberalism has fleshy credits on the consumer patterns of the global south. Not being the birthplace of a good amount of these ideas, the cultural schizophrenia trapped in dual time[Read More…]

by July 19, 2020 Globalisation
Neoliberal Psychological Romanticism: From The Primal Scream To The Collective Unconscious – Part II

Neoliberal Psychological Romanticism: From The Primal Scream To The Collective Unconscious – Part II

Orientation In Part I of this article, I begin by grounding neoliberal psychology in the political and economic reality of neoliberalism between 1970 to 2020. First, we discussed the historical origins of neoliberalism, and then its economic exploitation, mystification and ideological use to control people. I briefly discussed the realities of the practice of neoliberal economic policies which has resulted in cannibalization of the[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 Globalisation
Neoliberal Psychological Realism: From Barbie Dolls To Hook-Up Sex

Neoliberal Psychological Realism: From Barbie Dolls To Hook-Up Sex

Orientation In this two-part article, I trace facets of neoliberal psychology over a 50 years period, from 1970 to present. The first facet of neoliberal psychology is the “realist” phase in which capitalists strip the individual of as many of our social, qualitative (as opposed to quantitative) relations as well as our historical and cross-cultural identities so that everything can[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 Globalisation
The Coffee Crisis In Colombia

The Coffee Crisis In Colombia

With the unabated march of the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic situation of Colombian coffee farmers is rapidly deteriorating. The price of Arabica coffee has reduced to an exceptionally low $0.9 per pound in June.  Earlier, coffee production had fallen by 28% in April, 12% in March, 9% in February and 19% in January.  Specialty coffee farmers too are experiencing difficulties in the form of shortage of experienced coffee pickers. In specialty coffee,[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020 Globalisation
The Rhetoric of Democracy-building in Ukraine. NATO and the Militarization of Eastern Europe

The Rhetoric of Democracy-building in Ukraine. NATO and the Militarization of Eastern Europe

Part I:“Linking People to Reforms” Buying Freedom on the Free Market Obscured by the mythology of pursuing economic and political autonomy, Ukraine plays the latest role in a long, unfolding process of western corporate, political and military interests establishing the “territorial integrity” not of independent Eastern European states, but of “NATO’s border” under the monolithic control of the United States. Ukraine[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 Globalisation
Covid-19 Pandemic: A Setback for Globalization and  the Rejuvenation of Political Realism?

Covid-19 Pandemic: A Setback for Globalization and  the Rejuvenation of Political Realism?

The modern nation-state system came into existence after the Treaty of Westphalia was signed in the year 1648. It shaped and influenced the formation of nation-states in the world for the next few centuries. Territoriality and sovereignty have been the two outstanding features of the nation-state system. The idea of Territoriality has been understood as human beings being organized into[Read More…]

by June 22, 2020 Globalisation
From Toxic Food to Agrarian Disaster: Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap

From Toxic Food to Agrarian Disaster: Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap

During the early days of the coronavirus lockdowns, in some quarters there was a certain degree of optimism around. Although millions of people were suffering, the hope was that the Covid-19 crisis would shine light on societal and economic systems across the world, exposing some of the deep-rooted flaws of capitalism. There was a belief that people working together with their respective[Read More…]

by June 18, 2020 Globalisation
Nestlé May Sell Its Bottled Water Brand In The US And Canada – What Is Behind This Maneuver?

Nestlé May Sell Its Bottled Water Brand In The US And Canada – What Is Behind This Maneuver?

Last week several articles were published in the Swiss, Canadian and US press informing that Nestlé S.A. was considering to sell all its bottled water brands in the US and Canada.  As written in this article : https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nestle-sharpens-water-focus-on-international-premium-mineral-and-functional-brands-while-exploring-strategic-options-for-parts-of-north-american-business-301074652.html “Nestlé S.A.’s Board of Directors today approved a new strategic direction for its Water business. The company will sharpen its focus on[Read More…]

by June 16, 2020 Globalisation
End of economic globalisation, rise of surveillance capitalism And the search for alternatives

End of economic globalisation, rise of surveillance capitalism And the search for alternatives

The colonial and imperialist militaries, political and economic systems are defeated by the mutilating powers of the pestilence. The COVID-19 virus is controlling our so-called modern lifestyles and quarantining ourselves within walls of our rooms to reflect and reimagine.  The ‘end of history’, ‘clash of civilisations’ and ‘there is no alternative’ were three rotten ideological theses advanced to established market[Read More…]

by April 18, 2020 Globalisation
The WEF is at it Again – Celebrating 50th Anniversary

The WEF is at it Again – Celebrating 50th Anniversary

Friends, this year the WEF is celebrating its 50th Anniversaries. Forty-nine (49) of the insanely pompous – and every year more – WEF events took place in Davos, Switzerland. Just one, in 2002, after 9/11, was moved to New York City, paradoxically for ‘security reasons’ they said – the logic of such a move was as ludicrous as the WEF[Read More…]

by January 22, 2020 Globalisation
 Fearing Kantian Globalization, Democracy, and Migration

 Fearing Kantian Globalization, Democracy, and Migration

Globalization, Democracy, and Migration are themes which continually ignite both scholarly and non-scholarly debate. Not so surprisingly, none of this is new. In his own inimitable way, the German Enlightenment philosopher, Immanuel Kant, touched upon all these current hot topics and more. Kant’s political writings have only relatively recently been appreciated by the likes of political philosophers in the Anglo[Read More…]

by December 19, 2019 Globalisation
India Exits the RCEP: What Happens Next?

India Exits the RCEP: What Happens Next?

