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IIRE fellow Claudio Katz interviewed by Fernando Arellano Ortiz

The exit from the systemic crisis of capitalism needs to be political, and "a socialist project can mature in this turbulence."  So says the Argentine economist, philosopher, and sociologist Claudio Katz, who also warns that the "global economic situation is very serious and is going to have to hit bottom, and now we are but in the first moment of crisis."

by IIRE Fellow Eric Toussaint and Damien Millet


The G20 summit meeting in London from April 1st onward was loudly announced and publicized. Those 20 industrialized and emergent countries (G20) are meeting to find solutions to the crisis. But long before the end of the summit, it is clear that they will not rise to the challenge.
340x.jpgAn interview with IIRE Fellow Eric Toussaint , by Pauline Imbach

Some talked about a new start for the movement for another globalization with the World Social Forum in Belém. Do you think this is the case?

Since the World Social Forum (WSF) went through difficult moments in 2006, 2007, and 2008, we can really call this 9th edition a new start. It was a huge success in various respects.

By IIRE Fellow Claudio Katz

The seism on Wall Street has surprised the world Establishment. At the summits of power, panic and alarmist declarations dominate. Everyone is absorbing an event which could be the beginning of a change of epoch. The comparison with the fall of the Berlin Wall gives some indication of this historical dimension.

Friday, 14 December 2007 11:54

IIRE receives prestigious prize for urban renewal

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Excellent in combining new programmes. The school is an impressive example of the connection of a building with a neighbourhood. The effect on the day to day life in the quarter is enormous.These are the words of the jury, who have awarded the IIRE, and its partners on Timorplein, a prize for the best redevelopment and renovation in Amsterdam
Monday, 06 August 2007 16:53

Uitnodiging openingsfeest Timorplein

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zondag 2 september 2007, 13.00 uur - 01.00 uur
Op zondag 2 september is de officiële opening van het gebouw Timorplein: een nieuw cultureel en economisch centrum in de Indische buurt in Amsterdam. Dit gebouw biedt nu huisvesting aan een Stayokay-hostel, bedrijvencentrum Ymere, het IIRE, cultuurpodium Studio K en digitaal trapveld Cybersoek. Het centrum zorgt voor levendigheid, werkgelegenheid en voorzieningen in de buurt en geeft de Indische buurt een nieuwe impuls.


Fellows discuss IIRE's future course

Every participant in a session at the IIRE writes a balance sheet at the end of the session, and these remarks and suggestions are important for the content and format of future sessions. But because our Fellows come from all over the world, it is not easy to bring permanent staff and collaborators together to collectively exchange experiences with sessions and discuss future activities. In February 1999, however, many of our regular co-workers met in a rare IIRE Fellows' meeting, to draw a balance sheet of our activities over the last couple of years and to brainstorm about future sessions. It was a very productive meeting, in which many ideas emerged to improve the quality of our work, immediately or in the longer term.

IIRE Fellows rethink global justice

Changes in the capitalist system and the rise of the global justice movement are posing big challenges for the kind of political education we do at the IIRE. We took these challenges into account three years ago when we renamed our annual fall North-South School a Global Justice School. But until now the lecturers who do the teaching at it have not had a chance to discuss the new challenges in depth with each other.

Last November many of the activists who attended our Global Justice School had been at the World Social Forum or European Social Forum and were feeling pressure from the movements to come up with strategic answers. Sometimes they demanded more from the IIRE Fellows who did the lectures than the lecturers were prepared for. Clearly it was time to "educate the educators" and discuss the political and economic debates the movements are having. The results were first, an in-depth weekend of discussions at a Fellows' Seminar here in Amsterdam on July 12-13, and second, a new curriculum and vision for the next Global Justice School.

Saturday, 30 June 2007 22:16

25 Years Anniversary and Opening of New Building

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Grand Inaugural Weekend, 14-16 September 2007


Over four days the staff and many of our regular collaborators welcomed guests from the Netherlands, Europe and beyond, to present the new Institute and our programme over the next few months.
Among the Debates were: 

 Prostitution - Tolerate it or Fight it? A Long Lasting Solution for Palestine? Networking vs. Parties,  How to Organise Migrant Workers? Which Future for Socialism?


Among the Speakers were:

  • Anja Meulenbelt, Member of the Dutch Senate
  • Marianne Eriksson, former MEP, President of the Left Party Stockholm
  • Frances Curran, Former Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • Arjan Vliegenthart, Member of the Dutch Parliament and Editor-inChief of Spanning

  All sessions were simultaneously translated into English and Dutch.


Monday, 14 May 2007 17:53

IIRE: Everything has changed!

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Welcome to the new website of the IIRE. 

For regular visitors everything might seem a bit strange and confusing. 

The IIRE is currently in the process of a complete re-launch, which will culminate when we move into our brand new premises in the East of Amsterdam during the month of July. Our new logo, symbolising in depth study and research, international outlook and progressiveness indicates the core aspirations of the IIRE.

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