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    Will South America Bring Life to the Bank of the South?
    The countries of South America need their alternative to the World Bank to step forward; if not, they will be back in crisis, explains historian and sovereign debt expert Eric Toussaint

      December 19, 14

    The State of Workers' Wages around the World
    Economist Richard Wolff compares the stagnation of wages in the U.S. for the past 30 years to the increase in wages in emerging markets and explains why capital left America

      December 8, 14

    What is Fueling the Price of Oil? (2/2)
    The sliding oil and gas prices, combined with the sanctions, causes Russia to pivot to Asia for a long-term economic strategy, says Dr. Thomas O'Donnell of The Free University of Berlin

      December 9, 14

    New Employment Figures in the Shadow of a Fragile Economy
    Economist Richard Wolff says workers are returning to jobs with lower wages, fewer benefits, and less job security than they had before the financial crisis hit

      December 7, 14

    Who Is in Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (2/2)
    The conclusion of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on the politics of development

      December 9, 14

    Who Is In Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (1/2)
    Part 1 of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture on the politics of development given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

      November 24, 14

    G-20 Recommits to Lifting Private Sector Activity
    They have managed to contain a massive capitalist crisis and they may actually be realizing that massive government sector spending is required to save capitalism, says Prof. Leo Panitch the author of The Making of Global Capitalism.

      November 21, 14

    The Power to Create Money in the Hands of the Banks
    The same financial institutions that created the financial crisis are now entrusted with one of the most power tools to shape the economy - and many elected officials have no idea, says Ben Dyson of Positive Money

      November 20, 14

    $4.3 Billion Fine for Fraud in Exchange Market Manipulations is Pittance for Major Banks
    This collective fine for big banks involved in exchange fraud represent less than 1/1000 of the daily transactions in the market says Bill Black, former financial regulator

      November 16, 14

    Final Rule of Dodd-Frank Won't Address Incentives, Lax Regulation, or Size of Banks
    Despite being a requirement of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law, the final rule designed to prevent large financial firms from becoming too big won't precent another crisis, says Gerald Epstein, professor of economics and a founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute

      November 10, 14

    Wealth of Households and Poverty of its People
    Household wealth has considerably fallen to 1998 levels for a majority of households says the Center for Economic and Policy Research Economist David Rosnick

      November 13, 14

    The Financialization of Life (6/6)
    Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

      October 31, 14

    The Financialization of Life (5/6)
    Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

      October 28, 14

    The Financialization of Life (4/6)
    Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

      October 27, 14

    The Financialization of Life (3/6)
    Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

      October 27, 14

    Is Financial Fraud Too Complex to Prosecute?
    The Department of Justice is using an illegitimate excuse to explain why it has not prosecuted any senior bankers, says Bill Black, former bank regulator and current Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

      October 27, 14

    The Financialization of Life (1/6)
    Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

      October 27, 14

    The Financialization of Life (2/6)
    Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

      October 30, 14

    Why Are Stock Markets So Volatile?
    A serious depression is pending as a result of austerity, says Professor Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond, and Finance Capitalism and Its Discontents

      October 17, 14

    Top 400 US Billionaires' Wealth Equals Brazil's GDP
    Rob Johnson comments on the Forbes report that the top 400 billionaires own $2.29 trillion of wealth, up $270 billion over last year

      October 8, 14

    The Lower Unemployment Rate is a Recovery - for the Top 10%
    Economist Pavlina Tcherneva of Bard College explains why monetary policy that is directed at finance and not job creation has this effect

      October 5, 14

    After Eric Holder Resigns, A Look at His Record on Bank Prosecutions
    Former financial regulator Bill Black says Holder's legacy on "too big to fail" is "too big to jail"

      October 3, 14

    The Federal Reserve Makes "Effort" to Rein in Big Banks
    Prof. Gerald Epstein is skeptical about new Fed rules and the appointment of Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer to head the Financial Stability Committee

      October 3, 14

    FBI Targets Minority Communities in Mortgage Fraud Investigations
    Former bank regulator Bill Black says Attorney General Eric Holder must stop targeting minorities and instead focus on the mortgage fraud of banksters

