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Open Letter To Obama

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Daily Archives: April 10, 2010

Cable ties Kissinger to Chile controversy

By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer Sat Apr 10, 10:20 am ET

WASHINGTON – As secretary of state, Henry Kissinger canceled a U.S. warning against carrying out international political assassinations that was to have gone to Chile and two neighboring nations just days before a former ambassador was killed by Chilean agents on Washington’s Embassy Row in 1976, a newly released State Department cable shows.
Whether Kissinger played a role in blocking the delivery of the warning against assassination to the governments of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay has long been a topic of controversy.

link – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100410/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_kissinger_chile

Development banks ramp up anti-corruption fight

09 Apr 2010 21:50:30 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – The World Bank and other development banks on Friday stepped up efforts to root out the corrupt use of aid funds, saying companies and individuals blacklisted at one institution would be unwelcome at all.

Measures agreed in Luxembourg on Friday would prevent a company found to be using corrupt means by one development bank from obtaining contracts from another, which is possible under current practices.

link - http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N09251878.htm

The Business of Disaster: Where’s the Haiti-Bound Money Going?

Friday 09 April 2010

Forty cents of every disaster dollar that the US gives Haiti goes to the US military. (Photo: Julie Dermansky©2010, www.jsdart.com)
“A sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the international donors conference on March 31 in New York, where foreign nations and other international institutions pledged $5.3 billion toward Haiti over the next 18 months, of which $1.15 billion comes from the US government. Ban continued, “Today, we have mobilized to give Haiti and its people what they need most: hope for a new future.”[i]

link – http://www.truthout.org/the-business-disaster-wheres-haiti-bound-money-going58422

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Big Banks Mask Risk Levels

Quarter-End Loan Figures Sit 42% Below Peak, Then Rise as New Period Progresses; SEC Review

Wall Street Journal

Major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
A group of 18 banks—which includes Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc.—understated the debt levels used to fund securities trades by lowering them an average of 42% at the end of each of the past five quarterly periods, the data show. The banks, which publicly release debt data each quarter, then boosted the debt levels in the middle of successive quarters.

read more at -http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702304830104575172280848939898-lMyQjAxMTAwMDAwOTEwNDkyWj.html

Amnesty International report: US is guilty of Katrina-related human rights abuses

By CAIN BURDEAU , Associated Press

Last update: April 9, 2010 – 2:26 AM

NEW ORLEANS – Amnesty International says the U.S. government and Gulf Coast states have consistently violated the human rights of hurricane victims since Hurricane Katrina killed about 1,800 people and caused widespread devastation after striking in August 2005.

Amnesty’s report entitled “Un-Natural Disaster” says government actions in housing, health care and policing prevented poor minority communities from rebuilding and returning to their homes.

The White House and Louisiana and Mississippi officials said they had gone to great lengths to help people recover from Katrina.

Amnesty urged Congress to amend the nation’s main disaster response legislation, the Stafford Act, to guarantee the humane and fair treatment of all disaster victims.

link – http://www.startribune.com/nation/90334049.html

Police shot unarmed civilians after Katrina, officer testifies

Crime Scene KC

Federal prosecutors have accused New Orleans police of shooting unarmed civilians on the city’s Danzinger Bridge days after Hurricane Katrina — and then trying to cover up the incident. One officer has already entered a guilty plea, and yesterday, he spelled out what he said happened. From the Times-Picayune:

Hunter, 33, said a New Orleans police sergeant fired an assault rifle at wounded civilians at close range after other officers stopped shooting and after it was clear that the police were not taking fire. He also says he saw another officer in a car fire a shotgun at a fleeing man’s back, although the man did nothing suggesting he was a threat to police.

That man, the Times-Picayune says, was severely mentally disabled, and he died as a result of the shooting, one of two who were killed. Four others were wounded. The attorneys for the accused police say they didn’t do anything wrong and, if anything, feel more confident about their case after this latest development — though they’re not saying why.

Big Brother pre-crime quiz used on children

Natural News
Friday, April 09, 2010
by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The British government plans to collect lifelong records on all residents starting at the age of five, in order to screen for those who might be more likely to commit crimes in the future.

In a plan being piloted by Lincolnshire Community Health Services, all parents of children starting school are being sent an 83-question survey that asks detailed questions about their lives and their children’s behavior.

“This is incredibly intrusive and asks questions which, quite frankly, Lincolnshire Community Health Services do not need to know and have no right knowing,” said Dylan Sharpe of the group Big Brother Watch. “Even worse, the NHS Trust has failed to make it clear that this is a voluntary questionnaire. I would advise any parent receiving this to stick it straight in the bin.”

The questionnaire asks everything from how often the child lies, bullies, or steals inside or outside the home to how often she or he eats red meat, takeout food or carbonated beverages. Parents are also asked how well they themselves did in school, whether they have friends, and if they feel like they can speak freely in front of others.

The plan is for the forms to be filled out every year and supplemented by reports from teachers and social workers. When children become old enough, they will also be asked to fill out questionnaires. The information will be kept on file indefinitely, and will be accessible to health workers to decide if parents should be offered “support” to “enhance children’s life chances.”

The government plans to expand the plan to all of England and Wales some time this year.

“This is badly wrong for a number of reasons,” said Jill Kirby of the Center for Policy Studies. “Parents are not told how the information will be used, nor that they can refuse to give it and it will create worry and suspicion among many families. … It will make families wary and those most in need of help are likely to retreat from it.”

Sources for this story include: www.telegraph.co.uk; www.dailymail.co.uk.

link - http://www.naturalnews.com/028542_pre-crime_Big_Brother.html

Israeli kidney ‘thieves’ arrested

Morning Star

Thursday 08 April 2010

Tel Aviv reported on Wednesday that six Israeli citizens have been detained on suspicion of running an international organ-trafficking ring and breaking promises to donors to pay for their removed kidneys.

Police also said that they prevented several would-be donors from giving up their kidneys, intercepting some at Israel’s airport as they were preparing to travel abroad for surgery.
The traffickers offered up to $100,000 (£65,700) per kidney but in at least two cases didn’t pay the donors after the organs were surgically removed, according to police.

link – http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/88917