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Corporate power

Until we can ensure equal availability of vaccines worldwide, the coronavirus will remain in charge. Critical health technologies must be considered part of a global commons, write Mariana Mazzucato and Jayati Ghosh. Despite multiple technological breakthroughs in the fight to control COVID-19, twice as many people...
With continuing hypocrisy and obstructionism by governments of major countries at global climate talks, humanity’s best hope lies in the social movements of the most marginalized, writes Basav Sen for FPIF. The UN climate talks (Conference of the Parties, or COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, concluded in mid-November...
If we do not want COVID-19 to continue exacerbating the colonial world order, we need change - starting with an intellectual property waiver, says Fatima Hassan for Al Jazeera. At each stage of their response, hopes for collaboration have been junked. Western nations have hoarded – and even binned – vaccines rather...
Six companies at the helm of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out are fuelling an unprecedented human rights crisis through their refusal to waive intellectual property rights and share vaccine technology, with most failing to prioritise vaccine deliveries to poorer countries, say Amnesty International. In a new report, A...
A new report from the United Nations highlights divergent economic recoveries between nations and throws fresh urgency behind warnings that richer nations are not doing enough to help poorer countries from falling further behind as the world recovers from COVID-19 disruptions. “It’s really frustrating to see how...
More than three million people across the globe have died of Covid-19 in the roughly nine months since India and South Africa first proposed a temporary patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines, a popular measure that Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and other rich countries have blocked. By Jake Johnson for Common...
Over 300 global civil society organizations of small-scale food producers, researchers and Indigenous Peoples’ are gathering online (25-28 July) to protest against the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit.  The People’s Counter-Mobilization to Transform Corporate Food Systems is the latest in a series of rejections of the UN...
How the G7 continues to stand in the way of a more democratic international order - by Nick Dearden for the New Internationalist. Earlier this year, South Africa’s delegate to the World Trade Organization made an eloquent plea to rich countries to stop blocking a proposal which would see patents on Covid-19 vaccines...
If aid is to meaningfully tackle poverty, it can’t just be about charity. Instead, it should be about redistributing the world’s resources and dismantling the power structures that maintain global inequality, writes Aisha Dodwell. Attempts by Tory rebels to push through a vote on the aid budget were thwarted by the...
G7 negotiations for a global minimum corporate tax rate offers the opportunity for a transformational shift in responses to the pandemic, explains Alex Cobham of the Tax Justice Network. When the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, welcomes the US treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, to the meeting of G7 finance ministersin...
On the first day of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s World Health Assembly, eight civil society organisations have sent an open letter to Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General of the WHO. The letter raises concerns about a recent report published by the WHO that could encourage the privatisation of...
At least nine people have become new billionaires since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thanks to the excessive profits pharmaceutical corporations with monopolies on COVID vaccines are making, The People’s Vaccine Alliance have revealed ahead of a G20 leaders Global Health Summit. Key members of the G20, who...
Imagine what could be achieved if just a portion of the money spent on military expenditures were pooled into a global fund, and redirected towards ending hunger and massively investing in public health systems.  If nations held a referendum, asking the public if they want their taxes to go to military weapons that...
Over 200 organisations from 67 countries call for the transformation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) into a completely new framework for international trade that is fit for the 21st century – which means it puts people and the planet first. Dear Heads of State: In nations around the world, the regime of hyper...
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) have released a revised second edition of the book by Mohammed Sofiane Mesbahi, titled 'Heralding Article 25: A people's strategy for world transformation'. Mesbahi argues that meeting the basic needs outlined in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights—concerning...