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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 LobbyControl 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

Mapping The Money: A New Tool To Track Political Influence This Election Season Navigating the intricate webs in which money influences politics can be a tricky business. Some reporters try scanning state and federal electoral financial reports, for example, then balancing those numbers with politicians' legislative agendas and voting records – a daunting task, to say the least. With an additional torrent of dark money contributions flooding the scene of late, and a proliferation of shadowy "non-profit" advocacy groups further muddying the waters, one's tempted to give up the hunt for fiscal political truth altogether. However, even as those doling out cash in exchange for policies continue to inject more green into our elections with every passing Supreme Court decision, a group of watchdogs at Maplight has upped the ante by introducing a new interactive tool to track not only the level and location of political donations, but how the money impacts specific pieces of legislation. Shining a Light in the Darkness An Evolving Issue

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 Professor Patomäki: ‘There are good reasons to expect that the neoliberal era is coming to an end’ | Euro Crisis in the Press Continuing our interview series of public intellectuals across Europe on the causes and effects of the crisis, Euro Crisis in the Press talks to Heikki Patomäki, Professor of World Politics at University of Helsinki and author of a recent monograph on the anatomy of the Euro crisis (published in English by Zed Books in March 2013). Professor Patomäki argues that neoliberal European integration has become counterproductive; the legitimacy of the EU has hinged upon economic growth and welfare-state model which have been undermined by the real world consequences of neoclassical economic framings and policies. Radical austerity measures especially in the crisis-hit countries have worsened the situation and translated into deteriorating support for the Union. He notes that resolving the crisis through treaty-change would in reality mean more than just amending details of the initial agreements; this would necessitate changes to the philosophy and theories that underwrite the EU project.

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.

At your service - Who can help you?»European Ombudsman What does he do? The European Ombudsman is an independent and impartial body that holds the EU administration to account. The Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in EU institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies. Only the Court of Justice of the European Union, acting in its judicial capacity, falls outside the Ombudsman's mandate. This covers administrative irregularities, unfairness, discrimination, abuse of power, failure to reply, refusal of information, and unnecessary delay, for example. What does the European Ombudsman not do? The Ombudsman cannot investigate: complaints against national, regional, or local authorities in the EU Member States, even when the complaints are related to EU matters; the activities of national courts or ombudsmen; complaints against businesses or private individuals.

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