On November 4, India announced its decision to exit the negotiations on the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – a mega-regional free trade agreement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed the decision at the third RCEP Summit that took place in Bangkok. The summit was attended by the leaders of all 16 RCEP Participating Countries (RPCs). The full text of[Read More…]

by November 18, 2019 Globalisation, India
RCEP: Leave Man Ki Baat, Could You Please Listen to This

RCEP: Leave Man Ki Baat, Could You Please Listen to This

There is a saying ‘Vyaparam droha chintanam’. I don’t know whether it is a saying or something that was brought into being by common people coming face to face with trade. After globalisation, trade has been prancing around as betrayal. Now intellect and commerce have come together and that is being seen as knowledge. These two together are weaving a[Read More…]

by October 31, 2019 Globalisation
Gandhian Model of Economy And Industry And The Post Globalisation Scenario

Gandhian Model of Economy And Industry And The Post Globalisation Scenario

On 20th August, 2019 Indian Express e-paper carried an unusual advertisement by the Northern India Textiles Mills Association about Indian Spinning Industry facing a huge crisis. The spinning mills are incurring huge loses, they are not in a position to buy Indian cotton, livelihood of 10 crores people, directly or indirectly, dependent on textile industry and a larger number of[Read More…]

by August 29, 2019 Globalisation
Argentina – Is the IMF Intervention helped by HAARP?

Argentina – Is the IMF Intervention helped by HAARP?

HAARP – the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program – was initiated as an ionospheric research program, established in 1993 in Gakona, Alaska and operated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. It was and is funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its alleged purpose[Read More…]

by January 26, 2019 Globalisation
An Historic Opportunity to Transform Trade When We Stop Nafta II

An Historic Opportunity to Transform Trade When We Stop Nafta II

Donald Trump was right when he said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a disaster for the United States and promised to renegotiate it when he became president. However, the renegotiated NAFTA-2 is worse than the original NAFTA and should be rejected. On December 1, NAFTA-2 was signed by President Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of[Read More…]

by December 12, 2018 Globalisation
Arriving at Davos. (Reuters/Ruben Sprich)

The psychosocial dimension of power: An emotional analysis of the Davos elite’s discourse on globalization

Understanding for intervening Constructivist and psychoanalytic oriented social research provides evidence that human behaviour is driven by the shared meanings of the subjective social experience (Blumer 1969, Mead 1934, Berger and Luckmann 1966, Moscovici 1961, Matte Blanco 1975, Carli 1993). This perspective can be used to understand the cultural drivers underlying the elite’s political and economic action. The understanding of[Read More…]

by November 9, 2018 Globalisation
Feminists Denounce the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Traditional Balinese Ritual

Feminists Denounce the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Traditional Balinese Ritual

Bali, Indonesia: At sunset yesterday, over 50 women’s groups, grassroots communities, farmers and workers groups from across Asia gathered at the Padang Galak Beach in Bali, Indonesia to denounce the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a sacred Balinese ritual named Tolak Bala. During the ritual, women from the communities impacted by World Bank-funded projects and IMF policies warded[Read More…]

by October 14, 2018 Globalisation
IMF – WB – WTO – Scaremongering Threats on De-Globalization and Tariffs – The Return to Sovereign Nations

IMF – WB – WTO – Scaremongering Threats on De-Globalization and Tariffs – The Return to Sovereign Nations

As key representatives of the three chief villains of international finance and trade, the IMF, World Bank (WB) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) met on the lush resort island of Bali, Indonesia, they warned the world of dire consequences in terms of reduced international investments and decline of economic growth as a result of the ever-widening trade wars initiated[Read More…]

by October 14, 2018 Globalisation
Walmart’s backdoor entry

Walmart’s backdoor entry

US retail giant Walmart bought 77 per cent stake in Indian online website Flipkart in a $16 billion deal. India does not allow retail monoplies like Walmart to enter Indian market. Walmart’s acquisition of Flikart is seen as a back door entry which may put thousands of small vendors out of business. Angela Ferrao is an independent editorial cartoonist. https://www.facebook.com/Ferraodesigns

by July 16, 2018 Globalisation
Samir Amin

Wendy Brown has used many words but Samir Amin Makes the Important Point

In an interview recently, and in several published papers before (1), Wendy Brown, the American political theorist, said she blames neoliberalism for the destruction of liberal democratic institutions and practices across the world including America. It seems surprising to me that an educated person like her should claim by implication that there were functioning liberal democratic institutions in the USA[Read More…]

by July 5, 2018 Globalisation
Incompatibility of Capitalism and Life

Incompatibility of Capitalism and Life

  “Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?” – Al Bartlett Al Bartlett is no longer with us but his wisdom persists. This quotation comes at a[Read More…]

by May 26, 2018 Globalisation
KOLWEZI, DRC- JULY 7: The sun sets on one of the open pit copper mines at Mutanda Mining Sarl, owned (69%) by Glencore. The mine is mainly producing copper but also some cobalt. The mine employs about 3,500 people and its located in Luabala Province in Southern DRC. A truck carries a load of ore to the processing plant. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson for FORTUNE Magazine)

Swiss Mining Corporations in Flagrant Violation of Human Rights – Swiss Government Complicit

Peru, Espinar (Cusco Province), 4 April 2018 – Violent attacks have been carried out by the copper mining giant Glencore’s security forces and Glencore-contracted national police on defenseless women and even children, on the poorest of the poor segment of Peru’s population. Glencore, is a Swiss registered Anglo-Swiss mining corporation, exploiting mineral resources in developing countries around the globe, where[Read More…]

by April 9, 2018 Globalisation
Trump’s Trade War – or De-Globalization?

Trump’s Trade War – or De-Globalization?

