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Global Financial Crisis Act II – Deutsche Bank

The commercial break at the close of the opening act of the global financial crisis in 2008 is finished. Here comes Act 2 with the globe’s most risky bank as featured guest.

October 2, 2016
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Revealed: Australian miner used arbitration threat to upend Indonesian environmental law

Under the country’s prior military dictatorship, Australian Newcrest Mining plus 12 other companies were granted ‘exemptions’ from Indonesia’s law banning environmentally destructive form of mining in protected forest areas. When the newly democratized …

September 17, 2016
In-depth topic: Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
Uncategorized

People’s FTAs – What Would Be Included in Free Trade Agreements If People Had a Say?

If peoples of different nations, not just transnational corporations, have a say in multilateral trade treaties like the TPP and TTIP, what provisions would be prominently featured?

September 11, 2016
In-depth topic: Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
Finance & Economy

The 101 on how global trade treaties came to threaten the environment

A very comprehensive look at the history of ISDS from GATT to NAFTA.

September 11, 2016
In-depth topic: Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
Finance & Economy

Art Berman: Labor Day Weekend Oil Special

this interview with oil expert Art Berman is a must-listen for those who want a better understanding of the macro drivers of oil prices.

September 5, 2016
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Energy

Mass protest in Germany against CETA

125,000 Germans joined the largest yet filed against CETA (Canadian version of TTIP).

The Court That Rules The World

This article exposes yet another toxic element of ISDS – how it is used by executives of transnational convicted of crimes escape punishment.

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 generatio

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.

European Banking Crisis Season 2 Is At Hand

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

July 7, 2016
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy