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Is Trump A Populist Or A Plutocrat?

William S. Becker | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
William S. Becker

Plutocracy: A country or society governed by the wealthy. Populism: A political style of action that mobilizes a large alienated element of populatio...

Who Killed The Middle Class?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
Harlan Green

It's becoming clear that our Middle Class--the midsection of U.S. earners and consumers--has shrunk alarmingly. And this is the main reason for the po...

IMF Caught in Moldova's Corruption Vortex, Time For The West To Wake Up

Luke Coffey | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Luke Coffey

Once again Eastern Europe is the location of a geo-political struggle that could define Europe's security for a generation. Moldova, a small country with a long history of foreign meddling, is at the epicenter of Eastern Europe. It is time for policymakers in the West start giving this tiny country more attention.

Oligarchy and Politics

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Clearly, the Republican presidential candidates are risking both the health and the democratic politics of America. Clinton and Sanders are the best hopes for America. They need to expand the debate on the environment. A healthy natural world is absolutely necessary for a healthy America.

Kiev Right Wing Violence: Time for Poroshenko to Look in the Mirror?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.10.2016 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Amidst the emergence of politically-right-wing forces in Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claims to be shocked and outraged by recent violence.

A Republican President and the Next War

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates have been vociferous in their hatred of the Iran deal, and if a majority Republican Congress is elected in 2016, the Iran deal will probably have a short life -- if it has one at all.

Ukraine: Insider Oligarchs Derail Maidan Revolution

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.30.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In the midst of war and heightened nationalism in Ukraine, many demonstrators who participated in protests at Maidan Square just one year ago are gripped with a profound sense of shock and wonder what has happened to their country.

Following the Clintons, the Bidens Cash in on Ukraine

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The White House suffered another foreign-policy setback when Joe Biden's youngest son joined the board of directors of Ukraine's largest oil company.

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.

What Oligarchy Means for Charities

Mark Rosenman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Mark Rosenman

The Supreme Court's recent campaign finance decisions mean that nonprofits must now confront growing democratic, as well as economic, inequality. The U.S. is moving in the direction of Russia where wealthy oligarchs rule in government as well as in the market.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

The Wealthiest Who Benefit Most From Government

Harlan Green | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

Why not starve government, since the misinformation gang opposes almost any form of financial or environmental regulation, while neglecting aging infrastructure and falling behind other developed countries in education?

Romney a Nobody Among the Ultra-Wealthy, But Rich Enough to Stick Out as President

Jeffrey Winters | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Winters

If Mitt Romney is elected in 2012, he will be the richest American president since George Washington, who owned 300 slaves and vast tracts of land. Romney is ten times richer than the patrician George Bush and fifty times richer than Barack Obama.

Hired DistrActivists

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media
Paula Gordon

All the media wants to hear about is a soon-to-be former Congressman whose self-absorption and bad judgement are remarkable even by current congressional standards. I don't understand professional journalists, with all the resources at their command, being so easily suckered.

Life Is Rigged For Oligarchs As Well As Ordinary Russians

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

In 2004 Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest man in Russia, according to Forbes, but Premier Vladimir Putin froze the shares of Yukos, his energy g...

Egypt's Mobilization of the Last Minute

Jeffrey Winters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Winters

The Philippines, Indonesia, and Egypt have taught us that last minute mobilizations can achieve spectacular results. But they are no substitute for the long, difficult work of organizing grassroots movements.

Bloomberg, Cathie Black, Bill Gates, and the Condescension of the Oligarchy

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

The oligarchy of corporate reformers and billionaires that is currently driving education policy in this country has launched a sharp attack on the whole concept of professionalism in the field of public education.

Slaves of Wall Street

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Each time there's an eruption, ordinary people are the ones caught in the lava flow while the gods of high finance watch blissfully untouched from their own Mount Olympus.

Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian Billionaire, Loses $53 Million Deposit On Super Mansion (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's second richest man, has lost his $53 million deposit for Villa Leopolda, a mansion in the south of France. The house, whi...

Russia's Oligarchs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The financial crisis dealt a blow to the upper crust of Russia's financial elite last year, diminishing the worth of the country's 10 richest tycoons ...

"Let Them Have Stained Carpets" - Obama's Marie Antoinette Moment

Max Keiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Keiser

President Obama. Step away from the Goldman Sachs banker and smell the Revolution brewing! People are angry.

Moscow Super-Rich Pour Millions Into Luxury Homes

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The world outside may be in the thralls of crisis, with house prices plunging, markets slumping and banks collapsing; but Russia's ...

Andrei Vavilov Calls $53.5M Plaza Hotel Penthouse "Attic-Like," Sues

Reuters | Edith Honan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The buyer of a $53.5 million penthouse apartment in New York's famed Plaza Hotel says the apartment turned out to be an "attic-li...