Kicking Away the Ladder

Goldman has a nefarious track record when it comes to dirty deals.

Rigged Game

Industrialized countries advanced by means that have been impermissible to the developing world.

By Anis Chowdhuryin Sydney and Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur, and cross-posted from Consortium News.

The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and later, South Africa) was concocted by Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill. His 2001 acronym was initially seen as a timely, if not belated acknowledgement of the rise of the South.

But if one takes China out of the BRICS, one is left with little more than RIBS. While the RIBS have undoubtedly grown in recent decades, their expansion has been quite uneven and much more modest than China’s, while the post-Soviet Russian economy contracted by half during Boris Yeltsin’s first three years of “shock therapy” during 1992-1994.

Unsurprisingly, Goldman Sachs quietly shut down its BRICS investment fund in October 2015 after years of losses, marking the “end of an era,

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