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News and Analysis

Gradido: Natural economy of Life

A recently published book provides a new monetary and economic model according to the role model of nature. Nature is the inspiration for a common-good-currency called “Gradido” that is not to be created by debt, but by contributing to the common good. By Bernd Hückstädt.

Why are the FAO and the EBRD promoting the destruction of peasant and family farming?

A group of campaign organisations oppose a recent article endorsed by the FAO and EBRD that urges governments to facilitate the growth of big agribusiness, and defend the important role of peasant agriculture and the critical role small farmers must play in global food production.

The Long Tradition of Debt Cancellation in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BC

Today debt repayment has become a taboo subject, but we must pierce the smoke-screen of creditors and re-establish the historical truth. Repeated and generalised debt cancellation has occurred throughout history - often as a result of major social and political upheaval, writes Eric Toussaint.

Climate Factsheets

To contribute to a broader public understanding of the present state of climate science, a series of factsheets clearly set out the evidence for anthropogenic global warming and its interaction with various climatic events, such as wildfires, droughts and flooding. By the Public Research Interest Centre.

Trade and Development Report, 2012

A United Nations report slams 30 years of global policies and ineffective recent austerity measures, arguing that reducing the widening gap between the rich and poor is not only necessary for social justice, but is also a precondition for sound economic growth. By UNCTAD.

Growth or Equality: Two Competing Visions for America’s Future

Contrary to the incessant mantra of economists, politicians, and media pundits, economic growth is not the solution to what ails us. Our prime need is for a more intelligent distribution of the wealth we have—giving social and environmental returns priority over financial returns, argues David Korten.

Statement on Transforming Finance Based on Life's Principles

Financial experts, warning of future crises, call for re-affirming finance as a global commons, first recognized at Bretton Woods in 1945. The Transforming Finance group, as beneficiaries and active participants in global capital markets, affirm their responsibility to reform finance in a signed statement.

What You Need to Know About a Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions

The corporate cabal behind a new trade agreement including Cargill, Pfizer, Nike and WalMart, has done an exceptional job of maintaining an almost total lack of transparency as they literally design the future we will all inhabit, writes Laurel Sutherlin.

The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators

Living simply in a consumer society isn't easy, hence a new book brings many learning tools together in one place so that educators who want to share the rewards and potentials of simple living with others may have some grist for their own creative mills. By Mark A. Burch.

Poverty as a Human Rights Violation

If a proposal from Magdalena Sepúlveda - special rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty - is approved by the United Nations Human Rights Council this month, eradicating poverty shall not only be a moral duty, but a legal obligation, acccording to Roberto Bissio.

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