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Rethinking Approaches to Climate Change

Rethinking Approaches to Climate Change

March 21, 2019

Richard Fidler / Socialist project. Climate change is the most visible, most threatening expression of a larger, planetary ecological crisis, the result of an economic system (capitalism) with an inherent growth and profit dynamic which ensures that the exploitation of natural resources (both renewable and non-renewable) exceeds the carrying capacity of nature. You have read…

Belt and Road Initiative vs Washington Consensus

Belt and Road Initiative vs Washington Consensus

March 20, 2019

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram / IPS News. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 19 2019 (IPS) – With the Washington Consensus from the 1980s being challenged, President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and China pursuing its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), most notably with its own initiatives such as the multilateral…

The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

March 16, 2019

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr This week’s attack on two mosques in New Zealand reflects a paradigm shift: the erosion of liberal values and the rise of civilisationalism at the expense of the nation state. So do broader phenomena like…

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism

March 13, 2019

By Peter Phillips. Regime changes in Iraq and Libya, Syria’s war, Venezuela’s crisis, sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea are reflections of a new global imperialism imposed by a core of capitalist nations in support of trillions of dollars of concentrated investment wealth. This new world order of mass capital has become a…

Searching for New Forms of Struggle

Searching for New Forms of Struggle

March 13, 2019

João Pedro Stédile / Socialist Project. João Pedro Stédile Reports on the Latin American Left from the International People’s Assembly From February 24 to 27th, the International People’s Assembly (AIP) was held in Caracas, in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela represented by Nicolás Maduro. Almost 500 delegates from 90 countries of the world…

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

March 13, 2019

By James M. Dorsey   A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Recent Chinese pressure on Myanmar to approve a controversial dam project and the arrest in recent days in Kazakhstan of a human rights activist suggest that China in a seemingly tone-deaf pursuit of its…

Consumer Price Index Up 0.2 Percent in February, 1.5 Percent Year-Over-Year

Consumer Price Index Up 0.2 Percent in February, 1.5 Percent Year-Over-Year

March 12, 2019

By Dean Baker / CEPR. Inflation in the core CPI has remained close to 2.0 percent for more than four years. In spite of the low unemployment rate, there continues to be zero evidence of accelerating inflation. The overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.2 percent in February, but the increase for the last…

Kazakh police raid raises spectre of China’s long arm

Kazakh police raid raises spectre of China’s long arm

March 10, 2019

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr A police raid on a Kazakh group documenting the plight of Kazakhs and Uyghurs caught in a brutal crackdown in China’s north-western province of Xinjiang is about more than a government seeking to please Beijing…

Harmonies of the World by Johannes Kepler

Reframing Single-Payer Healthcare

March 8, 2019

By Kat Lahr / Thought Note Book. Our United States health system is dysfunctional. It leaves many without coverage, is the most expensive of the world, and drives many others into bankruptcy and poor health outcomes. Our two-tiered system of care maintains access for Americans with comfortable incomes but restricts access for everyone else, noted…

Exterminators-in-Chief: Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al, and Informed Consent

Exterminators-in-Chief: Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al, and Informed Consent

March 8, 2019

By Judith Deutsch / Socialist Project. In Memory of Dave Vasey who knew first-hand about official callousness toward life in the small town of Walkerton where people died needlessly of water contamination. Dave dedicated his too short life to fighting against climate injustice, militarization, and the austerity state. I read the Canadian news today: “Pipeline…