All of Them Must Go By Naomi Klein + Protests in Iceland and Latvia

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By Naomi Klein
ICH
The Nation
February 10, 2009

Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: “You are Enron. We are Argentina.” Continue reading

Naomi Klein on the Bailout Profiteers and the Multi-Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene

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Democracy Now!
Nov. 17, 2008

Naomi Klein on the Bailout Profiteers and the Multi-Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene

“The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal,” says Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine. [includes rush transcript]

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Bush will NEVER be able to set foot outside the U.S.! Jeremy Scahill & Naomi Klein

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Book Discussion on The Shock Doctrine and Blackwater

92 min – Nov 15, 2008
C-SPAN

Naomi Klein talked about her book and the current economic crisis and bail out. Jeremy Scahill then talked about his book and the situation in Iraq. They then responded to questions from members of the audience.

Naomi Klein is the author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, published by Metropolitan Books. In her book she argues that in the wake of natural and man-made devastation economic reform is introduced to benefit investors and free market advocates while taking advantage of moments of collective disorientation.

Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. Since he wrote this book, the Iraqi government has banned Blackwater from operating in Iraq.

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Wall Street’s Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene — Why Aren’t the Dems Doing Something About It? By Naomi Klein

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by Naomi Klein
Speaking Truth to Power
ALTERNET
Friday, 14 November 2008

The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal.

In a moment of high panic in late September, the U.S. Treasury unilaterally pushed through a radical change in how bank mergers are taxed — a change long sought by the industry. Despite the fact that this move will deprive the government of as much as $140 billion in tax revenue, lawmakers found out only after the fact. According to the Washington Post, more than a dozen tax attorneys agree that “Treasury had no authority to issue the [tax change] notice.”

Of equally dubious legality are the equity deals Treasury has negotiated with many of the country’s banks. According to Congressman Barney Frank, one of the architects of the legislation that enables the deals, “Any use of these funds for any purpose other than lending — for bonuses, for severance pay, for dividends, for acquisitions of other institutions, etc. — is a violation of the act.” Yet this is exactly how the funds are being used.

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via Carolyn Baker – NAOMI KLEIN: THE WALL ST. BAILOUT IS A TRILLION DOLLAR CRIME SCENE: WHERE ARE THE DEMS?

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Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

A Credit Crisis or a Collapsing Ponzi Scheme?

Paulson the Bungler By Mike Whitney

The New World Order Monetary System

Sign Petition for a Monetary System That Puts People First – Open Letter to G-20

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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Can Obama Stop the Bush Admin’s Final Economic Heist? + The New Trough by Naomi Klein

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By Naomi Klein
http://www.alternet.org
NaomiKlein.com
November 6, 2008

To understand the meaning of the U.S. election results, it is worth looking back to the moment when everything changed for the Obama campaign. It was, without question, the moment when the economic crisis hit Wall Street.

Up to that point, things weren’t looking all that good for Barack Obama. The Democratic National Convention barely delivered a bump, while the appointment of Sarah Palin seemed to have shifted the momentum decisively over to John McCain.

Then, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed, followed by insurance giant AIG, then Lehman Brothers. It was in this moment of economic vertigo that Obama found a new language. With tremendous clarity, he turned his campaign into a referendum into the deregulation and trickle down policies that have dominated mainstream economic discourse since Ronald Reagan. He said his opponent represented more of the same while he stood for a new direction, one that would rebuild the economy from the ground up, rather than the top down. Obama stayed on this message for the rest of the campaign and, as we just saw, it worked.

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via Can Obama Stop the Bush Administration’s Final Economic Heist? | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet

h/t: Speaking Truth to Power

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The New Trough

The Wall Street bailout looks a lot like Iraq — a “free-fraud zone” where private contractors cash in on the mess they helped create

by NAOMI KLEIN
Rolling Stone
Nov 13, 2008

Editor’s note: The online version of this story has been amended to reflect developments since the publication of the print edition.

On October 13th, when the U.S. Treasury Department announced the team of “seasoned financial veterans” that will be handling the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, one name jumped out: Reuben Jeffery III, who was initially tapped to serve as chief investment officer for the massive new program.

