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By Sharing Prosperity Most Evenly, Norway Wins Again

By Sharing Prosperity Most Evenly, Norway Wins Again

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer For the 12th year in a row, Norway has earned the honor of being listed as the best country in the world to live. The ranking appears in the United Nations Development Programme’s 2015 Human Development Report. The agency uses the Human Development Index (HDI) […]

To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income

To Lift Quality of Life and Economy, Finland Champions Universal Basic Income

Published on Sunday, December 06, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer As a way to improve living standards and boosts its economy, the nation of Finland ismoving closer towards offering all of its adult citizens a basic permanent income of approximately 800 euros per month. “Basic income would increase everybody’s capacity to cope with financial shocks […]

Economist Has Convincing Theory on How Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence

Economist Has Convincing Theory on How Extreme Inequality Creates Extremist Violence

Published on Monday, November 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Influential French economist Thomas Piketty is raising important questions this week after positing a theory that the rise of the Islamic State (or ISIS) can be attributed, at least in part, to extreme regional inequality in the Middle East fueled largely by oil wealth. Piketty […]

Tip of Iceberg? EU Rules Against Sweetheart Tax Deals for Corporations

Tip of Iceberg? EU Rules Against Sweetheart Tax Deals for Corporations

Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Striking a blow against sweetheart tax deals that unfairly benefit large multinational corporations, the European Union ruled Wednesday that Starbucks and Fiat must repay up to 30 million euros ($34 million) each in tax breaks they received from EU nations. The decision is seen as […]

Warning: TTIP Aims To Defang Local Rules Against Hazardous Chemicals

Warning: TTIP Aims To Defang Local Rules Against Hazardous Chemicals

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer The mammoth Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under secret negotiation between the United States and European Union is poised to slash the power of local governments to regulate toxins—from pesticides to fracking chemicals—the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) warned in a report released […]

Striking Fear Into Corporate Hearts, Labor Board Hands Big Win to Workers

Striking Fear Into Corporate Hearts, Labor Board Hands Big Win to Workers

Published on Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer In what is being described as “one of the biggest labor decisions of the Obama administration,” the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday expanded its “joint-employer” standard, paving the way for unions to organize on a much broader scale—and striking fear into the hearts […]

Racialized Poverty in America has Nearly Doubled in 21st Century

Racialized Poverty in America has Nearly Doubled in 21st Century

Published on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer Discriminatory housing, zoning, and other policy choices are driving the dramatic rise of racialized poverty and segregation across the United States, with the number of people residing in low-income “ghettos, barrios, and slums” nearly doubling in the 21st century alone, a new report finds. Architecture […]

Despite Epic Crash of World Economy, White Collar Prosecutions at 20-Year Low

Despite Epic Crash of World Economy, White Collar Prosecutions at 20-Year Low

Published on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Despite lofty rhetoric from politicians who vowed in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis to hold Wall Street accountable, U.S. Justice Department statistics show a “long-term collapse” of federal white collar crime prosecutions, which are down to their lowest level in 20 years, according […]

Finally, One Banker Gets Sizable Jail Term. But Will Others Follow?

Finally, One Banker Gets Sizable Jail Term. But Will Others Follow?

Published on Monday, August 03, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer “A message needs to be sent to the world of banking,” said UK Judge Jeremy Cooke on Monday as he handed down a 14-year sentence to former Citibank and UBS trader Tom Hayes, convicted in a London court on eight counts of conspiring to manipulate […]

With Zero Accountability, Big Oil Wringing Profit from Developing Countries

With Zero Accountability, Big Oil Wringing Profit from Developing Countries

Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Thanks to “foot dragging by the Securities and Exchange Commission” combined with “aggressive lobbying and legal challenges by oil industry laggards,” a U.S. law meant to increase transparency around fossil fuel operations in developing countries has been stalled for nearly five years, charges a new […]

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