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Women and the ‘Arab Spring’: Lessons from Iran?

Haideh Moghissi, Professor and Trudeau Fellow, Department of Equity Studies, York University, Toronto

6 March 2013


Is Islamism the Arab Destiny?

Aziz Al-Azmeh, CEU University Professor, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest

6 February 2013


Which Democracy for a Multipolar World?

Chantal Mouffe, Professor of political theory and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster

28 November 2012


Globalisation in Time: Between the Camera and the Clock

Marcus Verhagen, Art historian and critic, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London

31 October 2012


Men who Tiptoe into their Marital Bedrooms: The Novelist and Dictatorship

Hisham Matar

5 March 2012


Inclusion and Participation: a New Agenda for the Globalised Economy

Heiner Flassbeck (Director on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD)

1 February 2012


Corporate Takeovers, Internet Challenges: does journalism have a future?

Dr Serge Halimi (Director, Le Monde Diplomatique)

2 March 2011


Nobel Prize Winner Dr Shirin Ebadi on The Role of Women in Promoting Peace in the Middle East

Dr Shirin Ebadi (Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003)

2 February 2011


World Literature and World Languages

Tariq Ali (Novelist, Playwright and Historian; Editor – New Left Review)

1 December 2010


Peasant Struggles and Ecology in the Age of Globalisation

Hugo Blanco (Leader of the Peasant Confederation, Peru)

27 October 2010


Humanitarianism at the Risk of Imperialism

Dr Rony Brauman (1999 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Former President of Doctors without Borders (MSF, Paris))

3 March 2010


For a Green and Just Way out of the Global Crisis

Dr Susan George

20 January 2010


The American Empire in Light of the Global Crisis

Professor Alex Callinicos and Professor Leo Panitch

25 November 2009


Noam Chomsky: Crises and the Unipolar Moment

Professor Noam Chomsky

27 October 2009


The World’s Third Spaces: Neither Global Nor National?

Prof. Saskia Sassen – Lynd Professor Of Sociology And Member, The Committee On Global Thought, At Columbia University (New York)

25 February 2009


Beyond Neoliberal Globalisation And Us Hegemony: What Next?

Prof. Samir Amin – Director Of The Third World Forum (Dakar, Senegal)

26 November 2008


The Imperial Paradox: Ideologies of Empire

Prof. Ellen Meiksins Wood Professor Emerita of Political Science at York University (Toronto, Canada)

29 October 2008


Counter-Hegemonic Globalisation: Has the Movement Reached its Limits?

Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos

22 April 2008


New Left Wing Governments in South America. Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador: A First Balance-Sheet

Dr Eric Toussaint (World Social Forum and Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt)

25 February 2008


The Present Financial Crisis: How to Stop Globalisation from Eating Itself

Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy and Development (LSE)

22 January 2008


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Saturday 25 Feb 2012
10.00 am- 5.00 pm
London School of Economics


The last year has witnessed a deepening of the crisis, in the Eurozone in particular. There are, however, no countries outside the global crisis. Governments have moved on all fronts against the welfare of the majority of the population. The public sector, pensioners, women, those on welfare benefits and the unemployed youth are the worst affected and have begun to react.

The Conference will discuss current and future forms of reaction to the crisis.

Hillel Ticktin: Marxism and the Crisis
Michael Cox: The Death of the West? World Power after the Crisis
Ben Backwell: Hugo Chavez, Oil and “Petro-Socialism – Prospects
Yassamine Mather: The Arab Spring
Savas: Greece and the Decline of Europe

Venue: New Academic Building 1.09, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London School of Economics


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Global Crisis


Saturday 25th Feb 10am – 5pm

London School of Economics

Houghton Street, Holborn tube. (Ask at reception for Critique Conference room no.)
Hillel Ticktin: Marxism and the Crisis

Michael Cox: The Death of the West? World  Power after the Crisis

Savas Michael-Matsas: Greece and the Decline of Europe

Ben Backwell: Hugo Chavez, Oil and ‘Petro-Socialism’

Yassamine Mather: The Arab Spring: ‘From Evolution to Revolution’


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Global Economic Crisis


Edited by: Stephen Gill, York University, Toronto
•                Paperback
•                ISBN: 9781107674967
•                Publication date:   October 2011
•                320 pages
•                £18.99

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Book Description

This groundbreaking collection on global leadership features innovative and critical perspectives by scholars from international relations, political economy, medicine, law and philosophy, from North and South. The book’s novel theorization of global leadership is situated historically within the classics of modern political theory and sociology, relating it to the crisis of global capitalism today.

