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'The race to be the first country to fully adopt universal basic income is now on,' writes Williams. 'Together we could transform this utopian idea into a real political alternative.' Views
Is It Time for Universal Basic Income?
Universal basic income is not a new idea. It was way back in 1795 that Thomas Paine, an American revolutionary, first talked about the citizen's dividend. The idea was to pay all US citizens a regular payment as compensation for "loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the...
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'Travesty of Democracy' as Canada's Closed Borders Mar Opening of World Social Forum
Annual summit of leftist movements aims to "build a sustainable and inclusive world," but the West's closed-border policies stand in the way
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Global Justice Movements Converge on Revolutionary Ground
Collective adrenaline ran high as the World Social Forum opened on March 24 in Tunis. It had not yet been five years since a peaceful revolution brought a dictatorship long backed by Western political superpowers to its knees and ignited the fire of the Arab Spring that burns to this day. And it...
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Challenging the Power of the One Percent
When you are faced with the task of moving an object but find it is too heavy to lift, what is your immediate and most natural response? You ask someone to help you lift it. And it makes all the difference. And so in the face of unprecedented economic, ecological and human rights crises, we should...
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The Gates Foundation vs. the World Social Forum: A Tale of Two Meetings
This week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID hosted a meeting in London with big agribusinesses to discuss strategies to increase corporate control over seeds in Africa. The location of the meeting was secret. So was the agenda. Attendance was strictly invite-only and nobody who even...
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Another World Is Possible, Without the 1%
Activists from around the world will defy the terrorists to attend the World Social Forum in Tunis on March 25, determined to make the occasion a beacon for free speech, justice and equality. I am proud to join the leaders of Greenpeace , ActionAid , Civicus and the Association for Women’s Rights...
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World’s Richest One Percent Undermine Fight Against Economic Inequalities
'We cannot rely on technological fixes. We cannot rely on the market. And we cannot rely on the global elites. We need to help strengthen the power of the people to challenge the people with power.'
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The World Social Forum: Building Alternative Forms of Globalization
The greatest progressive innovation of our century -- to this point -- has been the World Social Forum (WSF). In the book Another World is Possible: popular alternatives to globalization at the World Social Forum , William Fisher and I first contended that the World Social Forum represented the...
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Tunisia Gears Up to Host World Social Forum
TUNIS - Following in the wake of the wave of revolutions dubbed the ‘Arab Spring’, which originated here nearly two years ago, North Africa is gearing up to host the World Social Forum (WSF) for the first time. While Egypt was initially considered for the role, organizers finally settled on Tunisia...
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World Social Forum and World Economic Forum - A Bridge Too Far?
'Corporate actors have a moral responsibility, in our view, to conduct their business in such a way as to really minimixe environmental damage, especially in view of climate change'
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