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‘Reforming Global Finance’

News, opinion, proposals for reforming finance at global and national levels. Tracks new laws to curb speculative finance, transaction taxes and how financiers caused the collapse of 2008-9. News on monetary-systems reform of the Federal Reserve, IMF, World Bank, BIS and central banks.

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Asem-8: Progress On Labour Priorities But Over-Emphasis On Deficit Reduction

Asem-8: Progress On Labour Priorities But Over-Emphasis On Deficit Reduction Brussels, 6 October 2010 (ITUC OnLine): Trade unions have welcomed the section on “Social Cohesion” in the Chair’s statement to conclude the ASEM-8 Summit of 46 Asian and European countries, held in Brussels on 4-5 October. “We welcome the Leaders’ support [...]

TARP Is Gone – But May Soon Be Back

TARP Is Gone – But May Soon Be Back The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is over – more specifically, its legal authority expires on Sunday, so it cannot be used for new “bailout” activities (although legacy programs, with money already disbursed, could last 5 to 10 years.) The first draft of its history, looking back over the [...]

Global Unions call on IFIs to Reject Austerity Programmes and Focus on Job Creation

ITUC OnLine 142/051010 Global Unions call on IFIs to reject austerity programmes and focus on job creation Brussels, 5 October 2010 (ITUC OnLine): Concerned by the faltering pace of global economic recovery, which has yet to produce a real recovery for millions of workers and unemployed men and women, the ITUC and its Global Unions partners [...]

Taking Inventory of the Ratings Universe

RATE THE RATERS, PHASE TWO Today SustainAbility releases phase two in our four-part research initiative Rate the Raters. For phase two we inventoried over 100 sustainability ratings and their attributes, and surveyed over 1000 sustainability professionals on their perceptions of ratings. Our analysis identified a number of key findings. For [...]

Shock Therapy for Wall Street: JPMorgan suspends 56,000 Foreclosures; GMAC and BOA Many More

Ellen Brown October 2, 2010 www.webofdebt.com/articles “Maybe this is like shock therapy.  Maybe this will actually get the lenders to the table and encourage them to work out deals that are to the benefit of everybody.” --Economist Karl E. Case, quoted in the New York Times The hits are coming fast and furiously.  Major Wall [...]

UN Pleads for Curbing Speculation in Food Commodities

BERLIN (IDN) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food has criticised the European Union (EU) for not acting as boldly as the U.S. and striving to keep in check speculation in food commodities that led to the 2008 global food price crisis, which affects many developing countries to this day. (more…)

Basel III: Tightening the Noose on Credit

Ellen Brown, Ethical Markets Media Advisory Board, www.webofdebt.com/articles, September 16, 2010 The stock market shot up on September 13, after new banking regulations were announced called Basel III. Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief. The megabanks, propped up by generous taxpayer bailouts, would have no trouble meeting the new capital [...]

The finance sector to step up efforts to combat climate change and increase investment in renewable energy, urges Nobel Laureate

80 days before the UN climate change negotiations the UNEP Finance Initiative leads the discussion with the finance sector at a forum in Mexico City entitled "The Financial Sector towards COP16" Over 55 finance CEOs, Managing Directors and Heads of Sustainability join the Nobel Laureate in the climate change discussion The private sector [...]

Summers: Good Riddance

The good news: Summers is gone Jan 1 (no word yet on Geithner). The bad news? I am not sure what (if any) impact this will have on the administration’s economic policies. To review: Summers is the former Clinton Treasury Secretary, mentored by Robert Rubin. As such, he was one of (many) architects of the financial crisis. In addition to [...]

UN Debates Include Financial Transaction Taxes To Tame Speculation and Raise Funds for Millennium Development Goals

MDG SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS TUESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2010 The MDG Summit continued on Tuesday with two plenaries and two high-level roundtables on promoting sustainable development and emerging MDG issues, as well as dozens of side and partnership events. IISD-RS was there to report on 12 of these events, including on infrastructure in Africa, [...]

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