4 July 2013 — The Real News Network
President Silva’s austerity policies made Portugal a darling of the troika, but highly unpopular at home (inc. transcript)
6 June 2013 — New Left Project
Özlem Onaran is Professor of Workforce and Economic Development Policy at the University of Greenwich and until 2004 was based at Istanbul Technical University. She discussed the social, political and economic context to the Gezi Park protests with Anastasia Giamali in an interview for the Greek newspaper Continue reading.
4 June 2013 — Dan Hind
It is now well known that many countries which depend on earnings from natural resources like oil have failed to harness them for national development. In many cases it seems even worse than that: for all the hundreds of billions of dollars sloshing into countries like oil-rich Nigeria, for instance, such places seem to suffer more conflict, lower economic growth, greater corruption, higher inequality, less political freedom and often more absolute poverty than their resource-poor peers. This paradox of poverty from plenty has been extensively studied and is known as the Resource Curse.
23 April 2013 — The Real News Network
Bob Pollin (Co-Author of Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff): Deficit Hawks still defend conclusions of a study that contained spreadsheet errors and weighted selected countries in an inappropriate way; led to incorrect theory about public debt and growth (Inc. transcript).
17 April 2013 — New Left Project
If hagiography is the norm after the death of a public figure, Thatcher’s has been no exception. True, it has not gone uncontested: the “folk hatred” of poor and post-industrial Britain has fuelled an unprecedented upsurge of rage among her opponents. At times the media struggled to cope – the Telegraph’s editor shutting its comment threads and objecting that its email address for tributes was “filled with abuse”. Continue reading
29 March 29, 2013 — Lenin’s Tomb
We’ve been waiting five years for a coherent left-wing response to the recession. We’ve been waiting three years for a coherent left-wing response to the cuts. Two years ago, I was asked at a talk how we could communicate the socialist solution to the crisis; I said it would be nice if we had one. It would still be a step forward today. If the extant strategies, groups or alliances were sufficient to deliver this, we would have it by now.
19 March, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
The question is not should we advocate reducing production within capitalist society but rather: How do we best relate to those struggles that are already occurring? Activists across the globe are challenging the uncontrollable dynamic of economic expansion which threatens the survival of humanity. It has never been more urgent to provide a vision of a new society that can pull these efforts together.
24 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Hugo Chavez was not the man obsessed by the thought he was being followed and watched, that’s what the propaganda tried to make him look like. He was a politician who faced the reality and knew how hated he was in Washington for opposing the United States on all political or economic issues. He treated seriously the threats coming from presidents Bush and Obama, the State Department and the Pentagon. He knew well the Western special services had a diverse arsenal of means to physically liquidate people…
22 March 2013 — Housmans
1. ‘The Revolution of Everyday Life’ with Donald Nicholson Smith this Friday 29th March
2. Housmans new publication ‘You Can’t Evict an Idea: What Can We Learn From Occupy?’ by Tim Gee now in stock
3. Appeal from Ken Loach
4. Easter opening hours
5. ‘Is green growth possible and do we really need it?’ a debate with Pete Dickenson and Derek Wall
21 February 2013 — Global Research
Leeches could also be used in bloodletting. The withdrawal of so much blood as to induce syncope (fainting) was considered beneficial, and many sessions would only end when the patient began to swoon.
As the economy shows signs of recession, the leeches return. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have issued a new report calling for even deeper austerity. It is not what the economy needs as it stagnates and sputters toward a possible new collapse. Their report combined with President Obama’s State of the Union, the sequestration and Republican dogma are all combining to bring on another round of budget cuts, which will only make recession more likely. Continue reading