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Contrary To French Misinformation, The BRIC Block (And South Africa) Demands Non-European IMF Head, Questions Legitimacy Of Fund

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Today, France tried the oldest trick in the diplomatic book, presenting what it wishes was reality as reality, when it said that China had backed its candidate for the IMF presidency under Christine Lagarde. That's great, only it's totally false. Not only has China not endorsed Lagarde, but according to a statement just released by Jianxiong He of China, as well as every other BRIC, the developing world has just put its stake in the ground and is firmly behind a non-European candidate, stating that "we also believe that adequate representation of emerging
market and developing members in the Fund’s management is critical to
its legitimacy and effectiveness." Not surprisingly, the BRICs reference an old promise by none other than Jun(c)ker which "declared that “the next managing
director will certainly not be a European” and that “in the Euro group
and among EU finance ministers, everyone is aware that Strauss-Kahn will
probably be the last European to become director of the IMF in the
foreseeable future”."
By creating the BRICs (and South Africa which is a co-signator of the statement), Goldman may have just created a New New World Order Frankenstein monster which will refuse to blindly go with the demands of its now insolvent master. In the meantime, the diplomatic faux pas by the French, if anything, will merely antagonize China, which has so far refused to unpeg the CNY only due to demand by the US to do precisely that, as any accession to foreign demands would be seen by China, and its billion plus producers (and eventual consumers), as a sign of weakness.

From the IMF:

Statement by the IMF Executive Directors Representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on the Selection Process for Appointing an IMF Managing Director
Press Release No. 11/195
May 24, 2011

We, as Executive Directors representing Brazil, Russia, India, China
and South Africa in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have the
following common understanding concerning the selection of the next
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund:

1) The convention that the selection of the Managing Director is
made, in practice, on the basis of nationality undermines the legitimacy
of the Fund

2) The recent financial crisis which erupted in developed countries,
underscored the urgency of reforming international financial
institutions so as to reflect the growing role of developing countries
in the world economy.

3) Accordingly, several international agreements have called for a
truly transparent, merit-based and competitive process for the selection
of the Managing Director of the IMF and other senior positions in the
Bretton Woods institutions. This requires abandoning the obsolete
unwritten convention that requires that the head of the IMF be
necessarily from Europe. We are concerned with public statements made
recently by high-level European officials to the effect that the
position of Managing Director should continue to be occupied by a

4) These statements contradict public announcements made in 2007, at
the time of the selection of Mr. Strauss-Kahn, when Mr. Jean-Claude
Junker, president of the Euro group, declared that “the next managing
director will certainly not be a European” and that “in the Euro group
and among EU finance ministers, everyone is aware that Strauss-Kahn will
probably be the last European to become director of the IMF in the
foreseeable future”.

5) We believe that, if the Fund is to have credibility and
legitimacy, its Managing Director should be selected after broad
consultation with the membership. It should result in the most competent
person being appointed as Managing Director, regardless of his or her
nationality. We also believe that adequate representation of emerging
market and developing members in the Fund’s management is critical to
its legitimacy and effectiveness.

6) The next Managing Director of the Fund should not only be a
strongly qualified person, with solid technical background and political
acumen, but also a person that is committed to continuing the process
of change and reform of the institution so as to adapt it to the new
realities of the world economy.


Aleksei Mozhin, Executive Director (Russia)

Arvind Virmani, Executive Director (India)

Jianxiong He, Executive Director (China)

Moeketsi Majoro, Executive Director representing South Africa

Paulo Nogueira Batista Jr., Executive Director (Brazil)


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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:35 | 1306991 Ecoman11
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Did the BRICs setup DSK? If so that was a brilliant move.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:36 | 1306993 JW n FL
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You can NOT Buy a Cop in New York!

Bloomberg on the other hand may be behind something for the homeland?

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 20:27 | 1307328 theXman
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Looks like BRICs want something out of the negotiation. They won't necessarily block Lagarde, they just want something in return, perhapse a large share of the voting rights. I believe the position is still Lagarde's to lose. Whatever Junk said a few years ago does not matter.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 23:09 | 1307768 trav7777
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how about not another of the same ethnicity as all the rest of the western banking industry?

