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Move Your Money From Your Giant Bank to a Community Bank

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Published on the Huffington Post, by Arianna Huffington and Rob Johnson,  December 29, 2009.

Last week, over a pre-Christmas dinner, the two of us, along with political strategist Alexis McGill, filmmaker/author Eugene Jarecki, and Nick Penniman of the HuffPost Investigative Fund, began talking about the huge, growing chasm between the fortunes of Wall Street banks and Main Street banks, and started discussing what concrete steps individuals could take to help create a better financial system. Before long, the conversation turned practical, and with some help from friends in the world of bank analysis, a video and website were produced devoted to a simple idea: Move Your Money …

… Watch this video on Huffington Post: scroll down and click on MOVE YOUR MONEY, 4.12 min, and read the full text.

Links: Google search for moveyourmoney (30.12.2009/11.00amMEZ), and same for Google News-search.

National Security Archive and White House Reach Agreement

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… for Restoration of Missing Bush White House E-mails

Published on The National Security Archive, For more information contact: Meredith Fuchs on 202/994-7000, December 14, 2009.

Washington, DC, December 14, 2009 – The National Security Archive (the Archive), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the White House and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today entered into an agreement setting forth general principles that will resolve the missing White House e-mail lawsuit filed first by the Archive in September 2007.

“We commend the Obama Administration for making a strong effort to clean up the electronic data mess left behind by the prior administration,” commented Sheila Shadmand, counsel for the Archive from Jones Day. Continue Reading…

Economics Job Market Rumors

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This website seems to have been formerly a Forum having changed into a renewed website. Now find there economist’s answers, telling us what they think really, because remaining anonymous. Two exemples for today’s questions and answers:

Growing desperation – Iran’s increasing turmoil

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Published on The Economist, December 29, 2009.

[But first this Link: Go to the raw story and scroll down to the video, recorded December 22, 2009 and uploaded to the Web December 26, 2009, showing a demonstration, how protesters stop hanging two men and how shootings occure ... voices all in Farsi ... (if there should be an error message, click on the first picture on the far left appearing inside the video screen)].

Increasingly fierce repression in Iran suggests that the regime has begun to fear for its future.

WHAT more can Iran’s ruthless rulers do to squash their opponents? Since nationwide protests broke out last June over the disputed results of presidential elections, the official winner, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pulled few punches. Continue Reading…

Iran’s Growing Revolution vs. the Democrat’s Intervention

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Linked on our blogs with Worker’s Action. – Published on Global, by Shamus Cooke, December 28, 2009.

On Sunday in Iran, mass protests were drowned in blood by government authorities; at least ten reportedly have been killed with hundreds injured.  The events have been given ample coverage in the U.S. media, with the intention of further demonizing Iran’s repressive government. Absent in the American media are the deeper implications of the protests, which, to anyone paying close attention, constitute a powerful revolutionary movement.  Continue Reading…

The Lap Bomber Mystery

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A case that just gets curiouser and curiouser – Published on, by Justin Raimond, December 28, 2009.

Linked on these blogs with Why Aren’t the NYT and WaPost Covering the International Gaza Freedom March? with Just foreign, with Justin Raimondo – USA, and with

It just wouldn’t be Christmas in the age of terror if we didn’t have a visitation, ostensibly from al-Qaeda, now would it? ‘Tis the season, and all that. Recall Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber,” arrested on December 22, 2001, for trying to blow up American Airlines flight 63, coming into Miami from Paris. As in the current case involving one Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, the explosive used was PETN, also known as pentaerythritol: Reid, like Umar, was subdued by passengers and airline attendants, and, to add yet another touch of déjà vu, Reid’s stunt led to the imposition of the take-off-your-shoes rule at airport security, just as Umar’s midair antics have now inspired the Transportation Safety Authority to inaugurate a spate of new regulations: nothing in your lap, please, and no getting up from your seat for a solid hour before landing.   Continue Reading…

2000-2010 Decoding the Decade: Buzzwords

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Published on Global, by Eric Walberg, December 28, 2009.- Linked on these blogs with Eric Walberg – Canada.

