Central Banks: The Untouchables

Central banks are key institutions responsible for issuing currency, monitoring private banks and carrying out a country’s monetary policy. In terms of their influence on a country’s economy, central banks may surpass all the economic agencies of an executive branch, including ministries of finance (treasuries). Central banks are not a part of any of the […]

The Brexit reshuffles world geopolitics by Thierry Meyssan

While the world Press is searching for ways to re-start the reconstruction of Europe, still without Russia and now without the United Kingdom, Thierry Meyssan considers that nothing can now prevent the collapse of the system. However, he points out, what is at stake is not the European Union itself, but the institutions which enable […]

Trade Deals and the Environmental Crisis

Rob Urie is an artist and political economist. His book Zen Economics is published by CounterPunch Books With the release of leaked documents from the TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) ‘trade’ deal Greenpeace framed its conclusions more diplomatically than I will: the actions of the U.S. political leadership undertaken at the behest of American corporate ‘leaders’ […]

Nobel-Prize Economist Condemns Obama’s ‘Trade’ Deals

The Nobel-Prize-winning former chief economist of the World Bank, and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the U.S. President, Joseph Stiglitz, went to England to warn the British public, and Parliament, that “no democracy” can support U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed trade-deals, because all of these have a feature built into them, called […]

Europe: Anti-Russian Sanctions Worthless by Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The voices in the EU calling for lifting the anti-Russian sanctions are getting increasingly louder. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a meeting of the Christian Democratic parliamentary group on February 16 that she would «rather today than tomorrow lift» the sanctions imposed on Russia. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico put it bluntly saying the sanctions against Russia are «nonsense».«The sooner they are […]

The Evil Empire Has the World in a Death Grip

Today the only difference between capitalism and gangsterism is that capitalism has succeeded in legalizing its gangsterism. In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed in New Zealand amid Mass Protests

On February 4, tens of thousands of people protested throughout New Zealand against the formal signing of the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement by representatives from 12 countries. The signing follows years of secret negotiations between the US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Approximately 20,000 people marched […]

What I Didn’t Read In The TTIP Reading Room

By Katja Kipping, www.waronwant.org Above Photo: Eine Wachfrau im TTIP-Leseraum im Bundeswirtschaftsministerium, Foto: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa Katja Kipping was one of the first German MPs to gain access to the new TTIP reading room opened in Berlin this week, and she has written up a report of her experience. We thought it was well worth translating […]

Trade in Services Agreement: Element of Global Governance

In 2016, the strategic goal for US foreign policy will be to finish the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. According to media reports, the agreement will create a free-trade zone between the US and the European Union. Those countries are responsible for 60% of global GDP and 33% of global […]

SYRIZA Forces Demand “Requisitioning” of Greek Central Bank by Webster G. Tarpley

While the international press announced possible failure to Greece liquidity by the European Central Bank, a major faction of SYRIZA plans to declare a state of emergency and invoke the Treaty of Lisbon against the ECB. VOLTAIRE NETWORK | WASHINGTON D. C. (ÉTATS-UNIS) | 6 JULY 2015 As of 10pm EDT on Sunday, July 5th, […]

Review (part 4) of: Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence

This is the fourth part of a multi-part review of Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence, edited by Herbert Agar and Alan Tate, an anthology of essays by twenty-one social critics considered to be conservative when the book was first published in 1936. Unfortunately, when I started writing this review, I forgot that […]

Review (part 3) of: Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence

This is the third part of a multi-part review of Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence, edited by Herbert Agar and Alan Tate, an anthology of essays by twenty-one social critics considered to be conservative when the book was first published in 1936. I’ve grouped Chapters 3-6 together, because they all deal in […]