venerdì 21 maggio 2010

Ottawa police closing in on bank firebomb suspects

Ottawa police closing in on bank firebomb suspects

Ottawa police say they're closing in on the suspected firebombers who set this RBC branch alight early Tuesday morning.

Photograph by: Mike Carroccetto, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Police detectives investigating the brazen firebombing of an Ottawa bank are closing in on suspects who call themselves FFFC-Ottawa and expect to file search warrants in a case that has drawn global headlines, The Ottawa Citizen has learned.

Police have been scouring the burnt-out Royal Bank of Canada branch for forensic evidence and were reviewing security video and exploring tips from a concerned public Wednesday.

In a bold move, FFFC-Ottawa claimed responsibility for the firebombing in an online "catch-me-if-you-can" video that seasoned detectives have been reviewing since the Citizen alerted police to the video's existence Tuesday afternoon.

Police also obtained RBC surveillance video on Wednesday. Officers are working to confirm the identities of the suspect firebombers.

The bank was set ablaze at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, causing about $300,000 in damage.

Police weren't saying Wednesday evening how many individuals they believed were involved, nor were they clear on the gender. But at least three people are involved. Two are seen on video leaving the building just before the fireball exploded while a third person filmed the action that was eventually posted on a website.

Ottawa police and the RCMP are confident that the homegrown terrorists would be captured. The Mounties confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that A Division's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team is assisting with the investigation, led by Ottawa police.

INSETs share intelligence among various other law enforcement agencies, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

A CSIS spokeswoman said the organization does not confirm or deny involvement in particular cases as a matter of policy.

On Wednesday, police canvassed area businesses, requesting all security video that may have captured images of the firebombers, who may have made their escape in an SUV.

The firebombers' video was posted to the Ottawa page of the Independent Media Centre. Attempts to contact the Centre were unsuccessful.

Since 2007, RBC branches across Canada have been targeted in dozens of attacks by Canadian anarchists and other extremists who view the bank as a symbol of corporate greed. RBC's major sponsorship of February's Olympic Games in Vancouver brought the simmering hostility to a boil.

But until now, the actions have been largely limited to smashing windows and ABMs, and other relatively minor vandalism. The site of Tuesday's early-morning firebombing and another Ottawa branch have reportedly been hit at least five times by vandals claiming membership in protest and political movements, from anarchists and anti-capitalists to Olympic protesters.

Ottawa police lead investigator Sgt. David Christie confirmed that an accelerant had been used to spark the blaze, which appears in the online video to have started as a massive fireball that scattered glass and debris across the sidewalk in front of the bank.

A Royal Bank spokeswoman said the bank would be stepping up security, but declined to go into details.

Manifestazioni anti-usura a maggio

ELENCO DELLE MANIFESTAZIONI CHE SI TERRANNO NEL MESE DI MAGGIO


Il 21/05/2010 ore 9,00 e seg. Presso il Tribunale di Cosenza (clicca qui), con la presenza dell’On.le Scilipoti ;


Sabato 22 maggio 2010 ore 18,30 a Rovato (BS)(clicca qui), con la presenza dell’On.le Scilipoti ;


Il 28/05/2010, alle ore 17 a Civitanova Marche, Via Cavour, 50, ore 17 e seguenti, con la presenza dell’On.le Scilipoti ;


Sabato 29 maggio 2010 dalle ore 10,00 il Partito Lotta Usura Bancaria (clicca qui) si riunisce in Arezzo .


Il 05/06/2010 ore 9,30 e seg., a Torino, Corso Moncalieri, 118, presso la sede della Circoscrizione n. 3, sarà presentato il Forum Antiusura Bancaria del Piemonte .


Ricordate inoltre la

manifestazione nazionale 25 giugno 2010 (clicca qui)

Esposizione di quadri a Bergamo, 23 maggio



"A volte ci passa accanto la magia di un momento e preoccupati delle nostre cose passiamo oltre e manchiamo di dagli attenzione.
Introversi nei nostri pensieri sorvoliamo il presente come fosse giusto un sottofondo.
A volte manchiamo di dare attenzione a quel momento particolare,
a quella persona particolare,
o a quella cosa particolare.
Abituati dai media, ad essere bersagliati da migliaia di messaggi siamo diventati un po' sordi al richiamo di quel momento pieno d'incanto o dell'estetica che c'è in un paesaggio o alle belle forme e colori che vi sono in un quadro o poesia?
La nostra capacità di percepire si è forse affievolita?
Basta sedersi lì nella tranquillità di un momento e goderselo appieno, anche se fossero solo 5 minuti, potrebbero essere un attimo o un eternità, tanto quanto importa quanto è lungo un momento.
L'importante è viverlo."

Franco Farina
7/04/2010
www.francofarina.it
www.francofarina.net

Invito all'esposizione di quadri a Bergamo, città alta in Piazza Vecchia
Domenica prossima 23 Maggio 2010 in collaborazione con la pro loco Bergamo Espone Franco Farina ed altri pittori, dalle 9.00 alle 19.00.

A dossier about ECB was sent to all EU-ECON members

A dossier about ECB was sent to all EU-ECON (Economic and Monetary Affairs) members

Global Insurrection against Banksters

German Government Joins Iceland & Greece & goes after the Banksters
SEEDS OF CHANGE LIKE NEVER SEEN BEFORE
Global Insurrection against Banksters

CHINESE DUMPING WORTHLESS CURRENCY FOR GOLD!

http://www.parenting-healthy-children.com/Parenting-blog.html


It appears that the German Government has just plain had enough of the crap that the banksters have tried to pull, and has decided to do what Barack Obama should have done in early 2009.

