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Eastern Europe is about to Blow By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
February 17, 2009 “ICH

Eastern Europe is about to blow. If it does, it could take much of the EU with it. It’s an emergency situation but there are no easy solutions. The IMF doesn’t have the resources for a bailout of this size and the recession is spreading faster than relief efforts can be organized. Finance ministers and central bankers are running in circles trying to put out one fire after another. Its only a matter of time before they are overtaken by events. If one country is allowed to default, the dominoes could begin to tumble through the whole region. This could trigger dramatic changes in the political landscape. The rise of fascism is no longer out of the question.

The UK Telegraph’s economics editor Edmund Conway sums it up like this:

“A ‘second wave’ of countries will fall victim to the economic crisis and face being bailed out by the International Monetary Fund, its chief warned at the G7 summit in Rome….But with some countries’ economies effectively dwarfed by the size of their banking sector and its financial liabilities, there are fears they could fall victim to balance of payments and currency crises, much as Iceland did before receiving emergency assistance from the IMF last year.” (UK Telegraph)

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Silly Money: Bremner, Bird and Fortune (Satire)

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Where did all the Money Go

theDossier.info on Oct 27, 2012

Satirical look at the global financial system

48:00 – Nov 2, 2008

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Gaza civilians left with extensive burns

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As well as the 1300 Palestinians who were killed in the war, thousands more suffered serious injuries.

Many of them were left with extensive burns, with Israel accused of using highly inflammable white phosphorus in civilian areas.

Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from the burns unit in Gaza’s Shifa hospital.

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‘A Brit tortured in Guantanamo’

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The lawyer of a British resident kept in Guantanamo Yvonne Bradley claims her client should be freed because he was tortured there.

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Captain of the Universe by Rand Clifford

by Rand Clifford
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February 16, 2009

It was quite a show.

Wednesday it was, 2/11, 9 years into the new century.

Next day, Amit R. Paley wrote in the Washington Post, “The titans of Wall Street, already humbled by the financial meltdown, were hauled before Congress for the first time Wednesday to face the rage of the nation.”

Paley’s article, titled, Congress grills bailed-out bankers, reflects gravity of the situation with heavy lines such as, “Lined up in a row at a nationally-televised hearing, the chieftains of eight banks that received $165 billion in federal bailout funds were pounded with ferocious questions from lawmakers demanding to know whether the firms were misusing taxpayer dollars.” Just the concept of questions themselves somehow possessing ferocity suggests an almost surreal situation. And that it was…rather like a circus except there were little more than tigers and clowns.

The titans’ testimony was their most “full-throated” response yet to lawmaker and analyst criticism that banks are hoarding the bailout money instead of making new loans with it, as Congress intended. Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase insisted his firm made $150 billion in new loans in the last quarter of 2008-with consumer loans “jumping” by 2.1% over the previous quarter.

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Before You Enlist! (2006) (must-see)

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Posted previously on the old blog.  DS

September 18, 2006

Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military’s marketing efforts.

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What if they gave a War? By Charles Sullivan (2006)

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By Charles Sullivan
09/18/06 “Information Clearing House

“What if they gave a war and no one came?” was a popular slogan during the Viet Nam war. It remains a timeless and powerful motto, and is as relevant as ever. It is still a mantra that evokes thought provoking responses and suggests some intriguing possibilities.

What if those who serve in the military were fully aware of what their government requires them to do? What if they understood the underlying purpose of war and refused to participate? What if military recruiters were unable to feed the war machine with our sons and daughters; our uncles and nephews, and our nieces? How could it continue?

It is no coincidence that those who make war never fight in them. It is the corporations that lobby for war because there are profits to be made; and profits to be kept. The politicians, of course, are owned by the corporations and do their biding.

American citizens have never been involved in making decisions about going to war. Whether or not to wage war is one of the most momentous decisions a people could make; and they have no voice in the process. Half a million people can demonstrate in the streets but the war machine keeps turning. Does this meet a thinking person’s criteria for Democracy?

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