By Jessica Goldstein, 23 April 2019
The findings of the report showed that among OECD countries, a growing number of middle-income earners perceive “that the current socioeconomic system is unfair.”
By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 April 2019
The crisis facing Jet Airways, and which has caused it to ground all its aircraft, is part of a global crisis of the aviation industry.
By Jacob Crosse, 22 April 2019
An estimated $300 million has already been siphoned from public coffers to provide transportation access for a nonexistent factory complex.
By Nick Beams, 19 April 2019
Among the most contentious issues that remain unresolved are which US tariffs would continue force and the establishment of an enforcement mechanism.
By Nick Beams, 17 April 2019
Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed after Wall Street last year experienced its worst December result since the depths of the Great Depression in 1931.
By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2019
As a consequence of Trump’s 2017 tax cut for the wealthy, the number of Fortune 500 companies paying no federal income taxes has doubled.
By Gustav Kemper and Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2019
The German government is pushing for the combination of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank to establish a financial behemoth capable of competing with the US and China.
By Nick Beams, 11 April 2019
The IMF reported that industrial production and investment remained weak in many advanced and developing economies, and world trade had yet to recover.
By Nick Beams, 8 April 2019
Proposals by Trump to fill two vacancies on the Fed’s board of governors have brought denunciations of political stacking.
By Nick Beams, 6 April 2019
Trump emerged from a meeting with chief Chinese trade negotiator Liu He to say it would take at least four weeks to reach an agreement as he declined to set a date for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
By Kevin Reed, 5 April 2019
The preliminary report by the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau shows that a faulty angle-of-attack sensor was behind the crash on March 10 that killed 157 passengers and crew.
By Joe Mount, 5 April 2019
Since 2014, over 12,000 publicly-owned assets with a total value of over £9.1 billion have been sold off, including libraries, health clinics, youth centres and public spaces.
Amid auto layoffs and warnings of manufacturing “bloodbath”
By Nick Beams, 4 April 2019
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde noted that while two years ago 75 percent of the global economy was experiencing an upswing, today 70 percent is in a slowdown.
By Jacob Crosse, 3 April 2019
Retirees have been given two options—either convert all or a portion of the previously held policy into a new plan, and begin making payments, or watch it evaporate.
By Dan Conway, 1 April 2019
A small layer of investors and company employees have become multimillionaires and billionaires, while hundreds of thousands of drivers struggle to make ends meet on poverty level wages.
By Nick Beams, 30 March 2019
The issue of enforcement has been at the centre of US demands, with Washington wanting the right to impose tariffs on China without any retaliation.
By Alex Lantier, 29 March 2019
Rome’s endorsement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the face of explicit US disapproval points to deep tensions between US and European imperialism.
By Nick Beams, 29 March 2019
Bloomberg has reported that the amount of global bonds with negative yields has topped $10 trillion, an indication of the growing uncertainty in financial markets.
By Baris Demir, 26 March 2019
The Turkish lira depreciated by more than 5 percent last Friday, just nine days before nationwide local elections in which the ruling AKP is expected to suffer significant losses.
By Fred Mazelis and Mark Witkowski, 25 March 2019
The development is the latest and most extreme expression of the gentrification and inequality that has reached unprecedented levels in the capital of American capitalism.
By Marianne Arens, 22 March 2019
The “reddito di cittadinanza” (citizen income) is a vanity project of the co-governing Five-Star Movement that will not change Italy’s stark social inequality.
French public sector strikes; further protests in Algeria; union ends wage strike at South Africa’s Sibanye Gold without an agreement
22 March 2019
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By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2019
Attacks on workers are paying off for the bosses at Ford, Boeing, Blue Cross Blue Shield and other giant corporations.
By Nick Beams, 14 March 2019
The questioning of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer centred almost exclusively on the content and progress of trade talks with Beijing.
By Nick Beams, 12 March 2019
The key US demand is that China must make “structural” changes to its economy, including abandoning state subsidies to major industries.
By Nick Beams, 11 March 2019
Last week the OECD cut its growth forecast for advanced economies in 2019 from 1.8 percent to 1 percent, with Europe taking the brunt of the downward revision.
