For a refreshingly frank and insightful examination of the reasons for the current global economic crisis, and, more specifically, of the IMF’s part in our accelerating downfall, I recommend the following programme:
Empire: The IMF on trial
broadcast on Al Jazeera on Thursday 11th August at 9:00pm–10:00pm
Presenter Marwan Bishara leads a searching debate into the historic failures of the IMF, with reflections on the legacy of its intervention in Latin America — most especially in Argentina — as well as in East Asia and Africa. There is also speculation about what is likely to happen to Egypt, after calls for IMF intervention were declined, and to Greece, where the imposition of “austerity measures” is already in full swing.
The guests are:
Professor Alex Callinicos, director of European Studies, King’s College London and author of “Bonfire Of Illusions”.
Ann Pettifor, fellow, at the New Economics Foundation and author of “The Coming First World Debt Crisis”
Georges Corm, former Lebanese finance minister and former special consultant, World Bank
Dr Mario Blejer, former governor, Argentine Central Bank and former advisor, Bank Of England
Also included are interviews with:
Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund
Professor Alan Cibils, chair, Political Economy, Universidad Nacional Sarmiento
The programme is still available on Al Jazeera at the following times next week:
Sunday: 7:00 am; Monday: 9:00 pm; Tuesday: 1:00 pm; Wednesday: 2:00 pm; and Thursday: 7:00 am.
Click here to watch on the Al Jazeera website.