An Earth Constitution. Has its time come?

The world is a failed state. The people of Earth share risks and a common destiny without a governance system able to mute dangers and pursue ambitions. As global crises mount, the need for a supranational basis for policy and action becomes ever clearer. The question of world government and how to get there—the focus of our new GTI Forum—deserves a frank, thoughtful, and deep exploration.

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Traps Lurking at COP26

ETS Group / Silvia Ribeiro will be tracking events at UNFCCC’s COP 26 in Glasgow over the next two weeks, both in person and on-line, and aim to keep you informed about events as they unfold!

We’ll be watching out for and speaking out about three key traps we see lurking at COP 26:

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OBJETIVOS ESTRATÉGICOS DEL GFFSM MEX2022


Recogiendo tanto los aportes de la asamblea anterior del sábado 13 de marzo pasado, como los debates durante 2019 y cuenta tenida del desarrollo del FSM de enero 2021, proponemos adoptar un doble acuerdo:

PRIMERO.- para la discusión considerar dos dimensiones de los objetivos:

  1. Hacia el proceso global del FSM.
  2. Hacia la incidencia en México del FSM 2022.

OBJETIVOS ESTRATÉGICOS DEL GFFSM MEX2022:

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US Billionaire Wealth during COVID

U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surged by 70%, or $2.1 Trillion, During Pandemic; They Are Now Worth a Combined $5 Trillion 

America’s billionaires have grown $2.1 trillion richer during the pandemic, their collective fortune skyrocketing by 70 percent — from just short of $3 trillion at the start of the COVID crisis on March 18, 2020, to over $5 trillion on October 15 of this year, according to Forbes data analyzed by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality (IPS). [A table of the top 15 billionaires is below and the full data set is here.]

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El desestabilizador papel del oenegismo

por Aram Aharonian

Un editorial del diario mexicano La Jornada – ONG, vehículos de desinformación-, puso nuevamente en debate el tema de las organizaciones no gubernamentales, insertadas en el imaginario colectivo por una intensa y agresiva campaña publicitaria por los medios hegemónico, como integrantes del llamado campo popular.

El editorial denuncia que varias ONG publicaron un comunicado conjunto en el cual sostienen que, de ser aprobada, la iniciativa de reforma eléctrica enviada por el gobierno al Congreso, afectaría los derechos humanos a la salud, a un medio ambiente sano y a la participación ciudadana, además de que se alejaría al país de cumplir sus metas nacionales de transición energética y acuerdos climáticos internacionales.

Para leer el artículo: El desestabilizador papel del oenegismo – CLAE (estrategia.la)

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Vaccine Apartheid, a strategy of social murder

Blog by Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Global Justice Now:

The organisation of our economies has driven two of the biggest global crises the world faces: pandemics, of which Covid-19 will not be the last, and the climate and ecological breakdown. On top of actual infections and deaths experienced by families, Covid-19 is also affecting every person and community due to lockdowns, prolonged workplace closures, suspension of classes, travel restrictions and general economic impacts. However, it does not do so equally. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities and injustices and the structural inequalities play a significant role in determining who lives and who dies.

Experts say Covid-19 survivors may go on to develop long Covid, creating a generation left with chronic health problems and disability, the personal and economic impacts of which might be felt for decades to come. The UN has already acknowledged that Covid-19 has also wiped out years of progress in the 15-year global work on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, which was already off track in 2019.

Read more: Vaccine apartheid, a strategy of social murder – Global Justice Now Global Justice Now

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Rescatar el Estado para rescatar la democracia

por Emir Sader

        El surgimiento del neoliberalismo fue, al mismo tiempo, el inicio de la campaña frontal de crítica y descalificación del Estado. Las críticas a su incompetencia, su burocracia, por ser fuente de corrupción, por no tener dinamismo económico, por gastar demasiados recursos en servidores públicos, por descaracterizar erróneamente la competencia del libre mercado, por su carácter autoritário – se concentraron en el Estado.

        En definitiva, sin Estado o con un Estado mínimo, la sociedad funcionaría mejor, la economía sería más dinámica, los precios serían más bajos, habría más democracia. Esta promesa neoliberal, de hecho, se traduce en la centralidad del mercado, la supresión de los derechos de la gran mayoría de la población, la mercantilización de la sociedad, la imposición del reino del dinero, donde todo tiene un precio, todo es mercancía, todo se vende, todo se compra.

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The Pandora Papers

An ICIJ Investigation: Based upon the most expansive leak of tax haven files in history, the investigation reveals the secret deals and hidden assets of more than 330 politicians and high-level public officials in more than 90 countries and territories, including 35 country leaders. The Pandora Papers lays bare the global entanglement of political power and secretive offshore finance.

ICIJ obtained more than 11.9 million financial records, containing 2.94 terabytes of confidential information from 14 offshore service providers, enterprises that set up and manage shell companies and trusts in tax havens around the globe. ICIJ shared the files with 150 media partners, launching the broadest collaboration in journalism history. For nearly two years, ICIJ organized and led an investigation that grew to encompass more than 600 journalists in 117 countries and territories.

Read more about it: Pandora Papers – ICIJ

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UN Secretary-General calls for accelerated action on jobs and social protection

Deeply diverging recoveries threaten to undermine trust and solidarity and make the world more vulnerable to future crises, including climate change. In response the UN and ILO have established a ‘Global Accelerator’ to help ensure global financing to create 400 million jobs and extend social protection to 4 billion people currently without coverage.

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20 years after Durban: Africans and Afro-descendants still colonized or emancipated?

20 ans après Durban, les Africains et les Afro-descendants sont ils toujours colonisés ou émancipés? 
http://fondation-frantzfanon.com/20-ans-apres-durban-africains-et-afro-descendants-colonises-ou-emancipes/

An article from the Frantz Fanon Foundation

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