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18 September 2020
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The time has come to take action - "Internationalist alternatives to EU policies (in the coronavirus period)", is the title of the a series of meetings organised by the Committee for the abolition of illegitimate debt (CADTM) on 22 and 23 September in Brussels. Inscriptions for taking part (either in person or at distance) are still available. Inscription is obligatory and the number of places are limited. Simultaneous translations will be available for French, English and Spanish.

ReCommons Europe project urges a rethink of the negative impacts of European policies on the Global South and possible alternatives.

The World lost David Greaber early this month at the age of 59. The talented anthropologist was not only true to his discipline but had a wonderful capacity to show its pertinence with popular causes. His highly successful book, Debt, the first 5000 years, is a phenomenal study of the history of debt and a fascinating insight into debt, money, barter, and the credit systems used by human societies for thousands of years. CADTM pays respect to his memory and his works.

We are shocked at the terrible explosions that shook Beirut, last month. We also reiterate our solidarity with the Lebanese people who, for too many years, have had to suffer an unfair concatenation of murderous crises. It is extremely important to expose the political responsibilities and those that attempt to profit from the situation. We hope that the popular and collective actions arising in Lebanon will liberate the people from this vicious cycle.

The international financial system’s reliance upon credit ratings – usually based on dubious premises – needs urgent rethinking. Patrick Bond and Dominic Brown argue that this highly-contested rating system will increase the burden of indebted nations and consequently, negate debt justice. In another article, Brown advocates for a judicious utilisation of pension funds combined with debt cancellation to fuel a just energy transition.

Ahilan Kadiragamar highlights the nefarious role played by micro credit in Sri Lanka causing innumerable debts, distress and suicides.

As part of the series on the 76 years of World Bank and the IMF, we highlight the roles and complicities of a series of former Bank presidents and how these men, all US citizens, continuously served the US domination of this institution.

Also find articles on refugee migration, the COVID pandemic, WB’s Doing Business Report, the struggle to save the Amazon, the Thai political situation, etc. Last but not the least, ReCommons Europe project urges a rethink of the negative impacts of European policies on the Global South and possible alternatives.

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