That is:

No more naked credit crap, especially against sovereigns but not only against sovereigns. No insurable interest, no CDS period.

Naked shorting will now be actually stopped in 10 leading financial institutions.

Germany has had it with naked shorting of Gold, and specifically noted bank manipulation of gold prices via naked shorts beyond intent or ability to deliver.

Germany has also said that theyre not going to permit Euro derivatives that are not a bonafide FX hedge. That is, no more naked bets on Euro movements either.

Hedge funds are going to be regulated, position size limits mandated and enforced, reporting enhanced and a transaction tax is coming.

The German Government Has Had Enough

Despite the rule, some market participants believe its effects will be insignificant given the low volumes of CDSs traded in Germany. In Germany, CDS trading activity is very limited. Yes, there are consumers and purchasers of protection, but most sophisticated players have foreign subsidiaries and branches in London. So the decree is meaningless, says one derivatives lawyer based in Frankfurt.

(VN: Please check all these out and get the big picture)

GERMAN SECURITIES BAN MUCH NARROWER THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT

Celente-Seeds of Change like Never Seen Before!
Max Kaiser-Global Insurrection against Banksters!-1
Max Keiser-World Currency to Replace $US-2
Max Keiser-CIA in League with Hedge Funds-3
America begins to Erupt against the Banksters
Max Keiser says Banksters Hedge Funds must Destroy Euro to hide Evidence (Be patient, this is a download)
Chinese dumping worthless currency for gold

giovedì 20 maggio 2010

Movimiento por la Segunda República

Movimiento por la Segunda República Argentina (MSRA)

Argentine Second Republic Movement
Boletín de Prensa Press Bulletin 20 de mayo de 2010 / 20th May 2010

The Global Power Elite is Not That Strong!

La Elite Mundial No es tan poderosa…!

ENGLISH

Please watch the latest video we have just uploaded on YouTube, explaining why the Global Power Elite is NOT as strong as they would have you believe, and why our SECOND REPUBLIC PROJECT represents a viable option for all countries.

SECOND REPUBLIC is, without, doubt, An Idea whose Time has Come…

Link: The Global Power Elite is NOT that Strong! (in one part)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1_5UfSJQaA

___________________________________________________

CASTELLANO

Favor ver el último video que hemos subido en YouTube, en el que se explica por qué la Elite Mundial NO es tan poderosA como nos quieren hacer creer, y porqué nuestro PROYECTO POR LA SEGUNDA REPUBLICA representa una opción viable para todos los pueblos de la Región y del mundo.

Sin duda, el hito fundacional de la SEGUNDA REPUBLICA es Una Idea cuyo momento ha llegado…

Link: La Elite Mundial NO es tan poderosa como parece… - 18 de mayo de 2010

Parte 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVTnkGhBgik

Parte 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQCiPUc4r-I

Adhesiones a: arsalbuchi@gmail.com

Adrian Salbuchi

www.asalbuchi.com.ar

Presi per il PIL

Presi per il PIL
di Lorenzo Fioramonti* - 19/05/2010

Fonte: Movimento per la Decrescita Felice

La crisi finanziaria sta accartocciando le nostre economie. Esportazioni in caduta libera, licenziamenti selvaggi, investimenti in picchiata, sfratti esecutivi per milioni di famiglie e deficit pubblici impazziti (che pompano verso l’alto il debito pubblico) sono solo alcuni degli effetti disastrosi dell’attuale crisi economica mondiale.

Sebbene l’attenzione dei media sia tutta concentrata sulla strada molto accidentata che dovrebbe portarci al “risanamento”, le montagne russe dell’economia mondiale hanno finalmente innescato un dibattito che mette in discussione la sostenibilità del nostro attuale modello di sviluppo fondato sulla crescita economica infinita. Tale critica non è soltanto basata sull’instabilità endemica delle dinamiche di mercato (di cui ormai vediamo gli effetti in tutti i settori), ma anche e soprattutto sull’impatto che questo modello economico ha sulle risorse limitate del pianeta e sul nostro benessere reale. Ma la nostra qualità della vita migliora davvero quando l’economia cresce del 2 o 3%? Possiamo davvero sacrificare il nostro ecosistema (con l’inevitabile conseguenza di distruggere noi stessi) per mantenere intatto un modello caratterizzato da squilibri e contraddizioni?

Per la prima volta da quando è stato inventato negli anni ‘40, il prodotto interno lordo (PIL) - ovvero l’icona popolare della crescita economica - è sotto accusa da parte di organismi internazionali e studiosi. Non sono più soltanto ONG come Sbilanciamoci, New Economics Foundation o il Movimento per la Decrescita Felice a sferrare l’attacco, ma anche tradizionali bastioni di ispirazione liberale. Persino l’Economist, un difensore del libero mercato, recentemente ha ospitato un dibattito sull’utilità del PIL concludendo che “si tratta di un pessimo indicatore per la misurazione del benessere” (http://www.economist.com/debate/days/view/503#mod_module). Anche l’OCSE, un altro colosso del tradizionalismo economico, ha cominciato a gettare dubbi sul dogma della crescita economica. Sul sito web dell’organizzazione intergovernativa, che raccoglie le economie più “sviluppate” del pianeta, si legge: “Per una buona parte del ventesimo secolo si è dato per scontato che la crescita economica fosse sinonimo di progresso, cioè, che un aumento del PIL significasse una vita migliore per tutti. Ma ora il mondo comincia a riconoscere che non è così semplice. Nonostante livelli sostenuti di crescita economica, non siamo più soddisfatti della nostra vita (e tanto meno più felici) di cinquant’anni fa” (http://www.oecd.org/pages/0,3417,en_40033426_40033828_1_1_1_1_1,00.html).

