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Corporate power

At this time of year, it is easy to forget the reality of the critical world situation as we partake in the frantic overconsumption and festivities of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas in the midst of environmental destruction, growing levels of poverty and escalating global tensions?  Mohammed...
The UN General Assembly has adopted by unanimous consensus a resolution that mandates the UN to set course for a global tax leadership role. The historic decision is likely to mark the beginning of the end of the OECD’s sixty-year reign as the world’s leading rule maker on global tax, and will now kick off a power...
It wouldn't take more than 1% of the U.S. population to rise up and get organized behind key popular demands to make them a reality - and yet we continue to endlessly wait, writes Ralph Nader in Common Dreams. Long before the Covid pandemic, it was important to ask, where are the mass movements to enact in Congress...
Change will come, and can only come from committed people mobilizing in common cause as a powerful social movement, writes David Korten. In his message launching the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on April 4, 2022, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres offered the following ...
Companies at the centre of the global grain trade have enjoyed a record bonanza amid soaring food prices around the world, raising concerns of profiteering and speculation in global food markets that could put staples beyond the reach of the poorest, and prompting calls for a windfall tax. The world’s top four grain...
The outcome of the 12th Ministerial Meeting (MC12) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is a big win for rich countries, but a massive defeat for the global South, explains a dossier by Focus on the Global South. The articles in this dossier were written in the run up to the MC12. They present...
The World Trade Organization's 12th Ministerial Conference ended with an agreement on patent rights that campaigners said would do virtually nothing to address vast global inequities in coronavirus vaccine and treatment access, a failure they attributed to relentless obstruction by rich countries and the...
While one person is dying every 48 seconds in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia alone, Oxfam report that food billionaires have increased their collective wealth by $382 billion since 2020. By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams. The aid group Oxfam International estimated Monday that a mere two weeks of wealth gains recently...
As the cost of essential goods rises faster than it has in decades, billionaires in the food and energy sectors are increasing their fortunes by $1 billion every two days, according to Oxfam. For every new billionaire created during the pandemic — one every 30 hours — nearly a million people could be...
A growing number of billionaires is not a sign of success; it is a sign of the failure of the economic system we have created — particularly in the context of millions of people sliding into poverty. By Amitabh Behar for IPS news. It is no secret that economic inequality has risen exponentially in the last few...
The COVID-19 death toll has been four times higher in lower-income countries than in rich ones, according to a new report published by Oxfam on behalf of the People’s Vaccine Alliance as the world marks two years since the World Health Organization declared the pandemic.  While the pandemic has been devastating for...
Dozens of youth-led advocacy groups from around the world have published an open letter urging the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Switzerland to immediately end their opposition to a proposed patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines, which still remain out of reach for billions of people in poor...
The world is spending at least $1.8tn (£1.3tn) every year on subsidies driving the annihilation of wildlife and a rise in global heating, according to a new study, prompting warnings that humanity is financing its own extinction. From tax breaks for beef production in the Amazon to financial support for unsustainable...
Despite urgent calls to ensure the equal distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in 2021, pharmaceutical companies tragically failed to rise to the challenge of a once-in-a-century global health and human rights crisis.  Instead, they monopolized technology, blocked and lobbied against the sharing of intellectual property...
To end the pandemic, we need a transformative shift away from the short-termist and profit-captive model of global health governance. And Cuba is showing the way, writes Zackie Achmat. We have entered the age of pandemics. COVID-19 dominates the headlines, and rightly so; January has seen a record-high number of...