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La cotisation, levier d'émancipation

Le Monde Diplomatique - Thu, 04/06/2020 - 16:46
Mutualiser la richesse, revendication utopique ? Projet réaliste, au contraire : sans toujours le savoir, nous collectivisons déjà une bonne part des salaires grâce aux cotisations sociales. / Capitalisme, Économie, Entreprise, Finance, Fiscalité, Idées, Protection sociale, Travail - (...) / , , , , , , , - 2012/02

Sur le toboggan de la crise européenne

Le Monde Diplomatique - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:44
Pris à leur propre piège, les marchés qui exigeaient la rigueur redoutent désormais la dépression. A ces louvoiements tentent de répondre des « sommets » dont la multiplication démontre l'inutilité. / États-Unis, Europe, Banque, Capitalisme, Dette, Économie, Finance, Monnaie, Spéculation, Crise (...) / , , , , , , , , , , , , - 2011/12

Bouée pour la Grèce, béquille pour l'euro

Le Monde Diplomatique - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 15:35
Dire une chose et son contraire, tout en bénéficiant du statut d'oracle : c'est le privilège des « marchés ». Ne peut-on imaginer une autre « règle d'or » que celle qui consiste à s'affranchir à ce point du joug de la raison ? / Europe, Grèce, Banque, Capitalisme, Dette, Économie, Finance, Monnaie, Crise (...) / , , , , , , , , , , - 2011/10

Faust et l'alchimie capitaliste

Le Monde Diplomatique - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 15:27
Œuvre emblématique de la culture allemande, « Faust » a suscité au fil du temps des curiosités et des interprétations très diverses. La pièce prend aujourd'hui une autre dimension, à la lumière de la crise : Faust, premier entrepreneur de la mondialisation, est devenu un héros globalement négatif. / (...) / , , , , , , , - 2011/10

Indétrônables fauteurs de crise

Le Monde Diplomatique - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 15:14
Même le ralentissement de la croissance en Chine et en Allemagne n'interrompt pas le durcissement des politiques d'austérité. Après le krach financier de septembre 2008, on annonçait pourtant le retour de Keynes. / États-Unis, Banque, Capitalisme, Économie, Finance, Idéologie, Spéculation, Crise (...) / , , , , , , , , , - 2011/09

The Plagues of Debt and Deficits

Foreign Policy Blogs - Tue, 02/06/2020 - 18:11
Hong Kong: Lawmakers carried out during parliament mayhem – May 18 2020

With the sudden shock of Covid-19, almost all economic activity locally and globally had ceased after February 2020. Only now towards the end of May 2020 have some countries decided to carefully open up businesses, economies and society in returning to normalcy. Much of the idea of a return to normal is linked to the views of how some believe the post pandemic world can and will operate. The reality is that this pandemic was not the first, and will not be the last. In many parts of the world, economic collapse and crisis is almost a generational plague, with each new generation facing their own dilemma and recovery over many years. What many in regions like Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe have experienced may come to pass in Western nations, that is, if they ignore the experiences of these other regions since the end of the Second World War.

The post war German economy survived the near total destruction of German infrastructure and society with intense aid for allied countries in order to build a strong Germany as a bulwark against the Iron Curtain. The progress of Germany since the 1950s has been remarkable, even though the country was left in ruins post 1945. Regions like Latin America that never received a sustained and focused bail out after the Great Depression in 1929 were plagued with generations of debt, accompanying corruption and even government sponsored terror. In the early part of the 20th Century, countries like Brazil and Argentina received as much immigration from the South of Europe as did New York. Some of the reasons for this was that Argentina was in better shape economically than Italy was at the beginning of the era. With the arrival of the Great Depression, the recovery of Argentina and much of Latin America never enabled Argentina to become more prosperous than any Western European country ever again. Much of the regions was plagued by debt, low growth, overspending and corruption, problems that have existed for generations.