US “retail apocalypse” expected to exceed annual high with more than 1,100 store closures announced in one day
By Trévon Austin, 9 March 2019
More than 6,300 stores are already set to close in 2019 already surpassing the total number of closures last year.
Some economic and political conclusions
By Nick Beams, 9 March 2019
Over the past decade, as a result of policies carried out by the US government, financial authorities and the US Federal Reserve, trillions of dollars have been pumped into financial markets, lifting the Dow and the S&P 500 by more than 300 percent.
By Nick Beams, 8 March 2019
The decision by the ECB came as a result of what President Marion Draghi characterised as “substantial” downward revision of growth estimates for the region.
By Nick Beams, 7 March 2019
The increased deficit is an expression of the inherent contradictions of Trump’s “America First” trade agenda, within the framework of a globalised economy.
By Nick Beams, 5 March 2019
The Trump negotiators are insisting that the US retain the right to impose tariffs if it considers a deal has been abrogated and China should not impose any retaliatory measures.
By Nick Beams, 2 March 2019
A statement from Meng’s defence lawyers objected to the Canadian decision in the face of what it called “the political nature of the US charges.”
By Simon Whelan, 2 March 2019
Some 19,000 high street jobs have been lost or put at risk in the two months since Christmas.
By Nick Beams, 1 March 2019
The US Trade Representative made it clear the fundamental question is “structural reforms” in the Chinese economy.
By Andre Damon, 27 February 2019
A growing movement of the working class confronts the entrenched power of a financial oligarchy intent on expanding its wealth and domination over society.
By Jerry White, 27 February 2019
After concealing news about the strike in Mexico for six weeks, the Detroit Free Press acknowledged that it has forced Ford to halt production due to a lack of steering wheels.
Despite talk of “progress” in trade negotiations
By Nick Beams, 26 February 2019
The key point in US demands on any agreement is that China opposes a unilateral decision on compliance by Washington, insisting it must be determined by a joint evaluation.
By Nick Beams, 25 February 2019
Trump said that if “additional progress” were made in the negotiations, he would plan a summit meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping.
By Jacob Crosse, 25 February 2019
Promoted by the unions and the pseudo-left, the “Fight for $15” campaign has been utilized by the Democratic Party to institutionalize poverty wages for millions of workers.
By Nick Beams, 23 February 2019
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the German government is “leaning towards letting Huawei … participate in building the nation’s high-speech internet infrastructure.”
By Nick Beams, 21 February 2019
A Commerce Department investigation is believed to state that auto imports constitute a “threat.”
By Nick Beams, 16 February 2019
The next round will be virtually the last chance to reach a formal agreement before March 1, after which the US will increase tariffs—from 10 to 25 percent—on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
By Nick Beams, 15 February 2019
The top 1 percent in the US now owns about 40 percent of household wealth, increasing its share by at least 10 percentage points since 1989.
By Mike Head, 13 February 2019
Growing signs of a global downturn and a domestic slump saw Australia’s central bank suddenly reverse course on interest rates.
As China-US trade deadline nears
By Nick Beams, 12 February 2019
Prospects for a US-China trade deal took a blow last Thursday when US President Donald Trump ruled out a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping before the expiration of a March 1 deadline.
By Jacob Crosse, 11 February 2019
The beleaguered retail chain lives to die another day as remaining workers are left with an uncertain future
By Nick Beams, 8 February 2019
While the Trump administration put a degree of positive “spin” on last month’s discussions, little progress has been reported on the key US demands.
By Alex Johnson, 4 February 2019
According to Reuters, drug manufacturers raised the prices of more than 250 prescription drugs, including the world’s top-selling medicine, Humira.
By Nick Beams, 2 February 2019
A statement issued by the White House at the conclusion of the discussions said Trump had reiterated that the US will increase tariffs unless an outcome is reached.
By Nick Beams, 2 February 2019
The financial elites on Wall Street, addicted to the supply of ultra-cheap money as they appropriate the wealth produced by the labour of billions of workers, dictate economic policy.
By Jacob Crosse, 1 February 2019
This is the second time the Foxconn investment, promoted by the Trump administration as proof that its tax cuts would benefit workers, has been significantly reduced.
