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Intransigent Bundesbank: Mr Jens Weidmann’s surreptitious campaign to bring back the (greater) Deutsch Mark

Intransigent Bundesbank: Mr Jens Weidmann’s surreptitious campaign to bring back the (greater) Deutsch Mark | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Any fair minded reading of the Bundesbank’s latest Constitutional Court deposition must lead to one of two conclusions: Either the Bundesbank has failed to recognise the existentialist threat to th...
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Negotiation Breakdown Exposes Widening Rift Between Germany and Greece | naked capitalism

Negotiation Breakdown Exposes Widening Rift Between Germany and Greece | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
The negotiations between Greece and the Eurogroup are on a worse trajectory than conventional wisdom would have you believe.
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"The Greek government and its creditors appear to have fundamentally different views of what Greece’s powers are. In effect, the position of its various lenders is that Greece has traded away significant, if not most, of its sovereignity in return for bailout money. And its creditors have set up a debtcropper system in which Greece can never free itself of its obligations. Put it another way, Greece has been reduced to a subject of various largely unaccountable Eurozone level authorities, with none of the benefits of being a member of a true federal union, the most important being the recipient of fiscal transfers. Greece, by contrast, takes the view that it is still a state and has rights that cannot be taken away."

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The Future of Privacy

The Future of Privacy | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Will governments and corporations expand current tracking policies? Or will innovators create new ways for individuals to control personal information? Experts are divided on whether a secure and balanced privacy-rights infrastructure will be in place by 2025.
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Follow your convictions – this could be the end of the politics of fear | George Monbiot

Follow your convictions – this could be the end of the politics of fear | George Monbiot | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Syriza, Podemos, the SNP: the neoliberal consensus is collapsing. Forget tactical considerations in May and vote Green for a genuine alternative
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The Davos oligarchs are right to fear the world they’ve made

The Davos oligarchs are right to fear the world they’ve made | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Seumas Milne: Escalating inequality is the work of a global elite that will resist every challenge to its vested interests
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Perhaps a section of the worried elite might be prepared to pay a bit more tax. What they won’t accept is any change in the balance of social power

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France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West's "Free Speech" Celebration - The Intercept

France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West's "Free Speech" Celebration - The Intercept | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
The arrest, so soon after the epic Paris free speech march, underscores the selectivity and fraud of this week's "free speech" parade. It also shows why those who want to criminalize the ideas they like are at least as dangerous and tyrannical as the ideas they targeted.
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In the name of fear that is nurtured by politicians and media (in the service of...) there goes "freedom of speech" in France! Hypocrites and demagogues. All in the name of people safety.

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The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman | naked capitalism

The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Why oil prices will rise to over $100 a barrel, fracking break even number from Wall Street are a lie, and real reason for Keystone pipeline.
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Tightly Coupled European Banks May be Harder to Bail In than the ECB Thinks | naked capitalism

Tightly Coupled European Banks May be Harder to Bail In than the ECB Thinks | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
The creditors targeted by bail in would include to a large extent other banks, which would as a consequence fall in trouble as well.
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Ilargi: Europe Redefines "Stress" in Its Bank-Boosterist Stress Tests | naked capitalism

Ilargi: Europe Redefines "Stress" in Its Bank-Boosterist Stress Tests | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
We all deserve better than a yearlong exercise in futile tepid air. But Europe’s taxpayers deserve it most of all.
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European banks stress tests truth: We all deserve better than a yearlong exercise in futile tepid air. But Europe’s taxpayers deserve it most of all.


ECB testing European banks, isn't it obvious that there is a conflict of interests? There should be an independent agency performing these tests.


Read this article... or pretend that everything is ok!

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New Left Review - Wolfgang Streeck: How Will Capitalism End?

