Uruguay Smoking Pack

Celebrating Uruguay’s ISDS Victory Over Philip Morris?

While it is indeed comforting to learn that Uruguay has won its ISDS arbitration case against Philip Morris, a deeper, more fundamental question remains unanswered.

July 18, 2016

With Brexit serving as the catalyst, Season 2 of the European banking crisis may be about to unfold.

In light of the recent bank bail-in legislation introduced by the Canadian government, here’s an update on how much the big 5 Canadian banks are exposed to derivatives, those toxic financial instruments of mass destruction which blew up the financial world in 2008 had it been not for the governments using massive public money to bail out the private banks.

Part 3 of the peak debt series examines the state of corporate debt, how it is used and where it is heading.

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TTIP: The most dangerous weapon in the hands of the fossil fuel industry

According to the UN, 35% of all ISDS cases in which corporations are suing governments are related to climate change. In 2014, half of the new ISDS cases targeted policies affecting oil and gas extraction, mining, or power generation.

July 27, 2016

Italy Granted “Extraordinary ” €150BN Bank Bailout Program To Prevent “Panic, Run On Deposits”

Under the cover of market turbulance as a result of Brexit, Italy/EU injected €40 into its banking secor and also tossed in a €150 billion (US $166 billion) of guarantees in their latest effort in preventing a bank run on Italian banks.

July 3, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank Bail-in

European Banks Get Crushed, Worst 2-Day Plunge Ever, Italian Banks to Get Taxpayer Bailout, Contagion Hits US Banks

Two days of breathtaking losses for the European banking shares after Brexit clearly shows the fragility of the banking sector there. Brexit is just one of the many possible triggers causing another banking crisis to flare-up.

June 27, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank Bail-in

India Seeks To Renegotiate 47 Investment Treaties Because Of Their Corporate Sovereignty Clauses

Following the footsteps of South Africa and Bolivia, India is the next country trying to re-negotiate or cancel a large number of treaties with ISDS provisions.

June 7, 2016

The Case For A Super Glass-Steagall

The time of re-introducing Glass-Steagall to separate commercial and investment banking has long passed, but it is still not too late.

June 5, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank Bail-in

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours

May 25, 2016


Mutiny Among The “Magic People” – India Central Banker Admits “The Ammo Is Almost Gone”

A rare moment of clarity from a lesser god: head of India’s central bank admits central banks and governments of rich countries are running out of ammunition for stimulating their economies… but they can never admit as much.

May 16, 2016


Big Oil Pulls The Plug On Arctic Oil, Relinquishes Drilling Rights

Oil majors putting a hiatus on their arctic drilling programs, for now. Shell pulled out earlier after pouring 8 billion with no result.

May 11, 2016
In-depth topic: Crude Oil

The TTIP and TPP trade deals: enough of the secrecy

At the risk of over-generalization, ‘gut feel’ tools are generally effective first rules, and the smell test is one of them. Case in point – the great lengths the governments go to hide the TTIP/TPP details from the public. The stinky smell is indicative of the rotten stuff they don’t …

May 9, 2016

Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

Lawyer and public bank advocate Ellen Brown describes how the US one and only state-run public Bank of North Dakota remains profitable despite the epic oil price collapse, and how a state as big as California can starts its own public bank without costing taxpayers a dime.

May 2, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank Bail-in

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