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The privatisation of cities' public spaces is escalating. It is time to take a stand

The privatisation of cities' public spaces is escalating. It is time to take a stand | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the first of a series on the changing nature of urban space, academic geographer and gonzo urbanist Bradley L Garrett discusses ‘Pops’ – privately owned public spaces – and asks who our cities are really for
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Greece New Bailout Deal - May Have to Sell Islands and Assets. What Happened to No Austerity Vote?

Learn how we are going broke and what to do about the USA debt. Dr. David Graeber, professor of anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London on ...
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Greek Productive Recon. Minister Says Privatizations Will Not Go Ahead

Greek Productive Recon. Minister Says Privatizations Will Not Go Ahead | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Greek government will not proceed with the privatizations included in the memorandum or even more so with the fire sales of public assets and businesses, Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis said in an...
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Ciudad Furor: the public, the commons and the democratisation of the city

Ciudad Furor: the public, the commons and the democratisation of the city | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is the third in a series of blog posts taken from our talk opening the Ciudad Furor film festival, organised by the Latin American Solidarity Centre in November 2014. In previous posts we examine the neoliberalisation of urban services as a process involving both the acceleration and expansion of the ‘market’ in controlling urban services as well as profound transformation of the state as it is penetrated by the market’s logic. In this post, we examine resistance to these processes, focusing on that resistance reshapes and re-imagines the very notion of ‘the public’.
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▶ Irish Water: Protests Against Irish Water Charges - YouTube

http://fivepointfive.org more than one hundred thousand people marched in Dublin to protest against Irish Water and the Charges that are being imposed on the Irish people.
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Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science - New York Times

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Fundamentally at stake, the critics say, is the social contract that cultivates science for the common good. They worry that the philanthropic billions tend to enrich elite universities at the expense of poor ones, while undermining political support for federally sponsored research and its efforts to foster a greater diversity of opportunity — geographic, economic, racial — among the nation’s scientific investigators.

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Germans begin the looting of Greece

Germans begin the looting of Greece | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
German companies begin the process of looting Greece’s most valuable public assets as demanded by the latest bailout, writes Darrell Delamaide.
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Defending Free Software Against Privatizers

Defending Free Software Against Privatizers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Christoph Hellwig
How can you protect a commons of software code from free riders who attempt to take it private for their commercial gain?
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Steven Poole on The Internet Is Not the Answer – review

Steven Poole on The Internet Is Not the Answer – review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
he internet is not the answer. But who said it was? And hang on, what was the question again? The internet is a good answer to a question like “What do we call the global network of computer networks?”, but a bad response to “What would you like to drink?” The internet is a very good answer, in the sense of “approach or solution”, to the problem of sending a written message very quickly to someone on the other side of the world, but a poor one to the problem of constructing a better society.
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▶ The Water Charge Roar of Dublin - YouTube

On November 1st nearly 100 local protests happened all around the country of Ireland against the water charges. This video features highlights from the Dublin Lockdown which saw numerous groups and communities stand shoulder to shoulder in their refusal to pay the water charges by Irish Water. The atmosphere at the protest had some moments of real electricity and Irish people regaining their pride. 

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Privatisation doesn't work. For real innovation look to communities

Privatisation doesn't work. For real innovation look to communities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We won't find the people best placed to transform public services in the corridors of Whitehall nor the boardrooms of Serco, writes James Angel
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