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 23:10 | 1307770 silberblick
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Click below to see a visual graph of Bankster's dirty needs arranged according to Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs:

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 00:59 | 1307971 Urban Redneck
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The next Managing Director of the Fund should not only be a strongly qualified person, with solid technical background and political acumen

Diplomatic to English translation- BRICS veto Lagarde

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:37 | 1307177 Popo
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They didn't need to.  The Empire is burning on its own.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:32 | 1306992 JW n FL
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whomever wins this fight for head of the IMF.. their Country will be the next Egypt / Spain.. that is of course if we dont pick them.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:44 | 1307027 cossack55
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Is Iceland part of Europe or is it in the new "land of the free" zone?  I would nominate an Icelander, but only if their name is pronounceable. 

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:25 | 1307670 JW n FL
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and people say I'm Harsh! LOL!!

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:34 | 1306997 achmachat
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anyone else thinks it would be a good idea to buy tons of CNY and then just patiently wait for China to unpeg it?

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:50 | 1307044 Nicholaz
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Good luck trying to buy CNY in the first place.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:56 | 1307062 achmachat
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that is very easy for me. Part of my family lives on the other side of the Great Wall.

Besides, at the Bank of China branch here in Luxembourg, you can now have an account in CNY if I'm not way off...

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:36 | 1307185 uniman
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I am an American citizen living in China.  I can get CNY.  If you are interested in figuring out how to do that, please let me know.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:21 | 1307666 Coldfire
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No luck required at all. If you're in Hong Kong, you can buy up to CNY20,000/day/account. If you are in Singapore, there is no limit to the amount of CNY you can buy.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 08:01 | 1308360 Eager learner
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I can confirm there are also branches of China's national bank in England. You can open an account and deposited funds can be transfered to and from CNY via the interpipes banking at I believe no fee.

Downside is the account gets 0% interest. But it would be suitable for what achmachat is proposing.


Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:02 | 1307414 goldfreak
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i was wondering the same thing, why not buy CNY and hold it?

can you buy it at the airport? wouldn't be the cheapest way

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:25 | 1307492 Votewithabullet
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They have branches in the states and you can purchase only so many every day. If you perform a service in china you can recieve payment in renminbi/yuan. Caveat its made of paper.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 23:13 | 1307771 trav7777
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CNY??  Why?  Do you really think some paper that they print the shit out of to maintain false growth is going to increase in real value??

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 08:20 | 1308387 Eager learner
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Considering the Chinese manufacture and export a lot of stuff and have, as a result, massive currency reserves, yes. Clearly they have their own problems including high domestic inflation. But that inflation presents very good reasons to unpeg. Happier population (especially because the Chinese have high savings rates) and increased domestic consumption reducing reliance on exports being a couple.

Put it this way. If they unpeged their currency tomorrow do you think it would increase or decrease in value?

Ultimately it depends on how you define real value but as a short term play I think the idea has merit.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 08:32 | 1308417 Eager learner
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I've been considering it and checked out the bank accounts they are offering . The drawback is they are 0% interest (at least in the U.K.) and incur bank fees.

I think they are more for facilitating doing business and getting paid in CNY as you basically get two accounts (One denominated in your local currency, the other in CNY) which I believe you can transfer between at current exhange rates for no fee as many times as you want.

If you can get actual currency that might be the better option. Trading bank fees against security I guess.

If you timed it right it could be a nice little earner.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:35 | 1307002 Ecoman11
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You don't need to buy a cop. You just buy-off a maid.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:40 | 1307004 Cleanclog
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I think it's a good time to dust off my old Drachmas.  New sheriff coming to town.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 00:41 | 1307952 edotabin
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Yeah....get your old bills, get a sharpie and write "NEW" right next to the picture of Zeus. :-)

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:41 | 1307007 Cdad
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You know, and when these stories are breaking left and right, we brother's often mockingly say of it, "Bullish!"  Dispensing with the irony of it, I would suggest here that the more chaos sewn into the IMF, the more truly bullish it is for JUSTICE and RIGHTEOUSNESS and TRUE PRICING.

So more of it, please.  More revelations of entitlement crimes, please.  MORE!

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:24 | 1307134 knowless
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whatever happened to the league of nations?

see one of those that was never a member? they played sort of a big role up until recently..

for real though, the chaos will spawn a new order based on those who actually produce, tis inevitable.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:40 | 1307014 ebworthen
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Has no one suggested we get rid of the IMF altogether?

Do we need a good world war to come to our senses?


Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:42 | 1307021 cossack55
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Add the World Bank, ECB, HSBC, UBS, JPM and GS and ya got a deal.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 20:19 | 1307296 living on the edge
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Add the BIS while you're at it.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:18 | 1307650 topcallingtroll
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Actually we kinda sorta need a world trade clearingness.