On the surface, Jeffery looks like a classic Bush appointment. Like Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, he’s an alum of Goldman Sachs, having worked on Wall Street for 18 years. And as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2005 to 2007, he proudly advocated “flexibility” in regulation — a laissez-faire approach that failed to rein in the high-risk trading at the heart of the meltdown.

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via The New Trough : Rolling Stone

h/t: Speaking Truth to Power

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Naomi Klein: Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine (video)

Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine By Naomi Klein

Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

World Economic Crisis

Interview with Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine (video)

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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Deconstructing The Power of the Global Elite: Brute Force, The Power to Hurt, and Psychological Control

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by Judith H. Young
Global Research, October 9, 2008

In the aftermath of Congressional approval of bailout legislation granting sweeping powers to the financial elite, the body politic appears to be helplessly mired in the relentless unfolding of classical fascism before its very eyes.

Coming to terms with this terrifying predicament can benefit from a primer that renders naked the forms of raw power used by the global elite in advancing its agenda for full spectrum dominance. This will enable us to determine if we are in fact helpless and to use care and deliberation in finding the means to take our power back.

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Naomi Klein: Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine (video)

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Democracy Now
Sept 24, 2008

Naomi Klein: “Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine”

While the collapse of this country’s financial system continues to send shock waves around the world, we speak to the bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine. Naomi Klein says the public should be wary of the Bush administration trying to use the crisis to push through more of the radical pro-corporate policies that helped cause it in the first place. [includes rush transcript]

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Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine By Naomi Klein

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By Naomi Klein
ICH
23/09/08 “Huffington Post”

I wrote The Shock Doctrine in the hopes that it would make us all better prepared for the next big shock. Well, that shock has certainly arrived, along with gloves-off attempts to use it to push through radical pro-corporate policies which of course will further enrich the very players who created the market crisis in the first place….

The best summary of how the right plans to use the economic crisis to push through their policy wish list comes from Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. On Sunday, Gingrich laid out 18 policy prescriptions for Congress to take in order to “return to a Reagan-Thatcher policy of economic growth through fundamental reforms.” In the midst of this economic crisis, he is actually demanding the repeal of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which would lead to further deregulation of the financial industry. Gingrich is also calling for reforming the education system to allow “competition” a.k.a. vouchers, strengthening border enforcement, cutting corporate taxes and his signature move: allowing offshore drilling.

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Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine          : Information Clearing House – ICH.

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Klein-Naomi

Interview with Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine (video)

Naomi Klein “The Shock Doctrine” & “No Logo” interview (must-see video)

“Mortgage Fraud”: The Paulson Bail-Out Plan by Richard C. Cook

Democracy Now!: Largest Government Bailout of Private Industry in US History

Rep. Kapture: Let’s Play “Wall Street Bailout” The Rules Are…

Bernie Sanders: Any company that is too big to fail is too big to exist!

Tell Congress: No to Bailout! (Action alerts)

The Molotov: In The Red (for inspiration)

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Naomi Klein on China’s rising police state

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Democracy Now!
Aug 15, 2008

Naomi Klein and Christian Parenti on How Beijing Olympics Highlight Globalization of Police State, Inequality

The equipment and integrated security systems used to detain Olympic protesters will remain long after the Olympics, to be used, many fear, on China’s own population. And some of the biggest beneficiaries of this surveillance boom are US hedge funds and corporations, including Cisco, General Electric and Google. We speak to journalists Naomi Klein and Christian Parenti, both of whom have recently reported from China.

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With Crises in Fuel, Food, Housing and Banking, What Gvt. Policies Are Being Pushed Through? (Naomi Klein)

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Democracy Now!

July 15, 2008

With Crises in Fuel, Food, Housing and Banking, What Gvt. Policies Are Being Pushed Through? Naomi Klein Reexamines “The Shock Doctrine”

As the country and the world reel from crises ranging from skyrocketing oil prices and global food shortages to housing and climate change, how best to understand the government policies being pushed through? We spend the hour with Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Klein also discusses Barack Obama’s economic advisory team, whom she calls “Obama’s Chicago Boys”; why she’s suing the US government for spying on journalists like her; as well as her recent trip to China, where she says the government is building a high-tech police state with the help of US military contractors. [includes rush transcript]

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