Contributors reflect on the multiple political, economic, social, ecological and ethical crises that constitute our current global predicament. The book suggests that there is an overarching condition of global organic crisis, which shapes the political and organizational responses of the dominant global leadership and of various subaltern forces. Contributors argue that to meaningfully address the challenges of the global crisis will require far more effective, inclusive and legitimate forms of global leadership and global governance than have characterized the neoliberal era.


‘This book provides an insightful Gramscian analysis of the forms of privately-based expert leadership that characterizes the current global order. The authors explore the weak material foundation of this leadership – made evident by climate change, water shortages, and the end of cheap oil – and they point to the emergence of new potential sources of global leadership in professions (such as medicine) and a new global network of courts committed to a broad interpretation of human rights, in global social movements, and in the transformation-oriented traditions of a politically energized Islam.’— Craig Murphy, Professor of Global Governance, University of Massachusetts, Boston

‘In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary volume, radical political economist Stephen Gill and his collaborators trace the economic, political, social and ecological crisis-tendencies within contemporary global capitalism and trace their ramifications for emergent forms of political agency and leadership both in the global North and the global South. This book is an essential contribution to our understanding of global neoliberalism – and to the ongoing work of envisioning, and forging, alternatives to it.’ — Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory, Harvard University

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Global Crisis


Call for Participation for the 59th annual conference of JSPE

The Japan Society of Political Economy invites you to its 59th annual conference “The Global Economic Crisis and State: Alternative Approaches for Monetary and Fiscal Policies” which take place on September 17 (S aturday) and 18 (Sunday), 2011, at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan


This year we will have three plenary sessions (2 in Japanese 1 in English) and 21 parallel sessions (17 in Japanese and 4 in English). 13 English papers will be presented.

The program includes English Sessions on: 2007-9 Global Crisis and the Future of Capitalism, 2007-9 Global Crisis and Developing Economies, 2007-Global Crisis and Beyond, and 2007-9 Global Crisis and State. Plenary sessions are: (In English) Alain Lipietz “Fears and Hopes: The Crisis of the Liberal-Productivist Model and its Green Alternative”, (In Japanese) “Discussing the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Nuclear Disaster”, and “The Global Economic Crisis and State: Alternative Approaches for Monetary and Fiscal Policies”

Contact: Prof. Nobuharu Yokokawa (Chairman of the JSPE Committee for International Communication and Exchange) E-mail: Postal Address: c/o Prof. Toshiaki Ohtomo, Department of Economics, Rikkyo University, 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro,Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 171-8501 Tel: +81-3-3985-2281


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The Global Crisis through the Lens of Class, Nationality, and Gender
May 20-22, 2011

Featuring 3 days of workshops, keynote speakers and films.
All papers relating to globalization will be reviewed.

To submit a panel proposal or an individual abstract of 100 words (deadline April 15)
Send to: Jerry Harris at

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Keynote Speakers Include: Rose Brewer, Carl Davidson, Tim Luke, David McNally, Anwar Shaikh, Michael Schwartz

There are a limited number of Loyola apartments directly across the street from the downtown campus. There is a commons room, a kitchen and two bedrooms, each with a private bath. Singles are $99. Doubles are $160. Reservations are made through the GSA website but must be reserved no later than April 15th.

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World Crisis




Monday, February 21
7:30 pm.
The Regal Beagle (back room)
335 Bloor St West (near St George), Toronto

Left film and video: a discussion with Frank Saptel and other Board members of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

Performances by:
– Wally Brooker, saxophone
– Jerry Lee Miller, stand-up comedy
– Mike Constable, animation films
– plus short films by invited guests

Presented by the Culture Committee (Cultcom) of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly



Friday, February 18
12pm EST

Featured Speakers: Professor Ian MacPherson (Professor Emeritus University of Victoria and author of A Century of Co-operation) and David Bent (Author of Forthcoming book Determined to Prosper: The Story of Sussex Co-op, the Oldest Agricultural Society in the World, PhD Student in History, University of New Brunswick)

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The Selection Committee of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) invites you to submit your film or video for possible screening during our second Festival to be held this November in Toronto, Ontario and in 50 communities across the country (and counting). Films are due 30 June, 2011.

CLiFF features film and video made by, for, and about the world of work and those who do it, in Canada and internationally. The films we showcase are about unionised workers, as well as those not represented by unions. We encourage projects regarding any and every aspect of work, as well as issues affecting work or workers.