      October 3, 14

    Ecuador to Adopt Digital Currency
    Economist Bill Black says Ecuador's plan is supposed to provide bank services to rural communities through mobile phones

      October 3, 14

    NY Bank's Alleged Redlining Has Roots in Government Practice
    Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses the significance of a new lawsuit against Evans Bancorp that alleges the bank would not give loans to black neighborhoods

      October 3, 14

    Sacramento Residents Found Not Guilty of Mortgage Fraud
    TRNN regular contributor Bill Black discusses his role in a major legal victory in which lenders were found to have ignored gaping holes and blatant lies in loan applications

      October 3, 14

    Fed Chair Signals Possible Policy Shift on Unemployment
    PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein discusses how Fed chair Janet Yellen's recent comments on bringing unemployment down could be positive but Fed policy still remains toothless in helping out working Americans

      October 3, 14

    Deconstructing Fed Vice Chair's Grim Economic Forecast
    PERI co-director Gerald Epstein discusses how Fed vice chair Stanley Fischer has ignored real solutions to improve the economy, like increasing wages

      October 3, 14

    Capitalism Will Hit the Wall Again, Hard - Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (5/5)
    Mr. Flassbeck says people must get politically engaged and find an alternative or we will face dictatorship because today's capitalism is out of answers

      August 3, 2014

    Racing to a Dead End - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
    Mr. Flassbeck, former head of UNCTAD, says current economic policy is heading back to the 1930s, a race to the bottom, they have no solution at all, we will end up again in trade wars or other wars

      July 29, 2014

    IRS Failing to Regulate Dark-Money Political Spending
    Prof. Tom Ferguson discusses why IRS fails to investigate political spending by groups such as Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS

      October 3, 14

    Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
    Mr. Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, discusses growing up in a US dominated Germany and his opposition to the birth of neoliberal economics

      July 25, 2014

    Developing Countries' Commitment to Multilateralism in WTO a Stumbling Block for Lead Firms? - Faizel Ismail (3/3)
    An eminent trade negotiator says developed and developing countries need to move away from the global value chains approach to trade to a more sustainable, very different view of production and job creation

      October 3, 14

    The Politics of Going Green
    PERI Co-Director Robert Pollin and Prof. Chris Williams discuss the feasibility of shifting to a green economy

      October 3, 14

    Obamacare Subsides on the Line
    CEPR's Dean Baker and Media Matters' Jeremy Holden discuss two federal courts decisions which could disqualify lower and middle income earners for subsidies and the forces working to dismantle Obamacare

      July 25, 2014

    What Is Shaping Global Production and US & EU Trade Policy? - Faizel Ismail (2/3)
    An eminent trade negotiator explains the raison d'etre of the global value chain approach to trade and its rise to prominence in the WTO

      October 3, 14

    What is the Doha Round and How Many Livelihoods Hang in the Balance? - Faizel Ismail (1/3)
    An eminent trade negotiator explains the global value chain approach to trade and gives a first hand account of negotiating the WTO Doha Development Agenda

      October 3, 14

    Dodd-Frank Still Not Fully Implemented Four Years Later
    Gerald Epstein says that a fully-implemented Dodd-Frank Act does not require a breaking up of the big banks, which is needed to prevent another financial crisis

      October 3, 14

    BRICS: Progressive Rhetoric, Neoliberal Practice
    Patrick Bond: All the governments behind the New Development Bank practice intense neoliberalism

      October 3, 14

    Uber: Cheap Ride Alternative or Death Knell for Cabbies?
    Longtime taxi driver advocate Nathan Price argues that because Uber is not subject to the same regulations and taxes, its lower prices are destroying the livelihoods of taxi drivers

      July 29, 2014

    Who Is the Unsung Hero of the $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement?
    Bill Black says that a just settlement would include criminal prosecution of senior Citigroup officials who led the fraud and covered it up

      July 15, 2014

    Imagining Economic Policy Focused on Women
    Robert Johnson says that policy focused on addressing inequality and the well-being of women would provide direct benefits to the economy

