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Structural Adjustment

The Pending Challenges of Development

by Martin Khor

20 June 2016

The Declaration on the Right to Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1986 (as Document 41/128) is 30 years old. It is appropriate to celebrate this anniversary. For the right to development has had great resonance among people all over the world, including in developing and poor countries.

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US Supreme Court Declines to Review Widely Opposed Ruling on Argentine Debt: Why?

by Mark Weisbrot

23 June 2014

Last week, the United States Supreme Court decided not to review a ruling in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals whose effect is that Argentina must pay “holdout” creditors who refused to participate in debt restructuring agreements that Argentina reached with the majority of bondholders following the 2001 default on its sovereign debt.

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Solidarity with the people of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia:

by Eric Toussaint- CADTM

1 June 2014

Since May 17, floods in the Balkans have taken a heavy toll with 17 deaths in Serbia, 27 in Bosnia and 2 in Croatia. The IMF has taken advantage of the situation to offer Bosnia an “aid package” on condition that the Bosnian government agrees to carry out certain economic reforms. Exactly what form these will take has not yet been made public.

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Derivatives market continues to rise

by Kanaga Raja

19 May 2014

The outstanding notional amount of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives totalled $710 trillion at the end of 2013, an increase from $693 trillion at end-June 2013 and $633 trillion at end-2012, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has said.

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Investor-State arbitration system needs ‘complete overhaul’

by Fauwaz Abdul Aziz

14 May 2014

A prominent international lawyer has launched a scathing critique of the international arbitration system that deals with investor-State disputes, calling for its "complete overhaul".

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UNITED NATIONS: LATINAMERICAN CAUTIOUS AGAINST PARTNERSHIPS WITHOUT EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE

by Bhumika Muchhala

10 May 2014

Debate over the role of the private sector, especially corporations and financial entities, is gaining momentum in the United Nations.

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Stagnating economy, thriving finance

by Costas Lapavitsas

21 April 2014

The real issue, however, is whether mature economies are in long-term stagnation and not merely performing poorly after the crisis. Long-term stagnation is a very serious problem as incomes suffer, employment becomes weak, welfare declines, economic instability is exacerbated, and social tensions rise.

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New European Union development cooperation strategies in Latin America

by Eurodad

29 June 2013

At a time when European Union institutions are discussing how to improve their financing modalities under the work of the EU blending platform, this report discusses the growing role that financial institutions and the European private sector are playing in development cooperation policies between the EU and Latin America

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BRICS Bank: Doing development differently?

by Brunn Nagara

12 April 2013

The annual Brics summit held during the week in Durban, South Africa, focused on what that muscle can do - challenge the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in the way development finance is conducted, as well as the Western dominance that has prevailed in both Bretton Woods institutions.

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CYPRUS : As the financial crisis deepens, will the lessons be learnt?

by Martin Khor

12 April 2013

The Cyprus crisis has again shown that over-dependence on the financial sector and an unregulated and liberalised financial system can cause havoc to an economy.

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