Posts Tagged 'London'

Brian Chappatta – The $100 Trillion Bond Market’s Got Bigger Concerns Than Brexit

In some ways, it really didn’t matter to Steven Major whether the U.K. voted to stay or to leave.

Sure, as a Brit, Major followed the U.K.’s surprising decision to break with the European Union. And, of course, the 51-year-old Londoner voted (though he politely declined to say whether he was in the “Remain” or “Leave” camp).

But when it comes to his long view on interest rates, bond yields and the economy, Major, who’s proven to be something of a savant as HSBC ...

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Chris Hedges – 2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has wiped out many bankers and global speculators. They will turn, as they did in 2008, to governments to rescue them from default. Most governments, including ours, will probably comply.

Will the American public passively permit another massive bailout of the banks? Will it accept more punishing programs of austerity to pay for this bailout? Will a viable socialism rise out of the economic chaos to halt further looting of the U.S. Treasury ...

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Boris Johnson – The Guardian view on the leave campaign: anatomy of another elite

They’re the rabble army, they’ve come from every side,” ran the brief-lived Referendum party’s anthem, “they’re the rabble army, singing ‘let the people decide’.” It doesn’t get more folksy. Except that this particular uprising of the free yeomanry of England against the diktats of Europe was meticulously plotted by Sir James Goldsmith, an impossibly wealthy man who progressed from Eton college to a career of business wheeler-dealing, before retiring to Mexico to spend more time with his money.

Today’s ...

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PATRICK COCKBURN – What Tony Blair Has Learned About the Middle East: Absolutely Nothing

Normally anybody who criticises Jeremy Corbyn is guaranteed knee-jerk support by the British media which apparently feels that it does not even have to pretend to be non-partisan when it comes to the Labour leader. The only political figure similarly subjected to automatic demonisation is Tony Blair, so when he fiercely attacked Corbyn last week for supposedly focusing on “the politics of protest” at the expense of “the politics of power” it was interesting to see which man would be ...

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Tree Bombs: How Old Warplanes Can Plant Up to 900,000 Trees a Day

Imagine old military planes used to revitalize barren areas of the earth, instead of causing death and destruction to the environment and wildlife. This reality may be closer than you think. Former RAF pilot, Jack Walters of Shropshire, England, believes C-130 transport aircraft — originally used for carpeting landmines across combat zones — could easily be refitted to deliver something exceptionally beneficial and peaceful: tree bombs.

Peter Simmons, of Lockheed Martin aeronautical corporation, thinks the idea is very doable:

“The possibilities are amazing. We can ...

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Wall Street whistle-blower drops BOMBSHELL about Clinton Foundation

Hillary Clinton likes to portray herself as an enemy of Wall Street, but the Street’s real enemies are coming back to haunt her. While Hillary Clinton was banking millions in speaking fees from the financial industry, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel was making news for uncovering years of accounting fraud at General Electric.

Now he’s turned his attention to the Clinton Foundation, and he’s convinced something similar is going on.

As the Washington Free Beacon reports: Ortel said he has spent the ...

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JEFFREY ST. CLAIR – ALEXANDER COCKBURN – The Libyan Enterprise: Hillary’s Imperial Massacre

Good my lord, she came from Libya.

— The Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare.

The war on Libya must surely rank as one of the stupidest martial enterprises since Napoleon took it into his head to invade Russia in 1812.

Let’s start with the fierce hand-to-hand combat between members of the coalition (Britain, France and the US), arguing about the basic aims of the killing operation. How does “take all necessary measures” square with the ban on any “foreign occupation force of any form on any part of ...

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Trump angst pours in from overseas

Lobbyists in Washington say they are being flooded with questions and concerns from foreign governments about the rise of Donald Trump.

Officials around the globe are closely following the U.S. presidential race, to the point where some have asked their American lobbyists to explain, in great detail, what a contested GOP convention would look like.

After a recent trip to London, Abu Dhabi and Beijing, “it’s fair to say that all anyone wants to talk about is the U.S. presidential ...

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Graham Vanbergen – Money Laundering and the City of London’s “Crime Scene”: Haven of Tax Havens for the Mega-Wealthy

When it comes to The City of London, the term ‘tax haven’ is not describing all that it should. It doesn’t just shield the mega-wealthy from paying their fair dues it goes further and offers a departure from the rule of law as you would know it. Secrecy is its raison d’être. These secrecy laws do not benefit the local people living in its jurisdiction but only those individuals and corporations with enough money and with something to hide.

The reality is ...

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How to Make Friends in the City: Grow Vegetables Together

In East London’s Nomadic Community Garden, Bangladeshi families tend beds of eggplant, squash, and other seasonal vegetables alongside their non-Bangladeshi neighbors. The Garden is a gathering place in a densely populated neighborhood known as “Banglatown,” where different communities often struggle to get to know each other. With an event space, a public park, and more than 100 mobile garden beds, it’s one of the largest inner-city outdoor growing spaces in England—a hub that director James Wheale hopes can heal urban alienation by bringing people together.

Forming meaningful ...

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