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The 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers | International Labor Rights Forum Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Economic globalization and the rise of transnational corporate power have created a favorable climate for corporate human rights abusers, which are governed principally by the codes of supply and demand and show genuine loyalty only to their stockholders. Several of the companies below are being sued under the Alien Tort Claims Act, a law that allows citizens of any nationality to sue in US federal courts for violations of international rights or treaties. When corporations act like criminals, we have the right and the power to stop them, holding leaders and multinational corporations alike to the accords they have signed. Around the world--in Venezuela, Argentina, India, and right here in the United States--citizens are stepping up to create democracy and hold corporations accountable to international law. Caterpillar Chevron Coca-Cola Dow Chemical

I Am Awake Project | The 5th Element Les financiers reprennent un peu trop goût au risque A chaque crise financière, on entend le même refrain du côté des autorités de tutelle et des sociétés financières: promis, juré, on ne nous y reprendra plus. Et puis les mois passent, et il faut bien recommencer à chercher à gagner de l’argent. Et actuellement, ce n'est pas facile: les actions ont déjà bien monté sur les marchés de beaucoup de pays développés et restent à un niveau désespérément bas dans les grands pays émergents, et les emprunts émis par les Etats les plus sûrs ne rapportent plus grand-chose (tout juste 2,10% pour ceux à dix ans de la France), de même que ceux des entreprises les mieux notées. Pour trouver des rendements plus intéressants, nettement supérieurs à l’inflation, il faut donc aller chercher du côté des sociétés un peu moins bien notées ou des pays émergents. Et là, comme le constate Bernard Aybran, directeur de la multigestion chez Invesco, «des signes de surchauffe deviennent clairs». Gérard Horny Gérard Horny Partagez cet article

This Week in Sociology: Unintended Consequences: The Social Context of 9/11 by Mike King, University of California, Santa Cruz, September 11, 2001 is a world historic moment, a historical signpost – “9/11”. More than a deadly attack, it stands as a moment that truly changed history, and its existence--not only in memory but in remembrance—can help us understand both the past and the present. Sociology can inform our understanding, not just of events themselves, but also why and how they happened, and the broader effects they have over time. For example, Al Qaeda is more of an ideology and a very loose network than it is an organization with clear command structures or cohesiveness. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was part of the Cold War competition with the US for global dominance. Al Qaeda’s political legitimacy, part of their economic funding, and the formation of their networks were all partially created by the US government. Part of the social context of the Muslim world is the inherent grievances many Muslims have towards the US and the West.

LDMG | Legal Defence & Monitoring Group États-Unis - L’austérité pèse sur la croissance économique, note la Fed Washington — La banque centrale des États-Unis (Fed) a maintenu mercredi sa politique de soutien exceptionnel à l’économie américaine, soulignant que les coupes budgétaires massives entrées en vigueur dans le pays « freinaient » la reprise. « La politique budgétaire freine la croissance économique », a indiqué le Comité de politique monétaire de la Fed (FOMC) à l’issue d’une réunion entamée mardi à Washington, marquant un changement notable avec son précédent diagnostic. Lors de sa dernière réunion fin mars, les douze membres du FOMC avaient simplement noté que la politique budgétaire américaine était devenue « quelque peu restrictive ». Depuis début mars, des coupes automatiques sont entrées en vigueur aux États-Unis où elles menacent d’amputer le budget de 85 milliards d’ici à la fin septembre et risquent de réduire la croissance du PIB de 0,5 à 0,6 point de pourcentage, selon les estimations. Capitaux déstabilisateurs

Pentagon withheld information about decades-old chemical weapons during Iraq War, report claims This photo shows the interior of a chemical weapons facility in Iraq (AP) American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York Times reported late Tuesday that American troops reported finding approximately 5,000 chemical warheads, shells, or aviation bombs in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. On at least six occasions, soldiers were wounded by those weapons, which had been manufactured before 1991. In all, the paper reported that 17 U.S. soldiers and seven Iraqi police officers were exposed to chemical agents during the war. The U.S. government said its number was slightly higher, but did not release a specific figure. Click for more from The New York Times.

