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Is The NYPD’s “Protect & Serve” Policy A Thing Of The Past?

Published on Feb 5, 2013

WeAreChange recently got the opportunity to meet and Interview Joe Lozito, the selfless hero who put his life on the line to stop a serial killer. The story is only magnified when Joe finds out, that while being stabbed by the serial killer, the NYPD was standing by watching everything unfold from the safety of the conductors door. Currently in a legal suit, the NYPD and City of NY is arguing that the NYPD has NO duty to protect its own citizens.

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Wars and Rumors of War

Blow back  :  False Flag – Psy – Ops

Selling War: NYPD chief says city on alert for “Iran terror”

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Commissioner Raymond Kelly says New York City’s police force placed on high alert as concerns mount over possible retaliation by Tehran, Hezbollah over tightening international sanctions

Raymond Kelly

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Commissioner Raymond Kelly

New York City’s police commissioner said Wednesday that a potential retaliatory attack on New York City by Iran is an ongoing concern for the NYPD.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke at the NYPD Shield Anti-Terrorism Conference.

According to the New York Post, Kelly said that a possible conflict between Iran and Israel was of concern to the law enforcement agency due to the city’s large Jewish population.

“We’ve been concerned about Iran for a while, and I think the history of those events throughout the world since January give us cause for concern,” he said.

“Obviously if there’s any action involving Israel and Iran we have to be very cognizant of the potential of retaliation here in New York City,” Kelly was quoted by the New York Post as saying.

Lt. Kevin Yorke of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division also addressed the conference, saying that one of the issues the NYPD is mostly concerned about is the potential for a retaliation attack on New York City by Iran or Hezbollah.

“Within the last year, we’ve seen a worldwide increase in incidents involving the stockpiling of explosives, the surveillance of targets, and a number of very significant plots and attacks,” he said.

The NYPD’s Intelligence Division believes that the increase in activity “is in direct relation to Iran’s nuclear-weapons program and the tension surrounding it,” according to Yorke.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles authorities have arrested a passenger at LAX after he was found to be wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants, triggering a Homeland Security investigation.

Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was taken into custody and according to the FBI is not cooperating with authorities.

A search of Harris’ checked luggage uncovered numerous suspicious items, including a smoke grenade, knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, a gas mask, billy clubs, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Politics and Legislation

Outside View: Jobs. Obama and re-election

by Peter Morici
College Park, Md. (UPI)

Unemployment hangs stubbornly at more than 8 percent, yet, defying election history, U.S. President Barack Obama would handily win a second term if voters went to the polls today.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hasn’t capitalized on the stagnant economy because after sewing up the GOP nomination, he failed to move quickly on issues critical to key demographic groups and act on the challenger’s imperative to offer a better alternative to the president’s policies.

To win conservative primary voters, Romney rejected the Dream Act, which enjoyed bipartisan sponsorship in Congress and would permit young adults brought to America illegally as children to earn citizenship by completing two years of college or military service.

After securing the nomination, Romney failed to define a compromise position more acceptable to Hispanic voters and permitted Obama to pre-empt the issue by suspending deportation of those young adults. Obama enjoys an overwhelming lead among Hispanic voters.

Romney vows to repeal ObamaCare but is vague about what would replace it. The president’s healthcare reforms may be too expensive and encourage private firms to offshore jobs to escape costly coverage for employees; however, the law contains provisions popular among the elderly and with women — for example, much improved Medicare prescription drug coverage and coverage for children with chronic conditions.

No surprise! Obama leads Romney in Florida — a must-win state for any Republican candidate, along with Texas, given the Democrats’ lock on California and New York. And the president enjoys a significant lead among women in battleground states.

On the economy, Romney sounds like a broken record, repeating an annoying theme and undermining his appeal. Constantly harping Obama’s economic policies have failed, he asserts his business experience qualifies him to create millions of new American jobs.

Voters recognize Obama inherited a bigger mess than any president since FDR, managed to stabilize the economy and created more than 3.6 million jobs since the recovery began in October 2009.

At Bain Capital, Romney earned his fortune reorganizing troubled companies — often shutting facilities, outsourcing jobs and firing employees. Little in that history indicates he knows much about shaping public policies to encourage new industries, attract private investment, instigate innovation and generally help U.S. companies compete in global markets and bring jobs to America.

During the early days of his campaign, he talked a lot about the right things — dealing with unfair competition from China and developing domestic oil — but since, he has loaded up on Bush administration economic advisers and emphasized broader themes like deregulation and tax and spending cuts.

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Egypt top court freezes Morsi decree: judicial source

by Staff Writers
Cairo (AFP)

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court on Tuesday froze a decree issued by President Mohamed Morsi reinstating the Islamist-led parliament, a judicial source said.

The decision is expected to raise tensions between Morsi, the top court and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which handed over power to the new president at the end of June.

“The court ordered the freeze of the president’s decree,” the source said.

On Sunday, just eight days after taking office, Morsi, a former member of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, ordered the lower house to reconvene.

His move highlighted the power struggle between the president and the Supreme Constitutional Court which last month said certain articles in the law governing the parliament elections were invalid, annulling the lower house.

The judicial source added: “The court ordered that its previous ruling (invalidating the elections and annulling the lower house) be implemented.”

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Obama’s executive order on communication violates US constitution: Analyst

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

This edition of News Analysis reviews US President Obama’s move to issue a new executive order allowing the White House to control all private communications in case of emergencies.

Putin and the Future of Russia – Eric Draitser on GRTV

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.com joins us to discuss the geopolitical significance of the reelection of Vladimir Putin as Russian President. We talk about the differences between Putin and Medvedev, the future of Russian-American relations under Putin, and the future of Syria.

New York Police Department (NYPD) has attacked and brutalized OWS protesters near Zuccotti Park

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

As the US presidential election draw near, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has attacked and brutalized OWS protesters near Zuccotti Park, not sparing journalists who were beaten and detained.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Giles Clarke, OWS Photographer from New York about the escalation in motivation by police to crackdown violently on unarmed peaceful protesters of the OWS movement and the systematic absence of coverage of OWS in US mainstream media as the US presidential election approaches.

Romania’s PM in Brussels to defend bid to oust president

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

http://www.euronews.com/ Romania’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, has held talks with EU leaders in Brussels to explain his bid to oust President Triane Basescu.

Senior European officials remain deeply concerned over the political turmoil unfolding in Bucharest.

Promising to address those concerns Ponta said:
“I’ve committed myself to give answers on this either on Friday or on Monday, to once again offer reassurances that this political battle will not undermine the rule of law, the constitution and the stability of Romania’s governing institutions in terms of European standards.”

The visit to Brussels by Ponta follows Tuesday’s ruling by Romania’s Constitutional Court to uphold Basescu’s suspension last week.

It means a referendum to impeach the centre-right president will go ahead at the end of the month.

Basescu is accused of acting against the government and parliament by blocking Ponta’s policies.

Further political rallies are set to take place in Romania in the coming weeks to bolster support for Basescu, who could hang on to his job if the turnout in the referendum is less than fifty percent.

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Economy

Wells Fargo pays $175M to settle race discrimination probe

By msnbc.com staff and news services

The Justice Department says Wells Fargo & Co. will pay at least $175 million to settle accusations that it allegedly discriminated against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its mortgage lending from 2004 through 2009.

The settlement, which needs approval from a judge, would end the investigation into whether the fourth largest U.S. bank between 2004 and 2009 knowingly targeted minorities for risky mortgages that came with higher costs, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“The Department of Justice today filed the second largest fair lending settlement in the department’s history to resolve allegations that Wells Fargo Bank, the largest residential home mortgage originator in the United States, engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its mortgage lending from 2004 through 2009,” said a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The settlement will provide $125 million in compensation for minority borrowers the DOJ said were steered into subprime mortgages, which usually carry higher fees. Wells Fargo will pay $50 million more in direct down payment assistance to borrowers in parts of the country where the DOJ identified large numbers of discrimination victims.

At a news conference, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the government will ensure that borrowers hit hard by the housing crisis will have an opportunity to access homeownership.

