Category Archives: Politics

The Washington Consensus and Long-Term Austerity in Latin America

Most Latin American countries—including those, like Chile and Brazil, where democratically elected leftist governments were overthrown in the 1960s and 1970s. reversed course to adopt “neoliberal” economic policies. How well did that work?

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Michael Klare: Russia v. China – Washington Debates Who Should Be Public Enemy Number One

Yves here. It’s mind-boggling to think that the US is confronting China as a hostile power. We are deeply integrated with them economically, so it’s hard to see how this makes any sense. And it reveals classic American short-sightedness, since by letting them become our preferred vendor (as in exporting US jobs to them), we […]

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Tsipras’ Bailout Referendum Sham

At 1:00 AM in Athens on Saturday morning, Greek prime minister Alex Tsipras announced that Greece would hold a referendum on July 5 on whether to accept the terms provided by the creditors in order for Greece to obtain €7.2 billion in “bailout” funds as the final part of a loan package provided to Greece in 2012.

The bailout in fact expires on June 30. It is too late for Greek voters to have any say on the Greek government’s posture in the negotiations. So what was this ploy meant to achieve?

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