US based Workers Action has the aim to encourage working people to unite and put up a fight in order to defend and improve our standard of living and to create a far more just, rational, and economically viable economy to replace capitalism, which has thrown billions of people into poverty and is destroying the planet. On this site Shamus Cooke published the interesting "What the 1% Heard During Obama’s State of the Union Speech".
The subtitle of this site is "A Revolutionary Socialist Organization", which it is the truth as far I can judge.
Another American socialist organisation is Socialist Alternative. Through the framework of CWI (Committee for a Workers' International) this organisation is connected with Socialist Party (England and Wales), Socialist Party/Páirtí Sóisialach (Ireland), socialistisch alternatief (the Netherlands), Left Socialist Party (Belgium) and many others.
Kshama Sawant was elected as member of the Seattle City Council for Socialist Alternative. She was the first socialist on the City Council since A. W. Piper, elected in 1877 and the first socialist member of a major City Counsel in the USA for more as 40 years. Read the full text of her Seattle city council member’s inauguration speech: I Wear the Badge of Socialist With Honor, and wath her response to Obama's State of the Union Address in 2014:
In the next video Paul Murphy, Member of the European Parliament for the Irish Socialist Party talks about the alternative to the Capitalist Crisis:
Links, international journal of socialist renewal: as an Australian initiative, it "seeks to promote the exchange of information, experience of struggle, theoretical analysis and views of political strategy and tactics within the international left. It is a forum for open and constructive dialogue between active socialists from different political traditions.
It seeks to bring together those in the international left who are opposed to neoliberal economic and social policies, and reject the bureaucratic model of "socialism" that arose in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China.
Inspired by the unfolding socialist revolution in Venezuela, as well as the continuing example of socialist Cuba, Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal is a journal for "Socialism of the 21st century", and the discussions and debates flowing from that powerful example of socialist renewal.
Links is also proud to be the sister publication of Green Left Weekly, the world's leading red-green newspaper, and we urge readers to visit that site regularly."
Some interesting people
Lars Christian Engström is a Swedish computer programmer, activist and politician. He is deputy chairman of the Swedish Pirate Party. Engström was elected a Member of the European Parliament in the 2009 election. His blog is mostly in Swedisch but there are also some interesting articles in English like this one about snus and the ignorance concerning scientific data in the discussions in the European Parliament. and two more articles about snus in the European Parliament, namely Renewed Invitation to the Anti-Snus Lobbyists and Why a Pirate Would Care About Snus (And Electronic Cigarettes). The next "snus" article was a real eye-opener for me concerning the power of lobbiyists in the European Parliament: I Finally Met The Anti-Snus Lobbyists. He concludes this chapter with Snus helps reduce smoking related deaths in Sweden, Allowing snus in the EU could save 350.000 lives per year and Amendments for tobacco harm reduction by allowing snus and e-cigarettes.
Christian is also co-author of The Case for Copyright Reform, the proposal for copyright reform that the Pirate Party is advocating and which the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament adopted as its group position in September 2011. You can read more interesting stuff about this subject like this post with a link to Why Conservatives and Libertarians Should Be Skeptical of Congress’s Copyright Regime by Jerry Brito.
He wrote also Kopimism Level 1: The Creation and A Kopimist Gospel — Executive Summary for The Church of Kopimism. More writings about kopimism you can find here on his blog. Some examples: Three Kopimist K’s: Copying, Cooperation, and Quality.
I also want to mention Christian wrote some articles about syntheism on the occasion of the book by Alexander Bard and Jan Söderqvist: Syntheism – Creating God in the Internet Age
On viEUws, the EU Policy Broadcaster, Christian did the following interview on the subject of Child Safety Online:
Together with his Pirate MEP colleague Amelia Andersdotter he nominated whistleblower Edward Snowden for the EU’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
His blogpost Stop DRM in HTML5 brought me to Defective by design, a very interesting site about DRM.
I disagree with Christian about the role of the American government as het describes it in In A Way I Do Sort Of Envy The US Its Patent System. In my opinion that government is the slave of the big companies. That is exactly the reason we talk about Corporate America. As consequence I should say these companies are very happy with the US Patent System, because it protects them from competition from smaller companies, which are not able to pay the immense legal fees.
