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The Climate Legacy of the British Empire

As the global media obsessed over the royal succession, one-third of Pakistan, a former British colony, was underwater.
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Poor People Will Be Voting for Their Lives in the Midterms

New poverty data reveals the effectiveness of pandemic aid programs that are now expired. Foor poor Americans, building on that success is a matter of life and death.
Photo of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, a light skinned Hispanic man with grey hair and a black jacket and red tie, speaking with a raised hand in front of the UN flag, EU flag, and several other flags.

A Voice at the United Nations the World Needs to Hear

The UN’s secretary-general is speaking truth – about inequality — to our world’s leaders.

The data is in: Poverty is a political choice

Common sense federal investments caused poverty to plunge during the pandemic shock. If we fail to renew them, we’re choosing poverty.
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Can't Beat the Heat? Blame Inequality

Why poor neighborhoods are often hotter than rich neighborhoods — and what to do about it.
A small tree grows inside a jar until it reaches the lid and withers.

Isn’t It Time to Challenge the Growth Paradigm?

The planet is running out of resources, and humanity is living beyond its means.
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The First Billionaire To Become UK’s King

We expected Charles to get the crown. We didn’t expect him to make a billion-dollar fortune first.
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Making Earth the Shareholder

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, a reluctant billionaire, puts company in trust devoted to address ecological crisis.

Reports and Resources

  • The Ballot and Community Control Over Police

    September 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at Online Zoom Event

    Through multimedia presentation, group dialogue, and interactive exercises led by IPS's Netfa Freeman, participants will learn what it will take to win community control over the police in a given locale and how to start a campaign to achieve it.

  • Colonialism, Compradors & The Militarized Crisis of Capitalism in Africa

    October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Zoom Webinar

    Join the kick-off event for the 3rd International Month of Action Against AFRICOM (U.S. Africa Command) organized by the Black Alliance for Peace, with analysis from African organizers in hotspots on the ground in Africa.

  • 46th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

    October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Friends Meeting of Washington, DC

    IPS returns to in-person an Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Gala, and invites you to honor our fallen heroes Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt and the heroes of today who provide hope during challenging times.

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