With many Western countries now being challenged by a possible era of Depression and massive debt, it is important that the lessons of these other regions ring loudly in the application of policies to get all countries out of this economic crisis. Support for citizens require funds to be used liberally, but for a set period of time. Political advantages should not be taken in the middle of a Depression, and using absolute powers given to many governments to push their agendas will absolutely corrupt any democracy. Hiding or blurring information about how much money has been used should be considered criminal, as it will hurt the lives of average citizens and disadvantage the poor and middle class. The absurdity of giving raises for politicians or public sector employees, or adding additional taxes during a Depression is also cruel, and a clear sign of a government that represents the 1%, the takers, and not the producers in a society. Any actions that may limit PPE, medicine, food and general health for citizens should be strictly addressed. Without foresight and the diminishing of congressional or parliamentary powers, generations of debt and corruption will absorb otherwise healthy democracies. Hundreds of years of civilization gave us divided power and full rights, it can all be lost within a few years. A charter enshrining these values is likely needed, with no caveats or preferences given to any group in society. Weak societies who do not take actions now to preserve their representatives and democracy will surely lose it.

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Comment la droite américaine exploitait les émeutes

Le Monde Diplomatique - Tue, 02/06/2020 - 18:04
Le 6 novembre 1962, Richard Nixon annonce son retrait de la vie politique américaine. Distancé deux ans plus tôt d'une poignée de voix dans la course à la Maison Blanche, il vient d'être battu par le démocrate Edmund G. (« Pat ») Brown lors de l'élection au poste de gouverneur de Californie. En 1964, un (...) / , , , , , , , , , - 2005/12 Dés-intégration

Bush peut-il tirer parti des émeutes de Los Angeles<small class="fine"> </small>?

Le Monde Diplomatique - Tue, 02/06/2020 - 16:03
Parfois les symboles se bousculent. C'est à quelques kilomètres de la ville de Los Angeles, quadrillée par les unités de l'armée américaine qui avaient envahi Panama, que M. Mikhaïl Gorbatchev s'est vu, le mois dernier, conférer une « médaille de la liberté ». Et qui la lui a décernée ? M. Ronald Reagan, (...) / , , , , - 1992/06

Mourning in Mexico

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 23:18
Mistrust in the government and a botched coronavirus response leave families unmoored.

China Puts the Final Kibosh on Trump’s Trade Deal

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 23:01
By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen.

Canada May Host the World’s First Incel Show Trial

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 22:15
There's plenty of reason to doubt a misogynist murderer deserves to be prosecuted as a terrorist.

With Scenes of Police Brutality, America’s Beacon to the World Winks Out

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 21:52
U.S. soft power was already dwindling under Trump. But the new wave of police violence and racial injustice may be drying up the reserves.

Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 21:20
“Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said.

Why Erdogan Won’t Ask the IMF for Help

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 20:43
Turkey's economy is a mess, but its president won't seek an IMF loan because the conditions would mean giving up his extensive patronage network.

How Taiwan Can Turn Coronavirus Victory Into Economic Success

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 19:11
Taiwan beat the virus with efficient government and advanced technology—the same ingredients that power the economy.

Les États-Unis, une nation née dans la brutalité

Le Monde Diplomatique - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:25
Convaincu qu'il serait assassiné s'il rentrait dans son pays, Eldridge Cleaver vit depuis plusieurs années en exil. L'auteur d'« Un noir à l'ombre » brosse ici un portrait extrêmement violent des Etats-Unis. Mais, pas plus que le racisme des autres ne saurait constituer un alibi au racisme de chacun, (...) / , , , , , , , , , - 1973/01

Kim Is Back, but North Korea Still Isn’t Stable

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 16:35
There’s a lot more to worry about in Pyongyang than just its ruler’s health.

Protests Spread Across the United States

Foreign Policy - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:32
As cities burn during continuing protests over police violence, the police have responded with even more violence.

Leaders Can’t Lift Lockdowns Without Public Trust

Foreign Policy - Sun, 31/05/2020 - 08:17
Germany’s reopening is working because Angela Merkel treats citizens like adults; China’s is succeeding because people see results. In India, there’s no trust—and little evidence of progress.

Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates

UN News Centre - Sun, 31/05/2020 - 04:00
In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in 140 out of the 180 health facilities, it supports, meaning only 40 now remain.  

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