China: Xi’s third term – part one: growth, investment and consumption

China’s Congress of the Communist Party takes place this week.  This is an important event not only for China, but globally.  The Western media have concentrated on the fact that current party leader Xi Jinping will be confirmed for an unprecedented third term as party leader and thus also continue as President of China when […]

China: Xi’s third term – part one: growth, investment and consumption

Russia under Putin

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Michael Roberts Blog

In my last post, I described how Western capital is planning to take over and control Ukraine’s resources and exploit its labour force to the maximum in order to boost the profitability of both Ukraine’s domestic capitalists (oligarchs) and foreign multi-nationals.

However, there is a problem for Western capital and Ukraine’s oligarchs: it’s Russia. The war has already led to Russian forces gaining control of at least $12.4trn worth of Ukraine’s resources in energy (cola), metals and mineral deposits, apart from agricultural land. If Putin’s forces succeed in annexing Ukrainian land seized during Russia’s invasion, Kyiv would permanently lose almost two-thirds of its deposits. Moscow now controls 63% of Ukraine’s coal deposits, 11% of its oil, 20% of its natural gas, 42% of its metals, and 33% of its rare earths.

So any rebuilding effort funded by Western capital has a major obstacle.  “Not only will Ukraine have lost…

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Eastern Europe’s demographic deficit

There has been a huge exodus of Ukrainians into neighbouring countries fleeing the war in their country- three million and counting.  Just as in Syria and in other countries engulfed by war, there has been a refugee disaster.  But this latest exodus from Ukraine adds to the millions who have already left in the last […]

Eastern Europe’s demographic deficit