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Trump’s Border Wall is a Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Handout

By Nick Buxton, a communications consultant, whose publications include “Civil society and debt cancellation” in Civil society and human rights (Routledge, 2004) and “Politics of debt” in Dignity and Defiance: Bolivia’s challenge to globalisation (University of California Press/Merlin Press UK, January 2009) and Todd Miller, the author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Homeland Security, who has written on border and immigration issues for the New York Times, Al...

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California’s New Transparency Law Reveals Steep Rise In Wholesale Drug Prices

Yves here. If you still don’t believe that drug companies are price-gouging in America, the figures in this story should convince you. The counterargument, as you will see below, is that the wholesale prices don’t reflect what various end customers pay due to the presence of various other middlemen. However, the distribution system is so complex that you’d need complete data capture to draw a definitive picture. And it’s not that other countries don’t have that. Japan even in the 1980s did...

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The IMF Convenes in Washington, Deaf to the Suffering It Causes Across the Planet

Yves here. Note that for at least the past decade, there has been a significant divergence between the IMF’s research arm, which has regularly criticized neoliberal policies, and its program arm, which acts as an enforcer for moneyed interests. During the Greek bailout negotiations, even some members of the program staff were clearly opposed to what was going on via leaking internal documents that contended that the planned round of funding to Greece violated the IMF’s “No more Argentinas”...

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PG&E Blackout Round-Up, Mini-Grids, and Thoughts on The Jackpot

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1682 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, more original reporting.. By Lambert Strether of Corrente. The PG&E blackout...

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Income-Based Repayment Becoming a Costly Solution to Student Loan Debt

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1634 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, more original reporting.. Yves here. I’m not running this post because I agree with the...

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Unsustainable California: No Easy Remedy for PG&E Blackouts, Fire Risks

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1476 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, more original reporting. In his classic book Collapse, Jared Dimond used Montana as a...

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Marketers Want Even More Control Over Hospitals

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1474 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, more original reporting. Yves here. As if MBAs haven’t already done enough damage to...

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Bill Black: Eric Holder is the Official Missing from Discussions of the Bidens’ Ukrainian Efforts

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1337 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, expanding our reach. By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own...

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The Census Fails to Count 100 Million People as Living in Poverty

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1266 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, burnout prevention. In this Real News Network interview, IPS Fellow Karen Dolan, who...

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Greenpeace Report: How Companies Still Have it Wrong on Plastic Pollution “Solutions”

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1191 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, burnout prevention. By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a...

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