Cole said the bank’s discriminatory lending practices resulted in more than 34,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers in 36 states and the District of Columbia paying higher rates for loans solely because of the color of their skin.

Wells Fargo in May said it could face civil charges under laws that prohibit discrimination against minority homebuyers. At the time, the lender said in a securities filing it believed the charges should not be brought and said it was seeking to show the department that it is in compliance with fair lending laws.

The government investigation found that loans submitted to Wells Fargo by mortgage brokers had varied interest rates, fees, and costs based only on race and not correlated to the borrowers’ creditworthiness, according to the court document.

Wells Fargo noted in a statement that it has denied the claims.

“Wells Fargo is settling this matter solely for the purpose of avoiding contested litigation with the DOJ,” it said, “and to instead devote its resources to continuing to provide fair credit services and choices to eligible customers and important and meaningful assistance to borrowers in distressed U.S. real estate markets.”

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JPMorgan investors wait to hear about the ‘London Whale’s’ splash

Eduardo Munoz / REUTERS

Commuters are reflected in stone as they walk past the JP Morgan headquarters in New York.

By Roland Jones

When JPMorgan reports its quarterly results Friday morning, most investors will be eager to hear just one key piece of information: How much of a splash did the London Whale make for the bank?

In mid-May, the bank announced it had sustained a multibillion-dollar loss that originated in its London office because of a failed hedging strategy undertaken by Bruno Iksil, nicknamed “The London Whale” because of the size of the trading positions he took.

Since then, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has appeared on Capitol Hill to explain the massive loss, which the New York Times reports has grown from the $2 billion originally reported to about $5 billion.

“Investors want to understand what happened, who knew what and when,” Betsy Graseck, a managing director for Morgan Stanley, told CNBC Thursday.

Bank earnings don’t usually attract much attention outside the Wall Street community of analysts, traders and other financial industry observers. The JPMorgan report is likely to spur greater interest because of the massive trading loss, which has enraged public opinion and led to Dimon appearing on television and two Congressional panels to own up to his company’s mistakes.

Graseck said it will be important for Dimon, for investors and for the public to set the record straight on the trading loss. He needs to detail exactly how much of the disastrous trade has been “unwound” so the company can move ahead and avoid any future volatility in its stock price that may arise from uncertainly over deeper losses.

“The question is how much [of the trade] is left to go, and what is the volatility on what’s left,” Graseck said.

Investors and the public will want to hear details of how much money will be recovered from top executives at the bank involved in the botched trade.

When he appeared before lawmakers last month to explain his bank’s multi-billion dollar losses, Dimon said the trading debacle will lead to “clawbacks” — efforts to recover compensation paid to employees whose performance was later found to have harmed the company and shareholders.

Ina Drew, the former chief investment officer who oversaw the London office where the bank’s botched trade originated, is likely to see her pay curtailed, according to reports, and so is Iksil, according to a report in the U.K’s Telegraph newspaper.

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‘Inept Congress’ and the stock market

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Stocks finish lower amid weak sentiment

By msnbc.com news services

Stocks closed Thursday’s choppy session lower, as diminished chances of monetary stimulus from major central banks prompted investors to shy away from risky assets.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 31 points, having lost over 100 points earlier in the day.

Market sentiment was weak, especially after the lack of any monetary easing by the Bank of Japan on Thursday, and few clues in the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s June policy meeting, released on Wednesday. The lack of policy moves suggested major central banks were still cautious about the need for further easing.

Technology shares have been among the worst performers recently, bogged down by profit warnings from companies such as Advanced Micro Devices Inc and Applied Materials Inc.

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California city to file for bankruptcy

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

Investors in the U.S. appear to have shrugged off the news that the city of San Bernardino has voted to file for bankruptcy. This blue collar city fifty miles East of Los Angeles had already slashed salaries and cut twenty percent of its employees. San Bernardino still faced a 45 million dollar deficit when the city council called an emergency session and voted to file for bankruptcy. Al Jazeera’s Brian Rooney reports from San Bernadino.

Car makers’ dilemma: too many plants, too few buyers

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

http://www.euronews.com/ Peugeot’s 8,000 job cuts and closure of a plant near Paris comes as cash strapped Europeans buy fewer new cars and the region’s manufacturers ponder what to do about their surplus of factories with too much capacity.

In addition, unemployment is highest among young people – under 25-year-olds – which means a lost generation of drivers.

In France deliveries of cars and light vans fell by 0.9 percent in June after a 17 percent plunge in May.

In the first half of the year Peugeot Citroen was hit hard with a 13 percent slump in deliveries.

Fellow French carmaker Renault’s sales slipped by 3.3 percent, while Germany’s Volkswagen increased its market share in France and overall sales rose 10.2 percent.

Analyst Brenda Kelly with CMC Markets blamed austerity: “You’re seeing the effect (of austerity measures) on the private sector at the moment, and of course, as the demand for these goods (cars) goes down, so there will be an effect on the employment levels. So you would expect to see unemployment in France rise somewhat over the next quarter or so.”

Around Europe carmakers say they need help from governments to reduce their overcapacity.

It is estimated more than a third of the region’s factories are not using enough of their capacity to be profitable so the industry expects more layoffs and plant closures.

Greek jobless hits record with worse predicted

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

http://www.euronews.com/ Challenging Spain for the worst jobless total in Europe Greek unemployment has hit a record 22.5 percent of the workforce.

That was the figure for April, which was the latest available. Analysts said the country’s economy has worsened since then and unemployment will likely go higher.

Thirty-two year old Filia, an educated jewellery maker, has been out of a job for a year and has a 10-month-old daughter. ”It’s difficult. The parents help, I use my savings that I have put aside,” she said.

Michalis, 34, lost his job in Athens at a supermarket two years ago. He then went to France and found a job there, but was forced to return to Athens for family reasons and has not been able to find a job since his return a few months ago. ”There is always hope. But in Greece you see how things are, you cannot always save, save, save, that is why we want a united Europe, there has to be a social network, why don’t they go chase the people who spent all the money,” he said.

Bianca Tampouri, a translator, cannot find work, and her husband and 18-year-old daughter are also unemployed. “All my family we all have a problem, so yes I am concerned. About the future, our jobs, our lives, our psychology, you know dignity, everything,” she said.

But some Greeks are more optimistic; Nikos Govas, who was unemployed but opened a coffee shop, said: “If you want a job, you’ll find something. The problem here is everyone wants to work in a doctor’s office or as a civil servant. But it’s not like that. A rubbish collector or a CEO, they’re both jobs and bring in a wage.”

There could be some respite from jobs created by the summer tourism season, but even that is not guaranteed as visitors numbers and revenue were down earlier this year.

Strikes and violent anti-government protests have deterred tourists from visiting.

Tourism is a key sector which accounts for about one in five jobs in Greece.

 

 

Peugeot announces massive layoffs

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

France’s largest carmaker, Peugeot Citroen, has announced it is cutting 8,000 jobs.

3,000 will go as a result of the closure of a car plant near Paris – the first to shut in France for 20 years.

It’s a blow for new President Francois Hollande’s jobs and growth agenda, as Simon McGregor-Wood reports from Paris.

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Wars and Rumors of War

By Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press July 11, 2012

ISTANBUL – The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected and is on his way to Turkey, the most senior diplomat to abandon President Bashar Assad during the 16-month-old uprising, a Syrian opposition figure said Wednesday.

Nawaf Fares, a former provincial governor, would be the second prominent Syrian to break with the regime in less than a week. Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, an Assad confidant and son of a former defence minister, fled Syria last week, buoying Western powers and anti-regime activists, who expressed hope that other high-ranking defections would follow.

Appointed to the Baghdad post four years ago, Fares was the first Syrian ambassador to Iraq in 26 years. Like Tlass, he is a member of the privileged Sunni elite in a regime dominated by Assad’s minority Alawite sect.

“It’s certain. Fares has defected. He declared his defection. … He’s moving toward Turkey,” said Khaled Khoja, a member of the opposition Syrian National Council who is based in Istanbul. Asked for details, Khoja said the information came from his own sources on the ground in Iraq.