President Trump’s bold ‘protectionist’ move of introducing import duties of 25% and 10%for steel and aluminum, respectively– and possibly more to come – maybe more than just ‘populism’ and fulfilling a campaign promise. And why is the term ‘populism’ always used with a derogative slant? As if it was way below the intellect of those who deride it as addressing[Read More…]

by March 13, 2018 Globalisation
Globalization’s Deadly Footprint

Globalization’s Deadly Footprint

That pollution is bad for our health will come as a surprise to no one. That pollution kills at least 9 million people every year might. This is 16 percent of all deaths worldwide – 3 times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and 15 times more than all wars and other forms of violence. Air pollution alone is[Read More…]

by February 24, 2018 Counter Solutions, Globalisation
From Degrowth To De-Globalization

From Degrowth To De-Globalization

The rise of far-right globalization criticism requires a new role for the Degrowth movement. ‘Progressive De-Globalization‘ could be the counter-project that is urgently needed. After the German and Austrian elections, it becomes clear once more that the rise of the new far-right is not a temporary phenomenon. Neither the difficult Brexit negotiations nor the missteps of Donald Trump are stopping[Read More…]

by January 27, 2018 Globalisation
New Delhi: Farmers display fruits and vegetables at the Kisan Mukti Sansad, organised to highlight the farmers' issues, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav  (PTI11_20_2017_000103B)

Global Capitalism And Livelihoods Denied: Whipping India’s Farmers Into Submission

In India, there is a push to drive people from the countryside into cities. The mainstream narrative implies that urbanisation is natural in the evolution of societies and constitutes progress. The World Bank wants India to relocate 400 million people to urban centres. Former Chief Finance Minister P. Chidambaram once stated that 85% of the population would eventually live in[Read More…]

by January 23, 2018 Globalisation, India
Corporate Monopolies Will Accelerate The Globalisation Of Bad Food, Poor Health And Environmental Catastrophe

Corporate Monopolies Will Accelerate The Globalisation Of Bad Food, Poor Health And Environmental Catastrophe

Co-Written By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter If the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger goes through, the new company would control more than 25 per cent of the global supply of commercial seeds and pesticides. Monsanto held a 26% market share of all seeds sold in 2011. Bayer sells 17% of the world’s total agrochemicals and also has a seeds sector. If competition authorities pass the[Read More…]

Protesters holding posters of Khalida Jarrar and Ahed Tamimi to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on 1 January in Gaza City. Ashraf Amra APA images

Teenager Ahed Tamimi Could Face Years In Israeli Prison

The Israeli military filed 12 charges on Monday against Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi. The 16-year-old, who was filmed in an encounter with soldiers in her home village of Nabi Saleh last month, could remain in Israeli prisons for years if convicted on charges including throwing stones, incitement and assaulting and threatening a soldier. Israel’s military tribunals are notorious for their near-100 percent conviction rate against[Read More…]

by January 4, 2018 Globalisation, Palestine
Globalisation, Commodification, Demonetisation, Structural Adjustment, And All That

Globalisation, Commodification, Demonetisation, Structural Adjustment, And All That

Now you’re safe, globaliser, to count
your gilt-edged dividends
while the real work is done
by us, digging in the ground
mining the common metal.

by December 15, 2017 Arts/Literature, Globalisation
Understanding Secessionism In The Era Of Globalization — An Eco-Socialist View

Understanding Secessionism In The Era Of Globalization — An Eco-Socialist View

In September 2014, I had occasion to write an article entitled Unity or Separation? – Did the Scots Decide Sensibly?1 In that year, the provincial government of Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP), and a large part of the Scottish people, who wanted to secede from the United Kingdom, held a referendum on the question. A majority voted No. The secessionists were[Read More…]

by November 17, 2017 Globalisation
Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep As Canada Wakes Up

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep As Canada Wakes Up

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australia’s trade minister, was such an occasion. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies[Read More…]

by November 13, 2017 Globalisation
From Neoliberal Injustice To Economic Democracy

From Neoliberal Injustice To Economic Democracy

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The work to transform society involves two parallel paths: resisting harmful systems and institutions and creating new systems and institutions to replace them. Our focus in this article is on positive work that people are doing to change current systems in ways that reduce the wealth divide, meet basic needs, ensure sustainability, create economic and racial justice[Read More…]

by November 6, 2017 Globalisation
NAFTA Talks Falter, Time To Increase Pressure

NAFTA Talks Falter, Time To Increase Pressure

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The NAFTA-2 negotiations seem to be faltering after the fourth round of talks recently held in the United States. The Trump administration is pushing Mexico and Canada aggressively to include provisions from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in order to renegotiate NAFTA in a way that benefits US corporations. Mexico and the US[Read More…]

by October 19, 2017 Globalisation
RCEP In India: A Creamy Deal For Transnational Dairy Corporations, Growing Resistance From Farmers

RCEP In India: A Creamy Deal For Transnational Dairy Corporations, Growing Resistance From Farmers

India is being cornered to open up its markets at the ongoing negotiations of the Regional Com-prehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).A free trade agreement between 16 Asian countries, including massive manufacturers like China, RCEP will bring down import duties to zero on goods, both agricultural and industrial, for more than 92 per cent of tariff lines. Being the world’s largest trade agreement, it will impact half of the world’s population including 420 million small family farms that produce 80 per cent of Asia’s food.

by October 3, 2017 Globalisation
Out-Of-Control Yimby Development On Canada’s Shores

Out-Of-Control Yimby Development On Canada’s Shores

The density/no density debate on Canada’s northern shores, in every one of its urban settings, like what is going on everywhere else in the world, continues to fuel the never-ending hostilities between the Nimbys and the Yimbys. The NIMBYS and the YIMBYS, one could argue, are the two basic human personality-types that exist in the world; both of whom are[Read More…]

by September 16, 2017 Globalisation
“Capitalism Is Literally Killing Life On the Planet”: Dr. Kim Scipes

“Capitalism Is Literally Killing Life On the Planet”: Dr. Kim Scipes

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization is a manifesto for the unification of the labor union movement around the world. In your opinion, is this idea a requirement in the resistance to the ultra liberal offensive? Is the idea of a global labor union front feasible?  Dr. Kim Scipes: I think we have to be careful about the[Read More…]

by September 14, 2017 Globalisation
No #NAFTA2, Yes To Trade For People & Planet

No #NAFTA2, Yes To Trade For People & Planet

The Trump administration is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico in secret, just as President Obama did with the TPP. Over the past two decades, NAFTA has resulted in workers losing their jobs and being replaced by machinery, ruined family farms throughout the continent, displaced communities and privatized social services, environmental disasters like the BP oil[Read More…]

by September 12, 2017 Globalisation
Cultural Imperialism And The Seeds of Catastrophe: Ripping Up The Social Fabric of India 

