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Kevin Smith of Carbon Trade Watch/TNI argues, in a Guardian comment piece, that the the government should use its shareholder position in the newly recapitalised banks to end funding for fossil-fuel projects and to invest in a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Kevin Smith: "A green economy could be ours"
November 21st, 2008

Global Labor Strategies has a good analysis of the G20 summit, in which they argue that the vacuous statement not only indicated a kowtowing to Bush but also a fundamental inability to tackle a crisis that threatens their systems and the livelihoods of millions. The meeting was eerily reminiscent of a 1933 economic summit that disintegrated into trade wars and competitive devaluations. But the failure of the powers to address the crisis opens up the space for an initiative from below, from the alternative globalisation movement.

Global Labor Strategies: The G-20 vs. the G-6 Billion
November 21st, 2008

Read the full articles of Kevin Smith, Global Labor Strategies and more critical thinking on the financial and economic crisis on, an interactive blog of the Transnational Institute & Institute for Policy Studies


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* What are the real causes of the Wall Street Meltdown?
* What are the implications of the responses led by Bush, Paulson and governments worldwide?
* Will bank bailouts resolve the crisis?
* What will be the social and environmental impact of both the credit crunch and the different political responses to the crisis?
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