The latest news about the fraud at Goldman Sachs confirms what I have been saying all along about the financial "meltdown" and government bail-outs of 2008-2009 - it was a massive Zionist fraud, which I called the Fleecing of America. Will Hutton of Britain's Observer reported on 18 April 2010 in an article entitled "Now we know the truth. The financial meltdown wasn't a mistake – IT WAS A CON" -
Sharipova grew up in the mountainous village of Balakhani in Dagestan in the North Caucasus. Four hours' drive into the arid mountains of Dagestan and there are few reminders that you are still in Russia, save the dusty Cyrillic shop fronts and decaying Soviet-era signposts. We pass through village after village, the local women wearing noticeably more conservative attire than elsewhere in the republic.
Christopher King considers the evidence which indicate that murder of civilians and state-sponsored terrorism are tools of US policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and argues that unless Britain leaves Afghanistan immediately, it will not recover morally or economically and will not be on the path to control its destiny. You have probably seen the Wikileaks collateral murder video of an American helicopter gunship crew killing 12 Iraqis, including two Reuters journalists, the details of which had been concealed by the Pentagon. It’s something that everyone should see, particularly those British politicians who voted for the Iraq war and are now, before an election, attempting to persuade us that they are fit to govern our country.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil case Friday against giant investment bank Goldman Sachs charging “fraudulent misconduct” in relation to $1 billion of worthless sub-prime mortgage securities Goldman palmed off to its clients in 2007. The SEC’s submission to New York’s Southern District Court provides a devastating glimpse into the criminal activities of a financial oligarchy that was not only indifferent to the destructive social consequences of its operations, but eager to profit from a crisis precipitated by its own speculative activities.
SARAH PALIN, Haley Barbour, John Boehner, Newt Gingrich--add Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to the list. The upper echelon of Republican Party politicians is stuffed full of ugly bigots who never miss an opportunity to do or say something repellant. Last week, McDonnell--a graduate of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network School of Law (this is not a joke; it's now known as Regent University), but whose 2009 campaign for governor intentionally downplayed his right-wing views--grabbed the spotlight when he declared April to be "Confederate History Month."
It is one of the few genuine issues of life and death during this general election campaign. It will not dictate how much any British school improves, how many police appear on the streets of a city, or how quickly patients are allowed to leave hospitals around the country. But it will, literally, decide the fate of thousands of British service personnel and, ultimately, how many of them live and die.
A crisis gripping Goldman Sachs deepened today as Britain and Germany moved towards joining the US in pursuing a fraud investigation against the Wall Street bank for allegedly fiddling clients out of $1bn ($650m) through a misleading mortgage investment deal. Gordon Brown ordered a special investigation into Goldman, accusing the bank of "moral bankruptcy". He threatened to block multimillion-pound bonus payouts if the firm is found guilty of wrongdoing.
According to a formerly secret email message made public Thursday, Bush-era CIA head Porter J. Goss agreed to the destruction of about 100 videos depicting the repeated waterboarding and other torture of two alleged Al Qaeda prisoners at a secret Thailand prison.
Blackwater, which became known as the privatised face of warfare in Iraq, faces new legal difficulties after its former president and four other former employees were charged with federal weapons charges related to the alleged stockpiling of automatic rifles.
An ex-CIA head agreed with a decision to destroy hundreds of tapes purportedly showing US agents harshly interrogating two al-Qaeda suspects.
A Brazilian judge has overturned a decision that could have delayed construction of a huge Amazon dam opposed by locals, environmentalists and the director of the film Avatar. The judge in Brasilia, the country's capital, reversed on Friday a decision to suspend contract bidding scheduled for next week for the 11,000MW Belo Monte dam, according to a statement
Britain’s first ever televised debate between its three main parties was lauded by BBC 4’s World News for its democratic integrity (15 April 2010) – apparently, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), the British National Party (BNP), the Greens, Respect, the Social Democrats and others, don’t exist in England: hence their leaders were not invited to participate. The BBC is so committed to democracy that it never aired the debate. The three parties and their PR people were also so committed to democracy that they ensured that the audience consisted of selected guests, pre-approved questions and controlled – that is, zero – applause.
Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the spectre of domestic terrorism has returned to haunt the Obama Administration, with a warning from the FBI that “home-grown and lone-wolf extremists” now represent as serious a threat as al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
New claims for United States unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. Government officials are dismissing the rise and are blaming it on the Easter holiday. Meanwhile, home foreclosures have also jumped, to their highest rate in 5 years. Gerald Celente says that the economy hasn't recovered, it is a cover up and the big wigs who received the bailout on wall street are the only people with more money.
A bipartisan coalition of 77 House members sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood imploring them to renegotiate a section of the North American Free Trade Agreement that provides Mexican trucks with full access to U.S. roadways.
Just a little over a week after issuing its annual earnings report featuring a full-throated defense of its role in the housing market collapse, Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, along with one of the company’s vice presidents, has been accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of securities fraud for its role in the housing market collapse.
Hillary Clinton has said Israel must stop 'settlement activity' and steer clear of comments that will provoke Palestinians.
Ted Kennedy's replacement in the Senate doesn't appear to be quite as articulate as his predecessor. Newly minted Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), elected to the late Kennedy's seat in a special election, stumbled after reporters asked him why he opposed financial reform. The new legislation will take a financial toll on the nation's largest banking institutions in an effort to forestall future financial meltdowns
In the face of stiff GOP opposition, Obama administration officials want Senate Democrats to purge a $50 billion fund for dismantling "too big to fail" banks from legislation that aims to protect against a new financial crisis. Republicans contend the provision would simply continue government bailouts of Wall Street.
The number of American workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose sharply in the week ending April 9, the second consecutive week that jobless benefit claims rose when business and academic economists had predicted they would fall.
JPMorgan Chase profits jump 55 percent in first quarter of 2010. US banking giant JPMorgan Chase raked in $3.3 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2010. This marked a 55 percent increase over the first quarter of 2009, when the banking firm took in $2.1 billion in profits. Earnings rose from 40 cents per share in 2009 to 74 cents per share this year.
Veterans and human rights experts are asking why footage of U.S. soldiers committing atrocities against Iraqi civilians is being treated like an anomaly. THE WIKILEAKS video footage from Iraq taken from an Apache helicopter in July 2007 showing soldiers killing 12 people and wounding two children has caused an explosion of media coverage. But many Iraq vets feel it is too little and too late.
The political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan was caused by a lack of solid democratic institutions, a chief Kremlin ideologist told RIA Novosti on Friday. "The events in Kyrgyzstan are not just a political crisis, they are a tragic example of what happens to a society unable to create a strong state," a deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, Vladislav Surkov, said.
Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez discusses his interview with UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld one day after Birkenfield’s Tax Day clemency request to President Obama. Birkenfeld is serving a forty-month sentence despite playing a key role in exposing the biggest tax evasion scheme in US history. [includes rush transcript]
There has been almost universal silence among Congressional Democrats on the Obama administration's recently revealed decision to authorize the assassination of a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen, has been accused of providing inspiration for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged "underwear bomber," and Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter. In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic surge in US government chatter about the alleged threat posed by al-Awlaki, with anonymous US officials accusing him of directly participating in terror "plots" (his family passionately disputes this).
Former Israeli prime minister denies taking massive bribes to approve major construction project. Ehud Olmert, who police have named as a suspect in the Holyland bribery scandal, stepped down as Israel prime minister last year amid mounting corruption allegations. Israeli police believe former prime minister Ehud Olmert is the prime suspect in a burgeoning corruption investigation surrounding a major property development in Jerusalem, the Israeli press reported today.
Securities and exchange commission charges Goldman Sachs with conflict of interest in sub-prime mortgage asset sales. The Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs, long considered a shrewd winner from the financial crisis, was slapped with potentially devastating fraud charges todayas US regulators accused the firm of fiddling investors out of more than $1bn (£640m) by wilfully mis-marketing toxic sub-prime mortgage-related securities.
Earlier this week West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin announced the appointment of Davitt McAteer to conduct an investigation into the explosion that killed 29 coal miners at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County.
