Cast

John Christensen | Clifford Cobb | William Easterly | Susan George | Chalmers Johnson | Serge LaTouche | Alvarao Garcia Linera | John Perkins | Amartya Sen | Joseph Stiglitz | Eric Toussaint

Jaime De Amorim | Nimrod Arackha | Miriam Campos | Nora Castañeda | Joshua Farley | Pablo Fernandez | Jerome Guillet | Kipruto Arap Kirwa | Miloon Kothari | Edgardo Lander | Abel Mamani Marca | Maria Luisa Mendonça | Eric Mgendi | Mashengu Wa Mwachofi | Mshindi Godrey Ngao | H. W. I. Okoth-Ogendo | Oscar R. Olivera | Maria Marcela Olivera | Jim Schultz | Jo?o Pedro Stedile | Eduardo Yssa

John-Christensen-72dpiJOHN CHRISTENSEN – John Christensen is a development economist and former economic adviser to the UK and Jersey governments. Christensen has researched tax havens and tax policy for many years. He has also played a leading role in campaigning for tighter regulation and control of tax havens and offshore finance centers. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and is based at the New Economics Foundation, London. His work for the Tax Justice Network is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Top

Clifford-Cobb-72dpiCLIFFORD COBB – A former interim Executive Director of the Schalkenbach Foundation, and President of the Foundation’s board of trustees. He edited the The Path to Justice: Following in the Footsteps of Henry George, and served as a senior fellow at Redefining Progress (RP), a nonprofit organization in Oakland, California. At RP, Mr. Cobb developed the Genuine Progress Indicator (a measure of national economic welfare). He is also the author of “The Roads Aren’t Free: Estimating the Full Social Costs of Driving and the Effects of Accurate Pricing” and several other nationally published articles. Read more here. Top

William-Easterly-72dpiWILLIAM EASTERLY – Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute. He is also a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington DC and Visiting Fellow at Brookings during the academic year 2007-2008. He spent sixteen years as a Research Economist at the World Bank. He is on the board of the anti-malaria philanthropy, Nets for Life. He is the author of “The White Man’s Burden: How the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good,” “The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics,” and 3 other co-edited books, and 59 articles in refereed economics journals. Find more of Easterly’s work here. http://www.nyu.edu/fas/institute/dri/Easterly/bio.htm and http://www.nyu.edu/fas/institute/dri/Easterly/ Top


Susan-George-72dpiSUSAN GEORGE, the author of more than a dozen books, was born in the United States, lives in/near Paris and acquired French citizenship in 1994. She is Chair of the Planning Board of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, a decentralized fellowship of scholars living throughout the world whose work is intended to contribute to social justice and who are active in civil society in their own countries. Between 1999 and mid-2006 she served as Vice-President of ATTAC France [Association for Taxation of Financial Transaction to Aid Citizens]. Her most recent book is “Hijacking America: How the Religious and Secular Right Changed What Americans Think” [Polity Press 2008]. Learn more about her work here. Top

Chalmers-Johnson-72dpiCHALMERS JOHNSON is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. He is a fierce critic of American imperialism as a new form of global empire and has written numerous books including, most recently, three examinations of the consequences of American Empire: “Blowback,” “The Sorrows of Empire,” and “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.” “Blowback” won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation. Read more here. Top
Serge-Latouche-72dpiSERGE LATOUCHE is an emeritus professor at the University of Paris-Orsay, one of the historical contributors to the magazine MAUSS and the director of research for the Group in Anthropology, Epistemology, and Economy of Poverty (GRAEEP). He is also the founder of the non-profit organization, La ligne d’horizon, and is a specialist of the economic relationship between North and South. He has developed a critical theory which denounces “economism” and the notion of durable development which he considers a fraud. He is the leading His main books include: “The Other Africa: Between Aid and Market,” “The Occidentalization of the World,” “To Survive Development,” “The Invention of Economy,” and “The Gamble of De-growth.” Top


Alvaro-Garcia-Linera-72dpiALVARO GARCIA LINERA – A former guerilla and intellectual, Linera became the Vice President of Bolivia in the 2005 election that nominated Evo Morales as the first indigenous president. Read an interview with Indymedia Ireland. Top

