TRUMP: WHAT DANGERS DOES HE FACE FROM GLOBALISTS?...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Jon Rappoport   Trilateral Commission, CFR, WEF/Davos, Bilderberg   (To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.) As I keep emphasizing, Trump achieved two great things in his campaign for the presidency: he stopped Hillary Clinton from occupying the Oval Office, and he ran against big media, helping to further destroy its reputation. From here on, we shall see. How many compromises will the new president permit? How many will he seek? To put it another way, how many covert victories will arch-Globalist David Rockefeller and his associates pile up? They are, of course, aware that Trump has promised to kick the can of Globalism down the road, stop the excesses of “free trade,” and bring stolen jobs back to America. What actions will they take against Trump? Here’s a lesson from the...

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THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME FOR OUR PLANET BY STEPHEN HAWKING...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Stephen Hawking   THE GUARDIAN We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it Illustration by Nate Kitch   As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my books, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower...

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ANGRY MOBS LOCK UP INDIAN BANKERS AS CASH CHAOS ESCALATES: ‘WE ARE FEARING THE WORST’...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Sweden is about to go cashless, The EU ditched the 500C Euro Note… Larry Summers, the Derivatives Monster wants to ditch the 100 dollar bill… this a Global Plan..Capital Controls IS Fascism….  By Tyler Durden     India’s demonetization campaign is not going as expected. Overnight, banks played down expectations of a dramatic improvement in currency availability, raising the prospect of queues lengthening as salaries get paid and people look to withdraw money from their accounts the Economic Times reported [4]. While much of India has become habituated to the sight of people lining up at banks and cash dispensers since the November 8 demonetisation announcement, bank officials said the message from the Reserve Bank of India is that supplies may not get any easier in the near future and that they...

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THE TPP WASN’T KILLED BY DONALD TRUMP — OUR PROTESTS WORKED...

Nov 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] We the people can create change by standing together. This is crucial to remember for the next four years  THE GUARDIAN ‘An unprecedented, international uprising of people from across the political spectrum took on some of the most powerful institutions in the world, and won.’ Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Evan Greer, Tom Morello and Evangeline Lilly   THE GUARDIAN.COM Monday 28 November 2016 07.00 EST The reports are rolling in: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. If you read the obituaries, most news outlets seem to agree that the cause of death was simple: the election of Donald Trump, who railed against the deal during his campaign. But the pundits have the story wrong. The real story is that an unprecedented, international uprising of people from across the political spectrum took on some of the...

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Bipartisan Unity in a Deep Red State...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Economy A politically diverse coalition fighting predatory lenders in South Dakota offers hope for all of us in a divisive time. By Sarah Anderson / OtherWords   Photo Credit: Bob Crowe/Flickr Creative Commons A couple years ago, two South Dakota men on opposite ends of the political spectrum got into a nasty fight over marriage equality. But after one offered the other an olive branch, they wound up forming a bipartisan alliance that won big this election year. Their story offers important lessons for our divided country. It all began with a Twitter feud between Steve Hildebrand, a gay former Obama campaign adviser, and Steve Hickey, a conservative pastor and former Republican state legislator. To defuse the tension, Hickey decided to invite Hildebrand out for coffee. Eventually, the two men realized they...

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HUNGRY VENEZUELANS FLEE IN BOATS TO ESCAPE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By NICHOLAS CASEY  NYTIMES Photo Migrants preparing to board the smugglers’ boats that will take them from Venezuela to Curaçao. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao — The dark outlines of land had just come into view when the smuggler forced everyone into the sea. Roymar Bello screamed. She was one of 17 passengers who had climbed onto the overloaded fishing boat with aging motors in July, hoping to escape Venezuela’s economic disaster for a new life on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Afraid of the authorities, the smuggler refused to land. Ms. Bello said he gruffly ordered her and the others into the water, pointing toward the distant shore. In the panic, she was tossed overboard, tumbling into the predawn blackness. But Ms. Bello could not swim. As...

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Here’s How We Can Really Protect America...