There was no immediate confirmation from either Iraq or Syria. An operator who answered the phone at the Syrian Embassy in Baghdad said there was nobody at the embassy. When asked if the ambassador is currently in Iraq, the operator said he did not know.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. had no confirmation of the defection as of Wednesday afternoon. But he said recent high-level defections from the Assad regime were “a welcome development.”

“That is an indication of the fact that support for Assad is crumbling,” Carney said.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that if true, Fares would be the first senior diplomat from the regime to defect.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh also said he could not confirm whether Fares had defected.

Thousands of soldiers, most of them low-level conscripts, have deserted and joined the rebels. But despite the latest high-profile defections, Assad’s regime has largely held together in the face of the uprising — particularly compared with the swift hemorrhaging of Moammar Gadhafi’s inner circle in Libya in 2011.

The conflict in Syria has defied every international attempt to bring peace. Although the Assad government’s crackdown has turned the Syrian president into an international pariah, he still has the support of strong allies such as Russia, Iran and China.

A prominent Syrian opposition leader said Wednesday during a visit to Moscow that Russia’s resistance to international intervention in the conflict was bringing misery and “suffering” to the violence-torn country.

Two Syrian opposition delegations visited Moscow this week, raising hopes that Russia could be pushed to accept the ouster of Assad. But Syrian National Council head Abdelbaset Sieda said he saw “no change” in Moscow’s stance after meeting with officials including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

“The Syrian people are suffering because of Russia, because of the position it has taken, because of its veto in the U.N. Security Council,” Sieda said at a news conference. “The current regime uses Russian weapons against its own people.”

Activists estimate 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising began, and as the conflict continues, the rebellion appears to be getting more and more radicalized and violent, making any peaceful resolution or transfer of power a long-shot.

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Syrian Ambassador Defects, Encourages Followers

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

Syrian ambassador to Iraq defects and encourages others to follow suit.

 

 

DR Congo rebels ‘advance on Goma’

Confusion and fear has gripped Goma as rebels near the main eastern city.

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has expressed alarm as rebel forces advance towards the country’s main eastern city of Goma.

Witnesses told the BBC that rebels of the M23 group were 40km (25 miles) from the city, near the Rwandan border.

They said rebels appeared to be taking towns and villages with ease, with government troops usually melting away.

The Congolese government and the UN say Rwanda is backing the rebels, a claim Rwanda denies.

DR Congo has accused its neighbour of wanting to keep it unstable so it can exploit its rich mineral wealth.

The Congolese government has called on the international community to condemn Rwanda.

On Sunday, rebels were reported to have seized the strategic town of Rutshuru, 70km north of Goma.

A senior official at a national conservation park speaking on Monday just 40km north of Goma, told the BBC that “the rebels are very much in control of this area”.

Flexing muscles

 

Troublesome neighbors

map
  • April-June 1994: Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda
  • June 1994: Paul Kagame’s Tutsi rebels take power in Rwanda, Hutu fighters flee into Zaire (DR Congo)
  • Rwanda’s army enters eastern Zaire to pursue Hutu fighters
  • 1997: Laurent Kabila’s AFDL, backed by Rwanda, takes power in Kinshasa
  • 1998: Rwanda accuses Kabila of not acting against Hutu rebels and tries to topple him, sparking five years of conflict
  • 2003: War officially ends but Hutu and Tutsi militias continue to clash in eastern DR Congo
  • 2008: Tutsi-led CNDP rebels march on North Kivu capital, Goma – 250,000 people flee
  • 2009: Rwanda and DR Congo agree peace deal and CNDP integrated into Congolese army
  • 2012: Mutiny led by former CNDP leader Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda

BBC international development correspondent Mark Doyle says it is not clear if the rebels intend to attack the city.

If they do, there will be a new and massive humanitarian crisis, he says.

However, the rebels may only be flexing their muscles to strengthen their negotiating position with the government, our correspondent adds.

The rebels – who took up arms in April – named themselves the M23 after a failed peace agreement signed on 23 March three years ago.

They are supporters of renegade Gen Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Gen Ntaganda is an ethnic Tutsi – like the majority of Rwanda’s leadership – and a recent UN report accused Rwanda of backing the rebels.

Kikaya Bin Karubi, the Congolese Ambassador to the UK, told the BBC: “The United Nations Group of Experts last week published a report that says clearly that the so-called M23 are using Rwandan soldiers – and that’s the United Nations talking, not us.”

Rwanda has vehemently denied the accusations.

The M23 rebels defected from the army amid pressure on the government to arrest Gen Ntaganda.

An estimated 200,000 people have fled their homes since April, with about 20,000 crossing the border to Uganda and Rwanda.

Eastern DR Congo has been plagued by years of fighting.

In 1994, more than a million Rwandan ethnic Hutus crossed the border following the genocide in which some 800,000 people – mostly Tutsis – were slaughtered.

Rwanda has twice invaded its much-larger neighbour, saying it was trying to take action against Hutu rebels based in DR Congo. Uganda also sent troops into DR Congo during the 1997-2003 conflict.

 

 

US warns China of ‘conflict’ if it doesn’t agree to maritime code

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US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has warned of more conflict in the South China Sea if China doesn’t agree to a maritime code of conduct.

Clinton was speaking in Cambodia, at the Asia Pacific’s leading security forum.

Territorial claims in the South China Sea have dominated the agenda.

But as Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao reports, the talks ended with little meaningful agreement.

Mosaic News : Bosniaks Hold Mass Funeral on 17th Anniversary of Srebrenica Massacre

Published on Jul 12, 2012 by

Bosniaks hold another mass funeral on 17th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre, Bahraini activists rally in solidarity with Saudi protestors, suicide attack targeting police academy kills 25 in Yemen, and more.

Today’s headlines in full:

Bosniaks hold another mass funeral on 17th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre
BBC Arabic, UK

Bahraini activists rally in solidarity with Saudi protestors
Al-Alam, Iran

Yemeni tribal leaders meet to discuss US intervention in Yemen
Press TV, Iran

Suicide attack targeting police academy kills 25 in Yemen
Press TV, Iran

Saudis hold funeral for slain protestor
Press TV, Iran

Bicycle bomb attack targets Pakistan space researchers; one dead
Press TV, Iran

Syrian opposition and Russia fail to bridge gap in Moscow
New TV, Lebanon

Egyptians call for referendums on parliament dissolution, constitutional declaration
Dubai TV, UAE

Israeli state prosecutors debate proceeding with Olmert charges in real estate scandal
IBA, Israel

Israel: Migron outpost appeal hearing delayed for two weeks
IBA, Israel

Freed Palestinian soccer player Sarsak returns to Gaza
Al Jazeera, Qatar

Image: A Bosnian Muslim man sits and cries near the coffin of his relative at Memorial Center in Potocari before a mass burial, near Srebrenica July 11, 2012: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Mosaic is a Peabody Award-winning daily compilation of television news reports from the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Iraq and Iran. Watch more Mosaic at http://www.linktv.org/mosaic

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Articles of Interest

Vatican excommunicates ‘illicit’ Chinese bishop

by Staff Writers
Vatican City (AFP)

The Vatican on Tuesday said it was excommunicating a Chinese bishop ordained last week by state-sanctioned Church authorities in northeast China without Pope Benedict XVI’s consent.

“The Reverend Joseph Yue Fusheng, ordained without pontifical mandate and hence illicitly, has automatically incurred the sanctions laid down by canon 1382 of the Code of Canon Law,” the Vatican said in a statement.

Under religious law, both the bishop ordained and the bishop celebrating the ceremony without papal consent are excommunicated, meaning that they can no longer receive the Eucharist or take an active part in the liturgy.

“Consequently the Holy See does not recognise him as bishop of the Apostolic Administration of Harbin, and he lacks the authority to govern the priests and the Catholic community in the Province of Heilongjiang,” it added.

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British Army steps in as London 2012 defense plan falls short

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With just 16 days before the Olympic Games kick off in London, there’s been a major hitch in the much-hyped security plans. Thousands of extra British soliders have had to be drafted in after a private firm failed to supply promised guards. The company’s been paid almost 300 million pounds – but hasn’t trained enough staff. RT’s Sara Firth has more.