New Left Review - Wolfgang Streeck: How Will Capitalism End? | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
New Left Review analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history, philosophy and culture.
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The Social Laboratory

The Social Laboratory | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.
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Europa zahlt die Zeche: Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern - Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern

Europa zahlt die Zeche: Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern - Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Im griechischen Bankensystem tickt die nächste Zeitbombe für den Euro. Der Grund: Mächtige Großunternehmer erpressen den Staat – und bürden ihm immer neue Schuldenlasten auf.
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Inclusive Capitalism Initiative is Trojan Horse to quell coming global revolt

Inclusive Capitalism Initiative is Trojan Horse to quell coming global revolt | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Henry Jackson Society's pre-emptive PR offensive seeks to popularise parasitic economic growth for the few
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FED UP - Official Trailer - YouTube

In theaters May 9. This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight ...
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Will the Cavalry Ride Over the Hill in Time for Greece? | naked capitalism

Will the Cavalry Ride Over the Hill in Time for Greece? | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Three important meetings today will reveal whether Greece is gaining any political ground in its uphill battle to roll back austerity.
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An excellent political analysis of the Eurozone and Greek stories. Lets see if Pandora's Box is about to open.

But the messed up values of the implicated parties, do not allow much optimism.

 

"Ancient Greeks saw Hope as a dark force because it winds up prolonging torment."

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Mathew D. Rose: Hope for Greece, and Perhaps for Europe Too | naked capitalism

Mathew D. Rose: Hope for Greece, and Perhaps for Europe Too | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Monday morning I encountered a word in a number of newspapers that I have not read regarding the European Union for years: Hope. The occasion was the election in Greece. I suddenly became aware of how long much of this continent has been living in what appears to be a never ending-crisis.
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GREEK DEMOCRACY TO SAVE EUROPE FROM BARBARIANS, AGAIN

GREEK DEMOCRACY TO SAVE EUROPE FROM BARBARIANS, AGAIN | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
By John Helmer, Moscow Greece, with Cyprus, is the only member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to have suffered, and to continue to suff
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Interesting analysis to read.

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Ending Greece’s Nightmare - NYTimes.com

Ending Greece’s Nightmare - NYTimes.com | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
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When hardheaded officials are engaged in fantasy economics, shit happens! And then shit hit the fan...

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Mathew D. Rose: It is Not a Eurozone Crisis, but a European Union Crisis | naked capitalism

Mathew D. Rose: It is Not a Eurozone Crisis, but a European Union Crisis | naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Germany's threat of a Greek exit from the Eurozone is the latest measure in an economic blitzkrieg that has produced a humanitarian crisis
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The Shape of Future Jobs

The Shape of Future Jobs | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Between now and 2030, countries all over the world will have to create about 600 million jobs just to absorb the expanding working age population – while simultaneously coping with rapid technological change, unprecedented demographic changes, accelerating urbanization, climate change, and economic convergence obstacles. Against this backdrop, the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Jobs — in which I participate — is launching a survey of 2,000 firms to learn how they anticipa
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Surveillance: The hidden ways you’re tracked

Surveillance: The hidden ways you’re tracked | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
“If the government said you have to have a tracking device, for certain you would rebel,” notes Schneier. “But the government doesn’t have to say that because you do it willingly and they just get a copy of the data.”
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“If the government said you have to have a tracking device, for certain you would rebel,” notes Schneier. “But the government doesn’t have to say that because you do it willingly and they just get a copy of the data.”

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We wanted the web for free – but the price is deep surveillance

We wanted the web for free – but the price is deep surveillance | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Advertising has become the online business model but by its very nature it involves corporations spying on users to produce more targeted results, writes John Naughton
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The median household is 20% poorer today than in 1984

The median household is 20% poorer today than in 1984 | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
A bad couple of decades for the typical American
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A new study from the Russell Sage Foundation reveals that while wealth levels for all classes of Americans declined between 2007 and 2013, Americans in the bottom half of the distribution are poorer than they were way back in 1984. Meanwhile, elites have amassed considerable wealth since then

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Until: Who wants to live for ever?

Until: Who wants to live for ever? | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Do you want to live to 100? 1,000? What about for ever?
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Terry Hill's curator insight, August 6, 2014 9:04 AM
You may want to ponder this for a while before forming an opinion.
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Breathless and Burdened from The Center for Public Integrity

Breathless and Burdened from The Center for Public Integrity | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
This yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering.
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Human is the most cruel of all animals. I am always surprised by stories like this, when one (or more) person profits and makes money at the expense of public health.

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Results of the 2014 European elections - European Parliament

Results of the 2014 European elections - European Parliament | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Official results of the elections to the European Parliament held between 22 and 25 May 2014 - European Parliament
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