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The Disaffected Lib: Other Than Apocalypse, What’s On the Horizon, Mr. Monbiot?

Thanks, George, but confirmation bias I can do without right now.

Guardian enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, wants you to think big, very big, about what is now on your plate no matter how much you may wish it wasn’t. It’s an entree he calls “The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces.”

He knows it’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Other Than Apocalypse, What’s On the Horizon, Mr. Monbiot?

Parchment in the Fire: A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

Helena Smith in Athens for the Guardian 13 August 2016 In a side street in the heart of Athens, two siblings are hard at work. For the past year they have run their hairdressing business – an enterprise that was once located on a busy boulevard – out of a two-bedroom flat. The move was… More A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: My Caregiver Worst Fear

Every caregiver has a worst fear – a nightmare scenario that unfolds like an unwanted, sinister guest in the imagination.  It might be triggered by the sound of an unusual thud upstairs, a front door slamming, or the smell of burning toast.  … . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: My Caregiver Worst Fear

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Canadian and US Federal Elections – 2015, 2016: A summary of the prospects and possible outcomes

Revolution, reform, stagnation – or worse? It is sometimes difficult to say what would be best for a given nation at a given time in history. There are things that would be desirable, of course, or which seem desirable, and things that are quite clearly, urgently needed – but in what way they should best . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Canadian and US Federal Elections – 2015, 2016: A summary of the prospects and possible outcomes

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Canadian and US Federal Elections – 2015, 2016: A summary of the prospects and possible outcomes

Revolution, reform, stagnation – or worse? It is sometimes difficult to say what would be best for a given nation at a given time in history. There are things that would be desirable, of course, or which seem desirable, and things that are quite clearly, urgently needed – but in what way they should best . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Canadian and US Federal Elections – 2015, 2016: A summary of the prospects and possible outcomes

Writings of J. Todd Ring: A call to the drowning

I would love to celebrate the beauty of jazz, of blues, of classical music, and of this world, and life, and I do; but I must also relate to the suffering of this world, and attend to it, or I would feel myself to be heartless, and it would be unforgivable. The central problem with . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: A call to the drowning

Political Eh-conomy: “Can ‘people over profits’ become a reality in Greece?”

This is the full transcript of my podcast interview with John Milios; it appeared earlier this week in Jacobin. John is a prominent figure within Syriza; he was the party’s chief economic advisor until earlier this year and is also a member of the party’s central committee, one of the 109 who signed a letter . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: “Can ‘people over profits’ become a reality in Greece?”

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: “Can ‘people over profits’ become a reality in Greece?”

This is the full transcript of my podcast interview with John Milios; it appeared earlier this week in Jacobin. John is a prominent figure within Syriza; he was the party’s chief economic advisor until earlier this year and is also a member of the party’s central committee, one of the 109 who signed a letter . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: “Can ‘people over profits’ become a reality in Greece?”

Parchment in the Fire: Tsipras lambasts ‘absurd proposals’ of creditors for Greece debt-deal failure | Business | The Guardian

Tsipras lambasts ‘absurd proposals’ of creditors for Greece debt-deal failure | Business | The Guardian.

Filed under: Crisis, Eurozone crisis, Greece Tagged: Austerity, EU, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Syriza, Troika

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Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: JW Mason on business not investing, still disgorging the cash

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This week’s podcast is a bit more economics-focused than usual but gets at the heart of what’s going on in the global economy where interest rates are near, at, or even below zero, but where investment, growth, wages and employment continue to suffer. My one guest, who joins me for a feature-length . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: JW Mason on business not investing, still disgorging the cash

The Progressive Economics Forum: THE EURO, THE DRACHMA AND GREECE: limited options in an impossible situation

Jean-Francois Ponsot

Associate Professor of Economics, Université de Grenoble (France)

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Louis-Philippe Rochon

Associate Professor of Economics, Laurentian University (Canada)

Co-Editor, Review of Keynesian Economics

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The final agreement between Greece and the Eurogroup is a disappointment for anyone who held high hopes that Greece would have taken away more than a mere extension to . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: THE EURO, THE DRACHMA AND GREECE: limited options in an impossible situation

Parchment in the Fire: Iceland’s Supreme Court Upholds Jail Sentences of Four Banking Executives

Filed under: Capitalism, Crisis, Europe Tagged: Financial crisis, Iceland

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Political Eh-conomy: Creditors forcing rapprochement within Syriza?

