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La Vanguardia - Spain | 25/09/2008

Naomi Klein criticises reactions to the financial crisis

Capitalist critic Naomi Klein comments in the daily La Vanguardia on the emergency actions to stem the international financial crisis: "Whatever the events of this week mean, nobody should believe the overblown claims that the market crisis signals the death of 'free market' ideology. ... During boom times, it's profitable to preach laissez faire, because an absentee government allows speculative bubbles to inflate. When those bubbles burst, the ideology becomes a hindrance, and it goes dormant while big government rides to the rescue. But rest assured: the ideology will come roaring back when the bailouts have been completed. The massive debts the public is accumulating to bail out the speculators will then become part of a global budget crisis that will be the rationalisation for deep cuts to social programmes, and for a renewed push to privatise what is left of the public sector. We will also be told that our hopes for a green future are, sadly, too costly. What we don't know is how the public will respond."

La Vanguardia - Spain | 11/08/2008

Naomi Klein on the Iraq War

In an article entitled "Catastrophe Capitalism", author and globalisation critic Naomi Klein reflects in La Vanguardia on current developments in the global economy, touching among other issues on the Iraq War: "Some of the architects of the Iraq War do not even deny that the prime motivation for the invasion was oil. Fadhil Chalabi, one of the key advisors to the Bush government in the months before the war, recently said that the invasion was 'a strategic action taken by the USA and the UK in the Persian Gulf to  secure oil supplies'. Occupying another state to use its natural resources violates the Geneva Convention. That means that rebuilding the infrastructure in Iraq - including the oil infrastructure - is the task of the invaders. They must pay reparations. (Let us not forget that Saddam Hussein's regime had to pay Kuwait 9 billion dollars in reparations after the 1990 invasion.) Instead, Iraq is being forced to sell 75 percent of its natural resources to pay for an illegal invasion and occupation."

MediaPart - France | 27/02/2008

Naomi Klein supports citizen journalism

Interviewed by Jade Lindgaard, the journalist and altermondialist militant Naomi Klein explains that blogs are complementary to investigative journalism. "Blogs have become real alternative journalism, places where scandals can be denounced. To a certain extent they play the same role as the radio does, by repeating and sometimes hammering home information that comes from investigative journalism in the written press. ... . Stories protect you from the shock, soften impact. There is a certain way of telling a story, not just scattering facts. It is the loss of the story, of the collective story, that puts you in a state of shock. This is what makes blogs so exciting: they put information by definition anti-narrative, into context. What citizen journalism manages so well is to take facts and turn them into stories."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 30/11/2007

Naomi Klein is resigned to selling green and buying guns

In the lead-up to next week's climate change conference in Bali, the canadian activist Naomi Klein comments on statements by a high-power financial advisor, recommending armaments over green technology as a good investment. "The idea that capitalism can save us from climate catastrophe has powerful appeal. It gives politicians an excuse to subsidise corporations rather than to regulate them; and it neatly avoids a discussion about how the core market logic of endless growth landed us here in the first place. ... The market, however, appears to have other ideas about how to meet the challenges of an increasingly disaster-prone world. According to Douglas Lloyd [a financial analyst], the really big money - despite all the government incentives - is turning away from clean-energy technologies, and is banking instead on gadgets that promise to seal wealthy countries and individuals into hi-tech fortresses."

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