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Planting budgetary time bombs in Africa: the Macron Doctrine En Marche

Daniela Gabor and Ndongo Samba Sylla, in article published by the Groupe d'études géopolitiques take close look at how "paradoxically, the Macron Doctrine - built on a critique of financialisation and privatisation of public goods – co-exists with the French push for the Wall Street Consensus, which promotes a partnership with global investors to financialise development and privatise public goods, particularly in Africa."

Source: Groupe d'Etudes Géopolitiques

ATU Local 113 has released a video “Keep Transit Public”

Eglinton 2020, which campaigns for the full delivery of the “Eglinton Connects” streetscape across Toronto's longest east-west arterial thoroughfare, says “stop Toronto Transit Commission privatization. Province already gave same few multinationals: #SNCLavalin, Aecon profits from privatized transit expansion and 30-year maintenance contracts.” ATU Local 113 has released a video “Keep Transit Public.”

Source: ATU Local 113

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Unmasking the Hidden Power of Cities. Using their authorities, energy and promise to secure the common good.

The Partnership for Working Families, which recently co-authored a new report on the unique power of cities to make progressive change, has launched “We Make This City,” a 10-city national campaign “for community-controlled, publicly owned institutions, structures, and services. We are fighting to ensure all people have access to the systems and structures needed to live full and healthy lives. This includes transportation systems that connect us to work, schools and services, the ability to afford housing in the communities we love, access to clean water and energy and organized power for workers who make all this possible. Public infrastructure connects us all and should serve the needs of the people, not the pockets of corporations. (…) As we struggle to meet our people’s basic needs, corporate interests tell us that they are actually the solution to our problem. Private entities are taking over our roads, our water and our schools — the building blocks of our cities — to create more profit for themselves. It isn’t working for us. The rich are getting richer and our people are suffering.”

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How infrastructure is shaping the world

Counter Balance has explored in recent years the new wave of large-scale infrastructure projects being financed all over the world, seeking to understand the main drivers behind the new “global infrastructure agenda”, “what are the risks it entails?” and how to challenge it. As part of this work on infrastructure financing, specific attention has been paid to “mega-corridors” promoted by financial institutions and numerous governments. This report, based on a research undertaken by Nick Hildyard from the Corner House, is a first step in analysing the drivers behind these “mega-corridors” and informing a wider public of the challenges related to them.

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