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Israeli ministers outraged over US State Department criticism

Israeli ministers condemn the US State Department for a statement made by Spokesperson John Kirby yesterday, according to which Israel is using excessive force against Palestinian terrorists in the recent wave of violence.

Oct 15, 2015, 12:50PM | Yael Klein

Israeli officials are furious following the statement made yesterday by US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby, according to which the Israeli security forces “may be using excessive force” when thwarting Palestinian terror attacks. “The statement is so distorted and groundless that I expect President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to renounce it and clarify the United States’ position,” Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan stated this morning.

Minister Erdan, who is in charge of the police forces in the field, stressed that the instructions given to the forces are moral and justified. “Every sane person knowns how the police in the US would react if terrorists armed with axes and knives tried to murder civilians in New York or in Washington. I say this before even beginning to mention the US bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan during their justified fight against terrorism,” he stated. “Hypocrisy must know some limits.”

 

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Top ministers criticize US officials over terror comments

Erdan accuses State Department of putting out ‘idiotic declarations’ equating Israeli and Palestinian actions; Ya’alon says Washington misguided in understanding conflict

October 15, 2015, 11:11 am 31
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (center) seen at the site where a Jewish teenager was lightly injured when he was stabbed by a Palestinian in Jerusalem on October 9, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (center) seen at the site where a Jewish teenager was lightly injured when he was stabbed by a Palestinian in Jerusalem on October 9, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Friday, October 16, 2015 | 08:46:45 AM

Two top ministers lashed out on Thursday at American officials for what they described as equivocation over Palestinian terror attacks and a US State Department statement that appeared to accept accusations that Israel has used excessive force in recent days.

Within minutes of the comments by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon Thursday morning, a top Prime Minister’s Office official informed cabinet ministers that they were being ordered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cease all public criticism of American officials.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and a spokesman for the department have in recent days appeared to link or equate a spate of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis with Israeli policies in the West Bank and on the Temple Mount, a position Erdan called “idiotic.”

“I don’t know whether to call them naive, in the US State Department and in the American government,” a visibly angry Erdan, who oversees the police forces battling the terror wave, told Army Radio Thursday morning. “Instead of putting out idiotic declarations that pretend to address two equally guilty sides, they [should] focus pressure on the murderous, inciting Palestinian Authority; because of its incitement, young people go out and commit murderous acts.”

 

 

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Israel approves 900 additional homes in East Jerusalem

Interior Ministry committee approves construction near Beit Jala; 1,200 units authorized on Sunday; Kerry unsurprised

August 12, 2013, 8:53 pm

A view from the Israeli settlement of Har Gilo of Highway 60, backdropped by the West Bank village of Beit Jala (photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash 90)

A view from the Israeli settlement of Har Gilo of Highway 60, backdropped by the West Bank village of Beit Jala (photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash 90)

Two days before the scheduled resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians, a diplomatic source said Monday that Israel secretly authorized construction of 900 new housing units in East Jerusalem.

The Housing Ministry later confirmed that additional permits for housing construction had indeed been issued.

The new units will be built south of the West Bank Palestinian village of Beit Jala.

The news came a day after the Housing Ministry approved the construction of 1,200 apartments in settlement blocs and Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line.

“We will continue issuing tenders for construction in Jerusalem and the settlement blocs,” the source said.

Speaking at a news conference in Bogota, Colombia, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he didn’t think the recent flap over Israeli settlement announcements will derail Mideast peace talks, which are scheduled to resume this week.

According to Kerry, the Israeli move was expected. The secretary said he talked about the announcements with the top Israeli negotiator. He added that the US government views the settlements as illegitimate and said criticism on the Palestinian side underscores the need to get to the negotiating table quickly.

Kerry is also trying to reach Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Associated Press.

According to Channel 10 News, the Jerusalem Development Authority requested permits to begin construction at the site nine months ago, but the Interior Ministry only recently authorized the project.

The JDA is partly under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Office, which was unavailable for comment regarding the authorization.

Diplomatic sources quoted by Channel 10 News justified the construction approval, saying that while the Palestinian Authority demanded a settlement freeze as a precondition to peace talks, Israel did not accept such terms.

“Israel has never promised not to build,” the source said. The official added that the approved units were in a location which, Palestinians agree, will remain in Israeli hands even after the signing of any future agreement.

“We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity,” Deputy State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday shortly after the news broke of the 900 new homes. “These announcements come at a particularly sensitive time and we have raised our concerns with the government of Israel.”