Questo dibattito ha cominciato (finalmente) a fare breccia nell’arena politica europea. Nel novembre 2007, l’Unione europea ha promosso una conferenza dal titolo ‘Al di là del PIL’ e, due anni più tardi, la Commissione ha emesso una direttiva su “Oltre il PIL: misurare il progresso in un mondo in cambiamento”, dove si sostiene che il PIL è stato scorrettamente utilizzato come un indicatore “generale dello sviluppo sociale e del progresso”, ma siccome non misura la sostenibilità ambientale e l’inclusione sociale, “occorre tenere conto di questi limiti quando se ne fa uso nelle analisi o nei dibattiti politici”. Secondo la Commissione Ue “il PIL non può costituire la chiave di lettura di tutte le questioni oggetto di dibattito pubblico”.

Alla fine dell’anno scorso, la Commissione sul progresso sociale creata dal presidente francese Nicholas Sarkozy e guidata dai premi Nobel Joseph Stiglitz e Amartya Sen ha sottolineato con forza l’inadeguatezza del PIL come misura del benessere sociale. Nel rapporto finale, la Commissione ricorda che il “PIL è una mera misura della produttività di un mercato, sebbene sia stata utilizzata come una misura di benessere economico. Questo ha comportato una confusione enorme nell’analisi di come vivono davvero le persone ed ha portato all’adozione di politiche sbagliate” (http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/innovations/data/000144/_res/id=sa_File1/economicperformancecommissionreport.pdf).

Pochi giorni fa, il New York Times ha pubblicato sul suo magazine un lungo articolo dal titolo “L’ascesa e la caduta del PIL”, in cui si passano in rassegna i progetti di revisione dei sistemi statistici nazionali per introdurre misure correttive o sostitutive del prodotto interno lordo (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/magazine/16GDP-t.html?th&emc=th).

Questi sviluppi recenti traggono la loro origine da una branca importante della ricerca economica che ha ormai dimostrato come la qualità della vita e il progresso sociale siano indipendenti dalla crescita economica. In molti casi, proprio i paesi che vantano una crescita economica sostenuta sono quelli in cui il benessere dei cittadini è più a rischio. Eppure, immancabilmente a ogni tornata elettorale, i nostri politici continuano a riempirsi la bocca di promesse su come far crescere il paese. La crescita economica è parte integrante dei programmi di tutti i partiti politici e, nei dibattiti televisivi, non c’è candidato che faccia un discorso alternativo: un discorso informato sui fatti, in grado almeno di recepire il dibattito in corso a livello globale. Per quanto tempo ancora continueremo a farci prendere per il PIL?

* Lorenzo Fioramonti è visiting professor all’Università di Heidelberg (Germania) e capo ricercatore della società di consulenza Beyond Development-Dopo lo Sviluppo Srl (http://www.be-dev.com/). Una versione sintetica di quest’ articolo è stata pubblicata sull’edizione internazionale del New York Times il 12 Maggio 2010 (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/opinion/12iht-edlet.html?scp=1&sq=fioramonti&st=cse).

JASON: BASIC RESEARCH IS "BROKEN"

JASON: BASIC RESEARCH AT THE PENTAGON IS "BROKEN"

by S. Aftergood, Secrecy News

Basic scientific research sponsored by the Department of Defense has suffered a precipitous decline in recent years, according to
a newly disclosed 2009 report (pdf) from the JASON defense advisory panel.

"Basic research" refers to the investigation of fundamental phenomena, and contrasts with "applied research" that aims to meet a specific mission requirement or to solve a specified problem.

"Over the past decade, there has been an exodus of scientific and technical expertise from the U.S. government and, in particular, from the DoD [basic] research enterprise," the JASONs said.

"Gone are many of the technically literate program officers who plied the streets of the scientific community to find those remarkable people who could help shape the future. Gone too are many of the scientists and engineers in the academic community [who were supported by DoD basic research contracts] and who contributed to revolutionary advances that changed the landscape of modern war fighting. And most importantly, lost is the opportunity to develop the next generation of scientific talent who would otherwise have been trained and capable of carrying the research enterprise forward."

“Despite the importance of DoD Basic Research, we believe that important aspects of the DoD basic research programs are ‘broken’ to an extent that neither throwing more money at these problems nor simple changes in procedures and definitions will fix them,” the report said.

The JASONs nevertheless offer a series of recommendations concerning program organization and personnel recruitment to strengthen basic research. Among other things, they say that DoD should reject the "peer review" model for evaluating funding decisions, since that tends to reinforce the status quo, and should instead provide funding to exceptional individuals. They favorably cite Nobel laureate Luis Alvarez saying: "In my considered opinion the peer review system, in which proposals rather than proposers are reviewed, is the greatest disaster to be visited upon the scientific community this century...."

