Decoding the G-20 Drama

The brouhaha over “global re-balancing” boils down to this: Americans buy too much stuff from China.

Debate on Globalization: Threat or Opportunity?

Debate on Globalization: Threat or Opportunity?

The IMF’s stated mission is to create and maintain macro-economic stability and to assist countries having solvency issues with their balance of payments. There are those who assert that the IMF is actually a destabilizing force within the global economy, while others believe that the countries themselves are to blame for poor economic choices.  In a provocative contest of perspectives and analysis Rick Rowden, a long time critic of IMF policy will challenge Eugene Nyambal, former Senior Advisor to Executive Director at the Board of Directors of the IMF.

Greece: Same Tragedy, Different Scripts

Greece: Same Tragedy, Different Scripts

The Greek economic crisis is not about living beyond one’s means, reports columnist Walden Bello from Athens. It’s the same story of unregulated financial speculation all over again.

The Battle for Thailand

The Battle for Thailand

A state of civil war exists in Thailand, reports columnist Walden Bello, and it has much to do with class.

Pirate Bankers, Shadow Economies

Corruption isn’t just about corrupt leaders and their private stashes. The international financial community is also part of the problem.

Obama: Sweep Away a Free Trade Relic

Among the most embarrassing, yet often overlooked economic policies of the Bush and Clinton years was the penchant for making other countries restrict capital controls, even though such controls had proved effective against financial volatility.

Assessing the G-20 Declaration

This contradictory document identifies financial institution failures and calls for new regulatory measures, and at the same time, salutes the free market and some of the institutions behind the financial and economic crisis.

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