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CANADA: Yukon government urged to implement a basic income

The leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in Yukon (one of Canada’s three Federal territories), Steve Cardiff, has put forward a notice of motion for the Yukon Government to introduce a Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income Allowance. According to the official report from Yukon’s legislative assembly, he urged “the Yukon government to implement a guaranteed minimum annual income allowance for

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BRAZIL: ReCivitas marks two years of its basic income pilot project

USBIG reports that this October, the Brazilian Instituto pela Revitalização da Cidadania (ReCivitas) has distributed another 30 Brazilian Reals (about US$17.93) to 77 residents of the village of Quantinga Velho in the state of Paulo, Brazil. This payment marks the second anniversary of the ReCivitas project to distribute a basic income to a widening group of residents. The project is

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SOUTH AFRICA: Unions renew commitment to BIG

USBIG reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) renewed its commitment to the Basic Income Grant (BIG) in a recently published document. It proposed an inflation-linked BIG and a comprehensive social security system focusing on redistribution, financed by increased corporate taxes. An article on COSATU’s recent release is online at: http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article660907.ece/Do-away-with-private-schools

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BASIC INCOME STUDIES: NEW ISSUES

Basic Income Studies (BIS) has announced the recent publication of two issues of the journal. The contents of the issues are below. BIS issues are available for free sampling at http://www.bepress.com/bis. Click the required article and follow the instructions to get free guest access to all BIS publications. CONTENTS OF VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 (2009) Special Issue on “The Green

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IRAN: Economic reforms usher in a de facto basic income

A report by Hamid Tabatabai The concept of a Basic or Citizen’s Income is virtually unknown in Iran. In nearly three years of discussion and debate over the government’s new economic reforms, there has been no mention of it at all in political, academic or media circles. And yet, the country has just launched a nationwide cash transfer programme that

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INDIA: Ruling government considers a right to food

USBIG reports that Sonia Gandhi, president of India’s ruling Congress Party is pushing to create a constitutional right to food. Her proposal would expand the existing entitlement to make every Indian family eligible for a monthly allotment including sugar, kerosene, and a 77-pound bag of grain. In this form, the proposal would essentially be a small in-kind basic income, similar

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GERMANY: Network promotes EU-Wide referendum on Basic Income

On June 17, 2010, Netzwerk Grundeinkommen in Germany together with the Austrian basic income network and Attac-Austria launched their European Citizens Initiative for Basic Income project and website (http://www.basicincomeinitiative.eu/). The main goal of the project is to find potential supporters for a future EU referendum for the introduction of a basic income. More countries are expected to join the project

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PEREIRA, Richard (2009), La sécurité économique au XXIe siècle – Revenu annuel garanti/ allocation universelle. L’impératif écologique, démocratique, de la justice et de la sécurité alimentaire

In 2010, Richard Pereira was the Graduate Winner for the “Student Essay Contest” organized by the Canadian Progressive Economics Forum, for a paper entitled “Economic security in the twenty-first century – Guaranteed Annual Income: An ecological, democratic, justice and food security imperative”. The paper is now available in French.

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BARNES, Peter & McKIBBEN, Bill (2009), 'A Simple Market Mechanism to Clean Up Our Economy'

BARNES, Peter & McKIBBEN, Bill (2009), ‘A Simple Market Mechanism to Clean Up Our Economy’, Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future, 1 (1), 30-38: Jan 14, 2009, online at: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/ The problem of global climate change is far more severe and immediate than we understood a few years ago, the authors argue. As the newest scientific data demonstrate, we

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