The JASON report was originally marked "for official use only." When the Federation of American Scientists requested it last year under the Freedom of Information Act, most of the document was withheld as "deliberative." But upon appeal, DoD agreed this month to release the entire report. To accompany the release, Alan R. Shaffer, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, issued a cover memorandum stating that the JASON report was "one perspective" among several and that it was not based on a comprehensive data set.

See "S & T for National Security," JASON Summer Study, completed May 2009, released May 2010.

Sabato 22 Maggio, ore 17 , biblioteca di Rubano

Sabato 22 Maggio, ore 17 , biblioteca di Rubano - Viale Po 16 - zona Sarmeola
Signoraggio e sovranità monetaria alla 41a Fiera delle Verità Stampa
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ImageL'Associazione Primit ( programma per la riforma monetaria italiana) organizza un incontro nell'ambito della 41a Fiera delle Verità. L'incontro, gratuito e libero, avrà come temi portanti la discussione del problema del signoraggio, della moneta-debito, della sovranità monetaria.
La fiera delle verità consiste in una conferenza gratuita ed aperta al pubblico, con dibattito e domande finali.

L'intento è quello di diffondere conoscenza e consapevolezza sulla moneta-debito e sul signoraggio, e sui motivi della crisi attuale alla luce di quanto sopra esposto.

Il dibattito e le domande hanno come fine quello di coinvolgere i cittadini nel processo decisionale, per arrivare a creare nuovi strumenti monetari di proprietà del popolo sovrano.

Primit - Associazione di Promozione Sociale

Lawyer Recounts Harrowing Escape From Bangkok

As Big Firms Shutter Offices, Lawyer Recounts Harrowing Escape From Bangkok

The American Lawyer

May 20, 2010

Robert Amsterdam is no stranger to dangerous assignments, so the client he's recently gone to work for puts Amsterdam back in familiar territory.

The Bronx-born international defense lawyer, best known for representing jailed Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was retained earlier this month by former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra via supporters of the telecom billionaire. The assignment put Amsterdam in the middle of Bangkok for three days just as Thai troops were stepping up their crackdown on Thaksin's Red Shirt supporters, creating some anxious moments for him.

"I just got out of Bangkok where I was in the Red Shirt compound," Amsterdam says by phone from Hong Kong. "I did not know if I would get out. The whole fucking thing is just a terrible tragedy." (See below for an interview Amsterdam gave Al Jazeera's English channel on the tenuous political situation in Thailand.)

Amsterdam says Thaksin is being unfairly vilified.

"These people are risking their lives and the government is trying to portray Thaksin as some kind of terrorist that they should go arrest, because he's the most popular man in Thailand," he says. "Thaksin was popularly elected on a number of occasions, unlike some of the individuals currently in power."

Thaksin was deposed in a bloodless military coup in September 2006. The four years that followed have seen political paralysis seize Thailand -- Time has a breakdown of the various factions vying for power in the country -- with protests beginning to gain new momentum last month.

Thaksin's foes accuse him of being the most corrupt politician in Thailand, and efforts to go after his assets originally led him to retain Baker Botts to fight the seizures. The firm is no longer representing Thaksin, who remains in exile. (Michael Goldberg, chair of the firm's international arbitration and dispute resolution practice, handled the assignment for Baker Botts but didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Meanwhile, the civil unrest currently roiling central Bangkok led current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to declare a government holiday between May 17 and May 21. That in turn forced the temporary closures of the offices of several Am Law 100 and international firms.

Out-of-office e-mail responses from several partners at firms with offices in Bangkok indicated that Baker & McKenzie, Herbert Smith, Linklaters, and Mayer Brown have all closed their doors until the situation calms down. None of the partners contacted immediately responded to the messages.

A spokeswoman for Linklaters told The Am Law Daily that limited transportation in Bangkok, coupled with the closure of certain main roads and the increasingly unstable political situation, required the firm to shutter its Bangkok base of operations last Friday to ensure the safety of employees.

"We've been assured that our Bangkok team and their families remain safe and they continue to provide seamless service to clients and the rest of the Linklaters network using mobile and remote working solutions," Genevieve Javellana said in an e-mail.

As for Amsterdam, he's trying to muster international support for the Red Shirt cause after the group's leaders turned themselves in to avoid more casualties. Amsterdam says he was with the leaders in their compound drafting a platform that contains pledges to avoid violence and to negotiate unconditionally. (Amsterdam's personal blog chronicles some of his other experiences on the ground in Bangkok, as does this op-ed he wrote about the Red Shirts for The Australian.)

Amsterdam says he flew to Hong Kong early Wednesday (EST) with several of Thaksin's Thai lawyers because "we could no longer function in Bangkok."

"The [Thai] government is going to use these protests as a pretext to try to go after my client, because they are just deathly afraid of him," Amsterdam says. "Now we are going to investigate and document the absolutely extra-legal behavior of the Thai government and military."

Amsterdam says the Obama administration has been "incredibly quiet" about what is unfolding in Thailand.

"The writing is on the wall that this [Thai] government is not long for this earth," Amsterdam adds. "Abhisit has to resign and they have to call for elections."

A Message from Argentina: Our Sympathies to the People of Greece!

A Message from Argentina: Our Sympathies to the People of Greece!