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Russia calls Israel settlement plan ‘counterproductive’

August 12, 2013 04:17 PM

Agence France Presse

A Palestinian labourer works on a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Ilit, near Bethlehem August 11, 2013. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

MOSCOW: Russia on Monday criticized a “counterproductive” decision by Israel to invite bids to build nearly 1,200 homes in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem on the eve of planned peace talks.

The Russian foreign ministry said Moscow was “seriously concerned” by the move.

“The announcement of such plans on the eve of a new round of negotiations due to be held in Jerusalem on August 14 … is a counterproductive step that complicates the atmosphere of the talks,” the Russian ministry statement said.

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New West Bank settlement homes anger Palestinians

Construction in Beitar Ilit, near Bethlehem, 11 August The issue of building settlements in occupied Palestinian areas halted the last direct peace talks in September 2010

Palestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s approval of nearly 1,200 new Jewish settlement homes, just days before peace talks are set to resume.

Palestinian negotiators said the approval cast doubt on Israel’s sincerity in the peace process.

Israel’s housing minister said no country in the world would take orders on where it could build its homes.

The issue of building settlements in occupied Palestinian areas halted the last direct talks in September 2010.

About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Palestinians want to establish their state in those areas, as well as the Gaza Strip.

The settlements are considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.

‘Dangerous policy’

On Sunday, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel confirmed that 793 apartments would be built in East Jerusalem and 394 in several large West Bank settlements.

Palestinians see continued Israeli construction on the land where they aspire to create a new state as one of the biggest obstacles to peace.

The timing of this announcement may deepen the sense of pessimism that surrounds renewed peace talks even before they’ve really begun.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel comes from a party which opposes the very idea of a Palestinian state bordering Israel on the West Bank of the River Jordan. He ‘s now invited private firms to tender for the construction work.

More liberal members of Israel’s broad coalition government will be uncomfortable with the tone and timing of the news. Palestinian leaders will be angered but may well have factored the possibility of this type of announcement into their overall political calculations.

Israel is also preparing to free 26 Palestinian prisoners on the eve of this week’s scheduled peace talks. Announcing the settlement construction at the same time may be intended as a sop to right-wing supporters of the government who oppose those prisoner releases.

Palestinians said the plans brought into question Israel’s commitment to the peace process.

Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh said Israel aimed “to destroy the basis of the solution called for by the international community, which aims to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders”.

He accused Israel of trying to “determine the negotiations in whichever way suits it best”.

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Monday, 29 April 2013

 

Israeli security officers arrive to stand guard as a bulldozer hired by the Jerusalem municipality destroys a Palestinian house in the Israeli annexed East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur on April 29, 2013. (AFP)

 

Reuters, West Bank –

Israeli soldiers evicted several hundred Bedouins from a village in the occupied West Bank on Monday after the army declared the area alive-fire training zone.

The residents of Wadi al-Maleh, a village mostly inhabited by shepherds in the arid area bordering Jordan, had almost all left their homes by an evening curfew and retreated to neighboring villages, Aref Daraghmeh, a local leader told Reuters.

The displacement coincided with several demolitions of Arab properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which come as the United States is trying to revive stalled peace.

In January, villagers received a similar eviction order and left without resisting, only to return after 48 hours. Almost all of their 90 buildings, including shelters for their animals, were demolished in 2010, local rights groups said.

Israeli troops prevented outsiders, including journalists, from accessing the area saying it was a “closed military zone.” The military did not respond to a request for comment.

Wadi al-Maleh is located in “Area C,” a swath of land making up two-thirds of the West Bank under full Israeli control and where most Jewish settlements are located.

 

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Israel evicts Bedouin residents of West Bank village ahead of IDF exercise

Hundreds residing in Wadi al-Maleh are forced out of their homes after army declares area a live-fire training zone.

By Reuters | Apr.29, 2013 | 11:17 PM | 16

 

 

Bedouin boy rides a donkey near a sign in the West Bank village of Wadi al-Maleh.

A Bedouin boy rides a donkey near a sign in the West Bank village of Wadi al-Maleh, near the border with Jordan. Photo by Reuters

 

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Bedouin loads belongings onto pick-up truck as his family leaves their home in the West Bank village of Wadi al-Maleh. Photo by Reuters

 

Israeli soldiers evicted several hundred Bedouin from a village in the West Bank on Monday after the Israel Defense Forces declared the area a live-fire training zone.

