Nuclear energy and democracy | Al Jazeera English

On March 19, 6,000 armed policemen descended on Koodankulam, a small village near the southern tip of India, to suppress a local protest that, although peaceful, had threatened to derail the establishment of a nuclear plant there. The policemen rapidly arrested hundreds of people, blockaded roads, shut out the media and laid siege to the area where the protesters were based, even stopping the supply of water for a few days. Continue reading…

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180 Detroit high school students suspended after protesting closures | The Detroit News

Detroit — Between 100 and 180 students were suspended Thursday for walking out of Western International High School to protest school closures and school conditions .

“Their cellphones were taken from them and messages and numbers were gone through by security. The police deleted numbers and messages from the students’ phones,” Detroit Board of Education member Elena Herrada said in an email. Continue reading…

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The Financialization of Nature is a New Battle Based on Old Tricks | Food & Water Watch

Brace yourselves, and prepare to defend your public resources against major financial institutions as they seek to take advantage of the scarcity of such resources by profiting from them in new markets. This commodification of things that we often take for granted—resources that sustain life—is taking place throughout the world, and major investors have already gotten started on convincing the public that it’s acceptable to put a market price on resources that currently exist in the public domain. Just take a look at the bottled water industry for a great example. Continue reading…

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Can There Be “Good” Corporations? | YES! Magazine

Our economic system is profoundly broken. To anyone paying attention, that much is clear. But what’s less clear is this: Our approach to fixing the economy is broken as well. The whole notion of “fighting corporate power” arises from an underlying belief that there is no alternative to capitalism as we know it. Starting from the insight that capitalism has become virtually a universal economy, we conclude that our best hope is to regulate corporations and work for countervailing powers like unions. But then we’ve lost before we begin. We’ve defined ourselves as marginal and powerless.

There is another approach. It’s bubbling up all around us in the form of economic alternatives like cooperatives, employee-owned firms, social enterprises, and community land trusts. Continue reading…

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World Bank Supports Harmful Water Corporations, Report Finds | IPS

Water privatisation has been proven not to help the poor, yet a quarter of all World Bank funding goes directly to corporations and the private sector, bypassing both governments and its own standards and transparency requirements in order to do so, says a new report released Monday. Continue reading…

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“Food sovereignty” as a transformative model of economic power | openDemocracy

The argument is being made that “food sovereignty” is an organising principle so demonstrably strong that it has the potential to transform economic power. Can we really invest in it as the ecological principle to take us into the 21st century? Jenny Allsopp reports from the AWID Forum 2012. Continue reading…

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Spain’s 15M movement responds to a wave of repression / Waging Nonviolence – People-Powered News and Analysis

The 15M movement in Spain has faced repression from the very beginning: 24 young people were arrested and beaten by police in the demonstrations organized by Democracia Real Ya on May 15 last year, which is a large part of why several dozen people decided to camp that night in Sol square, turning the demonstration into an encampment. That first night, the Legal Committee of Sol was created by lawyers and laypeople; similar groups emerged in other camps around the country in order to give legal support to the movement. This has never been an easy job, but it has only been getting harder. Continue reading…

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