Cultural Imperialism And The Seeds of Catastrophe: Ripping Up The Social Fabric of India 

Foreign capital is dictating the prevailing development agenda in India. The aim is to replace current structures with a system of industrial agriculture suited to the needs of Western agribusiness, food processing and retail concerns (see this). The plan is for a fraction of the population left in farming working on contracts for large suppliers and large chain supermarkets offering a diet[Read More…]

by September 11, 2017 Globalisation
What America’s Aristocracy Want

What America’s Aristocracy Want

  The American aristocracy want inequality of rights, with two basic polar-opposite classes: the ‘elite’, with themselves at the top of everything, and everybody else below them, as subjects to be ruled by them, in such ways as they (themselves, and their fellow ‘elite’) can agree to do. They are convinced that they have earned their high status, in one[Read More…]

by September 11, 2017 Globalisation
Is Global Development Agenda Rooted In Local Realities?

Is Global Development Agenda Rooted In Local Realities?

(CNS): Global processes for development should be rooted in and informed by the grassroots movements. But is there a gap or disconnection? Can we do better to ensure that development discourses at all levels are plugged in affected communities on the frontlines? Governments often fail to, meaningfully and centrally, engage the people on the ground, in processes around global agendas[Read More…]

by September 4, 2017 Globalisation
Private Public Partnership And Sustainable Development: In Harmony or In Conflict With Each Other?

Private Public Partnership And Sustainable Development: In Harmony or In Conflict With Each Other?

Are public private partnerships helpful or harmful to increase progress on sustainable development? CNS spoke with Gerifel Cerillo, the coordinator of ‘Tanggol Bayi’ – an association of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Philippines on this issue. Gerifel will also be a key participant at the forthcoming 3rd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF 2017), to be held in Chiang[Read More…]

by August 29, 2017 Globalisation
Increasing Profits In Any Way Imaginable!

Increasing Profits In Any Way Imaginable!

  Republicans believe that Corporations are people too !!! So either make sure they pay … [Who does he mean … like himself? – S. D.] In many affairs, the bottom line involves boosting profits regardless of the methods used to achieve this aim. The reason is that unbridled greed can express itself with no limits in sight. Indeed, certain[Read More…]

by August 23, 2017 Globalisation
 Globalization’s Blowback

 Globalization’s Blowback

Alex Jensen  questions the assumption that countries like China and India are in fact the “worst offenders” in terms of contributing to global air pollution and other environmental ills. He concludes that the blame should instead be placed where it belongs – with transnational corporations and their highly-profitable global trade networks.  A recent study of air pollution in the western[Read More…]

by August 10, 2017 Globalisation
Global Day Of Action Against VEDANTA At Their AGM

Global Day Of Action Against VEDANTA At Their AGM

Protests to be held by communities affected by British miner Vedanta Resources in India and Africa. Activist shareholders to again disrupt London AGM on 14th August. Vedanta battles international arbitration and UK compensation case over Zambian pollution. Loud and theatrical protests will again be held outside the AGM of British mining company Vedanta Resources'(1) AGM at the Lincoln Centre, Lincoln[Read More…]

by August 9, 2017 Globalisation
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Neoliberalism And The Chicanery Of Victim-Blaming

It is an indisputable fact that the British colonizers built roads and railways in India, they established missionary schools, colleges and universities, they enforced English common law and the goal of exploiting the natural resources and the four hundred million strong Indian manpower at the time of independence in 1947, and trading raw materials for pennies and exporting finished goods[Read More…]

by July 24, 2017 Globalisation
Trading Away Health And Access To Affordable Medicines – RCEP

Trading Away Health And Access To Affordable Medicines – RCEP

Next week, Hyderabad is set to host the 19th round of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) from July 24 to 28, a regional trade agreement between India, the ten member states of the ASEAN and, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and Republic of Korea. This trade deal threatens to undermine the ability of some of the world’s poorest people to[Read More…]

by July 20, 2017 Globalisation
Trump’s Sayings In Warsaw And People’s Protests In Hamburg

Trump’s Sayings In Warsaw And People’s Protests In Hamburg

  There’s warning and concern, there’s assurance and optimism, and, there’s accusation and threat. All these were delivered and expressed by Mr. Donald Trump, the US president. The US president was in Warsaw, a historic city, and was delivering a speech in front of people gathered at Krasinski Square, and was speaking at a news conference. All these happened on[Read More…]

by July 7, 2017 Globalisation
Baltu Bai Nagar

Claiming Urban Space For The Poor: Eviction Stories From Navi Mumbai

Some 350 years ago people came from far west to make us ‘civilised’, because we were a potent market for them to be exploited. And now, they are trying to make us ‘Smart’, because they feel we are ready to move from mere civilisation to smart civilisation. This is from where rises the dilemma of becoming smart and defining what[Read More…]

by June 25, 2017 Globalisation
Bechtel Corporation And Iran: A Story of American Corporatism-Imperialism

Bechtel Corporation And Iran: A Story of American Corporatism-Imperialism

  (Rome) Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 resulted in the overthrow of the US-supported Pahlavi dynasty at that time under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. The Iranian Revolution  was a violent and widely popular overthrow of a ferocious US-inspired regime installed following the CIA-organized coup d’état of the democratically elected government led by PremierMohammad Mossadegh on August 19, 1953. Eventually led[Read More…]

by April 28, 2017 Globalisation
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From Syria To Monsanto: A Moribund System Of Deceit And Destruction

  Today, as the dominant global power, the US roles out its brand of unfettered capitalism across the world. US citizens constitute just five percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of global energy. Consider the consequences of a US-style model of ‘development’ if it were to be aspired to and copied throughout the world (which it is in places[Read More…]

by April 7, 2017 Globalisation
Reclaiming Relevance: BRICS And The New Multipolarity