Nov 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A progressive argument for an American Brexit. By Thom Hartmann / AlterNet From Thomas Friedman to Barack Obama, from Mitt Romney to John McCain, it’s fashionable among the “intelligentsia” and elites of both parties to ridicule “protectionism” as a way to rebuild America. Yet during his campaign, Donald Trump openly embraced the idea of slapping tariffs on imported goods. After visiting where I grew up in Michigan for the holidays, I’d argue this was more than half of why he won the Electoral College part of the election of 2016. Protectionism built America, and people here in the industrial Midwest know it. The people, while often mal- and mis-informed by our corporate media, aren’t stupid, and many are old enough to remember how good things were for workers when we operated under a...

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TPP IS DEAD. TIME FOR A PROGRESSIVE TRADE VISION....

Nov 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Tobita Chow  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Trump’s election has killed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trump made it one of his top campaign promises to end the TPP, and his election win was a signal to supporters of the TPP in both parties to back down. Even Obama has reportedly given up on passing this agreement, which was to have been the capstone of his Presidential legacy. Despite the demise of the TPP, Trump’s protectionism does not mean that he will be able to turn his back on trade deals entirely. According to NPR, Trump plans to pursue bilateral trade deals with a number of Asian countries, including with Vietnam, which is also part of the TPP. Expect Trump’s trade deals to be even more damaging for people in the US and...

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Black Lives Still Matter

Nov 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Economy Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network, shares a vision for women of color. By Lynn Stuart Parramore / AlterNet Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Gerry Lauzon This post originally appeared on the Institute for New Economic Thinking blog. The Black Lives Matter movement has made the demand for equality heard in America and around the world. A key component of this vision is economic fairness, particularly with regard to worker protection in industries that are not appropriately regulated, like domestic work. Alicia Garza, the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and special projects director for National Domestic Workers Alliance, believes that creating more possibilities for women of color to thrive in a rapidly changing economy is a top priority not only because it is fair, but because the well-being...

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CITIBANK IS THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN BANK TO STOP TAKING CASH...

Nov 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Tony Yoo   BUSIESSINSIDER.COM   Citibank branch in Sydney, Australia (Source: Getty) Up is down and down is up. We are now living in a bizarre era when a bank will refuse to take cash. Citibank Australia has become the first Australian bank to go completely cashless, notifying customers that its branches will no longer handle notes and coins from November 24. “We have seen a steady decline in the demand for cash services in our branches — in fact less than 4% of Citi customers have used this service in the last 12 months,” said Citibank head of retail bank Janine Copelin. “This move to cashless branches reflects Citi’s commitment to digital banking and we are investing in the channels our customers prefer to use.” Copelin said that the move is not...

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THROW WALL STREET OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY...

Nov 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Michael Hudson    TRUTHDIG     Robert Rubin, former Citigroup chair and Clinton administration Treasury secretary. (Chatham House / CC-BY-2.0) This piece first appeared at Michael Hudson’s site. In the week leading up to last Tuesday’s election the press was busy writing obituaries for the Republican Party. This continued even after Donald Trump’s “surprising” victory – which, like the 2008 bank-fraud crash, “nobody could have expected.” The pretense is that Trump saw what no other politician saw: that the economy has not recovered since 2008. Democrats still seem amazed that voters are more concerned about economic conditions and resentment against Wall Street (no bankers jailed, few junk mortgages written down). It is a sign of their wrong path that party strategists are holding onto the same identity politics they have used since...

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TPP IS DEAD. WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM THIS GREAT PROGRESSIVE VICTORY?...

Nov 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   OUR FUTURE.ORG On Friday the White House announced it was dropping its effort to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the “lame duck” session of Congress. It looks like TPP is really dead. Let this be a lesson to us. TPP “Buried By A Wave of Antitrade Political Sentiment” On Friday the White House announced it was dropping its effort to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame duck session of Congress. From the Wall Street Journal: “Obama Administration Gives Up on Pacific Trade Deal:” The Obama administration on Friday gave up all hope of enacting its sweeping Pacific trade agreement, a pact designed to preserve U.S. economic influence in fast-growing Asia that was buried by a wave of antitrade political sentiment that culminated with Tuesday’s presidential election. … Just over...

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WHEN REPORTAGE TURNS TO CYNICISM...

