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BRICS Bank: A Powerful Challenge to the IMF and the World Bank

BRICS Bank: A Powerful Challenge to the IMF and the World Bank

Breaking strangleholds of international finance can seem a near impossible task. The provision of finance to developing states, and sometimes developed states humbled by the markets, has tended to be a restricted affair. The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have had their fair share of medicine in that regard. The Bretton [...]

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Sweden’s Politically Motivated Persecution of Wikileaks’ Assange

Sweden’s Politically Motivated Persecution of Wikileaks’ Assange

For more than two years, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been a de facto political prisoner, confined to the grounds of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Back in August 2010, a Swedish press exclusive with the emotionally charged word “rape,” in connection with Julian Assange’s name, spread rapidly across the world like a viral infection. [...]

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Ukraine’s Crisis: Economic Sanctions Could Trigger a Global Depression

Ukraine’s Crisis: Economic Sanctions Could Trigger a Global Depression

The referendum in Crimea on March 16, 2014 will probably attach the peninsula to the Russian federation. While it is unlikely that NATO will intervene and seek a direct military confrontation with Russia, the United States and the European Union are already cooking some broad and unwise economic sanctions with which to punish Russia. Russia, [...]

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Kafkaesque World of Data Mining by the NSA, Search Engines and Social Media

Kafkaesque World of Data Mining by the NSA, Search Engines and Social Media

In the surreal world we live in, reality has become stranger than fiction. The information super highway could have produced a completely transparent world, yet the elusive corporate and governmental nexus of Big Brothers has surrounded itself with layers of opacity, secrecy and  deception. Meanwhile, ordinary citizens are probed, exposed and have become open books [...]

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Global Police State Calls for Globalization of Dissent and Protest

Global Police State Calls for Globalization of Dissent and Protest

A report from The International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations presents alarming case studies of protest suppression and criminalization of political and social dissent around the world. Ironically, the name of the report, “Take Back the Streets,” came from an order from Toronto’s police commander to his force in June 2010, when more than 100,000 [...]

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