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Thurs Oct 5, 2000    John Tomlinson and Waheed Qaiser

Why Usury is a Sin and Equity is Better

John Tomlinson published Honest Money – A Challenge to Banking in 1993. As a Canadian stock broker his insights into the failure of our debt-based money system are most extensive, but have yet to bear visible fruits.  He advocates equity, i.e. sharing the business risk, as an alternative to interest-bearing credit.  This is also the essence of Islamic banking, since for Muslims it is a sin to make money out of lending money.  Waheed Qaiser is the Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Investment Banking Unit of the United Bank of Kuwait.

Tues Oct 24, 2000            James Robertson - Creating New Money –
A Monetary Reform for the Information Age

A summary of this 92-page report’s proposals for reform and a discussion on action to follow them up. The text of his Alternative Mansion House Speech launching the report on June 15th is at www.neweconomics.org/mansionhouse

Wed Nov 8, 2000            Mike Rowbotham – Freedom from National Debts, Corporate Overdrafts and Personal Mortgage?

How can a global financial architecture encourage more localised, resource-efficient commerce? How can trade accountancy be reformed? How can investment and lending become more balanced? And how can the emerging nations become true partners in the process of globalisation? What role can Britain play?  What structural readjustment is required between Britain, EUROland and America, Japan, G8 and other groupings of nations?

Thurs Nov 30, 2000            Titus Alexander and David Boyle
The Political Economy of Money

1) A brief overview of the nature & role of money as a social invention 2) how money is managed 3) what could be done to make money serve people and end our enslavement.  Titus Alexander is an education consultant working in all phases of education. He is chairman of Westminster UNA, founder of Charter 99 and author of Unravelling Global Apartheid: An overview of world politics, published by Blackwell/Polity Press. David Boyle is a journalist, an associate of the New Economics Foundation and the author of Funny Money (HarperCollins) and Virtual Currencies (Financial Times Management Reports).

Tues   Jan 23, 2001            Bernard Lietaer

Terra - A Global Reference Currency 

Terra is a pragmatic strategy for multi-nationals to break the monopoly of bank-debt money and realign financial interests with long term sustainability. Negotiations around the Multi-Lateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have created sufficient antagonism to challenge Governments into new thinking.

A Global Reference Currency is designed to redress the imbalance between the financial, legal and economic powers of multi-nationals and Governments. In theory, national Governments administer national currencies.  In practice, international private banks create money as debt to Governments, companies and individuals.  The result is increasing indebtedness and banks controlling more and more assets and resources - from houses and land to electricity and water. The Terra Currency is designed to redress this imbalance on a long-term basis.

Thurs Feb 15, 2001             Sir Richard Body MP and Larry Elliott

The Constitutional Case against EURO

A democratically elected government is answerable to its people it is supposed to protect. This Government has abdicated its power to control interest rates, To give up control over exchange rates is the next step towards giving up sovereignty.  The sovereignty to issue a nation’s currency is a question of accountability.  But the European Central Bank is not accountable to anybody.  Sir Richard Body MP has addressed the same situation in Denmark. Larry Elliott, regular economics contributor to the Guardian, will add his comments.

Wed March 8, 2001            Wetherill vs Lloyds – A Lesson for ‘We the Clients’?

An account of an exemplary David vs Goliath struggle. Eddie and Brenda Wetherill founded IBAS, the Independent Banking Advisory Service, on the back of their personal experiences with Lloyd’s dealings their business.  Since then, they helped countless Bank Victims and experienced the short-comings of a legal system that forces Bank Clients to find justice and fairness before the European Court of Human Rights. For Article 6 ensures a ‘fair trial’ to every citizen.  How can a trial and its judgment be ‘fair’ when the judge in a case against Lloyd’s is a Lloyd’s shareholder? See http://www.ibas.co.uk for more. Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, a solicitor-advocate who specialises in harassment law, has extensive experience with Bank Victims and will comment on the case.

 

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