Latin America’s New Middle Class Rulers: Stabilization, Growth and Inequality by Prof James Petras

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by Prof James Petras
Global Research, May 22, 2010

Introduction

Latin America’s current relations with the US as well as its present political and economic configuration can best be understood in the context of large scale changes over the past twenty years and the relative stability of the past five years.

We will proceed by schematically highlighting the salient features leading to the rise and crises of neo-liberal regimes and policies and the emergence of diverse “post neo-liberal” regimes in the present period.  We will analyze the nature and performance of the ‘post neo-liberal regimes’ to bring out their strengths and weaknesses in the context of world market conditions, as well  as the emerging political and social contradictions and alternatives.

US Imperial Power and the Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Regimes

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Theology and Neoliberal Economics by Prof. Michael Hudson

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by Prof. Michael Hudson
Global Research, May 23, 2010

The Friedman Institute Upgrades Theology to Condone Neoliberal Greed. What would Jesus Say?

Many academics recently received a petition signed by 111 University of Chicago faculty members, explaining that “without any announcement to its own community, [the University] has commissioned Ann Beha Architects, a Boston firm, to remake the Chicago Theological Seminary building into a home for the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics (MFIRE) and has renewed aggressive fund-raising activity for the controversial Institute.”

It would be hard to find a more fitting metaphor than what the press release characterizes as “conversion of the Seminary building into a temple of neoliberal economics.” Even the acronym MFIRE seems symbolically appropriate. The M might well stand for Money in Prof. Friedman’s MV = PT (Money x Velocity = Price x Transactions). And the FIRE sector comprises finance, insurance and real estate – the “free lunch” sector whose wealth the Chicago monetarists celebrate.

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Breaking the siege on Gaza – Continued Human Rights Violations by Israel

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Oily Obama: Lousy Response to BP Oil Invasion by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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May 23, 2010

Thirty days into the BP oil spill one mile down into the Gulf of Mexico it should be clear to every objective person that President Obama has failed miserably.  This oil spill is more than a disaster or crisis; it is a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions.  This environmental catastrophe will quickly morph into a national economic catastrophe as economic doomsday facing the fishing and tourism industries generates countless negative economic ripples throughout the US economy.  Unemployment and economic growth will suffer.

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