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How microcredit has hurt the poor and destroyed informal business

This is part of a series of articles The Conversation Africa is running on financial inclusion and micro credit and their role in economic development. Post-apartheid South Africa provides ample evidence of the debilitating trajectory of the microcredit movement. The … Continue reading

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Africa draws red lines on the sands of the WTO ministerial

At the ongoing WTO Ministerial in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa must be prepared to accept no deal than accept a bad one. It is time for progressive forces in the Global South to act in peaceful non-violent resistance against the injustices … Continue reading

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Words of the Zapatistas on the 22nd Anniversary of the Beginning of the War Against Oblivion

January 1, 2016 GOOD EVENING, GOOD DAY COMPAÑERO AND COMPAÑERA BASES OF SUPPORT FROM THE ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION, COMPAÑERO/AS MILICIANOS AND MILICIANAS,[i] INSURGENTS, LOCAL AND REGIONAL RESPONSABLES,[ii] AUTHORITIES FROM THE THREE LEVELS OF AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT, COMPAÑERO/AS PROMOTORES AND … Continue reading

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Ecuador’s Quest for Food Sovereignty and Land Reform

Indigenous groups and social movements in Ecuador seek to translate the concept of “Buen Vivir” into policy. “Es la etica del estado – It’s the state’s moral obligation,” Ecuadorian state legislator Miguel Carvajal told an audience at the National Assembly’s … Continue reading

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Chevron’s ‘Victory’ in Gibraltar

Bloomberg’s Paul Barrett reported on December 16 that “Chevron made more progress in its table-turning campaign against plaintiffs’ lawyers suing the oil company over pollution in Ecuador.” As I explained here, from 1964-1990 Texaco dumped billions of gallons of toxic … Continue reading

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The Paris Climate Agreement: Hope or Hype?

It has become a predictable pattern at the annual UN climate conferences for participants to describe the outcome in widely divergent ways. This was first apparent after the high-profile Copenhagen conference in 2009, when a four-page non-agreement was praised by … Continue reading

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Some Women Are More Invisible

There are two countries in the world that have no laws mandating paid maternity leave. One is Papua New Guinea. The other is the United States of America. This was one of the points made by the U.N. Working Group … Continue reading

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2015 Year in Review: Grassroots Resistance Points the Way Forward

As the assault on union standards continues—wherever we still have them—glimmers of hope in 2015 came from grassroots resistance. Employers who wrung temporary concessions during the financial crisis are doing their best to make the cuts permanent. Companies are coming … Continue reading

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A New Political Situation in Latin America: What Lies Ahead?

Claudio Katz Interviewed by La Llamarada “Venezuela defines the future of the progressive cycle” In your work on South America, you speak of the duality that has characterized the last decade. What exactly is that duality? Claudio Katz: In my … Continue reading

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Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand

The National Assembly of Venezuela, in its final session before a neoliberal dominated opposition takes the helm of legislative power on January 5, passed one of the most progressive seed laws in the world on December 23, 2015; it was … Continue reading

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