Author Archives: Andre Coelho

United States: 18th USBIG Annual Congress

The 18th annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress will be held next June 15-16th, 2019, at the Silberman School of Social Work of the Hunter College in New York City. The Congress Major Theme is: Basic Income on the Policy Agenda, and the call is out for proposals. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 18th, 2019. Submissions can be made

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Sri Lanka: Movement to grow awareness on basic income is starting to get momentum

Talal Rafi (on Twitter) Sri Lanka, one of India’s closest neighbours, is starting to be the stage for a wide campaign to grow awareness about basic income. Talal Rafi, an entrepreneur, consultant and columnist from Sri Lanka is heading this awareness effort, since he is convinced automation will disrupt the economy, particularly by leaving millions of people unemployed. Associated with

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Portugal: Aftermath of Conference on Basic Income

Minho, Portugal. Picture credit to: Notícias ao Minuto   Last Wednesday there was a Conference on Basic Income at Universidade do Minho, called “Rendimento Básico: uma Ferramenta para uma Europa Social? [Basic Income: a Tool for a Social Europe?]”. It was organized by Centro de Ética, Política e Sociedade [Center for Ethics, Politics and Society] (CEPS), together with several institutional

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India: Basic income is being promised to all poor people in India

Rahul Gandhi. Picture credit to: The Wire The main opposition party in India, the Congress party, has just promised to implement a “nationwide minimum income for the poor”, rolling out the unprecedent scheme starting as soon as May 2019, if it gets elected. The party’s president Rahul Gandhi, has announced this on Monday, while speaking to farmers in Chhattisgarh state,

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United States: Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends

“The answer is blowing in the wind”. Picture credit to: BBC News. It’s official. Twenty-seven Nobel Laureate economists, four former chairs of the Federal Reserve, fifteen former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers and two former secretaries of the US Department of Treasury now agree: a carbon-tax must exist, and its dividends should be distributed back to all US

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India: Farmers distress political response, explained

Indian farmer pouring fertilizer. Picture credit to: The National As indicated before, there is political movement in India in the direction of basic income. Particularly in the state of Telangana, which started the implementation of its Rythu Bandhu (Farmer Investment Support) program in May 2018. Other Indian states, namely Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Chattisgarh, have also introduced

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International: Basic Income Earth Conference 2019 announcement (update)

The structure of the Conference has been updated. BIEN Civic Forum will be held on the 22nd of August. On this day, having been called “India Day”, two major plenary discussions will be held: one that focuses on the Indian state of Telangana and its policy initiatives related to basic income, and a second one about the more general debate

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United States: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: uncompromising, intelligent and courageously, she is driving progressive values in the US like we haven’t seen in a long time

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cartoon. Picture credit to: Folding Hamster. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) “keeps kicking ass”, as put by Nathan Robinson, editor-in-chief of the Current Affairs magazine. Unlike other young left-wing politicians in the past, who end up conforming and moderating their views on important political issues, according to (Democratic) Party Elders’ advices, AOC keeps a sharp edge, which has already won

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India: Telangana, unconditional cash transfer to farmers and more

Road in rural India. Picture credit to: India TV. Farmers in India are under considerable stress. Uncertainty regarding weather, yield, prices and revenue, create the perfect conditions for distress and fragility over the exposure to shark lenders. That also means that massive hunger is a risk just around the corner, and in a year of elections in India, its rural

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UK: The current welfare state is reaching its limits, as evidence on inequality and poverty in the UK is surfaced

Philip Alston. Picture credit to: BBC News Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, was in the UK last November 2018, presenting his findings on this press conference. It seems that the UK, the 5th world economy in terms of GDP, drags on the 55th position as far as inequality is concerned, in a list of

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