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Corporate power

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...
Poor countries are paying more for the doses that remain after rich countries have had their fill. It is perhaps the worst display of national selfishness in modern history, writes Nanjala Nyabola for the Nation. In March 2021, Kenya announced its plan to vaccinate its 48 million residents against Covid-19. The...
Wealthy countries - including the UK - are blocking proposals to help developing nations increase their vaccine manufacturing capabilities, documents leaked to BBC Newsnight show. Several poorer countries have asked the World Health Organization to help them. But richer nations are pushing back on...
It’s not often that you can celebrate an outright, global triumph for the advocacy efforts of a movement. But for tax justice, this is one of those days, writes Alex Cobham for the Tax Justice Network. The high level UN panel report launched this week by a group of heads of state and ministers from around the world,...
Ahead of critical talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) civil society and trade unions from the Global South are calling on rich countries’ leaders to stop blocking a proposal to waive certain intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and other medical products. This landmark proposal to temporarily...
Refusal to temporarily suspend several World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property (IP) provisions to enable much faster and broader progress in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic should be grounds for International Criminal Court prosecution for genocide, argue Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury for Inter...
Every year, US$88.6 billion leaves Africa in the form of illicit capital flight according to the 2020 report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), entitled Tackling Illicit Financial Flows for Sustainable Development in Africa. Africa is affected more than all other continents, making it...
As billionaire wealth soars during the pandemic, we may have seen the greatest ever single-year redistribution of wealth to the already wealthy. Influencers worldwide need to be sounding the alarm, writes Sam Pizzigati for CounterPunch. Remember that old joke they used to tell — and maybe still do — in luxury...