austerity

Ecuador’s Strike is a Class Struggle, Not an Endorsement of Previous Government

October 9, 2019

On the second week of massive protests in Ecuador, thousands of indigenous protesters paralyzed the country and thousands more arrived in the capital of Quito, where they marched and eventually faced martial law. They reject President Moreno’s Neo-liberal reforms, but also emphasize their opposition to former President Rafael Correa, whom Moreno is blaming for the…

Ecuadorian Protests Intensify as President Flees Capital, Blames Venezuela

October 9, 2019

Shortly after the government of President Lenin Moreno announced new IMF-imposed austerity measures and price increases, protests against the government, uniting workers, students, and indigenous movement escalated in the capital of Quito this week.

Haiti: Four Killed as Authorities Crack Down on Anti-Government Protests

October 2, 2019

The Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles says ordinary Haitians continue to suffer as the country is gripped by protests demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.

Ecuador Takes Harmful IMF Loan, Even Though it Doesn't Need it

Ecuador Takes Harmful IMF Loan, Even Though it Doesn’t Need it

July 22, 2019

According to an analysis of the Center for Economic and Policy Analysis, Ecuador’s recent IMF loan of $4.2 billion comes with strings that will hurt economic growth. Ecuador doesn’t even need the loan, says the report’s co-author, Andrés Arauz

Greece Heads Towards New Election – Can Syriza Survive?

June 24, 2019

Founding member and EU parliamentary candidate Michalis Spourdalakis analyzes Syriza’s recent loss in the EU election and evaluates Syriza’s chances for staging a comeback

Significant Poverty in the UK Triggers Investigation by Human Rights Expert

Philip Alston Discusses His Investigation into UK Poverty

December 22, 2018
Poverty and destitution in the UK, even among those employed, and harsh government policy ‘solutions’ like punitive ‘job centers’ hit the most vulnerable hardest, including women and people with disabilities, explains UN Special Rapporteur, Philip Alston discussing his investigation into UK poverty.

Greece’s Government and Creditors Downplay Austerity’s Effects in ‘National Tragedy’ Wildfires

August 9, 2018

Greek journalist Aris Chatzistefanou says austerity has degraded Greece’s ability to manage threats to public safety

The New York Times Editorial Board’s Incoherence on Italian Austerity and the Euro

June 4, 2018

William K. Black June 2, 2018     Bloomington, MN (Third in a series of articles on Italy, Austerity, and the euro) The New York Times’ editorial board published a May 29, 2018 editorial about Italy’s ongoing political and financial issues that praised austerity in Italy. The board cheered the anti-democratic appointment of “Carlo Cottarelli, a solidly…

Police Crack Down on Puerto Rico May Day March Against Austerity

May 2, 2018

Thousands take to the streets in Puerto Rico on May 1 as officials seek to privatize Puerto Rico’s schools and utilities