Reclaiming Relevance: BRICS And The New Multipolarity

The association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, popularly known as BRICS, finds itself at an interesting juncture in its existence. After limited success in restructuring international financial institutions, which was the stated intention of the forum, the BRICS governments established the New Development Bank that has been functioning for more than two years. At a time when[Read More…]

by April 5, 2017 Globalisation
POSCO Withdraws: The Victory No One is Celebrating

POSCO Withdraws: The Victory No One is Celebrating

  Big news – at times – go completely unnoticed. (Thanks to the mediatised times we are passing through) And thus it did not appear surprising that the decision by Posco, the South Korean steelmaker, the fourth biggest in the world, to exit the proposed 12 million-tonnes a year steel plant in Odisha did not cause much flutter. Yes, newspapers[Read More…]

by March 28, 2017 Globalisation
POSCO Withdraws, But Repression Must Stop, Land Must Be Returned

POSCO Withdraws, But Repression Must Stop, Land Must Be Returned

As you may know from the media about recent the statement by Odisha’s Industry Minister, Devi Prasad Mishra that “POSCO confirmed the withdrawal of its project by requesting the Odisha government to take back the land transferred in its name”. We strongly believe this is not just a victory for our people but also the victory for the all the[Read More…]

by March 28, 2017 Globalisation
The Enduring Myth Of Microfinance

The Enduring Myth Of Microfinance

  Access to the right financial tools at critical moments can determine whether a poor household is able to capture an opportunity to move out of poverty or absorb a shock without being pushed deeper into debt. When microfinance-provision of financial services tailored to fit the needs of low income people – made its first appearance, everyone was infatuated by[Read More…]

by March 22, 2017 Globalisation
Ending The Era of ‘Corporation Uber Alles’

Ending The Era of ‘Corporation Uber Alles’

Corporations today are run as if their employees are members of a military at war. Obedience to hierarchy is prized above every other consideration. Loyalty to the corporation comes before loyalty to the laws of the country. Like the ‘thin blue line’ employees are expected to never go outside the chain of command no matter how illegal or dangerous is[Read More…]

by March 18, 2017 Globalisation
Trump’s Populist Deceit

Trump’s Populist Deceit

While misogyny, racism, and ethnic taunts were conspicuous signposts on Donald Trump’s path to the White House, much of that road was paved with “populist”, “anti-establishment” and “anti-globalization” rhetoric. Trump’s inaugural address featured numerous populist lines (e.g. “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people”), attacks on the status[Read More…]

by February 3, 2017 Globalisation
Killing The TPP: Trump’s Executive Action

Killing The TPP: Trump’s Executive Action

One of the conspicuous absences from the sound and fury last weekend’s protests was the impending executive act of President Donald Trump affirming the US exit from the Trans-Partnership Agreement.  Not that that was much in doubt: it had not been ratified nor voted upon in Congress, and that particular body had been cooling towards it. It was a blow[Read More…]

by January 28, 2017 Globalisation
Neoliberals Know The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing

Neoliberals Know The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing

My father likes to say that some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. The same could be said of the neoliberals of the world, who–in case you missed my previous piece–are now transcendent in most policy circles across the world. To review, the neoliberal agenda is one of deregulation, unfettered trade, fiscal austerity (with the[Read More…]

by January 16, 2017 Globalisation
Bourgeois Democracy Faces Threat From Within: Perceive Davos-Elites  

Bourgeois Democracy Faces Threat From Within: Perceive Davos-Elites  

Bourgeois democracy is facing threat from within. It’s the perception of the world elites. The elites are going to gather in Davos, a snow covered village in Switzerland, in their annual moot – the World Economic Forum (WEF); and their annual flagship report – The Global Risks Report 2017 (GSR) – prepared on the basis of perception of hundreds of[Read More…]

by January 14, 2017 Globalisation
Globalist Leaders Ensure North American Integration Mechanisms Remain In Place

Globalist Leaders Ensure North American Integration Mechanisms Remain In Place

As Donald Trump prepares to become U.S. president on Jan. 20, the future of NAFTA is in doubt. He has promised to either renegotiate or withdraw from the trade agreement. Despite the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, there are still many different existing North American integration mechanisms that remain in place. Over the last year, the globalists have quietly[Read More…]

by January 11, 2017 Globalisation
Microfinance Can Actually Harm The Poor

Microfinance Can Actually Harm The Poor

  Microfinance continues to thrive despite   being under fire from legions of critics.  One plausible reason for the lingering faith in the power of microfinance is that it provides a convenient strategy for investors to demonstrate that that they are active fighters against    poverty   and are trying to save the poor while making a substantial amount of money from them. Microfinance –[Read More…]

by December 18, 2016 Globalisation
What Has Neoliberal Capitalism Ever Done For India?

What Has Neoliberal Capitalism Ever Done For India?

When India ushered in neoliberal economic reforms during the early 1990s, the promise was job creation, inclusive growth and prosperity for all. But, some 25 years later, what we have seen is almost 400,000 farmers committing suicide, one of the greatest levels of inequality out of all ‘emerging’ economies, a trend towards jobless ‘growth’, an accelerating and massive illegal outflow[Read More…]

by November 29, 2016 Globalisation
After Brexit And Trump: Don’t Demonise; Localise!

After Brexit And Trump: Don’t Demonise; Localise!

