The latest debt wave, since 2010, has already witnessed the largest, fastest and most broad-based increase in debt in these economies, according to the Global Waves of Debt report.More
Global debt-to-GDP is now at a comfortable record high and the Bank for International Settlements, aka the central bank of central banks, noted on Friday that over the last 16 years, debts of governments, households and corporations has gone up...everywhere.More
On 7 December 2016 Greece remitted €299 million to the IMF. This sum corresponds to a part of the “bail-out” that was granted in 2010 and is all at the same time illegal, illegitimate, odious and unsustainable.More
The Government of Mozambique officially admitted the financial inability of the state to pay the next installments of the debts of public companies with hidden loans, and called for a restructuring of payments and a new financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).More
Potemkin Review interviewed Eric Toussaint, President of CADTM. He presided as the scientific coordinator for the Truth Committee on the Greek Public Debt established by then President of the Greek Parliament Zoe Konstantopoulou in 2015.More
Now, the Chinese economy is slowing. But China hasn’t stopped adding more debt. About five years ago, Chinese debt levels began accelerating far faster than GDPMore
Argentina’s ’vulture fund’ crisis threatens profound consequences for international financial system: UNCTAD
In a special essay analyses the Argentinian debt-restructuring crisis and reiterates its long-standing call for a sovereign debt workout mechanism. UNCTAD is the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development based in Geneva.
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.More
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.More
Via internet, CADTM is very pleased to make this book, "Debt crisis from Europe to Where ?" published by VAK in Mumbai (India), available to a wide public. It may be freely copied by other sites and reproduced for non profit uses provided that a link to the CADTM website is clearly visible (www.cadtm.org). Feel free to send your comments and information on the personal or collective use you make of this book to email@example.com. Your messages will be forwarded to the authors.More
The ongoing blackmail and the pressure by the international financial institutions are weakening the process of democratic transition, even though the IFIs officially support it. They are pushing the Tunisian government into adopting arbitrary, non-transparent and dictatorial practicesMore
What has gone wrong? Are the diagnoses commonly offered valid? Why do the medicines that have been prescribed not work? Could it really be possible that European politics at the highest level fails to understand the cause of the crisis and to address it with a consistent plan?More
Even if the crisis in the North is fully resolved, developing countries are likely to encounter a much less favourable international economic environment in the coming years than they did before the onset of the Great Recession, including weak and unstable growth in major advanced economies, a significant slowdown in China, higher US interest rates, stronger dollar and weaker commodity pricesMore
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.More
This paper - written by Eurodad for CONCORD’s Aidwatch coalition - sets out all the financial resources potentially available for development. It examines their key characteristics and discusses their poverty and sustainable development impacts, as well as the implications for aid.More
Cyprus’s banking sector did not grow so recklessly and to an unsustainable size in order to best serve Cypriots’s social and economic needs.More
A fundamental question raised by recurrent fi-nancial crises in mature and emerging econo-mies is how to ensure that the financial markets and institutions serve growth and development rather than being a constant source of instability and disrup-tion in pursuit of self-interest. This is not only a ques-tion of how best to regulate the existing institutions and markets, but also how to restructure and organ-ize them.More
What is being witnessed in Greece is a full blown example of being trapped in the debtor’s prison of current sovereign debt resolution mechanisms, where creditors are both judge and juryMore
,Syriza, the radical left-wing coalition comes first in all major cities and among people aged18-35,,Its campaign advocated suspending debt payment and cancelling austerity measuresMore
Just hours after a general strike, which magnitude and extension were denied, Spain’s government has announced $36 billion in new budget cuts, as it attempts to reassure the European Union that it will not need a financial bailout.More
This is a suicidal term, preventing the government from using the legal tools that even the creditor friendly Papademos government activated in order to turn an insufficient voluntary participation to the bond swap into a coercive one.More
New Paper Argues Greece Should Consider Default and Exit From Euro. It looks at Greece’s experience with “internal devaluation” and finds there’s a high risk of continued prolonged recessionMore
For the CADTM, this new plan is a hoax: while claiming to rescue Greece it actually saves the day for private creditors though they are largely responsible for the Greek debt.More
Governments around the world bailed out their financial sectors. However, Iceland took a different tack. The government declared that it would only save domestic bank account holders - everyone else would have to fight over the remaining assetsMore
The publication of the book “ Breaking up? A Route out of the Eurozone Crisis” is of great importance at this so critical moment for Europe. It is immediately apparent the commitment of the authors for not being neutral and distant specialists who write only for connoisseurs. Their work and contributions of exceptional quality respond to the challenges facing today a troubled society that requires with its outcry and mobilization immediate responses and proposals.More
Occupy Wall Street, the ongoing demonstration-cum-sleep-in that began a month ago not far from the New York Stock Exchange and has since spread like wildfire to cities around the country, may be a game-changer. If so, it couldn’t be more appropriate or more in the American grain that, when the game changed, Wall Street was directly in the sights of the protesters.More
The meeting "Living in debtocracy: Debt in the North: learning from the South" will seek to provide keys to understand and tackle debt and the current economic crisis we are suffering.
