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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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G77 Summit Declaration addresses “global challenges”

by Martin Khor

22 June 2014

The G77 Summit Declaration, adopted by the Extraordinary Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, in Santa Cruz on 15 June, has a major Part IV on “Global Challenges” which deals with the main issues are the subject of international discussion.

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Tribute to the combat of Cephas Lumina, independent UN expert against odious and illegitimate national debt

by CADTM

11 June 2014

For many years, the UN Human Rights Council has been preoccupied by the question of public debt. Within this organ of the United Nations, an independent expert is charged with examining the effects of external debt on human rights. Cephas Lumina, who has occupied the post since 2008, has just completed his mandate.

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The Swiss Connection: The Role of Switzerland in Shell’s Corporate Structure and Tax Planning

by Eurodad

1 June 2014

A new report by Eurodad member SOMO (http://somo.nl) and Friends of the Earth Europe, entitled “The Swiss Connection”, sheds light on the role of Switzerland in Shell’s tax planning. The report concludes that Shell uses Switzerland mainly for ‘tax planning purposes’. Shell’s presence in Switzerland potentially allows the company to avoid paying a significant amount of taxes where its actual economic activities take place, including in developing countries

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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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Developing countries facing new economic problems

by Martin Khor

22 May 2014

New economic problems are confronting several developing countries which faced sharp currency depreciation and capital outflows at the start of 2014. These are caused by the boom-bust cycles in capital flows originating in profit-seeking investor behaviour in developed countries.

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Turbulence in Emerging Economies: From Easy Money to Hard Landing?

by Yilmaz Akyuz

21 May 2014

Urgent steps are needed to deal with an economic crisis in the emerging economies.Once again, most specialists on international economic matters have been caught unawares. In fact, the signs of external financial fragility in several emerging economies have been visible since the beginning of the financial crisis in the US and Europe.

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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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G24: South calls for actions on the structural failures of international financial system,

by Bhumika Muchhala

12 May 2014

The G77 and China also affirmed the longstanding need for reform of the international financial architecture toward the objective of reshaping a financial and monetary system that reflects the realities of the 21st century.

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