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John-Perkins-72dpiJOHN PERKINS –John Perkins’s classic exposé, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” spent over 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and is published in more than 30 languages. His follow-up, “The Secret History of the American Empire,” provides a plan for creating a sustainable, just, and peaceful world. He is the author of “Shapeshifting,” “The World Is As You Dream It,” and other books on indigenous cultures and personal transformation; is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit; and has lectured at universities in many countries. Visit his website at www.johnperkins.org Top

Amartya-Sen-72dpiAMARTYA SEN is the recipient of that Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (1998). He is a Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, at Harvard University and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. He was formerly Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor. Born in Santiniketan, India, Amartya Sen studied at Presidency College in Calcutta, India, and at Trinity College, Cambridge. Amartya Sen’s books have been translated into more than thirty languages. Read more at NobelPrize.org. Top

Joseph-Stiglitz-72dpiJOSEPH STIGLITZ –A graduate of Amherst College, Stiglitz received his PHD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970. He is now University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information, and he was a lead author of the 1995 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993-95, during the Clinton administration, and became Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000. In 2008, he was appointed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to chair a Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Economic Progress. Learn more. Top

Eric-Toussaint-72dpiERIC TOUSSAINT – Eric Toussaint, doctor in Political Science is the founder and president of CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt) and a fellow and frequent lecturer at the International Institute of Research & Education, Amsterdam. Due to his knowledge of the debt of developing countries he became the advisor of many governments and presidents like the ones of Mali, Venezuela or more recently Ecuador. He is the author of many books including: “Your money [or] Your Life – The Tyranny of Global Finance”, “The Debt Scam – IMF, World Bank and Third World Debt”, “Globalization: Reality, Resistance & Alternatives”, “The World Bank – A Never-Ending Coup d’Etat”. Learn more. Top

THE OTHER EXPERTS

JAIME DE AMORIM – National Secretary, Moviemento Sem Terra.

NIMROD ARACKHA – Organizer for the tanzanite miners in Tanzania and a director of Tanzania Mineworkers Development Organization.

MIRIAM CAMPOS – National Coordinator for the Empowerment of Indigenous People , Bolivia

NORA CASTAÑEDA – President of Venezuela’s Women’s Development Bank (BANMUJER) based in Caracas, Venezuela

JOSHUA FARLEY – Assistant Research Professor at The University of Vermont earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Resource and Managerial Economics with concentrations in development economics, quantitative methods and ethics. Board member of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. More here.

PABLO FERNANDEZ – Water warrior in Cochambamba, Bolivia.SUSAN GEORGE – An internationally known political scientist and author ( A Fate Worse Than Debt) specializing in Third World poverty, underdevelopment and debt issues.George was recently named the Honorary President of ATTAC (France), a decentralized fellowship of scholars whosework is intended to contribute to social justice and who are active in civil society in their own countries.

JÉROME GUILLET – Guillet is an investment banker in Paris, working in structured finance for the energy sector and focusing on wind power projects. A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, he holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the EHESS in Paris. He edits European Tribune, a community blog focused on European and energy issues, and is active on DailyKos under the nom de net Jérome ? Paris.

KIPRUTO ARAP KIRWA – Minister of Agriculture, Kenya

MILOON KOTHARI – Special rapporteur on adequate housing of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR)

EDGARDO LANDER – Professor of social sciences at the Universidad Central de Caracas in Venezuela, and is a specialist on Eurocentrism and Colonialism in Latin American Social Thought.

ABEL MAMANI MARCA – Minister of Water, Bolivia

MARIA LUISA MENDONÇA – Director REDE Social, Brazil

ERIC MGENDI – Communications Director, Action Aid Kenya

MASHENGU WA MWACHOFI – Former Member of Parliament, Kenya and a land activist

MSHINDI GODREY NGAO – Tanzanite miner

H.W.O OKOTH-OGENDO – Author, professor and specialist on land law in Kenya

OSCAR R. OLIVERA – Water Warrior, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

MARIA MARCELA OLIVERA – Water Warrior, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

JIM SHULTZ – The executive director of The Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He is the author, most recently, of “The Democracy Owners’ Manual.”

JO?O PEDRO STEDILE – National Secretary, Moviemento Sem Terra.

EDUARDO YSSA – Community organizer in Cochabamba, Bolivia and cousin to Bolivian president, Evo Morales.

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