Robin Broad

Dr. Robin Broad is Professor of international development at American University. She teaches courses on economic globalization & development as well as environment & development, with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 1:18pm
The Global Fight Against Corporate Rule
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:19am
Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 2:58pm
How About a Tax System for the 99 Percent?
Paying taxes, as tens of millions of us in the United States do every April, evokes many emotions—from gratitude for government programs that feed the hungry to disgust over paying for fossil fuel subsidies and unjust wars.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 2:00pm
It's The New Economy, Stupid
Most progressives have long embraced a clear alternative to the conservative story that prosperity flows best from a “free market” unfettered by government regulation and taxes. The standard progressive response: government incentives and spending are essential to spur the creation of jobs, and...
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Monday, June 11, 2012 - 8:52am
Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy
A tribunal in Washington, D.C. that nobody elected recently issued a verdict that potentially hinders the democratic rights of millions of people. Its three members ruled that a foreign company may continue to sue El Salvador for not letting the company mine gold there. The impoverished Central American country could potentially be forced to pay a Canadian mining company called Pacific Rim $77 million or more in damages. This anti-democratic ruling has ominous implications for all of us.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 7:00am
What Comes Next?: Building on Occupy and the 99% Spring
Where does the Occupy movement turn next? Can social movements build on its momentum? Will protest and new forms of mobilization create change to transform the economy to one that works for people and the planet?
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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 1:55pm
A World Bank President We Can Get Behind?
Over the past week, there has been a small revolution in a part of the universe of the elite, and the collective actions of citizen groups deserve some credit for it.
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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 11:54am
What Do World Bank Poverty Statistics Really Tell Us?
Now here is what sounds like a New York Times headline to celebrate: “ Dire Poverty Falls Despite Global Slump, Report Finds. ” That report would be a 6-page World Bank briefing note, the press release for which is titled: “ New Estimates Reveal Drop in Extreme Poverty 2005-2010. ” Echoes The Economist: “
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 4:02pm
Occupy vs. the Global Race to the Bottom
Ever since the first tent was pitched in Zuccotti Park in September 2011, the Occupy protests have been giving life to a “99 percent movement.” Expect to hear a lot more from them: plans for a 99 percent spring —starting as early as April—are now in the making.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 10:52am
How Occupy is Transforming Our National Conversation
Shift your gaze for a moment from the lurid headlines of police shutting down Occupy sites in Oakland, New York and other cities to the scene on a sunny day in early November here in Washington, D.C. In front of the grandiose U.S. Treasury Department building, thousands of nurses dressed in red shirts gathered holding high large signs proclaiming: “Heal America: Tax Wall Street” and “Tax Timmy’s Friends” (as in U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner). They and their allies next marched to the Bank of America, then to the Occupy D.C.
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