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Business as usual at IMF

Posted by seumasach on March 17, 2009

Crise économique : le FMI persiste et signe

14th March, 2009

Translation at foot of each paragraph

Pourquoi changer une politique qui conduit à la faillite, lorsque les victimes sont les autres ? Telle est la question qui se pose au Fonds monétaire international et à laquelle il ne répondra pas. Au contraire, sous la houlette de Dominique Strauss-Kahn, le FMI entend utiliser la crise pour réduire. un peu la marge de manœuvre des États pauvres. Pour Damien Millet et Eric Toussaint, responsables du CADTM (Comité pour l’annulation de la dette du tiers-monde), il faut dissoudre sans attendre une institution internationale qui a conçu ses prêts comme un moyen de domination.

[Why change policies which led to failure, when the victims are others? This is the question the IMF fails to answer. On the contrary, under the leadership of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF aims to use the crisis to limit the room for manoeuvre of the poorer states. For Damien Millet and Eric Toussaint of the CADTM(Committee for the Cancellation of the Third-World Debt) we must dissolve this institution which uses debt as an instrument of domination.]

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IMF, World Bank must be fair to big developing nations – Medvedev

Posted by seumasach on March 14, 2009

MOSCOW, March 14 (RIA Novosti) – International financial organizations should be more fair in their treatment of the countries with the largest developing economies, including to Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Déclin de l’Occident et montée de l’Orient

Posted by seumasach on November 28, 2008




Réflexions sur les thèses de Kishore Mahbubani 



Jean-Pierre Lehmann

2nd September, 2008

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Dans un essai magistral, l’ambassadeur singapourien Kishore Mahbubani analyse le déclin occidental : recul démographique, récession économique, et perte de ses propres valeurs. Il observe les signes d’un basculement du centre du monde de l’Occident vers l’Orient.

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The Need for Global Leadership

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2008

Cailean Bochanan

22nd November, 2008

Born out of our opposition to Washington and London’s drive for global hegemony and the wars which stemmed from it, and have sought to highlight, above all, both the sovereign nation state, as a barrier to empire, and the emerging multipolar world order. There is now no doubt that this multipolar world order is now becoming a reality before our eyes. The latest NIC US intelligence assessement appears to take this fact on board. Or rather, it pays some lip service to it whilst actually gloating over the prospect of a world in which none of America’s competitors can displace it as global leader. One gets the sense that global anarchy is the prefered option now that the dream of global empire has perished in  Iraq and Afghanistan. In rather the same way the senatorial elite in the late Roman Empire reconciled themselves to the empire’s demise, even helping to bring it about by the look of it, confident that they could “handle’ the new Germanic kingdom’s and reinventing themselves as a feudal landowning class. Obama’s advent could well herald this new phase of US power: Obama the handler as opposed to Bush the bomber.

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