Nov 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg   NYTIMES Photo Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times The election of Donald J. Trump has led to considerable soul searching in the news business, as journalists confront the role we played in his triumph. Much has been written about the billions of dollars of free media coverage Trump received, journalists’ lapses in challenging his outrageous falsehoods, and our clumsy grappling with how to treat his unconventional candidacy. But the news coverage that helped Trump the most wasn’t about the campaign. It began long before it — decades before his candidacy, in fact. Trump was the beneficiary of a belief — near universal in American journalism — that “serious news” can essentially be defined as “what’s going wrong.” A lot has gone wrong across the country, especially for Trump’s...

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4 FLEXIBLE CAREERS TO PUT YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL PASSION TO WORK...

Nov 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If your 9 to 5 job is draining you of all your creativity and not helping you fulfill your personal goals of helping better the environment, now is the time to find an alternative career. There are plenty of options that can offer you a more flexible schedule as well as an outlet for your personal passions. Here are just a few: Start an Eco-friendly Concierge Service Remember how overwhelming it was when you first made the switch to environmentally responsible products? There are so many ingredients to keep track of and harmful materials to look for and worry about that it can be a long process to research and buy anything, whether its home cleaning products and clothes or a new couch and a mattress. By starting a concierge service with a...

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Krugman: Trump Could Make Some Right Economic Decisions for All the Wrong Reasons...

Nov 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Donald Trump’s election is a tragedy, but “we may be looking at an accidental, badly designed stimulus.” By Ilana Novick / AlterNet Photo Credit: swisseconomic/Flickr Creative Commons Paul Krugman is just as terrified as the rest of America at the prospect of a Trump presidency. As he laments in his Monday column, “Installing Donald Trump in the White House is an epic mistake. In the long run, its consequences may well be apocalyptic, if only because we have probably lost our last, best chance to rein in runaway climate change.” When it comes to the economy, however, Krugman reveals a potential surprise amid the agony. Rather than an immediate recession, he notes, “don’t be surprised if economic growth actually accelerates for a couple of years.” While Krugman intially believed “a global recession was...

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THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IS DEAD, SCHUMER TELLS LABOR LEADERS...

Nov 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Congress By Mike DeBonis, Ed O’Keefe and Ana Swanson WASHINGTON POST U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, center, is joined by international counterparts in Atlanta after an agreement was reached by 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries Oct. 5, 2015. (Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency) The Senate’s soon-to-be top Democrat told labor leaders Thursday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal at the center of President Obama’s “pivot” to strengthen ties with key Asian allies, will not be ratified by Congress.That remark from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, came as good news to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which met Thursday in Washington. Schumer relayed statements that Republican congressional leaders had made to him, according to an aide who confirmed the remarks. Obama’s signature global trade...

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THE DAMAGE FROM FREE TRADE HELPED ELECT TRUMP...

Nov 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  OUR FUTURE.ORG It seems that lots of media/political/business people “on the coasts” don’t get how big a deal trade played in Tuesday’s election. Sold On Free Trade In the late 70s the country was told that “protectionism” is bad for the economy and was sold “free trade” as a way to bring prosperity and jobs. “Trade” in this usage meant one and only thing: close a factory here and lay off the workers. Open a factory “there” to make the same goods, bring those goods back here to sell in the same stores to the same customers. It’s called “trade” because now those goods cross a border. The “sell” was that all those laid-off workers would be “freed up” to get better jobs. Well, they never got better jobs — those...

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DONALD TRUMP’S VICTORY IS NOT THE LAST WORD...

Nov 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  By LeeAnn Hall and George Goehl, Campaign for America’s Future | Op-Ed Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is nothing short of a disaster for America. He is a racist, misogynist and xenophobe. And we, like many of you, fear for our families, our neighbors, our country and the planet. But now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand. There is no time mourn; we must prepare for what may well be the fight of our lives. Trump’s path to victory was set by decades of Republican fearmongering and a centuries-long effort by the ruling class to exploit race to divide working Americans from one another. Rampant inequality has fueled resurgent racism and xenophobia. The economic and human crisis of what is happening across America is real. It makes...

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Robert Reich: Why the White Working Class Abandoned the Democratic Party...

