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Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 147

From Balance of Payments to Balance of Power
This episode attempts to take a look at the economic concepts of ‘competitiveness’ and the ‘balance of payments’ position of nations, placing them in an historical and real-world context. What do these terms mean and what are their implications? In general, this is a reference to the economic position of one nation in relation to the other nations of the world. If one country is a creditor (lender), another must be a borrower (debtor); if one country is a major exporter, others must be importers. These concepts have profound implications for the competitiveness and growth of modern economies, and thus, as these are major issues when it comes to IMF and other global financial actions and institutions, these concepts have profound implications for the balance of power in the world between nations. Ultimately, this dry and rather bland economic language reflects the underlying

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Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 145

The Early Years of the Group of Seven
The Group of Seven (G-7) emerged in the midst of the largest economic, monetary and financial upheavals since the Great Depression. They established a forum of cooperation among the large industrial powers of the United States, West Germany, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy and Canada, designed to coordinate their policies and strategies in creating a stable global economy, and in dealing with major political issues, notably relations with the Third World. The G-7 was formed to act as a steering committee for the management of the global economy on behalf of the richest and most powerful nations.
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Syriza: Plunder, Pillage & Prostration

How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right
Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against the “Troika” (International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and European Central Bank).
Early on, the Syriza leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, adopted several strategic positions with fatal consequences – in terms of implementing their electoral promises to raise living standards, end vassalage to the ‘Troika’ and pursue an independent foreign policy.
We will proceed by outlining the initial systemic failures of Syriza and the subsequent concessions further eroding Greek living standards and deepening Greece’s role as an active collaborator of US and Israeli imperialism.
Winning Elections & Surrendering Power
The North American and European Left celebrated Syriza’s election victory as a break with neo-liberal austerity programs and the launch of a radical

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