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January 11 2009

ivan krstić · code culture " How Porsche hacked the financial system and made a killing

Adolf Merckle, one of the world’s richest men, committed suicide yesterday by throwing himself under a train, Bloomberg reports. Financial difficulties, and particularly great losses he suffered on Volkswagen stock, are being cited as the key reason he ended his life: ---- [Merckle's company] VEM was caught in a so-called short squeeze after betting Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen’s stock would fall. Merckle lost at least 500 million euros on the bets on VW stock, people familiar said on Nov. 18. VEM lost “low three-digit million euros” on VW stock, the company said in November.

October 19 2008

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Hanif Kureshi, ein Dichter plädiert für eine neue linke Ideologie - euronewsde 18.10.2008
Hanif Kureishi ein Mann mit pakistanischem Namen, aufgewachsen in Großbritannien, der sich selbst einfach nur als Schriftsteller versteht. Von seinen zumeist sozialkritischen Werken erschienen auf deutsch u.a. Der Buddha aus der Vorstadt, Mein wunderbarer Waschsalon, Das schwarze Album. Für die Verfilmung seines Romas Rastlose Nähe gab es einen Goldenen Bären der Berliner Filmfestspiele. Luca Vitali besuchte den 54jährigen im Westen von London.

October 13 2008

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The Financial Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?
Von: uchannel Hinzugefügt: 13. Oktober 2008 Nouriel Roubini, Associate Professor of Economics and International Business, New York University; Brad W. Setser, Fellow for Geoeconomics, Council on Foreign Relations; Benn Steil, Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations Presider: Mort Zuckerman, Editor in Chief, U.S. News & World Report (Sep 25, 2008 at the Council on Foreign Relations)
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