Co-Written by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Rupert Read The election of Donald Trump was a rude awakening from which many people in the US have still not recovered. Their shock is similar to that felt by UK progressives, Greens, and those on the Left following the Brexit referendum. In both cases, the visceral reaction was heightened by the barely-disguised racist and[Read More…]

by November 26, 2016 Counter Solutions, Globalisation
Bottling The Demon Of Free Trade: Trumpism And Protectionism

Bottling The Demon Of Free Trade: Trumpism And Protectionism

The election of Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, November 8 terrified many who consider themselves notionally progressive or traditional republicans.  It also terrified free trade ideologues, and those who believe that opening borders to boundless consumer goods and services eradicates poverty. There are few better exponents of this idea on trade than Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose insistence that[Read More…]

by November 19, 2016 Globalisation
On The Knife-Edge of Western Globalization: A Stint At Standing Rock

On The Knife-Edge of Western Globalization: A Stint At Standing Rock

Armed men in jackboots, some masked and toting assault rifles, stand mockingly, defiantly, heavily on the mound of graves – a sacred indigenous burial ground.  A site non-natives can understand as similar to Arlington National Cemetery.  How US nationalists would feel if the situation were reversed, and people were occupying or plowing up Arlington to bury a pipeline that will[Read More…]

The TPP Is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power

The TPP Is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power

The Obama administration faced reality on Friday when they recognized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would not be ratified by this Congress. The TPP is dead. How did people power win?

by November 12, 2016 Globalisation
Comprehensive Economic And Trade Agreement – CETA – Canada And The EU

Comprehensive Economic And Trade Agreement – CETA – Canada And The EU

Most interesting watching the progress of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU through the various opaque backroom ministrations this past week. NAFTA first As the progeny of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA, 1994) it serves to refer to a bit of history. Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney very recently on CBC said that[Read More…]

by November 2, 2016 Globalisation
U.N. Rights Expert Urges Nations Not To Sign ‘Flawed’ CETA Treaty   

U.N. Rights Expert Urges Nations Not To Sign ‘Flawed’ CETA Treaty   

GENEVA (28 October 2016) – The trade deal set to be signed by the European Union and Canada is a corporate-driven, fundamentally flawed treaty which should not be signed or ratified without a referendum in each country concerned, a United Nations human rights expert says. Alfred de Zayas, the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international[Read More…]

by October 29, 2016 Globalisation
Illustration by kmlmtz66/ iStock.

We Never Voted For Corporate Rule

This column is the second part of a series. To read Part One, click here.  In Part One, I argued that a healthy society requires that governments be accountable to the people for the well-being of all, and that corporations be accountable to democratic governments. Last week, Bayer, a transnational drug and pesticide company, secured funding for its $66 billion offer[Read More…]

by October 22, 2016 Globalisation
Photo by aluxum / iStock.

The Elephant In The Room: What Trump, Clinton, And Even Stein Are Missing

In this most bizarre of presidential elections, no one is talking about one of the biggest—if not the biggest—issues of our time. Namely, the global power imbalance between corporations and governments. Not Donald Trump, as he obsesses over the weight of a long-past Miss Universe. Not Hillary Clinton, despite her many substantive proposals that the media largely ignores. Not even[Read More…]

by October 15, 2016 Globalisation
IMF Warns Of Record High Global Debt

IMF Warns Of Record High Global Debt

Eight years after the eruption of the global financial crisis, the conditions are being created for another meltdown of even bigger proportions, amid rising geo-political and economic tensions between the major capitalist powers. This is the implication of three reports issued by the International Monetary Fund in preparation for its annual meeting, which begins in Washington today. The World Economic[Read More…]

by October 7, 2016 Globalisation
Toxic Allegiances And Corporate Power: Open Letter To The Oxford Martin Commission

Toxic Allegiances And Corporate Power: Open Letter To The Oxford Martin Commission

The Oxford Martin School is based at Oxford University in the UK. In what seems to be a laudable aim, the school has set up the ‘Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations’ (OMC), which has brought together 19 international leaders from government, business and civil society to address the growing short-term preoccupations of modern politics and business and identify ways of overcoming[Read More…]

by October 7, 2016 Globalisation
The Failure Of Land Privitization: On The Need For New Development Policies

The Failure Of Land Privitization: On The Need For New Development Policies

As soon as we start speaking about “globalization,” we inevitably associate it with the excessive financial markets that are disconnected from the real economy. There is less public awareness of another type of globalization that also involves the forced unification of institutions all over the world: the institution of private property and privatization strategies. The driving forces behind this development[Read More…]

by October 6, 2016 Counter Solutions, Globalisation
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Intellectual Property Rights And Free Trade Agreements: A Never Ending Story

Imagine that a group of highly concentrated transnational corporations in the knowledge industries such as pharmaceuticals, high-tech, and entertainment pack so much lobbying clout that they can convince the governments of the indus­trialized world to bully developing countries to “harmonize” their copyright, patent and trademarks laws into a global intellectual property regime. That is what happened in the 1990s when[Read More…]

by September 7, 2016 Globalisation
The Coming Financial Enclosure Of The Commons

The Coming Financial Enclosure Of The Commons

Financial speculation in food commodities has become one of the main drivers of food price volatility, with devastating impacts on small producers and the poor. Yet the disruptive influence of financial speculation on food markets is only a preview of future crises. International financial markets are now attempting to dominate many conventional markets as a long-term strategy to extract greater[Read More…]

by August 22, 2016 Globalisation
The Flagging Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: The US Election And Free Trade Politics

The Flagging Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: The US Election And Free Trade Politics

Being savaged by Donald J. Trump on one side of the electoral aisle, and modestly beaten by the Democratic presumptive candidate, Hillary Clinton, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is lying somewhere between near death and miraculous survival.  Those breathing life into that unfortunate beast remain politicians who embraced the mythology of free trade while never questioning what was free. The scurrying[Read More…]

by August 12, 2016 Globalisation
March for Clean Energy in Philadelphia. Photo by Paul and Cathy / Flickr.

Why Say No To The TPP? Corporations Already Have Too Much Power

 It took two days for 60 members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance to plant the heirloom seeds by hand. It was the spring of 2014, and there were prayers, burning of sage and sweetgrass, and, one by one, volunteers pressed the red corn seeds into the earth of Art and Helen Tanderup’s farm in Neligh, Nebraska. There, along the[Read More…]

by August 12, 2016 Globalisation
Resistance must be more than blockades and protest. (Photo: Eric Wüstenhagen/flickr/cc)

Free People From ‘Dictatorship’ Of The 0.01%

“The only way to counter globalisation—just a plot of land in some central place, keep it covered in grass, let there be a single tree, even a wild tree.” This is how dear friend and eminent writer Mahasweta Devi, who passed away on July 28, at the age of 90, quietly laid out her imagination for freedom in our times[Read More…]

by August 11, 2016 Globalisation
What Does The EU Stand For: Globalization or Universalism?

