National Community Activists Network
The Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) or investment court system (ICS) has a number of iterations. It is a system through which individual companies can sue countries for alleged discriminatory practices. One small example is where the tobacco company Philip Morris sued Uruguay after having enacted strict laws aimed at promoting public health. ISDS is found in international investment agreements, such as the Energy Charter Treaty, TTP, CETA, TTIP and the…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 22, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
In the next few weeks a new mega prison, HMP Berwyn, in north Wales, will open its gates and the Ministry of Justice will start the process of filling this new mega prison with prisoners from across the country. Once fully operational it will hold more than 2,000 people, making it the…Continue
The struggle for the vote for workers and for women was resisted at every stage, and when universal suffrage was finally won, every effort was made to blunt and control its impact through institutional devices. These included second chambers, disproportional electoral systems,…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 19, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments
Being a member of parliament is a full-time job – as I know from my personal experience, as George Osborne’s predecessor. Being a newspaper editor is also a full-time job. Giving external advice and speeches, however well remunerated, also takes time. Doing all three together, it seems to me, would require the…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 17, 2017 at 18:05 — No Comments
Tell you what, I haven’t half enjoyed all this stability David Cameron promised at the last election. “Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice,” he tweeted solemnly, “stability and strong government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband.”
Who needs The Walking Dead: if you ever want to scare yourself for kicks, imagine the chronic instability we would now be living through if Miliband had become prime minister.…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 14, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments
This week’s budget revealed the government’s true priorities. It’s not about supporting workers or small businesses. It’s a government for tax avoiders and giant corporations. Phillip Hammond was boasting about the continuing cuts to taxes for corporations and the super-rich, now totalling…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 11, 2017 at 18:51 — No Comments
It is understandable in times of austerity that people are fearful and worried. The country is in the grip of a crisis in living standards and job security, and years of cuts have led to overstretched and underfunded public services, forcing us to compete for access.
Many people, echoing the myths churned out by much of the media, are blaming immigration and freedom of movement.…Continue
Jeremy Corbyn has told tens of thousands of demonstrators to “defend the NHS with all of your might” at a protest march through central London.
Organised to warn that further funding cuts in the health service…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 7, 2017 at 9:24 — No Comments
The White Paper by Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 March 2017 is a poor answer to the crisis of the European Union. In…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 2, 2017 at 13:49 — No Comments
Dr. Ben Santer is one of the world’s top climate scientists. But you may not have heard of this MacArthur “genius” since, like most scientists, he is unassuming, low-key, and fact-oriented — qualities that don’t generally appeal to the…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 1, 2017 at 9:43 — No Comments
It is 5 days since the by-elections at Stoke and Copeland. Predictably, the results have led to an explosion of angst amongst opponents of Jeremy Corbyn. And some of his supporters are worrying about how things are going. This article is an attempt to analyse one of the main…Continue
Added by joe taylor on March 1, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
I’d like you to picture a scene. A father and son are hunched over their beers. They’re embroiled in a sometimes heated political debate. Strangely their politics are in complete alignment. Both are socialists. They are each sick of living in a society where greed and private profit…Continue
Added by joe taylor on February 25, 2017 at 15:31 — No Comments
For socialists in the Labour Party it will be a relief that the Blairite plan to stage two electoral disasters on one night failed. Nobody can claim losing Copeland was Jeremy Corbyn’s “fault”: the fault lies with the careerist right-winger who abandoned the seat in mid-session to take a…Continue
The events that led to Donald Trump’s election started in England in 1975. At a meeting a few months after Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative party, one of her colleagues, or so the story goes, was explaining what he saw as the core beliefs of conservatism. She snapped…Continue
Added by joe taylor on February 24, 2017 at 9:08 — No Comments
What’s the biggest event of our lifetimes, as far as political economy goes? ISIS, Brexit, the EU? No.
Today I came across a startling statistic: US life expectancy is falling to reach Mexico’s. It’s another confirmation: the US is going to be the world’s first poor rich country. That’s the biggest political economic event of our lifetimes: the unprecedented fall of a rich country, once the world’s richest, to become a…Continue
Added by joe taylor on February 23, 2017 at 10:08 — No Comments
With a few exceptions, virtually all of those at the meeting were PhD economists who had earned doctorates at MIT, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and other top American universities. They met under the auspices of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the decision-making body of the…Continue
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ROME, Jan 24 2017 (IPS) - So far, Donald Trump’s first decisions as president of the United States have left no doubt that he intends to implement his electoral threats, while most likely not fulfilling the promises he made as a candidate.
Barely 48 hours after his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, a shocking report was circulated saying that “A bill was introduced early January that calls for the removal of the United States from the…Continue
Added by joe taylor on February 15, 2017 at 15:48 — No Comments
Frequent movers are one of the least likely groups of electors to be registered to vote in the UK.
It is estimated that the proportion of private renters who are registered to vote is 63%, compared to homeowners who are around 94%.
The challenges we face with transient populations are becoming more difficult to address especially in our inner city areas. Manchester, for example,…Continue
Added by joe taylor on February 14, 2017 at 9:26 — No Comments
It took corporate America a while to warm to Donald Trump. Some of his positions, especially on trade, horrified business leaders. Many of them favoured Ted Cruz or Scott Walker. But once Trump had secured the nomination, the big money began to recognise an unprecedented…Continue
Added by joe taylor on February 3, 2017 at 17:21 — No Comments
Mikhail Gorbachev thinks the world is “preparing for war”. What do you think? You’ve considered it by now, that much is certain. Let us try as best we can to answer the question: is the world gearing up for war?
Wars are often seen as…Continue
Added by joe taylor on February 1, 2017 at 11:17 — No Comments