The Group of Thirty, a preeminent think tank that brings together dozens of the world’s most influential policy makers, central bankers, financiers and academics, has been the focus of two recent reports for Occupy.com’s Global Power Project. In studying this group, I compiled CVs of the G30′s current and senior members: a total of 34 individuals. The first report looked at the origins of the G30, while the second examined some of the current projects and reports emanating from the group. In this installment, I take a look at some specific members of the G30 and their roles in justifying and implementing austerity measures.
In a breathtaking display of absurdity, US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel and Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague were among senior Western delegates to address the annual conference on “regional security” held in Bahrain at the weekend.
These officials pontificated about regional threats, conflict, international law, human rights and so on; meanwhile out on the streets of Bahrain, not far from the venue, peaceful protesters calling for democratic freedom were being bludgeoned by regime police thugs.
by Danny Katch
December 11, 2013
SPEECHES THAT go down in history do so for different reasons.
Mario Savio’s call to students to throw themselves on the “gears of the machine” during the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in 1964 conjures the best of the moral outrage of that era. Sojourner Truth’s biting question “Ain’t I a woman?” conveys the impossible position that Black women still hold at the intersection of two different forms of oppression. Continue reading