Huffington Post did a great little piece on the Alternative Banking working group that I’m part of. You can find the original article here. I’ve also pasted it below. Thank you Janell Ross for coming along, and taking an interest.
Continue reading Occupy Wall Street on Alternative Banking
The Alternative Banking working group of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is meeting this afternoon. Here are some suggestions for the meetng:
Here are a few notes to get us started this afternoon. These are just suggestions for discussion.
Continue reading Alternative Banking – some suggestions
The other night, at the Occupy Wall Street “General Assembly”, I announced the formation of a new working group to examine alternatives to the current banking system.
The idea is to explore existing alternatives to mainstream high street banks (credit unions, cooperative banks etc), think about an ideal system, then try to set it up. No small ambition. But you’ve got to start somewhere.
Continue reading Alternative Banking – a new working group in #OccupyWallStreet
Independent Diplomat was really pleased to help with this visit. JB is making a documentary about the Western Sahara, and has a long-standing interest in the issue (he has visited the refugee camps in Algeria).
Continue reading Javier Bardem at the UN to demand justice for the Western Sahara
Here are some suggestions for a manifesto for the Occupy Wall Street protests, which are currently taking place. The manifesto attempts to summarize common concerns about current banking practices and articulate a new agenda for a better system. The banks are busy lobbying lawmakers and the Administration every day. Continue reading Demand Better Banking – A suggested manifesto for #OccupyWallStreet
After talking with a lot of people at the UN, and in the leader- and diplomat-packed corridors and lobbies of various mid-town hotels in a rainy New York City, the likely early outcomes of the Palestinian initiative are becoming a bit clearer. Any observations now however must be stated with a very clear proviso that things are moving fast, and the diplomacy is hectic. Things may change very suddenly.
Continue reading Palestine/UN – quick update: showdown at the Security Council less likely
There’s a lot of confusion about the PLO’s likely attempt this week to gain full membership of the UN. In particular, many commentators (and the PLO itself) often refer to the initiative as an attempt to gain “recognition” by the UN, which it is not. The UN does not recognise states; only other states can recognise states (however, UN membership would undoubtedly boost Palestine’s claim to be a state).
Continue reading A simple guide to Palestine’s application for membership of the United Nations
My cousin told me about this remarkable story. It illustrates perfectly the arguments of “The Leaderless Revolution”: a tragic and difficult problem which an appeal to conventional insitutions could not solve; instead this brave and resourceful couple took matters, peacefully, into their own hands and addressed the problem, with great compassion, directly…
From shipwreck to solidarity
By Rafael Estefania
BBC News, Hansala, Morocco
Continue reading An extraordinary example of what “The Leaderless Revolution” is all about
I was very privileged to be invited to give a lecture about my newly-published book at the London School of Economics. It was a great audience, and a very interesting discussion. Continue reading “The Leaderless Revolution” – Video and Podcast of my talk at the London School of Economics
In the US and Europe, disillusion with politics is feeding the far right. We need a radical response that returns power to people
The recent debacle in Washington, where wrangling over the debt limit has triggered a downgrading of American debt, has underlined the deep incompetence of the US political system. Thanks to needless brinkmanship, particularly by the Republicans, confidence in US debt has been undermined, thereby likely increasing the cost of borrowing – a price that will eventually be paid by all Americans.
Continue reading When Government is Broken
One of the arguments of my forthcoming book is that one sign of the failure of government to agree necessary legislation is the seemingly arcane but vital issue of capital requirements for banks. I discuss this issue in this recent column for The Guardian. Such requirements arguably would have prevented the recent financial crisis. Continue reading The Leaderless Revolution: The ongoing debate about bank regulation
Somalia: victim of war, famine and a pestilence of policy
Facing starvation and instability, Somalia needs the international community to stop propping up a failed status quo and rethink
Continue reading Somalia: victim of war, famine and a pestilence of policy: my latest Guardian “Power and Nations” column, 28 July 2011