Nov 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Economy A key turning point in American politics. By Robert Reich / Robert Reich’s Blog Editor’s note: On the day after Trump’s suprising victory over Hillary Clinton, we’ve resurfaced Robert Reich’s killer essay explaining why the working class doesn’t vote for Democrats any more.  Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats? The conventional answer is Republicans skillfully played the race card. In the wake of the Civil Rights Act, segregationists like Alabama Governor George C. Wallace led southern whites out of the Democratic Party. Later, Republicans charged Democrats with coddling black “welfare queens,“ being soft on black crime (“Willie Horton”), and trying to give jobs to less-qualified blacks over more-qualified whites (the battle over affirmative action). The bigotry now spewing forth from Donald Trump and several of his Republican rivals is...

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WHY IS WASHINGTON STILL PUSHING THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP?...

Nov 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Robert Borosage The following was originally published in The Nation As the presidential campaign hobbles through its last dispiriting days, the central concerns of voters are getting lost amid the screech of scandal, real and invented. This election isn’t about Clinton’s “damned emails” or Trump’s Putin bromance. What’s really driving this election is a mounting populist anger that has roiled both parties. These forces aren’t new, as John Judis notes in his book, The Populist Revolt. Trump’s angry voters were foreshadowed by the Tea Party, and earlier by Pat Buchanan’s “peasants with pitchforks” campaigns; Bernie Sanders stunning surge came after Occupy Wall Street. And they won’t go away when the last vote is cast this November. Sanders and allies are already driving reforms and running candidates at the local and state level. Trump’s legions...

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“LIBERALS” NEED TO NIP THIS MASSIVE CORPORATE TAX BREAK IN THE CRADLE...

Nov 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   OUR FUTURE.ORG Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-Wall Street) is expected to become the Democratic leader in the Senate and potential Majority Leader. He is said to be pushing for a huge, huge corporate tax break, which would reward the largest tax-dodgers for dodging taxes, thereby making the companies that did pay their taxes into suckers. “Liberals” need to kill this toxic giveaway scheme in the bud. Wednesday’s Progressive Breakfast notes: “Liberals wary of Schumer tax plan” reports The Hill: “Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) ideas for overhauling the tax system are encountering skepticism on the left … viewing them as too favorable to corporations at a time when populist sentiment is running high … Schumer has floated the idea of ‘deemed repatriation’ for corporate earnings outside the U.S. and a minimum tax on...

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WHY IS IT SO HARD TO REDUCE THE PENTAGON BUDGET...

Nov 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] World Until Americans let go of the urge to go and do whatever they want with the military, overspending is here to stay. By William Hartung / TomDispatch  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Getmilitaryphotos / Shutterstock Through good times and bad, regardless of what’s actually happening in the world, one thing is certain: in the long run, the Pentagon budget won’t go down. It’s not that that budget has never been reduced. At pivotal moments, like the end of World War II as well as war’s end in Korea and Vietnam, there were indeed temporary downturns, as there was after the Cold War ended. More recently, the Budget Control Act of 2011 threw a monkey wrench into the Pentagon’s plans for funding that would go ever onward and upward by putting a cap on...

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SURPRISE: A TRADE DEAL WINS APPROVAL...

Nov 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  NYTIMES Photo From left, Donald Tusk, president of the E.U. Council; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada; and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Credit Stephanie Lecocq/European Pressphoto Agency The new trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, negotiated over seven years, was finally signed on Sunday after 11th-hour concessions to a rebellious Belgian region that had threatened to kill the entire deal. The question now is whether the agreement spells hope for far larger trade deals in the works — notably American deals with Europe and with Asia. The rescue of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, the formal name of the Canada-E.U. accord, was greeted with relief by leaders of Canada and the bloc at their signing ceremony in Brussels. Justin Trudeau, prime minister of...

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SEN. WARREN CALL FOR REMOVAL OF SEC CHAIR FOR REFUSING TO DO HER JOB...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   OUR FUTURE.ORG The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is supposed to regulate Wall Street. But it has become a “captured” agency, using its power to block regulation of Wall Street instead of enforcing regulation of Wall Street. Now Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is fed up and has asked President Obama to remove the current chair because of her “extraordinary, ongoing efforts to undermine the agency’s central mission.” Mother Jones reports the story in “Elizabeth Warren Asks Obama to Remove His Top Financial Regulator“: Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded Friday that President Barack Obama demote his top financial regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, who’s held the position since 2013. The Massachusetts Democrat raised numerous objections in a letter to White’s tenure atop the SEC, narrowing in on White’s resistance...

