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Global Recession Has ‘Led to 10,000 Suicides’

U.K. researchers report that the economic crisis in Europe and North America has contributed to the suicides of more than 10,000 people.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


A Century of Collusion Between Washington and Finance

Former Wall Street executive, financial journalist and Truthdig contributor Nomi Prins tells “Democracy Now!” how a small number of bankers have played critical roles in shaping a century’s worth of financial, foreign and domestic policy in the United States, a series of events that she documents in her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



Records Show Federal Reserve Wildly Misunderstood Crisis

“Hundreds of pages of transcripts, based on recordings made at the time, reveal the ignorance of Fed officials about economic conditions during the climactic months of the financial crisis,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



Still Broken Five Years Later

Very few people seem to know that the crisis began in a shadowy part of the financial system called repo, which is short for repurchase agreement.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE


Monopoly’s Poster Children

Economist Michael Hudson talks about how the economic crisis, austerity, U.S. economic policy and decisions made by local political parties shaped Ireland’s economy.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Three Executives Blamed for Irish Banking Crisis Go on Trial

The three- to six-month trial of three senior executives at the bank that almost bankrupted Ireland starts this week. About 350 people volunteered to serve on the jury, giving a sense of interest in the case.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



Is Argentina Entering an Economic Crisis?

Argentinians are fearing a new financial collapse as the peso suddenly dropped this week.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Paul Volcker

Five years after the financial meltdown, the Volcker Rule provides a framework for regulators to check Wall Street’s propensity to devour the wealth of the nation.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Irish Compliance Yields Eurozone Bailout Exit

Three years after international lenders loaned Ireland $92.7 billion to recover from its part of the international economic crisis, the country is the first afflicted eurozone state to exit its rescue program.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Death of Artist Unites Greek Hip-Hop Community Against Fascism

The stabbing of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a sympathizer of Greece’s most prominent extreme right party earlier this month has led to the arrest of the group’s leadership and the unification of once bitterly opposed rap artists against racism and violence.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Austerity Making It Harder to Cheat on Your Wife

Summer used to be the season of infidelity in Italy. Now, with the European Union enforcing strict measures as a result of the economic crisis, affairs are no longer so simple to maintain.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE


Debt Counseling Government

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Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Pentagon’s Preparations for War Against Us

A score of recent defense department and other official documents warn that climate change, energy shocks and economic crisis could trigger waves of civil unrest. The understanding seems to explain the proliferation of security and surveillance programs over the last decade.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Selects Billionaire Campaign Backer as Commerce Secretary

Barack Obama has once again dropped all pretenses of being a progressive president by nominating Penny Pritzker—a major campaign contributor with a personal fortune estimated at $1.85 billion and a history of dogging bank regulations—to head the Commerce Department.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Congress Couldn’t Care Less About Unemployment

Only four lawmakers were in attendance at a congressional hearing about the important issue Wednesday.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Krugman: Our ‘Worst Fears’ About Long-Term Unemployment Damage Are Being Confirmed

As lawmakers on both sides of the aisle spend copious amounts of time on their seemingly futile quest to reach an agreement about how to deal with the nation’s burgeoning debt, there’s an even bigger economic problem in the U.S.: unemployment.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Financial Crisis Looms From Carbon, Experts Say

The next global economic shock could come from the carbon markets as an investment bubble in fossil fuels grows to the tune of trillions of dollars.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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The Big Economic Stall

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of all this is that we’re in the fifth year of a supposed economic recovery from the second-worst economic downturn of the past century, and we’re still not nearly back on track. Instead, we’ve had the most anemic recovery in history.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE



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How Capitalism Stacks the Deck on Disaster

We think of the financial crisis as a man-made calamity, and Hurricane Sandy as the malignant innocence of nature. But neither the notion of a man-made nor natural disaster quite captures how the power of a few and the vulnerability of the many determine what is really going on at ground level.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Krugman: Political Elites, News Media Learned Nothing From Iraq War

The New York Times columnist argues that the political elites and pundits who perpetuated the Bush administration’s disinformation and calls for war seem to have learned nothing from that experience. Case in point: the deficit obsession.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE


Gas Price and Recovery

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Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Our Best Year Ever?

Was this the best year in human history? “Obviously not,” says Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. He and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate the positives and negatives of 2012 both for Americans and humanity as a whole.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Alan Greenspan, Mr. ‘Fix the Debt’

The man who missed the $8 trillion housing bubble that was generating more than $1 trillion in wealth per year—and the collapse of which led to the current demand crisis that is strangulating the economy—was present at the formation of the corporate-backed Campaign to Fix the Debt.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


Bad Economy Christmas

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Posted on Dec 25, 2012 READ MORE



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French Actor’s Tax Move Sparks Debate About Patriotism and Greed

Gerard Depardieu’s blustery renunciation of his French citizenship for the purpose of avoiding a tax increase imposed to combat the fiscal crisis has exposed a bitter division in the French populace that includes some of its most famous citizens.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Fiscal Cliff? Let’s Call Their Bluff

Taxpayers and governments that are pushed too far have been known to resort to radical policy measures, and there are some on the table that could fix the problem at its core.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Dean Baker

“We all misjudged the risks involved,” former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in March 2010 of the housing bubble that led to the financial crisis. He forgot about economist Dean Baker.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Fed Attempts to Jump-Start the Economy

The Federal Reserve ended its do-little policy on Thursday, pledging to keep interest rates near zero and announcing an open-ended commitment to buy bonds and possibly take other steps to push the economy into motion.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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One in Five Children Impoverished in U.S.

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau report a steady decline in median household income for Americans, a yawning inequality gap and more than one in five children under age 18 living in poverty.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Mortgage Debt Relief? Not on His Watch

The Federal Reserve announced last week that it would launch no new stimulus programs to jump-start the economy, and editors at The Washington Post applauded Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, for refusing to refinance mortgages for struggling homeowners.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE


Economic Fireworks

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Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE


Two Euros

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Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE


Euro and Spain

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Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Collapsing Eurozone

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Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE


Euro

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Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE


Better Place

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Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE


Spain’s Broke

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Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE


Euro Crisis Threatens U.S. Economic Growth

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Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE


Taxmegeddon

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Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE


Spotlight on Banks

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Posted on May 19, 2012 READ MORE


Debt Obesity

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Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


Hollande Meets Merkel

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Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


Greek Tragedy

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Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE


Hollande & Merkel

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Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


Spain and the Crisis as His Shield

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Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE



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In Europe, Crisis-Provoked Suicide on the Rise

Tally the fatal, unhappy costs of runaway capitalism. Across Europe, businessmen unable to cope with the world made by the 2008 economic crash are taking their lives.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Spanish Workers Strike to Protest Reforms

Strikers all but halted road, rail and air services in Spain on Thursday as part of a one-day general strike against austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s recently elected conservative government.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


‘NOVA’: Mind Over Money

Groundbreaking research in behavioral economics may pose the greatest academic threat ever to free-market theory, suggesting that emotions linked to brain chemistry—not rational self-interest—play a deciding role in how we spend, save and invest.

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 READ MORE


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