Words new and old – The 3rd millennium’s first decade was replete with buzzwords, many of them neologism arising from unremitting cyber innovations. As the world careened into what will henceforth be known as the Internet Era, we had such neologisms as:

  • the dotcom revolution, so named for the way internet addresses are written, “com” suggesting the commercial focus of the medium. This term along with Internet itself dates from the Stone Age of the 20th century internet;
  • wikipedia (2001), “wiki” being Hawaiian for “quick”, the world’s first collective encyclopaedia, produced online by millions of users, now in dozens of languages, though increasingly regulated, especially when dealing with living persons;   Continue Reading…

Les nouvelles économies planétaires

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ou les doigts d’une même main! – Publié sur MAVERICK, par Gilles de Gramont, le 26 décembre 2009.

Le livre de Jean Ziegler, Les nouveaux maîtres du monde et ceux qui leur résistent, suscite cette pertinente remarque dans une critique.

Aujourd’hui, un nombre sans cesse croissant de personnes s’insurgent avec vigueur contre l’injustice et la misère, pour former une « nouvelle société civile planétaire ». Nous pensons qu’un jour, ce grand mouvement alternatif rejoindra le grand mouvement solidaire de tous les mouvements spirituels dans une même aspiration pour un monde plus fraternel et plus juste.

En effet, comment ne pas remarquer l’actuelle émergence d’une véritable prise de responsabilité planétaire. Témoin, l’intérêt porté à l’ultimatum climatique 2009 de Copenhague par exemple. Cependant, le meilleur comme le pire nous étant régurgité par un média captif, on ne peut reprocher aux écrits de Jean Ziegler de nous laisser sur notre faim. Continue Reading…

There is no scientific consensus at the UN

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Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Published on, by Thierry Meyssan, December 20, 2009.

While the overwhelming media campaign is heralding the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference as our last chance to save the planet, Thierry Meyssan considers that, despite appearances, the issues on the table have little to do with environmental concerns but revolve around financial interests instead. According to him, what is in the works is not the creation of a new model of environment-friendly production but the revival of anglo-saxon capitalism. In this first article, he sheds light on a basic misapprehension: there is no scientific consensus emanating from the United Nations. It simply cannot happen in a forum of that nature … //  Continue Reading…

US: they are all against Jobs

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Published on the Huffington Post, by Fritz Hollings, former South Carolina Senator, December 18, 2009.

Who is against jobs in the United States? The big banks, Wall Street, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business Roundtable, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, Corporate America, the President of the United States, Congress of the United States. Everyone is crying for jobs, but no one seems to understand why there aren’t any. And the reason for those opposing jobs is money.  Continue Reading…

Germany: Leading SPD member Thilo Sarrazin rallies the right wing

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Published on WSWS, by Marius Heuser, 18 December 2009.

… It is not the first time that Sarrazin has launched a xenophobic attack on the socially disadvantaged and the poor, charging them with responsibility for their own poverty. At the end of November, he showed sympathy for the Swiss decision to ban minarets. “The Swiss referendum shows that thinking in the depths of society is different to what the political class and the majority of the media want to believe” … //

… That the right wing can act so aggressively is a result of the bankruptcy of the so-called left. There is no one in official politics who seriously challenges such right-wing provocateurs. The SPD, Greens and Left Party are all responsible for the social catastrophe that has created the ghettos in the cities and the impoverishment of large sections of the population, particularly migrants. These parties are organically incapable of opposing those who are now seeking to impose the results of their policy onto those most affected.  Continue Reading…

Bronx community takes on the real estate industryPrintEmail to a Friendby

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Published on People’s World, by Frank Farkas, December 24 2009.

… Bloomberg and the Related Companies, a real estate corporation with nationwide investments, were planning to retrofit the landmark Kingsbridge Armory, no longer in use, with a mammoth shopping mall in one of New York’s most densely populated and impoverished neighborhoods.

The community needed decent jobs at living wages, not the part-time, minimum wage, no-benefit version of employment for which shopping malls, housing national chain stores, are notorious and which Related, the Bloomberg administration and its defenders insisted was better than nothing at all. In fact, nothing is better, the community reasoned, because the race-to-the-bottom model meant working more than one job just to be able to pay the rent, and because the volume of trade the developers were hoping to generate would inevitably mean more traffic, more congestion, and more pollution. If the jobs produced paid only the minimum wage, then instead of prosperity all around, the community agreed, the future would bring more poverty as well. And as everyone knows, the Bronx has more than enough of that. Continue Reading…

Profits before people: The great African liquidation sale

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Published on CHOIKE, Source Pambazuka, Nov/Dec 2009.

