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Edible packaging – the beginning of the end for single-use plastic?

An edible alternative to plastic has won the Green Alley Award for innovation in the circular economy. It is one of a number of viable alternatives ...

We Need a Wealth Tax to Rebuild

Labour’s Director of Strategy has reportedly told the shadow cabinet the social groups which she had identified that we need to win back in order to ...

The UK’s Parliament Is Full of Landlords

No less than 115 UK members of parliament — 90 of them Tories — are landlords. The housing crisis won’t be solved until that changes. Prime ...

Liberals Don’t Understand the American Empire

Ben Rhodes graduated from New York University in 2002 with a masters degree in creative writing, before moving to Washington DC ‘to be part of the ...

Joe Biden Is Blatantly Ignoring An Easy Climate Victory

Joe Biden could easily deal a blow to climate change by divesting the federal employee pension fund — the largest of its kind in the world ...

Big tech's duty of care

Lawyers and doctors have to act in their clients’ best interests. What if Facebook and Google had to do the same? Imagine that you have a ...

The Legacy of the Crushed 1981 PATCO Strike

Forty years ago today, 13,000 air traffic controllers went on strike. President Ronald Reagan would soon crush that strike — leading to devastating consequences for organized ...

Weekly Economics Podcast: fast fashion

With the COP26 global climate conference coming up later this year, we’re spending five episodes this series looking at pressing climate issues. In this episode we’re ...

A world without mining

The absurdity of our colossal failure becomes evident from the many statistics presented in the paper. The paper shows how, as a society, we’re mining in all ...

One year after the Beirut explosion: The scene of the migratory crime

Tomorrow, the world will realise that a year has passed since the Beirut port explosion, when several tons of ammonium nitrate detonated, killing more than 200 ...

Disorganized Democracy

A coalition of industrial workers and small farmers underpinned democratic politics in the twentieth century. Can workers in a precarious service economy fill their shoes today? ...

A flood of solutions

Regardless of the action we take now, over the next 30 years, we will likely see 10-30cm of additional sea level rise. Our oceans are vast ...

Tech Workers at the New York Times Want a Union

This spring, 700 New York Times tech workers announced their new union, the Times Tech Guild. We talked with two tech workers involved in the campaign ...

The Landlord Parliament

Last week, while MP Apsana Begum was defending herself against fraud charges relating to her socially-rented studio flat, a quarter of Conservative MPs were supplementing their ...

The Landlord Parliament

Last week, while MP Apsana Begum was defending herself against fraud charges relating to her socially-rented studio flat, a quarter of Conservative MPs were supplementing their ...

Saving Singapore’s Golden Mile Complex

Since Brexit, there has been much talk about replicating Singapore’s model for the UK. Yet the widely-held perception of Singapore as a highly laissez-faire economy with ...

Not out of the woods yet

At the end of September the furlough scheme (official name: the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or CJRS) will come to an end. This date is arbitrary, ...

New York’s “Cancel Rent” Movement Isn’t Over

To the many New Yorkers who already could barely afford the rent, the call to “cancel rent” during the pandemic made perfect sense. The city and ...

We need a global Green New Deal

The future of the climate crisis does not look pretty if the coronavirus pandemic provides any indication of our collective ability to cope with shocks.  Take the case ...

The climate solution

The climate crisis is upon us. The environmental movement has for decades recognised the problem and warned of the consequences.  The debate must now turn to ...

Afghanistan’s future path to be determined by a corridor of power

Although Spin Boldak is regarded as a key border, an even more significant one (even though it is currently closed) could be the Wakhjir Pass at ...

Pedro Castillo Offers a Chance for Peru to Break With its Neoliberal History

I think the Peruvian right—basically, Fujimorismo—really needs to be given a closer look, because in many ways its combination of far-right populism and neoliberal economics was ...

Under Joe Biden, Corporate Interests Are Still Steering the Ship

Despite continued proclamations that Joe Biden is a transformative president, his agenda has been much more about placating business interests than shifting power to workers. WASHINGTON, ...

Colombia’s Mercenary Industry is Behind the Haitian Coup

Almost every assassin involved in the murder of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was Colombian. That’s no coincidence: if you want mercenaries for hire on the cheap, ...

It’s Time for a Referendum to Unite Ireland

A hundred years since Britain divided Ireland into two states, the momentum for reunification has never been stronger. The Good Friday Agreement provides for a referendum ...

Speaking to Leeds

Last year, in the second national lockdown, a series of posters were hung in various locations around Leeds. They exhibited Pete Mitchell’s photographs of the city ...

The Pandemic Alone Can’t Transform Capitalism

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to the world economy, shining a harsh light on the frailties of global capitalism. But there won’t be a progressive paradigm ...