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    Cocaine on Wall Street, The War on Drugs, and Peace in Colombia

    • Jorge Andrés Forero-González , Miranda D. Mosis, Diana María Peña-García
    08 February 2019
    Paper

    This essay connects cocaine, the financial system and global economies through the experience of the war on drugs and peace process in Colombia.

  2. The data of money

    • Andrés Arauz
    28 January 2019
    Paper

    The international bank transfer system, SWIFT, is a form of contemporary digital colonialism and surveillance capitalism as it is run by US firms and provides data to US government agencies. Drives by governments and philanthropists to increase use of digital money will only strengthen it further.

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    Asia and Finance Capital: From the Japanese bubble to China’s financial time bomb

    • Walden Bello
    18 September 2017
    Paper

    This paper dissects the Japanese bubble economy in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997-98 and shows how they shaped Asia’s capacity to deal with and respond to the 2008 global financial crisis. It looks at how China emerged seemingly unscathed, but warns that the inroads of speculative financial capital into China and East Asia along with ongoing problems of over-production means that a future financial crisis is highly probable.

  4. Europe: social democracy’s Faustian pact with global finance unravels

    • Walden Bello
    18 May 2017
    Paper

    This paper focuses on how the global economic crisis unfolded in Europe, where a toxic mix of financial liberalization, highly-leverage banks, a poorly-planned euro and Germany’s years of structural adjustment created a deeply unbalanced and highly indebted European economy, that was brought into sharp focus as Wall Street banks collapsed. The result was the reversal of Europe's economic integration and a state of permanent crisis that continues to this day.

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    Video: What is wrong with Bilateral Investment Treaties?

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    24 August 2012
    Multi-media

    Who benefits from BITS, and who pays the price?

     
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    Video: Olivier Hoedeman: Going to the heart of the European Crisis

    11 May 2012
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    Only if we tackle corporate power at the heart of the EU, do we have a chance to stop Austerity Europe.

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    Video: Trevor Evans: Why is Europe in crisis?

    Trevor Evans
    10 May 2012
    Multi-media

    The EU focus on fiscal deficit is completely mistaken. They are the result of the crisis, not the cause.

  8. Video Documentary: Global Crises, Regional Solutions

    Cecilia Olivet
    01 May 2012
    Multi-media

    Activists from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe argue that regional integration is the only viable response to the convergence of economic, climate, food and energy crises.

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    The EU's new austerity treaty - Interview with Lukas Oberndorfer

    28 February 2012
    Multi-media

    Despite the strong and growing resistance in Greece and other European countries to the direction of EU policy responses to the crisis, the process for this new treaty has unfolded with disquieting speed: initiated in November, an agreement was already reached by end of January among the EU25. This comes at the expense of stifling democratic debate and, indeed, shortcutting the normal consultative procedures in the treaty process through legal manoeuvres.

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    The EU's new austerity treaty - Interview with Kenneth Haar

    28 February 2012
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    What are the economic and political implications of the new fiscal treaty? And once signed, will the treaty have to go through a referendum?

  11. Will the Mercozy deal save Greece and the Euro?

    Susan George, Fiona Dove, Yiorgos Vassalos, Dominique Plihon, Kenneth Haar
    02 November 2011
    Multi-media

    In a podcast debate, four activist researchers debate why the European Union is wedlocked to economic policies that will only worsen the crisis and further undermine democratic control of public budget.

       
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    Video: Emerging Powers: Allies or Rivals?

    Boris Kagarlitsky, Dr. Chaohua Wang, Research Scholar in Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    21 January 2011
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    The economic elites are turning to a neoliberal Keynesianism to save the crisis of capitalism, which is doomed to fail because it does not address its root causes.

  13. Video: Their Crises, Our Solutions, with Susan George

    Susan George
    04 June 2010
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    Susan George talks live at the annual TNI fellows meeting about her new book Their Crises, Our Solutions, on the banks, the economy and justice. 

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    Interview on France Culture - Alter-Globalisation for Susan George

    Susan George
    02 June 2010
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    Susan spoke at length on France Culture talking about the converging economic, social and environmental crises of globalization, and what alternatives exist to the current state of affairs. Susan's new book Their Crisis, Our Solutions has just been published in French (Leurs Crises, Nos Solutions) and Spanish (Sui Crisis, Nuestra Soluciones), and is due out in English in September.

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    The Lisbon Treaty: Workshop with Susan George at Enlazando Alternativas, 2010

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
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    Despite repeated democratic rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission pushed ahead with it via the EU Constitution via a private, technocratic and non-democratic process. Susan discussed the treaty and its implications in a workshop at the EA4 summit in Madrid, 15 May 2010.

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    Putting people before profits: opening speech for EA4

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
    Multi-media

    "The banks are ours!" Public money was used to bail out the banks, and now they are lending back to the public at interest, while governments ignore the social and environmental crises that confront society. It is time to demand real solutions that will work not only for the sake of the economy but for the lives and conditions of people on whom it depends.

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    Debate on France Inter radio: Susan George on the crisis and financial regulation

    Susan George
    25 May 2010
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    Susan George appeared on the major French radio network France Inter to debate the financial crisis and regulation. Her most recent book "Their Crises, Our Solutions" has been published in French ("Leurs Crises, Nos Solutions"); the English version is due to be published in September.

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    Global governance priorities in an interdependent world - balancing the economic and the environmental crisis

    Susan George
    01 March 2010
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    The current crisis has exacerbated the effects of neoliberalism and hugely increased inequality, with money going from labour to capital.

     
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    Where has all the money gone?

    Susan George, Armin Thurnher
    23 December 2009
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    People have been literally robbed over the last thirty years as money has moved up from labour to capital. And as people have less money to spend, we are constantly in a crisis of overproduction.

  20. What is the role of WTO services rules in the context of the current financial crisis?

    Myriam vander Stichele, Sergio Marchi
    24 November 2009
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    The WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (the "GATS")  has very much underpinned expansion without regulation and supervision, so the financial corporations had the guarantee that their expansion would be underpinned. But financial services are not the same as other services – they need special supervisory structures.

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