      October 3, 14

    BNP Paribas Fine Shows Financial Crime Still Pays Big-Time
    Bill Black: Federal regulators remain the leading opponents of vigorous prosecutions

      October 3, 14

    Why Did Economy Shrink So Dramatically During the First Quarter of 2014?
    Robert Pollin: Five years after the Great Recession, austerity as the dominant policy agenda is keeping the recovery weak

      October 3, 14

    Ugly Money Politics - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)
    Mr. Johnson says politicians dependent on campaign contributions from the wealthy are allowing finance to bankrupt Detroit and cities across the country

      October 3, 14

    U.S. Supreme Court Preserves Power of Finance Over Argentina
    Bill Black reports on the significance of the refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases involving Argentinian debt obligations to international creditors

      October 3, 14

    Has Capitalism Lost the Ability to Reform Itself? - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
    Capitalism is not rebalancing; the yearnings and desires of large portions of society are not being responded to

      October 3, 14

    A Civilized Critic of Savage Behavior - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
    Mr. Johnson says the compulsive pressure of money in politics has led to an abandonment of rules other than rules which transfer risk onto the back of the public

      October 3, 14

    Why the Worst Get on Top in Economics
    Bill Black: History has proved Nobel prize winning economist Friedrich von Hayek, the patron saint of plutocrats and libertarians, profoundly wrong

      October 3, 14

    Heads, Finance Wins, Tails, Society Loses - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
    Mr. Johnson says TARP was an abomination; finance controls government and uses it to cover its losses

      October 3, 14

    How We Broke the Bank of England - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
    Mr. Johnson says, "I used to tell my dad, if I'm fortunate enough to see St. Peter and get through the gate, I'm not going to get in because I helped knock off the British pound"

      October 3, 14

    Finance Is Building the Architecture of Their Own Rules - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
    On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Johnson says the scale of the political investment of finance - six, seven hundred million dollars - is overwhelming. With the political power of finance, do we still have a democracy?

      October 3, 14

    Reaganomics Was Crazy - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)
    Mr. Johnson says the idea that you were going to cut taxes massively and this was going to lead to a growth in revenue and close the deficit was silly

      October 3, 14

    D-Day Set the Stage for the Rebirth and Reorganization of Global Capitalism
    Leo Panitch: Planning for the assimilation of postwar Europe into US-managed capitalism began in the late 1930s

      October 3, 14

    Is the U.S. Headed toward Another Recession? - TRNN Webathon Panel
    Economists Dean Baker from CEPR and Robert Pollin from PERI say that the U.S. economy remains weak 5 years after the recession despite recent job growth, due to low wages and weakened unions

      October 3, 14

    Confronting Financialization on Steroids - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)
    Mr. Lapavitsas says we must deeply reverse financialization and take on private ownership of banking and other critical sectors

      October 3, 14

    40% of Profits Buys A Lot of Politicians - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
    Mr. Lapavitsas says that during the financial crisis the power of the state was mobilized to save finance

      October 3, 14

    Is Financialization Necessary for a Modern Economy? - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
    On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says modern capitalism requires financialization, but productive growth in the interests of the majority of people does not

      October 3, 14

    The Financialization of Big Business - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
    Mr. Lapavitsas says that capitalists have learned how to make huge profits without producing anything useful

      May 25, 2014

    Saving American Cities
    Robert Pollin: If the Fed was serious about strengthening the basic economy, it would bail out American cities

      October 3, 14

    Canadian Securities Regulators Moving Ahead with US-Style No-Contest Settlements
    Dimitri Lascaris: Canadian regulators are planning to implement no-contest practices that US judges are criticizing

      October 3, 14

    5 Things You Need to Know about Credit Suisse's Criminal Charge
    Tax expert James Henry says the Credit Suisse settlement is not a real victory for citizens looking to hold bankers accountable

      October 3, 14

    Fed Pulls Back Quantitative Easing
    Michael Hudson: The Fed's practice of buying mortgage and government bonds has helped big banks profit while leaving homeowners holding more debt

