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The tag 'IMF' is associated with 9 posts.

Greek Privatization Proceeds for Anti-Poverty Policies? Probably Not, But We’ll See

With nego­ti­a­tions between Greece and the troi­ka over how to resolve the lat­est aus­ter­i­ty-impasse still ongo­ing, Greece make an intrigu­ing offer: Con­tin­ue with the pri­va­ti­za­tion of state assets that the troi­ka demands, use the pro­ceeds on Greece’s human­i­tar­i­an crises instead of imme­di­ate­ly pay­ing back Greece’s cred­i­tors. And while the troi­ka has yet to for­mal­ly rule out Greece’s pro­pos­al, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Junck­er made an unchar­ac­ter­is­tic offer last week of 2 bil­lion euros to “sup­port efforts to cre­ate growth and social cohe­sion in Greece”. Con­sid­er­ing vir­tu­al­ly all past atti­tudes by the troi­ka regard­ing Greece’s “growth and social cohe­sion”. So by wrap­ping its human­i­tar­i­an aid pro­pos­al with­in a pri­va­ti­za­tion man­date Greece did the seem­ing­ly impos­si­ble: the troika’s posi­tion on Greece is slight­ly less crazy than before. That almost nev­er hap­pens. And still prob­a­bly isn’t hap­pen­ing.


Pravy Sektor Storms Ukrainian Parliament

Pravy Sek­tor street sol­diers stormed the Ukrain­ian par­lia­ment in Kiev over the death of one of their num­ber at the hands of secu­ri­ty forces. It will be inter­est­ing to see how the Ukrain­ian pop­u­la­tion receives the aus­ter­i­ty pack­age that the EU has in place for them!


The Troika Knows That Confidence Fairies Don’t Want To Know. It Makes Them Uncomfortable

The euro­zone troi­ka recent­ly eased mar­ket wor­ries a bit by rene­go­ti­at­ing part of Ire­land’s mas­sive bailout. But the pub­lic still wants answers on why the 2010 bailout hap­pened in the first place and those answers could reignite the cri­sis. It isn’t easy being the ECB. Or the EU. Or the IMF.


Oil Price Rise Causes Global Shift in Wealth

Iran, Rus­sia and Venezuela Feel the Ben­e­fits By Steven Muf­sonWASHINGTON POST High oil prices are fuel­ing one of the biggest trans­fers of wealth in his­to­ry. Oil con­sumers are pay­ing $4 bil­lion to $5 bil­lion more for crude oil every day than they did just five years ago, pump­ing more than $2 tril­lion into the cof­fers […]


FTR #442 The Continuation of World War II

Events in and around 9/11 as an exten­sion of World War II.


FTR #215 Update on Germany

Lis­ten: MP3 Side 1 | Side 2 Much of this pro­gram focus­es on the Amer­i­can con­flict with Ger­many over suc­ces­sion to become head of the Inter­na­tion­al Mon­e­tary Fund. Hav­ing suc­cess­ful­ly opposed the nom­i­na­tion of Caio Koch-Weser, the U.S. acqui­esced to the wish­es of the Ger­­man-dom­i­­nat­ed EU by accept­ing Horst Kohler as the IMF chief. The […]


FTR #200 Update on Corporate Germany

Lis­ten: MP3 Side 1 | Side 2 Begin­ning with dis­cus­sion of major Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions’ restruc­tur­ing of their cap­i­tal sit­u­a­tions, this pro­gram fur­ther devel­ops the analy­sis of maneu­ver­ing by cor­po­rate Ger­many. (Under­ly­ing the analy­sis is the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion, the eco­nom­ic com­po­nent of a Third Reich gone under­ground. Although this might seem absurd or […]


FTR #195 Update on Corporate Germany

Lis­ten now: Side 1 | Side 2 High­light­ing the Ger­man nation­al­is­tic approach to eco­nom­ics, this pro­gram under­scores the use of “cor­po­ratism” as an instru­ment of polit­i­cal aggres­sion. Begin­ning with analy­sis of the takeover strug­gle between Voda­phone (a British mobile phone com­pa­ny) and Man­nes­mann (a Ger­man heavy indus­tri­al firm which has branched out into com­mu­ni­ca­tions), the […]


FTR #126 The Euro, The Dollar, Currency Speculation and The World Economy

Lis­ten: MP3 Side 1 | Side 2 With the begin­ning of 1999, the Euro came into being as the cur­ren­cy for much of con­ti­nen­tal Europe. This event took place as the pos­si­bil­i­ties of a glob­al eco­nom­ic col­lapse con­tin­ued to loom large. In this pro­gram, a num­ber of aspects of glob­al eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions are […]


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