There are disconcerting parallels between Argentina’s catastrophic decade, 1991-2001, which ended in massive default, and Greece’s recent and impending difficulties. In both cases, international credit organisations were to blame and both countries were beset by widespread protests and riots over austerity measures imposed by the IMF. Argentinian economist Adrián Salbuchi offers a hard-hitting analysis of this engineered crisis which knows no boundaries.

When Argentinians watch the news today and see the terrible things that are happening in Greece, we cannot but say, “Hey!! This is EXACTLY like Argentina in December 2001 and beginning of 2002…!”. Then too, Argentina underwent its worst systemic banking, public debt and monetary collapse which led to social turmoil, mad violence, rioting, and social war. The turmoil was so bad, that it forced then president Fernando de la Rúa’s government to resign, especially because of his notorious pro-banker cartel economy minister, Domingo Cavallo, generating a political vacuum that led to Argentina having 5 (five!!) presidents in that terrible last week of December 2001.

What triggered social chaos in Argentina was the attempt by president De la Rúa to implement the grossly unjust austerity measures imposed by the IMF that required, as usual, utmost sacrifice from the people – more taxes, less social spending, “balanced budgets”, zero deficit spending, amongst other anti-social measures – which led to a fall of almost 40% in Argentina’s GDP.

Half of all Argentinians fell below the poverty line (most were never to make it back to the traditional Argentina middle class), private banks were allowed to legally retain everybody’s savings, US dollar deposits were arbitrarily changed into Pesos at whatever rate of exchange the government and bankers decided (the dollar was devalued 300% from one peso to the dollar, to 4 pesos the dollar in just weeks) and yet…. Not one bank fell!!! Indeed, since then they’re all back in “business as usual”, however the poor and impoverished are today totally out of business…

Throughout 25 years of successive caretaker governments in Argentina, the IMF-led Global Banking Cartel artificially generated a basically illegal – or at best, illegitimate – Sovereign Debt that grew so huge, that it ended up collapsing the entire financial and economic system. That was no coincidence. It was part of a highly complex model, engineered to control entire countries, through a cycle having sequential stages and identifiable parts that has one basic overriding goal: when the finance economy is fueled to run in an artificial “growth mode”, the bulk of all profits are privatized into the hands of their “friends”, managers and operators. However, when the whole scheme – like all Ponzi schemes - reaches its climax and total collapse is at hand, they revert the process and then socialize all losses.

That’s what Mr. Cavallo - a Rockefeller protégé - achieved, ensuring that the Argentine people bore all the losses, whilst the international banksters took all the profits. The mainstream media – both global and local – willingly obliged; The New York Times went so far as to suggest that the entire Patagonian region (i.e., the 5 southern provinces of Argentina accounting for 35% of Argentina’s territory and having immeasurable energy, mining, foodstuff, water resource wealth), should secede from the rest of the country as a way of “resolving our foreign debt woes…”

Now, that was Argentina 2001/2002 but, isn’t that also the case when today’s US taxpayer bails out Goldman Sachs, AIG, CitiCorp and GM whilst losing his house, pension and job? Isn’t that what is happening to Greece today? And Iceland? And the UK? And Ireland? And – anytime soon – Spain? Portugal? Italy…?

In Argentina, our people ended up getting used to being much poorer, so when “normal” times returned, the Goldman Sachs and Citicorp controlled local media were able to ensure that a new puppet regime subservient to the money interests should come to power: i.e., the husband and wife pro-banking mafia team of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner… And the merry-go-round keeps turning and turning, whilst the Argentine people keep paying and paying…

Today, we look at Greece and see the same tell-tale signs: the IMF imposing strict austerity measures as a condition for the banks to lend more money to them (as if a country collapsing under the burden of debt can overcome that by getting into even more debt!!), the mainstream media speaking vociferously on the need for “Greece to do things correctly and responsibly” (as if the US FED, the Bank of England, Goldman Sachs and the US Treasury, Greenspan, Bernanke, Paulson, Brown, Geithner, Blankfein, Greenberg were examples of responsible accountability), local caretaker governments doing all they can on behalf of banking interests (George Papandreou is a regular at the Bilderberg and Trilateral Commission meetings, as was Fernando de la Rúa, a founding member of the local chapter of the Council on Foreign Relations in Argentina called CARI), major banks such as Goldman Sachs trying to collect their pound of flesh in the midst of all the turmoil and hardship; all of this against a backdrop of desperate citizens taking to the streets to express what is obvious to all: that international bankers and local caretaker government form a complex association of thieves and robbers.

The inevitable then occurs: the Government sends the police out to the streets to protect the bankers, themselves and New World Order power elite interests... Then violence flares up, people get hurt and die…. The poor (police) battle against the poor (population), whilst the rich look on from a safe distance with a chuckle…

Make no mistake: this is a Global Model.

Make no mistake: there is NO democracy, not even in Athens, its birthplace.

What we people suffer the world over – be it in Greece, or Argentina, or Brazil, or Indonesia, or Spain, or Iceland, or the US or the UK - is a mechanical mass vote-counting system, that is totally dependent on huge quantities of money, necessary to finance costly political campaigns, purchase radio, TV and press coverage, pay for grotesque political party structures, journalists, analysts, and of course to pay for the well-marketed candidates themselves: that vast array of decrepit stooges we read about in the papers every day: Bush, Blair, Papandreou, Obama, Clinton, Menem, Kirchner, Lula, Uribe, Sarkozy, Rodriguez Zapatero, Merkel...

