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Serbia and Greece: Some Parallels

As the new Greek government tries to free itself from the debt yoke being thrust on the Greeks by external creditors and, above all, the International Monetary Fund, the government circles of another Balkan country, Serbia, are dominated by a different mood altogether. Among Serbian politicians, officials and experts, there seems to be an understanding of the malignancy of the well-established practice of cooperating with the IMF... 

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 10.04.2015


 

Raw Awakening: Prospects for Ukraine’s EU Integration Slipping Away to Vanish beyond the Horizon

The Maidan revolution involved grassroots into the process of power change. The integration with the European Union was promulgated as one of the main goals. The association agreement was a step on the way. It was signed on March 21, 2014. A year has passed, but there are no tangible results. The prospects for integration have become even murkier than they were back then... 

Dmitry MININ | 02.04.2015


 

U.S. Asian, European «Allies» Pivot away from Washington

President Barack Obama’s much-heralded «Pivot to Asia» lies in tatters as European and Asian «allies» of the United States march away from the heavily U.S.-influenced Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as the American-led World Bank, to join China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)... The world is recognizing that the era of «Pax Americana» is now over. Taking its place is a new «Pax Sinica» bolstered by support from the BRICS alliance and China’s new partners in the AIIB and New Development Bank.

Wayne MADSEN | 01.04.2015


 

Events in Greece Could Follow the Cypriot or Argentine Scenario

...With the debt and financial situation the way it is, Brussels (EU), Frankfurt (ECB) and Washington (IMF) can hardly risk making drastic decisions regarding Greek debt. After all, the response could be a declaration of default on the Greek government’s obligations, which total around €320 billion. It would be more than enough to cause a chain reaction involving the bankruptcies of European banks and companies which, in turn, could bring on government defaults and the collapse of the house of cards known as the European Union...

Valentin KATASONOV | 26.03.2015


 

Program of Assistance to Ukraine – IMF and Kiev Join Together in Bluff Effort

US Franklin Resources, an American holding company, is the largest holder of Ukraine’s bonds... Franklin Resources company belongs to «financial vultures» which don’t restructure debts. They normally undermine the accords on restructuring reached with other investors... The Ukraine’s debt restructuring program will not yield the expected $15, 3 billion. It means that Ukraine may not get the next $5 billion tranche and the whole program so much praised and publicized by the International Monetary Fund may become just another example of financial impracticable scheme...

Valentin KATASONOV | 22.03.2015


 

The Raiding of Ukraine’s Gold

...The falsification of gold reserve statistics began in the 1990s and was designed to conceal illegal gold transactions which involved, among others, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Falsified statistics allow the theft of gold from the reserves of central banks and treasuries and its relocation to the vaults of the largest private funds and banks to be covered up... There is speculation that this is what has been done with Ukraine’s gold reserves...

Valentin KATASONOV | 14.03.2015


 

Ukraine - Country Ruled By Most Corrupt Regime in the World

If somebody asked those who joined the Maidan protests a year ago what were the reasons for doing so, they would probably say that the rampant corruption was the last straw. The protests have become a thing of the past, the government has changed, and corruption has spread to be become practically all-pervading. The corruption in Ukraine is a unique and unparalleled phenomenon. The old hierarchic corruption system had its own rules and restrictions. Now corruption has no boundaries going out of running control...

Dmitry MININ | 07.03.2015


 

Dollar Imperialism, 2015 Edition

 “The dollar is our currency, but it’s your problem.” This is what US Treasury Secretary John Connally said to his counterparts in the Rome G-10 meeting in November, 1971, shortly after the Nixon administration ended the dollar’s convertibility into gold and shifted the international monetary system into a global floating exchange rate regime. The world has been suffering from this “problem” ever since the US obtained the “exorbitant privilege” of issuing the world’s reserve and trade currency under the Bretton Woods system after WWII.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 06.03.2015


 

Reasons for Hryvnia’s Collapse

By the end of «black Wednesday», Feb. 25, the Ukrainian currency exchange rate went down to 33 hryvnias to the dollar and never bounced back. It also plummeted as low as 50-60 hryvnias at the black market to stay there. The official rate was around 15 hryvnias to the dollar in mid-February... In general, the reason for the currency collapse is the economic crisis transforming into a national disaster. Ukrainian Prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has acknowledged recently that the economy dropped 20 % in 2014... According to the recently published forecasts, the GDP is to fall by 5, 5 % in 2015. The yearly inflation is estimated to be 25-26%. The crisis has also spread to banks...

Valentin KATASONOV | 02.03.2015


 

Ukraine Denouement

The fate of Ukraine is now shifting from the military battlefield back to the arena that counts most: that of international finance. Kiev is broke, having depleted its foreign reserves on waging war that has destroyed its industrial export and coal mining capacity in the Donbass (especially vis-à-vis Russia, which normally has bought 38 percent of Ukraine’s exports). Deeply in debt (with €3 billion falling due on December 20 to Russia), Ukraine faces insolvency if the IMF and Europe do not release new loans next month to pay for new imports as well as Russian and foreign bondholders.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 17.02.2015




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Bahrain Risks to Follow Yemen

...The Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, blasted U.S. foreign policy in an interview and warned that its «schizophrenia» will lead the Arab world to ally with Russia. Using unusually hostile language, al-Khalifa said American policy is «transient and reactive», and «America seems to suffer from schizophrenia when it deals with the Arab world. He said the US foreign policy depends on forthcoming election in two years and there is no long-term policy. He expressed doubts that that Arab states could rely on the West. Bahrain does not trust Obama and strives to get US Congress backing...

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