World of Resistance Report: IMF, World Bank, Giant Consultants Admit The Storm Is Coming By Andrew Gavin Marshall

21 July 2014 — Andrew Gavin Marshall

Originally posted at Occupy.com

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Following Parts 123 and 4 of the World of Resistance Report, in this fifth installment I examine the warnings of social unrest and revolution emanating from the world’s major international financial institutions like the IMF and World Bank, as well as the world’s major consulting firms that provide strategic and investment advice to corporations, banks and investors around the world.

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Dave Zirin on the ‘sporting shock doctrine’ and the World Cup as a ‘neoliberal trojan horse’ By Rania Khalek

5 July 2014 — Dispatches from the Underclass

On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure, Kevin Gosztola and I discussed the World Cup with Dave Zirin—sports correspondent for The Nation, author of Brazil’s Dance with the Devil and all around badass.

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Unmaking Global Capitalism By Sam Gindin

18 June 2014 — The Bullet • Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 1000

Nine Things to Know About Organizing in the Belly of the Beast

When Karl Marx famously declared that while the “philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it,” he was asserting that it was not enough to dream of another world nor to understand the dynamics of the present. It was critical above all to address the question of agency in carrying out transformative change. For Marx, that agent was the working-class. The gap between workers’ needs and their actual lives – between desire and reality – gave workers an interest in radical change, while their place in production gave them the leverage to act.

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The Rise of the European Right: Reaction to the Neoliberal Right By James Petras

30 May 2014 — James Petras

Introduction: The European parliamentary elections witnessed a major breakthrough for the right-wing parties throughout the region. The rise of the Right runs from the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, the Baltic and Low countries, France, Central and Eastern Europe to the Mediterranean. Continue reading this...
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America’s Non-Linear Warfare Agenda and “The Right to Resist” By Andrew Korybko

18 May 2014 – Global Research - Oriental Review

The liberal end of history (aka “the global village”) does not exist outside of ideological fantasy, and the world is instead divided into civilizational zones (regional villages) united around certain actors (Russia, China, Islamic pillars, the West). This forms the basis of the running metaphor that will be utilized below to advance the claim of the West waging non-linear warfare against the Rest.

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Video: Thousands across Europe rally against EU policies

18 May 2014 — RT

Thousands of activists took to the streets of Germany and Spain on Saturday to protest the EU’s policies as the union prepares for parliamentary elections at the end of May.

In Germany, the EU’s powerhouse, people participated in a day of anti-Brussels protests in Hamburg and the capital Berlin.

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War, Economic Catastrophe and Environmental Degradation. Under the Guise of Progress and Development By Colin Todhunter

27 April 2014 – Global Research

Indian finance minister P.Chidambaram once claimed that his government’s policies were pro growth and pro equity (1). He talked of alleviating poverty in India ‘in our lifetime’ by implementing the type of development policies currently being pursued. The minister envisages 85 percent of India’s population eventually living in well-planned cities with proper access to water, health, electricity, education, etc. Based on today’s population size, which is set to continue to rise, that would mean at least 600 million moving to cities. He stated that urbanisation constitutes ‘natural progress’.
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China and the Crisis of Crisis Theory By Heiko Khoo

14 April 2014 — SolidarityEconomy.net via  China.org.cn

The recent BBC documentary called “How China Fooled the World” presented by Robert Preston claims that China’s economy is about to collapse. The program starts well: correctly showing that China’s state-owned enterprises dominate the economy and shape its development. However, it fails to adequately consider the advantages of this system of public ownership.

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The Neo-Liberal Deception By Lionel Reynolds

21 April 2014 — Dispatches from the Empire

Beginning in earnest in the late Seventies, a sustained and pervasive ideological attack was mounted against the role of the State in managing economic affairs. The terms of the attack ranged from ethical and philosophical arguments about individual liberty and property rights to more pragmatic arguments about the supposed economic advantages of private ownership, deregulation of capital and flattened fiscal regimes. Alternative visions of the role of the State were marginalised and discounted as either economically misguided or politically totalitarian.

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The West Marches East, Part 1: The U.S.-NATO Strategy to Isolate Russia By: Andrew Gavin Marshall

17 April 2014 — Andrew Gavin MarshallThe Hampton Institute

In early March of 2014, following Russia’s invasion of Crimea in Ukraine, the New York Times editorial board declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “stepped far outside the bounds of civilized behavior,” suggesting that Russia should be isolated politically and economically in the face of “continued aggression.”

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China and the multipolar world By Roman Pogorelov

8 April 2014 — New Eastern Outlook 

NEO 25There is every reason to believe that the growing confrontation between the West and Russia, which resulted in a conflict around Ukraine and Crimea, is an important milestone, marking a new stage in the struggle for the future world order. Moreover, the way the future will look, largely depends on China’s position in the international arena.

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Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: The Systemic Crisis of Financialization

3 March 2014 — Leftstreamed

Costas Lapavitsas teaches economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has done research in the political economy of money and finance, the Japanese economy, the history of economic thought, economic history, and the contemporary world economy. During the last three years his interests have focused on the Eurozone crisis, and he has undertaken research on it with a group of researchers associated with Research on Money and Finance at SOAS. His longer ­term research interests, however, include the financialization of capitalism, its characteristic trends, variable forms and manifold implications for contemporary society. Continue reading this...