The festival draws thousands of trade unionists, community members, youth, activists, students, educators, artists, and allies from across North America and one day, we hope, the world.

We are looking for films on a wide spectrum of issues. We seek films about privatization, youth, First Nations people, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, detainees, health and safety, resistance, art, poetry, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered people, taxi drivers, truck drivers, rickshaw drivers – anyone who does anything considered work.

We also encourage the widest possible variety of films: from documentaries to drama to poetry/poetic treatments to comedy and animation.

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Thursday March 10, 2011
Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge, 2nd floor
63 Gould Street, Toronto

2011 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: John Loxley
Co-sponsored and supported by Ryerson’s CUPE Locals 233, 1281, 3904, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Dr. John Loxley is a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Manitoba. He specializes in International Money and Finance, International Development and Community Economic Development and has published extensively in these areas. He has researched public-private partnerships for almost fifteen years and recently published Public Service Private Profits: The Political Economy of Public-Private Sector Partnerships, with Salim J. Loxley, Fernwood Publishers, 2010.

For further information contact Bryan Evans at 416 979-5000 x4199 or e-mail:



Community Foundations

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Noon – 1:30 pm.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Room 12-199, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

With Rosalyn Morrison, Community Initiatives, Toronto Community Foundation and Betsy Martin, Community Foundations Canada

Rosalyn Morrison will talk about how the Toronto Community Foundation mobilizes more than 300 individual and family donors, high-impact community organizations and cross-sector leaders to tackle complex, quality of life issues in creative and inspiring ways.

Betsy Martin will discuss how foundations in Canada can support social enterprise and how this is part of the evolution of the investment model of foundations around the world. She will give examples of what community foundations in Canada and the United States are doing, to give a sense of the potential for this kind of community foundation investing.

Moderator: Michael Hall, Primus

– Bring your lunch and a mug.  Water, coffee and tea will be provided.
– For more information, please contact Lisa White at:
– This event will also be webcast live on the Internet.  Please see our website for detailed instructions:




from The Raw Story

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer.

The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them, drives down wages and is a tax burden because it does not give health and other benefits to many part-time employees, leaving a burden on Medicaid and other public programs.

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by David McNally, The Bullet

Rarely do our rulers look more absurd than when faced with a popular upheaval. As fear and apathy are broken, ordinary people – housewives, students, sanitation workers, the unemployed – remake themselves. Having been objects of history, they become its agents. Marching in their millions, reclaiming public space, attending meetings and debating their society’s future, they discover in themselves capacities for organization and action they had never imagined. They arrest secret police, defend their communities and their rallies, organize the distribution of food, water and medical supplies. Exhilarated by new solidarities and empowered by the understanding that they are making history, they shed old habits of deference and passivity.

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We work hard, but too often we don’t get paid.  

In December 2010, the Workers’ Action Centre recorded our experiences looking for work. Go to to listen to the reality workers in Ontario face every day.

We are offered work for less than minimum wage, we don’t get overtime pay, we are charged fees to get work, we are told we have to be self-employed to get a job.

This is wage theft.


We are taking action against wage theft and so can you.

–  Watch workers’ stories of wage theft and share with others. (

–  Email the Minister of Labour Charles Sousa on our Wage Theft Action page (

–  Call our workers rights hotline at (416) 531-0778.  Report wage theft.



The City of Ottawa said Tuesday it saved close to $5 million, over four years, by using unionized employees to collect garbage in its downtown core.

The city said since the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 — the city’s largest union — won the garbage collection contract for Ottawa’s downtown area in 2005, it has delivered the services it promised for less money.

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by Nicholas Confessore, New York Times

ALBANY — The airwaves are virtually silent. The fiery criticism of years past has given way to conciliatory press releases. And the halls of the Capitol ring not with angry protests but with the quiet hum of lawmakers and lobbyists making their daily rounds.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City teachers’ union, said, “We think the ad wars make people feel disenfranchised from the process.”

Faced with devastating budget cuts from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and a deeply hostile electorate, New York’s most influential public-employee unions have unexpectedly shifted their strategy for defending cherished government programs and worker benefits. Put off for now are the angry denunciations and millions of dollars of advertisements, chiefly from hospitals and a health care union, that have traditionally begun haunting governors in early February.

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Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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Karl Marx


We are pleased to announce New York City’s second Historical Materialism Conference, which will take place at the New School for Social Research, New York City, May 6-8th 2011

Three years, three trillion dollars in stimulus, and several bull markets later, the crisis of world capitalism is still in full swing. The global turbulence manifests as surging unemployment, unforgiving
austerity measures and socio-natural disasters of unprecedented magnitude. Though pockets of social unrest continually emerge, they have yet to present a formidable anti-capitalist response.

