At a conference hosted in April 2015 by the real wolf of Wall Street Mike Milken (sentenced to ten years in prison for racketeering and securities fraud in 1989, fined $600 million, permanently barred from the securities industry), questioned by Sheryl Sandberg and former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin (former co chairman of Goldman Sachs who… Continue reading
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The Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently exhibiting a monumental work from Jitish Kallat, “Public Notice 2”. It reproduces a foundational speech from Gandhi pronounced on March 11, 1930 calling for civil disobedience. The text is reproduced in large letters made of bones; embracing the symbolism of the Mahatma’s words, relics… Continue reading
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Whilst the Blaq Swans are busy translating this post in English, you can practice your French and enjoy the original version here
The Australian Magazine The Monthly published in its August 2015 issue an excellent interview of former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. With the benefit of hindsight, he comes back on the circumstances of the crisis that took place in June-July, the cynicism of the Troika, the various views within Syriza. Here is the text in full, as well… Continue reading
In anticipation of this coming week’s US Fed meeting to decide on short-term interest rates, some analysts have been discussing an interesting link between food prices and the US Fed rates. Here is how it goes…
As the latest figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation indicate, with a 5.2% drop, global food prices have fallen at… Continue reading
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A reader wrote to blaqswans.org, and we found it interesting to publish that text to contribute to the debate on nuclear, which is too often Manichean.
Raymondo – 9 septembre 2015 – Paris
What is the EPR nuclear technology?
The EPR is a third generation pressurized water reactor (PWR) design. It has been designed and… Continue reading
From FT Alphaville | Feb 06 08:30
This (Syriza and the French indemnity of 1871-73) is literally the best analysis of the euro area’s problems we’ve ever read. You should take the time to closely read the whole thing yourself. We’ll wait.
Now that you’re back, we thought we could add some value by highlighting and expanding on what… Continue reading
Jean-Paul Sartre s’est trompé.
Les réactions que j’ai reçues des personnes ayant lu mon dernier article (qui d’ailleurs était le premier publié sur blaqswans) allaient peu ou prou toutes dans le même sens. On voulait absolument savoir où je voulais en venir. Quelque chose échappait, j’en avais trop dit ou pas assez. Il me paraissait pourtant… Continue reading
A good column by Australian economics journalist Alan Kohler on what is looking less and less like a Black Swan (as everyone sees it coming), and more and more as butterfly effect that is threatening the global economy.
All eyes are on Greece with the EU freezing cash supply in retribution against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras… Continue reading
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It is hard to see clearly what is exactly going on in the current negotiations around the Greek debt, but one thing can be certain is they are definitely more about politics than economics. The reason is that no one is seriously forecasting that the Greek will escape repaying their debts.
The stakes are… Continue reading
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Blogger Midship is joining the Blaq Swans with a tremendous first gonzo post on the Llama (yes, the animal). It is such a gem of French style and puns that translating it would not do it justice. So this is an invitation to practice your French and enjoy the original version here!
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A few weeks ago, the French National Library and the Annales Journal co-organised a debate to allow 350 people crammed in the Library’s great auditorium to listen the new global guru economist THOMAS PIKETTY.
First, let’s set the scene. It was a 2-hour debate. When an academic gives a talk, he starts with a brief… Continue reading
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Marxist French economist Frédéric Lordon who clearly rejects mainstream neoclassical economics positions, but also challenges the Left has written a pugnacious and thoughtful critique of PIKETTY’s book “Capital in the 21st Century”. Whilst the Blaq Swans are busy translating this essay in English, you can practice your French and enjoy the original version here
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Twitter: 200 million users, 184 billion tweets per year, a market valuation of $33 billion, coveted by Google – no less (2). It has become an indispensable communication channel for public figures. Trend setters and social commentators look after their follower count like a currency. With her whooping 64 million Katy Perry tops… Continue reading
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Ever since the first days of the EU, clandestine migration has stretched the European approach between populism and the desire to uphold progressive values. The desire to prove that continent had left behind the scars of a great war and several smaller ones; that did away with colonialism and has become a beacon for… Continue reading