Christian wrote "MEP calls for pan-European referendum on new EU treaty" and "EU-US trade agreement" in The Parliament Magazine. The last one is about the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the USA and Europe. Read also EU Commissioner De Gucht says no to transparent TTIP negotiations about this.
Anyhow he is one of the few (with which I mean there are some others) members of the European Parliament trying to explain what is happening there and sharing it with us, European citizens. Look for instance at EU trademark law revision and access to medicines.
Terry Bell is an economic and political analyst, writer, journalist and sometimes teacher. He was political prisoner in apartheid South Africa and in exile for 27 years, he has lived and worked in Britain, New Zealand, Tanzania and Zambia. He is now resident in Cape Town. He recieved the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award for courageous journalism.
He writes the often controversial weekly Inside Labour column in South Africa since 1996. You'll find many of them on his blog "Terry Bell Writes". He is author of several books, in recent years most notably Unfinished Business, South Africa: Apartheid & Truth and Right to Fight,a selection of Inside Labour columns over the past 17 years, accompanied by cartoons from the cartoonist, Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro).
Read for instance The road from 1996 to Mangaung about the tortuous road to the governing ANC’s centennial conference in December 2012 and Mandela: the myths & and the man on his personal blog
Ralph Nader (born in 1934) is an American political activist, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government.
Nader is a five-time candidate for President of the United States, having run as a write-in candidate in the 1992 New Hampshire Democratic primary, as the Green Party nominee in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008.
In the following video he speaks about his book "The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas For Our American Future":
A few day before the 2012 presidential election, RT spoke with Ralph about the US electoral system and breaking out of the "lesser of two evils" mentality under the title "Both Parties, Two Heads of Same Corporate Beast":
Giles Ji Ungpakorn (previous blog here) is a Thai-British academic and political activist. He formerly worked as an associate professor at Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, before he fled to the United Kingdom after facing a lèse majesté charge in Thailand in 2009.
There is a lot of interesting reading stuff on his site for those who are interested in Thailand (included two of his books). He publish also regularly on Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, an Australian site connected with Green Left Weekly. See for instance Class and politics in Thailand and Thailand: Round one to Yingluck government.
PEN International (known as International PEN until 2010) is a worldwide association of writers, founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. PEN International now has autonomous centres in over 100 countries.
Its main goals are to emphasise the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes killed for their views.
PEN originally stood for "Poets, Essayists and Novelists", but now includes writers of any form of literature, such as journalists and historians. It is the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization.
On this page you find a more detailed history of this organisation plus links to all autonomous centres around the world.
English Pen, the founding centre launched ‘Poems for Pussy Riot’, inviting poets from all over the world. Read more about it in The Poems for Pussy Riot project and ‘Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot’ wins Best Poetry Anthology in the 2013 Saboteur Awards.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an US-based organization promoting press freedom worldwide. It reports on violations in repressive countries, conflict zones, and established democracies alike.
Human Rights Watch is an US-based organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Read for instance "Mali: Islamists Should Free Child Soldiers" and "Kenya: Killings, Disappearances by Anti-Terror Police".
They published also "This Old Man Can Feed Us, You Will Marry Him", a 95-page report about child and forced marriage in South Sudan and “I Can Still Smell the Dead” - The Forgotten Human Rights Crisis in the Central African Republic, followed by “They Came To Kill” - Escalating Atrocities in the Central African Republic and "How Can We Survive Here?" about the impact of mining on hman rights in Karamoja, Uganda.
Another interesting report of this organisation is "Losing Humanity - The Case against Killer Robots" about concerns regarding fully autonomous weapons, which are - at the moment - still under development in countries like the USA, China, Germany, Israel, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Libya: Militias Kill Unarmed Protesters about the tragic facts in Tripoli on November 17, 2013
Unwelcome Guests (20/11/2013) is a 124-page report and a video about Iran’s violation of Afghan refugee and migrant rights
Israel: Military Choking Palestinian Village, Planning Tourist Site - Draconian Curbs on Building, Working, Access to Essentials of Daily Life (Februari 4, 2014)
An Offer You Can’t Refuse - How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty: a 126-page report detailing how prosecutors throughout the United States extract guilty pleas from federal drug defendants by charging or threatening to charge them with offenses carrying harsh mandatory sentences and by seeking additional mandatory increases to those sentences. Prosecutors offer defendants a much lower sentence in exchange for pleading guilty. Since drug defendants rarely prevail at trial, it is not surprising that 97 percent of them decide to plead guilty.