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As the US presidential election draw near, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has attacked and brutalized OWS protesters near Zuccotti Park, not sparing journalists who were beaten and detained.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Giles Clarke, OWS Photographer from New York about the escalation in motivation by police to crackdown violently on unarmed peaceful protesters of the OWS movement and the systematic absence of coverage of OWS in US mainstream media as the US presidential election approaches.

Environmental

Growing risks from hatchery fish

by Staff Writers
Portland OR (SPX)


Hatchery fish, as the name implies, are hatched from eggs fertilized in a controlled environment and raised in captivity until they are big enough to release into the natural environment. They lack the genetic diversity of wild fish that provides insurance against fisheries collapses.

A newly published collection of more than 20 studies by leading university scientists and government fishery researchers in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Russia and Japan provides mounting evidence that salmon raised in man-made hatcheries can harm wild salmon through competition for food and habitat.

“The genetic effects of mixing hatchery fish with wild populations have been well-documented,” says journal editor David Noakes from Oregon State University. “But until now the ecological effects were largely hypothetical. Now we know the problems are real and warrant more attention from fisheries managers.”

The research volume, published in the May issue of Environmental Biology of Fishes, brings together 23 peer-reviewed, independent studies carried out across the entire range of Pacific salmon, including some of the first studies describing the impact of hatcheries on wild salmon populations in Japan and Russia.

The studies provide new evidence that fast-growing hatchery fish compete with wild fish for food and habitat in the ocean as well as in the rivers where they return to spawn. The research also raises questions about whether the ocean can supply enough food to support future increases in hatchery fish while still sustaining the productivity of wild salmon.

“This isn’t just an isolated issue,” says Pete Rand, a biologist at the Wild Salmon Center and a guest editor of the publication. “What we’re seeing here in example after example is growing scientific evidence that hatchery fish can actually edge out wild populations.”

Losing wild fish would mean losing the genetic diversity that has allowed salmon to survive for centuries. Unlike hatchery fish, wild salmon populations have a range of highly specialized adaptations to the natural environment. These adaptations not only help them return to their home streams to spawn, but also increase their ability to withstand environmental changes like increases in ocean temperature and extreme variations in stream flows.

Hatchery fish, as the name implies, are hatched from eggs fertilized in a controlled environment and raised in captivity until they are big enough to release into the natural environment. They lack the genetic diversity of wild fish that provides insurance against fisheries collapses.

Hatcheries have been used for many years in an attempt to increase catch in the over $3 billion Pacific salmon commercial fishing industry and to offset losses of wild salmon that have suffered serious declines due to dams and habitat degradation.

“These studies suggest that even more caution is needed to make sure hatchery programs keep wild salmon safe, and don’t inadvertently hurt the long term potential of salmon runs,” says Rand.

Since the mid-1970s, large increases in hatchery programs in the U.S., Canada, Russia and Japan have released billions of fish into the water. And the increasing global demand for salmon has resulted in calls to further expand hatchery production, especially in Russia and Alaska.

In a 2010 open letter to Alaska hatcheries, seafood processors proposed increasing pink salmon hatchery returns by 25%-115% over the next five years. Similarly, Russian hatchery managers stated in 2010 that Russia is planning to build 23 new hatcheries that would increase the country’s hatchery production by 66% or 680 million fish.

“The scale and magnitude of our current hatchery production system is enormous,” says Rand. “Five billion juvenile salmon are released each year worldwide, and the prospect of additional increases in hatchery production is worrisome for the long-term survival of wild salmon.”

Not Just a Local Problem
Scientists are also uncovering surprising interactions on an international scale. One of the new studies indicates that chum salmon (a type of Pacific salmon) released from hatcheries in Asia, mostly from Japan, have played a significant role in causing declines in a wild chum salmon population in remote western Alaska, 2500 miles away.

“Genetic data show that these fish share the same feeding grounds in the open waters of the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean,” says author Greg Ruggerone of Natural Resources Consultants. “With billions of hatchery chum released each year, the abundance of adult chum salmon from hatcheries is now much greater than wild chum salmon, so it is not all that surprising that we are seeing evidence of competition in the North Pacific.”

This competition is likely to get tougher with predicted changes in ocean conditions. Recent climate patterns have made ocean conditions temporarily favorable enough to support large populations of salmon, but as these patterns shift, the amount of food in the ocean available for salmon could drop significantly, making it even harder for wild populations to survive.

These results have caused many scientists to point to the need for a new international agreement or treaty to address the expansion of hatchery salmon in the open waters of the North Pacific.

Many industry leaders, academic scientists and government agencies also highlight the importance of more research to understand the full impact of hatchery fish on wild salmon. “Wild salmon represent the backbone of the Alaska salmon fishery,” says Stew Grant of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, a contributing author to the special issue. “We need more information about the impacts of hatchery salmon entering our wild salmon rivers.”

“There is no substitute for wild salmon. They must be our first priority,” says Guido Rahr, President of the Wild Salmon Center. “Wild salmon are an important part of local culture and a cornerstone of economic health for fishing communities.

“And once you lose the resilience that wild salmon contribute to our salmon fisheries, it’s almost impossible to bring it back. Given these new findings, we urge fishery managers across the North Pacific to examine the science and err on the side of caution when considering hatchery practices and expansions.”

Related Links
Wild Salmon Center
Darwin Today At TerraDaily.com

Manmade pollutants may be driving Earth’s tropical belt expansion

by Staff Writers
Riverside CA (SPX)


Robert Allen is an assistant professor of Earth sciences at UC Riverside. Credit: UCR Strategic Communications

Black carbon aerosols and tropospheric ozone, both manmade pollutants emitted predominantly in the Northern Hemisphere’s low- to mid-latitudes, are most likely pushing the boundary of the tropics further poleward in that hemisphere, new research by a team of scientists shows.

While stratospheric ozone depletion has already been shown to be the primary driver of the expansion of the tropics in the Southern Hemisphere, the researchers are the first to report that black carbon and tropospheric ozone are the most likely primary drivers of the tropical expansion observed in the Northern Hemisphere.

Led by climatologist Robert J. Allen, an assistant professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Riverside, the research team notes that an unabated tropical belt expansion would impact large-scale atmospheric circulation, especially in the subtropics and mid-latitudes.

“If the tropics are moving poleward, then the subtropics will become even drier,” Allen said. “If a poleward displacement of the mid-latitude storm tracks also occurs, this will shift mid-latitude precipitation poleward, impacting regional agriculture, economy, and society.” Study results appear in Nature.

Observations show that the tropics have widened by 0.7 degrees latitude per decade, with warming from greenhouse gases also contributing to the expansion in both hemispheres. To study this expansion, the researchers first compared observational data with simulated data from climate models for 1979-1999. The simulated data were generated by a collection of 20 climate models called the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project version 3 or “CMIP3.”

The researchers found that CMIP3 underestimates the observed 0.35 degrees latitude per decade expansion of the Northern Hemisphere tropics by about a third. But when they included either black carbon or tropospheric ozone or both in CMIP3, the simulations mimicked observations better, suggesting that the pollutants were playing a role in the Northern Hemisphere tropical expansion.

Next, to ensure that their results were not influenced by intrinsic differences between CMIP3’s 20 models, the researchers expanded the time period studied to 1970-2009, comparing available observed data with simulated data from NCAR’s Community Atmosphere Model (CMIP3 data did not extend to 1970-2009). They then repeated the exercise with the GFDL Atmospheric Model. Using these models allowed the researchers to directly isolate the effects of black carbon and tropospheric ozone on the location of the tropical boundaries.

As before, they found that the models underestimate the observed Northern Hemisphere expansion of the tropics by about a third. When black carbon and tropospheric ozone were incorporated in these models, however, the simulations showed better agreement with observations, underscoring the pollutants’ role in widening the tropical belt in the Northern Hemisphere.

“Both black carbon and tropospheric ozone warm the tropics by absorbing solar radiation,” Allen explained. “Because they are short-lived pollutants, with lifetimes of one-two weeks, their concentrations remain highest near the sources: the Northern Hemisphere low- to mid-latitudes. It’s the heating of the mid-latitudes that pushes the boundaries of the tropics poleward.”

