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Radhika Balakrishnan
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Occupy Wall Street From a Human Rights Lens

7 Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 12:26:06 (EST)

Occupy Wall Street has hit a chord with people, underscoring what many see as the primary problem of the U.S. economy -- the dominance of financial interests. A recent poll discovered that 43 percent of people agree with the views of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and only...

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Corporate Control of Our Democracy: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Posted July 12, 2010 | 13:52:34 (EST)

This January the U.S. Supreme Court issued a shattering ruling that will intensify corporate influence in our democracy to an unprecedented degree. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court ruled that government restrictions on corporate election spending are unconstitutional because such restrictions violated corporations' right to free speech...

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Making the International Monetary Fund Accountable to Human Rights

Posted April 23, 2010 | 16:36:48 (EST)

On April 24th and 25th, the International Monetary Fund, together with the World Bank, will meet in Washington, D.C. to assess their work, their policies, and their future role in the world economy. In April 2009, the IMF got a huge boost from the G-20 with a promised injection of...

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Why Human Rights are Indispensable to Financial Regulation

Posted March 29, 2010 | 13:14:50 (EST)

What does the financial crisis have to do with human rights? When we hear the words "human rights," we may think about Darfur, stifled dissent in Burma, or the killings of protestors in Guinea, yet, here the biggest economic meltdown in the US since the Great Depression continues to erode...

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