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The City As a Commons: From Flint to Italy | BMC Commons News and Updates

The City As a Commons: From Flint to Italy | BMC Commons News and Updates | What we're reading... | Scoop.it

Piazza Verdi in Bologna, a city incorporating commons practices into its government operations.

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Neoliberalism: Oversold? -- Finance & Development, June 2016

Neoliberalism: Oversold? -- Finance & Development, June 2016 | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri - Instead of delivering growth, some neoliberal policies have increased inequality, in turn jeopardizing durable expansion
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G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025

G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade
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Bernie Sanders | 2016 | Centesimus Annus 25 Years Later

Workshop 15-16 April - Vatican City http://www.pass.va/content/scienzesociali/en/events/2014-18/centesimus_annus.html
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Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe

Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
In the last few months basic income—an unconditional cash payment to every member of the population—has been getting more and more attention in the media and social networks. Three items are especially interesting.

First, Yanis Varoufakis, the able Greek economist, Minister for Finance in the first Syriza government and well known for his trenchant opposition to Troika austerity measures bashing the poor and already vulnerable majority of the population, has become such a media star that every time he gives an opinion on political economy, some theoretical aspect of economics or economic policy, his words are widely disseminated. Hence, his remarks on basic income, which he described as “a necessity” at the Future of Work conference in Zurich on 5 May 2016, are of no small import.
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Remembering All the Deaths From All of Our Wars

Remembering All the Deaths From All of Our Wars | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Celebration of Memorial Day in the US, originally Decoration Day, commenced shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War. This is a national holiday to re
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Watch: Should Borders Matter?, The Global Philosopher - BBC Radio 4

Watch: Should Borders Matter?, The Global Philosopher - BBC Radio 4 | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders.
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The Occupy movement has grown up — and looks to inflict real pain on big banks

The Occupy movement has grown up — and looks to inflict real pain on big banks | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
A new coalition could set up a big congressional fight in 2017 over the future structure of Wall Street.
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European countries need to return to humanitarian principles | Blogs | Oxfam GB

European countries need to return to humanitarian principles | Blogs | Oxfam GB | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Oxfam is a leading aid and development charity with over 70 years of experience, working with partners in over 90 countries worldwide.
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The World Humanitarian Summit: winners and losers

The World Humanitarian Summit: winners and losers | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Not sure what to take away from this week’s unwieldy World Humanitarian Summit? Here’s our summary of what was – and wasn’t – agreed.
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Promises, Promises: A History of Debt - Available now - BBC Radio 4

Promises, Promises: A History of Debt - Available now - BBC Radio 4 | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Anthropologist David Graeber examines the moral power that debt holds over people.
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Breaking through Power – Citizens Revolutionary Week

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Ralph Nader presents Breaking through Power—Citizens Revolutionary Week. Celebrating the 50th anniversary year of Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed, the Center for Study of Responsive Law announces four days of civic mobilization at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2016.
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How the Sustainable Development Goals Drove the Conversation at the World Humanitarian Summit | UN Dispatch

How the Sustainable Development Goals Drove the Conversation at the World Humanitarian Summit | UN Dispatch | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
(World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul) — The World Humanitarian Summit ended yesterday evening — and though it may come as a surprise to many,  much of the discussion in Istanbul focused squarely on the Sustainable Development Goals–the set of 17 anti-poverty goals established at the United Nations Summit last September. Although often conflated, most people view …
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The duty to care for our common home

Femke Wijdekop makes the case for Ecocide to become a crime under international law..
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World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned

World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Arctic would warm by as much as 20C by 2300 with disastrous impacts if action is not taken on climate change, warns new study
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You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within | Aditya Chakrabortty

You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within | Aditya Chakrabortty | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
IMF economists have published a remarkable paper admitting that the ideology was oversold
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'Europe, This is Unbearable': Deadly Crossings Drive Migrant Fatalities to New Heights

'Europe, This is Unbearable': Deadly Crossings Drive Migrant Fatalities to New Heights | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Describing a heartbreaking and horrific scene of hundreds of bodies floating on the surface of the Mediterranean, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed Sunday that more than 700 asylum seekers drowned last week, capping off the deadliest period for those fleeing war and violence in over a year.
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Silencing America as It Prepares for War

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Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.

The first to be assassinated that year, Martin Luther King, had dared link the suffering of African-Americans and the people of Vietnam. When Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, she spoke perhaps unconsciously for millions of America’s victims in faraway places.
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Think TTIP is a threat to democracy? There’s another trade deal that’s already signed | Nick Dearden

Think TTIP is a threat to democracy? There’s another trade deal that’s already signed | Nick Dearden | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
If you needed proof that trade agreements are just an excuse to hand big business power at our expense, look no further than Ceta, a deal between the EU and Canada
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Neoliberalism is increasing inequality and stunting economic growth, the IMF says

Neoliberalism is increasing inequality and stunting economic growth, the IMF says | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Key parts of neoliberal economic policy have increased inequality and risk stunting economic growth across the globe, economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have warned.

Neoliberalism – the dominant economic ideology since the 1980s – tends to advocate a free market approach to policymaking: promoting measures such as privatisation, public spending cuts, and deregulation.

It is generally antipathetic to the public sector and believes the private sector should play a greater role in the economy. 
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3 Signs Corporate Work Culture Has Become Toxic to the Human Spirit

3 Signs Corporate Work Culture Has Become Toxic to the Human Spirit | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Feeling trapped on the corporate ladder? You’re not alone… our work culture has become uncaring, toxic and rather dangerous to our well-being.
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Climate Change Fueled Droughts Pushing Africa to the Brink (1/2)

Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey says Africa remains on the front lines of climate change impacts, while wealthy nations fail to act with urgency
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G7 must stop propping up doomed fossil fuel industries | Climate Home - climate change news

G7 must stop propping up doomed fossil fuel industries | Climate Home - climate change news | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
A deadline for ending perverse support to coal, oil and gas is welcome, writes ODI's Shelagh Whitley, but actions speak louder than words
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Why spirituality is the key to a more visionary politics

Progressive renewal lies in a deep recognition that we are not choosing our current lives. An introduction to this week's guest-edited series: spirituality and visionary politics.
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Extreme inequality is expensive and destructive. But there is something we can do about it on a global scale | UN Dispatch

Extreme inequality is expensive and destructive. But there is something we can do about it on a global scale | UN Dispatch | What we're reading... | Scoop.it
Inequality is the issue of our time. The gap between rich and poor has ceased closing; instead it’s getting worse. That gap exacerbates every other problem we face, from climate change (poor people are hit harder, rich people are the major cause) to infectious disease (countries with weak health systems become reservoirs for infection). Thomas …
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