The CADTM Italy is born

by Chiara Filoni- Following the successful meeting between secular and Catholic entities in Genoa on July 15th of this year, |1| which also lead to the Charter of Genoa for the abolition of illegitimate debts, twenty Italian movements and progressives met on September 15th for CATDM Italy’s launch in the capital city of Rome. The function…

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…

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…

Debt audits challenge the power of opaque finance

by Fanny Malinen, published originally on OpenDemocracy The belief that debts have to be repaid is one the cornerstones of the austerity narrative. But we have the tools to challenge it. “Financial capitalism is photophobic; it doesn’t like the light and thrives on opacity”, says Gerardo Pisarello. He is deputy Mayor of Barcelona, where the…

Support for the resisting Greek people. For the people’s right to audit public debt

APPEAL TO SUPPORT THE RESISTING GREEK PEOPLE and its TRUTH COMMISSION ON PUBLIC DEBT FOR THE PEOPLES’ RIGHT TO AUDIT PUBLIC DEBT Click here GreekDebtTruthCommission.org to sign this Appeal Indicative list of 800 personalities supporting Greece   To the people of Europe and the whole world! To all the men and women who reject the…

Half a million citizens in Spain now have control over municipal government accounts

Over half a million people now have access to real participation in their municipality The OCMs: citizen bodies to control local governments   (subtitles in: English, French, Italian, Greek, Portuguese and German). After two years of work at the Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD), we are handing over our municipal tool to citizens: the…

OCAX: an online tool to keep public budgets under people’s control

A year ago, the PACD (Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform) launched its campaign to fight debt and lack of transparency in the municipalities. The aim was to create citizen observatories to get the budgets under citizens’ control. An online tool has been developed in order to support this task. The tool, OCAX, is totally open source:  any group can…

Cyprus – whose crisis?

The economic crisis in Cyprus erupted during the second cycle of the European recession of 2011 as a result of harsh austerity policies imposed since 2010 in Europe. It is a new crisis born out of a failed response to the original European crisis. These policies were (and still are) a basis for the divergence…

#Greece: Crisis, Democracy, and the Euro

Source:  http://ilesxi.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/crisis-democracy-and-the-euro/ Τhree years after submitting to the Troika Memorandum, Greece is falling apart. GDP has contracted more than 21% according to IMF calculations, and it is expected to dive another 6% in 2013. Never in world economic history, since statistics began, was such a fall of production recorded without being preceded by a war…