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Arte: HSBC – Die Skandalbank

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Unbedingt sehenswert: https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/069080-000-A/die-skandalbank/

87 Min.
Verfügbar von 11/09/2018 bis 16/11/2018
Live verfügbar: ja

Seit der Bankenkrise 2008 war die HSBC in unzählige Skandale verwickelt. Egal ob Geldwäsche von Drogeneinnahmen, Steuerbetrug oder Korruption – die Bank schreibt immer wieder Schlagzeilen und kommt jedes Mal mit einem Bußgeld davon, ohne Prozess oder Verurteilung. Der Begriff „Too Big to Jail“, sprich zu groß für eine Gefängnisstrafe, scheint ihr auf den Leib geschrieben zu sein.

Seit der Bankenkrise 2008 war die HSBC in unzählige Skandale verwickelt. Egal ob Geldwäsche, Steuerbetrug, Korruption oder Zins- und Währungsmanipulation, immer wieder macht die britische Bank Schlagzeilen. Und jedes Mal kommt sie wieder mit einem Bußgeld davon, ohne Prozess oder Verurteilung. Der Begriff „Too Big to Jail“, also „zu groß für eine Gefängnisstrafe“, scheint der Bank auf den Leib geschrieben zu sein. Behörden und Richter haben scheinbar vor diesem Finanzimperium kapituliert – wäre die HSBC ein Land, wäre es die fünftgrößte Wirtschaftsmacht der Welt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Arte: Interview des Autors zur Finanzkrise

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Unbedingt sehenswert: NUR FÜR KURZE ZEIT!  https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/084029-001-A/gespraech-mit-jerome-fritel/

Studiogast bei Emilie Aubry ist Jérôme Fritel. Er ist Filmemacher und hat Dokumentationen zu Banken, Hochfinanz, Steuerparadiesen und Whistleblowern gemacht. Unter anderem spricht er über die Schwierigkeiten, in diesem hoch-diskreten Milieu zu drehen …

Land :

Frankreich

Jahr :

2018

Herkunft :

ARTE

 

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The Future of Fish Farming May Be Indoors

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Date: 18-09-2018
Source: Scientific American

New advancements in water filtration and circulation make it possible for indoor fish farms to dramatically grow in size and production

An artist’s rendition of salmon swimming through Nordic Aquafarm’s proposed tanks in Belfast, Maine. A constant current in the tanks will provide fish with exercise for optimal health and meat quality, the company says.

On a projection screen in front of a packed room in a coastal Maine town, computer-animated salmon swim energetically through a massive oval tank. A narrator’s voice soothingly points out water currents that promote fish exercise and ideal meat texture, along with vertical mesh screens that “optimize fish densities and tank volume.” The screens also make dead fish easy to remove, the narrator cheerily adds.

The video is part of a pitch made earlier this year for an ambitious $500-million salmon farm that Norway-based firm, Nordic Aquafarms, plans to build in Belfast, Maine, complete with what Nordic says will be among the world’s largest aquaculture tanks. It is one of a handful of projects in the works by companies hoping these highly mechanized systems will change the face fish farming—by moving it indoors. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe’s Refugee Scandal

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, is United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. He chairs the Advisory Board of the Catalyst Foundation.

Long-term educational and employment needs have historically been severely undervalued in humanitarian planning. But, as much as refugees need proper food, shelter, and health care today, they also need the knowledge and tools to build new lives and contribute to society tomorrow, whether in their home country or in a new one.

LONDON – It has long been known that the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is plagued by overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and rampant violence, including riots that have left many injured. But when aid workers reported in April that children as young as ten were attempting suicide, another tragic facet of the refugee crisis was highlighted: 30 million children around the world are currently displaced, many in appalling conditions. The crisis is not just putting them in danger today; it is threatening to destroy their futures.

In the Moria camp, children live in fear. Recent riots have displaced hundreds of camp residents and badly injured several. This is traumatizing for children who are with their families, but even more so for the many who are unaccompanied. Making matters worse, many children lack even basic shelter, with thousands of families crammed into cheap donated tents that often aren’t even waterproof. Last winter, three people died of carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to stay warm. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Imperialism Will Be Dangerous for China

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Date: 18-09-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Walter Russell Mead

Beijing risks blowback as it exports surplus economic capacity to Africa and Asia.

China’s real problem isn’t the so-called Thucydides trap, which holds that a rising power like China must clash with an established power like the U.S., the way ancient Athens clashed with Sparta. It was Lenin, not Thucydides, who foresaw the challenge the People’s Republic is now facing: He called it imperialism and said it led to economic collapse and war.