Saudi Arabia: 12,000 Somalis Expelled - Mass Deportations without Considering Refugee Claims (18 February, 2014)
Brazil: Prison Crisis Spurs Rights Reform - Custody Hearings Help Curb Overcrowding (8 April, 2015)
Mind the Gap - The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots (April 9, 2015): this 38-page report details significant hurdles to assigning personal accountability for the actions of fully autonomous weapons under both criminal and civil law. It also elaborates on the consequences of failing to assign legal responsibility. The report is jointly published by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
“What … if Something Went Wrong?” - Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines (29/9/2015)
Justice on Trial - Lessons from the Minova Rape Case in the Democratic Republic of Congo (01/10/2015)
“There is No Time Left” - Climate Change, Environmental Threats, and Human Rights in Turkana County, Kenya (15/10/2015)
Turkey: Border Guards Kill and Injure Asylum Seekers - Border Lock-Down Puts Syrian Lives at Risk (10/05/2016)
Stifling Dissent - The Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in India (24/05/2016)
Ethiopia: Protest Crackdown Killed Hundreds - Free Wrongfully Held Detainees, Independent Inquiry Needed (15/06/2016)
World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights: Terror Attacks, Refugee Crisis, and Broad Global Crackdown
Hungary: Migrants Abused at the Border (13/07/2016)
Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States (12/10/2016)
Grounds for Concern - Belgium’s Counterterror Responses to the Paris and Brussels Attacks (3/11/2016)
Burma: Farmers Targets of Land Grabs - Livelihoods in Karen State Imperiled by Abusive Militias, Laws, and Local Officials (3/11/2016)
To investigate: Humann Rights Watch about Azerbaijan
Hands off Cain is an Italian organisation campaigning against the death penalty worldwide. There is a lot of interesting information on their site.
It is my conviction that corruption and secrecy are of the biggest hindrances on the way of mankind to a world of real equality, freedom and democracy. Hence the importance of organisations like Transparency International. You can consider Transparency International EU as the European section of this movement. Amongst other things they wrote Commission quietly shelves anti-corruption commitments while 100,000s protest corruption in Romania (2/2/2017).
War Resisters' International was founded was founded in Bilthoven, Netherlands in 1921 under the name "Paco". It was and is based on the WRI declaration:
War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war
War Resisters' International exists to promote nonviolent action against the causes of war, and to support and connect people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war. On this basis, WRI works for a world without war. Read for instance WRI statement on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending dated on 15 Apr 2013. Personaly I like Antimilitarists in Gezi Park: We are not going to be anyone's soldier by Hilal Demir.
Matt Meyer, coordinator of WRI's Africa Support Network, wrote Revolutionary Egypt - The Worst of Times, the Best of Times... on the blog New Clear Vision.
The European network against arms trade (ENAAT) and the British Campaign Against Arms Trade are working to end the international arms trade. In my eyes they have a more correct point of view on the international arms issue than organisations as Oxfam and Amnesty International. Read for instance "Why an arms trade treaty won't stop the arms trade" on this issue. The Belgian organisation Vredesactie and the Dutch Campagne tegen Wapenhandel are connected with this network.
The BRussells Tribunal is an activist think tank and peace organisation with a special focus on Iraq. This initiative of intellectuals, artists and activists denounces the logic of permanentwar promoted by the American government and its allies, affecting for the time being particularly one region in the world: the Middle East. In April 2004 a people's court was held against the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and its role in the illegal invasion of Iraq. This hearing constituted the opening session of the World Tribunal on Iraq. After this endeavour, The BRussells Tribunal decided to become a permanent organization and has evolved into an international network including many Iraqi academics, intellectuals and activists.
The BRussells Tribunal is a founding member of IAON, the International Anti-Occupation Network. As one of the few organizations worldwide which continue to monitor Iraq, its website, newsletters and reports have gained worldwide authority over the years. As the invasion and occupation constitutes one of the biggest man made disasters of our time, a forgotten but hideous crime against humanity, the Iraqi cause deserves our attention. The targeted killing of academics and media professionals has been some of these ongoing crimes The BRussells Tribunal has relentlessly documented and condemned. The BRussells Tribunal tries to be a bridge between the intellectual resistance in the Arab World and the Western peace movements.