This is a time for profound reflection. Global leaders search for immediate solutions to the economic crisis, but many of these simply perpetuate the manifold crises of everyday life: Inequality, unemployment and insecurity; racial and gender oppression; fragmentation, alienation, and incarceration; toxicity, infertility and ecological disintegration.

While our interpretations, prognoses and visions of a better world may differ, we are united in our shared commitment to break with the tyranny of capital. Inspired by the success of the previous New York conference, we intend to make HMNY 2011 a space for broad debate and collaboration, in which to explore the logic and trajectory of capitalism, as well as the strategic visions necessary for its

Historical Materialism (HM) is one the foremost journals of Marxian theory. HM’s London-based conferences have long drawn hundreds of scholars from around the world. Since 2006, North American HM conferences have been organized in Toronto and New York City (which will now alternate with bi-annual Spring conferences). HMNY 2011 will begin with a reception on the evening of Friday May 6th, and will take place on May 7-8th at the New School for Social Research in downtown Manhattan. All participants are encouraged to stay for the whole duration of the conference.

Information will be posted at

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UPDATE 26th April 2011

The 2011 New York Historical Materialism Conference is only two weeks away!
Please join us at the New School for Social Research, 6 East 16th St.
Manhattan, May 6-8.

Friday night, May 6th, at 7:30pm
The conference begins, with a collective book launch, featuring a number of spectacular texts that have been 
published this year. Drinks and snacks provided!

May 7, Panel Sessions, Nighttime Plenaries, and Verso Party!
The conference then continues saturday morning (May 7) at 10am with a full day of concurrent panel sessions, culminating in a set of three nighttime plenaries (from 7pm to 9pm) and then followed by a party at the Verso Loft in Brooklyn. 

May 8, Panel Sessions, Major Closing Plenary
Sunday there will be another full day of panels, beginning at 10am, culminating in a closing plenary from 6-8pm.

We have over a 100 speakers coming to us from all over the world, representing diverse theoretical and political tendencies of historical materialism, and we are excited to see the conversations, collaborations and debates that this event will surely foster.

We have structured the conference to allow a significant amount of time for audience participation and we hope that the presentations that we have scheduled will catalyze lively discussion.

Information about the conference, including a simple registration form, is available on our webpage:  Last year, we reached capacity, so do consider registering in advance, if at all possible.

Correspondence can be directed to:

We look forward to seeing you!

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Global Crisis


December 3–5 2010

Part of 3CT’s Economy and Society Series

• Friday, December 3, 2010
• 8:45–9:30 Breakfast & Introductory Remarks
• 9:30–12:30Panel No. 1: Understanding the Crisis Historically

• Chair: William Sewell
• David Harvey
• Duncan Foley
• Beverly Silver
• Immanuel Wallerstein
• Discussant: Moishe Postone

• 12:30–1:30 Lunch
• 1:30–4:00 Panel No. 2: The Crisis and the Global South
• Chair: Lisa Wedeen
• Vivek Chibber
• Ho-fung Hung
• Claudio Lomnitz
• Achille Mbembe
• Discussant: John Comaroff

• Saturday, December 4, 2010
• 9:00–9:30 Breakfast & Introductory Remarks
• 9:30–11:45 Panel No. 3: The Financialization of Economic Life
• Chair: Paul Cheney
• James Galbraith
• Benjamin Lee/Edward LiPuma
• Greta Krippner
• Discussant: Gary Herrigel

• 11:45–12:45 Lunch

• 12:45–3:00 Panel No. 4: Neo-liberalism as Ideology and as Policy
• Chair: Jean Comaroff
• Neil Brenner/Jamie Peck/Nik Theodore
• Peter Evans/Bill Sewell
• Saskia Sassen
• Discussant: James Sparrow

• 3:00–3:15 Coffee Break

• 3:15–5:30 Panel No. 5: Unsettled Practices: Work and Expert Knowledge
• Chair: TBA
• Michael Hardt
• Richard Sennett
• Kaushik Sunder Rajan
• Discussant: Andreas Glaeser

• Sunday, December 5, 2010

• 10:00–12:30 Roundtable: Paths to the Future

This conference has been co-sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Norman Wait Harris Fund, the History Department, the Anthropology Department, the Nicholson Center, the Social Sciences Division and the Political Science Department. For further information, please contact Anwen Tormey (

