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Muna El-Kurd and Mohammed El-Kurd

, by Sanya Mansoor

Through online posts and media appearances, sibling activists [Mohammed and Muna El-Kurd-> provided the world with a window into living under occupation in East Jerusalem this spring—helping to prompt an international shift in rhetoric in regard to (...)

Whither the Washington Consensus?

, by MESTRUM Francine

John Williamson passed away on 21 April 2021. He was the economist who neatly outlined and named the ‘Washington Consensus’, the policies the World Bank, the IMF, the US Federal Reserve Board and the US Treasury agreed to impose on debt-ridden countries of Latin America. At that moment, 1990, these ‘structural adjustment’ policies had already been applied for a decade with disastrous social consequences. Social expenditures were lowered almost everywhere, public services were privatised, labour markets were deregulated and millions of people lost their jobs. John Williamson emphasised that the Consensus did not cover any social policies.

La presunta muerte del Consenso de Washington

, por MESTRUM Francine

John Williamson murió el 21 de abril de 2021. Fue el economista que esbozó y bautizó con precisión el «Consenso de Washington», las políticas que el Banco Mundial, el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI), la Reserva Federal y el Tesoro de EE. UU. acordaron imponer a los países endeudados del Sur. En aquel momento, en 1990, estas políticas de «ajuste estructural» ya se aplicaban en el Sur desde hace una década con consecuencias sociales desastrosas. Se redujeron los gastos sociales, se privatizaron los servicios públicos, se desregularon los mercados laborales y millones de personas perdieron su empleo. John Williamson destacó que las políticas sociales quedaron fuera del consenso.

Our June Selection

, by PeopleKonsian

In this June 2021 selection: a compilation in support of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél, Palestinian rappers as catalysts for mobilisation, interviews with committed hip hop artists who use their music as a tool for resistance and emancipation.


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