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These cuts will only throw the country back into an even deeper recession - putting ever greater numbers of people onto the dole. All of which begs the question: What is the alternative?More
20 years on, CADTM is active on every continent alongside men and women who are fighting to free the world’s peoples from imperialism, neo-colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy, with abolition of the debt as the spearhead of its action.More
Romania’s economic evolution remains uncertain and the application of austerity measures announced by the government is a condition for future installments of the loans from EU and IMF,More
The current crisis originated in the financial arena but quickly spread to all of the so-called real
economy. This observation raises two questions. A theoretical question: how to analyze the
relationship between finance and the real economy and their responsibility for the crisis? And a more
practical question: what are the channels of transmission from one to another and how to reverse financialization?
If the Greeks do not quietly accept the austerity measures, as the American public seems to be doing once again, there may have to be a more forceful demonstration effect in the form of violent confrontation between the people and the state.More
There is a great risk that one of the largest relief operations in history will be similar in nature to the tsunami relief efforts in 2004, unless a radically different approach to a reconstruction model is adopted.More
The president of Iceland blocked a hard-fought $5 billion compensation deal with the British and Dutch governments on Tuesday, upending the precarious finances and politics of the island nation and further jeopardizing already frayed ties with Europe and international lenders.More
Experts anticipate that federal dollars going to state programs will be scaled back, with funding levels increasing only in targeted areas such as health care and energy. So shortfalls in state budgets will continue for years to come unless states either enact more cuts or update their antiquated tax systems.More
Although Dubai World’s financing issues are not a surprise and are relatively small given global credit losses, they are a reminder that the vulnerabilities and imbalances that contributed to the credit crunch have not disappeared.More
A new discussion paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research finds that 31 of 41 countries
with current International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreements have been subjected to pro-cyclical macroeconomic policies that, during the current global recession, would be expected to have exacerbated economic slowdowns.
he Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Pittsburgh (Sept. 24-25 2009) brought together leaders from the most significant players in the global economy. Unfortunately, the changes left off the table at the summit were far more significant than the modest reforms actually debated, and the few alterations that did make it into the final agreement are likely to be further watered down in implementation.More
One year ago today, the economic time bomb that George Bush and Dick Cheney had spent two terms constructing - on a platform of deregulations furnished by Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich - blew up. The explosion created the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. And it sent unemployment rates soaring to the highest levels in a quarter century.More
In the past weeks, several voices, including from the same government of Cristina Kirchner, were heard in favour of Argentina’s return to the IMF, allowing the institution to carry out the review of the economy known as Article IV.More
Technical or political, friendly or heated, these debates have explored all the aspects of the tumultuous relationship between the IMF and Latin America, except for one: What Fund do we want? How should we reform the Fund, if we could?More
The long-awaited investigative report by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Inspector General on how the SEC bungled multiple investigations of Bernard Madoff is set for release this week.More
In Latin America and elsewhere, the IMF may be re-emerging-but in a changed landscape.More
The economic crisis in Russia has proved much more serious than was expected in the autumn of 2008, when the first signs of a serious downturn became apparent.
Experts are currently talking more and more about the imminent so-called second phase of the crisis, when bad debts on a massive scale will lead to the collapse of the banking system.