I’m starting to cautiously think that the Varoufakis and Lapavitsas “approaches” to the crisis might end up not too far away from each other even though the strategic direction they have advocated is very different. The situation, especially after today’s hardening of the creditors’ stance at the Eurogroup, may simply force it. The other option . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Creditors forcing rapprochement within Syriza?

Parchment in the Fire: Los Indignados to Podemos

Filed under: Austerity, Crisis, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Podemos, Spain

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Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: the left in Greece and Poland

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I’ve been visiting family in Poland for the past few weeks so, fittingly, this week’s podcast deals with the situation of the left at two opposite ends of the European periphery: Greece and Poland. My first guest is Yanis Varoufakis, professor of economics at the University of Athens and candidate for SYRIZA . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: the left in Greece and Poland

Parchment in the Fire: The Syriza Challenge in Greece

Filed under: Austerity, Crisis, Eurozone crisis, Greece, Socialism, Southern Europe Tagged: Eurozone Crisis, Greece, Socialism, Syriza

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Parchment in the Fire: Revealed: Bank of England disarray in the face of financial crisis | Business | The Guardian

Revealed: Bank of England disarray in the face of financial crisis | Business | The Guardian.

The full extent of the Bank of England’s emergency action to prevent the collapse of the banking system is revealed on Wednesday as it releases previously secret documents detailing its frantic day to day efforts to prop up high . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Revealed: Bank of England disarray in the face of financial crisis | Business | The Guardian

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Doug Henwood on US economics and politics

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This week, it’s my great pleasure to present a feature interview with Doug Henwood — economic analyst, author of books including Wall Street and host of the wonderful Behind the News radio show and podcast that inspired this show. Doug always introduces his show by saying his guests will be “taking a . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Doug Henwood on US economics and politics

Parchment in the Fire: Corrupt Spanish politics faces shock therapy from an angry electorate | Miguel-Anxo Murado | Comment is free | The Guardian

Corrupt Spanish politics faces shock therapy from an angry electorate | Miguel-Anxo Murado | Comment is free | The Guardian.

 

Being “between Pinto and Valdemoro” is an old Spanish saying that refers to being in trouble. Now with the number of politicians being investigated for corruption in Spain nearing 2,000, including the mayor of . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Corrupt Spanish politics faces shock therapy from an angry electorate | Miguel-Anxo Murado | Comment is free | The Guardian

Parchment in the Fire: Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it.

(ANSA) – Rome, October 27 – The leaders of Italy’s four main labor union federations were incensed Monday after a meeting with government ministers, ostensibly to discuss the government’s proposed 2015 budget, turned out to be what they said was a one-sided exercise. The government sent . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

Parchment in the Fire: Germany needs ‘small miracle’ to avoid recession after exports fall by 5.8% | Business | The Guardian

Germany needs ‘small miracle’ to avoid recession after exports fall by 5.8% | Business | The Guardian.

 

The fall in exports comes as sanctions between Russia and Europe and a flagging economy in the wider eurozone take their toll on Germany. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP

German exports suffered the biggest monthly fall in more than . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Germany needs ‘small miracle’ to avoid recession after exports fall by 5.8% | Business | The Guardian

Parchment in the Fire: Five charts that show Germany is heading into recession | Business | theguardian.com

Five charts that show Germany is heading into recession | Business | theguardian.com.

 

Germany is on brink of recession Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Germany is on the brink of recession. Recovery in Europe’s powerhouse went into reverse in the second quarter when the economy shrank by 0.2%.

All the evidence suggests the weakness . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Five charts that show Germany is heading into recession | Business | theguardian.com

Parchment in the Fire: Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian

Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian.

Marine le Pen hailed her party’s success as ‘an absolutely historic victory’ and a ‘breath of fresh air in a rather sleepy chamber’. Photograph: Phililppe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The far-right Front National (FN) scored a historic . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian

Parchment in the Fire: EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests | Global Research

EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests | Global Research.

 

Experts at a European Union (EU) think-tank are demanding that the EU prepare to put down strikes and protests with military force. Due to the deepening social inequality in a globalised economy and growing military conflicts within the EU’s borders, such . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests | Global Research

Parchment in the Fire: Italy in period of stagnation – Istat – English – ANSA.it

Italy in period of stagnation – Istat – English – ANSA.it.

(ANSA) – Rome, July 31 – Italy’s recovery from its longest postwar recession is turning out to be harder than expected and the country’s economy is currently enduring a phase of “stagnation”, national statistics agency Istat said Thursday. Italy posted positive growth for the . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Italy in period of stagnation – Istat – English – ANSA.it