In the wake of December’s market turbulence
By Nick Beams, 31 January 2019
The Federal Reserve’s statement yesterday dropped its language stating that further rises would be appropriate.
By Saman Gunadasa, 31 January 2019
The Sri Lankan government has assured the IMF of its commitment to “strong” austerity measures.
By Nick Beams, 29 January 2019
The US is demanding China scrap its program for future economic development by implementing so-called “structural” changes.
By Andre Damon, 29 January 2019
The move marks a major escalation of the United States’ economic, geopolitical and military offensive against China.
By Nick Beams, 25 January 2019
The decision to hand the keynote address to the newly installed fascistic president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, demonstrated the political orientation of the global elites at Davos.
By Nick Beams, 24 January 2019
The top-level meeting will be crucial in determining whether the US proceeds to impose a 25 percent tariff on Chinese goods when the March 1 deadline for negotiations expires.
By Jacob Crosse, 24 January 2019
After decades of loyal service Shopko employees are to be laid off and their pensions raided so that wealthy executives can reap millions of dollars in bonuses and fees.
As global elites gather at Davos
By Nick Beams, 22 January 2019
The UK-based charity Oxfam International has reported that the wealth of the world’s billionaires grew by $900 billion last year, a rise of 12 percent, while 3.8 billion people—half the world’s population—saw their wealth decline by 11 percent.
By Nick Beams, 22 January 2019
National Bureau of Statistics head Ning Jizhe said the economy faced “downward pressure” and pointed to a “complicated and severe external environment” resulting from the US trade war.
Head Start, school lunches and social programs targeted for elimination
The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards “great power” conflicts: Part Two
By Guillaume Garnier and Nancy Hanover, 21 January 2019
A recent CBO report insists that the vast majority of discretionary appropriations be allocated to the US military machine and its ever-expanding wars, while outlining “options” for eviscerating social services and public education.
Auto jobs massacre widens
By Marcus Day, 19 January 2019
The auto giants are seeking to terrorize an increasingly insurgent workforce into submission, as the companies confront slumping sales, a looming economic crisis and significant financial pressures.
By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2019
The Canadian government feels it can act so provocatively because its demonization of China is part of a broader offensive against Beijing led by US imperialism.
By Gabriel Black, 19 January 2019
The US regards the “Made in China 2025” initiative as a major threat to its own global economic and strategic domination.
By Nick Beams, 18 January 2019
The gathering of global elites is very mindful of the mounting international class struggle, with “social anger” increasingly prevalent.
By Nick Beams, 15 January 2019
The bank cut its June forecast for global growth of 3 percent this year to 2.9 percent and warned that “the risks are growing that growth could be even weaker than anticipated.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 January 2019
Against the backdrop of Sears’ threatened liquidation, Macy’s and other department retailers suffered severe stock drops and announced plans for more store closures.
By Mike Head, 12 January 2019
Two reports raise the spectre of a financial crisis that would blow up the pre-election claims of both the Coalition government and the Labor Party.
By Peter Symonds, 10 January 2019
The negotiations consisted of US officials insisting that Beijing meet a long list of demands, but offering nothing in return other than not proceeding with higher tariffs.
By Roger Jordan, 9 January 2019
Although Ottawa has been a key partner in Washington’s confrontation with Beijing, ruling circles want Trudeau to go even further and ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.
By Jessica Goldstein, 9 January 2019
Sears Holding Corp. has put liquidation on hold as hedge fund manager and asset stripper Eddie Lampert, its primary shareholder, revised a bid to purchase the company’s assets.
By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2019
Washington’s aggressive stance was underscored by the provocative dispatch of a US destroyer to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea on day one of the trade talks.
By Saman Gunadasa, 7 January 2019
The IMF suspended the final $500 million installment of its $1.5 billion loan to Sri Lanka last November after bitter infighting erupted within Colombo’s political elite.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 January 2019
A marked slump in the property market is one expression of broader recessionary tendencies.
By Andre Damon, 5 January 2019
The Federal Reserve, responding to Thursday’s stock market selloff, declared it was “listening” to the markets and ready to scrap its plans to raise interest rates.