What we have is a “democracy” that is totally subservient to money, however we need to understand that money is NOT democratic (nor should it be). Money is controlled by the mega-Banking structure that uses the IMF, World Bank, FED, BIS, ECB as its global regulating entities, and pays to run the whole “Democracy Show”. Ergo, we end up having “the best democracy that money can buy”... which is no Democracy at all...

The results of this could be tragically seen in Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, yesterday; in Greece, Iceland, the US and the UK, today...

So, who’s next? Spain?, Italy? Portugal? Will the European Monetary System just blow up to pieces? A 750 Billion Euro Bail-out will send the recently born (still in diapers) Euro into a tailspin… Will the European Monetary Mechanism fall apart? Will Germany be the first to revert to the gold old Deutsch-Mark?

Will the collapsing Euro and the technically hyper-inflated US Dollar (Shhh! Don’t say that aloud!!) pave the way for a new, essentially private Global Currency to be managed on a planetary scale by the private money cartel of the Goldman Sach’s, HSBC’s, CitCorp’s, Deutsche Bank’s of this world?

Stay tuned… There is much, much more to come…

Adrian Salbuchi is an author, economist, and expert on globalization, founder of the Argentine Second Republic Movement. The photograph shows a woman giving the Victory sign as she holds a banner reading ’Greece is not for sale, Long Live Greece, Long Live Theodorakis’, during a demonstration next to the Greek embassy in Buenos Aires on May 12, 2010, in support of Greek trade unions, which called for a general strike against government budget cuts. This article first appeared on Voltaire.net

A Straight-Jacket to Impose Austerity

A Straight-Jacket to Impose Austerity on the European Peoples


By demanding the right to veto its member countries’ budgets, the European Commission is challenging the peoples’ sovereignty and appears set to take a new step towards the authoritarian and ruinous super-austerity policy demanded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and supported by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

In several European countries the governments’ tougher austerity plans were leaked to the press. Several Italian papers revealed that a one-year wage freeze for public workers was under study. The Spanish press itself commented on the austerity measures announced by the government: cuts in public workers’ salaries, cancellation of increases that had been announced for some pensions and the scrapping of planned investments… In Portugal the morning dailies announced measures presented by the government only in the afternoon, which provide for tax increases.

Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy have it their way

The same determination to harden public policies is at the heart of the European Commission’s demand to vet the member states’ budgetary plans. The idea is to make it compulsory for governments to submit their finance bills to the Commission, prior to their being examined and commented on by the Council of the eurozone Finance and Economy ministers, and before they are eventually submitted to national parliaments. The German chancellor said last Wednesday that this proposal constitutes “a big step in the right direction”. French finance minister Christine Lagarde herself declared that France was willing to discuss the proposal.

These moves have been cloaked with hypocrisy.

Indeed, the Commission’s request does not come out of the blue. It formalizes a request made by Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy in their joint letter dated May 6th to the European Council’s president and to the Commission’s president on the day before the EU countries’ last summit. In that text, the two leaders demanded “a tighter budgetary control in the euro area with more efficient sanctions against excessive budgetary deficit procedures and a stronger coherence between the states’ budgetary procedures and the stability and growth pact.” Euro zone leaders specified in addition in their statement after last Friday’s EU council that they expressly asked the European Commission and the Council of Finance and Economy Ministers to make sure “the recommendations addressed to member states within the framework of the stability pact were rigorously implemented,” which implied “accelerating budgetary consolidation”.

So it is clear that the Commission has just been orchestrating demands that have been previously addressed to it, demands that seriously jeopardize the peoples’ sovereignty.

Why is the European commission forging ahead with its authoritarian and anti-social policy?

The setting up of an economic, financial and political union around a single currency destined to boost capital and financial markets has resulted in an economic and social disaster. The European treaties have proved unable to address the crisis that is rocking Europe. But rather than draw the consequences, European, and especially German and French leaders want to go one better, to pile up austerity measures on austerity measures, tighten the anti-popular, bureaucratic institutional straight-jacket that has contributed to the crisis and set Europe on fire. In so doing, they are hoping to make the European peoples pay for the crisis and the speculation of banks and finance, and to ensure high profit rates again for banks and funds. Fear of popular resistance to this policy explains the authoritarian drift.

The European social model under threat

The Commission and the governments’ relentlessness jeopardizes the European social model. It is dangerous for democracy and the European peoples' living conditions. As economic figures for the first term of 2010 show, it hampers economic recovery, stifles growth, fuels unemployment, jeopardizes public services, keeps wages down. And yet it is necessary to set about re-orienting the construction of the European union, which entails the denunciation of European treaties and the laying of new foundations. A social stimulus package and the democratization of the Union are prerequisites to ward off Europe’s implosion. This means changing the role of the euro and of the European Central Bank. The future of this new economic, social, and political triptych will depend on the peoples’ struggles.

This article was originally published in French as 'Une camisole pour imposer l’austérité aux peuples' in the daily newspaper L'Humanité. A selection of articles from L'Humanité is available on line in English. This article was translated by Isabelle Metral.

'Serious manipulation' of gold, silver markets

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'Serious manipulation' of gold, silver markets

Price of precious metals allegedly forced down for profit


Posted: May 16, 2010
10:18 pm Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

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NEW YORK – A London-based commodities trader claims a major New York bank is conducting serious manipulation of the silver and gold futures markets.