What Does The EU Stand For: Globalization or Universalism?

What is the purpose of the European Union? This question has been of the minds of everyone following the UK vote in favor of Brexit. Yet in the mad scramble to make sense of the United Kingdom’s rejection of the EU, little lucid commentary has been made. European leaders, the fawning media, and UK citizens alike portrayed the vote as[Read More…]

by August 1, 2016 Globalisation
Lessons From The Failed Coup In Turkey

Lessons From The Failed Coup In Turkey

 About two thousand years ago, the Romans had developed the most effective military apparatus seen before in history and, with it, they had created a vast empire. However, with the first century before our era, they found that they had a problem: their stupendous military power was going out of control. One of the warlords of that time, Julius Caesar,[Read More…]

by July 26, 2016 Globalisation
How Britain’s Aristocracy Are Playing The Brexit Thing

How Britain’s Aristocracy Are Playing The Brexit Thing

The Brexit crisis was being used as an excuse to fascistify things, regardless what other outcome it might have. Even an essentially progressive vote of the public, to free their nation from the dictatorship in Brussels (the EU), was thus turned into an excuse for the nation to veer far to the right.

by July 20, 2016 Globalisation
TPP: Top Lobbyist Says TPP Will Probably Become Law Soon After Nov. 8th

TPP: Top Lobbyist Says TPP Will Probably Become Law Soon After Nov. 8th

Rufus Yerxa, the top lobbyist for the National Foreign Trade Council, told World Trade Online, on July 12th, that he believes “there is enough time and congressional support to get TPP passed during a lame-duck” session of Congress, meaning the session between November 9th and January 3rd, which would be in time for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign it into U.S.[Read More…]

by July 15, 2016 Globalisation
For Those Who Know Little or Nothing About Labor: Building Global Labor Solidarity Today

For Those Who Know Little or Nothing About Labor: Building Global Labor Solidarity Today

Earlier this year, a collection of papers was published under the title of Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization (Scipes, ed., 2016).  It was a strong effort by seven labor activists and scholars from different parts of the world to think out how workers today can support each other globally; initially so as to defend against[Read More…]

by July 14, 2016 Globalisation
Britain’s Scramble For Africa: The New Colonialism

Britain’s Scramble For Africa: The New Colonialism

  Africa is facing a new and devastating colonial invasion driven by a determination to plunder the natural resources of Africa, especially its strategic energy and mineral resources. That’s the message from a damning new report from War On Want ‘The New Colonialism: Britain’sscramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources’ that highlights the role of the British government in aiding[Read More…]

by July 13, 2016 Globalisation
How Globalization Divides Us: Perspectives On Brexit From A Dual Citizen

How Globalization Divides Us: Perspectives On Brexit From A Dual Citizen

When I woke up on June 24th and checked the news, I cried. Along with millions of people around the world. I’m a diehard believer in independence, freedom, democracy, and strong local economies. For some, the Brexit result represented those things. If that had been the reality, I would’ve supported it too. But like every other choice offered in the[Read More…]

by July 12, 2016 Globalisation
The Brexit Verdict: Failure Of The Idea Of Common Markets

The Brexit Verdict: Failure Of The Idea Of Common Markets

The Brexit verdict brings out the weakness of the concept of European Union. It raises questions whether integration based on the concept of common markets and free flow of capital and goods, services and people can be transformative for all the social classes. Whether integration based on supremacy of finance capital and markets and designed at promoting their profitability at[Read More…]

by July 11, 2016 Globalisation
Brexit An Initial People’s Victory In The War On Terracidal Neoliberalism

Brexit An Initial People’s Victory In The War On Terracidal Neoliberalism

  The  British  working class,  millions of other ordinary  Brits  and a swathe of British  nationalists  have voted for Brexit, the exit of Britain from the EU, with immigration and national self-determination being major issues. The  British political Establishment, the political elites, Mainstream media, EU officials  and the Americans view Brexit as irresponsible and  damaging,  and the Brexit supporters have[Read More…]

by June 29, 2016 Globalisation
Tremors Of Crony Capitalism In Education

Tremors Of Crony Capitalism In Education

Recent decision of the MHRD to hike the fees of IITs, NITs and IISERs has once again made it clear that the paradigm of this government is to betray the masses and to serve the profit hungry corporates

by June 29, 2016 Globalisation
Brexit And The Diseased Liberal Mind

Brexit And The Diseased Liberal Mind

  The enraged liberal reaction to the Brexit vote is in full flood. The anger is pathological – and helps to shed light on why a majority of Britons voted for leaving the European Union, just as earlier a majority of Labour party members voted for Jeremy Corbyn as leader. A few years ago the American writer Chris Hedges wrote[Read More…]

by June 27, 2016 Globalisation
Globalization And The American Dream

Globalization And The American Dream

Implicit in all the rhetoric promoting globalization is the premise that the rest of the world can and should be brought up to the standard of living of the West, and America in particular. For much of the world the American Dream – though a constantly moving target – is globalization’s ultimate endpoint.

by June 26, 2016 Globalisation
Headaches Of Empire: Brexit’s Effect On The United States

Headaches Of Empire: Brexit’s Effect On The United States

There remains a conspicuous fear in the US Republic that civilization must be a centralising endeavour. Smaller states only matter if they are wedged into a series of agreements and arrangements with an overseeing hegemon. The hegemon dictates the measures to be taken, even if they may be cushioned by promises of good relations and a false sense of autonomy.

by June 26, 2016 Globalisation, Imperialism, World
Rubbishing Brexit: Post-Referendum Malevolence In Action

Rubbishing Brexit: Post-Referendum Malevolence In Action

Twenty-four hour news networks are both terrible and worthy sites to gauge herd-like assumptions. A gaze at CNN over the coverage of the Brexit over the course of Friday suggested the dismay, growing into outrage that the infallible market had somehow failed to detect the Leave voters on its all divine radar.

by June 25, 2016 Globalisation, World
Brexit: What Happens Next?