By Andre Damon, 4 January 2019
The economic warfare pursued by the Trump administration with the support of broad sections of the US political establishment is coming home to roost in the form of a global slowdown spreading to the United States.
By our reporters, 3 January 2019
A White House meeting Wednesday showed no change in the ongoing standoff between Trump and congressional Democrats.
By Nick Beams, 3 January 2019
A key Chinese economic index has indicated lower growth as talks on US-China trade tensions are set to begin.
By Alexander Fangmann, 3 January 2019
The Cuban government is cutting back on the consumption of energy and other goods as a result of stagnant growth, a fall in exports and the decline in oil subsidies from Venezuela.
Stock buybacks reach $1 trillion
By E.P. Milligan, 31 December 2018
It is now clear the vast majority of the corporate spending of the tax windfall has gone to the further enrichment of a tiny parasitic layer of investors and CEOs.
By Nick Beams, 29 December 2018
This week registered the first gain for the financial markets in three weeks, but they remain on course to record the worst December since 1931.
By Nick Beams, 27 December 2018
Even with yesterday’s jump in share prices, both the Dow and the S&P 500 are on track for their worst December since 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression.
Fed attempt at calming markets fails
By Nick Beams, 22 December 2018
Both the S&P and the Dow are on track for their worst December performance since December 1931, during the Great Depression.
By Peter Symonds, 22 December 2018
The 1MDB scandal was a significant factor in ousting the long-reigning UMNO government and reorienting Malaysian foreign policy away from China.
By Alex González, 21 December 2018
The plan is aimed at keeping workers in Central America from migrating to Mexico and the US.
By Nick Beams, 20 December 2018
The Dow fell on the announcement of the rate increase and then dropped even further as Fed chairman Jerome Powell addressed a news conference, with traders reportedly yelling “Stop this guy talking.”
By Nick Beams, 18 December 2018
With all indexes now in “correction” territory, having fallen more than 10 percent since their highs, Wall Street is on track to record its biggest annual decline since 2008.
By Nick Beams, 15 December 2018
The China slowdown is part of a global process, exposing the fraudulent claim that the global economy had finally “turned the corner” after the deep recession produced by the financial crisis a decade ago.
By Nick Beams, 11 December 2018
Concerns over global growth are a significant factor in the ongoing slide and volatility in US markets, with signs of a downturn reflected in the fall of commodity prices.
By Andre Damon, 8 December 2018
Meng’s arrest and confinement—without bail and on tendentious and opaque charges potentially carrying a sentence of 60 years—amount to little more than a kidnapping.
As Dow drops another 560 points
By Nick Beams, 8 December 2018
The longest bull market in history has rested on the suppression of the class struggle by the trade union bureaucracy, which is breaking apart.
At Washington’s behest
By Keith Jones and Roger Jordan, 7 December 2018
The arrest and impending extradition to the US of Meng Wanzhou is a diplomatic and geopolitical provocation that has effectively blown up the US-China trade-war “truce” after less than a week.
By Nick Beams, 7 December 2018
The market turbulence on Wall Street saw the Dow off by 784 points in late morning trade which meant that the market had experienced a 1,500-point slide in a day and a half.
By Nick Beams, 5 December 2018
US share markets plunged yesterday amid fears of an escalating trade war with China as well as growing signs that the US economy is entering a recession.
Five years since Detroit bankruptcy
By Debra Watson, 5 December 2018
Moody’s Investors Service has issued major warnings about the ability to meet bond payments and financial shortfalls in the city’s public schools.
By Nick Beams, 4 December 2018
The most important difference centres on the key demand of Washington that China make far-reaching “structural” changes to its economy in the area of high-tech development.
By Andre Damon, 1 December 2018
Trump’s trip to the G20 summit in Argentina has been proceeded by demands for trade war and military escalation against Russia and China.
By Trévon Austin, 30 November 2018
Not since the combined impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu in 1918 has the country experienced such a prolonged period of decline in life expectancy.
By Nick Beams, 29 November 2018
While a deal is still possible, the chances seem very remote in light of Trump’s comments and those of other members of his administration.
By Nick Beams, 29 November 2018
Powell indicated that the Federal Reserve is not committed to further interest rate rises next year and is very attuned to the financial markets’ demands.