The Real News Network has another interesting discussion about the recent Chinese Communist Plenum meeting. According to Minqi Li the meeting resulted in a promise for market reforms, including privatization and deregulation of public utility, energy and other state-owned companies.
Many people might be surprised to learn that the comedian and actor Russell Brand is also very political and a fierce critic of the current political system which, as he argues, reinforces inequality and exploitation and fails to address the pressing issues of humanity such as climate change. Brand has guest edited an issue of […]
We have all heard about the shocking murder of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas with the alleged involvement of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn movement. The Guardian has now published a disturbing interview with a young woman who was attacked and knifed by Golden Dawn supporters shortly after the murder took place. There is no room for complacency when it […]
John Guillebaud, an emeritus professor at UCL, University of London, has recently held an interesting TEDxUCL talk about sex and what it does to the planet. Is sex the most dangerous human activity, to all life on earth? At its best giving the greatest mutual pleasure humans know this activity also has risks, both direct […]
The world is discussing a military intervention by the West in Syria. But would such an intervention be legal and/or legitimate? Matthew C. Waxman, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains three key international law aspects in relation to this crucial question.
Watch Mariana Mazzucato, a Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex, discuss the role of government in innovation and economic growth. In her latest book The Entrepreneurial State she argues that active state investment has been the secret behind most radical innovations, and that this requires economists to analyse the state as market ‘maker’ […]
Watch Ben Knight talk about technology, democracy and decision-making at a TEDx event held in Wellington, New Zealand. Knight is part of a cooperative social enterprise building Loomio, an online tool for collaborative decision-making being used by thousands of people in more than 20 countries. He starts his talk with a brief overview over recent global […]
The International Labor Organisation (ILO) published a damning report on global youth unemployment earlier this year, highlighting that in the global labour market 75 million youth are unemployed. Based on the report, the Real News Network conducted an interview with James Heintz, Associate Director and Assistant Research Professor at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of […]
The Real News Network has an interesting interview with Porto-based journalist Wouter De Broeck who explains the economic and social situation in Portugal resulting from Troika policy. With the focus primarily on Greece and some of the bigger ‘crisis’ countries, this interview provides an interesting background to the Portuguese case, that tends not to be […]
As reported on Euroactiv, the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban clashed with MEPs last Tuesday when he visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Complaining that a recent European Parliament (EP) report was against the Hungarian people, Orban defended the constitutional changes he has been pushing through in his home country. The EP report joined the […]
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government should end police violence and excessive use of force against protests across Turkey. Officials should uphold the right to peaceful protest and free speech. Police violently dispersed peaceful protests against government plans to transform Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi park into a shopping mall, triggering wider public protests across Istanbul that spread […]