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Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking?

by Ellen Brown

Sun 18th Sep 2016
Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies... [read more]

Can Jill Carry Bernie’s Baton?

by Ellen Brown

Sat 20th Aug 2016
Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential candidate... [read more]

The War on Weed Part II: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis

by Ellen Brown

Fri 22nd Jul 2016
California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use... [read more]
 

Cannabis -Marijuana: The “War on Weed” Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto/Bayer Be the Winner?

by Ellen Brown

Sat 16th Jul 2016
The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end... [read more]

“Print the Money”: Trump’s “Reckless” Proposal Echoes Franklin and Lincoln

by Ellen Brown

Thu 19th May 2016
The right of government to issue its own money was one of the principles for which the American Revolution was fought... [read more]

Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

by Ellen Brown

Sat 7th May 2016
Despite North Dakota's collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota's population, could do following that state's lead... [read more]
 

The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless

by Ellen Brown

Thu 21st Apr 2016
Exposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the “limited hangout” of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends... [read more]

Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

by Ellen Brown

Wed 16th Mar 2016
Before 2011, Libya had achieved economic independence, with its own water, its own food, its own oil, its own money, and its own state-owned ban... [read more]

The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond

by Ellen Brown

Sat 30th Jan 2016
The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by Syriza to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader... [read more]
 

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

by Ellen Brown

Fri 22nd Jan 2016
In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed's "independence" by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding... [read more]

A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin

by Ellen Brown

Sun 3rd Jan 2016
While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US... [read more]

Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador

by Ellen Brown

Sun 13th Dec 2015
Global developments in finance and geopolitics are prompting a rethinking of the structure of banking and of the nature of money itself... [read more]
 

Hang On to Your Wallet: Negative Interest, the War on Cash and the $10 Trillion Bail-In

by Ellen Brown

Thu 26th Nov 2015
In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot?... [read more]

How Obama Could Beat the Debt Ceiling and Go Out a Hero

by Ellen Brown

Sat 31st Oct 2015
The debt ceiling is an unconstitutional gimmick that violates the 14th amendment... [read more]

Killing Off Community Banks: Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?

by Ellen Brown

Tue 27th Oct 2015
The Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks... [read more]
 

Time for the Nuclear Option: Raining Money on Main Street

by Ellen Brown

Thu 1st Oct 2015
Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the “nuclear option” — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy... [read more]

Quantitative Easing for People: The UK Labour Frontrunner's Controversial Proposal

by Ellen Brown

Tue 8th Sep 2015
British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “People’s QE” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying it’s about time... [read more]

Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card

by Ellen Brown

Wed 26th Aug 2015
The government can reduce the debt by buying it – and ripping it up... [read more]
 

The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion

by Ellen Brown

Sat 1st Aug 2015
In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system... [read more]

Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Can Be Annulled

by Ellen Brown

Mon 20th Jul 2015
The crushing Greek debt could be canceled the way it was made – by sleight of hand... [read more]

“Guerrilla Warfare” Against the EU-ECB-IMF Economic Hegemony: The Challenge and Promise of Greece. The Nationalization of the Banking System

by Ellen Brown

Tue 14th Jul 2015
Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees... [read more]
 

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

by Ellen Brown

Sun 12th Jul 2015
Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis... [read more]

“Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards”: The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements

by Ellen Brown

Wed 24th Jun 2015
Fast-track authority is being sought in the Senate this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

Fast-track Hands the Money Monopoly to Private Banks — Permanently

by Ellen Brown

Sun 14th Jun 2015
In March 2014, the Bank of England let the cat out of the bag... [read more]
 

Derailing Amtrak

by Ellen Brown

Mon 25th May 2015
Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis... [read more]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

by Ellen Brown

Sat 25th Apr 2015
On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... [read more]

How America Became an Oligarchy

by Ellen Brown

Tue 7th Apr 2015
According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists... [read more]
 

California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?

by Ellen Brown

Wed 25th Mar 2015
In California’s epic drought, wars over water rights continue, while innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply go untapped... [read more]

The ECB’s Noose Around Greece

by Ellen Brown

Fri 13th Mar 2015
Remember when Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks?... [read more]

Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds

by Ellen Brown

Tue 24th Feb 2015
Remember when Goldman Sachs – dubbed by Matt Taibbi the Vampire Squid – sold derivatives to Greece so the government could conceal its debt, then bet against that debt, driving it up?... [read more]
 

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?

by Ellen Brown

Fri 13th Feb 2015
In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned bank, is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group... [read more]

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

by Ellen Brown

Tue 13th Jan 2015
Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken... [read more]

Would Scottish Independence Mean Economic Sovereignty?

by Ellen Brown

Thu 18th Sep 2014
Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country... [read more]
 

Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

by Ellen Brown

Mon 24th Mar 2014
Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs... [read more]

From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

by Ellen Brown

Sat 25th Jan 2014
Welfare payments, health care for the poor, and benefits for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. State workers have been downsized... [read more]

The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

by Ellen Brown

Thu 14th Nov 2013
The Irish have a long history of being tyrannized, exploited, and oppressed—from the forced conversion to Christianity in the Dark Ages, to slave trading of the natives in the 15th and 16th centuries, to the mid-nineteenth century “potato famine” that was really a holocaust... [read more]
 

Martial Law and the Economy: Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

by Ellen Brown

Fri 11th Oct 2013
Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup, writes Ellen Brown... [read more]

The Leveraged Buyout of America

by Ellen Brown

Sat 28th Sep 2013
In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, US Representative Alan Grayson and three co-signers expressed concern about the expansion of large banks into what have traditionally been non-financial commercial spheres... [read more]

Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross-hairs

by Ellen Brown

Fri 20th Sep 2013
In an August 2013, journalist Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street ans US Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business... [read more]
 

The Crime of Alleviating Poverty: A Local Community Currency Battles the Central Bank of Kenya

by Ellen Brown

Sat 20th Jul 2013
Ellen Brown reports on how former Peace Corps volunteer Will Ruddick and several residents of Bangladesh, Kenya, face a potential seven years in prison after developing a cost-effective way to alleviate poverty in Africa’s poorest slums... [read more]

It Can Happen Here: The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK Depositors

by Ellen Brown

Tue 9th Apr 2013
Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets reveals Ellen Brown... [read more]

Money for the People: Grillo's Populist Plan for Italy

by Ellen Brown

Thu 14th Mar 2013
Comedian Beppe Grillo was surprised himself when his Five Star Movement got 8.7 million votes in the Italian general election of February 24-25th... [read more]
 

Ensuring Scottish sovereignty

by Ellen Brown

Sat 22nd Dec 2012
Ellen Brown discusses options for economic development in a future independent Scotland... [read more]

The circulating money supply: Why QE3 won’t jumpstart the Economy—and What Would

by Ellen Brown

Fri 28th Sep 2012
The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers — but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives, argues Ellen Brown.... [read more]