Elsewhere on the web

The section « Elsewhere on the web » proposes each month, one or two texts selected according to their interest in supplying the general debate on the situation and the alternatives from the perspective of social movements. A link to the first publication website will be posted on each article. This section is supplemented by texts proposed by partner sites, not exceeding one or two texts per site and per month.

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Publications selected by Intercoll

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.

The Strange Peninsula (abstract)

, by DRÉANO Bernard

The Arabian Peninsula is sparsely populated, and the population is mostly distributed over the coastal outskirts and mountains of Yemen and Hejaz. In total there are around 85 million inhabitants, nearly two-thirds in two states: Saudi Arabia (34 million) and Yemen (28 million). In some states, (...)

20 years of alterglobalism: Review in 3 points

, by CANET Raphaël

April 2001. 60,000 people walked the streets of Quebec City to denounce the imposition of neoliberal globalization through the signing of free trade agreements by our governments behind closed doors. The gap between the worldview of the economic-political elites and that of the people, opened (...)

Guich Oudaya: Does securitisation guarantee the right toproperty in Morocco?

, by Amine Belghazi, Mohamed Sammouni, Mupresse

The Oudaya Gulch lands have been titled and registered in the name of the Oudaya Gulch community, which gives them final and unassailable status. However, in defiance of all applicable laws and decrees on the subject, these lands have for several decades been subject to predation in which the administrative, economic and political spheres have been incestuously intertwined, making Bouazza and thousands of other descendants of the guich orphans of their land.

The Great Lockdown hits the Third World hard

, by Gilbert Achcar, Le Monde diplomatique

With the Covid-19 pandemic, the planet is experiencing its worst economic crisis since the inter-war period. Explosion of unemployment, food insecurity, school dropout...: if the effects of the "great lockdown" are felt everywhere, they are multiplied in poor countries, where the informal sector, by definition devoid of social protection, holds a preponderant place.

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The new world struggles to be born

, by MASSIAH Gus

The situation seems to be desperate. The offensive of the right wing and the far right movements occupies space and minds. It spreads out in the media and claims to express the shift of societies to the right. This is not the case and nothing has been decided yet. Societies resist and contradictions are at work; they are the ones that determine the future.

What does "China’s One Belt, One Road" might means for the environment ?

, by Globalization Monitor

China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) seeks to develop cooperation, trade and infrastructure networks between Asia, Africa and Europe through the creation of a Silk Road Economic Belt and a Maritime Silk Road.
While many governments and businesses have seemingly welcomed the policy significant concerns need to be raised about what OBOR might mean for the environment.

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