Tag: Banana republic

Why It’s So Hard for Most Countries to be Economically Independent from the West

By Justin Podur, a Toronto-based writer who teaches at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His site is podur.org. Follow him on Twitter: @justinpodur. Produced by by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Why is it so difficult even for huge countries with large, diversified economies […]

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Toxic Philanthropy? The Spirit of Giving While Taking

Yves here. Homer had this figured out long ago: “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.” But the press has done a great job of presenting squillionaires trying to remake society along their preferred lines as disinterested philanthropy. By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst, the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published […]

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As Global Climate Talks Proceed, Trump EPA Opts to Weaken Coal Emissions Standards

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Well, I suppose one has to award points to Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for chutzpah, when it last week announced a rollback in coal emissions standards […]

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Jane Sanders: Climate Crisis Critical Issue in 2020 Elections

Jerri-Lynn here: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a ‘first lady’ who did more than plant gardens and appear on Carpool Karaoke? In this Real News Network interview, Jane Sanders discusses the climate crisis and tells Paul Jay that voters shouldn’t support candidates who claim to be progressive, but don’t prioritize the […]

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Is the Internet to Blame for the Rise of Authoritarianism?

By Juan Ortiz Freuler (@juanof9), an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Originally published at openDemocracy All illustrations by ApexInfinityGames & @Juanof9 (CC-BY). Over the last few years, the potentially damaging impact of the internet, and particularly social media, on democracy has increasingly come to dominate […]

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Bill Black: Who Said This? A Bank Fraud Quiz

By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and co-founder of Bank Whistleblowers United. Jointly published with New Economic Perspectives I cannot write many blogs during the fall semesters because […]

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How Did Public Land Drilling Rights Become Cheaper Than a Cup of Coffee?

Yves here. While the media has been working overtime on Russiagate theories, the Trump administration has been busy with giveaways, this one of public land rights. By Greta Moran, a news fellow at Grist. Follow her on Twitter: @gretalomoran. Originally published at Grist Last December, a London-based energy company secured […]

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Decades of Denial and Stalling Have Created a Climate Crunch

Jerri-Lynn here. The UN Climate Change Conference – COP24-  began yesterday, a day early, in Katowice, Poland. Negotiators from 195 countries seek to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Accord. These are the most significant climate talks to occur since that accord and prospects look bleak – not least […]

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CalPERS PR Messaging on Private Equity Backfiring as Lack of Justification, Flailing About, Become Obvious

For some time, this site has chronicled how CalPERS has been attempting to implement a “new business model” for private equity that is so criminally incompetent that insiders wonder if it actually is criminal. As one wrote: In all my years of working with the system, I’ve never seen anything […]

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Corporate PACs Plot Counterstrategy to Thwart Campaign Finance Reform

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. A couple of days after the midterms, Politico reported: “I’m going to say something controversial: We believe there isn’t enough money in politics,” said Geoff Ziebart, executive […]

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Don Quijones: Wall Street Mega-Landlord Blackstone Turns Screw on Spanish Government & Property Market

Jerri-Lynn here.  Blackstone is a major operator in the Spanish property market. This post discusses prospects for  the Spanish government’s plans to enact modest protections for tenants, by reforming rent laws. One proposed reform would extend the minimum length of rental contracts so as to slow the pace of rent […]

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The Global Financial Crime Wave Is No Accident

By Nat Dyer, a freelance writer based in London. He was previously an investigator and campaigner at Global Witness, an anti-corruption group. He tweets at @natjdyer. Originally published at openDemocracy There was a little bit of good news this month for those worried about a tidal wave of McMafia-style financial […]

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‘A Staggeringly Bad Idea’: Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would ‘Kneecap the Progressive Agenda’

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Once again, corporate  Democrats are determined  to snatch defeat from the jaws of their recent House electoral victory. As Common Dreams tells the story, in A Staggeringly […]

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New York Media Touts Private Equity Obamist Deval Patrick as Presidential Candidate

By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. GP article archive  here. Originally published at DownWithTyranny Bain Capital’s corporate logo: Vultures, rampant, on a field […]

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Sunrise Movement and AOC Push Pelosi for a Green New Deal, Highlighting Job Creation

Jerri-Lynn here: Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has floated the eminently sensible albeit extremely modest suggestion that  the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives create a a Select Committee on a Green New Deal. That’s there’s any debate about this proposal at all – given the crisis we face – is further […]

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IMF Pushes Neoliberal Policies in Latin America

Following a prolonged loss of influence in Latin America in the first decade of the 2000’s, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is back again, flexing its muscle in Argentina and Mexico, pushing the neoliberal Washington Consensus, says Vijay Prashad in this Real News Network interview. [embedded content] GREG WILPERT: It’s […]

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Is This Time Different? Examining Recent Emerging-Market Turbulence

By Dr. Marek Dabrowski, a Non-Resident Scholar at Bruegel, Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, co-founder and Fellow at CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research in Warsaw and Member of the Scientific Council of the E.T. Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy in Moscow. Originally published […]

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High Stakes, Entrenched Interests And The Trump Rollback Of Environmental Regulations

By Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News. Before joining KHN, Julie spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA TODAY. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times in London and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California. She serves on […]

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