The Debtor’s War: A Modern Greek Tragedy By Andrew Gavin Marshall

7 November 2013 — Andrew Gavin Marshall

Early on Thursday, 7 November 2013, Greek riot police stormed the offices of Greece’s main public broadcaster, which had been under a five-month occupation by workers who opposed the government’s decision to shut down the broadcaster, firing thousands and destroying a major cultural institution. The broadcast seems to have come to an end.

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Global financial system may be heading for another 2008 By Nick Beams

2 November 2013 — WSWS

This week’s decision by the US Federal Reserve to continue its $85 billion per month cash handout to the banks and finance houses, in the form of purchases of treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, and the likelihood that the policy will continue well into the new year, can only heighten concerns that the global financial system is heading for another crash, possibly on a scale bigger than 2008.

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Free Trade Agreements: The Bypassing of Democracy to Institute Economic Plunder

14 October 2013 – Global Research

The EU is currently negotiating a far-reaching free trade agreement with the US, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). There are plans to enshrine extra powers for corporations in the deal as a result of a strong and persistent campaign by industry lobby groups and unscrupulous law firms to allow powerful corporations to challenge regulations both at home and abroad if they affect profits.

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A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership: The Social and Environmental Consequences of the Proposed EU-US Trade Deal

14 October 2013 – corporateeurope.org

As the second round of negotiations on the EU-US trade agreement kick off in Brussels next week, a new report published by members of the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B), including CEO, reveals the true human and environmental costs of the proposed deal.

World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World By Michael Snyder

6 October 2013 — Global Research

Karen Hudes is a graduate of Yale Law School and she worked in the legal department of the World Bank for more than 20 years. In fact, when she was fired for blowing the whistle on corruption inside the World Bank, she held the position of Senior Counsel.

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GCHQ sells your information to big corporations

3 July 2013 — RT

Prism wartime sell secrets

Journalist Steve Boggan had gate-crashed ‘Secret Work in an Open Society’, an invite only gathering organized by MI5′s then Director General Stephen Lander. Britain’s domestic security service, he found, was quietly offering to sell secrets to companies such as Rolls-Royce, BP, Ernst & Young, arms firm BAe Systems and to a bank since proven to be a multi-billion dollar money launderer HSBC.  

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Capitalism, Democracy, and Elections By Richard D. Wolff

21 June 2013 — MRZine

Capitalism and real democracy never had much to do with one another.  In contrast, formal voting in elections has worked nicely for capitalism.  After all, elections have rarely posed, let alone decided, the question of capitalism: whether voters prefer it or an alternative economic system. Continue reading this...

Monsanto Refuses to Testify on Genetically Modified Crops in Puerto Rico By Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero

19 June 2013 — WHAT’S NEW ON CORPWATCH: Holding Corporations Accountable

Monsanto has refused to testify at a major government hearing in Puerto Rico about local testing and sale of genetically modified seeds. Critics say that crops from these seeds harm the environment and can cause serious human health problems.

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Ikea’s Race to the Bottom BY John Logan

19 June 2013 — In These Times

Turkish workers say Ikea takes advantage of the authoritarian government’s anti-union policies.

Ikea’s labor practices in Turkey are more like those in Saudi Arabia—a country that represses independent unions—than those of Sweden, where companies generally have cooperative relationships with their unions.

With total sales of $36 billion in 2012, Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer, and one of the world’s most recognizable retail brands. Worldwide, Ikea operates in approximately 40 countries and has more than 100,000 employees.

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Exposing the Transnational Power Class by Andrew Gavin Marshall

12 June, 2013 — Dissident Voice

The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today’s global power oligarchy. By studying the relationships and varying levels of leadership that govern our planet’s most influential institutions — from banks, corporations and financial institutions to think tanks, foundations and universities — this project seeks to expose the complex, highly integrated network of influence wielded by relatively few individuals on a national and transnational basis. This is not a study of wealth, but a study of power.

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Government Spying on Americans … and then Giving Info to Giant Corporations

11 June, 2013 – WashingtonsBlog

Big Banks and Other Corporate Bigwigs Benefit from Illegal Spying

You’ve heard that the government spies on all Americans. But you might not know that the government shares some of that information with big corporations.

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Google & Facebook Discussed Secret Systems for U.S. to Spy on Users By Pratap Chatterjee

8 July 2013 – CORPWATCH: Holding Corporations Accountable

Google and Facebook have discussed – and possibly built – special portals for the U.S. government to snoop on user data, according to revelations sparked by an investigative series of articles by Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian. 

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