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This website concerns the economics of exploitation and oppression. The website has two major parts.   The first, the Understanding harm page, gives an analytical overview of harm and social systems that contain harm. The second, this homepage and related pages, feature current news stories and analysis where harm is important.  Orthodox economics principally looks at income obtained from production.  This website looks at income or other benefit gained by harm. This is much more important than suggested by orthodox economics. There is not just a productive system; there is a productive + harmful system. The view taken in this website is that through control of a society and its key elements (economy, government, values) some people/groups in the society obtain income from others. This income is not based on production, but some form of taking away from others. This taking away is typically resisted. Thus there are two basic aspects in a social system where harm is important: obtaining income and maintaining control. This is expressed in the principal categories used in the website, which can be seen in the right column of this and every page.

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Harm through the market 2022

The Ransom: How a French bank captured Haiti Matt Apuzzo, Constant Méheut, Selam Gebrekidan and Catherine Porter New York Times May 20, 2022
It helped finance the Eiffel Tower as it drained millions from Haiti. The bank, C.I.C., won’t talk about it, but The Times tracked how much its investors made — and what Haiti lost.

The root of Haiti’s misery: Reparations to enslavers Catherine Porter, Constant Méheut, Matt Apuzzo and Selam Gebrekidan New York Times May 20, 2022

The Ransom: Invade Haiti, Wall Street urged. The U.S. obliged. Selam Gebrekidan, Matt Apuzzo, Catherine Porter and Constant Méheut New York Times May 20, 2022
The long occupation of Haiti began with a drumbeat from the bank that became Citigroup,decades of diplomatic correspondence and other records show.

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Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2022

Human rights coalition presses UN over imprisonment of Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza Brad Dress The Hill May 2, 2022
Vladimir Kara-Murza from jail: Russia will be free. I’ve never been so sure Vladimir Kara-Murza Washington Post April 15, 2022 (Opinion)

Pipeline company targets individual tribal members in court battle for Line 5 Mary Annette Pember Indian Country Today/Truthout May 9, 2022

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Measuring Harm 2022

Report: Hunger reached record high in 2021, may worsen in 2022 Rumbi Chakamba Devex May 5, 2022
The 2022 “Global Report on Food Crises,” compiled by the Global Network Against Food Crises — an international alliance that includes the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Food Program — found that around 193 million people were acutely food-insecure and in need of urgent assistance across 53 countries and territories in 2021. That’s an increase of nearly 40 million people from 2020. Of most concern are the 570,000 people facing starvation and death levels of hunger in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Southern Madagascar, and Yemen. 

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