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Global Debt: The Tip and the Bulk of the Iceberg

Despite the chilling nature of the global debt and individual country debt figures cited in the report published by the well-known consulting firm McKinsey in February 2015, for the most part these figures are incomplete and underestimated. The situation is in fact far worse. This is clearly illustrated by the US, whose share of global debt is the largest...

Valentin KATASONOV | 27.02.2015


 

A Panorama of Global Debt

In February 2015, the well-known consulting firm McKinsey published a report on the global debt situation as of 2014. The report is called «Debt and (not much) deleveraging» and is based on data from 47 countries around the world. These include the majority of economically developed countries and the largest developing countries... It is noteworthy that the debt levels of ‘golden billion’ countries (so-called economically developed countries) are significantly higher than those of the majority of developing countries...

Valentin KATASONOV | 23.02.2015


 

Kolomoisky Is About to Devour Ukraine

About a quarter century ago oligarchic capitalism started to grow in the soil of Ukraine. It is based on «natural selection» – oligarchs devour small and medium businesses, as well as state assets. With primitive capital accumulation resources coming to an end, oligarchs begin to devour each other... After the coup of 2014 the «natural selection» process in Ukraine abruptly accelerated... Rinat Akhmetov once was the leading oligarch in Ukraine, now he has left the world 100 wealthiest people list. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index brought him down from 88th to 121st... Now Petro Poroshenko and Igor Kolomoisky are reaching the final...

Valentin KATASONOV | 21.02.2015


 

Game with No Rules: Legal Imperialism against Russia (II)

...A compensation lawsuit of former Soviet republics against the Russian Federation is a multipurpose weapon of the West. First, it’s an instrument of waging ideological, psychological and information war used to falsify the history and blow up anti-Russian hysteria. Second, it’s a way to wage economic war...

Valentin KATASONOV | 18.02.2015


 

Game with No Rules: Legal Imperialism against Russia (I)

The term legal imperialism was coined in relation to the Argentina’s public debt. A New York court admitted a number of private claims to hand down a verdict. By a stroke of hand a judge increased the country’s debt up to $120 billion, according to experts’ estimates. The essence of legal imperialism is the support rendered by Anglo-Saxon legal system to financial vultures... The decision handed down by the Hague-based International Arbitration Court in the Russian oil giant Yukos case upon the claim of foreign shareholders is the example of how the legal imperialism works...

Valentin KATASONOV | 17.02.2015


 

Economics Wars and Economic Sanctions (III)

Over the long period of time that economic sanctions have been actively used in the world, a wealth of knowledge has been accumulated regarding the organisation of such sanctions and ways to counteract them. Probably the most extensive experience of counteracting sanctions has been accumulated by Russia, and almost all of this was accrued during the Soviet period of her history... The strategic solution to the problems caused by the economic sanctions was the industrialisation of Soviet Russia...

Valentin KATASONOV | 08.02.2015


 

Economics Wars and Economic Sanctions (II)

Economic sanctions are a set of measures that put pressure on a government to achieve predominantly political objectives. However, although sanctions lead to negative consequences in the economy of the sanctioned country, the ultimate political objectives are by no means always achieved. More often than not, they are not achieved at all. According to Gary Hufbauer a well-known American expert in this area, and his co-authors, who have documented 204 cases of sanctions, only about a third were successful... In many cases, economic sanctions have a stimulating and mobilising effect on the economy of sanctioned countries...

Valentin KATASONOV | 07.02.2015


 

Economics Wars and Economic Sanctions (I)

An analysis of economic wars from the 19th to the 21st centuries shows that, in an overwhelming number of cases, they primarily pursued and are pursuing political objectives... America’s ruling elite and its allies use neutral words like ‘economic sanctions’, ‘trade and economic restrictions’, ‘moratorium’, ‘embargoes’ and so on. As a rule, however, these restrictions, moratoriums and embargoes in combination can have a powerful effect designed to undermine an enemy’s economy, provoke social unrest, force a regime change and change political policies. The combination of economic sanctions introduced by the West against Russia in 2014 could undoubtedly be characterised as a full-scale economic war...

Valentin KATASONOV | 05.02.2015


 

The «Black Knights» are the Partisan Fighters in an Economic War

Occasionally while discussing issues related to the West’s economic sanctions against various countries, the subject of the «black knights» crops up. The term «black knight» is given to the small trading partners of a country that is affected by sanctions. They act as intermediaries, facilitating trade and economic relations between that country and the rest of the world... There was a time when «black knights» were not taken seriously... But events of recent years have shown that the thousands of «black knights» now in operation have formed a critical mass, so their potential capability is already comparable to that of the large corporations. And the attempts by those who have introduced the sanctions to monitor the «black knights» are close to zero percent effective.

Valentin KATASONOV | 29.01.2015


 

Rating Weapon of Economic War

At the beginning of 2015 economic ratings given to Russia’s economy appeared in the West to cover the previous year, offer the forecasts for the current year and even for the period of 2016-2017... On January 13 Fitch rating agency downgraded the ratings of 13 Russian companies, including Gasprom, Lukoil and Russian Railroad Company. At the same time it was reported that Standard & Poor’s, another world rating agency, could soon downgrade the Russia’s sovereign rating to “junk” status. Moody’s, one more agency of the Big Three group, is also expected to join in the virtual game of Russia’s downgrading... The ratings cannot be taken at their face value because they have nothing to do at all with the real state of Russian economy. The «Big Three» ratings are a weapon of economic war unleashed against Russia in March 2014. It’s an instrument of psychological pressure. They are planned as self-fulfilling forecasts... My assessments of the world rating agencies’ products are easy to understand. I believe they are nothing else but the results of manipulations, cheatings, falsifications, racket, the instruments of sanctions, the activities of world cartel, conspiracies and subversive activities...

Valentin KATASONOV | 26.01.2015




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Tony Blair and the Hidden Agenda of Serbian Policy

The appointment of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as advisor to the head of the Serbian government, Aleksandar Vučić, has rocked the media. The Russian television channel RT referred to the decision as an attempt at the «political suicide» of the Serbian prime minister... The principle of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds is a bad principle. Attempts to have a foot in both camps have little in common with the art of diplomacy and rarely end well...

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