Allen further explained that with an expansion of the tropics, wind patterns also move poleward, dragging other aspects of atmospheric circulation with them, such as precipitation.

“For example, the southern portions of the United States may get drier if the storm systems move further north than they were 30 years ago,” he said. “Indeed, some climate models have been showing a steady drying of the subtropics, accompanied by an increase in precipitation in higher mid-latitudes. The expansion of the tropical belt that we attribute to black carbon and tropospheric ozone in our work is consistent with the poleward displacement of precipitation seen in these models.”

Black carbon aerosols are tiny particles of carbon produced from biomass burning and incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. Most of the world’s black carbon production occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, with Southeast Asia being a major producer. The same is true of tropospheric ozone, a secondary pollutant that results when volatile organic compounds react with sunlight.

Greenhouse gases do contribute to the tropical expansion in the Northern Hemisphere,” Allen said. “But our work shows that black carbon and tropospheric ozone are the main drivers here. We need to implement more stringent policies to curtail their emissions, which would not only help mitigate global warming and improve human health, but could also lessen the regional impacts of changes in large-scale atmospheric circulation in the Northern Hemisphere.”

Thomas Reichler, an associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah, noted that the new work by the Allen-led team represents a major advance in climate dynamics research.

“For a long time it has been unclear to the research community why climate models were unable to replicate the observed changes in the atmospheric wind structure,” said Reichler, who was not involved in the study. “This work demonstrates now in very convincing ways that changes in the amount and distribution of tiny absorbing particles in the atmosphere are responsible for the observed changes. Since previous model simulations did not account properly for the effects of these particles on the atmosphere, this work provides a surprisingly simple but effective answer to the original question.”

“The question to ask is how far must the tropics expand before we start to implement policies to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, tropospheric ozone and black carbon that are driving the tropical expansion?” said Allen, who joined UCR in 2011.

Allen, who conceived the research project and designed the study, was joined in the research by Steven C. Sherwood at the University of New South Wales, Australia; Joel Norris at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego; and Charles S. Zender at UC Irvine. Next, the research team will study the implications of the tropical expansion from a predominantly hydrological perspective.

Related Links
University of California – Riverside
The Air We Breathe at TerraDaily.com

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Cyber Space

Anonymous-Hater Claims Responsibility for Pirate Bay DDoS Attack

By Mary-Ann Russon, techworld.com

A hacker who claims to hate both Anonymous and notorious BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay (TPB) has claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack that TPB has been suffering under for the last 24 hours.

The user, who goes by the Twitter handle @AnonNyre, has been riling up members of the hacktivist group and supporters of TPB with a series of angry posts on Twitter, to the extent that Anonymous supporters are now demanding to get in contact with him over the social network.

AnonNyre also later posted on Pastebin, claiming that he works for the FBI and wants to take TPB website down because it is “a press-release website for Anonymous“.

Although PirateBay.se was still accessible from the UK during the DDoS attack, TPB claimed that it was under attack on its official Facebook page and TorrentFreak confirmed that users around the world were having difficulty accessing the website.

Today The Pirate Bay informed its fans through Facebook that it was back online.

In a message posted at about 9:45 GMT, The Pirate Bay wrote: “We’re back in full effect! Show your support by adding this badge to your profile picture!”

This is not the first DDoS attack to be linked with The Pirate Bay. UK ISP Virgin Media suffered a DDoS attack on 9 May, a week after complying with a high court order to block users’ access to the file-sharing website.

The Pirate Bay condemned the action att he time, stating: “We do NOT encourage these actions. We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us.

“So don’t fight them using ugly methods. DDoS and blocks are both forms of censorship.”

Amazon May Bring Ads to the Kindle Fire

By Jeff Bertolucci, PCWorld

Will the Kindle Fire‘s home screen soon double as a color billboard for advertisers? Ad Age reports that Amazon is pitching the idea to ad agency executives, although it’s unclear if the online retailer plans to bring ads to the current generation of Kindle Fires, or wait until the 2nd-gen models that are expected to arrive later this year.

Amazon currently sells versions of its E-Ink eReaders that display ads on the Kindle screensaver and at the bottom of the home screen. In exchange for viewing the ads, customers get a price break. The entry-level Kindle, for instance, is $79 with “Special Offers” (meaning advertisements) or $109 without ads. The Kindle Touch with ads is $99; the ad-free model is $139.

Amazon reportedly is seeking $600,000 to $1 million or more for ad campaigns that would run two months on the Fire, Ad Age says. If true, Kindle Fire ads may be more sophisticated–and possibly more intrusive–than the subtle ads on the E-Ink Kindles.

Would Kindle Fire owners be annoyed by the ads? Possibly, particularly if the ads hog too much space on the home screen, and if they’re obnoxious, flashy, and noisy. Then again, a reduced price tag–similar to Amazon’s cut-rate offer for its ad-supported eReaders–might help soothe users’ ire. Kindle Fire users, after all, are a pretty pragmatic bunch. They know the $199 Fire may not be the most advanced color tablet available, but the price is right and the Fire is good enough for their needs.

It seems to me that a $169 Kindle Fire with Special Offers would be a holiday hit.

Contact Jeff Bertolucci at Today@PCWorld, Twitter (@jbertolucci) or jbertolucci.blogspot.com.

Italian Court Upholds Apple Warranty Fine

By Philip Willan, IDG News

An Italian court has upheld a €900,000 (US$1.2 million) fine imposed on Apple by Italy’s competition authority for allegedly violating consumer protection laws, Italian media reported late Friday.

The Regional Administrative Tribunal (TAR) of Lazio rejected Apple’s appeal against the fine imposed by the Antitrust Authority last December for “unfair commercial practices that damage the consumer.”

The court found that Apple Italy was not fully applying a two-year guarantee that is obligatory under European law and was providing unclear information on its own additional commercial warranties, the online edition of the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

An Apple Italy spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

The Antitrust fine applies to Apple Sales International, Apple Italia, and Apple Retail Italia and concerns their alleged failure to inform customers of their right to a 24-month warranty from the vendor under European Union regulations and insufficiently clear information on the company’s own AppleCare Protection Plan and its partial duplication of the existing legal warranties.

A campaign to force Apple to modify its behavior in Italy was spearheaded by the Milan-based consumer association Altroconsumo.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) might be cast into doubt in the wake of a Department of Defense announcement last week that as many as 1,000 defense contractors — and possibly thousands more — may voluntarily join an expanded program of sharing classified information on cyber threats with the federal government.

The program, known as the Defense Industrial Base Cyber Security/Information Assurance, or DIB CS/IA, has been in a pilot phase for the past four years with only 37 contractors. The expansion, recently approved by the Obama administration, means about 8,000 contractors cleared to work with DoD intellectual property are being invited to participate.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that if this expansion “proves successful in safeguarding defense contractors from cyber attacks, the administration may enlarge the program to companies in 15 other critical infrastructure categories through the Department of Homeland Security,” Eric Rosenbach, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, said.

This, if it works as expected, could prompt those arguing over CISPA, recently passed by the U.S. House, along with other similar pending legislation in Congress, to wonder how necessary it all is. Why mandate information sharing with the government if it can happen voluntarily?

[See also: CISPA enjoys wide backing from enterprises]

Jason Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Washington, D.C. think tank Atlantic Council, says while “there absolutely are similarities” between DIB and the various legislative efforts, that there are “lots of other bits” in those bills — such as mandatory security standards. “Some legislation is necessary,” he says.

Dan Philpott, an expert in federal cybersecurity and editor of FISMApedia, says DIB CS/IA is “a much lighter version” of CISPA. He says another reason the program could not replace cybersecurity law is because it is unlikely that anything close to 8,000 contractors will volunteer to enter it. He believes the DoD is being optimistic even with an estimate of 1,000. “I think they’d be happy with 500,” he says.

Beyond that, there is debate over how worthwhile and effective DIB CS/IA has been and will be. There is broad agreement that the threat of cyberattacks is increasing at “a rapid and accelerating rate,” in the words of Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, director of intelligence for the military’s Cyber Command, at a forum last month.