      October 3, 14

    Pfizer Offers To Buy Foreign Corporation In Order To Avoid Paying More Taxes
    Steve Wamhoff of Citizens for Tax Justice discusses how Pfizer avoids paying taxes and what can be done to reform corporate tax laws

      October 3, 14

    Piketty: The Market and Private Property Should Be The Slaves of Democracy
    TRNN Producer Lynn Fries hosts an extended interview with Thomas Piketty about his widely acclaimed Capital in the 21st Century

      October 3, 14

    Why Democrats Are Paying Attention to Piketty's Book on Inequality
    Thomas Ferguson: The increasing popularity of French economist Thomas Piketty's book points to how Democrats hope to make inequality a political issue in November elections

      October 3, 14

    Does a Higher Minimum Wage Cost Jobs?
    Bob Pollin and Anthony Davies debate whether a higher minimum wage means less jobs for young people entering the employment market

      October 3, 14

    No Evidence Justice Dept. Will Prosecute U.S. Banks Responsible for Financial Crisis
    Bill Black: Although Attorney General Holder says no bank is too big to prosecute, the Justice Department will be going after foreign banks instead of making an example of the leadership behind the financial crash

      October 3, 14

    Big Banks Caught Red Handed but Continue to Avoid Prosecution
    Bill Black: Despite a government accountability office investigation uncovering new evidence of illegal robo-signing, authorities still striking deals instead of locking up wrongdoers

      October 3, 14

    Is Thomas Piketty Right About the Causes of Inequality?
    Economist Michael Hudson discusses the popularity of French economist Thomas Piketty's recent book and says his work fails to link the financialization of the economy to the ascent of the 1%

      October 3, 14

    New Law Requires Swiss Banks to Report Customers Evading Tax
    Bill Black: Swiss banks have notoriously kept customers' finances secret but European Union law will challenge that structure

      October 3, 14

    CBO Report Confirms U.S. Deficit Back to Normal Level
    Robert Pollin: Deficit hawks were wrong about America's normal level, Congress should pass a financial transaction tax and not more cuts to social spending

      October 3, 14

    The Savings and Loan Crisis Demonstrates the Importance of Glass-Steagall
    Bill Black: When remembering recently passed away Charles Keating,a key architect of the S&L Crisis, we are reminded of the importance of the Glass- Steagall Act of 1933

      October 3, 14

    Raising Big Banks' Leverage Ratio Good, But Not Nearly Enough
    Forcing big banks to increase capital on hand will make another taxpayer bailout less likely, but it's still business as usual for Wall Street

      October 3, 14

    IMF Will Address Global Inequality, Says Managing Director Christine Lagarde
    Deborah James: Inequality is unlikely to be addressed or achieved through existing IMF policies

      October 3, 14

    Charles Keating, the Financier Behind the Savings and Loan Scandal, Dies at 90
    Bill Black: While Wall Street executives responsible for the subprime mortgage crisis were never indicted, Charles Keating was criminally prosecuted for the 1980s Savings and Loan scandal

      October 3, 14

    The European Central Bank's War on Wages is Pushing Europe's Economy to the Brink
    Bill Black: The media has failed to report on the causes and possible solutions for Europe's deflating economy

      October 3, 14

    Yellen Talks the Talk But Will She Walk the Walk?
    Robert Pollin: Janet Yellen distinguished herself in her first speech but it remains to be seen if she will change the policies of the Federal Reserve

      October 3, 14

    The Iraq War's Real Legacy
    Though President Obama attempts to justify Iraq's invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the U.S. occupation still being felt today

      October 3, 14

    Too-Big-To-Fail Advantage Remains Intact For Big Banks
    PERI Economist Gerald Epstein says U.S. banks won't be able to endure another shock to the global economy, and expect to be bailed out when the next crisis hits

      October 3, 14

    Has Anglo-American Capitalism Run Out of Steam?
    On the 30th anniversary of the UK miners' strike, George Irvin discusses the rise of inequality in Britain and the US since the 1970s

      October 3, 14

    How the Ecuadorian Economy Grew in a Global Recession
    Economist Bill Black discusses how the investment in education, healthcare, and infrastructure fueled Ecuador's economic "miracle"

      October 3, 14

    Breaking: Fast Food Workers Stage Nationwide Protest Against Wage Theft
    A photo slider courtesy of Low Pay is Not OK and MassUniting

      October 3, 14

    Protesters Hit the Streets of Brooklyn to Demand $15 Minimum Wage
    Report on living wage activism, produced by Jenna Pope.

