Le Panoptique

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Preventing Madoff-type Ponzi Schemes and Corporate Scandals

Publié le 1 mars, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Preventing Madoff-type Ponzi Schemes and Corporate Scandals

In the midst of the greatest economic crisis of the post-war era, Bernard Madoff was forced to reveal the Ponzi scheme he had been running for years, when there weren’t enough funds to pay off the flood of redemption requests during this time of financial market turmoil. In fact, the trustee supervising the bankruptcy of […]

Stronger Regulations in Financial Markets: « Writing » Out the Rating Agencies?

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Stronger Regulations in Financial Markets: « Writing » Out the Rating Agencies?

The 2008 financial crisis was all about a mispricing of risks. For years investors reaped the rewards of investing in risky securities such as mortgage-backed ones, and now they are simply bearing the costs. But the fact is, very few investors knew these assets were risky. Thanks to triple-A ratings by the credit rating agencies, […]

The Gender Income Gap

Publié le 1 mai, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Gender Income Gap

The gender income gap in Canada is wide and persistent. While gender-role attitudes in society have become more egalitarian, and while more women than ever before are pursuing advanced degrees and joining the workforce, the disparity between men’s and women’s income has remained unchanged over the past decade. Why is this the case? Hannah Webster, […]

Tariq Ali in Conversation (Part I)

Publié le 1 novembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Tariq Ali in Conversation (Part I)

Over three hundred students, professors, and members of the general public packed into a former Catholic chapel at the University of Windsor last month to hear historian and novelist Tariq Ali lambaste the imperial wrong-headedness of American policies in the Middle East and around the world. Mr. Ali delivered his message in a voice whose […]

Tariq Ali in Conversation (Part II)

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Tariq Ali in Conversation (Part II)

In Part II of his interview with Tariq Ali, Lorenzo Buj asks the historian and novelist about his take on the meaning of Islamic jihad and his reaction to Iranian President Ahamdinejad’s recent visit to Columbia University, New York. Daquella Manera, Jihad for Mayor, end regentrification, 2006 Certains droits réservés. Buj: What do you say […]

MERCOSUR: Potential Dwarfed by Politics

Publié le 1 octobre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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MERCOSUR: Potential Dwarfed by Politics

In the 1980’s, an era of rapid globalization, South American countries joined together to form the “Mercado Comun del Sur” (MERCOSUR), the “Common South Market”, in an attempt to strengthen their position in international trade (1). However, political disruptions and asymmetries have been holding back the bloc’s potential growth. How is MERCOSUR to remain a […]