July 2008 Blog Posts (25)

SPECULATION PESTERS FOOD: U.S. CASE

Erle Frayne Argonza



Greedy financiers across the globe made humungous killing in the commodities futures recently, which largely explains the sudden hyper-inflationary price increases in grains. The panic that resulted from the ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ that food stocks are running out further exacerbated the already volatile situation of the food markets.



The flawed reasoning—that the problem has a great deal to do with the supply side—has been bandied by the paid… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 2, 2008 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Burundi Diary # 3: Longer stay, security, Eddy, food & oil crisis - and the beaches as cultural exchange spaces

Bujumbura, Burundi

July 2, 2008





I’ve been here a couple of weeks, one of many visits since my first in 1999. This time is different in that I’ll be here more than 3 weeks, longer than ever, I stay privately instead of at the Amahoro Hotel, and TFF has to save as much money as we can since we have just received a “No” from the Bernadotte Academy in Sweden to our grant proposal for the next 12 months of work here.



In this an coming Diary notes I wil tell you a bit… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on July 2, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

21ST CENTURY’S PLAGUE: COMMODITY SPECULATION

Erle Frayne Argonza



Speculation, more speculation!



Speculation has driven food prices up, and is now driving gas prices up as well. It is a core feature of the ‘virtual economy’ based on predatory finance, the main game of the global financier oligarchs who are now in practical control of the world’s strategic economic sectors.



Commodity speculation is getting to be a ‘plague of the 21st century’ as claimed by a noblesse gentlaman from Europe, Italian Economics… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 2, 2008 at 3:39am — No Comments

pictures of sarajevo

i wanted to put this link here ages ago, but did not manage till now.
this is a link to a great online gallery of the pictures taken in sarajevo during the siege.

http://www.sa92.ba/v1/index.php?x=browse

some of them are famous, taken by well-known photographers. some are not famous, but are just as good.
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Added by Iva Vukusic on July 1, 2008 at 2:15pm — No Comments

KOSOVO, BALKAN STATES: MODELING FUTURE POST-WESTPHALIAN MINI-STATES

Erle Frayne Argonza



When Kenichi Ohmae released his writings about the rise of region-states, my curious, quite naughty mind nurtured the irresistible query about what Ohmae had at the back of his mind. Ohmae is among the coterie of contemporary Japanese intellectuals that include Francis Fukuyama and William Oichi. These intellectuals are no charlatans, and they belong to a new breed of Japanese who are more Western and globalist in orientation than their… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 1, 2008 at 4:08am — No Comments

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