World Bank

Why India's Attempt To Digital Will Fail

"India is looking for totalitarian solutions to deal with problems created by totalitarianism and tribalism...There is a lot of pain and no gain facing India. If they had any sense they should be begging the British to return and rule the country. That is the only option apart from chaos, disintegration, and eventual never-ending tribal infighting among the fragments."

Globalization & The Rural-Urban Divide

The playing field was never level: the Neoliberal Corporate-State Order had all the power, and rigged the game to its own advantage. No wonder the rural regions are rebelling--not against the cities, but against the Neoliberal Global Order that has stripped the economic diversity from rural economies.

Scandal At China's Grand Silk Road Summit As India Skips, Warns Of "Unsustainable Debt"

It was supposed to be China's day of celebrating massive infrastructure spending for the sake of spending as Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his new Silk Road plan to forge "a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade" while calling for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomatic power games. However, it did not go quite as smoothly as expected.

Visualizing The Global Black Market For Oil

The value of the crude oil production alone is worth a staggering $1.7 trillion each year. The only problem when an industry becomes this lucrative? Eventually, everybody wants a piece of the pie – and they’ll do anything to get their share. While pipeline theft in places like Nigeria and Mexico are the most famous images associated with the theft of hydrocarbons, the problem is actually far more broad and systematic in nature.

War And Empire: The American Way Of Life

What the majority of Americans are conditioned to think they know about their past (and that of many other peoples) is myth, and too often, sheer illusion. Misdirection and manipulation about proclaimed threats from abroad since 1945 has led directly into wars and unjust armed interventions and coups in many other nations. The results are always tragic on a colossal scale.

Are Oil Prices To Blame For The Venezuelan Crisis? (Spoiler Alert: Of Course Not!)

Venezuela is undergoing the typical collapse of a country that has been subject to years of all kinds of political interventions. The fall in oil prices is the external shock that brings to light the embarrassing result of years of price controls, currency controls, nationalizations, uncontrolled monetary creation, and economic dirigisme.

Central Banks Give "All Clear" To BTFD If French Election Upsets Market

"The central bank is ready for any shocks that should materialize [after the French election]... Intervening very quickly is really very easy now given the instruments we have... But as we have seen in similar cases, no need has really been observed. And the reason is that all market participants know that these instruments are there to be used."

IMF Drops Pledge To "Resist All Forms Of Protectionism"

A communique from the IMF’s steering committee released on Saturday in Washington echoed the G-20 reversal, and said that officials “are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies" while omitting a call from its last statement in October to “resist all forms of protectionism."

Frontrunning: April 21

  • Attack overshadows last campaign day in France (Reuters)
  • Paris Gunman Was Questioned by Police in February (WSJ)
  • French PM knocks Le Pen, Fillon stance on security after Paris shooting (Reuters)
  • Battle zone scenes at Paris Champs Elysees (Reuters)
  • In ‘Buy American’ Push, Trump Is Starting in a Hole (WSJ)

European, US Stocks In Eerie Calm As French Vote Looms

Global markets were oddly calm on Friday, the last day of trading before the first round of France's closely fought presidential election, with European stocks posting modest declines ahead of Sunday's main event, Asian shares rising, and set for first weekly gain in the past month, while U.S. futures were unchanged.