Seven Innovative Mechanisms of Development Finance

The .pdf file is available for free download here. This table file describes seven innovative mechanisms for public revenue streams.They are: 1. Financial Transactions Tax (FTT): A small tax on each trade of stocks, derivatives, currency, and other financial...

The No-Doctrine President

Zoologists get pretty excited when they discover an unusual animal. They happily devote many hours to the task of classifying the beast and, if it qualifies as a new species, giving it a name. A great deal of money and prestige rides on these scientific endeavors. The...

Financial Transaction Taxes and the Global South

Click here for a printer-friendly version of this fact sheet: Financial Transactions Taxes and the Global South. Spanish version: Impuestos a las Transacciones Financieras y el Sur Global. 1. What is a financial transactions tax (FTT)? A very small tax on each trade...

Hey Congress, Want $400 Billion in New Annual Revenue?

Have you heard? America is broke, according to many governors and lawmakers. They’re calling for deep cuts in teacher pay, firing cops, slashing medical services for working-class kids, and scrapping other essential services to narrow state and federal budget...
Europe Takes the Lead in Drive to Tax Speculators

Europe Takes the Lead in Drive to Tax Speculators

High-speed rail, universal health care, quality cheese. Let’s face it — the Europeans often leave us Yanks way behind. And now they appear on track again, with solid progress this week towards adopting an innovative proposal to pay for the costs of the...
Robin Hood 2.0

Robin Hood 2.0

Forget Russell Crowe. Global campaigners for financial transactions taxes have done way more to bring back Robin Hood’s spirit of equity. Activists in 25 countries, many of them sporting green tights and feathered caps, carried out coordinated actions this week...

Activists in More than 20 Countries Urge G20 Leaders to Tax Speculators

IPS Global Economy and Climate Experts Available for Comment Washington, D.C. – Labor, environmental, and other groups from the United States and around the world are joining in a Global Day of Action on February 17 to call on G-20 finance ministers to take decisive...

U.S. Groups Join Global Call to Tax Speculators

Dear President Obama, We, the undersigned faith, labor, environmental, health, education and development organizations, write to urge you to join with French President Nicholas Sarkozy and a growing number of other world leaders and members of Congress in support of a...

Taxing Financial Speculation, Raising Funds for Critical Needs

Political discontent simmered for decades in Egypt, but soaring food prices helped push public frustration past the boiling point. As the political drama there continues to unfold, it’s critical to address the complex financial and environmental dynamics that have...

Investing in Our Future Act of 2011

Even as Wall Street reaps record profits, the financial crisis continues to push millions of people around the world deeper into poverty while shrinking national budgets that provide social safety nets. The financial sector collects huge economic benefits from global...
Civil Society Responses  to the Global Financial and Economic Crisis

Civil Society Responses to the Global Financial and Economic Crisis

During the first two years of the economic crisis, civil society groups have used various strategies to push for new policies aimed at preventing future crises and ensuring a more equitable and sustainable economic recovery. This paper provides describes specific...

Ain’t No Stopping A Progressive Agenda: Part 3

In the third part of my “Silver Lining” series, trying to find some hope in moving forward after a mid-term election in which Conservatives gained a lot of power, I will reiterate the first points: Its not insignificant that the Congressional Progressive...