The practice has continued even after federal regulators have been warned of the impropriety, Andrew Maguire, a metals trader at the London Bullion Market Association, told WND.

Last November, Maguire brought allegations before the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, in Washington that gold and silver traders at JPMorgan Chase have conspired to manipulate global precious metals markets. He charged the manipulation amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, in institutional trading profit for the bank and personal profit for the traders.

"It's like robbing a bank," Maguire told WND.

Maguire charged that JPMorgan Chase gold and silver traders have coordinated massive purchases of "short contracts" betting that the price of gold or silver will go down. The purchases, he said, are part of a strategy aimed at forcing the price of gold and silver to drop dramatically at the expense of holders of "long positions" owning gold or silver.

"This is a very small community that engages in metals trading – only a handful of traders at major institutions like JPMorgan Chase," Maguire said.

"The traders involved in market manipulation trigger their signals in advance so that local traders like me can jump on board to create a major market movement," he said.

WND has obtained a series of e-mails Maguire exchanged with Eliud Ramirez, the head of CFTC's enforcement unit. A copy was sent to CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton. Maguire specified his allegations in the e-mail and predicted major market moves he believed would occur as a result of trader manipulations instigated at JPMorgan Chase.

In a Feb. 3 e-mail, Maguire predicted to the CFTC that traders were ready to initiate "a wave of short selling" designed to reduce dramatically the price of gold and of silver.

An examination of the price charts for gold and silver show both metals suffered price declines after Maquire's Feb. 3 e-mail, exactly as he predicted.


As the market manipulation was in progress, Maguire sent additional e-mails to Ramirez at the CFTC.

"It is undoubtedly the concentrated short who has 'walked silver down' since Wednesday, putting large blocks in the way of bids," Maguire e-mailed Ramirez Feb. 5. "This is clear manipulation as the long holders who have been liquidated are matched by new short selling as open interest is rising during the decline."


Then, again later that day, Maguire e-mailed Ramirez: "A final e-mail to confirm that the silver manipulation was a great success and played out EXACTLY to plan as predicted yesterday. How would this be possible if the silver market was not in full control of the parties we discussed in our phone interview?"

In the e-mail, Maguire rebuked the CFTC: "It is common knowledge here in London among the metals traders that it is JPM's (JPMorgan Chase's) intent to flush out and cover as many shorts as possible prior to any discussion in March about position limits. I feel sorry for all those not in this loop. A serious amount of money was made and lost today and in my opinion as a result of the CFTC's allowing by your own definition an illegal concentrated and manipulative position to occur."

Bill Murphy, chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, published Maguire's e-mails on his organization's website, charging, "It would not be possible to predict such a market move unless the market was manipulated."

WND asked JPMorgan Chase to reply to Maguire's charges.

"We have no knowledge of who Andrew Maguire is," Brian Marchiony, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase told WND. "We have no comment on Maguire's charges."

A CFTC spokesman told WND, "We do not comment on investigations."

Signal to 'get on board'

How does Macguire allege the insider market manipulation in the metals futures markets can be recognized?

"When suddenly, in relatively thin trading on gold or silver, you see out of the blue several hundreds, if not 1,500 contracts suddenly pop up on the sell-side, then you know that is a very concentrated position holder, not an amalgamation of orders," he explained.

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"It's a signal to everybody to get on board on the sell-side because this is not moving a cent further on the long-side," he said.

Maguire insisted the coordinated placement of a large number of sell-side orders could only be designed to move the price of gold or silver down. The traders coordinating the market movement would benefit from having shorted the metal at the expense of its owners, who held long positions or were purchasing futures contracts betting the price of the metal would go up.

"All the traders then had better jump on board because you'd be crazy to go against a major coordinated market move like this," he said. "It's like playing a fish as the traders manipulating the market push the price of gold or silver down and down and down."

Maguire said he explained to the CFTC that "the footprints of the coordinated trading were easy to read." He sent to the CFTC computer "screen shots" he believe proved JPMorgan was a concentrated market manipulator engaging in illegal activity designed to depress the price of gold or silver for profit.

If Maguire has shared the information with the CFTC, why did he decide to go public explaining his accusations to WND and to Murphy at GATA for publication?

"I want the CFTC to catch these guys in the act," Maguire answered, "and I called the CFTC to alert them to market manipulations as they were happening. But now I'm concerned that the CFTC is just sitting on the information and doing nothing to investigate my allegations or bring charges."

Maguire charged the profit made by metals market manipulators was "in the hundreds of millions, if not billions" and that the end result was the money was "being stolen from private investors who have no idea whatsoever what is going on behind the scenes."

On March 25, Murphy disclosed Maguire's charges in a public hearing before the CFTC, a clip of which can be viewed on YouTube.

Attempted murder?

Maguire and his wife were involved in a bizarre car accident in London, the New York Post reported March 29.

Maguire told WND he reluctantly has come to believe the car accident was an attempt on his life.

"We got hit in the side at full acceleration and tried to corral the cars in a gas station, including the guy who hit us with a commercial vehicle," Maguire explained.

The assailant then got in his car and accelerated, hitting a number of cars as he escaped from the gas station, making the event into a hit-and-run situation.

