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17th BIEN Congress in Lisbon, Portugal

The 17th BIEN Congress took place in Lisbon, Portugal from the 25th to the 27th of September. The focus of the congress was on “Implementing Basic Income.” The 150 presenters represented 33 countries, with more countries represented in the additional 380 audience members. According to Karl Widerquist, Vice-Chair of BIEN, this may have been the largest BIEN Congress since Brazil

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US: New POLITICO/Morning Consult poll finds that 43% of Americans are in favour of a UBI

A new poll POLITICO/Morning Consult conducted between the 14th and 17th September 2017 surveying 1,994 registered US voters, found that, of those asked whether they would support or oppose ‘a proposal in which the government would provide all Americans a regular, unconditional sum of money, sometimes referred to as universal basic income’, 43% either ‘strongly supported’ or ‘somewhat supported’ the

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United States: Congressman Ro Khanna introduces EITC bill, garners comparison to BI

Ro Khanna. Credit to: Salon.   Ro Khanna, a Democratic congressman from Silicon Valley, has introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for all Americans, a step towards a basic income according to at least one Silicon Valley observer. Khanna, a 31-year old Philadelphian, the son of Punjabi immigrants, walked districts with

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China: News from Macau’s “Wealth Partaking Scheme”

José Pereira Coutinho. Credit to: Macau Daily Times.   In the Legislative Assembly (AL) elections for The New Hope (Nova Esperança), a political party from Macau, candidacy is headed by lawmaker José Pereira Coutinho. He is urging for the redistribution of the second share of the Wealth Parking Scheme, as reported on by BIEN in late July, by the end

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India: Goa Foundation provides recommendations to Expert Committee to push a Citizen’s Dividend out of mining fund

On August 2, 2017, the Supreme Court (SC) of India delivered a judgement imposing a 100% penalty on illegal mining in Odisha, India and asked the Government to review the National Mineral Policy (2008). The court also called for an expert committee to be setup to identify the lapses that have occurred over the years enabling rampant illegal or unlawful

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