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Time for a fair economy

As economies flounder, austerity bites and feral capitalism continues to make fortunes for some, while generating fear and poverty for millions more, is it possible to create an economy that is fair and sustainable? What will it take to reform finance, to bridge the growing inequality gap and to protect the planet from the actions of the filthy and the rich?

Plus: Boom times in Bali • Should assisted suicide be legalized? • Josie Long • Southern Exposure special

March 2012, Issue 450

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Put equality first
Both inequality and economic instability are growing. How deep does the connection go? wonders Vanessa Baird.
Economy and Equality – the facts
Is the Green New Deal a dead duck?
Zoe Cormier checks the pulse of the big idea for tackling our economic and environmental woes.
What the squid did next
They say that US investment bank Goldman Sachs runs the world. Kenneth Haar investigates just how it’s wrapping its tentacles around the heart of Europe.
Getting there – a roadmap
A roadmap for a fair economy.
Frontline Africans
What can African migrant workers do when faced with rising unemployment and racism in Europe? Sarah Babiker reports from Spain and Argentina.
Boom times in Bali
Life has changed on the ‘island paradise’ – but foreign investment is not all it’s cracked up to be. Jamie James looks beyond the tourist brochures.
The Kremlin beckons, but Putin’s star is fading
Blue bras and mettle: Egypt’s women stand their ground
Brute forces: a year of rough injustice
On the International Day Against Police Brutality, Nick Harvey looks back on a busy year for out-of-control officers.
Money talks – so make yours walk
Positive stories this month
Should assisted suicide be legalized?
Right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy and palliative medicine professor Ilora Finlay go head-to-head - read their arguments and join the debate.
Festival of respect
Claire Colley visits Rajasthan’s International Folk Festival.
Films, books and music from around the world reviewed.
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With special reports on campaign news
Ending conflict in Colombia; a pacifist in the arms trade; and why Britain’s treatment of asylum seekers makes one Scot want to up sticks.
Country Profile: Kyrgyzstan
Facts, figures and ratings.
Letter from Botswana
New columnist Lauri Kubuitsile introduces dry and dusty Mahalapye – a town that has stolen her heart.
Mark Engler
Obama’s broken resolutions may come back to haunt him this election year.
Cartoon Corner
Polyp’s Big Bad World, Marc Roberts’ Only Planet, and guest cartoonist Elena Ospina from Colombia.
Puzzle Page
Axe's classic crossword is joined by a wordsearch and ‘Sudokey’
Josie Long
The comedian and writer on her political awakening, and why going to Glastonbury is not political activism.
And finally...
The boys from hip-hop group Foreign Beggars on street-rooted story-telling and why they won’t dumb down their music.