Posted onApril 3, 2014bylucas2012infos|Comments Off on Occupy.com – Handing Bankers A Win-Win, Eurocrats Authorize Bailouts – And Bail-Ins – 3 April 2014
By Ellen Brown
“As things stand, the banks are the permanent government of the country, whichever party is in power.” – Lord Skidelsky, House of Lords, U.K. Parliament, 31 March 2011)
On March 20, 2014, European Union officials reached an historic agreement to create a single agency to handle failing banks. Media attention has focused on the agreement involving the single resolution mechanism, a uniform system for closing failed banks.
Posted onNovember 11, 2013bylucas2012infos|Comments Off on Occupy.com – Newfoundland Bans Fracking, As First Nations-Led New Brunswick Protests Continue – 11 November 2013
by Andy Rowell
This article originally appeared on Oil Change International
As First Nations continue to fight fracking in New Brunswick, the neighboring provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has halted the controversial drilling technique. The government is arguing that more research is needed to see if it is safe for both people and the environment.
Western Newfoundland’s shale-oil deposits have been described as potentially vast, but the region includes the Gros Morne National Park, which is a world heritage site and huge tourist attraction.
Exploration licenses had already been granted in the Green Point shale near the Park. But UNESCO had recently indicated that the Park’s heritage status could be at risk if fracking is allowed to proceed near its boundaries.
Posted onNovember 11, 2013bylucas2012infos|Comments Off on Occupy.com – “We Will Not Obey:” Building Global Resistance To the Trans-Pacific Partnership – 11 November 2013
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
This article originally appeared on Truthout
We are in a time of transformational change. The opportunity is here to reverse the destruction wrought by rigged corporate trade agreements and to demand trade that is fair and promotes sustainable practices. There is no reason trade cannot improve the lives of workers and people around the world, as well as protect the planet from the rapacious destruction of corporate greed. We need to insist that people and the planet come before profits.
It is up to us to make this transformation a reality. To do so we must build a broad-based, movement of movements that sends a clear message to Washington, D.C.: “If you pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we will not obey.”
The Obama administration has made it a priority to have the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) completed by the end of the year. The TPP is the largest trade agreement negotiated since the World Trade Organization (WTO). It covers 12 countries so far and includes provisions that reach beyond issues of trade. The full contents of the TPP are unknown because it has been negotiated with unprecedented secrecy; however, it is clear from what has been revealed that the TPP gives transnational corporations the power to alter our laws down to the local level to enhance and protect their profits.
Posted onSeptember 16, 2013bylucas2012infos|Comments Off on Occupy.com – In Defiance Of Wall Street, Richmond, Calif., Declares Eminent Domain For Underwater Mortgages – 16 September 2013
This article originally appeared on CBS
RICHMOND — An unprecedented plan to buy struggling Richmond homeowners’ underwater mortgages is moving forward.
The Richmond City Council voted 4 to 3 early Wednesday morning to continue pursuing the controversial plan, which could use the city’s power of eminent domain to force bondholders to sell underwater loans, allowing homeowners to restructure their mortgages.
Nearly five years ago, on September 15, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy in the nation’s history. The move set off a series of dramatic actions in Washington, DC, and on Wall Street as bankers and regulators sought to avoid a shutdown of the global economy. To mark the anniversary, the Center for Public Integrity produced a three-part series on what has happened since the meltdown. This is Part One, focusing on the Wall Street bankers who fed the subprime mortgage machine, without regard to risk.
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