Monthly Archives: February 2004

Russia: Reforming the Reformers

February 27, 2004
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an Interview with Michael Hudson for Counterpunch By STANDARD SCHAEFER On Sunday, March 14, Russians will re-elect Vladimir Putin for a second term as president. In the Duma elections three months earlier, on December 7, his United Russia party won such overwhelming support that he will have the power to rewrite the constitution dictated...

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An Insider Spills the Beans on Offshore Banking Centers

February 27, 2004
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an Interview with Michael Hudson for Counterpunch. By STANDARD SCHAEFER The oil industry created the practice of countries (SHIPS?) flying “flags of convenience” as a means of avoiding income taxes nearly a century ago. Since the 1960s the U.S. Government itself has encouraged American banks to set up branches in Caribbean hot-money centers and...

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How Privatization Sterilizes Culture

February 14, 2004
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an Interview with Michael Hudson for Counterpunch. By STANDARD SCHAEFER Since the 1980s computer technology has been promoted as democratizing leisure by lowering the production costs of knowledge and culture. Consumers were promised more free time, yet a quarter or even a third of family income for the low- and middle-income brackets now goes...

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