Nicaragua- Strengthening solidarity links between teachers’ unions

Christine Blower, former General Secretary and now International Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, reports on her visit to Nicaragua in June 2016 to re-establish solidarity relations with ANDEN, the Nicaraguan Teachers Union.

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Ecuador shows why national sovereignty is so important

BY MARK WEISBROT, Center for Economic and Policy Research

National sovereignty is an undervalued asset in today’s world, especially by the international media, where the views of Washington and its allies largely prevail. This is true with regard to economic as well as political issues, and its consequences can be quite heavy in a region like Latin America, long regarded by U.S. officials as their backyard.

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Ecuador – Progress Or Rule for the 1%?

Adrian Weir, Unite and Friends of Ecuador

On Sunday 19 February, Ecuadorians voted for a new president, for members of parliament (known as the National Assembly), a pioneering referendum on tax havens as well as for Provincial Assembly members and Andean Parliament representatives. These were the first presidential elections in 10 years where the sitting progressive President Rafael Correa was not standing. Continue reading

Let’s follow Ecuador in holding a referendum on tax havens- Letters

This Sunday, 19 February, Ecuador will become the first country to hold a national referendum on the issue of tax havens. If it is passed, politicians and public servants will have a year to repatriate their money from tax havens or face the sack. It is estimated that $30bn, a sum equivalent to a third of Ecuador’s GDP, is hidden away in tax havens abroad. Ecuador is by no means alone. According to Oxfam, a conservative calculation of the money hidden in tax havens worldwide from wealthy individuals alone, not counting multinational corporations, is $7.6tn.

Since the Panama Papers, there has never been a better time to construct a global consensus powerful enough to overcome the huge vested interests at play. We welcome this innovative referendum and hope that Ecuador’s leadership on this issue will inspire other governments to make bold moves too. Continue reading

British Progressives support Ecuador Ground-Breaking Tax Haven Referendum

This article contains the full list of signatories for the statement on Ecuador’s Tax Haven referendum. 

This Sunday, 19 February, Ecuador will become the first country to hold a national referendum on the issue of tax havens. If it is passed, politicians and public servants will have a year to repatriate their money from tax havens or face the sack. It is estimated that $30bn, a sum equivalent to a third of Ecuador’s GDP, is hidden away in tax havens abroad. Ecuador is by no means alone. According to Oxfam, a conservative calculation of the money hidden in tax havens worldwide from wealthy individuals alone, not counting multinational corporations, is $7.6tn.

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Ecuador: Social Progress; Tax Justice Face Right-Wing Reaction; US Intervention

Ten years ago President Rafael Correa was elected President in Ecuador and, as in many Latin American countries in recent years, there’s been a tremendous shift in the country. He has remained enormously popular throughout his time in office, winning his last two elections in the first round, winning the most recent vote by some 30 points. Now on February 19 the country is holding votes for a new president, the national assembly and a pioneering referendum on the scandal of tax havens.

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