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Promoting privatization

After discrediting state-owned enterprises, privatization advocates successfully pushed a broad reform agenda under the rubric of privatization from the 1980s, with the support of the Washington-based international financial institutions. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 12, 2019 (IPS) — Privatization has been central to the ‘neo-liberal’ counter-revolution from the 1970s against government economic interventions associated with Roosevelt and Keynes as well as post-colonial state-led economic development. Comment

Hold the line for justice

It may come as a shock to some that New York — in many ways one of the most progressive states in the country — is extremely regressive when it comes to criminal justice. Comment

Time for state legislative hearings on lack of diversity in NY city’s construction industry

Each year, Black History Month represents an important time to honor the many leaders who came before us and reflect on what steps we must take now to keep advancing the mission of pursuing racial justice. In New York City’s development and construction industry, where too many minority workers and business owners are still locked out of jobs and contracts, moving toward racial justice also means advancing economic justice for men and women of color. Comment

Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030? New York has a plan for 2020

New York: In his State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to end new HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030. He can start by looking at what is working right here, in his home state of New York. Comment

Gloom ahead of world economic storm

SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 15, 2019 (IPS) - In light of the uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war, the IMF expects the US economic growth to slow from a three-year high of 2.9 percent in 2018 to 2.5 percent in 2019, while China’s expansion has already slowed in recent years, albeit from much higher levels. Comment

Venezuela

Idriss Jazairy Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the Adverse Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures GENEVA, Feb 4 2019 (IPS) - The count down towards a tragic outcome in Venezuela has started. All outside powers express what they say is a shared concern for its peace-loving people that has the misfortune of sitting on what is maybe the largest oil reserves in the world. The problem is that geopolitics lead groups of foreign countries to express different, not to say opposed recipes as to how democracy can be restored and happiness pursued in Venezuela and want to make their own views prevail in this divided country. Comment

Oprah Winfrey and her mom’s strong finish

Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died less than two months ago on Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People Magazine the tender story of their last conversation. Comment

Hands off Venezuela

Venezuela: On Jan. 22 Vice President of the US, Mike Pence made a video directly addressing the people of Venezuela. In it he declared that “Nicolas Maduro is a dictator, with no legitimate claim to power.” He did so he said, “on behalf of Donald Trump and all the American people.” He pledged his “unwavering support” for those planning to take to the streets the following day to try to oust President Maduro from power. He said he supported the call by Juan Guaidó, opposition leader and head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, “to declare Maduro a usurper.” Comment

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