The science of volcanic eruptionsIt took a month to fully come to the boil. Scientists explain how Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano finally blew its top. Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano is in the second phase of an eruption that began last month. Like all volcanos, the eruption started when boiling hot subterranean liquid rock, known as magma, found a weak spot in the Earth's crust and burst through. Scientists spent weeks analysing the gases and magma that emerged, which is then renamed as lava.
The number of American workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose sharply in the week ending April 9, the second consecutive week that jobless benefit claims rose when business and academic economists had predicted they would fall. In a further sign of economic and social distress, the number of homes in foreclosure jumped 16 percent in the first quarter of 2010. More than 900,000 homes, or one in 138, received a foreclosure notice during the first three months of this year.
The Obama administration pressed for rapid agreement on new punitive UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs at a meeting on Wednesday of the so-called P5+1 group—the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany. While the US pushed for a full arms embargo and measures targetting Iranian energy investment, shipping and finance, China and Russia both indicated opposition to key aspects of the draft resolution.
Jonathan Cook views the possibility that a banned report by Haaretz journalist Uri Blau – suppressed days before Israel attacked Gaza in 2008 – contained vital information warning of Israeli intentions to commit war crimes and revealed the aims of a so far unimplemented phase of the Gaza attack involving expelling some of Gaza’s population to Egypt. An Arab member of the Israeli parliament is demanding that a newspaper be allowed to publish an investigative report that was suppressed days before Israel attacked Gaza in winter 2008.
Federal mine safety regulations, set up by the Bush administration and upheld by President Obama, are giving coal companies a green light to continue killing and injuring miners.
Yesterday, this video appeared on youtube. This is really shocking. It was deleted in the morning. You can hear 4 shots there, at the end, there are Polish words - "Change of Plans." The cameraman is swearing and scared, before shooting you can here in Russian - "dawaj gnata" - which is "give me the gun." Maybe you know Russian. It's on the website of one of Polish TV channels. It says that army specialists are going to examine that. People are shocked; the situation is getting serious; some people are manipulated and rioting in the streets against burying the President in King's Castle in Cracow. It's awful, it's clear manipulation. Very suspicious and quick changes in the army, lots of hidden bad things happening.
In testimony Wednesday before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke made a pointed call for the Obama administration and Congress to quickly adopt a plan for austerity measures to reduce soaring deficits.
A former senior National Security Agency (NSA) official was indicted Thursday on charges he leaked classified information and served as a source for a reporter who wrote a series of critical articles about the agency. According to the federal indictment, Thomas A. Drake, 52, allegedly corresponded and met in person with an unnamed newspaper reporter between February 2006 and November 2007 and exchanged hundreds of emails with the journalist about the inner workings of the super-secret spy agency.
Insurance companies couldn't defeat reform legislation, so now they're re-working their books to avoid its impacts. "Some of the largest U.S. health insurers are changing their accounting practices to book administration costs as medical costs in an attempt to circumvent new industry reforms, according to a U.S. Senate panel's report released on Thursday," Reuters reports.
How rich people can stop whining about the deficit and start paying their taxes. For all the moaning from deficit hawks, the U.S. budget is simply not in crisis. If investors were losing confidence in our nation's ability to pay off its debts, we'd see a major reduction in demand for U.S. Treasury bonds. And we do not, in fact, see any such reduction. Last week the Treasury sold $21 billion in 10-year bonds, and investors were clamoring for them in such droves that the government had to turn away nearly 80 percent of them.
The US state of Arizona is set to bring in tough new legislation against illegal immigrants. A bill likely to be signed into law in the coming weeks, would make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally, giving local police greater powers to stop and question people about their immigration status.
If that plucky, animated, singing scrap of paper from Schoolhouse Rock!--"(I'm Just a) Bill"--were around today, he'd be begging us to keep him out of the Senate. That's where good ideas go to get their teeth knocked out, to get fattened with pork and disfigured with loopholes, coming out the other end as Frankenstein versions of the initiatives they once were. We're left asking, Is this creature something we can live with and improve over time, as was the case with healthcare reform? Or is the result so hopelessly compromised that it ought never see the light of day?
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