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Sometimes, the most unlikely seeming explanation turns out to be the correct one. Consider alternative views, but question everything!
Global Power Project: The Group of Thirty, Architects of Austerity
By Andrew Gavin Marshall. Cross-Posted from Occupy.com.
The Group of Thirty, a preeminent think tank that brings together dozens of the world’s most influential policy makers, central bankers, financiers and academics, has been the focus of two recent reports for Occupy.com’s Global Power Project. In studying this group, I compiled CVs of the G30′s current and senior members: a total of 34 individuals. The first report looked at the origins of the G30, while the second examined some of the current projects and reports emanating from the group. In this installment, I take a look at some specific members of the G30 and their roles in justifying and implementing austerity measures.
Central Bankers, Markets and Austerity
via Global Power Project: The Group of Thirty, Architects of Austerity Washington’s Blog.
Fifteen people who had been heading to a wedding in Yemen have been killed in an air strike. Local media reported that a drone attack had been responsible, and the party-goers had been hit instead of an Al-Qaeda convoy.
“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” a Yemeni security official told Reuters.
Five more people were injured in the attack which took place in Radda, central al-Bayda province on Thursday, the source added.
The group had been en route to the the village of Qaifa, the site of the wedding, when it was hit. The assault left charred bodies strewn in the road and vehicles on fire, officials told AP.
While officials would not identify the source of the air strike, local and tribal media sources attributed the deaths to a drone attack.
No comment followed as to whose drone may have delivered the strike. However, the US is known for its counter-terrorism assistance to the country which at times includes UAV raids.
Washington has recently increased the intensity of its drone strikes in Yemen – despite widespread criticism sparked by the fact that strikes are not always accurate. In October, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism Ben Emmerson said that US drone strikes killed 2,200 in the past decade, 400 of whom were civilians.
Yemen is considered to be the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)’s main foothold of what is deemed the most active wing of the militant network.
Critics maintain that the drone strikes program in the country has done nothing to stem the growth of Al-Qaeda, and has even increased support for the terror network.
However, in August, Yemen requested that the US supply the country with drones in order to help it fight the Al-Qaeda threat.
via Drone strike kills 15 ‘wedding party-goers’ in Yemen — RT News.
If this would happen all over the world, we would be in much better shape!
Iceland’s court sentenced four bankers to jail, including the Chairman of Kaupthing Bank.
Obviously Iceland’s courts are not as corrupt as the rest of the world’s courts. The U.S. has never considered jailing Corzine (MF Global), besides all the other top Wall Street bankers. But the fact that Iceland has jailed bankers, shows all is not lost. It is up to all of us to continue trying to get people to wake up.
via Sherrie Questioning All: Four Bankers in Iceland Sentenced to Jail for the FRAUD they committed. Including the Chairman of the Bank..
by Bradley Burston
Nixing Mandela funeral as too costly, Bibi shows world what he’s truly made of
Israel’s prime minister proves he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems. H
via Nixing Mandela funeral as too costly, Bibi shows world what he’s truly made of – A Special Place in Hell Israel News | Haaretz.
The possibility of the bill being shelved emerged three days ago, after Begin denied claims that community leaders had accepted the proposal – a key defense used by the government in advancing the plan.
Begin said that contrary to reports, he had never approached the Bedouin with the plan and thus did not receive their approval on the matter.
“I wish to again make clear that contrary to what has been claimed in recent weeks, I didn’t tell anyone that the Bedouin agreed to my plan,” Begin told the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee. “I couldn’t say that because I didn’t present the plan to them. I didn’t present the bill that I revised to any segment of the public, including the Bedouin. The revised bill is not being presented again to the public to hear whether the amendments are to its liking or not. As a result, I would not be able to know to what extent they support the law.”
Following Begin’s remarks, coalition whip MK Yariv Levin (Likud) said the plan lost its majority support in the government.
via Israeli government halts controversial plan to resettle 30,000 Bedouin – National Israel News | Haaretz.
Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013
An Israeli blood drive rejected a donation by the only Parliament member of Ethiopian origin on the grounds that she had “special blood,” Israeli news outlet Ynet reported on Wednesday.
Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata presented herself on Wednesday to a mobile blood donation center managed by Magen David Adom, the national emergency medical service provider.
But according to Ynet, her donation was refused by blood bank staff, who said she had “the special kind of Jewish-Ethiopian blood.”
Tamano-Shata was later told that she could give blood, but that it would not be frozen like other donations. “I’m good enough to serve the country in the Knesset, but for some reason, to donate blood, I’m not good enough,” she said.
It was later reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to Tamano-Shata and called for an investigation into the incident.
Ethiopian Jews have been historically discriminated against since their arrival in Israel, with some putting into question their status as Jews.
African immigrants to Israel, many of whom from Sudan and Eritrea, have faced an increased crackdown by authorities. On Tuesday, the Knesset approved a law which allows clandestine immigrants from Africa to be imprisoned for up to a year without trial.
It was the latest in a series of discriminatory measures targeting Africans entering Occupied Palestine, which the apartheid-inspired Israeli government says poses a threat to Israel’s “Jewish character.”
via Ethiopian-born Israeli MP rejected by blood bank, told she has “special blood” | Al Akhbar English.
December 12, 2013
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The Lotto of a Fukushima-style Nuclear Disaster
by MICHAEL McGEHEE
It is a scary world and getting scarier every day. I live in the small town of Kennedale, Texas. Population: 7,068. We are just south of Fort Worth (whose city motto is: “Where the West Begins”), but just north of Mansfield, a fast-growing suburb. My family lives within the danger zone of two nuclear power plants, and two more whose construction have been postponed. Were Comanche Peak (1&2) to experience some kind of disaster like that in Fukushima, Japan—whose reactor was severely damaged in a 2011 earthquake—we would be up radiologically-contaminated Shit Creek without a paddle.
Across the street from my home is a hydraulic fracturing well. What do these wells and nuclear power plants have in common? More than most North Texans may realize.
via The Lotto of a Fukushima-style Nuclear Disaster » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.
Officials: US shows critical of Israel
Sources at Israeli Embassy in Washington say negative representation of Jewish state on television series like ‘Veep,’ ‘House of Cards’ justifies ‘conspiracy theories about the Israeli and Jewish control of American politics’
via Officials: US shows critical of Israel – Israel Culture, Ynetnews.
The US executes more people every year than Yemen, Sudan and Afghanistan.
21 countries executed people last year. These 10 nations killed the most.
Today is International Human Rights Day. So here in the United States, it’s worth revisiting a debate that nearly every other developed nation has already sorted out: Is it a human right NOT to be legally murdered by your own government?
The United Nations thinks so. In February, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Capital punishment is inconsistent with the mission of the United Nations to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of the human person.”
The UN has long pushed for global abolition of capital punishment. Since 2007, the General Assembly has approved four separate resolutions calling on member states to accept an international moratorium. Of the 190-plus member states, about 150 have eliminated the death penalty or no longer practice it. Even Russia has a moratorium that’s been in effect since 1996.
via The US executes more people every year than Yemen, Sudan and Afghanistan. | GlobalPost.