Is the global economy about to recover from the long depression?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The following is an extract from Michael Robert’s recent blog:  Sunny period followed by showers, in October 2017. …. In an accompanying report [to Christine Lagarde’s report to…

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István Mészáros: December 19, 1930 – October 1, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

István Mészáros, who died on October 1, was a close associate of Iran Bulletin and until it stopped publication was on the editorial board of Middle East Forum….

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Spike in Labour Protest in Iran is Changing the Political Milieu

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Posted on Zamaeh Media September 29, 2017. In the past weeks labor protests and strikes have increased across Iran with workers speaking out against layoffs and nonpayment of…

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Are the economies of major capitalist countries picking up?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Posted on Michael Roberts’ Blog on August 17, 2017 The latest economic data are showing that economic growth in the major capitalist countries has been picking up in…

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Looming recession in USA and its social consequences

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Posted on Marty Hart-Landsberg blog on August 28, 2017. According to Bloomberg News, analysts at a number of major financial institutions see “mounting evidence” that a recession is…

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Financial crisis ten years on: another slump on the horizon?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Michael Roberts, Posted on Michael Robert’s blog on August 8, 2017. It’s ten years on to the day since the global financial crash began with the news that…

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Financialization Has Turned the Global Economy Into a House of Cards: An Interview With Gerald Epstein

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

C.J. Polychroniou, First posted on Truthout on July 23, 2017. Contemporary capitalism revolves around neoliberalism, globalization and financialization, with the latter being the dominant force in this triad….

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How the Syrian Regime Capitalises on Property Destruction and Land Legislation

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jihad Yazigi. Posted on All4Syria on 27 July 2107 For decades, land and property issues have been a source of conflict in Syria. Over the course of the…

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The Revolutionary Imagination: Rosa for Our Times

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mark Harris. Posted on Counterpunch on July 21, 2017. “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”—Rosa Luxemburg It was 98 years ago that the brilliant…

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The reproduction crisis and the birth of a new “out of law” proletariat (an interview with Silvia Federici)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Silvia Federici and Francesca Coin. This post first appeared on Left East on July 10, 2017. Feminist philosopher, political economist, and activist Silvia Federici on the transformation reproductive…

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Lines of Debate: the Subaltern and the Proletariat of the World

Monday, May 29, 2017

Marcel van der Linden Interviewed by Paula Varela Left Voice. Reverberations of the international crisis have resurrected the idea of the working class as revolutionary political actor from…

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Introduction to Pambazuka’s Special Edition on the labour movement in Africa

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shaun Whittaker. This article first appeared in Europe Solidaire Sans Fronitiers on 26 January 2017. In the face of multiple crises of profit-driven socio-economic systems that have driven…

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1,736 social, economic and labor protests across Egypt in 2016: ECESR

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mada Masr. This report first appeared in Mada Masr on December 26, 2016 According to a report published by the independent Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) on…

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No easy answers: why left-wing economics is not the answer to right-wing populism

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zack Beauchamp, Vox. On November 20, less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s upset win, Bernie Sanders strode onto a stage at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center to give…

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Imperialism in the Twenty First Century: Book Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

Michael Roberts blog. A review of imperialism in the Twenty First century by John Smith, published by Monthly Review Press John Smith’s book is a powerful and searing…

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Is Africa rising? A critical perspective (2) – “a makeover of the mechanisms of domination and social injustice”

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jean Nanga, Europe Solidaire Sans Frontiers. The narrative about Africa in the international media, in particular the economic press, as well as in academic journals, is changing. It…

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Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mike Whitney, Counterepunch. The Flynn fiasco is not about national security advisor Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. It’s much deeper than that. It’s about Russia. It’s about Putin. It’s…

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Rising global inequality 150 years after Capital

Thursday, February 23, 2017

from Michael Roberts blog. A very small elite owns the means of production and finance and that is how they usurp the lion’s share and more of the…

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Donald Trump’s foreign policy: the “logic of an illogical mind”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Ali Damavandi: In part one of our interview (with Barabari TV) you covered the background to the ascent of Trump to the presidency of…

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Davos: responsible capitalism

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Michael Roberts. Today, the global political and economic elite meet in Davos Switzerland under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  Every year the WEF has an…

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Wage growth in Britain 1850-2015

Friday, December 9, 2016

Since the global financial crash of 2008, average real incomes in Britain have taken the biggest plunge since the 1860s, when “Karl Marx was scribbling in the British…

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Women in Middle East: Region ranks ‘last’ on gender equality

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The New Arab. Women in the Middle East have faced patriarchal prejudice and deeply-rooted discrimination in efforts to bridge the gender chasm and improve female participation in public…

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The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics

Friday, November 11, 2016

Martin Jacques, The Guardian. The western financial crisis of 2007-8 was the worst since 1931, yet its immediate repercussions were surprisingly modest. The crisis challenged the foundation stones…

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Green Gold: How ISIS Is making as much money from wheat as from oil

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Annia Ciezadlo, Souciant. As ISIS comes under increased attack in some of the region’s most fertile lands, Middle East agriculture researcher Eckart Woertz discusses how the militant group…

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The global debt hangover

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Michael Roberts. The legacy of the global financial crash and the Great Recession has left a huge mound of debt globally that weighs down the world capitalist economy. …

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Leila Khaled on ISIS and Islamism, Syria and the Palestinians

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, Defend Democracy Press. ISIS is a criminal organization which was created, and is used, by the USA. As for Syria, it was not only the intervention…

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ISDS: A court that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will

Friday, September 9, 2016

Chris Hamby, BuzzFeed. Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue…

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Political Islam, Part 3: How it effects society

Friday, August 19, 2016
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Ardeshir Mehrdad, Illustrations by Ardeshir Mohassess. An illegitimate child of advanced capitalism, Political Islam has profound effects on the society that gives birth to it both before and…

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The development of capitalism in Egypt

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Patrick Clawson, Libcom. An article which first came out in 2014 which remains of interest to anyone interested in fundamentally changing the Middle East. Major work by Patrick…

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Stalling or escaping?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Michael Roberts. As I reported in a recent post, global economic growth has been slowing from its already below-average level.  US economic growth has dropped away in the…

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