The world is talking. Are we listening?

Sixth installment in Mong Palatino’s series for Global Voices:

Global recession: The world is talking. Are we listening?

He explains the purpose of his posts:

Readers may notice that the articles in this series rarely mention recession stories in the U.S. While recognizing the serious economic challenges faced by the U.S., this series invites the public to study how the recession is shaping and reshaping societies in the world. We want our readers to appreciate how the recession in the U.S. is creating old and new problems around the globe. Many bloggers are providing alternative and insightful views on the crisis. Part of solving the problem is to encourage a global conversation on the economic crisis. This series is a contribution to jumpstart this global conversation.

Are we listening?

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8 Responses

  1. I really do urge the blogocrats to read the link that Kevin has provided. I think it is so easy for us to forget the impact that the GFC is having on the poor and disadvantage around the world.

  2. …and Australia is now officially in recession…duh!

  3. I agree Joni. It’s time for a systemic change. The so-called Washington Consensus is unfair and crushed by the weight of its own contradictions.

    For example, how can America with around 4% of the world’s population justify consuming 25% of the world’s energy resources?

    And preside over a system that ensures there are 10 losers for every winner? No wonder half the world’s people are living on less than $US 1.50 a day

  4. “For example, how can America with around 4% of the world’s population justify consuming 25% of the world’s energy resources?
    And preside over a system that ensures there are 10 losers for every winner?”

    With savage delusions of exclusivity & a demonstrably overpowerful military apparatus is how.

  5. Great stuff Kevin!

  6. Thanks Toileltboss.

    Hope I’ve won you over to the merits of Global Voices.

  7. Thank you Kevin. Have forwarded the link on to youngest daughter..the one at UQ. She has recently repat’ed a kookaburra orphan.

    One thing that sticks in my mind is how greedy we are, plasmas etc. My mum grew up on a dry land farm in north-e Victoria and making do was the phrase most often used.

  8. An artist elder from the Kimberley has been known to remark: “You whitefellas have too much stuff”.

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