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How Wall St Greed Tanked The Newspaper Industry

June 29th, 2011  |  Source: Business Insider

An NYT media column by David Carr reviews former L.A. Times editor James O’Shea's new book “The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers.”

The book focuses largely on the deal that lead to Sam Zell's disastrous takeover of the Tribune Company -- which owned the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times among many others and is now in bankruptcy -- in 2007.  

The Business of Values

June 25th, 2011  |  Source: HBR Blog Network


I recently spent a few days at the Harvard Business School with a group of Deans and Professors from around the globe. The event was a symposium that HBS has run for several years, as a way of reflecting on and improving the field of leadership at a macro level.

The focus of this year's event was "values." The sticky issue of ethics, of the responsibility business leaders have to "do the right thing."

Blackwater Gets ‘Too Big To Fail,’ Hires AIG Castoff

June 13th, 2011  |  Source: Wired.com

Nothing says, “We’re through with scandal!” quite like hiring a former executive from one of the country’s leading economic bloodsuckers.


Mystery woman in white appears at Bilderberg 2011

June 13th, 2011  |  Source: The Guardian

A shadow fell across the Engadine. The skylark ceased his merry song, the flowers curled and blackened in the meadow and a man in a special issue Bilderberg anorak set off on his stroll.

Bilderberg has had some bad ideas in its time (a European superstate, anyone?) but Lord Mandelson's nature walk has to be the worst. What were they hoping for? Had they not seen the 200 activists camped opposite the hotel gates?


A controversial short selling star is born: Muddy Waters

June 8th, 2011  |  Source: FierceFinance.com

Muddy Waters, a little known short-selling research and investing outfit in Hong Kong, has had a field day identifying Chinese companies that its founder Carson Block thinks are frauds. 

Block's list of victims include Rino International and China MediaExpress, both of which were delisted after the research appeared. Muddy Waters is likely getting lots of interest from fellow short sellers right now, especially those who are bearish on all those Chinese reverse mergers which are now in the middle of so much controversy.

Study: Congressmen trading on non-public info

May 31st, 2011  |  Source: FierceFinance.com


Say it ain't so, please!

Members of Congress  could not possibly be enriching themselves by trading illegally on inside information? Correct?

Well, one study published by Business and Politics--the work of several university professors--has found that members of the House Representatives have been able to beat the market substantially over the last nine Congressional sessions.


Who gets Qaddafi's cash? African nations crushed by wars he funded want some.

May 30th, 2011  |  Source: CS Monitor

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi trained and funded men - like Charles Taylor - whose reigns of terror in Liberia and Sierra Leone led to the death of hundreds of thousands of West Africans.

Western governments have seized more than $30 billion of Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s assets since the Libyan leader launched the first attacks against his own citizens in February.


The People vs. Goldman Sachs

May 15th, 2011  |  Source: Rolling Stone

A Senate committee has laid out the evidence. Now the Justice Department should bring criminal charges

They weren't murderers or anything; they had merely stolen more money than most people can rationally conceive of, from their own customers, in a few blinks of an eye. But then they went one step further. They came to Washington, took an oath before Congress, and lied about it.


The Death of Reputation on Wall Street

April 28th, 2011  |  Source: FierceFinance.co

New York Times columnist weighs in with a provocative thesis about Wall Street firms and personal accountability. He suggests "reputation is dead on Wall Street." With that passing, the traditional source of personal accountability has also passed.


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