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World Trade Organization Attacks Commonsense Country of Origin Labels - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in 2013 still ran afoul of the global trade rules. The WTO’s compliance panel decided that the goal of country of origin labels was not trade illegal, but it narrowly found that the implementation of the COOL rules discouraged livestock imports from Canada and Mexico.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:46PM
No Redistribution Without the Social State - by Norman Wagner and Matthias Schnetzer
In Austria 30 percent of the gross domestic product is spent on social services (not including education spending)... Since the 1990s, social security has been increasingly discussed as a financial burden and less as a social achievement... The irony is that the social state is the target of austerity measures in times of economic insecurity with high unemployment and rising poverty although it is then urgently necessary.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:42AM
Escalating Political Violence in South Africa - by Richard Pithouse
An article from the mainstream press in South Africa showing just how bad political violence in the form of assassinations, police killings and violence by the ruling party has become.
Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:56AM
Is American Israel’s Stooge? - by Harvest McCampbell
Open letter to President Obama about our true American values of justice, equality, and freedom as exemplified by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how the world views us, according to our actions.
Posted: Wed Oct 8, 2014 5:56AM
Coffee & Ethics - by Harvest McCampbell
Whether you are concerned about labor abuses around the world, environment degradation, GMO's, or how your cup of brew may impact the on-going genocide and ethnic cleansing in Palestine, you need to think twice about the coffee you choose to support.
Posted: Sat Oct 4, 2014 2:10PM
Filipinos storm Chinese Consulate, express support to Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution" - by Akbayan - Citizens Action Party
Saying that the Filipino people’s struggle to secure Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea extends to the Chinese people’s fight to be free from their authoritarian government, members of Akbayan Partylist trooped to the Chinese Consular Office in Makati today to express their support to the tens and thousands of Hong Kong citizens who are staging a massive protest to demand “true universal suffrage” from mainland China.
Posted: Fri Oct 3, 2014 6:57PM
“I Against I:” The Oppressed Against the Oppressed - by Seana Sperling
Minorities are being manipulated to go after other minorities.
Posted: Thu Oct 2, 2014 7:26AM
Alternative Outlook Radio :: Episode 17 (audio/mpeg 57.1MB) - by James Simmons
Alternative Outlook Radio is a radical news and information radio program & podcast that brings you the latest in arts, activism, intellectual discourse, militant resistance, and beyond!
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:53PM
Argentina Faces US Contempt Hearing - by james
US Federal Judge Thomas Griesa scheduled Argentina to appear for a contempt hearing on Monday, September 29. At issue is Argentina's failure to follow a court order to only continue to pay the 92% of bondholders who restructured after the country's 2001 default if Argentina pays a group of hold-out hedge funds. Argentina organized payment to restructured bondholders via an Argentine bank to avoid paying the hedge funds. The hedge funds, popularly known as "vulture funds," are asking the judge...
Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:27AM
Why a Global Wealth Tax Reduces Inequality - by Thomas Piketty and Hagen Kramer
The distribution of incomes and assets is one of the most controversial themes today. History teaches us that economic forces press in different directions - either to more equality or away from equality. Which will prevail depends on what political decisions we make. The US was understood as the antithesis to the patrimonial societies of old Europe. Up to the First World War, the concentration of assets in the hands of the rich in the US was less extreme than in Europe. In the 20th centu...
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:57AM
Oxfam: Green Climate Fund pledges still far below target for developing countries - by Takver - Climate IMC
The UN Climate Change Summit in New York brought many new pledges and commitments on emissions reduction targets, reduced deforestation, and in financing the Green Climate Fund, and many more. But do they measure up to the challenge?
Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:31PM
Karl Polanyi - Still Actual 50 Years After His Death - by Claus Thomasberger
Karl Polanyi was the author of "The Great Transformation." As in Polanyi's times, the absurdity of the market utopia must be made clear and confronted with social reality. Freedom and democracy are goals to defend, not markets. "Embedding the economy in society" has long been part of socioeconomic discourse. The disaster of the 20th century must be understood as a crisis of modern civilization, not as an economic crisis.
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:41AM
OECD Takes Strong Stance on Corporate Tax Avoidance - by James Griffin
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a major proposal for curbing corporate tax avoidance yesterday. The OECD recommends international cooperation to prevent large corporations from avoiding taxes in the countries where they do business. The OECD plan comes amidst increased calls to crack down on corporate tax avoidance.
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:14AM
For Scotland’s Right to National Self-Determination - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Thousands of Scottish nationalists protesting the biased coverage of the BBC against Scottish independence on Sunday, September 14th. In addition, in recent months, large protests have also come out against the BBC’s biased coverage of the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza as well as their lack of coverage of a large protest against anti-working class austerity carried out by the British government.]
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:19PM
Pirate Bay founder on trial again (video/mp4 48.8MB) - by IndyRadio
Political prisoner Per Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, aka Anakata, is now on trial in Denmark where the game began with tables tilted against him. A video is attached to help you understand the legal struggles of Pirate Bay, and how it relates to the concepts of freedom vs. property in a rapidly changing world.
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:53AM
The BRICS: Challengers to the Global Status Quo - by Walden Bello
Can the BRICS wrest control of the global economy from the United States and Europe, or will their internal contradictions tear them apart?
Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:32AM
UN Votes for Process to Enact Bankruptcy Treaty and Stop Vulture Funds - by james
The UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution to begin treaty negotiations to enact a global bankruptcy process and stop predatory hedge funds. The resolution passed by a super-majority vote of 124-11 with 41 abstentions. The US voted no along with 10 other countries. The bankruptcy process could make it more difficult for hold-out investors to block countries from debt restructuring and could limit future defaults.
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 1:58PM
Brazilian Black Bloc -- still resisting (video/mp4 35.3MB) - by Support your local Black Bloc
Introdução ao Black Bloc -- Introduction to the Black Bloc Brazilian activists are embracing the Black Bloc tactic which proved very successful and appreciated by non-Bloc protesters against austerity (the teacher's union sent a formal thank you to the local Black Bloc for protecting their march from police attack).
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 3:54PM
NSA helped track Kurds for massacre in Turkey - by IndyRadio
Tracking by the NSA proven lethal.
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 4:02AM
Fingerprinting the Internet Governance Forum - by IndyRadio
Invasive tracking was used by the host country of the Internet Governance forum. During the week of the forum in Turkey, trials of 29 twitter users continued uninterrupted nearby.
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 3:30AM