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Pepe Escobar: What makes Barack run?

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Kucinich on Budget: I Will not Vote for the Expansion of War

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by Dennis Kucinich
Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Apr 29, 2009

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today issued the following statement after voting against H.Con.Res 13, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for the fiscal year 2010:

“I am committed to doing everything I can to put our community and our nation on the path to economic stability. I led opposition to the bank bailout program TARP, I worked vigorously in favor of the stimulus package, and I have worked to save the automotive, steel and aerospace industries in America.

“I will not vote for a budget that ties war funding to the operational budget of our government. This year, the budget includes $130 billion for war funding.  We are ramping up the war in Afghanistan, and have yet to find an end to the war in Iraq.  Recent media reports indicate that we may double our troop levels in Afghanistan by 2010. This budget helps to authorize that expansion, and I will not endorse a budget that sends more of our brave men and women to a war without an end in sight.”

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Kucinich to Geithner: Deny Citigroup Bonus Request

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Torture Memos Expose Dark, Imperial Presidency By Robert S. Becker, Ph.D.

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By Robert S. Becker, Ph.D.
April 29, 2009 “Information Clearing House

Abuse Pushed Hard To Justify Iraqi Invasion

This was not a happy week for the torture lobby, nor its defenders, derailing months of charm offensive by Bush-Cheney legacy boosters. A wary President Obama backed off attempts to defuse the torture parade – fretting over divisive investigations and hard-to-win court convictions. Public indignation likely surpassed February polling when 65% favored torture investigations, 40% criminal prosecutions.

Two releases, from the White House and Senate, disclose a premeditated Bush-Cheney torture program that postdated the original transgression, namely invading Iraq under false pretenses. This sequence dramatically reverses classic scandals, whether the Scooter Libby/CIA outing, Watergate, Iran-Contra or Clinton escapades. Earlier, the charade of cover-ups followed crimes, thus the countless perjury convictions. With Bush-Cheney interrogation, unholy torture was authorized to serve the unholy smokescreen clouding an unholy invasion.

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Mosaic News – 4/29/09: World News From The Middle East

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“Arabs Brace For Swine Flu,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Confirmed Swine Flu in Israel,” IBA TV, Israel
“Israel Increases Travel Restrictions on Palestinians,” Palestine TV, Ramallah
“Lebanon Frees Four Generals Held in Hariri Killing,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“US Increases Support to Pakistan,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Pakistani army expands offensive against Taliban,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Egyptian Police Caught on Tape,” New TV, Lebanon
“Iraqi Drama Thrives in Syria,” BBC- Arabic
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Kucinich to Geithner: Deny Citigroup Bonus Request

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Apr 29, 2009

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent the following letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking him to deny a request by Citigroup to pay bonuses to “key employees.”

April 29, 2009

The Honorable Timothy Geithner
Secretary
United States Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

Dear Secretary Geithner:

The Wall Street Journal today reports that Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit has requested permission from the Treasury Department to pay out an untold sum of money in bonuses, possibly in the form of stock, to various “key employees,” including those at Phibro, their energy trading unit.[1] I urge you to deny Citigroup’s request.

As you are aware, Citigroup has been the recipient of $45 billion in taxpayer aid through the Capital Purchase Program and Target Investment Program, authorized by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. Additionally, the Federal Reserve has guaranteed another $301 billion of Citigroup’s assets. As you finalize the conversion of preferred shares to common equity, Treasury will become the largest shareholder of Citigroup stock, possessing up to 36% percent of common equity in the company.

I do not need to remind you that the country remains in a sustained economic downturn. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports today that gross domestic product decreased at an annualized rate of 6.1% through the first quarter of 2009; this follows a 6.3% percent decline through the final quarter of 2008. The unemployment rate stands at 8.5%; more worrisome is that the pace of job losses has accelerated in recent months.

In this light, Citigroup cannot possibly justify the payment of bonuses, regardless of form. Indeed, the only person specifically mentioned as a potential recipient of a bonus, Andrew Hall, was compensated over $250 million through a five-year period ending in 2008. He even owns a castle.[2]

So long as Citigroup subsists on the assistance of the American taxpayer, the American taxpayer should not be forced to subsidize the employment of people who are already compensated quite comfortably. As the economy continues to founder, Citigroup ought to recognize its role in our current recession and use the capital that has been provided to them to stabilize the economy and ease the financial burden of American families.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

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Michael Hudson: The Financial Barbarians at the Gate (must-listen)

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

Michael Ratner: If Obama won’t prosecute, Spain will + Allegations include ‘sexual abuse’ and ‘beating’

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Michael Ratner: Obama has a duty to prosecute while a Spanish judge moves ahead on his own.

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Agri-biz at root of swine flu? + DHS Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines

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Evidence points to industrial pig farm as source of outbreak, if so, Bernice Wuethrich tried to warn us.

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