Issue No. 310/311 (Jun/Jul 2016)

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COVER: Neoliberalism on the wane?

The neoliberal counter-revolution in retreat?
Do the recent, more critical analyses of some of neoliberalism's failings among both the IMF and mainstream economists mark a real weakening of its hold?
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Can the IMF leopard change its spots?
It has been officially confirmed there has been no fundamental policy change in the core of the IMF’s approach to developing countries.

IMF economists discover some of the big failures of neoliberalism - about time
The overall failure of the neoliberal agenda has been evident since the turn of the century, for anyone who cared to look at the data.
By Mark Weisbrot

The retreat of neoliberalism
African nations will not be able to take advantage of the seeming retreat of neoliberalism if they do not come up with quality policies.
By William Gumede

The IMF's autocritique of neoliberalism?
A glaring omission in the IMF's critique of some aspects of neoliberalism is its failure to recognise the ecological implications of capitalist economic growth.
By Pritam Singh

Neoliberalism and growing inequality
The IMF's admission that the neoliberal agenda has increased inequality has thrown the spotlight on one of the most serious problems of our time.
By Mah-Hui Lim

India and the myth of growth
The claim that the neoliberal model of development would bring about high rates of growth that would wipe out the mass poverty and deprivation that dogs India has proved illusory.
By C P Chandrasekhar


Concern over profit-oriented approach to biodiversity in Latin America
The Nagoya Protocol fails to address some of the misgivings of indigenous peoples, say activists from Latin America.
By Emilio Godoy


China grapples with the problems of healthcare for all
Providing healthcare for a billion citizens is a herculean task, but since the 1990s China has had to confront this challenge while carrying out market reforms.
By Michael Woodhead


The Book of Paul
The World Bank has appointed Paul Romer as its chief economist, thus dispelling any notion that the Bank has in recent years been moving away from neoliberalism.
By Sam Wetherell

UNCTAD's roles reaffirmed, but only after significant wrangling
The difficulties which UNCTAD faced recently in securing a renewal of its mandate are a reflection of the frosty state of North-South relations.
By Martin Khor

Illicit financial flows threaten Africa's growth, says UNECA
Africa is being drained of resources for development as a result of the illegal movement of money and capital, say officials from a UN body concerned with the continent's development.
By Collins Mwai


Thailand's great leap backwards
Although the military junta which seized power in Thailand in 2014 has now managed to secure public approval for its draft constitution, this was hardly a real exercise of the people's will. This move has effectively jettisoned the great democratic strides made by the country since the promulgation of the 1997 constitution.
By Tom Fawthrop

The age of disintegration
In the Middle East and North Africa, nation states are enfeebled or collapsing under the impact of mounting external and internal pressures.
By Patrick Cockburn

Turkey in a tailspin
Turkey's democrats are legitimately concerned that the government is using the foiled 15 July coup as a pretext to eliminate due process, rights and freedoms, diversity and plurality.
By Umit Cizre

Hillary Clinton's not-so-strange right-wing bedfellows
The fact that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is so personally and politically odious should not blind us to the reality that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic alternative, is anything but a progressive.
By Paul Street


Israel's stolen babies remains the state's darkest secret
The scandal of Israel’s stolen babies has recently been officially confirmed.
By Jonathan Cook

'Death is our life'
The shockingly high rate of Aboriginal suicides in Australia is a national disgrace, say activists.
By Kathy Fairfax


Myanmar: Women continue to suffer due to land grabs and militarization
Despite the peace process and ceasefire agreements, women in the ethnic minority southeastern regions of Myanmar still continue to suffer human rights abuses stemming from militarisation and land confiscation.
By Nyein Nyein


Aiding and abetting: The British media and the invasion of Iraq
While the recently released Chilcot Report was a damning indictment of the duplicitous conduct of the Labour government of Tony Blair in the invasion of Iraq, there has been no similar exposure of the British media's shameful role in abetting this illegal act of war.
By Pablo Navarrete


'Brexit', or the revenge of the dispossessed
As the British government struggles to come to terms with the consequences of the country's vote to leave the EU, the writer reflects on the long-simmering grievances which found their expression in the 'Brexit' vote.
By Jeremy Seabrook


Identity card
The following poem by Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), the Palestinian Poet Laureate, whose work has been translated and read around the globe, including in Hebrew, recently became the subject of heated controversy when it was broadcast over Israel Army Radio's University on the Air programme.
By Mahmoud Darwish

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