Even as the economy seems to be stabilizing, mortgage delinquencies continue to rise, with nearly two million foreclosure filings already this yearMore
Supachai Panitchpakdi, head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said that Capital flows to poorer states and export earnings have together collapsed by USD $2 trillion since the credit crunch began. "This is an alarming trend, and it’s not a result of their own doing."More
The global crisis is the most important capitalist crisis since World War II. It is a new type of debt-deflation crisis, highlighting the limits of the finance-dominated regime of accumulation in place since the 1980s and characterized, among other things, by securitization, that is, a financing regime based on issuing securities and derivatives.More
The uncertainty over Latvia’s economic future has provoked concerns in ruling circles throughout Europe.
Concerns are particularly acute in Sweden. Estimates suggest that Swedish-based banks have outstanding credits totalling 500 billion kronor (nearly €50 billion) to the Baltic countries.
The growing indebtedness of Mexican credit card users has actually created a new opportunity for the shadowy, high-interest lender. To pay off high-interest credit cards, some debtors look again to the agiotistas. Meanwhile,
delinquency rates on U.S. credit card accounts topped 5% at the end of the last year, with default rates continuing to climb upward during the first few months of 2009.
Latin America is rich in real terms, however its financial infrastructure is primitive. This means that many national and international transactions pass unnecessarily via northern financial centers, sometimes requiring two hard currency conversions from buyer currency to dollar to seller currency.More
Not so long ago it was the fastest growing economy in the European Union. But boom turned to spectacular bust last year as the global financial crisis swept across Eastern Europe, popping Latvia’s real-estate bubble.More
The nationwide foreclosure problem is getting worse than ever, according to the latest figures from the Mortgage Bankers Association. 12.07 percent of U.S. home loans are now either in the foreclosure process or at least one payment past due, which is said to be the highest level ever recorded.More
The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development was originally slated to be held on June 1-3, with an aim to find a common and lasting solution to address the ongoing financial and economic crisis of the world.More
By some measures, the global recession seems to be accelerating, with unemployment rising and overall economic activity falling. But there are some signs that the rate of decline is slowing. How significant is the evidence for a turning point?More
A call to UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development (1- 3 June 2009), and especially the European leaders attending the event to focus on reforms that directly benefit people and the planet.More
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was called to the rescue by Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine... which are confronted with a fall in growth and in foreign exchange rates, with capital flight and a banking crisis. The policies of budgetary austerity, under the pressure of the IMF and of the European Union, are producing governmental crises.More
Make no mistake, the worst of the global crisis is still before us.This collapse in trade and capital flows will seriously damage the fragile economies of poorer countries.More
In view of country’s never-ending economic woes and more importantly the roaring threat of Taliban’s possible access to nuclear assets of Pakistan, the Friends of Pakistan-Group of 31 countries and international agencies gathered in Tokyo on 17 April 09 to pledge $5.28 billion for uplift of social sector in Pakistan.More
Despite promising IMF rhetoric about greater flexibility in fiscal and monetary policies because of the current crisis, IMF loans in Romania, Latvia and Armenia show that practice is not in line. The Fund is still pushing tight fiscal policy and single-digit inflation.More
Ecuador offered to repay holders of defaulted bonds as little as 30 cents on the dollar. Yhe proposal was launched as a resolution for the 2012 and 2030 Global BondsMore
Mexico is the first nation to be granted the IMF credit under its newly created ’flexible credit line’ (FCL) available to strongly performing economies with fewer strings attached, to tide over the worst economic crisis in over 60 years.More
Not much could have been expected from this G20 Summit. Despite the urgency of a global economy going rapidly over the cliff, there is still too much disagreement about most issues among the members. Even so, the resulting communiqué released with so much fanfare is deeply disappointing.More
It remains unclear whether the IMF deal will bring to Romania the cushioning it needs against the global financial crisis, especially if the government does not pursue a coherent anti-crisis strategy. The political leaders themselves seem uncertain of the consequences of the IMF deal.More
China will lend Ecuador $1 billion for investments in the oil, refining and electricity industries, Economy Minister Diego Borja said.More
Several hundred thousand workers, pensioners, immigrants and students filled a Rome park on Saturday in protest at the Italian government’s handling of the financial crisis.More
Russia proposed on Thursday an IMF or G20 study on creating a new international reserve currency and China reiterated support for a broader discussion of the dollar’s role that was missing at the London G20 summit.More
