An open letter to Joe Biden on International Corporate Taxation
As members of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT), we urge you to fulfill your promise to “lead efforts internationally to bring transparency to the global financial system, go after illicit tax havens, seize stolen assets, and make it more difficult for leaders who steal from their people to hide behind anonymous front companies.” To do that, your administration should engage actively in ongoing efforts to overhaul the international tax system to ensure fair taxation of multinationals, which is currently being discussed within the G20-mandated OECD process.
Unfortunately, these negotiations have not gone well. The governments of leading member states (including the previous US administration) have negotiated under the misplaced assumption that their national interest is best served by protecting those multinationals headquartered within their borders. Discussions on the reform of international taxation have thus sacrificed common ambition to the lowest common denominator.
Jayati Ghosh Named by UN to High-Level Advisory Board on Economic, Social Affairs
Amsterdam Embraces "Doughnut Economics"
Upstream Two-Part Documentary Series on a Basic Income
Walden Bello, Jayati Ghosh, and Ashish Kothari featured in ourVoices Podcast
Posted by Jonathan Cohn
Is Race Real? A Discussion with Dr. Rasigan Maharajh
Posted by Rasigan Maharajh
Racism is making headlines as yet another Black person is the victim of extrajudicial assassination by the US police force. More people are engaging in protest than ever before, but how many of us even understand what we mean by the term "race"? Join Peace Vigil as Dr. Rasigan Maharajh from the Institute of Economic Research on Innovation at Tshwane University of Technology explains.
Video available here
Interview with Gus Speth in Yes! Magazine
In the case Juliana vs. the United States, 21 young people brought a suit against the US government for promoting the fossil fuel industry despite being well aware of the dangers of climate change. Since the case was filed in 2015, the US government has tried repeatedly to block it from having its day in court.
One of the experts with whom the youths have consulted is Gus Speth, an Associate Fellow at Tellus and member of the Great Transition Network (among many other things in his illustrious career). He discusses the case and the history of inaction on climate change from presidents over the past 40 years in an enlightening interview with Yes! Magazine.
Despite the obstacles ahead, Speth makes clear tha the fight is far from over:
Thousands and thousands of the smartest people in our country have pushed hard for 40 years, and to see so little actually accomplished is disturbing. We’re up against the huge power of the fossil fuel industry; the extraordinary ideological opposition to the federal government doing anything important; money going into disinformation campaigns that people readily bought into. And it’s still going on.
It is a sure sign in my view that we need to change the system of political economy in which we are struggling. It’s sobering, as I say. But not discouraging, because we’re still fighting.
Civic Charter Launched by International Civil Society Centre
The Civic Charter, an initiative led by the International Civil Society Centre, was oficially launched at Global Perspectives 2016 in Berlin (Germany) on October 26. Developed through international consultations, it presents an opportunity to align efforts and develop new action initiatives to protect and expand civic space.
The preamable of the Charter reads:
We, the people have the right and the duty to participate in shaping our societies
Human rights and fundamental freedoms are increasingly violated worldwide. In a growing number of countries, people and their organisations face severe restrictions and are deprived of their rights to participate in shaping their societies. Activists are threatened, persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and killed. Legitimate civil society organisations are hindered in their work, deprived of funding, forbidden to operate and dissolved. Avenues for people’s participation in public decision-making are restricted or closed down.
Yet, unless people genuinely participate, the world will be unable to overcome its most threatening challenges, including persistent poverty, growing inequality, and climate change.
People’s individual and collective participation brings life and gives meaning to democracy. It is vital in protecting human rights, achieving development and building just, tolerant and peaceful societies. It ensures that those who hold public offices, or other positions of power, are held accountable for their actions, and working for the common good.
We reject any attempt to prevent people from participating in shaping their communities, their countries and our common planet.
The Civic Charter provides a framework for people’s participation
The Civic Charter is grounded in our common humanity and universally accepted freedoms and principles. It provides a framework for people’s participation that identifies their rights within existing international law and agreements.
It is imperative that all governments, all levels of public administration, international institutions, business and civil society organisations worldwide fully respect and implement the provisions of this Charter.
You can read the rest of the Charter along with the list of signatories (including a number of GTN members) here.