The press conference for the launching of the European Network of Antifascist Parliamentarians took place last Wednesday 4th of December in the European Parliament in Brussels. This European Network together with the European Antifascist Manifesto have been presented by 4 speakers, the President of GUE/NGL (Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left) Gabi Zimmer (Die Linke), the Greek MP Dimitris Tsoukalas (SYRIZA), the German MP Annette Groth (Die Linke) and the Greek (...)
Students on more than 20 campuses across the country are preparing to take part in a national day of action against the government’s plans to privatise the student loan book. The wave of action will take place tomorrow and is being co-ordinated by the Student Assembly Against Austerity, which held its launch rally earlier this month. The government’s announcement in late June of this year that they intend to sell off student debt to private companies before the next general election has (...)
On the occasion of the publication of two major works, Le Capital au XXIe siècle and the French translation of Debt The First 5000 Years, Mediapart organized a meeting between the authors, namely Thomas Piketty and David Graeber. It is available on the Mediapart website. How can we escape the snare of the debt? This crucial question that was raised at the start is also at the core of our activist actions and deliberations. We have therefore wished to carry on this fruitful exchange through (...)
NOT OUR DEBT !
International week of action against illegitimate debt, 8-15 October 2013
If “restructuring” is the face of Detroit, it’s part of the same global offensive that’s destroying public space in Istanbul, wiping out neighborhoods for Soccer Stadiums in Sao Paolo, and closing public schools in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
3rd CADTM Europe Summer University
La Marlagne (Namur), Belgium
CADTM Europe held its 3rd Summer University between 28 and 30 June at la Marlagne, near Namur, in Belgium, receiving more than 300 people from 28 different countries. More than 25 workshops and plenaries to analyse and reflect on the impact of the debt on men and women from North to (...)
“Don’t Owe, Won’t Pay!”: A Conversation with a French Debt Resistor
by Strike Debt
Detroit is the epicenter of failed capitalism in America. The city has suffered decades of neglect as capital has fled, leaving a majority African American population to suffer the consequences, including high unemployment, poverty, and the gutting of public services. Yet, things are about to (...)
For a European antifascist movement before it is too late...
by Yorgos Mitralias
The deepening and generalization of the crisis to nearly all European countries makes it now possible to apprehend not only the crisis’s dynamic and characteristics, but also the priority tasks which a left that does not surrender and keeps resisting ought to take on. 1. That is why we could (...)
What the Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD) means by “Citizen Debt Audit” and “Illegitimate Debt”
by Plataforma Auditoría Ciudadana de la Deuda
This past March 12th the left-wing parliamentarian group Izquierda Plural (IU, ICV-EUIA & CHA) presented in the Congress of Deputies a non-legislative motion for “the creation of a Public Debt Audit”, as well as “a commission to determine the economic and social criteria so as to qualify part (...)
An emblematic IMF and World Bank Personality Dragged Into Court
Jacques de Groote faces Swiss justice
by Eric Toussaint
Jacques de Groote, ex-Executive Director of the IMF (1973-1994) and the World Bank (1975-1991) for Belgium is under accusation by Swiss justice. According to the Geneva daily Le Temps, he is standing trial in the Swiss town of Bellinzona in Tessin for “aggravated money laundering”, “fraud”, and (...)
Debt cancellation ?
The supposed brazillian "forgiveness" of debts of African countries
par Rodrigo Vieira de Ávila
On May 25, 2013, has been widely reported that Brazil will “forgive” or renegotiate a debt of $ 900 million dollars of 12 African countries (Congo-Brazzaville, Tanzania, Zambia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan and (...)
Brazil’s ‘debt cancellation’ for Africa leaves more questions than it answers
by Konstantinos Todoulos
On 25 May Brazil announced the “cancellation or restructuring of up to $900 million of debt owed by 12 African countries though the details remain extremely unclear, including what this may actually be worth to African countries, and crucially what Brazil expects in return. The debt relief, (...)
Greece, brutal takeover by the government and the Troika
This Tuesday 11th June the Greek government decided to close down the public service in radio and television, the ERT. The police neutralized the main emitter and the special forces were used to cut the regional relay stations serving the rural areas. Screens receiving national and local public (...)
FEMINIST INITIATIVE FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
As Feminist Initiative for the elimination of Violence Against women, we state our opposition to the coup d’etat of the government, that is the closure of public Radio/Television, ERT, and the dismissal of 2.700 workers all over Greece. We participate in the struggle for revocation of this (...)
For the cradle of democracy is not its tomb
Radio & television closure shows a U-turn in austerity policies in Greece and Europe is urgently needed.
Over two days, June 7th and 8th, thousands of activists and leaders of social movements and trade unions, including a thousand from 22 different countries, came together to proclaim the "Athens Manifesto" and to enhance the convergence of their local, national and European struggles to end (...)