 

The residents of Wadi al-Maleh, a village mostly inhabited by shepherds in the arid area bordering Jordan, had almost all left their homes by an evening curfew and retreated to neighboring villages, Aref Daraghmeh, a local leader, told Reuters.

 

The displacement coincided with several demolitions of Arab properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which come as the United States is trying to revive stalled peace.

 

In January, villagers received a similar eviction order and left without resisting, only to return after 48 hours. Almost all of their 90 buildings, including shelters for their animals, were demolished in 2010, local rights groups said.

 

Israeli soldiers prevented outsiders, including journalists, from entering the area, saying it was a “closed military zone.”

 

“It should be emphasized that these structures, located in closed military zones actively used by the IDF, are illegal in nature…the residents of these illegal structures have been requested in advance to vacate the premises voluntarily,” a spokesperson for the IDF said.

 

“This drill is a part of the IDF’s pre-planned yearly exercise schedule,” the spokesperson said.

 

Wadi al-Maleh is located in “Area C,” a swath of land making up two-thirds of the West Bank under full Israeli control and where most Jewish settlements are located.

 

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Adam Taylor | Mar. 3, 2013, 12:22 PM
Business Insider
Palestinian women sit on bus at West Bank crossing

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Israel’s Transportation Ministry has set up a number of bus lines for Palestinian passengers traveling between the West Bank and central Israel, YNet News reports.While the ministry claims that the buses are for all passengers, it appears that only Palestinian villages have been told of their existence, sparking serious claims of segregation.

According to Ha’aretz, any Palestinian who holds an entrance permit to the State of Israel is legally allowed to use public transportation. However, the newspaper has previously reported on a number of incidents in which Arab passengers have been forced off of buses.

YNet News also spoke to several bus drivers, who claimed that under the new rules, due to start Monday, Palestinian passengers will be asked to leave the buses on mixed lines used by Jewish settlers.

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Published on Jan 31, 2013

Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank violate international law, and the country must “immediately” withdraw all settlers from such areas, UN human rights investigators have said.

Israel has not co-operated with the inquiry, set up by the Human Rights Council (HRC) last March to examine the impact of settlements in the territory, including East Jerusalem.

“Israel must … cease all settlement activities without preconditions [and] must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers” from the occupied territories, the fact-finding mission concluded in a report released on Thursday.

Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston reports from Jerusalem.

Israeli settlers march in West Bank

Israeli settlers attack a Palestinian woman.

At the conclusion of the march, which crossed by the Bet Haggai settlement, the settlers staged a rally.

Palestinian movement in the area was restricted until the demonstration concluded, and at least one nearby checkpoint was temporarily closed.

Settlers regularly march in Palestinian areas, often provoking locals by waving Israeli flags and chanting offensive slurs.

In Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, settlers march through the Arab market each Saturday at the end of the Jewish day of rest, often attacking shopkeepers and employing hate speech. They are generally accompanied by Israeli soldiers for protection, despite that Israeli law forbids them from entering Area A of the West Bank, supposed to be under full Palestinian legal authority.

 

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Politics, Legislation and Economy News

Harassment  :  Fundamental Rights , Unethical , Hypocrisy

Palestinian olive grove attacked for second time

Palestinian farmers from Qaryut village inspect the remains of their olive trees last week after after they were uprooted. Dozens of olive trees were set ablaze in a Palestinian village early on Saturday, in an attack that villagers and Palestinian security officials blamed on Jewish settlers.

Palestinian farmers from Qaryut village inspect the remains of their olive trees last week after after they were uprooted. Dozens of olive trees were set ablaze in a Palestinian village early on Saturday, in an attack that villagers and Palestinian security officials blamed on Jewish settlers.

AFP – Dozens of olive trees were set ablaze in a Palestinian village early on Saturday, in an attack that villagers and Palestinian security officials blamed on Jewish settlers.

Residents of Qaryut village, 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of the West Bank city of Nablus, said that the fires had been set at several different spots simultaneously and security officials said the evidence pointed to an arson attack by residents of the neighbouring settlement of Eli.

Seventy of the village’s olive trees were cut down in the early hours of Wednesday, the first day of the olive harvest, a period when Jewish settlers have in the past raided Palestinian farmers and their crops.

Figures released last year by the international aid group Oxfam indicated there are approximately 9.5 million olive trees in the West Bank, where the crop is a vital source of revenue for Palestinian farmers.