[The fervour with which foreign commercial interests are forcing their agricultural 'solutions' on the African continent represents nothing more than an established endeavour to protect profits and access to resources. For all that they are dressed up as 'help' and 'knowledge', these ostensible solutions are about one thing: Money. November 2009. (see more ... )].

According to Vía Campesina, an international movement that coordinates farmer organizations from Asia, Africa, America and Europe, food sovereignty is the right of all peoples, their nations or unions of States to define their agricultural and food policies, without dumping involving third-party countries. Food sovereignty goes beyond the more common concept of food security, which merely seeks to ensure that a sufficient amount of safe food is produced without taking into account the kind of food produced and how, where and on what scale it is produced.  Continue Reading…

Cyprus, Turkey and the European Union

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A Mediterranean maelstrom – Published on The Economist, Decmber 10, 2009.

Turkey’s fading hopes of joining the European Union would be hugely boosted by a Cyprus settlement, for which the next few weeks will be critical.

IT IS no secret that negotiations on Turkish membership of the European Union are going slowly. Only one of the 35 “chapters”, on research, has been completed. Five are blocked by a French veto on anything implying Turkey’s eventual accession. Eight have been frozen since December 2006 to punish the Turks for not opening their ports and airports to Cyprus (ie, the Greek-Cypriot republic). On December 8th the EU agreed to open just one new chapter, on the environment.  Continue Reading…

A New Era Has Begun

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Linked on our blogs with Richard C. Cook – USA. – Published on Global, by Richard C. Cook, December 21, 2009.

A new era for the human race has clearly begun. When I compare the state of people’s awareness today with what it was just a few years ago, remarkable changes are taking place.

People are finally waking up to the fact that the world of big money, big media, and big business is taking them absolutely nowhere except into degradation, alienation, and slavery.  Continue Reading…

Labor Dept. to force firms to disclose union-busting tactics

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Published on People’s World, by John Wojcik, December 21, 2009.

Among at least 20 new rules President Obama’s Labor Department plans to introduce in the new year is one that would require companies to file financial disclosures on their union-busting activity.

In a series of web chats over the last few weeks, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has been pledging that 2010 will be a year in which her agency steps up what is already regarded as a strong effort by the department to go to bat for workers.  Continue Reading…

Bangladeshi villagers have access to electricity due to solar energy project

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Published on People’s Daily Online, Source: Xinhua, December 21, 2009.

The villagers in Barotopa, Bangladesh who have no connection with national grid have access to electricity due to a solar energy project run by Grameen Shakti, a non-governmental organization in the country.

More than 100 out of 300 households in Barotopa village of Gazipur district, about 37 kms north of capital Dhaka, have installed solar panels.  Continue Reading…

UAE, Azerbaijan to make joint efforts to counteract world financial crisis

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Published on TREND, by N.Ismayilova, 21.12.2009.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) approves the cooperation with Azerbaijan and joint efforts to deepen and strengthen cooperation between countries to maintain mutual interests, the UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Al Mansouri said at the second session of the intergovernmental commission for economics, trade and technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE held in Abu Dhabi, Emirates News Agency reported.  Continue Reading…

Morgan Stanley Just Walks Away from Huge Mortgages

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If you did that, they’d call it immoral – Published on The People’s Voice, by Michael Collins, December 19, 2009.

Over at The Agonist, Numerian offered up a short, powerful explanation of what’s happened with Wall Street bailout recipient, Morgan Stanley. The former investment bank bought five properties in San Francisco as the market verged on a sharp downturn. Their value fell precipitously. The office buildings lost 50% of their value at purchase … //

Morgan Stanley doesn’t look at it that way, not when it comes to its own behavior. It only expects you, the consumer and homeowner, to have moral attitudes about financial decisions. Continue Reading…

There’s a food crisis coming

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Published on Times of India, December 19, 2009.

… For India, this is not just an academic issue. India is home to by far the biggest number of hungry people in the world. While the FAO projections for 2009 do not provide a detailed country-wise break-up, its 2008 report did, and in that India accounted for 252 million of the 873 million under-nourished people all over the globe in the period 2004-2006. That’s almost 30% of the world’s undernourished population, a share larger than sub-Saharan Africa and twice China’s. More worryingly, it’s a significant increase from the 210 million undernourished people India had at the beginning of the 1990s.

