We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Putin and China: US Responsible in the Economic Crisis

by DiePresse.com (Austria) Saturday, Mar. 07, 2009 at 4:11 AM
mbatko@lycos.com

Investment banks, the pride of Wall Street, have practically ceased to exist, Putin added. In only twelve months, their losses exceeded the profits of the past 25 years. Wen said the blind pursuit of profit led to the worst crisis since the Great Depression of 1929.

PUTIN AND CHINA: US RESPONSIBLE IN THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

By DiePresse.com

[Criticism of the US comes from Russia and China on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The “blind pursuit of profit” of the US has led to the worst crisis since the Great Depression of 1929. This January 2009 article is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, http://www.diepresse.com.]
]




At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Russian Prime minister Vladimir Putin championed an energy partnership of producers and consumers on a clear legal foundation. Moscow wants to diversity the transit routes, he said in his opening address. China’s head of government Wen Jiabao urged supporting industrial countries in overcoming the financial crisis.

Without entering directly into the latest gas conflict with the Ukraine, Putin proposed a contractual regulation for energy security. This could play a similar rule to the 1951 treaty that founded the European Community for Coal and Steel (EGKS), the precursor of the European Union.

“CRISES WERE ALREADY IN THE AIR”

Putin made the US responsible first of all for today’s economic- and financial crisis. Crisis was already in the air but the majority still want their slice of the cake “whether a dollar or a billion,” Putin said. A year ago delegates from the US at the forum in Davos referred to the “basic stability of the US economy and its clear prospects,” he added alluding to the speech of the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Investment banks, the pride of Wall Street, have practically ceased to exist today, Putin added. In only twelve months, their losses surpassed the profits of the last 25 years. The Russian head of government wished success to the new US president Barack Obama and his team. He expressed hope for “constructive cooperation.”

WEN FOR STRONGER REGULATION

Wen said the “blind pursuit of profit” of the US led to the worst crisis since the Great Depression of 1929. The international community must accept its responsibility. Industrial countries must diminish the negative effects of the crisis in upcoming economies and help them “gain stability and economic growth.”

“Wen urged a stronger regulation of the world financial system. The present crisis has “completely unmasked” the deficits of the existing system, he said. The Chinese head of government championed a reform of the international financial institutions subjecting developed countries to a stronger control in the future.

Wen called on the US to build cooperation with his country. Given the crisis, this cooperation is “urgently necessary.” “A peaceful and harmonious relation makes both sides winners.” This has been shown since the assumption of diplomatic relations between Peking and Washington.


WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM:
EVERY CRISIS HAS ITS WINNERS

By Karl Gaulhofer

[This article published on diepresse.com 1/28/2009 is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, http://diepresse.com/home/wirtschaft/finanzkrise/447837/print.do.]




For the experts in Davos, the way leads back to piggy-bank capitalism. For the financial markets, “honest” regional banks have the best chances after the end of investment bankers.

In Davos, high above in the Swiss mountains, people can live well in the crisis. The picturesque winter landscape makes people forget that the economic ice age has its casualties in the lowlands. A pleasant open fire in the hotel lobby diverts from the fire in the roof of the financial world. 2500 economic bosses, economists and politicians at the World Economic Forum (WEF) want to improve the world from the leather sofa.

For many managers, the future has already begun. From their view, every crisis has an end along with lessons. Every crisis has its winners. For the financial markets, the emphasis is back to the roots. The smart investment banker is passé; the honest piggy-bank returns.

BANK BUSINESS IN THE STATUS QUO

40 heads of state and heads of government are more than at the G20 meeting in Washington. They promised to quickly put reins on capitalism. Fear was behind their hurry. Without a worldwide regulation, the sly bankers, the vintage of the best universities and state officials soon outwit the others. They could create new risky derivatives and escape in tax- and control havens. The next crisis would be pre-programmed.

However the basis of discussion in Davos, a study on “The Future of the International Financial System,” speaks another language. According to that language, the whole model collapsed, not several investment banks. Fabulous profits were gained with great debt leveraging. The authors assume that normal commercial banks will completely dissolve their divisions for these risky businesses. Outside actors from whom every bank lives – their customers and investors – will be more important.

Most have lost much money and have little pleasure in taking new risks, as the study shows. Instead of fast profit growth, they now urge constant revenues. Balance sheets must be solid. The higher the share of their own capital, the better stock prices will develop in crisis. The clear correlation demonstrates: the state leading by the nose is not needed. Customers and shareholders force the banks to raise their own resources and better ensure liquidity. Therefore the institutions vigorously court the many small savers and the few rich risk-shy private customers.

THE LONG DERIDED ARE NOW SOUGHT-AFTER

Those long derided institutions that remain faithful to their core functions have the best chances, managing savings deposits and supplying capital to businesses. This should happen in a regional environment where people know each other and use contacts to politicians.

According to a study, these institutions are counted winners of the crisis – as new owners of partly nationalized banks. This role, the WEF-economists fear, entices the state to protectionism. Native indigenous institutions could be strengthened and international institutions driven back. In any case, when the balance sheets are revitalized, there will be conflict with private shareholders.

The governments should harmonize better with these businesses that can build bridges, tunnels and power stations to stimulate the business cycle. Thus Siemens confirmed its ambitious profit goals for 2009. At least one of the Davos theses is corroborated: every crisis has its winners.



Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy