China’s Asian Bank May Herald A New World Order

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By Kalinga Seneviratne* | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

SINGAPORE (IDN) - Since the 2008 economic meltdown, Europeans and the Americans have been asking the Chinese to contribute more to the Bretton Woods institutions. The Chinese, on the other hand, have been demanding reforms to the hegemonic system of management and voting rights in these institutions that favour the Americans and the Europeans. Both appeals have mainly landed on deaf ears.

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EU Spares Trillions Hidden in Tax Havens

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By R. Nstranis
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BERLIN (IDN) – 'There is no alternative but to cut public spending and development aid' has become a much repeated mantra for governments in the rich countries. But investigations reveal that there is a huge lot of hidden 'private' money that could put an end to extreme global poverty.

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Banks and Politics Do Not Mix Well

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By Roberto Savio*
IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint

SAN SALVADOR, The Bahamas (IDN | Other News) - Hardly a week goes by without the disclosure of some scandal related to banks. Now British Standard Chartered has been accused by an American regulator of having schemed with the Iranian government to launder billions of dollars for the potential support of terrorist activities. What gives an added value to this allegation is that Standard Chartered was, at least up until now, considered one of the cleanest banks, and was not associated with any scandal.

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Concern Over Historic Drop in Development Aid

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By R. Nastranis
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

PARIS (IDN) - Imagine a physician telling you to get a haircut to reduce your weight. This sort of a spurious argument has been apparently used by some of the major givers of official development assistance (ODA) which fell by nearly 3 percent in 2011 for the first time in 14 years.

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Angels Invest Where Banks Dither

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By Ramesh Jaura
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

BERLIN (IDN) - For innovative young folks, angels are by no means mythical beings or messengers of God as depicted in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and the Quran. They are flesh-and-blood source of equity capital at the seed and early stage of company formation, particularly when banks are reluctant to lend.

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Is Time Ripe to Abandon the IMF?

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Is Time Ripe to Abandon the IMF?By Raúl de Sagastizabal
IDN-InDepth NewsEssay

Hedging behaviour, a high degree of groupthink, intellectual capture, a general mind-set that excludes contrary views, fiefdom battles, inadequate analytical approaches, and lack of accountability should make governments ask themselves whether the time has not come to withdraw their support for the IMF.

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The Sisyphean Task of Managing the Euro Zone

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The Sisyphean Task of Managing the Euro ZoneBy Peter Wahl*
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BERLIN (IDN) - In spring 2011 it became more and more obvious that Greece would not be able to comply with the conditionality of the 2010 rescue package of €120 billion. Targets were not reached since the budget cuts and austerity measures had stalled growth, and the recession was deeper than calculated. Spending for unemployment went up while tax revenues fell.

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Subject 'Hot Money' to Controls

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Hot money has become a hot topic in the emerging economies.By Raul de Sagastizabal*
IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint

MONTEVIDEO (IDN) - Hot money is the "purely speculative money," which enters into an economy or an economic sector in order to earn a short-term and/or huge profit and leave quickly, as long as it finds more profit elsewhere.

Hot money refers to funds that net speculators move, the professional speculators, who spend 24/7 looking for an opportunity to obtain more and more profits.

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Volatility in Capital Flows Calls for Regulation

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Volatility in Capital Flows Calls for RegulationBy Martin Khor*
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

Booming capital flows to developing countries are destabilising currencies and threaten to end in a bust. The commodity markets are also subjected to speculation, with volatile fluctuations in prices. Capital controls at the domestic level and regulation of capital flows and commodity markets at the international level are both needed.

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When Social Responsibility is Not Just a Buzzword

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When Social Responsibility is Not Just a BuzzwordBy Katsuhro Asagiri
IDN-InDepth NewsFeature

TOKYO (IDN) - Corporate social responsibility is not just a buzzword for Isao Mizuno. It is a commitment he and his 95 employees translate into practice day in and day out. Mizuno is the president of Chiyoda Unyu, a transportation company in western Tokyo.

Since 2002, they have been supporting a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Japan, which is engaged in a reforestation project in some 5,100 kilometres away Nepal. Chiyoda Unyu workers collect empty milk packages, considered as recyclable waste in Japan, and bring these to the company. Chiyoda Unyu forwards these to an NGO which sells these to a recycling company, and supports with the proceeds tree planting projects at the feet of the Himalayas. [GERMAN | JAPANESE]

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EU Remains Wedded to Neoliberal Recipes

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EU Remains Wedded to Neoliberal RecipesBy Peter Wahl*
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BERLIN (IDN) - The EU has for some time been discussing a package of proposals to better coordinate economic policies and avoid crises in the Euro zone. The main purpose is to impose stricter budget discipline on member countries even including sanctions for those in the Euro zone.

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