And the goal of the DIB expansion is for more sharing of data between private defense contractors and the DoD’s intelligence-gathering arm, the National Security Agency. Richard A. Hale, deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity, told the American Forces Press Service, “We started the program in an attempt to share cyber-threat data with these companies in a way that allowed the companies to act on that information immediately,” and called it, “an important step forward in our ability to catch up with widespread cyber threats.”

But Healey, speaking to Reuters last week, expressed some skepticism about whether the benefits of DIB CS/IA would be worth the cost to contractors. “The DIB pilot probably increases the defenders’ work factor much more than it increases the attackers,” he said. “This is a lot of work and a lot of taxpayer dollars for something that has apparently not proven it can increase security more than on the margins.”

Healey says he is “very pleased to see DoD saying they could scale this to 8,000 companies.” But he still thinks the department could be much more efficient in its dealings with private industry.

In an article in The Atlantic, Healey argues that the NSA should simply declassify much of its database of malware “signatures.”

While he acknowledges that critics will argue that such action would, “compromise our sensitive collection sources and methods. [But] in truth, the extreme classification surrounding most of these signatures protect little but bureaucratic inertia. General Michael Hayden, a past NSA director, made this case best, saying, ‘Let me be clear: This stuff is overprotected.'”

“More importantly, the Internet is an open network and any adversary that uses novel malicious software knows it will eventually be discovered,” he said.

Philpott adds that in the information security community, “signature-based security is becoming kind of looked down on. It’s inherently weak because only identifies things that have already happened.”

Healey writes in The Atlantic that NSA’s signature database, while “considered among the crown jewels of the U.S. government’s defense capabilities … may not be as awe-inspiring as advertised.” He adds: “And independent review found only marginal benefit” to contractors like Northrop Grumman or Lockheed Martin.

“Only 1% of the attacks were detected using NSA threat data that the companies did not already have themselves,” Healey says.

He argues that a more effective system would be an “independent clearinghouse for signatures. NSA might anonymously add its signatures … and further wash their source by mixing them with signatures from security companies and even with other nations’ intelligence agencies.”

“This option would create the world’s best-ever signature database … and any organization that contributes their signature collection would then able to use the full database,” Healey says.

Read more about malware/cybercrime in CSOonline’s Malware/Cybercrime section.

 

 

FBI wants a wire-tap-friendly ‘back door’ to all internet providers

By J. D. Heyes,
(NaturalNews) In this Information Age, the government threats to privacy just continue to cascade, as now the FBI wants Internet companies to install “back doors” into their services to allow electronic eavesdropping of users. Specifically, the FBI wants the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, amended to require Internet platforms such as Facebook, as well as Web-based email programs like Gmail and Yahoo! to build back doors into their systems, so the FBI can access…

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Survival / Sustainability

Self Defense

Published on May 8, 2012 by

Sensible Prepper Presents: “Self Defense” This was from the Sensible Mountain Prepper Conference in Black Mountain, NC May 05, 2012.

Hosted by Carolina readiness in Waynesville, NC: http://www.carolinareadiness.com/

Survival Mind Set

Published on Apr 5, 2012 by

Sensible Prepper Presents: “Survival Mind Set”

1. Mind Set
2. Stay Physically Fit
3. Knowledge
4. Practice
5. Quality Gear

Never Give Up!

Thanks for watching~

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Whistle-blowers

 

US Department of Labor’s OSHA Establishes Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the establishment of a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. This body will make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor on ways to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of OSHA’s administration of whistleblower protections.

Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health said in the news release, “Workers who expose securities and financial fraud, adulterated foods, air and water pollution, or workplace safety hazards have a legal right to speak out without fear of retaliation, and the laws that protect these whistleblowers also protect the health, safety, and well-being of a

 

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Activism

NYPD Caught Lying in the First Occupy Wall Street Trial

Published on May 18, 2012 by

From the Majority Report, live M-F 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM:
A photographer who was arrested at an Occupy Wall Street event has won his case in what is the first Occupy Wall Street trial, after video evidence proved the NYPD were lying…

Iceland’s Amazing Peaceful Revolution Ignored by Mainstream Media

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Iceland’s peaceful revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Read details about Iceland’s wonderful social evolution at DailyKos, here. Another great article is on Bloomberg.com. The following summation has been posted by countless people on Facebook; I’ve reposted it in its entirety: ICELAND (GP) – No news from Iceland? Why? Last we heard, people were rising up and overthrowing the bankers. Then, no news on the television or newspapers for two years. What happened? Why won’t the papers and TV tell us how the bankers successfully crushed or minimized another rebellion? Because… THEY DIDN’T! This time, the people won.

The people of Iceland have overwhelmingly risen up and forced their government puppets of the banks to resign. Primary banks have been nationalized. The debt scam imposed by Great Britain and Holland money printers was declared null and void. A public assembly has been created to rewrite Iceland’s constitution.

The best part is, all of this happened without violence or bloodshed. A whole country’s revolution succeeded against powers that created the current global crisis without a shot being fired. A very good reason exists for the apparent failure of television and newspapers to provide any publicity on this unprecedented event: what would happen if the rest of the EU and the United States took this as an example?

The following is a summary of the facts:

2008 – The main bank of Iceland is nationalized.
The Krona, the currency of Iceland devaluates and the stock market halts. The country is in bankruptcy

2008 – Citizens rise up at Parliament and succeed in forcing the resignation of both the prime minister and the effective government. New elections are held.
Yet, the country remains in a bad economic situation. A Parliament act is passed to pay back 3,500 million Euros to Great Britain and Holland by the people of Iceland monthly during the next 15 years, with 5.5% interest.

2010 – The people of Iceland again take to the streets to demand a referendum. In January of 2010, the President of Iceland denies approval, instead announcing a popular vote on the matter by the people.
In March, a referendum and denial of payment is approved by popular vote of 93%. Meanwhile, government officials initiate an investigation to bring to justice those responsible for the crisis. Many high level executives and bankers are arrested. Interpol dictates an order to force all implicated parties to leave Iceland.

An assembly is elected to write a new constitution (based on the Denmark’s) to avoid entrapments of debt based currency foreign loans. 25 citizens are chosen – with no political affiliation – out of the 522 candidates. The only qualifications for candidacy are adulthood and the support of 30 people. The constitutional assembly started in February of 2011. It continues to present ‘carta magna’ from recommendations provided by various assemblies throughout the country. Ultimately, it must be approved by both the current Parliament and the one created through the next legislative election.

In summary of the Icelandic revolution, we saw:
-resignation of the entire corrupt government of the country
-nationalization of the bank
-referendum enabling the people to determine their own economic system
-incarceration of responsible parties, and
-a rewriting of the Iceland Constitution by its people

This is significant stuff.
Have we been informed about this through the main stream media?
Has any political program on radio or TV commented on this?

Not that I’ve seen. The Icelandic people have demonstrated a way to beat the international money printers and controllers of information. The last thing entrenched usurers would want is for you to think you could also free yourself from their chains.

Chicago cops start preemptive arrests before NATO Summit?

Published on May 18, 2012 by

Over the weekend, thousands of NATO protesters are expected to hit the streets of Chicago. In preparation for the event, the Chicago PD has spent over $1 million on riot gear and sound cannons to blow the protesters away. Reports have surfaced of police raiding the homes of protest organizers, but will their arrests damage the massive protest? Kevin Gosztola, blogger for Dissenter.FireDogLake.com, joins us with a preview of what to expect this weekend.

Police arrest 400 ‘Blockupy’ activists in Frankfurt

Published on May 19, 2012 by

READ MORE + PHOTOS: http://on.rt.com/oqkebw

The protest mood is brewing in Europe. Protests target capitalism and austerity policies. In Germany, thousands are expected to rally in the country’s financial capilal, Frankfurt, marking the climax of a four-day campaign called ‘Blockupy’. RT’s Peter Oliver is in the city.

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Articles of Interest

Brazil’s threatened Awa tribe outnumbered, group says

by Staff Writers
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (AFP)

Brazilian authorities have admitted that the Amazon’s Awa, “Earth’s most threatened tribe,” are outnumbered 10 to one in just one of their reserves, Survival International said Thursday.