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Socialism and Hope


We are pleased to announce that The Socialist Register 2011 has just been published on our website and the print edition should be available in stores soon.  Check out our website for essay abstracts and more:

You can also see the table of contents, below:

Socialist Register 2011: The Crisis This Time

Table of Contents

Socialist Register 2011 Preface
Leo Panitch, Gregory Albo, Vivek Chibber

Capitalist Crises and the Crisis this Time
Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin

Confronting the Crisis: A Class Analysis
Hugo Radice

The First Great Depression of the 21st Century
Anwar Shaikh

Caught in the Whirlwind: Working-Class Families Face the Economic Crisis
Johanna Brenner

Before and After Crisis: Wall Street Lives On
Doug Henwood

Opportunity Lost: Mystification, Elite Politics and Financial Reform in the UK
Julie Froud, Michael Moran, Adriana Nilsson, Karel Williams

The Global Crisis and the Crisis of European Neomercantilism
Riccardo Bellofiore, Francesco Garibaldo, Joseph Halevi

A Loyal Retainer? Japan, Capitalism, and the Perpetuation of American Hegemony
R. Taggart Murphy

The Crisis in South Africa: Neoliberalism, Financialization and Uneven and Combined Development
Sam Ashman, Ben Fine, Susan Newman

Deriving Capital’s (and Labour’s) Future
Dick Bryan, Michael Rafferty

Cannibalistic Capitalism: The Paradoxes of Neoliberal Pension Securitization
Susanne Soederberg

Crisis in Neoliberalism or Crisis of Neoliberalism?
Alfredo Saad-Filho

The Crisis, the Deficit, and the Power of the Dollar: Resisting the Public Sector’s Devaluation
Karl Beitel

From Rescue Strategies to Exit Strategies: The Struggle over Public Sector Austerity
Gregory Albo, Bryan Evans

The Centre Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination
Noam Chomsky


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When I go to work’

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A Crisis of Capital


A Conference of Working-Class Reflection and Action

10am-7pm, Saturday September 11

At LARC, Fieldgate St., E1 (Whitechapel tube)

Sessions on:

1) The global crisis;

2) Local struggles in workplaces, housing, universities and public services;

3) Rank-and-file organising, migrant struggles, publications;

4) Future coordination

See THE COMMUNE website for further details and future meetings:

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Economic Crisis


Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank: Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers
By Éric Toussaint and Damien Millet

Translated by Judith Abdel Gadir, Elizabeth Anne, Vicki Briault, Judith Harris, Brian Hunt, Christine Pagnoulle and Diren Valayden, with the collaboration of Francesca Denley, Virginie de Romanet and Stephanie Jacquemont

ISBN: 978-1-58367-222-8
$17.95 paperback
368 pages
September 2010

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“This excellent handbook on the Washington-based international financial institutions and the debt mechanism by means of which the Global South is subjugated is not only an indispensable tool for pro-poor anti-debt activists, but also a very useful synthesis that can and should be used in classrooms.” —Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

“Éric Toussaint is one of the brightest and most influential economists of his generation. He is the founder of the CADTM, and has gained a worldwide reputation for his exemplary struggle against the ‘odious debt’ strangling countless countries in the South.” —Jean Ziegler, former UN Special Rapporteur

Mainstream economists tell us that developing countries will replicate the economic achievements of the rich countries if they implement the correct “free-market” policies. But scholars and activists Toussaint and Millet demonstrate that this is patently false. Drawing on a wealth of detailed evidence, they explain how developed economies have systematically and deliberately exploited the less-developed economies by forcing them into unequal trade and political relationships. Integral to this arrangement are the international economic institutions ostensibly created to safeguard the stability of the global economy—the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank —and the imposition of massive foreign debt on poor countries. The authors explain in simple language, and ample use of graphics, the multiple contours of this exploitative system, its history, and how it continues to function in the present day.

Ultimately, Toussaint and Millet advocate cancellation of all foreign debt for developing countries and provide arguments from a number of perspectives—legal, economic, moral. Presented in an accessible and easily-referenced question and answer format, Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank is an essential tool for the global justice movement.

Éric Toussaint, a doctor in political science, is president of the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt, CADTM Belgium. He is author of A Diagnosis of Emerging Global Crisis and Alternatives, and The World Bank: A Critical Primer, among other books.

Damien Millet teaches mathematics and is spokesperson for CADTM France. He is the author of L’Afrique sans dette, and co-author with Éric Toussaint of Tsunami Aid or Debt Cancellation.

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