Martin Kirk

Martin Kirk is Head of Strategy for /The Rules, a global network of activists, organizers, designers, researchers and writers dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world. Follow him on Twitter: @martinkirk_ny

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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 1:30pm
The World Bank and the Battle for the Future of Farming
There is a battle raging over the future of farming on this planet, and the front line, this week, is at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank in Washington, DC. There are two visions. They are often portrayed as being about differences in technical approaches but are, in truth, far more...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:15am
Us and Them: On Understanding Climate Denialism
So we’re in the midst of another round of climate-change related mud slinging. The latest issue of National Geographic , “The War on Science”, was seen to sneer at the 130 million American who don’t believe in human induced climate change. The Washington Times ' Stephen Moore fired back with an...
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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:15am
Four Reasons to Question the Official ‘Poverty Eradication’ Story of 2015
The United Nations, large NGOs and lots of big corporations are gearing up to tell the world that we can eradicate global poverty by 2030. As a new paper by the economist David Woodward confirms , however, this claim is so far from reality that it deserves the label of cynical hype. The UN is...
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 1:15pm
4 Things You Probably Know About Poverty That Bill and Melinda Gates Don’t
Bill and Melinda Gates just released their annual letter, " Our Big Bet for the Future ," with their thoughts on the current state of global poverty and the suite of projects they are funding to tackle it . While their hopeful tone and a good deal of what they are proposing is excellent, the story...
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
Do We Live on a One Party Planet?
The truth can be a slippery thing. We each have a version but it slips and slides about in our minds as we deal with the constant flood of information coming at us from all sides, not to mention trying to balance this expert view against that, between what we know, what we think we know, and what...
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:45pm
The Hidden Shallows of Global Poverty "Eradication" Efforts
Right now, a long and complicated process is underway to replace the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, with new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These will set the parameters for international development for the next fifteen years and every government, UN agency,...
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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:15am
The Hidden Hands Behind East-West Tug of War in Ukraine
News from Brussels on July 28 and from Washington on July 29 that both the EU and US are stepping up sanctions on Russia have been met with a general "it's about time" from the world. Nobody outside Russia, it seems, has trouble roundly condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for fuelling this...
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:15am
World Bank 'Development' Driving—Not Solving—Inequality and Poverty
The thing about “international development” is that it’s a bit of a murky, catch-all term. It’s got a good feel to it – if you’re involved in international development, you’re more often than not seen as one of the good guys. It’s swirling about in a bucket of meaning alongside “foreign aid” and “...
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:30am
It Takes a Cabal of Willing Governments to Maintain Global Tax Havens
Everyone loves to hate a thief. And quite right, too.
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