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, by SACSIS

The KwaZulu-Natal Slums Act: Bloody Legislation Against the Expropriated

On 14 May 2009 the Constitutional Court will hear the attempt by the shack dweller’s movement Abahlali baseMjondolo to have the KwaZulu-Natal Slums Act declared unlawful. Other provinces have been mandated to develop similar legislation and the decision of the court may have a significant impact (...)

, by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

Computer Connections: Supply chain policies and practices of seven computer companies

Irene Schipper, Esther de Haan, May 2009, 12 p.

In 2004 SOMO started researching labour issues in the supply chains of computer companies. This resulted in different reports, company profiles, the launce of the makeITfair campaign and extensive consultation with the computer industry. Now SOMO is looking at how companies have improved their (...)

, by LUSSON Julien, MASSIAH Gustave

Strategic issues of the global crisis

The international debate and the alter-globalist movement’s approach

The London G20 summit was as disappointing as expected. Several declarations were of course of interest insofar as they seem opposite to the policy principles of past years. Let us take note of them and not hesitate to remind the G20 about the promises on regulation. An initial question puts a (...)

, by Pambazuka

The global financial crisis: Lessons and responses from Africa

Demba Moussa Dembele

As the international financial crisis points to the collapse of laissez faire economics and discredits market fundamentalism, Africa and the global South should break free from failed neoliberal policies and the institutions that have promoted them and define their own paths to development, (...)

, by CHOSSUDOVSKY Michel

The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order

US$24.95, Online: US$18.00, 400 pages

In this new and expanded edition of Chossudovsky’s international best-seller, the author outlines the contours of a New World Order which feeds on human poverty and the destruction of the environment, generates social apartheid, encourages racism and ethnic strife and undermines the rights of (...)

, by ETC Group

Who Owns Nature?

In this 100th issue of the ETC Communiqué we update Oligopoly, Inc. – our ongoing series tracking corporate concentration in the life industry. We also analyze the past three decades of agribusiness efforts to monopolize the 24% of living nature that has been commodified, and expose a new (...)

, by SACSIS

Chomsky on the Obama/Geithner Rescue Plan

Video

There’s been an outcry in America about the financial rescue plan unveiled by the Obama administration under the leadership of Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner. The Obama administration plans to buy up $2 trillion in toxic financial assets. The plan is being denounced by economists in the (...)

, by YUNUS Muhammad

Meltdown Not the Only Crisis in the World

Muhammad Yunus, who claimed the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize founding Grameen Bank, which has lent out more than six billion dollars to mostly poor women, says the global recession presents a historical opportunity for change.
Catherine Makino, IPS Correspondent, Interviews MD. YUNUS, Bangladeshi (...)

, by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

Playing with labour rights: Music player and game console manufacturing in China

MakeITfair, FinnWatch, SACOM and SOMO - March 2009

makeITfair’s new report Playing with Labour Rights tells that hiring workers through labour agencies is increasingly common in the electronics industry. In China, the number of contract workers increased by seven million to 27 million in 2008. The studied factories made no exception. "The sales (...)

, by TNI

WSF had a prophetic voice

Walden Bello interviewed by Gabriel Elizondo

As the WSF was winding down in Belem in Brazil, Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo spoke with Walden Bello about his thoughts on this year’s meeting.
Al Jazeera: How has the 2009 World Social Forum different from the past years’?
Bello: This represents the triumph of the World Social Forum over the (...)

, by BELLO Walden

Asia: the coming fury

Foreign Policy In Focus

With the sudden end of the export era, East Asia may be entering a period of radical protest and social revolution that went out of style when export-oriented industrialization became the fashion three decades ago, writes Walden Bello.
As goods pile up in wharves from Bangkok to Shanghai, and (...)

, by Crises

World Social Forum: Resolution and a Plan of Action

The World Social Forum ended its ninth edition on February 1 in Belém with its "Assembly of assemblies" adopting dozens of resolutions and proposals to be the subjects of a programme of mobilisations around the world in 2009.
The 21 thematic assemblies thus broke the apparent WSF taboo on (...)

, by Amis de la Terre International (FOEI)

Who benefits from GM crops?

feeding the biotech giants, not the world’s poor

Friends of the Earth International warned today that biotech crops are benefiting biotech food giants instead of small farmers and the world’s hungry population, which due to the food crisis is projected to increase to 1.2 billion by the year 2025. [1]
The warning was issued in a new report [2] (...)

, by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

The Dark Side of Cyberspace: Inside the sweatshops of China’s Computer Hardware Production

Jenny Chan, Charles Ho, SOMO, Weed (World Economy, Ecology & Development), Procure IT Fair, December 2008

China is currently the world’s largest producer of electronic products. As in other developing economies, the transformation in electronics has been characterized by rapid upgrading from lowcost consumer goods to higher-technology items. Today, information technology (IT) is predominant – for (...)

, by GRAIN

Seized: The 2008 landgrab for food and financial security

Today’s food and financial crises have, in tandem, triggered a new global land grab. On the one hand, “food insecure” governments that rely on imports to feed their people are snatching up vast areas of farmland abroad for their own offshore food production. On the other hand, food corporations (...)