      March 17, 2014

    Will Tipped Workers Get Excluded Again From Minimum Wage Hike?
    Federal tipped workers' $2.13 hour wage hasn't been raised since 1991, but will the Harkin-Miller bill be enough of a raise?

      March 14, 2014

    Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Strikes Back Against Austerity
    Robert Pollin: The Congressional Progressive Caucus's budget would increase spending on education, healthcare and the green economy while rolling back cuts against social services

      March 19, 2014

    Obama's Budget Cuts Millions From Financial Regulatory Agency
    Jerry Epstein: President Obama's budget would slash the Commodity Futures Trade Commission budget to about $200 million, which will make regulating the $400 trillion derivatives market even more challenging

      March 7, 2014

    US Postal Service Inspector General Proposes Launching Low-Fee Public Bank
    Mike Konczal: A public option for banks will dramatically improve and help regulate the financial services industry.

      October 3, 14

    Swiss Bank That Facilitated U.S. Tax Evasion Continues To Avoid Prosecution
    Bill Black: Although Credit Suisse helped ultra-wealthy Americans evade taxes, the bank will face no prosecution due to Swiss bank secrecy laws and a heedless U.S. Justice department

      February 27, 2014

    Incremental Raises to Minimum Wage Will Not Increase Unemployment
    Robert Pollin: A Recent Congressional Budget Office report claims that up to half a million jobs could be lost due to a minimum wage increase, but its claims are based on weak analysis and ignores the potential gains for workers' standard of living

      February 26, 2014

    Wage Shares Fall in the US, Germany and Many Other Countries While Financial Shocks Hit Emerging Economies - Yilmaz Akyuz (2/2)
    Economist, Yilmaz Akyuz on US & European crisis mismanagement and global imbalances.

      October 3, 14

    Will $10 Minimum Wage Get All Working Americans Out of Poverty?
    The Real News does the math with a single mother, who works for McDonalds, to find out if a potential wage increase will keep up with her cost of living

      October 3, 14

    Why Is The 2008 Crisis Taking So Long To Resolve? - Yilmaz Akyuz (1/2)
    Economist Yilmaz Akyuz on how excessive reliance on the US Federal Reserve created more problems than it has solved

      October 3, 14

    Deficit Is Falling Because Of Government Austerity, Not Economic Recovery
    Economist Stephanie Kelton says there is no long-term debt or deficit problem in the United States

      March 2, 2014

    Speculators Are Buying Up Vacant Properties With Mixed Results For Cities
    Bill Black: As private equity and investment firms purchase vacant properties, it's leading to the restoration of homes and a decline in vacancy, but also causing a decline in tax revenue in some cities

      October 3, 14

    Economics of the 1%: Devastating Democracy for the 99% - John Weeks (3/3)
    John Weeks: Neo-liberal economics has concentrated tremendous political power in the hands of corporations and the elite and has had serious ramifications for democracy

      October 3, 14

    The Economics of the 1%: Deficit Disorders and Debt Delirium (2/3)
    John Weeks: A fundamental misconception of neoliberal economics is that governments need to balance their budgets like a household

      October 3, 14

    Yellen's Tapering of Quantitative Easing Disruptive at Home and Abroad
    Janet Yellen's first congressional testimony affirms that the Fed will continue to implement policies harmful to emerging markets, and will not address structural causes of inequality in the US

      February 14, 2014

    Argentina & The Emerging Market Crisis
    James Henry: Facing a surging public deficit, Argentina has devalued its currency in response to the Fed's tapering of quantitative easing and China's slowed purchasing of imports

      February 28, 2014



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