Brexit: What Happens Next?

This vote is expected to trigger a wide range of far-reaching social, economic and geo-political ramifications at the domestic, European and international levels. Many of these effects would be long-term and are yet to be fully comprehended. Even though the Leave vote was largely influenced by the immigration issue but other important concerns have not been given adequate attention.

by June 25, 2016 Globalisation
U.N.’s Legal Expert Calls Proposed Trade Deals Illegal

U.N.’s Legal Expert Calls Proposed Trade Deals Illegal

Alfred de Zayas, the U.N.’s Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, is assigned the task to apply the standards of international law to proposed treaties, to determine whether they’re in accord with international law. On Friday, June 24th, he issued his finding on three large proposed treaties regarding international trade among Atlantic countries: TTIP, TISA, and CETA. Earlier, on February 2nd, he had issued a similar finding on the proposed TPP treaty between Pacific countries, and his conclusion there was the same: that the proposed treaty violates international laws, and is inconsistent with democracy.

by June 25, 2016 Globalisation
The Brits Opted For Brexit! What Comes Next?

The Brits Opted For Brexit! What Comes Next?

Instead of accelerating further integration, the member states should reclaim more sovereignty from Brussels. The EU nomenclature is out of touch with the real world. They do not serve the interest of the peoples but rather corporate interests such as the TTIP negotiations show that are held in camera. If the EU doesn’t change track, it will fall apart.

by June 25, 2016 Globalisation
Brexit: A Victory For Britain’s Working Class

Brexit: A Victory For Britain’s Working Class

The policy makers of the developing countries must not fall prey to such deceptive arguments, instead, they must formulate policies which suit the interests of their working classes. The only trouble is that the governments of the Third World are dependent on foreign investment and the global loan sharks, that’s why, they cannot adopt an independent economic and trade policy.

by June 25, 2016 Globalisation
Modi, Monsanto, Bayer And Cargill: Doing Business or Corporate Imperialism?  

Modi, Monsanto, Bayer And Cargill: Doing Business or Corporate Imperialism?  

Describing itself as a major ‘global communications, stakeholder engagement and business strategy’ company, APCO Worldwide is a lobby/PR agency with firm links to the Wall Street/corporate America establishment (arguably, part of it) and functions to serve its global agenda. India PM Narendra Modi turned to APCO to help transform his image and turn him into electable pro-corporate PM material. It also helped Modi[Read More…]

Neoliberalism: Its Reality Exposed

Neoliberalism: Its Reality Exposed

Neoliberalism or free-market fundamentalism The central dogma of neoliberalism is economic growth, achieved by: # Increasing competition through deregulation (watering-down of social, welfare, health, labour and environmental laws), and opening domestic markets to foreign competition, and # Severely limiting the role of the State by privatization of state assets and liberalization of economic policies, simultaneously increasing corporate influence and involvement[Read More…]

by June 19, 2016 Globalisation
The Independence And Gandhi : In The Clutches Of Neo-liberalism

The Independence And Gandhi : In The Clutches Of Neo-liberalism

The RSS did not participate in the freedom struggle, and that it was responsible for Gandhi’s assassination, are facts that are not new. These arguments have been used repeatedly against the RSS since the Independence of India in 1947. The RSS does not claim a stake in the freedom struggle, but refutes the accusation of being party to Gandhi’s assassination.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 Globalisation, India
The New Manufacturing Policy: Another Hot Air Balloon

The New Manufacturing Policy: Another Hot Air Balloon

The world’s economies are facing a glut and there is excess manufacturing capacity, amounting to almost 30%, and China is no less a culprit with almost 40% overcapacity. The “Johnny-Come-Lately”, India is going to face a stone wall with its efforts to build a huge manufacturing capacity to take on China at this stage. And the trillions of dollars of investment required are supposed to be met through FDI inflows. The first question that stares us in the face is, “who in his right mind will be willing to invest in new manufacturing capacity, when there is so much over capacity coupled with slackening demand?”

by June 18, 2016 Globalisation
Why Global Capital Fears ‘Brexit’

Why Global Capital Fears ‘Brexit’

There are some who would believe that collaboration at the pan-European level could facilitate a path to genuine economic decentralization. Others are convinced that those steps to localize can best be taken by first leaving the EU. Still others don’t favor either of these paths. We are not trying to tell UK readers how (or even whether) to vote; we are asking you to help us shed light on and bring sanity to this volatile situation. Whichever way you vote, please reject the glaringly stupid rhetoric in the media. Speak out, let your voice be heard for ecological and economic sanity, for a fundamental turnaround

by June 18, 2016 Globalisation, World
How Our Energy Problem Leads To A Debt Collapse Problem

How Our Energy Problem Leads To A Debt Collapse Problem

Usually, we don’t stop to think about how the whole economy works together. A major reason is that we have been lacking data to see long-term relationships. In this post, I show some longer-term time series relating to energy growth, GDP growth, and debt growth–going back to 1820 in some cases–that help us understand our situation better. When examining these[Read More…]

by June 17, 2016 Globalisation, Resource Crisis
Foreign Ship Owners And Ship Breakers Outwitting UN’s Basel Convention, Threaten India’s Maritime Security

Foreign Ship Owners And Ship Breakers Outwitting UN’s Basel Convention, Threaten India’s Maritime Security

Toxics Watch Alliance (TWA) disapproves of efforts by foreign Shipowners and Shipbreakers to outwit UN’s Basel Convention on transboundary movement of hazardous end-of-life ships, threatening India’s maritime security and environmental and occupational health of workers in the ship breaking facilities in Indian waters. These ship owners have been lobbying with the Ministry of Shipping to amend the Shipbreaking Code 2013[Read More…]