Tag: Globalization

UN Backs Seed Sovereignty as Defense Against Multinational-Led GMO Projects

Lambert here: Awesome. Very good news. By Timothy A. Wise, a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, collaborating with director Frances Moore Lappé to start its new Land and Food Rights Program. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute. Originally published […]

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These 2018 Corporate Scandals Demonstrate Why the New Democratic Congress Must Crack Down on Corruption

Lambert here: Sadly, the political class lacks the expertise to translate “must” into “will.” At least on this issue. By Matthew Chapman, a video game designer, science fiction author, and political activist from Texas. Originally published at Alternet. The headlines for white-collar crime this year have largely been grabbed by […]

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10 Costliest Climate-Driven Extreme Weather Events of 2018 Caused at Least $84.8B in Damage: Analysis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams From heat waves and hurricanes to fires and floods, the 10 costliest extreme weather events of 2018—driven by the global climate crisis—killed thousands of people and caused at least $84.8 billion in damage, according to a new […]

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How the International Monetary Fund Imposes Its Economic Policies on Argentina

By Celina della Croce of the Independent Media Institute. Cross-posted from Alternet. In September, Argentine president Mauricio Macri accepted the 2018 Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award. In attendance were many of world’s neoliberal power players and policy makers, among them International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Facing the […]

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“Alexa, Launch Our Nukes!” Artificial Intelligence and the Future of War

Yves here. By virtue of synchronicity, reader Wukchumni recommended the Cold War classic The Bedford Incident and highlighted this segment: By Michael T. Klare, the five-college professor emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and a senior visiting fellow at the Arms Control Association. His most recent […]

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Don Quijones: Retail Melts Down Before Christmas in the UK, Spreads to Continent

By Don Quijones of Spain, the UK, and Mexico, and editor at Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street With just one week left before Christmas, Europe’s fashion retail sector is showing little sign of yuletide cheer. On Monday, the shares of UK-based online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos Plc plunged […]

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The UK’s Reform of Limited Partnership Law: Dead on Arrival (I)

“Scottish Limited Partnerships are used by thousands of legitimate British businesses – from pension schemes to owning farm land in Scotland – to invest more than £30 billion in the UK a year. We have seen mounting evidence that in their current form they are vulnerable to abuse. Last year […]

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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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Yellow Fever in France

By Bernard Dreano, the chair of the Cedetim (Center of international solidarity initiatives and studies) and cofounder of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (Assemblée européenne des citoyens). Originally published at openDemocracy Yellow and Green in climate march. What is this yellow fever that has seized France since mid-November? Wearing these yellow […]

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Huawei CFO, Daughter of Founder and Possible Heir Apparent, Arrested in Canada on a US Extradition Request on Charges of Transfer of US Technology to Iran

The arrest of of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng on December 1 in Vancouver on a US extradition request is a major geopolitical and news event. Reuters reports Meng was intercepted while changing flights. So much for Xi and Trump trying to a reset so as to prevent the imposition of […]

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G20: You Can Smell Tear Gas in the Streets as the Oil Industry Squabbles

Yves here. While this piece gives a good summary of the underlying dynamics behind some of the big economic conflicts, it’s less precise on the state of play at some points than I’d like. This section from a new story in DW, China vows quick trade deal as Trump sends […]

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‘We Are Not Robots’: Amazon Workers Walk out on Black Friday over Low Wages and ‘Inhuman Conditions’

By Jessica Corbett, a staff writer for Common Dreams. Reposted from Alternet. Amazon workers across Europe staged a walkout on Black Friday—when retailers offer major deals to holiday season shoppers the day after Thanksgiving—to protest low wages as well as “inhuman conditions” at company warehouses. “It is one of the […]

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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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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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Empires, Past and Present

By Joseph Joyce. Originally published at Angry Bear Economists rarely write about “empires,” unless they are referring to historical examples such as the Roman empire. But Thomas Hauner of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis,  Branko Milanovic of the Graduate Center of City University of New York and Suresh Naidu of Columbia University have presented a study […]

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Misperceptions About Immigration and Support for Redistribution

By Alberto Alesina, Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University, Armando Miano, PhD student in Economics, Harvard University, and Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics, Harvard University. Originally published at VoxEU The debate on immigration is often based on misperceptions about the number and character of immigrants. The column uses data from surveys in six countries to […]

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More Brexit Grim Tidings: WTO Warns Ireland to Prepare for Crash-Out; Deutsche Moves Half of Euro Clearing Ops to Germany; Food Freakout

I had hope to write a bigger picture Brexit piece today, but administrative duties got in the way. However, the latest Brexit stories will hopefully provide readers with more grist for conversation in the meantime. I got 2/3 of the way through this post and found I was outdone by this tweet, which is both […]

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