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Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Richard Miller of ActionAid UK

Matilda Lee

14th December, 2010

The Director of ActionAid UK talks to us about ending global poverty, achieving trade justice and making supermarkets accountable more...
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Struggling for Éire

Molly Scott Cato

11th May, 2009

If it is not to be choked by debt and taxes, Ireland must return to the self-sufficient, localised vision of one of its founding fathers more...
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Farmers unite!

Ed Hamer

1st April, 2009

The uniting of 800 million rural workers against the loss of their traditional way of life gives lie to globalisation’s claims to beneficence. Resistance is far from futile, says Ed Hamer more...
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Outfitting Africa

Joe Turner

19th March, 2009

Dressing poorer countries in our designer cast-offs while we invest in shabby sweatshop chic? Invest in their infrastructure, not vetements, argues Joe Turner more...
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How to be free: bad medicine

Tom Hodgkinson

3rd June, 2008

Bono may be cheerleading for its charitable wing, but corporate America is not waging a war on AIDS for the sake of its health, says Tom Hodgkinson more...
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Hell for leather

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods.
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Trade in precious minerals and timber continues to fuel violence and conflict across the globe

Ecologist

1st June, 2008

Revenues obtained from the often illegal extraction and supply of commodities such as timber and diamonds are directly bankrolling corrupt regimes and armed insurgency groups, and fund the purchase of weapons and other contraband goods that perpetuate cycles of conflict.
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A steady-state economy

Herman Daly

1st April, 2008

Economist Herman E Daly argues that our future depends on a new economic model, one that needs to be defined by the dynamic balance – the steady state – of the natural world upon which it depends. more...
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How to be free: The last untapped resource

Tom Hodgkinson

1st April, 2008

Sometimes it’s good to take a peep at what the enemy is up to. I spent last weekend reading the New York Herald Tribune, and I’ll sometimes look at The Economist. Both these publications are excellent in their way – the Tribune is far superior in writing and information to The Times, for example – but essentially feed the greed of a business-minded readership anxious to figure out what is going on in the world, the better to profit from it. more...
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Campaigners celebrate collapse of trade talks

News

25th June, 2007

Environmental groups have welcomed the collapse of the latest round of Doha trade talks, which fell apart on Friday. more...
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The Ecologist's 'Real Green Budget'

Mark Anslow

23rd March, 2007

Environmentalists had waited with baited breath for the Chancellor's 2007 Budget. Gordon Brown had intimated that it would be the 'greenest ever'. In fact, it was a resounding disappointment. more...

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Not so much 'green' as 'cabbage looking'

Molly Scott Cato

22nd March, 2007

Gordon Brown's Budget was disappointing. But not just because of its economic niceties. It fails to address key issues which have become taboo amongst economists - money, debt and economic growth. Molly Scott Cato, a green economist and Senior Lecturer in Social Economy at the Cardiff School of Management, addresses all three... more...
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Milton Friedman: Architect of Neoliberalism RIP

Paul Kingsnorth

1st December, 2006

Death is rarely something to be celebrated, but I can’t say I shed a tear last week when I heard that Milton Friedman, the father of neoliberal economics, had gone to the great free market in the sky. more...
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Playing Dirty at the WTO

Mark Lynas

1st June, 2003

Locked out of some meetings. Not even invited to others. And then all the decisions are made after you’ve left. It’s all in a day’s work for ‘developing’ World delegates at the WTO. By Mark Lynas
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Free Trade TM

Derrick Jensen

1st June, 2003

Free trade. So benign sounding a phrase. A concept whose principles no reasonable person would challenge. Trouble is, free trade as we know it – free trade as it is pushed by those who will mass at Cancun, Mexico, in September – is far from free. Think about it. If it truly was free, would they put sanctions on those who don’t want to participate and use police to violently put down protests by those who oppose it? Free trade is really just a euphemism, like ‘peacekeeping’ or ‘forest management’, that hides a far uglier, more brutal reality. Free trade is a brand – Free Trade™, which sells a repackaged product no one in their right minds would buy if they knew what it really was. more...
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World Sold

Simon Retallack

1st June, 2003

In September the World Trade Organisation will be holding its fifth ministerial conference in Cancun, Mexico. Simon Retallack explains what is at stake. more...
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Cancun: Why Should You Care?

Paul Kingsnorth

1st June, 2003

School dinners by McDonald’s. Corporations taking countries to court because their environmental regulations are ‘too tough’. The BBC sold to Rupert Murdoch. Paul Kingsnorth explains why we should be very worried by what is about to go on behind the closed doors of Cancun. more...

Puppet Show

Matilda Lee

1st June, 2003

Matilda Lee explains how democracy is bypassed as multinationals push
changes in trade law through the labrynthine corridors of the EU
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Globalisation: the dream vs the reality

Dele Oguntimoju

1st November, 2002

Globalisation sells Africans the Western dream. Immigration policies tell them they can’t have it. Where, Dele Oguntimoju asks, is the sense in that? more...
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ECAs Exposed

Simon Retallack

7th June, 2000

By using taxpayers' money to back environmentally-destructive projects around the world, ECAs are lining the pockets of multinational companies at the expense of the planet. Export credit agencies, explains Simon Retallack, are the worlds largest public financiers of environmental destruction. more...

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