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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

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
Finance & Economy

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
Finance & Economy

Canadian Bank Derivatives Exposures – 2016 Q1 update

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.

June 11, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank bail-in
Finance & Economy

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.