Privatization: the Atlanticist Tactic to Attack Russia

Two years ago, Russian officials discussed plans to privatize a group of national enterprises headed by the oil producer Rosneft, the VTB Bank, Aeroflot, and Russian Railways. The stated objective was to streamline management of these companies, and also to induce oligarchs to begin bringing their two decades of capital flight back to invest in the Russia economy. Foreign participation was sought in cases where Western technology transfer and management techniques would be likely to help the economy.

However, the Russian economic outlook deteriorated as the United States pushed Western governments to impose economic sanctions against Russia and oil prices declined. This has made the Russian economy less attractive to foreign investors. So sale of these companies will bring much lower prices today than would have been likely in 2014. More

Did Hillary’s Machine Rig Iowa? The Highly Improbable Iowa Coin Tosses

Hillary Clinton “won” the Iowa caucuses, in part because of 6 coin tosses all of which she won! Six precincts, at least, ended up with a dead tie between the two candidates. The tie was broken and a winner declared based on a coin toss in each case.

What are the odds of one of two candidates winning all six coin tosses if the outcomes are random, that is, if the tosses are fair, unbiased and with honest coins? More

When Chivalry Fails: St. Bernard and the Machine

Did Hillary Clinton really win the diversionary spectacle known as the Iowa Caucuses by two-tenths of a percent? Probably not. But we will never know. Why? Because Bernie Sanders refuses to call the results into question and demand the release the raw vote totals, which would likely show the senator won the actual vote by a decisive margin.

Sound familiar? It echoes Al Gore’s “honorable” tactic during the 2000 recounts, when he refused to fight not only for his own election but also the voters (and members of the Congressional Black Caucus) who put it on the line for his campaign. As much as I like to credit Ralph Nader, Gore had only himself to blame for the debacle. Ditto: Bernie Sanders. Sanders had one real chance to derail Hillary Clinton: win Iowa and then New Hampshire. And he let it slip away. More

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Vol-22-Number-10-cover-page-001-350x439Fear and Nukes on the Campaign Trail

John LaForge on the escalating nuclear rhetoric of the presidential candidates; The FBI’s Pursuit of Saul Landau: David Price digs through the FBI file on the late Saul Landau, and finds the agents tracking him from New York to DC, London to the Soviet Union and Mexico to Cuba. It appears J. Edgar Hoover himself had become obsessed with Landau and desperately wanted to see him locked away in a federal prison; Life in a Cage: a harrowing dispatch from inside the Colorado prison system by John Cochran; Middle East Notes: Jennifer Loewenstein on the execution of Sheikh Nimr and the rising tensions between the House of Saud and Iran; Down in Sonora: Lawrence Reichard reports from Mexico on the desperation of migrants on the run from La Migra; The Conspiracy of Capitalism: Mike Whitney on why the stock market is going crazy. Plus: A Comedy of Terrors by Jeffrey St. Clair; Don’t Fear the Reaper by Chris Floyd; The Political Economy of Boxing by Dave Macaray and The Root of All Evil by Lee Ballinger.

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