"The police told us the assailant was known to them and even that they arrested him," Maguire said. "But recently the police won't say anything, and I haven't been able to learn anything about the assailant."

mercoledì 19 maggio 2010

ROTHCHILD'S BREAKING EURO/JAPAN FRUIT & VEG MARKETS/FARMERS

Part of the grand plan is to herd everyone into cities where it is easier to control them. This will move Europe closer to that objective.
Don Stacey

Begin forwarded message:
From: Ruth Date: May 17, 2010 6:25:53 PM PDT (CA)To don.stacey@comcast. netSubject: ROTHCHILD'S BREAKING EURO/JAPAN FRUIT & VEG MARKETS/FARMERS.

The Rothschild family is pushing Indian produce onto the global market Posted By: RumorMail
Date: Monday, 17-May-2010 15:14:18 (snip)

In a recent interview* with Lyn Forester de Rothschild we learn that she and her husband Evelyn de Rothschild are investing hundreds of millions to become the queen and the king of India`s fruits and vegetables. India is already the first world producer of fruits, and the second of vegetables and until today its production was essentially consumed by the over one billion Indian population. Full article:
http://www.rense. com/general78/ rothw.htm Lyn and Evelyn de Rothschild have recently decided to make big money in exporting the Indian fruits and vegetables to the European and Japanese markets. The diverse agro-climatic zones of India make it possible to grow almost all varieties of fruits and vegetables while the labor cost is a tiny fraction of the European or Japanese: Lady de Rothschild is looking forward to pay the Indian workers $2 a day. Even with the transportation and duty costs, the Indian fruit and vegetables are likely to bankrupt the European and Japanese farmers. In Europe, most of these farmers are heavily indebted as the EU paranoid sanitary norms as well as the packaging requirements of the supermarkets have forced them to invest in expensive machinery and infrastructures. When the Indian fruits and vegetables arrive in Europe, most of these indebted farmer families will have to say goodby to their farms which will be confiscated by the banks. Many of the still remaining independent European farmers are producing fruit and vegetables since the independent livestock and wheat farmers have already been decimated by the "market economy" making profitable only the giant exploitations in these sectors. The foreseable bankruptcy of the European fruit and vegetables` farmers will fatally result in that entire agricultural communities will have to leave the rural areas in order to survive. In his recently published book, "The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook", David de Rothschild (son of Evelyn de Rothschild) is promoting urban living in order to economise energy and thus stop the "man-made climate warming". rumormillnews. com

To Greece: Nut Up Or Shut Up

Wednesday, May 19. 2010

To Greece: Nut Up Or Shut Up

Time to call the bluff:

The euro fell from the session high against the dollar and Swiss franc on Wednesday after Greece categorically denied market rumors which said it was considering leaving the European Union or the euro zone.

Of course that didn't take long to be "officially denied":

"We categorically deny any thought of leaving the European Union, or the euro zone," said government spokesman George Petalotis.

Then you have no chance.

Let's be clear: The only way to do this is by surprise. Unilaterally, without any discussion with anyone else. Just like Germany did.

And Greece should do it right here, right now, today.

Nail those European Banks that played "too cute by half" and bought Greek debt expecting an intervention and "sticksave", then effectively extorted the Eurozone nations into providing it, exactly as happened here in the US with Fannie and Freddie paper.

Note that Spain was unable to make its debt auction yesterday; they are thus going to be unable to fund the alleged bailout. As such the promises Greece was made are in fact empty, and intended to screw the Greek people and their government.

It is time for someone to stand up and say in return "screw you!" to such tactics. Germany has laid the groundwork, now Greece needs to deliver the "coup de grace" to Sarcozy and his butt-buddies in Brussels.

Depart the Euro and at the same time declare by fiat all Euro-denominated Greek debt held by anyone who is not a Greek national (or a Greek-chartered bank holding said debt entirely within Greece) worthless.

Such a unilateral action would instantaneously detonate a lot of banks in Europe and would put the ECB into an untenable position, as they have been accepting "repos" against Greek debt (along with direct purchases) without regard to actual credit quality.

It would also free Greece from a debt it cannot pay, totaling some €300 billion.

With that wiped off the table Greece would of course have to live within its taxing resources immediately and permanently.

So what?

That has to happen anyway, and is the entire premise of the purported austerity measures. Do it now and get it over with, while at the same time refusing to pay one penny of interest nor one dime of principal on the debt outstanding at this point.

If the Greek people are going to bear the costs they should get all the benefits, not the international banking cartel.

There's not a thing that the world could do about a move like this, but it would put a spike into the bankster concept of looting both citizen and sovereign alike without regard to the consequences.

IT IS TIME FOR A NATION TO STAND UP AND DO IT, AND GREECE IS IDEALLY POSITIONED TO DO SO.

ALL The Banks Ripped Off Taxpayers?

The Market Ticker, May 18. 2010

ALL The Banks Ripped Off Taxpayers?

CFTC whistleblower believes crash was attempted murder

CFTC whistleblower believes crash was attempted murder

Section:

11:30a ET Monday, May 17, 2010

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold (and Silver):

World Net Daily reports that silver market manipulation whistleblower Andrew Maguire has "reluctantly come to believe" that the hit-and-run traffic crash in which he was involved shortly after his communications with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission were disclosed was an attempt on his life.

"The police told us the assailant was known to them and even that they arrested him," World Net Daily reporter Jerome R. Corsi quotes Maguire as saying. "But recently the police won't say anything, and I haven't been able to learn anything about the assailant."

The World Net Daily report is headlined "'Serious Manipulation' of Gold, Silver Markets" and you can find it a World Net Daily here:

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=153953

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.