ICAN Newsletter – January 2017

A round-up of the activities of the network. ACiDe Website: www.auditcitoyen.be Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EtSiOnArretaitDePayer Email: acide[at]auditcitoyen.be Local groups of ACiDe strengthen The problematic of public debt is actually not trendy in Belgium. The interest rates are really low (because of ECB policy) and a lot of “leftists” conclude that it’s not a major issue. CADTM wrote…

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#AUDITFEST Barcelona, October 14th&15th

The Citizen Debt Audit Platform “PACD” (Plataforma Auditoría Ciudadana de la Deuda) Barcelona is organising the #AuditFest; a meeting taking place on October 14th and 15th focusing on the topics of auditing, debt management and other municipal public policies. The meeting is aimed at municipal technicians, council members, auditors and other political figures (in the…

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Run-up on ICAN members’ activity

After Plan B’s event in Madrid last March, many ICAN members decided to brief us with regular updates on what they are working on: ACiDe (Belguim): Plateforme d’audit citoyen de la dette publique en Belgique Website: http://www.auditcitoyen.be/lacide/ National Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EtSiOnArretaitDePayer/ As a collective (ACiDe), we take into account the fact that debt is not a…

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Audita Sanidad – Audit Healthcare

The citizen working group on a healthcare debt audit “Audit Healthcare”, launched in April 2013 and based in Madrid, comprises of a group of citizens who hope to offer their fellow citizens and social movements a rigorous instrument to help estimate debt in public healthcare and identify what part is illegitimate in order to be…

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“We are auditing Greece”

What is exactly happening with Greece, what lies behind the negotiations and how important is debt and what are the consequences for the Greek people? Last month Greece began a Debt Audit process which aims to analyse its debt on the basis of it being illegal, illegitimate, odious or unsustainable, through the Greek Debt Truth…

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Transforming crisis to Krisis

Τhe #Festival4sce: A hub of networks towards the Alternative Route in Greece. By Insurgenta Iskra Crisis. Originally, the word derives from the ancient Greek verb “krinein”, meaning to judge in order to take a decision and its noun, “krisis”, meaning judgment, decision. According to Steven James Venette[1] “crisis is a process of transformation where the old…

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Podemos and Debt repayment

By Sergi Cutillas, ODG. Published by ODG & eldiario.es Debt has been a colonial mechanism in many parts of the world. As such, it is a problem that affects sovereignty and should be faced with courage. Any initiative that wants to deepen democracy should establish mechanisms of sovereignty non-negotiable with institutions that do not conform to…

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Global week of action against the Debt and International Financial Institutions (IFI), 8-15 October 2014

Argentina has fallen prey to a bunch of hedge funds known as ‘vulture funds’. Taking advantage of the precarious financial situations of some States, these vulture funds buy debts at a discounted price on a secondary market and then sue the debtors for the initial amount to which they add interests, penalties, and legal expenses.…

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Rolling Jubilee Student Debt Buy

Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee project has abolished almost $4 million in private student debt for a little over $100,000 These debts were held by students who attended Everest College, a predatory for-profit institution in the Corinthian Colleges network. You can read a sample letter received by debtors here. Details about the purchase are available here.…

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