In the frame of the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the BRussells Tribunal decided to organize a prize: The BRussells Awards for Resistance and Solidarity. Read more about it and its winners here.
One of the founders of this tribunal is Dirk Adriaensens, who wrote amongst other things for Thruthout and GlobalResearch and is also active on facebook and twitter.
Handicap International is an international, non-governmental organisation, mainly known for its fight against anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions and helping the victims of these unexploded devices. However, its mandate has been extended over the years and today includes providing assistance through work in various fields for people in developing countries with other kinds of disability.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation aims to achieve a world without nuclear weapons, by educating and advocating for peace and by empowering peace leaders.
Every year the dutch organization PAX for peace publishes a unique global study on investments by financial institutions in companies that are involved in the production, storage and maintenance of (components of) nuclear weapons: the Don’t Bank on the Bomb report:
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. It works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.
The ‘Our Land, Our Lives’ - Time out on the global land rush report is part of the ongoing Oxfam campaign against land grabbing.
Read also Journey Towards an African Taxation Renaissance by Sipho Mthathi, Executive Director of Oxfam South Africa on IPS.
IPIS vzw - International Peace Information Service - is a Belgium based, independent research institute which focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa. Our studies concern three core themes: arms trade, exploitation of natural resources and corporate social responsibility. Read for instance their publication "Mapping Conflict Motives: M23" claiming that the M23 rebels show a clear political ambition and a tendency to establish political control over territory and challenge Kinshasa’s authority – strategic interests they might share with Rwanda.
War on Want is a London based organization, formed in 1951 after a letter from Victor Gollancz to the (Manchester) Guardian, calling for a negotiated end to the Korean War and the creation of an international fund "to turn swords into ploughshares". All those in support were to send a postcard to Gollancz with the simple word 'yes'. Within a month he had received 10,000 replies. The Association for World Peace was formed in March 1951 to meet this response, and in May it invited the future prime minister, Harold Wilson MP to chair a committee which would work out a plan "for the conquest of world hunger". This eventually became War on Want: A Plan for World Development, published on 9 June 1952.
The overview of their publications on their site gives a good hindsight in their activities through the years. At the same it is a lot of interesting reading stuff.
War on Want on YouTube with amongst other things "Trade agreements (TTIP, CETA, TiSA) and public services":
SOMO is an independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation working on social, ecological and economic issues related to sustainable development. Since 1973, this in the Netherlands based organisation investigates multinational corporations and the consequences of their activities for people and the environment around the world.
So you can read In Fool's Gold how Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold is devastating the environment and local livelihoods in Greece and how multinationals are able to suck tax money from the economy by using Dutch mailbox companies, while EU austerity measures are imposed upon Greece.
ActionAid and SOMO reveal billion dollar tax break benefiting Shell, Total and Eni (19/01/2016)
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 87 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Their mission is to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law.
About the dramatical and avoidable tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea they wrote amongst other things Business as usual: yet another refugee tragedy on EU borders (weekly bulletin 19/09/2014)
Borderline-Europe wants to break the silence of the European authorities about their migration policy at its external borders by countering the authorities’ cover-up attempts with in-depth research at Europe’s frontier regions. They want to create a public awareness based on reliable information and facts of the deadly consequences of this present migration policy.
Solutions can only be found by having the courage to talk about the present and very real situation.
The aim of the organization is to build up a European network with constant observation of the situation at the EU's external borders and support of humanitarian aid for the victims of this policy.
Read for instance Ferries not Frontex! 10 points to really end the deaths of migrants at sea (23/04/2015)
Peace in Kurdistan: campaign for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question. Read their charter of social contract for self-rule in Rojava.
Minority Rights Group International campaigns worldwide with around 130 partners in over 60 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard. It has over 40 years experience of working with non-dominant ethnic, religious and linguistic communities.
Social and ecological
La Via Campesina is an international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
La Via Campesina comprises about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.
The movement was born in 1993 when a group of farmers’ representatives – women and men- from the four continents founded the organisation in Mons, Belgium. At that time, agricultural policies and the agribusiness were becoming globalized and small farmers needed to develop and struggle for a common vision. Small-scale farmers’ organizations also wanted to have their voice heard and to participate directly in the decisions that were affecting their lives.
