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Rio+20 A Defining Choice

Next week, 20 years after the 1992 UN Rio Earth Summit, representatives of the world’s governments will gather again in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to frame a global response to the Earth’s environmental crisis. Debates leading up to Rio+20 are focusing attention on a foundational choice between two divergent paths to the human future.

Homes That Survived the Crash

While Wall Street players used home finance to make mega-profits for the 1 percent, local banks and community land trusts got people into decent, secure, affordable homes.

Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy

Neither foreign investors nor unelected tribunals deserve the power to trump democratically elected leaders.

By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

How Big Banks Run the World - at Your Expense

The recent Public Banking conference held in Philadelphia offered a message that is at once so simple - but also so bold - it is hard for most Americans to pause long enough to understand how profoundly their thinking had been corralled by the masters of finance - in ways far, far, far more insidious and powerful than even the latest financial crisis suggests.

Use The People's Veto to End Citizens United

Widespread, multi-sector activism is exactly what is needed to amend the constitution.


When I spoke at an event in February 2010, I gave the audience little boxes of matches. My point was that to achieve the change we were discussing we would need to light a prairie fire of activism. Two years later, I gave a similar talk. I needed no matchboxes. The prairie fire was well underway. 

Mining Firm Doubles Up On Law Firms in Quest for Pot of Gold

When suing the government of El Salvador, one legal powerhouse just isn't enough. With a major pot of gold at stake, Pacific Rim doubles up its legal attack.

A Canadian mining company has cleared a major legal hurdle in their quest to exploit gold in El Salvador.

Freedom in the Anthropocene

Much needs to change in the Anthropocene, including our willingness to have constraints placed on our precious right to individual freedom.

IPS Director Speaks Out at Pacific Rim's Vancouver HQ

With about 200 activists from several countries, John Cavanagh denounced the firm for suing the government of El Salvador in retaliation for the denial of a mining permit.

Institute for Policy Studies Director John Cavanagh spoke at a rally yesterday outside the Vancouver headquarters of the mining company Pacific Rim. Along with about 200 activists from several countries, Cavanagh denounced the firm for suing the government of El Salvador in retaliation for the denial of a mining permit.

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The European Financial Transactions Tax: Robin Hood or Sheriff of Nottingham?

Germany, France, Italy, and Spain take time out from acute crisis talks to agree on a long term policy solution: taxing financial transactions.

By Salvatore Babones

What Comes Next?: Building on Occupy and the 99% Spring

Many movements, many similar messages. What could the increasing cooperation between protesters mean for the future of the ninety-nine percent?

Where does the Occupy movement turn next? Can social movements build on its momentum? Will protest and new forms of mobilization create change to transform the economy to one that works for people and the planet?

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