In a good year, the olive harvest contributes around $100 million (77 million euros) in income to some of the poorest Palestinian communities.

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Costs of War :  Government Overreach – Excessive Use Of Force – Hypocrisy -Human Rights

 

 

 

Published on Sep 22, 2012 by

Hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested by the Israeli military every year for throwing rocks at occupying forces. They are tried in Israeli Military Courts and human Rights organisations say the trials lack due process and are against international law. Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from Abu Dis in the occupied West Bank.

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Security  :  Hypocrisy &Human Rights

Attacks by settlers on Palestinians up

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Palestinians view the damage inside the mosque in the West Bank village Jab’a, south of Ramallah, on the morning after it was set on fire in a suspected “price tag” arson attack, June 19, 2012. Graffiti saying “The war has begun” and “You will pay the price” was spray painted on the mosque’s walls. So called “Price tag” attacks are generally carried out by Israeli settlers against Palestinian targets in retaliation for moves against settlements. UPI/Debbie Hill 

JERUSALEM, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank are becoming increasingly common, Israeli human rights activists say.
In the most recent attacks, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a taxi Aug. 16, causing serious burns to the driver and his passengers, a family heading to the supermarket, and an Arab teenager was beaten by a mob in Jerusalem, The Washington Post reported. The Israeli government also denounced the attack, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledging the perpetrators will be arrested.
Some settlers say attacks are a “price tag” Palestinians must pay for their violence against Jews. The Israeli military, however, reports a decrease in Palestinian violence while the number of attacks by settlers on Palestinians and their property tripled from 2009 to 2011.
Israeli human rights groups say crimes against Palestinians are not investigated or prosecuted with as much enthusiasm. The organization Yesh Din calculated suspects were indicted in fewer than 9 percent of the “ideological crimes” against Palestinians from 2005 to last March.
“It is paramount that the Israeli authorities enforce the rule of law in the territories and protect Palestinian civilians in the territories,” said Natan Sachs, a fellow of the Brookings Institution in the United States and one of the authors of a Foreign Affairs article on settler attacks. “It is especially important because right now the peace process is deadlocked. … If we’re expecting many years to come of a similar situation, then the conditions on the ground become more important, not less.”

Politics and Legislation

Discord over West Bank outpost threatening Netanyahu coalition

Visiting Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood, Likud minister Yisrael Katz says Barak has ‘taken the Defense Ministry and made it a political tool at the expense of the settlers.’

By Yossi Verter

The future of the little Ulpana neighborhood of the West Bank settlement of Beit El, whose legality is in doubt, seems to be driving the government to distraction. Aides to Defense Minister Ehud Barak Saturday released a statement accusing two of their boss’s cabinet colleagues, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon of adopting the rhetoric of the extreme right.

Katz visited Ulpana on Friday and said Barak had “taken the Defense Ministry and made it a political tool at the expense of the settlers.”

The Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El . The Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El.
Photo by: Emil Salman

On Saturday, Ya’alon half warned, half threatened that the government could fall if Ulpana’s residents were forced to leave. In response aides to Barak, who is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidant, said Katz and Ya’alon had been struck with “a serious case of Feiglinism,” referring to the extreme right-wing Likudnik Moshe Feiglin.

These are not trivial matters. When Ya’alon, speaking at a cultural event in Be’er Sheva Saturday, suggested the government was in danger of collapse he seemed resigned to the prospect. His statements probably added fuel to the fire of the settlers.

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 The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) will be stepping into the breach the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) left this week when it disbanded its voter suppression arm. Because having as many people vote as possible is very dangerous to Republicans, who aren’t so popular, the Right has to make sure that someone is in charge of returning the nation to Jim Crow days, and now the NCPPR is it.

It’s forming a “Voter Identification Task Force,” according to a press release obtained by PR Watch.

NCPPR’s press release scolds the 11 corporations, as of yesterday, that have recently announced they had dropped out of ALEC, which has come under intense scrutiny as a result of the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALEC Exposed investigation and along with the efforts CMD, Color of Change, Common Cause, People of the American Way, Progress Now!, and other groups plus Daily Kos bloggers as well as concerned citizens speaking up across the country.

NCPPR even set up an email for corporations to reach out to them if they “regret” their decision to cut ties with ALEC under the theme “we are not yellow.” NCPPR asserts that corporations have succumbed to the “left-wing” which is supposedly using a “trotskyite strategy of making relentless demand-after-demand.”