La Via Campesina is now recognised as a main actor in the food and agricultural debates. It is heard by institutions such as the FAO and the UN Human Rights Council, and is broadly recognized among other social movements from local to global level.
Global witness examines the link between natural resources, conflict and corruption and systematically documents and exposes how this sustains poverty, fuels instability and destroys the environment. Read for instance their report "Deadly environment" about the dramatic rise in killings of environmetal and land defenders during the period 2007-2013. (also in Russian)
In 2015 they published - amongst other things - the reports Digging for Transparency about U.S. companies and conflict minerals and How Many More?, a new report showing that killings of environmental activists are increasing. Honduras is the most dangerous country to be an environmental defender ...
The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition of 14 core Partners and more than 150 Collaborator organizations engaged in forest and land policy reform in Africa, Asia, and Latin America—directly in 15 priority countries and indirectly in many others.
CEE Bankwatch Network is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with member organisations from 12 countries across the Central and Eastern Europe region. It monitors the activities of the international financial institutions (IFIs) which operate in the region, and proposes constructive alternatives to their policies and projects. Read on there site "Dust, displacement, intimidation - Mongolian herders are under pressure by iron ore mine" which links to "When the dust settles" with beautiful photos.
Fern seeks a world in which environmental, social and economic justice is fully integrated at all levels and people have a voice in decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods. Its mission is to achieve greater environmental and social justice, focusing on forests and forest peoples’ rights in the policies and practices of the European Union.
Read for instance the full report Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation or watch the video:
Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. They mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.
Read for instance Food sovereignty activists protest at Bill Gate’s corporate seed conference, TTIP is a ‘revolution against international law’, says UN Expert and Corporations running the world used to be science fiction - Now it's a reality.
Blockupy is part of a European wide network of various social movement activists, altermondialists, migrants, jobless, precarious and industry workers, party members and unionists and many more from many different European countries from Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany and other countries.
Together they want to connect our struggles and powers beyond nation-state lines. Together they want to create a common European movement, united in diversity, which can break the rule of austerity and will start to build democracy and solidarity from below.
Blockupy and the actions in Frankfurt are only one step along this way.
As a transnational movement they oppose explicitly each and every attempt for racist, nationalist or antisemitic divisions as well as conspiracy theories to interpret the world.
The German Blockupy alliance is supported by activists from various emancipatory groups and organizations; among others, the interventionist Left, Attac, Occupy Frankfurt, trade unions, youth and student organizations, the forum of the unemployed in Germay (Erwerbslosenforum), the party DIE LINKE, the network peace cooperative (Netzwerk Friedenskooperative) and the alliance umsGanze...
Since 1989, the Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. It is an alliance of organisations in 16 European countries. They made this video where workers are telling about its life-, wage- and workingsituations. They are working for brands like Hugo Boss, Zara, H&M, Max Mara, Lea H, Benetton:
You can read more about this in the report "Stitched Up".
The Clean Clothes Campaign relies on a partner network of more than 200 organisations and unions in garment-producing countries to identify local problems and objectives, and to help them develop campaign strategies to support workers in achieving their goals. There exists also an extensive cooperation with similar labour rights campaigns in the United States, Canada, and Australia. I want to mention the Maquila Solidarity Network and United Students Against Sweatshops as examples. Furthermore I refer to the link list on the site.
Living Wage Defect: It's time to pay a living wage to all garment workers - the Clean Clothes Campaign explains the why and the how.
POC21 (Proof of Concept 21) is an international innovation community, that started as an innovation camp. They search for and find sustainable solutions, of which they provide the knowledge for everyone on the planet. This knowledge is shareable as open source.
POC21 is an project of OuiShare (Paris) and OpenState (Berlin).
The Tax Justice Network promotes transparency in international finance and opposes secrecy. It supports a level playing field on tax and opposes loopholes and distortions in tax and regulation, and the abuses that flow from them. It promotes tax compliance and opposes tax evasion, tax avoidance, and all the mechanisms that enable owners and controllers of wealth to escape their responsibilities to the societies on which they and their wealth depend. Tax havens, or secrecy jurisdictions as they prefer to call them, lie at the centre of our concerns, and they oppose them.