ECONOMIC & HEALTH COSTS:  Continue Reading…

Saving the day – Abu Dhabi rescues Dubai after all

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Published on The Economist, Dec 14th 2009.

DUBAI, one of seven members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is now in the middle of its international film festival, which includes “City of Life”, a film set in Dubai and directed by a local. But the most gripping cliff-hanger is playing out in Dubai’s debt markets. On Monday December 14th Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest member of the UAE, arrived on the scene at the last moment to rescue its neighbour from the brink of default.  Continue Reading…

Europe.view – Looking to the stars

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Published on The Economist, Dec 17th 2009.

… A wishlist is easily drafted. A quick return to economic growth; a louder voice in the councils of international organisations such as the European Union (and better decisions by them); more attention from the American administration; a neighbourly Russia. But such a list belongs in the same category as childish scrawls in crayon, asking Father Christmas to bring a magic rabbit and an invisibility cloak.   Continue Reading…

EU/IMF Revolt: Greece, Iceland, Latvia May Lead the Way

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Published on The People’s Voice, by Ellen Hodgson Brown, J.D., December 18th, 2009.

Europe’s small, debt-strapped countries could follow the lead of Argentina and simply walk away from their debts. That would shift the burden to the creditor countries, which could solve the problem merely by a change in accounting rules.

Total financial collapse, once a problem only for developing countries, has now come to Europe. The International Monetary Fund is imposing its “austerity measures” on the outer circle of the European Union, with Greece, Iceland and Latvia the hardest hit. But these are not your ordinary third world debtor supplicants. Historically, the Vikings of Iceland successfully invaded Britain; Latvian tribes repulsed the Vikings; and the Greeks conquered the whole Persian empire. If anyone can stand up to the IMF, these stalwart European warriors can.  Continue Reading…

Russia, NATO and Afghanistan: High Stakes Great Game

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What did Medvedev have up his sleeve when he welcomed Obama’s new surge in Afghanistan

Linked on our blogs with Eric Walberg – Canada. – Published on Global, by Eric Walberg, December 18, 2009.

US President Barack Obama’s now expanding war against the Taliban is garnering support from liberals and neocons alike, from leaders around the world, even from Russia. “We are ready to support these efforts, guarantee the transit of troops, take part in economic projects and train police and the military,” Russian President Dmitri Medvedev declared in a recent press conference with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Moscow and Washington reached an agreement in July allowing the US to launch up to 4,500 US flights a year over Russia, opening a major supply route for American operations in Afghanistan. Previously Russia had only allowed the US to ship non-lethal military supplies across its territory by train … //   Continue Reading…

No World Order

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Published on The Populist,as a commentary, not dated.

Today the US dollar is the world’s reserve currency. That means many necessary commodities, including oil, are priced exclusively in dollars. Since every nation that conducts trade must accumulate dollars, our currency maintains its value … //

… Wall Street’s implosion has created the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. Yet the Obama administration has not been forced to drastically raise taxes and cut spending. The US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have simply printed trillions to cover the losses.  Continue Reading…

House to pass jobs bill

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Linked on our blogs with AFL-CIO (American Federation Of Labor – Congress Of Industrial Organizations), and with People’s World.  -  Published on People’s World, by John Wojcik, December 16, 2009.

While AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a live webcast yesterday, answered questions about the jobs crisis from workers all over the country, Democratic leaders announced that they aim to pass a bill this week that will create millions of jobs. The measure includes a considerable part of the labor federation’s five-point jobs program, an issue Trumka discussed during the webcast.  Continue Reading…

New poll reveals human cost of US unemployment

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Published on WSWS, by Tom Eley, 16 December 2009.

A new New York Times/CBS News poll offers a glimpse of the devastating human impact of the US unemployment crisis.

As massive bank bonuses are due to be announced this month, millions of people have been thrown out of their homes, find it impossible to pay for basic necessities, have depleted limited retirement savings or have lost their health care due to the unemployment crisis.

The survey of over 700 unemployed adults was conducted between December 5 and December 10. Accompanying the survey on the Times web site were self-made computer videos of unemployed workers discussing their problems.  Continue Reading…

Turkey between ethics and politics: Put it all on the table

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Published on Online Journal, by Raffi Hovannisian, Dec 16, 2009.

