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    * Ignacio Ramonet *

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    (Wikipedia) - Ignacio Ramonet Ignacio Ramonet, Salon du livre, Geneva (2011).

    Ignacio Ramonet (born May 5, 1943 in Redondela, Pontevedra Province) is a Spanish journalist and writer.

    He was the editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique from 1991 until March 2008.

    An editorial published by Ramonet on December 1997 in this magazine resulted in the launching of ATTAC. In addition, Ramonet is one of the founders of the NGO Media Watch Global, and currently he is president of this organization. Ramonet also frequently contributes to El País and participates in an advisory council to TeleSUR.



    Ramonet grew up in Tangier. He studied engineering at Bordeaux, Rabat and Paris, and he has been professor at Paris Diderot University.

    Ignacio Ramonet participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2007.

    Ideology Socialism

    Ramonet calls it a betrayal of socialism that some social democrat parties have chosen the third way between socialism and capitalism.

    Fidel Castro

    The NGO Reporters without Borders had written about Ramonet''s strong relationship with Fidel Castro. Ramonet denied this claim in 2002. In May 2004, Ramonet supported Castro in a direct television interview when Castro protested about the Forbes Magazine''s list of country leaders wealth. Castro was number 7 on the list. In September 2006, Ramonet published the book Fidel Castro : Biografía a Dos Voces.

    In 2006, Ramonet praised Castro in a series of articles, and became his only authorised biographer.

    Against globalization and neoliberalism

    Ramonet has called for autarky and for regulation, taxes and tariffs that reduce international trade.


    According to Ramonet, globalization and ultra-liberalism threaten the sovereignty of national states. In his December 1997 editorial "Disarming the markets" Ramonet accused globalization for the Asian economic crisis and for threatening the identity of national states. To counter this, he called for an NGO for promoting Tobin tax (i.e., Attac).

    James Tobin against Attac

    Ramonet founded Attac to promote Tobin tax by the Keynesian economist James Tobin. Tobin himself has accused Attac for misusing his name and said that he is a supporter of free trade, and of International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization — "everything that these movements are attacking. They''re misusing my name." Tobin also says that he has nothing in common with Attac.

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