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Vowing to End ‘Neoliberal Experiment,’ Greek Left Rises as Snap Elections Called

Vowing to End ‘Neoliberal Experiment,’ Greek Left Rises as Snap Elections Called

Published on Monday, December 29, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer “The future has already begun.” That’s what Alexis Tsipras, head of the leftwing Syriza Party in Greece, reportedly said on Monday after parliament failed in its third attempt to elect a new president and the scheduling of a popular general election was announced for next […]

US Corporations Top List of Those Living in ‘Magical Fairyland’ of Tax-Dodging

US Corporations Top List of Those Living in ‘Magical Fairyland’ of Tax-Dodging

Published on Thursday, November 06, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer More than 300 global corporations and financial institutions—including well-known names like Pepsi Co., FedEx, JP Morgan Chase, and Amazon—have created complex tax avoidance schemes using the small European nation of Luxembourg to funnel billions of dollars of profits away from the countries where […]

‘Unprecedented Mobilization’: Hundred Thousand Rise Against Irish Water Tax

‘Unprecedented Mobilization’: Hundred Thousand Rise Against Irish Water Tax

Published on Saturday, November 01, 2014 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Update 2:20 EST: Protest organizers Right 2 Water estimate that over 150,000 people came out to protest the water charge scheme. In a statement released Saturday afternoon, they wrote: “Despite torrential rain, our expectations have been massively exceeded, with well over 150,000 people […]

‘A Generation Cast Aside’: Child Poverty On Rise in World’s Richest Countries

‘A Generation Cast Aside’: Child Poverty On Rise in World’s Richest Countries

Published on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer Children remain “the most enduring victims” of the recession in the world’s wealthiest nations, where 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line since 2008, a new report from UNICEF reveals. The annual study, Children of the Recession: The impact of the […]

The Top 1% Own… Half

The Top 1% Own… Half

Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer The top one percent of the wealthiest people on the planet own nearly fifty percent of the world’s assets while the bottom fifty percent of the global population combined own less than one percent of the world’s wealth. “These figures give more evidence […]

Water is a Human Right: Detroit Residents Seek U.N. Intervention as City Shuts Off Taps to Thousands

Water is a Human Right: Detroit Residents Seek U.N. Intervention as City Shuts Off Taps to Thousands

Activists in Detroit have appealed to the United Nations over the city’s move to shut off the water of thousands of residents. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says half of its 323,000 accounts are delinquent and has begun turning off the taps of those who do not pay bills that total above $150 or […]

A Plan Only Banksters Will Love: WikiLeaks Reveals Trade Deal Pushing Global Financial Deregulation

A Plan Only Banksters Will Love: WikiLeaks Reveals Trade Deal Pushing Global Financial Deregulation

The pro-transparency group WikiLeaks has released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement, TISA, a trade agreement covering 50 countries and more than 68 percent of world trade in service. Until now, the draft has been classified to keep it clandestine, not only during the negotiations, but also for five years post-enactment. […]

The World Continues Its Seven-Year Tumble Downwards Towards Less Peace

The World Continues Its Seven-Year Tumble Downwards Towards Less Peace

– Andrea Germanos, staff writer The world is continuing a seven-year trend towards a deterioration of peace, the Institute for Economics and Peace finds. In its most recent annual Global Peace Index (pdf) released Wednesday, the think tank ranks 162 nations as measured by 22 specific factors which cover three themes: militarization, ongoing domestic and […]