YEREVAN, Armenia — In Washington, Brussels, Moscow and elsewhere, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan, Foreign Minister Davutoglu and others have long advocated combining into one political agenda their country’s normalization of relations with Armenia and the resolution of Mountainous Karabagh’s conflict with Azerbaijan.

I agree.

Newly independent Armenia’s ostensibly mature policy — which I supported as the nation’s first foreign affairs minister — of seeking establishment of diplomatic relations without the positing of any preconditions can today, 18 years into the game, be pronounced dead on arrival.   Continue Reading…

WHO Swine Flu Pope under investigation for gross conflict of interest

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Linked on our blogs with Frederick William Engdahl – Germany and USA, and with David Icke – Swine Flu, Mass Vaccinations & G20.

Published on Online Journal, by F. William Engdahl, Dec 15, 2009.

The man with the nickname “Dr Flu,” Professor Albert Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Holland, has been named by Dutch media researchers as the person at the center of the worldwide Swine Flu H1N1 Influenza A 2009 pandemic hysteria. Not only is Osterhaus the connecting person in an international network that has been described as the Pharma Mafia, he is THE key advisor to WHO on influenza and is intimately positioned to personally profit from the billions of euros in vaccines allegedly aimed at H1N1.

Earlier this year the Second Chamber of the Netherlands Parliament undertook an investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and financial improprieties of the well-known Dr. Osterhaus. Outside of Holland and the Dutch media, the only note of the sensational investigation into Osterhaus’ business affairs came in a tiny note in the respected British magazine, Science … //   Continue Reading…

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program

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What Americans Need to know about Mordechai Vanunu

Published on Global, by Eileen Fleming, December 14, 2009.

I’m not a traitor.  I’m a man with a conscience who did what he did out of a deep belief after much thought and many doubts.  But I knew that I had to do it, that I had no choice…somebody had to do it…I contributed my share by making public what the public ought to know and they shut my mouth behind the prison walls. -Mordechai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu was released from Ashkelon prison to open air captivity in east Jerusalem on April 21, 2004 after 18 years.

In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu was clubbed, drugged, bound and kidnapped from Rome by the Mossad because he told the truth and provided the photographic proof of their clandestine 7 story underground WMD facility in the Negev.  Continue Reading…

The Model Economy Community

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Linked on our blogs with The Web of Dept. – Published on

The purpose of this community is to drive change, to drive reform to the economic system. In Ellen’s Web of Debt,” and other current writing, the thrust that she has been focusing on is Banking Reform, which maybe more quickly attainable than other types of reform.
Just exactly how to bring about such reforms is part of the topics under consideration by this community. Already established tasks are the creation of the Model Economy Manifesto, if you will, where consensus of fundamental ideas are brought together into a core document draft. Other projects and activities and Plans may come from these exchanges.  Continue Reading…

Climate Change: Leaders of the Rich World are Enacting a Giant Fraud

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Corporate lobbyists can pressure or bribe governments to rig the system in their favour

Published on Global, by Johann Hari, December 12, 2009.

Linked on our blogs with There Is No ‘Consensus’ On Global Warming, with Call For Independent Inquiry Into Climategate as Global Warming Fraud Implodes, with Michel Chossudovsky – Canada, with Global Warming: Fixing the Climate Data around the Policy, with Climategate: The Silence is Deafening from the Corporate Media, with Manipulation of Data and Concepts, with Climate Change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation, and with Who’s to blame for Climategate?

Every delegate to the Copenhagen summit is being greeted by the sight of a vast fake planet dominating the city’s central square. This swirling globe is covered with corporate logos – the Coke brand is stamped over Africa, while Carlsberg appears to own Asia, and McDonald’s announces “I’m loving it!” in great red letters above. “Welcome to Hopenhagen!” it cries. It is kept in the sky by endless blasts of hot air.  Continue Reading…

With Wall Street Shorting the Dollar

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It is Time for Congress to Pursue Fundamental Change - Published on Huffington Post, by David Paul, December 14, 2009.

Just imagine how angry the American public would be if they knew the whole story. For months, we have listened to the whining from Wall Street. U.S. banks are having a record year, and they want to be paid a lot of money. Billions and billions of dollars.

