May 17, 2010 |
WASP culture is dead! Long live WASP culture! Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court says a whole lot about the state of white Anglo Saxon Protestant culture in the U.S., but it's not what you think. If her appointment is approved, there will be no white — or any other color for that matter — Protestant on the court. Some joke that this means it's high time to carve out a WASP seat on the bench. Others suggest it spells the end of WASP dominance in general.
May 11, 2010 |
Workers are holding overnight vigils this week at a Pepsi-Cola warehouse in central Venezuela in an attempt to block President Hugo Chavez's plans to seize the site, the latest in a series of nationalizations that have divided the nation. The site of warehouse, along with other buildings in the city of Barquisimeto's industrial zone, has been targeted for new housing development by Chavez. The facility is owned by Polar, a food services conglomerate with which Chavez has often been at odds.
September 23, 1998 |
The Communist put in charge of repairing Russia's ruined economy said Tuesday that a dose of Soviet-style medicine--nationalization--may be needed to pull the country back from the brink. After six years of supposed economic reforms, First Deputy Prime Minister Yuri D. Maslyukov said tartly, "We have got a crisis instead of a market, as well as a collapse of the financial system and all the rest."
February 7, 2009 |
Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Ken Lewis capped off a week of defending his bank and his role in it on Friday by firing back against rumors that his company could be in danger of nationalization. "It's absurd," Lewis said in an interview on CNBC, adding that he knew of no government officials who had talked about nationalizing the bank. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other top officials are close to finishing a plan to overhaul the government's $700-billion financial rescue fund.
May 2, 2007 |
Venezuela stripped the world's biggest oil companies of operational control over massive Orinoco Belt crude projects Tuesday, sending in workers backed by troops to occupy the multibillion-dollar installations. Rallying thousands of workers dressed in the signature red of his self-styled revolution, President Hugo Chavez hailed what he called the end of U.S.-prescribed policies that had opened up the largest oil reserves in the hemisphere to foreign investment.
January 10, 2007 |
Hugo Chavez spoke, and investors smelled sulfur. Stocks fell sharply Tuesday in his own country and across Latin America as markets felt the effects of the Venezuelan president's nationalization plans for three key industries. On Monday, Chavez announced his intent to take control of businesses in telecommunications, electricity and oil that have sizable U.S. investments. The IBC index of the Caracas Stock Exchange plunged 18.7% on Tuesday.
September 21, 1988 |
Alarmed that banks might have to pay some of the cost of rescuing failing savings and loan associations, the banking industry called Tuesday for a federal takeover of hundreds of sick thrifts by a new government corporation to be funded by as much as $100 billion in tax revenues. The American Bankers Assn., warning of national "financial instability," took the extraordinary step of advocating the nationalization of a significant portion of a major rival in the financial field.
February 9, 1999 |
More than 1,000 ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. workers walked off the job Monday to support their boss, Milan Panic, in his fight to take back a factory seized by the Yugoslav government. But police here turned the screws still tighter on ICN's Yugoslav subsidiary by arresting six of his local vice presidents, Panic said. "I think this is not about business anymore," Panic, chairman and chief executive of the Costa Mesa-based company, said in a telephone interview from Hungary.
October 23, 2008 |
Argentina's incendiary new plan to nationalize billions of dollars in private pension funds spooked already jittery investors Wednesday and helped spark the second consecutive day of double-digit percentage declines in stock markets. The new doubts about Argentina come as fears of a global recession have pummeled Latin American stocks, bonds and currencies. Many people are concerned that the relative prosperity and brisk growth of recent years may be over.
May 24, 1991 |
The Polish government has begun what promises to be a long struggle to find a fair, affordable means of compensating private owners for property confiscated or nationalized by the Communists. At issue are thousands of properties with a total value estimated as high as $20 billion. They were once in private hands but were taken over by the state beginning in 1946. The post-Communist government has established a new ministry to oversee the "reprivatization" process.