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Le néolibéralisme est un fascisme. Triumph of the Unthinking. Errors and Lies. Surprise!

Errors and Lies

It turns out that there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago. Crowding In and the Paradox of Thrift. As Francesco Saraceno notes, the IMF’s research department, which was always excellent, has become an extraordinary source of information and ideas in this Age of Blanchard.

Crowding In and the Paradox of Thrift

In particular, these days you can pretty much count on the semiannual World Economic Outlook to offer some dramatic new insight into how the world works. And the latest edition is no exception. The big intellectual news here is Chapter 4, on business investment. As the report notes, weak business investment has been a major reason for global economic weakness.

Mais qui détient les 320 milliards de dette grecque ?- 26 janvier 2015. La dette grecque n'est plus totalement ce qu'elle était : elle n'empoisonne plus les bilans de toutes les grandes banques européennes.

Mais qui détient les 320 milliards de dette grecque ?- 26 janvier 2015

"Nous n'avons plus de crédits sur la Grèce", dit un porte-parole de la BNP Paribas, la plus grande banque française : Nous avons vendu nos créances lors de la grande restructuration de cette dette, comme la plupart des investisseurs privés. " Crowding In and the Paradox of Thrift. Compare your country by OECD. Government: The parable of Argentina. The self-made man, history of a myth: From Ben Franklin, to Andrew Carnegie, to Sophia Amoruso. In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work.

The self-made man, history of a myth: From Ben Franklin, to Andrew Carnegie, to Sophia Amoruso.

The British women married to jihad. A young woman cheerfully tweets two British friends, “I’m making pancakes, and there’s Nutella, come up in a bit”.

The British women married to jihad

Her friends tease each other in response: “come b4 I finish dem mwhaha :p”; “oi … you have my back dont snake it”. Punctuated with emojis and slang, it’s hardly a sinister exchange, until it becomes clear that all three have joined the Islamic State (Isis) — and are using their social media accounts to encourage other women to join them in Syria. As alarm mounts about British men who have joined the militants, including the man thought to have murdered the journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, experts say much less attention is being paid to an explicit recruitment drive by Islamic State members at the behest of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to lure women and girls to the cause. There's poverty in the UK, but we are better off calling it inequality.

We all think we know what we're talking about when we discuss poverty.

There's poverty in the UK, but we are better off calling it inequality

We have a clear mental image for the poverty of the developing nations. One of the targets for the millennium development goals, announced by the UN in 2000, was to halve the global proportion of absolutely poor people by 2015. Occupy Wall Street activists buy $15m of Americans' personal debt. A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans' personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.

Occupy Wall Street activists buy $15m of Americans' personal debt

Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy's Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before "abolishing" it, freeing individuals from their bills. By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000. "We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1," said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt. No wonder people aren't paying back their student loans.

Student protest banner challenging the government's decision to sell off their debts.

No wonder people aren't paying back their student loans

Photograph: Pete Riches/Demotix/Corbis About this time last year I did a good, honest and potentially rather stupid thing: I phoned up the Student Loans Company, and told them where I was. In light of the revelation that 368,000 former students owing a total of £5bn are "at large", their whereabouts unknown, I'm starting to think this was something of a mistake. I hasten to add that I wasn't evading my student loan payments, because, while on the rock and roll, I wasn't earning anything in the first place. Intern Xuedan Wang sues Harper’s Bazaar: Why don’t more unpaid interns protest? Hemera/Thinkstock.

Intern Xuedan Wang sues Harper’s Bazaar: Why don’t more unpaid interns protest?

On Feb. 1, a funny thing happened in a U.S. district court in Manhattan: An intern complained in public. Katy Waldman is a Slate assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter. Follow. This obsession with outsourcing public services has created a shadow state. The government has "finally woken up from its post-election slumber", notes Caroline de la Soujeole, from investment bank Seymour Pierce, "and is open for business … determined to find new, efficient ways of delivering services rather than cutting them".

This obsession with outsourcing public services has created a shadow state

Huh. Who ever heard of a government that could cause this much damage while still asleep? "La Bourse va trop vite, un krach risque d'arriver" It’s time to bring ‘dark pools’ into the daylight. Nanex ~ Order Routing Animation ~ 02-May-2013 ~ JNJ. BNP Paribas Investment Partners temporaly suspends the calculation of the Net Asset Value of the following funds : Parvest Dynamic ABS, BNP Paribas ABS EURIBOR and BNP Paribas ABS EONIA. The complete evaporation of liquidity in certain market segments of the US securitisation market has made it impossible to value certain assets fairly regardless of their quality or credit rating. The situation is such that it is no longer possible to value fairly the underlying US ABS assets in the three above-mentioned funds. Who To Listen To. The War on Common Sense Continues - Tim Duy's Fed Watch. This weekend, European policymakers opened up a new front in their ongoing war on common sense. The details of the Cyprus bailout included a bail-in of bank depositors, small and large alike.