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AGROFORESTRY CAN BOOST PROFITS AND HELP SAVE THE PLANET...

Oct 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Paul Brown / Climate News Network     Trees planted as windbreaks for crops in Minnesota. (Eli Sagor via Flickr) LONDON—Feeding the world’s growing population in a rapidly warming world will not be possible with modern intensive agriculture that relies on cutting down more forests to plant crops, according to new research. The only way to produce enough crops and mitigate climate change at the same time is to adopt what the researchers have called agroforestry, a system of growing crops alongside trees and shrubs. In a paper published in Sustainability journal, scientists from the department of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, US, say one of the most difficult aspects of the idea is changing farmers’ attitudes. Adopting agroforestry Matt Wilson, a graduate student who has been talking to farmers...

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THE 10 BIGGEST LANDOWNERS IN THE U.S....

Oct 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Economy If these people combined their assets, they’d have a good-sized private country. By Michael Hayne / AlterNet Photo Credit: Albert H. Teich/ Shutterstock.com Buying land and kicking out the native or poor people who inhabit it is an American tradition, like the Fourth of July. The Land Report 100, a magazine that tracks land ownership, recently put out its annual list of the country’s biggest real estate barons. Some names are familiar, others not so much (and none of them start with a D and end with an ump.) But what they do all have in common is one thing: a political system that allows them to live the oligarchic lifestyle only Roman emperors could dream of. Here’s a look at some of the biggest land hogs around. 1. John Malone Malone is...

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Robert Reich Reveals the Real Scandal of Trump’s Failure to Pay Taxes...

Oct 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Knowing how to game the system is not the same as being a good businessman. Never was. By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: YouTube According to the New York Times, Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns – which could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for 18 years. The loss stemmed from Trump’s investments in the early 1990s. Ordinary investors in Trump’s business empire saw the value of their shares plunge to 17 cents from $35.50, bondholders got pennies on the dollar, and scores of contractors went unpaid. But Trump got a bonanza because the tax code allows “net operating losses” to cancel out taxable income in future years. And the bankruptcy code allows wealthy people to stiff the people...

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“TWO MILLION FELONIES”: WILL WELLS FARGO’S SCANDAL CHANGE WALL STREET?...

Oct 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Richard Eskow   CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE William K. Black Jr. speaks with Richard Eskow on “The Zero Hour.” Big-bank CEOs have presided over a cornucopia of criminality in recent years. Their misdeeds are so varied and numerous that Wall Street begins to loom in the mind like some Hieronymus Bosch landscape, a scene whose occupants stun the imagination with the scope of their diversity and perversity. And yet these top executives have managed to avoid being held accountable – legally, financially, and even socially – for their actions. Is that finally about to change? The Wells Fargo scandal may be remembered as the moment when top bankers finally began to pay a price for their actions. Paying the price. The State of California says it is suspending its “most highly profitable business relationships”...

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How Do We Transition from a World of Domination and Extraction to a World of Resilience and Regeneration?...

Oct 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy At the New Economy Coalition conference, activists build the road by walking. By Mariana Mendoza / AlterNet Photo Credit: CODEPINK How do we transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience and regeneration? How do we move away from a system that has been ingrained in most of our daily activities and thoughts and grow with the values that support justice and wellness? Throughout my work in the social, economic and environmental justice movement, I have been asking these questions and trying to figure out how to be resilient and regenerative and not repeat the failures of the exploitative and extractive economy. This July, I had the great opportunity to attend to to the New Economy Coalition’s conference CommonBound, where brilliant and powerful people got...

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Wells Fargo: Clawback of CEO John Stumpf’s Pay Rocks Wall Street...

Sep 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Reuters  Bankers are fearful of the political climate. Wells Fargo & Co’s unprecedented move to strip Chief Executive John Stumpf of $41 million in stock awards has sent a chill through Wall Street with bankers fearful that a hardening political climate against corporate wrongdoing will encourage boards to be more aggressive about making them forfeit pay. A sales practices scandal at Wells Fargo, where some of its employees opened as many as 2 million accounts without customers’ knowledge to hit sales targets, could not have come at a worse time for the wider industry with politicians in Washington reviewing new rules on bank executive remuneration. Bankers fear not only that the new rules on pay will be tightened as a result of the furor at Wells Fargo but also that boards will go...

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