Don’t know much about the NCPPR? PR Watch has the details about this “think tank,” including the assistance the group gave to Jack Abramoff in essentially laundering millions of dollars and the fundraising tactic of “bombarding senior citizens with ‘fright mail.'” They use that money to do things like help Exxon Mobil fight against efforts to address climate change.

In other words, they’re another cog in the extreme right-wing agenda-making machine propping up the Republican Party. They’re not going to let voter suppression efforts stop.

By Joan McCarter | Sourced from Daily Kos

Trustees say Medicare, Social Security funds running out quickly

By Sam Baker – 04/23/12 05:03 PM ET

Medicare and Social Security are on a fast track to deep fiscal problems, trustees for the two programs warned Monday.

The Medicare trust fund will be “exhausted” — meaning it won’t have enough money on hand to cover the benefits it’s supposed to provide — by 2024, the trustees said, the same time frame anticipated in a report last year. Social Security will reach that tipping point in 2033, three years earlier than predicted last year.

“Under current law, both of these vitally important programs are on unsustainable paths,” Trustee Robert Reischauer said Monday.

Both parties looked to score political points on the news, with Obama administration officials saying Medicare’s woes would be far more severe without the 2010 healthcare law, while Republicans used the new estimates to argue that President Obama isn’t serious about entitlement reform.

The trustees called on Congress to repair the entitlements quickly, saying a prompt approach would leave more options on the table and allow lawmakers to make changes gradually.

But even at the trustees’ press conference, the deep political divisions over Medicare were on full display.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner took a pre-emptive shot at Republican-led proposals to partially privatize Medicare.

 

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Economy

J K Galbraith: Inequality and Instability Part 1 – Part 2, 3 and 4 pls see links in intro

Published on Apr 18, 2012 by

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qX8sLB4ZNw&feature=plcp&context=C4a97… Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=605lUlAJGj8&context=C4a063a4ADvjVQa1PpcFMG… Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyguJPYjDBc&context=C4d2c0faADvjVQa1PpcFNC…
Further informations about topics addressed are available in favourites, play lists on my channel and complementary video responses. Mirrored: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealNews “James K. Galbraith presents his study of the world economy just before the great crisis.”

 

Canada, U.S. refuse to give IMF cash for crisis

By Bradley Bouzane, Postmedia News

Canada was among the countries Friday that declined to contribute additional emergency resources for the International Monetary Fund to assist the economic crisis gripping some European nations, insisting more emphasis should be placed on the eurozone to help relieve its own issues.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told a news conference in Washington that Canada, along with the United States, were not supportive of providing further funds for Europe and said that region should be able to assist itself in a greater capacity.

“A number of countries have agreed to provide the fund with additional resources now,” Flaherty said Friday evening in Washington. “With respect to the Canadian position, Canada has always supported the IMF. At the current juncture, however, we believe the fund has adequate resources to deal with imminent needs. This is particularly true, given the capacity of Europe to deal with its sovereign debt crisis.”

Flaherty, in Washington for meetings of the IMF and G20 finance ministers, said officials have noted the progress Europe has made in terms of some fiscal structure reforms, specifically in Italy and Spain, but said “we encourage our European partners to implement these reforms and make use of financial resources in Europe to stabilize the situation.”

The IMF is seeking $400 billion in commitments for world financial leaders to help backstop eurozone nations in the event of a debt emergency, a drive made urgent by rising borrowing costs in Italy and Spain.

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Wells Fargo Insiders Detail Foreclosure Fraud Practices: ‘It’s Exactly Like An Assembly Line’

That Wells Fargo has fraudulently processed mortgage documents using a process called robo-signing has been evident for nearly two years, since scandal enveloped the mortgage industry in 2010. That it kept doing it even after the scandal broke has been known for months. The practice, at Wells Fargo and other Wall Street banks, has led to waves of improper foreclosures and a $25 billion settlement with the federal government and state attorneys general.

new report from MSNBC, however, provided an inside account of how Wells Fargo’s robo-signing department works. Unqualified employees with salaries ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 are given titles like “vice president of loan documentation” so they can sign foreclosure documents. Actual supervisors institute quotas on employees, forcing them to sign a certain number of foreclosure files each day — sometimes telling them they can’t eat breakfast or take lunch until they’re done. Documents required for homeowners to avoid foreclosure were ignored, left sitting on an unattended fax machine……

 

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Wars and Rumors of War

‘Israel strike on Iran ill-advised, given our nuclear intel’

Iran should ‘play by rules’ over nuclear issue

Iran should play by the rules if it wants to have legitimate access to peaceful nuclear energy, stressed General James L. Jones, former national security advisor to US President Barack Obama, in an exclusive interview with RT.