The Tax Justice Network is an independent international organisation launched in the British Houses of Parliament in March 2003. It is legally constituted as a Belgian registered association “international sans but lucratif”. It is dedicated to high-level research, analysis and advocacy in the field of tax and regulation. Its objective is to encourage reform at the global and national levels. They are not aligned to any political party.
Membership of this association is open to organisations which participate directly in achieving the network's goals and to individuals who are active in the network and want to have voting rights at the Tax Justice Network Council.
Founder members are The Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs, United Kingdom, Berne Declaration, Switzerland, Citizens for Tax Justice, USA, Kairos Europe, Belgium and Secours Catholique Caritas, France.
As you can see here its network includes a big diversity of organisations spreaded all over the world. Between those organisations you see Attac Austria, Germany, Switzerland, España, Norway and Vlaanderen.
Attac is an international movement working towards social, environmental and democratic alternatives in the globalisation process. It opposes neo-liberal globalization and develop social, ecological, and democratic alternatives so as to guarantee fundamental rights for all. Specifically, they fight for the regulation of financial markets, the closure of tax havens, the introduction of global taxes to finance global public goods, the cancellation of the debt of developing countries, fair trade, and the implementation of limits to free trade and capital flows.
The ‘Association pour la Taxation des Transactions financière et l'Aide aux Citoyens’ (Association for the Taxation of financial Transactions and Aid to Citizens) was founded in France in December 1998 after the publication in the Monde Diplomatique of an editorial entitled ‘Désarmer les marchés’ (Disarm the markets) that launched the notion of creating an association to promote the Tobin tax.
The organization expanded very rapidly into the rest of the world with an ATTAC network around an international charter set up in 1999. Today, the association is active in some 40 countries, with over a thousand local groups and hundreds of organizations supporting the network.
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making. Read for instance "Troika for everyone, forever" by Steffen Stierle (ATTAC-Germany) and Kenneth Haar (Corporate Europe Observatory) and Dirty business in Warsaw (4/10/2013): as the warm-up climate talks in Warsaw end, the message from the Polish government is clear: big companies get privileged access to negotiators, but NGOs are excluded.
We know that European PR firms (are) whitewashing brutal regimes, but it is great to have a report with the proofs.
July 2nd 2015 - TTIP: released emails show biotech, seeds on the trade talks table and July 15th 2015 - The revolving door: greasing the wheels of the TTIP lobby
Public services under attack through TTIP and CETA (12/10/2015) is translated in many languages.
Jubilee debt campaign is a British organisation, part of a global movement to break the chains of debt. More particular they campaign for a world where debt is no longer used as a form of power by which the rich exploit the poor. Freedom from debt slavery is a necessary step towards a world in which our common resources are used to realise equality, justice and human dignity.
In january 2015 they published How Europe cancelled Germany's debt (the previous link goes to a nice pdf formatted file. If you prefer html, you can use this link).
Very interesting and - as a matter of fact - a "must-know" is Six key points about Greece’s debt by Tim Jones.
The Committee for the Cancellation of the Third World Debt (the CADTM - Comité pour l’annulation de la dette du Tiers Monde) is an international network of individuals and local committees from across Europe and Latin America, Africa and Asia. It was founded in Belgium on 15th March 1990. They published also a lot of stuff about the situation in Greece, like Greece: Alternatives to the Capitulation on 16 July 2015 by Eric Toussaint and the Preliminary Report of the Truth Commission on Public Debt.
Bankocracy by Eric Toussaint is a sharp analysis of the financial world system. Noam Chomsky wrote about this book: "The central theme of this highly informative, lucid, and very careful study is the current financial crisis, which elites present “as the motive justifying the biggest offensive since the Second World War against the economic and social rights of the people of Europe,” and of the US as well. It also elaborates the background in the neoliberal policies of the past generation, and the deeper history of banking institutions and their roles in modern state capitalist societies. A no less important contribution is to spell out the basis for democratization of financial institutions under citizen control. Valuable and impressive."
It is downloadable for free.
As long as one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, actions like 1 billion rise are more than necessary.
On SASSY (Sharing Academic Sexism Stories w/ You) victims of sexism in the academic world can tell their story.
The New Economics Foundation (NEF) was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) with the aim of working for a "new model of wealth creation, based on equality, diversity and economic stability". It aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues by putting people and the planet first.
