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The Price of Oil Is Rigged

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

There is no transparency whatsoever in the trading of oil on the commodity exchanges. We don't know who is taking positions and for whose account.

Next Time You're on the Phone With Your Bank, Take a Minute to Gripe About the Swipe, Too

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Karen Hinton

Through a secretive, sneaky, back-door approach, banks that issue the cards, along with Visa and MasterCard, have figured out yet another way to suck money from our pocketbooks without our ever even knowing about it.

It's Just the Beginning

James Zogby | Posted 09.19.2013 | World
James Zogby

Two events jolted the Israeli/Palestinian arena this past week. There will be difficult days ahead. Getting the parties to "Go" is just the start, since, as Secretary Kerry has noted, the hard work has just begun.

Meeting Goals to End Extreme Poverty Is Possible -- But Only When We Focus on Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Bill Reese | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

We simply cannot eradicate extreme poverty without embracing broad-based and inclusive economic growth that directly focuses on youth and jobs. Here's why.

WSJ Gets It Right -- Highlights Italy Probe of Soccer Clubs, Ignores FTC Probe of Oil Price Fixing

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.26.2013 | Media
Raymond J. Learsy

That an issue of this importance is being virtually ignored by our press is mind-boggling to say the least, and one has to wonder what nefarious influences the oil industry and its moneyed interests are able to bring to bear.

Could A Mobile App Combat Homophobia And Sexism?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

From professional football players and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies such as Brendon Ayanbadejo to Chris Kluwe, acceptance and...

Cigarettes and Senators

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The money that cigarettes have paid the two men makes them understandably sensitive to the well-being of their donors and they have expressed their gratitude by letting Europe know that it can't follow in Australia's footsteps and impose restrictions on how its donors are portrayed to the public.

EU Warns Obama Over PRISM Spy Program

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

The EU has written to the US attorney general demanding swift answers about a huge American Internet spy programme and warning of "grave adverse conse...

Skip Davos, Go to Tel Aviv

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The IMF threw Greece under the bus. In particular, it ludicrously downplayed the damage its recommended austerity measures would do to the Greek economy, which is in the grips of a prolonged and deep recession.

EU Faces the Music: Congress Fiddles

Martha Burk | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Is speedier air travel more important than lunch for senior citizens or early childhood education for pre-schoolers? How about cancer research, heating assistance, police protection, or special education? All have lost funding to the sequester.

Beyond the Eurocrisis: Is More Democratic Governance the Solution for Europe?

Luka Orešković | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Luka Orešković

If invested with popular legitimacy, Europe's success will depend on balancing it with long-term focused meritocratic governance and avoiding capture by short-term and particular special interests. A middle Way between West and East is indeed necessary.

Unlucky Number 13: Is Slovenia Next in Line for a Bailout?

Luka Orešković | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Luka Orešković

While some hope of a miracle occurring in the coming months remains, so does the question of whether the new Slovenian government is willing to invest enough political capital to push through the necessary reforms before the capital markets decide to lock Slovenia out once again.

Cyprus: Europe Violates the Sanctity of Insured Deposits

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Europe has crossed the red line of the sanctity of insured deposits by making them subject to a partial confiscation.

Regulating Tobacco in Europe

Alberto Alemanno | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Alberto Alemanno

While the proposal focuses predominantly on tobacco, it also extends the directive's scope to include products that do not contain tobacco, but nicotine, such as electronic and herbal cigarettes. Their marketing material must now carry health warnings.

Shocking Theory For Who's Behind Libor Scandal

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

PARIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The European Commission suspects the existence of cartels involved in manipulating lending benchmarks such as Libor and Eu...

Mars and Venus Don't Matter in International Trade

Daniel Caspary | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Daniel Caspary

For sure, these talks won't be easy, as past spats over airplanes, hormone beef or chlorine chicken illustrated. But they will be a hell of a lot easier than any serious free trade talks with China or other Pacific nations.

The ICE Acquisition of NYSE Is a Failure for Europe

Georges Ugeux | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Georges Ugeux

It is now essential that Europe produces a deep, robust, transparent and effective pan-European cash equity market.

Female Scientists Parody Sexist Video

Bruce Hood | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Bruce Hood

In a well-intentioned move earlier this year to promote science to girls, the European Commission produced a video "Science:It's a Girl Thing." Ironically, the result was an appalling mix of female stereotypes.

Women in the Boardroom: Will Quotas Work?

Marilyn Nagel | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business
Marilyn Nagel

Let's face it -- the number of women on boards is a problem, and everyone knows it. Even old-school companies with homogenous leadership understand the business case for increasing the number of women on boards.

EU Group Recommends Separating Consumers' Money From High-Risk Banking

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | Business

* Liikanen group recommends structural change to make banks safer * Regulators at European Commission to consider the proposals ...

UK's Artist Resale Royalty Law Didn't Damage the Art Market (Despite All the Claims)

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.14.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Buyers would stop buying contemporary artists, because they will refuse to pay the royalty at some point in the future; British sellers of this art would look to sell in Switzerland or the United States, where there is no royalty to be paid.

Europe Unveils Dramatic Plan To Solve Crisis

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business

* Banking union plan would be step towards integration * Proposal foresees ECB getting powers to police banks * Germany ...

Who Will Determine Greece's European Future?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Greek officials should certainly hope that collective European action will succeed in stabilizing these other two countries' economies. But they should also realize that too great a success could, ironically, map into a higher probability of a Grexit.

The EU's Attack on Citizens' Right to Know

James Thornton | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
James Thornton

The European Commission is engaged in a war against its citizens right to know. This might not strike you as a very important issue. On the contrary, it goes to the heart of democracy.

EU Reaffirms Climate Goal

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2012 | Green

BRUSSELS, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The European Commission urged the world on Tuesday to stick with a goal of limiting climate change to a maximum temperat...