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Prof. C.P. Chandrasekhar on Union Budget 2009-10

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Newsclick.in Production, 14 July 2009

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Greek “Bailout” Will Make the Crisis Worse: Rajat Nag

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Newsclick Production, July 25, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Rajat Nag, former Managing Director General of the Asian Development Bank, on the Greek crisis. Rajat Nag compares the “solution” offered by the the troika – the European Central Bank (ECB), the IMF and the European Commission -- to a doctor telling a patient with blocked arteries to change his lifestyle and diet, when he needs an immediate angioplasty. After the 2008 economic crisis, Greece's economy tanked. What Greece urgently needs for its economy to expand; the Troika's prescriptions will only contract it further. Contrary to popular perceptions, Greece's tax collection is almost twice that of Germany's – it is 22.4 % as against 11.5%. While Greece needs to change some of its policies and carry out certain reforms, the “solutions” offered by the troika will only compound its current problems. This will lead to a repetition of the crisis and further bail-outs down the road. Finally, it is imperative to work out a global solution to problems of debt restructuring and debt relief for countries.

 

Areva's Bankruptcy and Indo-France Nuclear Agreement

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Newsclick Production, July 24, 2015

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One of the highlights of Prime Minister Modi’s vist to France in April this year, was the signing of an agreement for construction of a nuclear power plant in Jaitapur with the French company Areva.

BRICS Bank a Direct Challenge to IMF: Vijay Prashad

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TRNN Newsclick , July 17, 2015

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Newsclick in collaboration with the Real News Network discusses with Vijay Prashad, writer and a political commentator on economic affairs, on the Declaration of the 7th Summit of the BRICS countries held in Ufa, Russia.  On the question of BRICS bank and economic thrust, Vijay feels that it raises an institutional challenge for old colonial power like USA and UK.

BRICS Challenges the "Double Standard" of the West

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TRNN Newsclick , July 13, 2015

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Newsclick in collaboration with the Real News Network discusses with Vijay Prashad, writer and a political commentator on international affairs, on the Declaration of the 7th Summit of the BRICS countries held in Ufa, Russia. Vijay holds that this declaration is important as it focuses on the importance of multilateral institutions such as the UN, international law and questions the west's “double standards”.

Greece: No Vote is a Democratic Assertion on Economic Policymaking

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Newsclick Production, July 11, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed well-known economist, Professor Prabhat Patnaik, on the Greek crisis and the recent 'No vote'. According to Prabhat, this is the first time we have had a referendum essentially on an economic issue. Till now, finance capita has managed to confine economic policy to a narrow technocratic exercise and imposed various measures that are against the interests of people. The World Bank and IMF execute such neo-liberal policies through the finance ministries of countries and these policies continue irrespective of who wins the elections. The Greek referendum marks a break, bringing economic policymaking back into popular discourse.

Prabhat says there is a fallacy in the viewpoint propagated by dominant media, "there is something wrong with Greeks: they are profligate, they are lazy", etc. The fight between the troika -- EU, ECB, IMF -- and the Greece government, is a reflection of the larger struggle between people and bloody finance that is taking place around the world. He points out the unforgiving role of German and France in the current crisis and argues that Greece should explore other options such as China and other countries, which have substantial surplus and not rely solely on US and Eurozone.

 

US Hedge Funds Get Bailed Out If Greeks Pass Bailout Referendum

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Courtesy: TRNN, July 04, 2015

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Foreign banks want to bleed the patient when a policy of debt cutting and tax reform would revive the Greek economy, say UMKC's Bill Black and Michael Hudson -June 30, 2015

40 Leading Thinkers Speak out on 1-Year of Modi Government

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Courtesy: Idea of India, July 04, 2015

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On the 16th-17th May 2015 the Idea of India Collective organised a Conclave in the Constitution Club in New Delhi. The Conclave brought together a large number of intellectuals, thinkers and activists, who spoke on various aspects on the current policy and their impact on the idea of an inclusive and plural India.

Idea of India is a large, inclusive collective of persons, including thinkers, students, activists and concerned citizens, who have come together around the core conviction that central to our idea of India is the affirmation of its diversity. The India we are part of belongs equally to all persons who make it its own – no matter what their religious faith (or the lack of it), their gender, caste, class, language, physical abilities and sexual orientation. This video introduces all the sessions, which have now been uploaded by the Idea of India Collective.

Malegaon Blast: NIA, BJP and Saffron Terror

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Newsclick Production, July 1, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Human Rights Lawyer Nandita Haksar on the recent revelation by special public prosecutor Rohini Salian regarding the Malegaon blast case of 2008. Nandita explains the fundamentalist nature of the current regime and how one should not be surprised if the special prosecutor was forced to go soft on the accused. She adds that the Malegaon blast case was part of a larger Hindutva terror network named “Abhinav Bharat” which indulged in organized syndicated crime.

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