Barney Frank and the Planet of the Banks by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 16, 2009

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What planet is Congressman Barney Frank on, anyway? It is the planet of the banks and other financial firms that keep his campaign coffers humming, as their chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

On his extraterrestrial perch, camouflaged by his witty and irreverent observations, he sees the agony of gouged, debt-ridden consumers and homeowners, but his actions do not measure up.

As of this writing before the final set of hearings, Mr. Frank has dropped key provisions from a proposal to establish an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA).

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Binyam Mohamed: Judges overrule attempt to suppress torture evidence

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by Richard Norton-Taylor
guardian.co.uk
Friday 16 October 2009

High court orders publication of US report, saying British foreign secretary’s actions were harmful to the rule of law

David Miliband, the foreign secretary, acted in a way that was harmful to the rule of law by suppressing evidence about what the government knew of the illegal treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who was held in a secret prison in Pakistan, the high court has ruled.

In a devastating judgment, two senior judges roundly dismissed the foreign secretary’s claims that disclosing the evidence would harm national security and threaten the UK’s vital intelligence-sharing arrangements with the US.

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via Binyam Mohamed: Judges overrule attempt to suppress torture evidence | World news | guardian.co.uk

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Max Keiser – Face Off – “Is the Crisis Over?”

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October 16, 2009

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Max Keiser: On the Edge with Michael Hudson

The Ongoing Cover Up of the Truth Behind the Financial Crisis May Lead to Another Crash

The Crime of Our Time: Was the Economic Collapse “Indeed, Criminal?” Reviewed by Stephen Lendman

“Global Imbalances” versus Internal Inequalities: Understanding the World Economy By James Petras

The Ongoing Cover Up of the Truth Behind the Financial Crisis May Lead to Another Crash

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by Washington’s Blog
www.globalresearch.ca/, October 15, 2009
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William K. Black – professor of economics and the senior regulator during the S & L crisis – says that that the government’s entire strategy now – as during the S&L crisis – is to cover up how bad things are (“the entire strategy is to keep people from getting the facts”).

Indeed, as I have previously documented, 7 out of the 8 giant, money center banks went bankrupt in the 1980’s during the “Latin American Crisis”, and the government’s response was to cover up their insolvency.

Black also says:

There has been no honest examination of the crisis because it would embarrass C.E.O.s and politicians . . .

Instead, the Treasury and the Fed are urging us not to examine the crisis and to believe that all will soon be well.

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Honduras: ‘Nothing will be the same again’ by Federico Fuentes

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by Federico Fuentes
Green Left
October 11, 2009

What began as a coup aimed at deposing a millionaire landowner president, whose “crime” had been to gradually shift Honduras away from US control and implement mild pro-people reforms, has spurned on a mass resistance movement with the potential to revolutionise the country.

Roberto Micheletti, installed as president after the military overthrew the elected government of President Manuel Zelaya, told the September 30 Argentine daily Clarin: “We removed Zelaya because he was a leftist … This worried us.”

However, more than 100 days since Zeyala was kidnapped at gunpoint and exiled to Coast Rica, Micheletti has even more to worry about.

Zelaya is back in the country, in the confines of the Brazilian embassy, and there is a mobilised population demanding more than just their president restored.

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