FFD3 Outcome Document adopted without intergovernmental tax body or new financial commitments

Submitted by SID on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 15:10

by Bhumika Muchhala and Ranja Sengupta, Third World Network

The Third Conference on Financing for Development: Outcome document adopted without intergovernmental tax body or new financial commitments

Negotiations conclude in bad faith as developed countries reject final hour proposals for improvements to the UN tax committee, let alone a global tax body.

The Hidden Truths Behind the Greek Drama

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:11

by Roberto Savio | Greece was the civilization where drama and farce were established as forms of theatre. The negotiations with the Eurozone were a drama for the Greek people, and a farce for the European leaders. In fact, it is a dramatic for all, that this brings to an end of the most radical dream after the Second World War.

Let us see why. It will be a little long, but without examining a little history it is impossible to understand how we came to this situation.

The Time for Interpreting Kenya's Pragmatic Outlook has Come

Submitted by The Wooden Stool on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:53

By Leonard Wanyama | Concluding his article in the Sunday Nation of 7th of June 2015, Why Kenya's Regional Powerhouse Status Is under Serious Threat, Professor Karuti Kanyinga stated that the energies required of the Jubilee Administration for regional leadership are being consumed by an inconsistency of development action and institutional corruption. My opinion sees his viewpoint as an assertion on governance challenges rather than failures in external relations.

Immigration, Myths and the Irresponsibility of Europe

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:34

ROME, Jun (IPS) - With little fanfare, the German IFO Institute for Economic Research recently published a report on population projections for Germany which states simply that the country's population is shrinking fast.

The country has lost 1.5 million inhabitants since the last census in 2011 and it is estimated that it will have fallen from the 82.5 million in 2003 to 66 million in 2060, when Great Britain (if it still exists as such), will be the most populated country in Europe.

Pillar of Neoliberal Thinking is Vacillating

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:05

ROME, Apr 20 2015 (IPS) - This month’s World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) only confirms that consequences of the collapse of the financial system, which started six years ago, are serious. And they are accentuated by the aging of the population, not only in Europe but also in Asia, the slowing of productivity and weak private investment.

On the way to the Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development

Submitted by Roberto Bissio on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 13:41

The sovereign debt of today, particularly in developed countries that are highly indebted, is the results of the irresponsible indebtedness of the private sector that was bailed out with public monies,  Roberto Bissio, Social Watch Coordinator, First preparatory session of the Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development, January 28, 2015.

Source: Social Watch


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am Roberto Bissio, coordinator of Social Watch.

Europe has lost its compass

Submitted by Roberto Savio on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:07

Rome Dec 13, 2014 - The Swedish Social Democrat government, which took office only two months ago, has just resigned. The far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats sided with the four-party centre-right opposition alliance, and new elections will be held in March next year.

In Europe, Sweden has been the symbol of civic-mindedness and democracy - the place where those escaping dictatorship and hunger could find refuge; the country without corruption, where social justice was a national value.