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Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens (ATTAC - Association pour la Taxation des Transactions d’Aide aux Citoyens) is an organization founded on June 3, 1998 in France. The idea came from an editorial article written by Ignacio Ramonet[?] and published in Le Monde diplomatique in December 1997.

While it was founded in France it now exists in over 40 (8/02) countries around the world.

Originally a single-issue movement demanding the introduction of the so-called Tobin tax on currency-speculation, ATTAC now covers a wide range of issues concerning globalisation.

Though ATTAC criticises the neoliberal ideology dominating the economic globalisation, it is not "anti-globalisation" but rather supports globalisation policies that are sustainable and socially just.

The main issues covered by ATTAC today are:

  • Democratic control of financial markets (e.g. Tobin tax)
  • Fair instead of "free" trade (WTO, IMF, Worldbank, EU, NAFTA, FTAA, G8)
  • Social security systems (it is against privatisation of pensions and of the health system)
  • Against tax evasion (tax havens, TNCs)
  • Sustainable globalisation

See Also: Anti-globalization movement

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