The Economics of Happiness (2011) Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche - the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile.

La Suisse prête à lever le secret bancaire en 2015 Berne accepte, sous conditions, d'appliquer l'échange automatique d'informations prôné par l'OCDE et le G20. Un nouveau séisme se prépare sur les bords du lac Léman. À la suite du coup de force du week-end dernier au G20 de Washington, la Suisse serait prête à accepter le principe de l'échange automatique d'informations, à partir de 2015, d'après le quotidien suisse Le Temps, ce qui signerait l'arrêt de mort du secret bancaire pour les comptes de résidents étrangers en Suisse. Une fois encore, c'est la pression internationale qui fait plier la Confédération. Berne est pris en étau entre les États-Unis, qui imposent l'échange automatique d'informations avec la Suisse ­depuis le 1er janvier 2013, et la récente volte-face du Luxembourg, prêt à lever le secret bancaire en 2015 dans le cadre de la directive ­épargne européenne. Fini, donc, le transfert laborieux et parcellaire des données bancaires sur demande dans le cadre des traités fiscaux actuels. Trusts anglo-saxons

Earth - Your life on earth Explore BBC Earth's unique interactive, personalised just to you. Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime; from how much fuel and food we've used to the species we've discovered and endangered. And see how the BBC was there with you, capturing some of the most amazing wonders of the natural world. Explore, enjoy, and share with your friends either the whole page, or your favourite insights. This is your story, the story of your life on earth. BBC Earth's Your life on earth is based on the following sources. Lead photo credit: John Kellerman / Alamy.

Information that Society Needs to Wake the Fu*k Up The current state of humanity’s reality is one big cluster-fu@k, as well as a mystical dream. However, some of the people who are disengaging from ‘mainstream programming’, ‘social engineering’ and are waking up to the realities of our world, have only awoken to one side of the equation. Therefore, this list serves as a reminder of both the educational and conceptual ‘awakenings’ that need to occur on a widespread scale to transform our social systems into their new stage of evolution. Our future generations are depending on us not being asleep at the wheel. Regardless of how challenging at first it is to take in, when we do the ‘proper’ research, we understand that: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Once we look into why this is happening, we begin to see scattered patterns of information that indicate more or less the following: 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. Sounds out of control right? 43. 44.

» Encore des actions multivotantes !|Le blogue des marchés Photo archives Bombardier Dix ans après avoir fermé le capital de Bombardier Produits Récréatifs, ancienne division du groupe Bombardier devenue BRP, la famille fondatrice et ses alliés financiers veulent alléger leur implication financière à la faveur d’un appel public à l’épargne. Mais pas leur emprise sur la direction puisqu’ils se réservent des actions comportant six voix chacune, alors que les titres offerts aux nouveaux actionnaires n’en comporteront qu’une. Cette catégorie d’actions est créée de toutes pièces dans le cadre d’une réorganisation du capital-actions préalable à l’émission publique de BRP. Présentement, les initiés se partagent des actions comportant au plus un droit de vote chacune. Le groupe américain Bain Capital détient 50 % des parts, le Groupe Beaudier, qui compte des membres des familles Beaudoin et Bombardier, a 35 %, et la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, 15 %. Le modèle n’est pas étranger à Bombardier.

Echoes of Selma - They never linked arms to sing "We Shall Overcome." No one smacked them on the head with a club for trying to vote. They didn't march into a phalanx of armed state troopers who beat them like animals. But the forces that mobilized against demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago launched a movement of their own that relied on an audacious strategy: They blew a hole through the civil rights movement's most revered law by borrowing the same tactics protesters used in Selma. Watch on CNN TV Watch live coverage of ceremonies in Selma commemorating 50 years since "Bloody Sunday" starting at 11 a.m. When President Barack Obama and civil rights veterans gather this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Selma campaign, many people will focus on the pivotal moments that sparked the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, once known as the "crown jewel" of the movement. The court's decision -- in Shelby County, Alabama v. "The jewel has been smashed," Berman says of the voting law.