Lenin defined imperialism as a capitalist country’s attempt to find markets and investment opportunities abroad when its domestic economy is awash with excess capital and production capacity. Unless capitalist powers can keep finding new markets abroad to soak up the surplus, Lenin theorized, they would face an economic implosion, throwing millions out of work, bankrupting thousands of companies and wrecking their financial systems. This would unleash revolutionary forces threatening their regimes. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A Twist in the U.S. Tariff Battle: ‘It’s Helping China Be More Competitive’

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Date: 18-09-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

In the Pearl River Delta, companies are racing even faster toward more advanced manufacturing and products

SHENZHEN, China—There is an unintended consequence of the White House’s trade battle with China: Companies in the Pearl River Delta, the center of China’s manufacturing might, are accelerating toward making higher-quality products to compete against American goods.

In response to tariffs, which make his goods more expensive, Michael Lu of LTS Group plans to trim costs by using more robots at his plants, which make lamps, bulbs and other lighting products sold at American stores. He is also moving low-skilled work elsewhere in Asia.

Left in Shenzhen will be his research and development operations and a team of skilled workers who make his company’s more complex products, such as smart lighting.

“The U.S. tariffs are pushing China toward making the higher-end stuff,” Mr. Lu said as he walked past red-uniformed workers assembling table lamps in his Shenzhen factory. “It’s helping China be more competitive down the road.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Das globale Handelssystem könnte zusammenbrechen

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Sep 17, 2018 Anne O. Krueger, Project Syndicate
Anne O. Krueger
Anne O. Krueger, a former World Bank chief economist and former first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is Senior Research Professor of International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Development, Stanford University.

WASHINGTON, DC – Zehn Jahre nach dem Konkurs von Lehman Brothers wissen wir, dass multilaterales Handeln entscheidend dabei war, zu verhindern, dass sich die sogenannte „Große Rezession“ zu etwas noch Schlimmerem entwickelte, als sie ohnehin schon war. Damals war es das globale Finanzsystem, das wankte. Heute ist es das globale Handelssystem, das in Gefahr ist.

Der Multilateralismus hat der Welt in den letzten 70 Jahren gute Dienste geleistet. Man muss es den USA sehr zugutehalten, dass sie nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg Vergeltung und Reparationen vermied und stattdessen den Weg zur Gründung der drei wichtigen Wirtschaftsinstitutionen wies, die die Grundlage der noch heute bestehenden internationalen Wirtschaftsordnung bilden: dem Internationalen Währungsfonds, der Weltbank und der Welthandelsorganisation (WTO; ehemals das Allgemeine Zoll- und Handelsabkommen (GATT)). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The African youth boom: what’s worrying Bill Gates

Posted by hkarner - 19. September 2018

Date: 18-09-2018
Source: The Guardian

The philanthropist warns that stability in Africa makes a huge difference to the world, and that investing in the health and education of its young people is vital

What worries Bill Gates most? The booming population of Africa looms over his foundation’s latest global survey. By the end of this century there will be 4 billion more people on Earth – and 3 billion of these extra souls will be born in Africa. The challenge, he says, is that “Africa must almost quadruple its agricultural productivity to feed itself. That’s very daunting.”

The philanthropist is torn between sending out a message of hope and a message of fear when I meet him at his foundation’s spacious campus in the heart of his hometown, Seattle.

He is reaching for what works best to revive the west’s faltering conscience in the face of “America first” nationalism and rising pull-up-the-drawbridge populism in Europe. The spirit of generosity is under assault as government aid budgets come under constant sniper fire from right-wing politicians and their media.

Half of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spending goes to Africa. The funds put into the foundation by themselves and fellow philanthropist Warren Buffett now amount to more than than $50bn (£38bn). Until last year Gates, the Microsoft founder, was the world’s richest man. He has now been overtaken by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

Gates’ first instinct is optimism. Just consider the astonishing story of how far and how fast people have been brought out of abject poverty in a very short time. Since 2000, a billion people have been taken well over the line of $1.90-a-day wretchedness (£1.45), with the same uplift among those previously living on $3.20 a day.

The foundation’s report bursts with remarkable data – too few people know about the galloping progress of humankind. Take India, where only 18 years ago almost one in five children were not enrolled in primary school – now, 97% attend classes. Look at the indicators on the report’s global scorecard for the UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030, and most things are improving almost everywhere. But there is a marked variation in the future trajectory: progress depends on the level of future investment. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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