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Some Great Podcasts from the WTO’s 2009 Public Forum

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

At the end of September the WTO ran its annual public forum, this year entitled “Global Problems, Global Solutions: Towards Better Global Governance”.  The forum happens each year, and is a chance for governments, NGOs, academics, business and students to come together to discuss and debate some of the major issues which arise out of [...]

Wash-up from the G20 meeting…Finally!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Wow – it’s been almost 2 months since there was any movement on this blog – sorry for the long hiatus, but hopefully you’ll forgive me once you see some of the great new posts that are in the pipeline… So, to pick up where I left off, I did promise a follow-up on the [...]

G20 Lead-up Round-up

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The leaders of the G20 group of countries are meeting in London today to try to work out what to do about this global economic crisis thingy. This has been a highly anticipated meeting, and there’s piles and piles of opinion and analysis from all and sundry about what they should or shouldn’t be agreeing [...]

If you only read one thing from this blog . . .

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Maybe you should make it this report just published by the UK’s War on Want. Trading Away Our Jobs: How free trade threatens employment around the world is an incredibly valuable report, documenting in detail the way that free trade policies have systematically destroyed employment opportunities for people across the developing world, through use of [...]

China Calls for New Global Currency

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

It’s a big day when one of the world’s major powers calls for a fundemental reform of the global economy.  Britain’s Gordon Brown as been issuing vague calls for global financial reform, but no real concrete proposals. Now China has taken the lead, calling for a new global currency which seems to closely resemble the [...]

Taking The Credit – New Report on Financial Services Liberalisation

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The World Development Movement in the UK have just released an excellent report into the impact of financial services liberalisation (which usually occurs through free trade agreements) for the world’s poor. The report says that Liberalisation of overseas markets has been pushed aggressively by the industry’s lobbyists via free trade deals, firstly at the World [...]

Melbourne: Understanding Globalisation: A Short Course about Global Crisis & Global Justice

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Applications are now open for Global Trade Watch’s Understanding Globalisation course – an exciting short course for people interested to learn more about globalisation, global economics and their impacts on people and the environment. The course will run in Melbourne (Carlton) on Monday evenings from April 14 to June 15 2009. Understanding Globalisation is a [...]

Sydney Event: “Economics for Ordinary Folk” – March 28

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

A plug for friendly Sydney-based NGOs AFTINET and AID/WATCH, which are co-hosting “Economics for Ordinary Folk”, a 1 day workshop aimed at skilling-up participants on economics and the impact of orthodox economic theories on the peoples of the world, particularly the majority world. It’s aimed at people who are concerned about issues of social justice [...]

The most amazing statistics on Development you’ve ever seen….

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Two absolutely fantastic short talks from Hans Rosling, A professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. The first talk is here (2006), the second one is here (2007). They were given at successive years of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in California. What stuck with me most after watching them was that changes [...]

WTO: The round that “no one knows how to end”

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

For those interested in what is going on at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) while the financial crisis is hogging all the headline space in the business pages, the answer is: not a lot. But the Third World Network published an interesting historical analysis of the so-called “Doha Development Round” a couple of weeks ago. [...]

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