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Greece Strikes a Blow to Austerity. What Happens Now?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Lynn Parramore

In the following interview, Mario Seccareccia, a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, talks about why what happened to Greece was entirely predictable, why the Greeks were right to reject austerity in the recent election, and what challenges the country faces in forging a sustainable path forward with the left-wing Syriza party at the helm.

Obama Rallies Democrats For Spending Surge

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Con...

Greece Shines a Light

John R. Burbank | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
John R. Burbank

What went unnoticed was the increasing support for the populist parties of the left, those that believed in and held to the standards for social democracy, as opposed to a liberal bourgeois democracy in which the financial sector called the shots.

The History Of Syriza: How A Small Party Came To Power

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Prifti | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

To understand the historic magnitude of the victory of Syriza, the far-left party that won Greece's election on Sunday, take a look at their slogan: ...

Will Spain, Italy and France Follow the Greek Revolt Against Austerity?

Xenia Kounalaki | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Xenia Kounalaki

ATHENS -- The strong mandate he got from the polls, has put a burden on Mr. Tsipras to fulfill the great expectations he produced. If he succeeds, the Spanish Podemos, the French Front National and Italy's Bepe Grillo could all follow suit and question Berlin's fiscal orthodoxy. The much feared domino effect set off by Greece at the outset of euro crisis in 2010 could now materialize in another way.

Why Stupid Politics Is the Cause of Our Economic Problems

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Joseph E. Stiglitz

The near-global stagnation witnessed in 2014 is man-made. It is the result of politics and policies in several major economies -- politics and policies that choked off demand. In the absence of demand, investment and jobs will fail to materialize. It is that simple.

War in Two Directions

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

By all means, the VA is failing American veterans terribly, with wholesale claim denials and scandalous waiting times and a general, contemptuous dismissal of the psychological and physical wounds American vets are coming home with.

7 Key Points to Understanding the Greek Elections

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

The upcoming elections in Greece are undeniably a global event, whose importance transcends Greece's borders.

7 Keys to Understanding the Greek Elections

Παύλος Τσίμας | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Παύλος Τσίμας

The upcoming elections in Greece are undeniably a global event, whose importance transcends Greece's borders.

J'aime Paris et l'Europe

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Brent Budowsky

As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.

Hello 2015. Goodbye Austerity?

Dimitri B. Papadimitriou | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

Greece is facing front, looking towards the new year and the upcoming January elections. But it would be foolish not to learn from a look backwards, as well.

How Austerity Economics Turned Europe Into the Hunger Games

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

A nasty strain of austerity capitalism has taken over Europe, leaving broken lives in its wake. Researchers Servaas Storm and C.W.M. Naastepad consider how things got so bad, what role economists and misguided policy-makers have played, and how to change course.

Is Economic Warfare the Theme for 2015?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Is the Russian Ruble becoming financial rubble as consequence of targeting by the U.S. and its allies? The dramatic fall in oil prices and commensurate drop in the Russian currency, is this coincidental to broader global economic trends or an orchestrated assault?

Ebola Crisis Made Worse By IMF Austerity Plans For Africa: Study

AP | By MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business

YORK, England (AP) — Professors from three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayme...

How Merkel's Austerity Plans Are Making Half Of Europe Sick – And The Way Out

Huffington Post Germany | Sebastian Christ | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

There's nothing Germans love quite like spending less. Incredibly wealthy billionaires like IKEA's founder, Ingvar Kamprad, or Theo Albrecht, founder...

Detroit's Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Michael Shank | Posted 01.18.2015 | Detroit
Michael Shank

The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.

Demand Representation From the Reds

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans could easily - though wrongly - perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something quite different: Voters don't like Republicans any better than Democrats.

Conservatives for Stimulus - A New Bumper Sticker

Paul A. London | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Paul A. London

I write this, however, not to praise Wal-Mart but to criticize it. Unemployment and underemployment are killing Wal-Mart's middle and lower income customers.

Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Republicans have made questions of how safe we are -- from disease, terrorism or something unspoken and perhaps more ominous -- central in their attacks against Democrats. But this is nothing new.

1 Country's Austerity Obsession Could Take Down The Global Economy

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business

Austerity is the opposite of the gift that keeps on giving: It just keeps taking and taking. Germany, the world's homeland for austerity obsession,...

More Trade Agreements Won't Fix Austerity

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The U.S. economy is growing slowly and Europe's hardly at all. The stock market lurch last week is a belated acknowledgement that our two economies share a common affliction, and Europe suffers more seriously. The affliction is austerity. And yet the main remedy being promoted by the U.S. government and its European allies is a trade and investment deal known as T-TIP, which stands for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. According to the deal's sponsors, T-TIP would help stimulate recovery by removing barriers to trade and promoting regulatory convergence and hence investment. The proposed deal is not popular in the U.S. Congress, which has to approve negotiating authority. The administration, say well-placed sources, hopes to cram through the necessary approval during the lame duck session of Congress after the November 4 election. That still will not assure approval, because the deal is also increasingly unpopular in Europe.

Concrete Action Needed This Week from the World Bank and IMF to Combat Inequality

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

At this week's annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the topic of inequality is buzzing. And rightly so given that extreme economic inequality is one of the largest barriers to ending extreme poverty.

E.U. Austerity, You Must Be Kidding

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The leading political lights in Europe -- Messrs. Hollande, Valls and Macron in France and Mr. Renzi in Italy -- are raising a big stink about fiscal austerity. They don't like it. And now Greece has jumped on the anti-austerity bandwagon.

Igor Bobic

Sweden's Turn Left Could Deal A Blow To European Austerity

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics

Austerity isn't just out of fashion in the U.S. anymore. If Sweden elects a center-left government, as it is projected to do on Sunday, the country co...

Joy Resmovits

America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics

When it comes to education, the United States isn't getting all the bang it could for its buck, according to a new report. GEMS Education Solution...