Survival International, a leading advocate for tribal peoples’ rights worldwide, said officials admitted “the scale of the emergency” after receiving over 20,000 messages of protest following the launch of its drive to save the Awa from “imminent extinction” late last month.

It pointed to a Brazilian government survey estimating there could be “up to 4,500 invaders, ranchers, loggers and settlers” occupying just one of the four territories inhabited by the Awa, whose total population stands at no more than 450.

Last month, the rights group launched a major campaign spearheaded by Britain’s Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth to focus world attention on the plight of the Awa, saying they were threatened with “genocide” and “extinction.”

The campaign also aimed to persuade Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo to send in federal police to clear out the loggers, ranchers and settlers invading Awa lands, and keep them out.

Survival said the new head of Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), Marta Azevedo, confirmed that the threat to the Awa was now her agency’s top priority.

“The Awa tribe’s land is being destroyed faster than any other Amazon tribe. As the rainy season ends, one of their main hunting areas is now being targeted by loggers. An Awa man named Armadillo said today, How will we live without the forest?,” the group said in a statement.

“Brazil is one of the world’s most important countries with one of its most dynamic economies, and it certainly has the resources to protect Awa land. Can it deliver?” said Survival Director Stephen Corry. “If not, and the Aw� are destroyed, then is this new economic miracle’ just for the rich and powerful?”

According to Survival, there are roughly 360 Awa who have been contacted by outsiders, many of them survivors of brutal massacres, along with another 100 believed to be hiding in the rapidly-shrinking forest.

FUNAI estimates that there are 77 isolated indigenous tribes scattered across the Amazon. Only 30 such groups have been located.

Indigenous peoples represent less than one percent of Brazil’s 192 million people and occupy 12 percent of the national territory, mainly in the Amazon.

Related Links
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Politics and Legislation

World Bank Nominee Tied to Monsanto Shareholder Bill Gates, Soros

By Tim McCoy
BlacklistedNews.com

Obama has nominated Dartmouth University president Jim Yong Kim, M.D. to head the United Nations World Bank. Most people think that UN agencies benefit poor people, but this is far from the truth.

The UN World Bank claims to fight poverty in developing nations by financing infrastructure projects. But the UN World Bank is really a tool used to acquire Third World natural resources through conditions on loans that are extremely difficult to repay. The raw resources are then privatized by insider multi-national corporations. The World Bank actually creates more poverty.

The nomination of Jim Yong Kim indicates that the World Bank may shift away from focusing on infrastructure and will instead turn toward providing healthcare in Third World countries. Jim Yong Kim’s areas of interest include vaccines for tuberculosis as well as drugs for HIV and AIDS……

Read Full Article Here

http://www.blacklistednews.com/World_Bank_Nominee_Tied_to_Monsanto_Shareholder_Bill_Gates%2C_Soros_/18683/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Barack Obama: I Have A “Moral Obligation” To Neuter America

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Barack Obama actually plans to do it. He actually plans to neuter America by unilaterally dismantling most of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal. In fact, Barack Obama says that the United States has a “moral obligation” to disarm as we lead the way to “a world without nuclear weapons”. Sadly, a “world without nuclear weapons” is a fantasy that will not be possible any time soon. Nuclear weapons technology is getting into more hands with each passing year, and geopolitical tensions are rising all over the globe. If the United States did not have nuclear weapons, anyone with just a handful of nukes would constitute a massive threat to our national security. An overwhelming strategic nuclear arsenal helps keep us safe because every other nation on the planet knows that it would be national suicide to attack us. If you take that overwhelming strategic nuclear arsenal away, the entire calculation changes.

Many out there claim that even if the U.S. only has a few hundred nuclear warheads that it will be more than enough to be an effective deterrent.

Sadly, that simply is not true.

If an enemy knows that we only have a few hundred warheads, and if they know exactly where those warheads are located for verification purposes, then a first strike which would take out the vast majority of our operational warheads becomes very plausible.

That is why what Obama wants to do is so incredibly dangerous. If he reduces our strategic nuclear arsenal down to almost nothing, the odds of a nuclear first strike against the United States someday go up dramatically.

The following is what Fox News reported that Obama said during a speech in South Korea the other day….

“American leadership has been essential to progress in a second area — taking concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama said yesterday during a speech in Korea. “I believe the United States has a unique responsibility to act — indeed, we have a moral obligation.”……….

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/barack-obama-it-is-a-moral-obligation-to-neuter-america

House approves 90-day highway bill, dares Senate to reject it

By Pete Kasperowicz

The House on Thursday morning approved a 90-day extension of federal highway programs over the objections of angry Democrats, a move that dares Senate Democrats to reject the bill just days before federal authorization expires.

The House approved its bill, H.R. 4281, in a 266-158 vote that saw 37 Democrats join all but 10 Republicans in passing it — a fair amount of bipartisanship given the bitter partisan debate heard in the House throughout much of the week.

With the House vote, the Senate must now decide whether to accept the bill, insist on changes, or continue to push for House passage of the Senate-approved two-year extension. That last option, however, appears to be more difficult, as the House plans to go out of session at the end of Thursday.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/219025-house-approves-90-day-highway-bill-dares-senate-to-reject-it

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Economy

Bernanke Claims That The Fed Has Averted A Second Great Depression By Bailing Out The Too Big To Fail Banks

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke claims that the Federal Reserve averted a second Great Depression by bailing out the big Wall Street banks during the last financial crisis, and he says that if a similar financial crisis comes along that the correct “policy response” will be to do the exact same thing again. This was the theme of the lecture that Bernanke delivered to students at George Washington University on Tuesday. In previous lectures Bernanke has defended the existence of the Fed and detailed the history of Fed activities, but on Tuesday he addressed things that have happened since he has been at the helm of the Fed. And according to Bernanke, he has been doing a great job. Bernanke told the students that the “threat of a second Great Depression was very real” and that the Federal Reserve did exactly what needed to be done to fix the financial system. Unfortunately, the truth is that all Bernanke did was kick the can a bit farther down the road. You can’t fix a debt problem with more debt, and the debt bubble we are living in today is far larger than it was in 2008. Will Bernanke still be trying to portray himself as a hero when this house of cards finally falls apart?……

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/bernanke-claims-that-the-fed-has-averted-a-second-great-depression-by-bailing-out-the-too-big-to-fail-banks

Senate again blocks Dem bid to nix ‘Big Oil’ tax breaks

By Ben Geman and Andrew Restuccia

The Senate on Thursday thwarted Democratic plans to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks from the largest oil companies, a vote that represented the latest skirmish in the election-year war over gasoline prices.

Lawmakers voted 51-47 to block Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) bill. Sixty votes were needed to advance the measure.

The vote occurred shortly after President Obama – seeking to cast Republicans as allies of big oil companies – used a Rose Garden speech to urge lawmakers to back the plan.

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/219015-draft-draft-senate-again-blocks-dems-bid-to-nix-big-oil-tax-breaks

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Wars and Rumors of War

Arabic broadcaster Al-Jazeera backs down over showing disturbing footage filmed by Toulouse gunman after pleas from Sarkozy

Memory stick with video montage was sent to Arabic TV office the day before Mohammed Merah was shot dead
Le Parisien newspaper had also seen footage sent by man who murdered seven people in three separate attacks

By Peter Allen

Arabic TV network Al-Jazeera has said it will not air disturbing footage of the Toulouse shootings after the video was sent to its office in Paris.

It appeared to have been recorded during Mohammed Merah’s deadly attacks on soldiers and a Jewish school earlier this month.

The station’s decision not to broadcast the video, which was sent on a USB memory stick along with a letter, came after French president Nicolas Sarkozy and family of the victims had asked for it not to be shown.

The video has been edited into a ‘montage’ accompanied by an Islamic war songs, and was sent in a package post-dated March 21 – the day before 23-year-old Merah was killed by French special forces in his home city.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120909/Disturbing-video-footage-filmed-Toulouse-gunman-killed-victims-emerges.html#ixzz1qY0bLTDY

Rand Paul blocks Iran sanctions bill

Invokes The Constitution In Iran Sanctions Debate

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Environmental

Well from hell: Gas rig abandoned in North Sea after massive leak

Huge clouds of natural gas have forced the evacuation of several oil rigs in the area amid fears of an explosion

A desperate battle to plug an enormous gas leak in the North Sea is being waged tonight.