It just shouldnt be run by thieving, corrupt Swiss.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 07:05 | 1308262 matrix2012
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yet it's the most prosperous nation [with the highest income per cap]! Or should it be called the richest thief :D

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:31 | 1307157 nmewn
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"Has no one suggested we get rid of the IMF altogether?"

Thank you.

I've never been a fan of bio-engineering larger parasites when the small ones cause enough misery to the host as it is.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:45 | 1307018 rockraider3
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Uh Oh.  Did skynet just gain self-awareness?  The Western powers have lost control of their machine.   Who tries to pull the plug?  Not the US, we are a bunch of pansies.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:43 | 1307022 lizzy36
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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:54 | 1307055 Cheesy Bastard
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The Bastard family has a diverse and dubious history.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:43 | 1307023 InconvenientCou...
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"Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate."

Sun Tzu

Stupidity can seem clever if you use big words. A thick accent helps too. And above all keep your pimp-hand strong -The most interesting man in the world AKA DSK
Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:53 | 1307042 Rainman
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I didn't know there were Jews in China

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:55 | 1307226 Optimusprime
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The Li family?

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:52 | 1307050 Cult_of_Reason
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If BRICs want to run IMF, it is fine with us. The only condition we will take our money back and let the BRICs fund IMF without us.

How much China or Russia contributes to IMF?


0.00001% or 0.0001%?

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:15 | 1307109 Babushka
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Each member of the IMF is assigned a quota, based broadly on its relative size in the world economy, which determines its maximum contribution to the IMF’s financial resources. Upon joining the IMF, a country normally pays up to one-quarter of its quota in the form of widely accepted foreign currencies (such as the U.S. dollar, euro, yen, or pound sterling) or Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). The remaining three-quarters are paid in the country’s own currency. Quotas are reviewed at least every five years. Ad hoc quota increases of 1.8 percent were agreed in 2006 as the first step in a two-year program of quota and voice reforms. Further ad hoc quota increases were approved by the Board of Governors in April 2008, resulting in an overall increase of 11.5 percent. The 2008 reform came into effect in March 2011 following ratification of the amendment to the IMF’s Articles by 117 member countries, representing 85 percent of the IMF’s voting power.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 20:21 | 1307276 Cult_of_Reason
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Yeh, this is a very good idea to let communist China or corrupt Russian oligarchy to determine how to spend other people’s money (mostly US, EU and Japan) at the IMF.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:05 | 1307428 Jendrzejczyk
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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:19 | 1307131 Zeilschip
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Cry baby. Boohoo!!

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:11 | 1307640 topcallingtroll
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Actually the brics are the crybabies here, wanting something for nothing.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:27 | 1307489 Itsalie
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"take our money back" as in Ben's toilet paper? Take it back please, its dirty. BRICS have got oil, coal, gold, iron, rare earths. You are funding euro crisis and your lehan/squids with funny money dude, wake up, those greenback in your pocket are lighter vthan your pea brain

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:09 | 1307633 topcallingtroll
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Then brics can put up or shut up.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:55 | 1307057 Hedgetard55
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Whoever they nominate, let's hope he can keep it in his pants for more than two hours.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:12 | 1307433 goldfreak
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how about bubba clinton to run the IMF?

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 01:31 | 1308000 sethstorm
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You might as well be putting someone from China in with any Clinton. 

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 18:58 | 1307059 treasurefish
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I am now very confident in my long SLV position.  Thanks.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:08 | 1307632 topcallingtroll
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No one has noticed silver creeping back up.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:02 | 1307080 Ergo
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"as any accession to foreign demands would be seen by China, and its billion plus producers (and eventual consumers), as a sign of weakness"


Face saving is a big deal over there, or so I read.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:31 | 1307510 Votewithabullet
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Why not tell them "do not uncouple" We love the peg? Yeah yeah thats the ticket hey chinook...

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:07 | 1307099 Bastiat
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Can we have our gold back, then?

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 20:49 | 1307377 Cthonic
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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:16 | 1307121 ABG LINE
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To the future "Head" of the NWO.


Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:28 | 1307144 Hannibal
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A Brazlian IMF chief should make it very very interesting.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:43 | 1307192 Rodent Freikorps
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Why not just shit-can the IMF?

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:52 | 1307215 penisouraus erecti
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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 20:41 | 1307351 topcallingtroll
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Totally agree. It has outlived its usefulness. Get rid of world bank too.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 01:16 | 1307976 Urban Redneck
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The IMF: "not just for banana republics that actually export bananas anymore."



Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:48 | 1307196 robertocarlos
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Find an Ethiopian Jew.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:32 | 1307517 Votewithabullet
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That would be difficult they've only been around 5 thousand years.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:56 | 1307214 bbq on whitehou...
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DSK wasn't set up (unless you call karma a set up).

DSK is going to prision for the rest of his natural life.  NO means NO in NY.

In all the world NY is its own power. If you think Texas is its own country; welcome to the law, Texas Ranger, your in NY now.

DSK should run as far and as fast as he can. He will never leave NY alive. It took an act of God to get DSK out even on a chain.

But not even God can ever let him see home again.


Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:43 | 1307559 Votewithabullet
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"not even God" I'm sure hes focused on this event.You were not there. Neither was I . Its his word against hers. I love her att. saying they have DNA evidence? The homos call it santourum . Its not about the truth. Its about the capabilities of your lawyer. DSK will walk in less than 2 years. GOD will not be involved.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:55 | 1307227 knukles
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Oh fuck, let's just legitimize the whole thing.  Get a hold of that Nigerian bloke who sends those funny faxes out to everybody.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 19:57 | 1307235 Dolemite
Tue, 05/24/2011 - 20:29 | 1307323 Big Ben
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We should nominate the Dalai Lama to be the new head of the IMF.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 01:37 | 1308006 sethstorm
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Or someone equally as offensive to the same set of countries.


Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:08 | 1307427 Siggy
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Just don't expect a little something, you know, for the effort.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:46 | 1307569 Problem Is
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Christine Lagarde, Why Not?
She looks like Strauss-Kahn's homely brother... No one will notice the difference...

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:30 | 1307671 Coldfire
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Christine Lagarde is the man for the job.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 22:29 | 1307673 AldoHux_IV
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How about the fact that the fund's recommendations do nothing to improve the overall economic situation of a nation (victim) and how that should be the basis of why the legitimacy of the fund should be in question.

Anything else is just a meaningless power struggle to continue attack countries with devious and malacious economic policy.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 23:54 | 1307858 PulauHantu29
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Well, lets just say Sarkozy's command of the Chinese language is less then perfect and his understanding of any BRIC national is most likely close to zero.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 00:24 | 1307929 Elmer Fudd
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"But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow"

turns out Mr. Lennon didnt know sh*t 

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 00:28 | 1307938 brokenspoke
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Timmy might be up for a promotion?

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 02:37 | 1308087 Clowns on Acid
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The IMF is too big to fail.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 03:56 | 1308159 brunolem
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All is not bad in France:

Meanwhile, the big news in France is that the first lady is pregnant. With twins, no less. But while the French left brain is childlike and primitive, the right brain of the Frog is highly developed and extremely cynical. 

"They planned the pregnancy very carefully, to coincide with the next election," says our source. "It was probably part of a deal. I wouldn't even be sure that he [Sarkozy] is the father."

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 04:03 | 1308163 youngandhealthy
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The Europeans are the biggest shareholders. Full stop.

Europe together with US have approx 48% of the votes. Give me one good reasson why the BRIC should run the shop?

Europe needs IMF and the ROW need Europe. So acclaim Christine Lagarde.

And all you Anglo-Saxons with shattered selfconfidence since the 2008 disaster...skip the Schaudenfraude it is in your interest to have an European at the helm.

Best regards

"A non-EU european"

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 05:47 | 1308211 tradewithdave
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Like we said, Ashton Kutcher has a job... winning

Dave Harrison

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 07:14 | 1308276 Franken_Stein
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Frankenstein monster ?

Don't sully my name here, Tyler ! :-)

The monsters I create and assemble in my laboratory are beacons of trustworthyness and honesty when compared to Goldman Sachs and associated minions.


Wed, 05/25/2011 - 09:01 | 1308502 Cthonic
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Yes, Mr. Hankey is one such paragon, no?  You say laboratory, I say lavoratory... let's just call the whole thing offal.

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 07:55 | 1308351 GFORCE
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Dsk-as recently as feb this year- was very vocal in calls for a new reserve currency.

Who else sought to undermine the usd? Oh yeah, qaddafi, saddam and iran.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 07:43 | 1312459 Volaille de Bresse
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"Dsk-as recently as feb this year- was very vocal in calls for a new reserve currency.

Who else sought to undermine the usd? Oh yeah, qaddafi, saddam and iran."


Yep exactly! See this :

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