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Economic Reform

Cuba: The Beginning of the Post-Castro Era

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

In the next five years, the central challenge facing Cuban leaders is to have the audacity, creativity and self-confidence to accelerate economic reforms, without losing control of the ongoing political liberalization.

A Tale of Two Reforms

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
John Feffer

Slovenia and Bulgaria are, respectively, the best-case scenario and the cautionary example of "transition" states. Both have struggled to transform communist-era economic and political structures. Both are now members of the European Union and NATO.

Cuba Under Raul Castro: Economic Reform as Priority?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

Even in East Asian countries, with far larger markets than that of Cuba, state promotion of foreign investment was oriented toward the promotion of exports, where competition performs with greater rigor.

No Rags, No Riches -- Finding a Fiscal Policy That Makes Sense

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

Is Capitalism at fault, a flawed economic system? No. The problem is the way people use the free market, a system that readily responds to the compulsive appetite of greed. Without government imposed regulations we run amok.

Occupy America

Al Checchi | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

The institutional structures that led to the 2008 economic crisis remain largely in place and many of the people most responsible maintain positions of power.

10 Lessons the U.S. Can Learn From China

Ann Lee | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Ann Lee

Education is the most important foundation that the U.S. can invest in, and test scores across the country are rapidly falling behind the rest of the world. Instead of having children aspire to become reality television stars.

Who Will Fund The Revolution?

Toni Nagy | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Toni Nagy

The people at OWS are trying to take back the power, but the systems that control the people are not going to give it up without a fight.

Buddhism And The End Of Growth

John Stanley | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
John Stanley

It is increasingly obvious that natural limitations will soon force economic growth to cease. Buddhist teachings emphasize that this does not require a reduction in the quality of life.

A New Approach to U.S. Economic Policy

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

Undoubtedly there is an urgent need to create jobs and to boost economic growth. However, the partisan tension has not dissipated in light of the prospective presidential election. The government has these following policy options.

Talking to Regular People Regarding Economic Reform

Scott Baker | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Scott Baker

People who have taken some alternative economics classes, read some alternative economics books (e.g. Henry George, Ellen Brown, Stephen Zarlenga, etc...

In The Public Interest: Consumers, Know Before You Owe: Help CFPB Develop New Mortgage Forms

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 07.19.2011 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has rolled out two alternative two-page mortgage disclosure forms to replace longer, unclear documents in current use. The Bureau wants your help to make them better.

Obama and the CEOs: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

You can't fault the president for showing a little love to America's corporate leaders, but there is one small problem here: The entire premise of the meeting is wrong. What is good for General Motors or General Electric or IBM is no longer necessarily good for America.

Lessons from the Radical Somewhere

Scott Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Scott Baker

Our political-economic system is profoundly broken and in need of an overhaul, or even a replacement with something new to human history.

Not Your Mother's Conservatives

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Voters increasingly believe Washington is controlled by special interests that feed off their tax dollars and that politicians cannot hear them. Both the White House and the Republicans seem intent on proving that.

The Grip of the Old Economy

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

President Obama touted his National Export Initiative this week, boasting that in the first quarter of this year, exports were up 17% from a year ago. Increased exports abroad generate jobs at home. Given the numerous economic problems we see reemerging of late, a little good news comes as welcome relief. But don't break out the spirits. Exports are a delectable appetizer, but the full meal is less digestible. Imports count too. Buying stuff abroad that could be made here displaces jobs. What matters is the balance of trade, not simply the rise or fall of exports.

Debt Crisis and Threat of Bankruptcy Encourages Europe To Create Greater Economic Reform

AP | DANIEL WOOLLS and COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MADRID — In the ashes of Europe's debt crisis, some see the seeds of long-term hope. That's because the threat of bankruptcy is forcing governm...

Felix Salmon: Blame Undisciplined Democrats For Lack Of Financial Reform

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama ran what was arguably the most disciplined and on-message presidential campaign in history. But all that the Republicans need to do right...

The Regional Economics of Peace

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

Palestinians are going to require a regional approach. The Arab world needs to play a much larger role than it has, primarily as an import market and as a positive influence on the overall regional business environment.

A Moment of Truth with Bill Moyers, Marcy Kaptur, and Simon Johnson

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

Bill Moyers Journal is always illuminating, but tonight's episode, featuring a conversation with Rep. Marcy Kaptur (so amazing in Michael Moore's new film) and economist Simon Johnson is one that no one should miss.

A New Economic Architecture

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The current crisis is not only economic or financial; it is also geo-political.

Why We Need More Economic Crises: Fareed Zakaria | Fareed Zakaria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

We've seen in recent weeks the twin personalities of the U.S. government. One is impressive, the other deeply worrying. First, the good news: We have ...

Money, Banking and Torture: It's Just Shocking!

Derek Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derek Shearer

The country needs a public discussion of money and banking -- an economics tutorial for the nation.

Obama Needs a National Alternative Economic Council

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

Wall Street has caused some of the most fundamental problems, so we cannot turn to Wall Street to create the solutions.

Legislation Won't Prevent The Next Madoff: SEC Needs Talent, Technology & Collaboration (Not New Laws)

Marc Morgenstern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Morgenstern

Despite political pressure, investor protection cannot come at the cost of impeding needed capital formation.

SEC Rules Don't Go Far Enough

Neil Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Neil Baron

Credit ratings have an extraordinarily broad effect on our financial system -- witness their role in the subprime crisis.