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Instapaper. MAI: Anti-Democratic International Treaty On Investment. Reprinted from The Common Good, no 6, Advent 1997 www.catholicworker.org.nz MAI: Anti-Democratic International Treaty On Investment Bill Rosenberg.

MAI: Anti-Democratic International Treaty On Investment

History of U.S. Military Interventions since 1890. By Dr.

History of U.S. Military Interventions since 1890

Zoltan Grossman. Taxpayers wasted billions of dollars on a war on cocaine that didn’t work, economists say. The U.S. government declared war on a plant.

Taxpayers wasted billions of dollars on a war on cocaine that didn’t work, economists say

(Anthony Tong Lee/Flickr) American taxpayers got a dismal return on their $4.3 billion investment in the Colombian drug war between 2000 and 2o08, according to a new analysis by economists at MIT and Colombia's Universidad de los Andes. In the paper, which will be published in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Daniel Mejia and Pascual Restrepo analyzed the cost to U.S. taxpayers of the two big U.S. -funded anti-cocaine efforts in Colombia: eradication of coca plants via the aerial spraying of pesticides, and interdiction efforts to block cocaine transit routes and seize shipments of cocaine.

What Did the Iraq War Cost? More Than You Think. By its very definition, war spending—indeed, any government spending—improves GDP, as anyone who has ever taken an economics 101 course knows.

What Did the Iraq War Cost? More Than You Think.

Spending on World War II is credited with helping the U.S. decisively climb out of its depression slump. Likewise, the Iraq War helped the economy in some ways. But to many experts, the costs will far outweigh and outlast the benefits. As U.S. operations in Iraq end, tallying up the costs and benefits of a nine-year ordeal is a daunting task. Estimates on Iraq War spending vary. But the long-term costs will well exceed this total, and the budgetary consequences are far-reaching. On the positive side, the Iraq War did bolster the economy in some ways.

[Debate Club: Was the Iraq War Worth It?] Gauging the multiplier: Lessons from history. The size of the fiscal policy multiplier – and thus the impact of austerity on GDP – has been a contentious issue since the crisis started.

Gauging the multiplier: Lessons from history

The IMF recently revived the debate by suggesting that the multiplier is much higher than previously thought in the current policy environment. Welcome to Forbes. The €315bn Plan To 'Kick-Start' Euro Growth. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says a €315bn (£249bn) investment plan to "kick start" the continent's flatlining economy could create more than one million jobs.

The €315bn Plan To 'Kick-Start' Euro Growth

Details of how the European Fund for Strategic Investment would work were outlined as the European Central Bank (ECB) was tipped to provide additional support to the struggling eurozone through a programme of quantitative easing early next year. Mr Juncker told the EU Parliament in Strasbourg: "Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is providing the jump cable. " International Trade Economic Systems Guided Reading Lesson 2. Politics Economics Analyzing Supreme Court Cases Lesson 2 United States v Nixon (1)

Handout.pdf. 12 Steps to Build a Confident, Productive Sales Team. As a business owner, the people you work with are your most valuable asset.

12 Steps to Build a Confident, Productive Sales Team

They contribute to the company culture and help you to grow your business and increase revenue. But sometimes team members – and sales team members in particular – don’t perform as well as they could. Why? Linus Publications. CNNMoney - Business, financial and personal finance news. Google. New Economic PerspectivesNew Economic. Wealth: Having it all and wanting more. 14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization - Did you know many African countries continue to pay colonial tax to France since their independence till today!

14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization -

When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act of fury the french administration in Guinea destroyed everything in the country which represented what they called the benefits from french colonization. Three thousand French left the country, taking all their property and destroying anything that which could not be moved: schools, nurseries, public administration buildings were crumbled; cars, books, medicine, research institute instruments, tractors were crushed and sabotaged; horses, cows in the farms were killed, and food in warehouses were burned or poisoned. Thoughts for the post-2008 world. Thoughts for the post-2008 world. Climate change will hit poor countries hardest, study shows. Low-income countries will remain on the frontline of human-induced climate change over the next century, experiencing gradual sea-level rises, stronger cyclones, warmer days and nights, more unpredictable rains, and larger and longer heatwaves, according to the most thorough assessment of the issue yet.

Climate change will hit poor countries hardest, study shows

The last major UN assessment, in 2007, predicted runaway temperature rises of 6C or more by the end of the century. That is now thought unlikely by scientists, but average land and sea temperatures are expected to continue rising throughout this century, possibly reaching 4C above present levels – enough to devastate crops and make life in many cities unbearably hot.

As temperatures climb and oceans warm, tropical and subtropical regions will face sharp changes in annual rainfall, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released on Thursday in Stockholm before online publication on 30 September. Scientists have also lowered projections of sea-level rises. Must Listen: It's Over: Bill Holter. Obama critica la democrazia polacca, la tv di Varsavia lo "censura" 4.1 Economic Transition - Google Slides. The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs. A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam.

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs

No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck. Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. Untitled. The white working class in the US has been decimated through an epidemic of ‘premature deaths’ – a bland term to cover-up the drop in life expectancy in this historically important demographic.

It’s official: Millennials have surpassed baby boomers to become America’s largest living generation. Ebonie Johnson Cooper, left, and Meico Whitlock take a selfie while attending the Millennial Week opening reception at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery on June 2, 2014, in Washington. (Amanda Voisard for The Washington Post) The term “millennial” comes with many connotations. They like socialism. They don’t eat breakfast cereal.