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Economics

Credit Crunching books

To illuminate the credit crunch and to find a new way forward, Peace News has chosen four recently-published books about the financial crisis.

Common Sense currency

Transition towns are a new and fast spreading initiative on how our communities can cope with climate change and the decline of oil supplies.

The economic argument

The Defence Committee's first report on Trident replacement was much better than I had dared hope for.

Margaret Legum, 'It doesn't have to be like this: Global economics - a new way forward'

Wild Goose Publications, 2003. ISBN 1 901557 76 6; 232pp; £9.99

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Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott (dirs) based on a book by Joel Bakon, 'The Corporation'

English language; running time 144mins; at cinemas on limited release

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Simon Tormey, 'Anti-Capitalism: A Beginner's Guide'

Oneworld Publications 2004; ISBN 1 8516 8342 9; 192pp; £9.99

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DSEi: the tip of the subsidy iceberg

The Defence Systems Equipment International (DSEi) is the highly-visible tip of a very large murky iceberg of UK government financial support for arms exports.

Colin Hines, 'Localisation: A Global Manifesto'

Earthscan, 2000. ISBN 1 853836 12 5. 290pp £10.99

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Command and control: the economies of militarised prostitution

Military occupation creates new economies, andin countries devastated by war prostitution offers women an opportunity to earn a living. Sian Jones looks at the commodification of women by and for soldiers, aid workers and the traffickers.

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Business is booming!

The nuclear industry has always been intrinsically bound up with state militarism and in the globalised marketplace. Now some companies are happily crossing national boundaries with these most sensitive of commodities. Janet Kilburn looks at British government contracts for nuclear weapons production.

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