The New Economic Foundation recently called for gradual transition to a working week of 21 hours.
Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international think tank for progressive politics. It was established in 1973 in Amsterdam and serves as a network for scholars and activists. It was established as the international programme of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies, but it is now independent.
In 1976, the director of TNI, Orlando Letelier was murdered by the secret services (DINA) of Chile under Pinochet in Washington DC. You can read more about this murder in The Assassination of Orlando Letelier and the Politics of Silence by Jon Schwarz (The Intercept - 22/09/2016).
Among other things the site of TNI offers a visual insight into who is dominating the planet at a time of systemic economic and ecological crisis.
TNI defined for itself 11 work areas. One of them is "About Democratising Europe" where you can read for instance Guns, Debt and Corruption by Frank Slijper about the military spending and the EU crisis.
The writings of Edgardo Lander, one of the leading thinkers and writers on the left in Venezuela, are very interesting also.
Read also Borders Wars - The arms dealers profiting from Europe's refugee tragedy (04/07/2016) by Mark Akkerman, researcher Stop Wapenhandel.
The Earth Policy Institute functions as a think-tank, providing policy research and recommendations on sustainable development and living, as well as on environmental issues. EPI’s goals are
1) to provide a global plan for moving the world onto an environmentally and economically sustainable path,
2) to provide examples demonstrating how the plan would work,
3) to keep the media, policymakers, academics, environmentalists, and other decision-makers focused on the process of building a Plan B economy.
Founder and president Lester R. Brown was also the founder of the Worldwatch Institute, another environmental research organization.
libcom.org is run by a small collective of libertarian communists based mainly (but not only) in the UK and the US.
Social Europe (SE) is a forum for debate and innovative thinking. The values of ‘Social Europe’ are used as a viewpoint to examine issues in politics, economics and employment & labour and are committed to publishing cutting-edge analysis and new ideas from the most thought-provoking people. Read for instance The Tale Of Lazy Greeks by Sandro Scocco, published on 5 March 2015 and The Real Thing: An Anti-austerity European Government by James K. Galbraith on 7 April 2015 about the Greek government.
Other interesting writings
The mask of our democracy is falling: A letter from Brazil is the translation of a letter from Franco A., an undergraduate student of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. The letter was published on 17 Juin 2013 on "Truth is a Beaver", a political blog based on the Euro-American campus of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)..
The International Labour Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations, promoting rights at work, encouraging decent employment opportunities, enhancing social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. The unique tripartite structure of the ILO gives an equal voice to workers, employers and governments to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.
They publish many interesting reports like for instance the World Social Protection Report 2014-2015 and the Global Wage Report for the same period. The report, World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2016 published on 19 January 2016 is also interesting reading.
Take also a look at ILO: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection and Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics (Social Protection Policy Paper. Paper 16). Furthermore there is Global youth unemployment is on the rise again (24/08/2016).
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as The UN Refugee Agency has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.
A – less known - second mandate for the UNHCR is to work with governments to prevent statelessness from occurring, to resolve those cases that do occur and to protect the rights of stateless persons.
There are some interesting writings of the UNHCR about stateless people in Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and… of course in general. Take for instance a look at I am here, I belong - The Urgent Need to End Childhood Statelessness (3/11/2015)
Jacob Stevens wrote a critical article about UNCHR in the New Left Review: Prisons of the stateless.
In September 2014 U.N. Women launched the HeForShe campaing, designed to recruit men and boys as key players in the gender equality movement. You can sign this commitment on the campaign page: "Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that requires my participation. I commit to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls."
UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. You'll find a lot of information on this site.
Global Policy Forum is an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and scrutinizes global policymaking. They want to promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law.
GPF was founded in New York in December 1993 by a group of fourteen progressive scholars and activists, among them James Paul, Erskine Childers and Joel Krieger. In September 2004, Global Policy Forum Europe (GPF Europe) was founded as the sister-organization of GPF. The office of GPF Europe is located in Bonn, Germany.
GPF publishes reports like Fit For Whose Purpose? - Private Funding and Corporate Influence in he United Nations by Barbara Adams and Jens Martens.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies published also interesting stuff like Five years on: The European economic crisis leaves a legacy of poverty with the downloadable report Think differently - Humanitarian impacts of the economic crisis in Europe.