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News and Analysis

An Income of One’s Own: The Citizen’s Income

The idea of a ‘citizen’s income’ may sound unfeasible, but this is exactly how it already is in Alaska and in Iran, in parts of Namibia and Brazil, and will soon be in Mongolia. People like Tom Paine and Bertrand Russell have been advocating it since the 1790s, and perhaps its time has come, argues Bill Jordan.

Global Rules, Local Rulers

A discussion paper analyses how connected citizens feel they are to the international institutions that regulate trade and economic activity, and argues that both NGOs and international institutions need to engage more actively in domestic economic debate in the current challenging climate. Authored by Jim Metcalfe.

Final Declaration: 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum

The final declaration of the 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum held under the title “People’s Solidarity against Poverty and for Sustainable Development: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States of Citizens for citizens”.

New Statistics on Global Hunger

According to the latest UN hunger statistcs, nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. This may be fewer people than previously thought, but analysts point out that the fight against hunger is still far from being won.

For Richer, For Poorer

An Economist special report on the world economy says that growing inequality is one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time, and recognises that inequality is not inevitable - even if it's prescriptions are controversial. Cover piece by Zanny Minton Beddoes.

Manifesto: Strengthen the Commons – Now!

A new movement is afoot that seeks to reclaim what belongs to us all by building and protecting the commons. The commoners must create their own commons sector, beyond the realm of market and state, to serve the public good in their own distinctive manner, according to a manifesto by Yochai Benkler et al.

On the Great Lakes Commons

The On the Commons team is developing a co-creative process that will allow the Great Lakes and its tributary waters in North America to be declared as a lived commons - to be shared, protected, carefully managed and enjoyed by all who live around them. By On the Commons.

Press Release: Financing the Global Sharing Economy

A new report by Share The World’s Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion every year to bolster the ‘global sharing economy’ and prevent life-threatening deprivation, reverse austerity measures and mitigate the human impacts of climate change.

Crisis or Opportunity in the Multilateral Trade System?

Where do the politics of the World Trade Organisation negotiations stand now? It appears that the paralysis in multilateral trade talks is leading to yet another North-South (industrialized versus developing country) divide. And we still need a multilateral framework for trade, writes Sophia Murphy.

Transnational Capital vs People's Resistance

A special edition of the 'Latin America in Movement' magazine discusses the international call to action towards building together a global campaign to dismantle corporate power and impose binding obligations on transnational corporations at the global level. Compiled by America Latina en Movimiento.

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