­RT: There are IAEA experts who say the nuclear threat of Iran is not what it used to be, and if they abide by the law, Iran should have a peaceful nuclear program. How can we move forward without encouraging double standards?

General James L. Jones: We always said that Iran should have access to peaceful nuclear power if it wishes. We offered to replace fuel in medical reactors in Tehran. It is not an issue of peaceful nuclear power.

Iran has declared rather openly what it would do [to its neighbors] if it became a nuclear power.

If Iran seriously wants to play according to the game rules, we all play and sign documents that guarantee certain behavior, there is no reason why Iran should not have nuclear power for peaceful use.

The pressure and responsibility is not upon Russia or the US to make Iran do anything that it does not want to do. It is up to Iran to say: we do not want to be like North Korea ten years from now, living in a world of isolation.

That is a great civilization and great people. We happen to know that the Iranian people want more freedom. They look upon the west and countries outside their borders as inspiration, they see the freedom of our societies and they want to live like that.

They are going to figure out how they can get that a little bit more, but as far as the nuclear question goes, both Russia and the US have sent signals to Iran that there is a perfectly reasonable pathway that preserves their dignity and their respect to get to peaceful use of nuclear power. So it is really up to them.

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US military fights negative perception of “pain ray”

Published on Apr 22, 2012 by

In order to gain stronger public perception of new crowd control technology, the US miltary has been showcasing a new weapon dubbed the “pain ray”.
The system cost more than $120m developing the technology and was deployed in Afghanistan two years ago

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Articles of Interest

 

Egypt ends natural-gas agreement with Israel

The 2005 Egypt-Israel gas deal has come under strident criticism from leaders of the popular uprising that began early last year in Egypt.

By Avi Bar-Eli

Egypt has canceled its natural gas contract with Israel, claiming “violations of contractual agreements,” with Israeli officials calling the move a blatant violation of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

The 2005 Egypt-Israel gas deal has come under strident criticism from leaders of the popular uprising that began early last year in Egypt. Critics charge that Israel was getting a bargain price for the gas, while cronies of former President Hosni Mubarak allegedly skimmed millions of dollars off the proceeds.

A Bedouin tribesman inspecting the section of the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline that was hit by an RPG. A Bedouin tribesman inspecting the section of the Egypt-Israel gas pipeline that was hit by an RPG in the northern Sinai last month.
Photo by: Reuters

Nevertheless, Egyptian officials had been saying that they planned to honor the agreement.

The pipelines carrying natural gas to Israel in Jordan have been sabotaged 14 times since the uprising began, resulting in the suspension of the gas supply for about 70 percent of the time since February 5, 2011.

Israel called the Egyptian decision “unlawful and in bad faith” and said Egypt has failed to meet its supply obligations.

Egypt, meanwhile, says Israel hasn’t paid for its gas for four months, a charge Israel denies.

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Billions in Fines Don’t Matter — Here’s How BP Should Be Punished for the Gulf Disaster

What is missing is a criminal prosecution that holds responsible the individuals who gambled with the lives of BP’s contractors and the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.
 

This story was published as an op-ed in The New York Times.

Two years after a series of gambles and ill-advised decisions on a BP drilling project led to the largest accidental oil spill in United States history and the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, no one has been held accountable.

What is missing is the accountability that comes from real consequences: a criminal prosecution that holds responsible the individuals who gambled with the lives of BP’s contractors and the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. Only such an outcome can rebuild trust in an oil industry that asks for the public’s faith so that it can drill more along the nation’s coastlines. And perhaps only such an outcome can keep BP in line and can keep an accident like the Deepwater Horizon disaster from happening again.

BP has already tested the effectiveness of lesser consequences, and its track record proves that the most severe punishments the courts and the United States government have been willing to mete out amount to a slap on the wrist.

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Bill Maher’s New Rules segment last night hit on a key aspect of today’s GOP: they’re pro-anything the Democrats (particularly president Obama) are against, even if it’s as disgusting as “Pink Slime.” There should at least be bipartisan agreement on that, said Maher. They’ve come out against children eating their vegetables because Michelle Obama is for it, after all.

If the Democrats came out against arsenic, would the GOP introduce a friendly arsenic mascot?

http://www.hbo.com/bin/hboPlayerV2u.swf?vid=1251784

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