Public indignation is deep. After all, over the past year, we have watched as hundreds of billions of dollars of public money has been poured into bank balance sheets. We have–we are assured–taken steps that were necessary to bring our financial system back from the brink. We may not have liked it, but we had no choice …

… It is time to go back to basics. Commercial banks provide essential services in our economy. They enable the Fed to control the distribution and pricing of capital to the productive sectors of the economy. They provide secure depositary and asset management services.  Continue Reading…

Goldman Fueled AIG Gambles

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Wall Street Titan’s Role Shown in Journal Analysis; Firm Says Problems Hidden

Published on The Wall Street Journal, by SERENA NG and CARRICK MOLLENKAMP (Amir Efrati contributed to this article), DECEMBER 12, 2009.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. played a bigger role than has been publicly disclosed in fueling the mortgage bets that nearly felled American Insurance Group Inc.

Goldman was one of 16 banks paid off when the U.S. government last year spent billions closing out soured trades that AIG made with the financial firms.   Continue Reading…

Zambia: Riches to rags

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Published on PAMBAZUKA NEWS, by Khadija Sharife, December 4, 2009.

It’s the Cinderella story told in reverse; a tale of riches to rags. Once upon a time, following decolonisation, Zambia was perceived as Africa’s progress icon. Classified as late as 1979, as a middle-income country by the World Bank, GDP per capita was on par with Portugal, chased the heels of Spain and Turkey, and left African economic powerhouses like Egypt in the wake of its dust. The dust was coppery, the backbone of Zambia’s monolithically derived wealth, primarily mined from the region known as the Copperbelt, composed of major mining towns including Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola, Mufulira and Luanshya, and further north, the Congo’s Katangan deposit – Zambia’s genetic twin … //

… ‘The regulatory dispositions for the mining sector are currently so weak that they do not deter polluters…Identification and monitoring of environmental risks resulting from mining activities is often inadequate.’  Continue Reading…

Financial Reform Is Being Gutted … And Congress Might Not Even Realize It

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Published on Global, by Washington’s Blog, December 12, 2009.

… One amendment would allow federal regulators to preempt state financial laws and the other essentially would scrap the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

“We still have some details to hammer out,” said Michael E. McMahon, D-N.Y., a New Democrat who has played a prominent role in the caucus negotiations over the final regulatory overhaul bill.

The amendment that would give the federal government the ability preempt state laws on financial protection issues is being offered by Melissa Bean of Illinois, a New Democrat. Supporters argue that, without it, financial companies would face a patchwork of state and federal regulations.  Continue Reading…

The Catholic sex abuse scandal: a victim’s view

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Analysis: The Catholic sex abuse scandal, a victim’s view – Published on People’s World, by Martin Cleary, december 11, 2009.

When we think of Ireland we often think of green fields, friendly people and good music. But the recent reports, commissioned by the government and running thousands of pages, of the behavior of the Catholic Church paint a much darker picture. It was well known by those of us who had to attend Catholic-run schools that there was a sinister aspect to those entrusted to teach us.

I myself was a student in Ireland from 1959 to 1972; during all of that time I was taught by the Christian Brothers, the sect of the Catholic Church most represented in the documents. Our lives consisted of beatings, humiliations, derogatory comments and sexual abuse. The overwhelming power of the Catholic Church was so great that parents could only watch their children being abused and were powerless to say or do anything. The reports released by the investigative authority document sexual and physical abuse-even multiple murders-at the hands of those entrusted to protect and care for the children of Ireland.  Continue Reading…

In Transition: Building the Movement Now and For the Future

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an Interview with Sam Webb, by pa

Published on Political Affairs pa, December 09, 2009.

… SAM WEBB:  What is new about the present economic crisis actually has several different sides to it. First is, what brought it about. And in this regard the financial sector and financialization played a major role in bringing the country to economic ruin. There have been other financial difficulties and problems over the past 20 or 30 years. If you made a list of them, people would be surprised at the length of the list. But those problems didn’t bring the country to near collapse. In the present case, the financial sector and financialization did bring about almost total economic devastation.  Continue Reading…

Dubai: The political model

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Published on Al Jazeera, by As’ad AbuKhalil, December 09, 2009.

The emirate of Dubai has in the past few decades been more than a shiny example of glitzy capitalism and the insulation from the repercussions (and responsibilities) of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It has represented the type of political model which has been promoted to the Arabs, by their rulers and by the West … //

… Playground for the rich:

Dubai was supposed to be a vision but one not rooted in the productive sectors of the economy.  Continue Reading…