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Cooperation, by Benjamin Creme 
An extensive analysis of the tension between cooperation and competition, the root and dangers of competitive commercialism as it defines "the American Dream", and the role of cooperation in building the global goodwill necessary for human survival.

Cooperation from the cradle onwards, by Benjamin Creme 
Questions and answers clarifying Creme's analysis of cooperation's role in humanity's future. 

Banishment of poverty an affordable goal
A summary of the United Nations Human Development Report 1997 citing advances in economic opportunity which have dramatically reduced poverty in some areas, while noting those in which human poverty has yet to be addressed. 

Twelve myths about hunger
An article based on the book, "World Hunger - 12 Myths," which refutes some of the most common myths about the problem of hunger. 

Five myths about poverty
The 1998 Human Development Report debunks myths about poverty and environmental problems in the developing world.

Recurring questions on Third World development, by Carrol Joy Discussion of several commonly held beliefs about hunger, poverty and other issues of Third World development, which distort and delay attempts to address human suffering.

Global Marshall Plan - a planetary contract
 by Dunja M¸ller and Dr. Michael Stˆger
 An interview with Professor Franz J. Radermacher about how a Global Marshall Plan can eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, as well as create environmental sustainability and international security.

Runaway consumption widens gap between rich and poor
A summary of the results of 1998's United Nations' Human Development report, focusing on consumption patterns and their effects on the more than one billion people who cannot meet their basic daily needs.

Economic injustice & social upheaval: Is sharing the answer? by Monte Leach
Benjamin Creme answers questions concerning the relationship between international insecurity and market forces.

Microcredit Summit seeks to help the world's poorest, by Monte Leach
World dignitaries and bankers hail the success of small loans to the poor in empowering people, especially women, to create a better future for themselves, their families, their communities and nations.

The next steps for microcredit, by Monte Leach
An interview with Grameen Bank founder and microcredit pioneer, Muhammad Yunus, discussing microcredit's challenges and successes in extending credit to the world's poor. Cites two lessons learned: that the poor are credit-worthy; that given credit facilities, the poor can move out of poverty by themselves.

The needs of the poor come first, by Monte Leach
An interview with development economist and activist, Devaki Jain, about the politics of poverty and inequality, illustrated by Mahatma Gandhi's 'crucible test'. 

A roof is not enough – a look at homelessness worldwide, by Monte Leach
According to Scott Leckie, Director of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions in Geneva, homelessness persists on a vast scale in both rich and poor countries because of economic and political disregard for the human rights of the poor. 

A view from inside the World Bank, by Monte Leach
An interview with Ismail Serageldin, Vice President for Environmentally Sustainable Development at the World Bank, citing the widening gap between the rich and the poor nations, the need to educate the governments of poor nations to invest in their people, and the need for microcredit and international collaboration.  

Breaking the pattern of poverty, by Monte Leach
An interview with Fawzi Al-Sultan, President of the UN agency, The International Fund for Agricultural Development, in which he explains the importance of full participation, empowerment and training, in addition to microcredit, in equipping poor communities for productive, self-sustaining economic futures. 

The poison of market forces, by Patricia Pitchon
An interview with the Master –, analysing the effects of a new dispensation in which greed will be replaced by social harmony and interdependence, thereby transforming the world and ending the rule of market forces.

Abolishing debt slavery, by Patricia Pitchon
A report on the inadequacy of the "free market's" response to increasing poverty in marginalized poor countries, suggesting land-tenure reform, NGO-monitored credit, increasing/speeding up debt relief, and improving food distribution directly to the urban and rural poor.

Globalization versus localization, by Patricia Pitchon
Studies show the need for politicians to promote small-scale, locally interdependent production and trade of goods in order to create self-sufficiency and reverse the damaging effects of globalization.  

The quantity versus quality argument in economics, by Patricia Pitchon
A report on the debate between neo-classical and New Economists as they vie for influence over business and government, citing the tension between growth and sustainability as measurements of economic success. 

Are governments signing away our democratic rights? by Connie Hargrave
A report on the little-known Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) to be signed behind closed doors by 28 of the world's wealthiest countries in May 1998, which many fear will empower global corporations/investors to override national and local government regulations and safeguards.

From land to mouth, by Diana Holland
In an interview, Brewster Kneen, Canadian economist and author, calls market forces-driven agriculture a failed system and suggests a return to local farming.  

How the cookie crumbles -- the insight of economist Martin Armstrong, by Diana Holland
A summary of Armstrong's presentation to the World Economic Outlook Conference, forecasting the destabilizing effect of European Economic Union on the world economy. 

The global boomerang, by Jeremy Traylen
Why canceling Third World debt will alleviate poverty and suffering, and increase the quality of life in the developed world.

To the precipice, by Scott Champion
An international finance expert looks at the instability of the global financial system, and how people will be affected by the coming collapse of stock markets and economic deflation.

Cooperation, by the Master –
Cooperation, the result of right relationship, must supplant competition if humanity is to survive.

A question of priorities, by the Master –
Divisions between nations require bridging. Maitreya will present guidelines and priorities needed to ensure a future for mankind.

Justice is divine, by the Master –  
More than legal writ, justice is based on God's laws.

Prelude to change, by the Master –
World financial collapse will enable man to create new forms which represent the ideals and aspirations of all men.

The choice is man's, by the Master –  
Maitreya and the Masters will freely advise and guide in restoring health and balance to the earth, but mankind must be willing to change.

End of a dark chapter, by the Master –
The end of communism and apartheid, and the birth of new democracies signal man's positive response to Maitreya's presence in the world.

The Teachers are ready, by the Master –
When market forces cause the world stock markets to collapse, man will call for and receive the wise counsel of its Elder Brothers.

Coping with change, by the Master –
Creating new foundations for living will require a measured pace of transformation and willing sacrifice for the greater good, resulting in a simpler, better life for all.

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First published April 1999, Last modified: 15-Oct-2005