As should have been expected, chaos ensued as Cypriots rushed to ATMs in a desperate attempt to withdraw their savings, the initial stages of what is likely to become a run on the nation's banks. Shocking, I know. Which (macro)-economists are worth listening to? Angela Merkel’s mania for austerity is destroying Europe. Which world leader poses the biggest threat to global order and prosperity? The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Wrong. Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu? Nope. « Si on retournait à des monnaies nationales... » Ein BILD-Brief aus Sorge um Europa: Liebe Griechen, macht jetzt keinen Fehler - Politik Ausland.

Griechenland wählt. Europa zittert. The bankers who broke the world. Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images. I've come to believe that the best book about the global recession of 2008-present is Liaqart Ahamed's Lords of Finance,: The Bankers Who Broke the World, a history of central banking in the interwar period. The mistakes being made today are not "the same" as the mistakes of the central bankers of the 1930s but the basic plot is the same. This morning the Bank of England team up with the European Central Bank to issue a steady-as-she-goes policy statement, just as the Federal Reserve did yesterday. Europe’s Plan Won’t Cut Greek Debt: Allen, Eichengreen and Evans. Postmortems of last month’s European Union summit meeting have now turned to why the Greek debt rescue failed to restore investor confidence in the country’s finances.

Many reasons are advanced: the failure to communicate clearly; the complexity of the plan; the inability to coordinate with the International Monetary Fund. There’s a simpler explanation: The debt-reduction deal failed because it didn’t reduce the debt. Instead, Greece gets a reduction in interest rates and a lengthening of maturities on its loan from the European Financial Stability Facility. But that loan also has been supersized, and the country has to pay back the additional official debt. The government in Athens also gets a 20 billion-euro ($28.7 billion) bond-buyback program funded by the EFSF.

All this is modestly helpful because the Greek government has to pay more than 3.5 percent to fund itself on the market. But the “contribution” the banks are required to make is a different story. George Soros says Germany has three months to save the eurozone. Why Greece, Spain, And Ireland Aren’t To Blame For Europe’s Woes. For Greece there is an alternative to austerity – as Argentina proved. It has been a bit over four months since the latest bailout of Greece was negotiated. Des milliers de Grecs ne vont plus à la fac et tout le monde s’en fiche. Une femme passe devant une affiche disant : « La grève continue jusqu’à la victoire », non loin de l’université d’Athènes, le 20 septembre 2013 (Dimitri Messinis/AP/SIPA) (D’Athènes) Il y a une chose dont on parle peu en Grèce où les manifestations, grèves et scandales financiers sont sans cesse relayés par les médias nationaux et internationaux depuis cinq ans.

La principale université du pays, l’Université nationale et capodistrienne d’Athènes, est fermée depuis septembre, pour cause de grève totale et continue du service administratif. Autrement dit, les étudiants n’ont pas suivi un seul cours de l’année universitaire, et ce dans une parfaite indifférence. Facs fermées aux étudiants et aux chercheurs L’université est fermée aux étudiants et aux professeurs depuis la rentrée 2013, et les chercheurs (travaillant notamment pour les programmes internationaux) ne peuvent plus accéder à leurs laboratoires. Un peu de sang-froid face à la crise. Roubini sticks to 2013 perfect storm prediction. Mario Monti s'inquiète de tensions grandissantes entre Européens. Interrogé sur le ressentiment éprouvé en Italie à l'égard de l'Allemagne et sur l'arrogance reprochée à Berlin dans sa gestion de la crise de la dette, M. Avec son histoire, l'Allemagne peut-elle être leader de l'Europe?

International L'Allemagne n'est pas en mesure d'exercer un leadership en Europe en raison de son histoire et cela n'est pas prêt de changer, a estimé mardi soir l'ancien chancelier allemand Helmut Schmidt lors d'une émission télévisée. "Auschwitz et le meurtre de six millions de Juifs tout comme la Guerre mondiale de Hitler sont des événements qui sont ancrés dans l'inconscient des peuples européens, si bien qu'un rôle de leader de l'Allemagne en Europe est exclu, et ce sera le cas encore pendant longtemps", a déclaré M. Schmidt, 93 ans, une des figures politiques les plus respectées dans son pays.

S'exprimant lors d'un talk-show de la télévision publique, il a également critiqué la gestion de la crise de l'euro et le manque de vision des responsables politiques européens actuels. La crise "ne serait pas si grave s'il y avait au moins un (responsable) en Europe ayant une vue d'ensemble sur les quelques deux douzaines de problèmes qui se posent.

Eurozone crisis: the bankers are happy to play Nero as Europe burns. L’euro sombrera-t-il dans l’indifférence citoyenne? Free exchange: Hope springs a trap. Screen Shot 2012-05-06 at 9.26.51 PM.png (895×462) The Rise of Innovative State Capitalism. A short note on labour and business power. Let’s Be Less Productive.