Huge clouds of natural gas have forced the evacuation of several oil rigs in the area amid fears of an explosion.

And workers warned there was a “clear and present danger” of a major gas blast.

A two-mile exclusion zone for shipping and three miles for aircraft have already been set up around Total’s Elgin platform, which has been leaking since Sunday.

Specialist engineers from Texas who tackled the devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 have been flown in by the company to help stop the leak.

Safety boss David Hainsworth said: “We are mobilising experts from Houston and France to help us deal with this.”

But the Elgin platform – 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen – has been dubbed “the well from hell” because of the particularly high pressure of the gas.

Wullie Wallace, of union Unite, said: “The incident cannot be underestimated in its seriousness. There is still a clear and present danger to our members.”……

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gas-rig-abandoned-in-north-sea-774258

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Radiation

1 of Japan’s damaged reactors has high radiation, no water, renewing doubts about stability

By Associated Press,

TOKYO — One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant’s stability.

A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor’s containment chamber for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago. The probe done in January failed to find the water surface and provided only images showing steam, unidentified parts and rusty metal surfaces scarred by exposure to radiation, heat and humidity.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/new-probe-at-japans-crippled-nuke-plant-finds-fatally-high-radiation-little-water-in-reactor/2012/03/27/gIQA83d0dS_story.html

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Articles of Interest

John Pilger – The New rulers of The World

Suit: NYPD conducting illegal stops in private buildings

By Andrew Jones

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Wednesday, alleging that in addition to stopping primarily black and Latino residents in public spaces as part of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program, officers are illegally searching people in private buildings.

According to a press release, the NYCLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of residents whose buildings are apart of “Operation Clean Halls,” an agreement by the NYPD and a landlord that grants officers permission to patrol inside a building at any time.

NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman cited how minorities have been largely affected by the NYPD’s program…..

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/28/suit-nypd-conducting-illegal-stops-in-private-buildings/

These stories have been  circulating  for  the  last 2  weeks.  I discounted the  information  as just  disinfo at  first.  However  it  has  gotten a  bit  more  interesting  With  emails  being  sent  to the Treasury Press Office.  The  secretary seems  to  have  asked  for links  to the  articles stating that  Geithner had  been  arrested.  According to the  source  at  the “Sinclair News”, they promptly  dispatched  the  links  to the  articles in  question.  It  seems  the  Secretary  was  very  quick  to  ask  for  substantiation , however  failed  to  be  forthcoming  with  a  statement  of her  own.  Now , how  hard  is  it  to  say ,  “this is  false”.  Now  it  stands  to  reason that   they  are  busy.  What  with the  economy in the condition  it is  in.  The  meetings  and  conferencing  over  QE3 and who  to loan  all that  freshly  printed  money at  a  ridiculously  low interest rate, must  be  exhausting.  However,  if  she  was  available  to  immediately  request proof  then I  believe  she   should have  also  been  able  to  provide  and  answer  to a  very  simple and  forthright  question.  It  seems  I  am  wrong  , however, in light of the  fact that she  did  not and so, now  we  wait.  Logic  would  dictate that  the  response  would  have  been  forthcoming.  Do  we  give  the  benefit  of  the  doubt?  Or do  we  simply  take  for  granted  all the  clandestine occurrences  that  have  been  the  norm and  assume that  the  reports  are indeed  true.  We  shall wait  and  see  In the  meantime enjoy the  videos.  🙂

Desertrose

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Was Treasury Secretary Arrested, Questioned & Released??

This afternoon we received a phone call informing us that their were reports Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was arrested, questioned and released by New York Police February 24, 2012. The caller informed us that they were unable to find a single mention of the “reported” arrest on any of the mainstream media outlets websites. After performing a simple Google search we came across a number of “blog” reports claiming Secretary Geithner was arrested in New York, was questioned and then released. Rather than attempt to contact the individual blogs which made the claims, we contacted the Department of the Treasury Press Office.

http://www.lsnewsgroup.com/2012/02/27/was-treasury-secretary-arrested-questioned-released/

Breaking News: I was duped! I just discovered that the video that I watched watch?v=q5j6Yk0qAgQ was dated February 29, 2012, but it was actually made in January of 2010 and here it is watch?v=7EDQoY7snaU It is not my intention to spread rumors. I thought I had proof of the recent arrest and went with it. Everyone has to be careful in accepting anything as truth. With a news blackout by all the media and the ownership of the media in very few hands, all of us have to regard all news as propaganda, if it comes from major media sources and rumor, if it comes from alternate sources. I don’t want to be part of propaganda and so I don’t repeat the major media mind-control news and I don’t want to be part of any rumor mill, either. What I had in mind, was truth, the whole truth and nothing but truth. So, everything after this in this description, was written, before I was tipped off about the error. I will leave the video, for its comical value, to entertain those who find humor in satire…………………..
His arrest had nothing to do with the crimes he has committed as Treasury Secretary, but rather the crimes he may have committed, as New York Federal Reserve Bank President

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Weekly Geopolitical News and Analysis20120305: The hunt is on, cabal arrests accelerating

The ongoing financial war is accelerating with arrests and assassinations being seen on both sides. George Bush Senior and Bill Gates were arrested last week for sabotaging the new financial system after being fingered by Timothy Geithner, pentagon sources say. The Federal Reserve Board crime syndicate cabalists for their part murdered Lord James Blackheath on February 29th, after he denounced their theft of $15 trillion in the British House of Lords. The White Dragon Society, meanwhile has put out an all points bulletin seeking the immediate arrest for questioning of former Hong Kong Police Chief Peter Stevens.

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Stevens is wanted on charges of smuggling into Japan the nuclear weapon that was used for the 311, 2011 nuclear and tsunami attack against Japan. Stevens is currently located at the Puerto Galera yacht club in the Philippines.

The gnostic illuminati family and the hacker group anonymous have also agreed to join forces with the White Dragon Society with a program of attacks on Monsanto and other cabal strongholds. The Rockefellers, Krugers, Openheimers, Mellons, Warburgs, Rothschilds, Bushes, Morgans and other cabal families will be systematically hunted down and rounded up if they do not surrender within the month of March.

Attorney General reviewing NYPD spying complaints

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and PETE YOST, AP

WASHINGTON — Months after receiving complaints about the New York Police Department’s surveillance of entire American Muslim neighborhoods, the Justice Department is just beginning a review to decide whether to investigate civil rights violations.

Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress the status of the review Tuesday.

The announcement bothered some Democrats, who said they were under the impression the Justice Department had been reviewing the matter since last late last year.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the NYPD has built databases pinpointing where Muslims live, where they buy groceries, what Internet cafes they use and where they watch sports. Dozens of mosques and student groups have been infiltrated, and police have built detailed profiles of Moroccans, Egyptians, Albanians and other local ethnic groups. The NYPD surveillance extended outside New York City to neighboring New Jersey and Long Island and colleges across the Northeast.

Holder told Congress that police seeking to monitor activities by citizens “should only do so when there is a basis to believe that something inappropriate is occurring or potentially could occur.”

Holder responded under questioning by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., who as an infant was sent with his parents to a Japanese internment camp during World War II and has compared that policy to the NYPD’s treatment of Muslims. The attorney general was on Capitol Hill to discuss the Justice Department’s federal budget.

Holder did not suggest that a Justice Department investigation of the NYPD was imminent. Over the last six months, the AP has revealed the inner workings of secret programs of the NYPD, built with help from the CIA, to monitor Muslims.

“I don’t know even if the program as it has been described in the news media was an appropriate way to proceed, was consistent with the way in which the federal government would have done these things,” said Holder, who was born in the Bronx and described New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as a personal friend. “I simply just don’t know the answers to those questions at the beginning stages of this matter.”

That surprised Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., one of the first lawmakers to ask the Justice Department to scrutinize the NYPD’s operations.

“They very definitely gave me the sense that they were farther along in their investigation than just reviewing some mail,” Holt said.

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