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UNITED KINGDOM: New government scrapes the child trust fund

The new Conservative/Liberal-Democratic coalition government of Great Britain has announced that it will rescind the one step in the direction of a universal basic income made by the previous Labour government. In 2002, the Labour government created “the Child Trust Fund” which gave each child born in Britain that year a 250GBP plus another 250GBP when reaching ate 7. The

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BASIC INCOME STUDIES HAS BOOKS IN NEED OF REVIEWERS

Basic Income Studies (BIS) is the first academic journal dedicated to research on basic income. It includes research articles, notes, debates, and book reviews on all aspects of primary research related to basic income. Right now BIS has several books in need of reviewers, including: – Van Donselaar, Gijs. 2009. The Right to Exploit: Parasitism, Scarcity, Basic Income. Oxford: Oxford

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ZIMBABWE: Alaska-style dividend proposed for Zimbabwe’s diamond mines

An editorial in a government-sponsored newspaper, reprinted by AllAfrica.com, discusses how Zimbabwe create an Alaska-style dividend out of revenue from Zimbabwe’s new diamond mines. The article discusses the resource curse through the example of Nigeria’s oil. It suggests that the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is one of the reasons Alaska has avoided the resource curse. The article is online at:

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Korean Basic Income Network Launches Inaugural Conference

South Korea has a new basic income network. According to BIEN, the idea of a basic income took off in Korea only a few years ago, when Koreans with connections in Paris and Berlin discovered and reported back home that the leftist Italian philosopher Toni Negri and the wealthy German businessman Gotz Werner both defended an unconditional basic income. Google

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NEW ZEALAND: Proposal for a BIG funded by capital taxation

According to the New Zealand Herald, “Economist and fund manager Gareth Morgan, who is a member of the Tax Working Group, has proposed a radical tax restructure to the group’s final public conference that would impose a Comprehensive Capital Tax (CCT) on all land, buildings, plant and equipment to raise NZ$19 billion. This money would then be used to create

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LYBIA: Mouammar Kadhafi pledges to abolish oil ministry and distribute revenues directly to the people

According to Knight Ridder, the Libyan dictator, Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi has pledged to abolish the oil ministry and distribute oil revenues directly to the people. Kadhafi said, according to Reuters, “All citizens have the right to benefit from the oil funds. They should take the money and do whatever they want with it.” He said that the committees that run

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BRAZIL: ReCivitas reports on its consortium Basic Income Of Citizenship At Quatinga Velho, Mogi Das Cruzes, Sao Paulo (state), Brazil.

On the 25th of October 2008 the Instituto pela Revitalização da Cidadania, in the small community of Quatinga Velho at the municipality of Mogi das Cruzes, ReCivitas began an independent a pilot project in the Basic Income of Citizenship (BIC) in line with the principles of universality and unconditionality. The organizers hope that the experience of this project will help

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BRAZIL: Workers Party puts BIG in its platform for the upcoming elections

The Partido dos Trabalhadores (the Workers Party) held its Fourth National Congress on February 19-21. All 1350 delegates, by unanimity, approved a guideline as part of the Presidential Program of their candidate Dilma Rousseff. This guideline includes the following endorsement of BIG: “The expansion and the strengthening of the popular consumption goods market, that produces strong positive impact on the

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