September 4th, 2013
in Op Ed
by Ellen Brown, Web of Debt
Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario . . .
In an August 2013 article titled “Larry Summers and the Secret ‘End-game’ Memo,” Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street and U.S. Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business. To pull this off required the relaxation of banking regulations not just in the US but globally. The vehicle to be used was the Financial Services Agreement of the World Trade Organization.
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by Peter Coyne, Daily Reckoning
On a Tuesday night, 52 years ago. President Dwight D. Eisenhower appeared on TV sets across America. Three days later, he would leave the Oval Office to John F. Kennedy.
It all happened very fast. No one was prepared for the grim prophecy Eisenhower would tell that night in his farewell address.
Written by Hilary Barnes
Olli Rehn, EU Budget Commissioner, said on August 28 that France should go further and faster with reforms to get its budget deficit under control. The pension reform outlined by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on the evening of August 28 may be a good example of how France neither goes far nor fast enough, which may encourage the commission to bring forward the day when it places France's finances under administration through the EU "excessive debt" procedures.
September 2nd, 2013
in Op Ed
by Fadhel Kaboub
Reposted from New Economic Perspectives.
Despite all the heated public debates that we have been witnessing in Egypt since the January 2011 uprisings, very little attention has been given to the root causes of the country's deepest economic problems. Understandably, as a country moves towards democracy, it must address all the concerns about freedom of expression, religious rights, women's rights, security and justice sector reforms, anti-corruption laws, political pluralism, elections, and constitutional reform.