The weak governments in Hungary and the Czech Republic have fallen, raising questions on the future of liberal economic reform and the influence of the U.S., the European Union and Russia in the region.More
Keynes’s critique of capitalism never ceased to be relevant, as is now readily apparent. But economic orthodoxy was unable to move beyond Keynes to address the larger issues he raised (nor did Keynes himself in the end do so)More
The Geithner plan assumes that the toxic assets that the banks hold can be detoxified to re-start lending; it assumes that there is no problem with the fundamentals of the global economyMore
On 28th March thousands will march through London as part of a global campaign to challenge the G20, ahead of their 2nd April summit on the global financial crisisMore
Argentina, Brasil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela signed, at the end of 2007, the foundational act of the Bank of the South, but still continue working in a draft of the constitutive agreement.More
John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He is the coauthor with Fred Magdoff of The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences, recently published by Monthly Review Press. This is a heavily abridged version of an interview was conducted by Mike Whitney that first appeared at Dissident Voice - http://www.dissidentvoice.orgMore
The call for nationalization of banks in developed countries, even if for a temporary period, marks a potential ideological shift. Even staunch free market advocates are declaring that nationalization is inevitable. This article examines the factors explaining this acceptance of public ownership and the implications that this has for the future of banking regulation.More
The capitalists of Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina receive the assistance that should be allocated for the destitute. The social-liberal and neo-developmentalist governments all follow statist programs on behalf of the rich and powerful and do not coordinate their anti-crisis policies.More
A necessary tool to understand the current global crisis, the data collected here by Damien Millet and Eric Toussaint (CADTM) should enable us to make sense of one of the basic reasons for the international situation, as seen from the viewpoint of the global South. From the 1960s to today’s global crisis, the international network of the CADTM has constantly kept a critical eye on the world economy and the mechanisms of domination that affect it. Analysing various statistics is essential to (...)More
Interview with John Bellamy Foster, Editor of Monthly Review and Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, for Eleftherotypia (Greece)More
Fears are growing that Ireland could default on its national debt after the cost to insure against possible losses on loans to the country rose to record highs at the end of last week.More
While the IMF undertakes high-speed reviews into its lending instruments and conditionality, it continues to make crisis loans with heavy conditionality that may adversely impact the poor in developing countries.More
BBC News asked four participants in the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil, (David Evan Harris, Walden Bello, Myriam Vander Stichele and Marcos Arruda) to state their opinions on the global crisis and alternatives to address itMore
Using the “too big to fail” scare tactic, the U.S. government has kept a number of terminally ill Wall Street gamblers on an expensive life-support system that is estimated to cost taxpayers $8.5 trillionMore
Jubilee South will be participating in numerous activities during the coming edition of the World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil, and we invite you to join us!!More
Argentina, you have been much talked about since the night of 19 to 20 December 2001 when after three years of economic recession your people walked out into the streets to shout their rejection of the neoliberal policies led by Fernando De la Rua and his baleful minister of Economy, Domingo Cavallo. You showed the world that citizens can change the course of history.
Argentina, those events that resulted in the December 2001 uprising started with the IMF decision not to grant an agreed (...)
KAIROS Debt E-Bulletin Feb. 21, 2006 (Vol.2, Issue #2)
"Will US debt lead to a financial crisis?" is the title of a new KAIROS briefing paper on debt and finance issues.
This paper is an abriged and updated version of a discussion paper first prepared for the South North Consultation on "Resistance and Alternatives to Debt Domination held in havana last September.
The paper discusses the prospects for a global financial crisis caused by the USA’s huge external debts. It discusses some of (...)
The issues paper prepared by Financing for Development Office at the United Nations in preparation for the multi-stakeholder consultations on sovereign debt for sustained development states that ‘The expectation is that stake holders will want to focus their discussions on practical and realizable policies and processes for managing external sovereign debt.’ If these discussions are to have any lasting value, however, they require a dual focus. Creditor-debtor relations do not exist in a (...)More
This paper suggests that a looming global financial crisis caused by the USA’s own huge debts may create conditions for mass defaults or repudiations of illegitimate debts by Southern governments.
The United States of America is the world’s largest debtor. The US net international investment position, a broad measure of indebtedness that includes private foreign investment as well as bonds and loans, reached $2.48 trillion at the end of 2004. This is the amount by which gross foreign-owned (...)