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“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]