Globalisation has had some crucial negative impacts on the environment. But given vital, political regulations and incentives, it can be part of a solution that addresses the breadth and urgency of the challenges ahead, says a new study commissioned by the Public Affairs and Communications Directorate of Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Does globalisation promote development? If you scratch beneath the surface, the answer of OECD researchers to this crucial question in times of financial collapse and its atrocious consequences for the vulnerable sections of people around the world is: globalisation helps the rich get richer and the poor poorer.
Fremmer globaliseringen udvikling? Hvis du ridser under overfladen er svaret paa dette afgørende spørgsmål ifoelge OECD forskere, at i tider med finansielle sammenbrud og grusomme konsekvenser for de sårbare dele af mennesker over hele verden, at globalisering hjaelper de rige bliver rigere og de fattige fattigere.
Despite international pressure and protests at home, the Hungarian Parliament recently voted for constitutional reform that makes it possible to ban people from “habitually residing in public places”. It was a move widely criticised and at a seminar in Budapest campaigners said there must be an end to the criminalisation and persecution of homeless people. Delegates also heard calls for the Hungarian government to follow Scotland’s lead and introduce progressive policies.
On the 11th March, the Hungarian government voted an amendment that inscribed the criminalisation of homelessness in the country’s Constitution. FEANTSA is deeply concerned by this amendment, which writes the prosecution of homeless people for living in public spaces into the law.
Barclays, which announced an end to its speculation on food on Tuesday, made up to an estimated £278 million from the trade in 2012. The figure brings the bank’s total revenue from food speculation from 2010 to 2012 to an estimated three quarters of a billion pounds.
As the European economic crisis deepens, more and more people are leaving to seek a better life in emerging economies around the world. We speak to four who have moved abroad.
Teams representing 64 countries will participate in the 11th annual Homeless World Cup which will take place in Poznan, Poland from 10th to 18th August 2013 at the Malta Regatta Course. 48 countries will participate in the men’s competition and 16 in the women’s competition. The Homeless World Cup appoints one partner organisation per country to coordinate all year-round football activities amongst homeless and marginalised people in 70 countries. The lives of homeless people are changed substantially as a result of being involved in football.
Goldman Sachs made up to an estimated £251 million (US$400 million) in 2012 from speculating on food including wheat, maize and soy, prompting campaigners to accuse the bank of contributing to a growing global food crisis.
FEANTSA congratulates the European Commission on its proposal for a Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and welcomes the inclusion of homeless people as priority target group.
The 2012 Homeless World Cup came to a climax with a thrilling Final between host nation Mexico and their South American rivals Chile.
New research suggests that suicide rates are highest amongst homeless populations in many European countries, as serious mental health problems go unchecked. In response, FEANTSA and Mental Health Europe are lobbying the EU to include a comprehensive mental health perspective in an Action Plan on Homelessness.
Mduduzi Gcina is 8 years old, but for a time it looked like he would only live half that long. His story highlights the plight of those trying to save victims of snakebite.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has returned home from a three country tour that does not appear to have done him much good. Romney's foreign policy Grand Tour of the UK, Israel and Poland was expected to be a voyage of exposure. He would expose his foreign policy gravitas to his hosts. They would expose their expectations of American foreign policy to him.
The practice of “necklacing”, used to kill suspected police informers during the anti-apartheid struggle, seemed to have disappeared in democratic South Africa. Then images surfaced earlier this year, showing suspected criminals in Khayelitsha with tyres around their necks, doused in petrol and about to be set alight by an angry mob. It was not a random incident — the necklace has made a comeback.
In the isolated Indian state of Jharkhand, a largely unreported conflict hinders crucial rural development. It is the heartland of the Maoist movement, banned as a terrorist organisation by the government. And whilst many local villagers have some sympathy with the Maoists viewpoint, they despise their methods: "Some of the ideology is good but I could never accept the violence."
The latest "trend" from institutions of higher learning is that students and lecturers are exchanging a lot more than knowledge and information. Some students claim that lecturers are soliciting sexual favours from students in exchange for better academic pass marks in their respective courses. Who is responsible for this trend, which in a doctor-patient relationship is deemed unethical?
Partout en Europe, les dernières années ont été marquées par l’effritement des mécanismes de solidarité, progressivement remplacés par des dispositifs de contrôle et de répression des personnes les plus fragiles.
As more and more governments around the world take steps to criminalise homelessness, FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with Homeless People, is launching a European-wide campaign to tackle the issue and challenge public perceptions.
As many as 140,000 Americans nationwide will get their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits restored as a result of an order issued by Judge Sidney H. Stein in a federal court in Manhattan on April 13, 2012. The benefits in question date back to October 2006 and may total $1 billion.