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The TTIP and TPP trade deals: enough of the secrecy
Two of the largest US-negotiated trade deals in recent history are both being hidden from public view. If they remain that way we must reject them outright
David Hare: Why the Tory project is bust
They claim to have rescued Britain from industrial chaos. But in fact Margaret Thatcher and her heirs have created a selfish and divided society in which politicians and the people regard each other with mutual contempt
George Osborne would fail his economics GCSE – he can’t even get the basics
On the eve of a crucial budget, the chancellor is still wedded to a flawed interpretation of the economy

A Storm of Ignorance
Censoring official advice, stripping the hills and rivers, the government ensures that disasters like the Cumbria floods will keep recurring.

The Problem With TPP Explained In Two Minutes
Today, a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal was agreed, which will also be important for the negations between the European Union and the US about TTIP. Watch Robert Reich explain the main problems with TPP in two minutes. Many of the issues are very similar in the TTIP negotiations.


Wikileaks release of TPP deal text stokes 'freedom of expression' fears
Intellectual property rights chapter appears to give Trans-Pacific Partnership countries’ countries greater power to stop information from going public
David Cameron attacks Jeremy Corbyn on Bin Laden remarks: But what did the then-Labour backbencher actually say?
The PM called the Labour leader's ideology 'security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating'.
TTIP: Three million people sign petition to scrap controversial trade deal
A petition demanding an end to the secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has reached three million signatures.
Tory conference: Cameron's 'assault on poverty' pledge belied by new figures
Resolution Foundation report says planned welfare cuts would lead to 200,000 more working households in poverty by 2020
Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse
Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon
Bullingdon Club: Five Facts About The Super-Rich, Elite Oxford University Drinking Club
The Bullingdon Club has a rich history, spanning more than 200 years. Yet it has recently become notorious for very wealthy students from Oxford University trashing restaurants and participating outlandish, criminal behaviour.
Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War
Children just as innocent and precious as Aylan are being driven into the sea in Libya, incinerated by drone in Pakistan, or starved to death in Yemen all the time, and it is all on your dime.
A time lapse shows what 31 days of Assad's barrel bombs look like.
This week the Syrian government is accused of bombing a Damascus suburb — again. UK-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed claims of government fire in the suburb city of Saqba, where at least ten people were killed and an unknown more injured in the latest in a string of such incidents.
The promised ‘transparency’ around TTIP has been a sham  Sven Giegold
The most important documents about the TTIP talks are unavailable to us MEPs as well as the public – and it suits big business to keep it that way
Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell' says new UN privacy chief
Joseph Cannataci describes UK data protection as ‘a joke’ and says a Geneva convention for the internet is needed
Use of fake quotes in benefits leaflet 'quite wrong', Iain Duncan Smith admits
Minister says withdrawn leaflet is now subject of investigation, and publishing case studies based on fictional people is not DWP policy.
DWP Admits Using Fake Claimant’s Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet
Government officials have admitted that claimant’s comments used in an official benefit sanctions information leaflet were “for illustrative purposes only”.
What lies beneath the government’s push to frack Britain?
The British establishment’s urge to frack over Britain seems deluded considering the environmental and economic impact.
The Conservative Party has just introduced thought policing to the UK
If this really is the struggle of our generation, it just got off to a bad start
5 Societal Illusions that we accept as Reality
We have multiple religions, belief systems, schools of thought and scientific processes all claiming to be the true one, yet for every person who thinks their version is correct there are a million others who challenge it.
Let me tell you bluntly why I am running, by Bernie Sanders
"We are at a moment of truth. We need to face up to the reality of where we are as a nation, and we need a mass movement of people to change that reality."
      
Solutions

“Co-operatives aren’t co-operatives unless they co-operate with each other”
High-tech tools of exploitation are being repurposed to build a fairer economy. The digital platforms that have become the connective tissue of our lives – the likes of Airbnb and Google – have proven to tend towards monopolies, monetisation of surveillance and disregard for labour standards. But what stops us from using the Internet’s power for collective action to usurp them? Last week, an evening hosted by Outlandish outlined the prospects of platform co-operativism. Featuring Felix Weth, Sarah Gold, and Nathan Schneider, it covered ways of truly making the concept happen.

The Future of Work
Douglas Rushkoff's vision for a new, better world


What P2P means for the world of tomorrow
on the emergence of the peer to peer civilization and political economy
Egyptian Billionaire Naguib Sawiris Offers To Buy Mediterranean Island For Refugees
An Egyptian Telecoms billionaire has proposed buying a Mediterranean island to shelter refugees fleeing from Syria and other countries. Naguib Sawiris, who is believed to be worth $2.9billion, announced his idea on Twitter this week.
Greek community creates an off-the-grid Internet
In an effort to buck the expensive rates of unreliable corporate telecom companies, a community in Athens, Greece, has created its own private Internet.
After capitalism, what comes next? For a start, ethics
The shift is evidenced by developments such as collaborative production and the sharing economy. Mason attributes this economic transformation to advances in information technology, particularly the global networks of people and ideas that are now possible.
‘Moving from Democracy to Sociocracy’
"What sociocracy is, how it works, what results it gets, and why it’s so damn important, which is because it’s non-authoritarian, it’s practical to use, it works great, it feels better to use, and it’s a more respectful way to relate to other people"
Busting the Myth that Consensus-with-Unanimity is Good For Communities
“Consensus . . . allows each person complete power over the group.”
A City where Everyone Works, There are No Police and the Salary is 1200 Euros
With virtually no police, crime or unemployment, meet the Spanish town described as a democratic, socialist utopia.
The Village Against the World by Dan Hancox – review
The 'Robin Hood Mayor' and the search for a socialist utopia in Spain

 

 

 

 

 


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