The World Economic Forum spent its first four decades focused on economics, trade, and globalization. Welcome World Economic Forum, Mk. 2. From New Scientist.
“The risks of the last 10 years were all about economy. Those in the next 10 will be about societal and environmental issues,” said Axel P. Lehmann of Zurich Insurance, at . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Sea Change for Davos?
A report from the World Economic Forum sees inter-state war as the top threat to global stability in the decade ahead and water as the main factor that will trigger these wars. The second greatest threat to global stability, according to the WEF, is severe weather events or, as some might call it, early-onset . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: World Economic Forum Sees War as Greatest Threat to Global Stability
In Davos, the 1% rule the world. Literally. They also have the guns.
The 1% are claiming we have it out for them; that if we don’t tone down the rhetoric and stop calling them names like “the contemptuous rich,” we might end up starting a class war. But they already know . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The 1% Has More Solidarity Than We Do
Prominent Harvard economist Lawrence Katz illustrates the American economy with an amusing analogy. He depicts it as an apartment block in which the penthouses have increased in size, the middle apartments are increasingly squeezed and the basement is flooded. But what gets people down the most, he says, is that the elevator is broken.
Katz’s . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Can capitalists save capitalism?
By the way, if you were keeping track, the World Economic Forum rules the world. They’re the richest corporations in the world getting together with governments to plan the world. And why not, they’re the elite.
And it turns out, since you’re keeping track, that Occupy has been quite successful. How successful?
Simple. Check this . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The World Economic Forum Is Now Occupy’s Mouthpiece
TweetAlbertans discovered this week that Premier Alison Redford cancelled a secretly planned trip to war-torn Afghanistan after suicide bomber blew herself up in a Kabul restaurant , killing twenty-one people, including two Canadians. Ms. Redford was leading a trade mission through India last week and had secretly planned to stop in the Afghan capital before . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Cancelled: Alison Redford’s expensive Afghanistan photo-op
Every year the World Economic Forum hosts a confab of the world’s elite at the Swiss resort of Davos to discuss the state of the world. The Forum is funded by its 1,000 member companies, global enterprises who play a leading role in shaping the future of their industry or region. As this year’s meeting . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: World Economic Forum backs the Pope on economic inequality
The World Economic Forum (an elite organization in itself) recently released a study, The Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014, based on a survey of 1,592 leaders from academia, business, government, and the non-profit world. The elite group offered their opinion of the top 10 trends for 2014. Number two was “widening income disparities” about . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The elites display their conscience
“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule
by Oxfam International | Jan 19, 2013 Leaders must aim to bring down global inequality at least to 1990 levels An explosion in extreme wealth and income is exacerbating inequality and hindering the world’s ability to tackle poverty, Oxfam warned today in a briefing published ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: In 2012, richest 100 billionaires earned enough to end global poverty 4 times over: Oxfam
The World Economic Forum is fearful of an imminent risk of major systemic economic failure.
“…high in the rankings of nail-biting concerns were also risks related to climate change, both rising greenhouse gas emissions and the failure of governments and businesses to mitigate or adapt to these changes.
“At the report’s launch, John . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: World Economic Forum Releases Top Risks List