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2010 April 20 | Activist News

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Daily Archives: April 20, 2010

Goldman Sachs implicated in shorting Lehman shares

Goldman Sachs has been drawn into a fresh controversy as lawyers demand to know whether it was partly responsible for triggering Lehman Brothers’ downfall by shorting its rival’s shares.

By James Quinn, US Business Editor
Published: 6:00AM BST 20 Apr 2010

The Wall Street behemoth is already being investigated by a number of financial regulators around the world in addition to the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud charges over derivatives mis-selling. It has now been named in a court filing seeking information about short-selling Lehman shares.
Goldman has been subpoenaed to hand over documents to Lehman’s Bryan Marsal, the man responsible for winding up the bank’s affairs and repaying creditors. Goldman was named in the court filing along with four other firms, including hedge funds SAC Capital and Citadel. Goldman declined to comment on the Lehman case.

link - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/7608743/Goldman-Sachs-implicated-in-shorting-Lehman-shares.html

Controversy surrounds the building of Belo Monte dam in Amazon

Digital Journal

Contract bidding on construction of the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon is scheduled to resume this week amidst heated controversy. Director James Cameron and others oppose what would be the third largest dam in the world due to impact on indigenous tribes.

link – http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/290860

Goldman taps ex-White House counsel for help: report

Mon Apr 19, 2010

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) has hired Gregory Craig, a former White House counsel for President Barack Obama, to assist on political and legal matters, website Politico said, citing a source familiar with the firm.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Anshuman Daga)

link - http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63J0E120100420

Farm Workers Fight for an Extra Cent

By Andrew Stelzer

TAMPA, Florida, Apr 19, 2010 (IPS) – Chanting “No more slaves! Pay a living wage!”, hundreds of farmworkers, students and others marched 22 miles through central Florida for three days, calling on the Publix supermarket chain to pay an extra penny to the impoverished workers who pick their tomatoes.

The three-day long march was organised by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a collective of Mexican, Guatemalan and Haitian migrants based in the small south Florida town of Immokalee. The procession passed through the cities of Tampa and Plant City, and then culminated with a rally in Lakeland, where Publix corporate headquarters is located.

link - http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51111

Paulson Gave to Both Parties

Politicians Seek to Tar by Association, but Bank and Paulson Gave Across Aisle

Wall Street Journal
By Brody Mullins and Jean Spencer/ April 19, 2010

John Paulson, the man at the center of the government’s case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has held political fund-raising events in recent weeks for top politicians of both political parties.
According to people familiar with the events, Mr. Paulson organized one of the events on behalf of the Republican National Committee and featured RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The other was for Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York.
Mr. Paulson’s bipartisan support for politicians points to the difficulty both parties face as they try to use the case against Goldman for political gain. Goldman was charged last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission with civil fraud relating to its trading in mortgage-related investments.

link - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703757504575194502882068296.html

Soldiers in “Wikileaks” Unit Apologize for Violence

Tuesday 19 April 2011

by: Josh Stieber and Ethan McCord, t r u t h o u t | Statement

Editor’s Note: The Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” video shook an apathetic and misled public awake with images of civilian killing in the chaotic streets of Baghdad in July 2007. US forces wounded two small children and killed over a dozen people including members of the media. Two soldiers from the company involved in the shooting incident have written a letter of reconciliation and apology to the people affected by the incident, which is published below. -Matt Renner.

An Open Letter of Reconciliation and Responsibility to the Iraqi People: From Current and Former Members of the US Military

Peace be with you,

To all of those who were injured or lost loved ones during the July 2007 Baghdad shootings depicted in the “Collateral Murder” Wikileaks video:

We write to you, your family, and your community with awareness that our words and actions can never restore your losses.

We are both soldiers who occupied your neighborhood for 14 months. Ethan McCord pulled your daughter and son from the van, and when doing so, saw the faces of his own children back home. Josh Stieber was in the same company but was not there that day, though he contributed to the your pain, and the pain of your community on many other occasions.

There is no bringing back all that was lost. What we seek is to learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to tell others of our experiences and how the people of the United States need to realize we have done and are doing to you and the people of your country. We humbly ask you what we can do to begin to repair the damage we caused.

We have been speaking to whoever will listen, telling them that what was shown in the Wikileaks video only begins to depict the suffering we have created. From our own experiences, and the experiences of other veterans we have talked to, we know that the acts depicted in this video are everyday occurrences of this war: this is the nature of how U.S.-led wars are carried out in this region.

We acknowledge our part in the deaths and injuries of your loved ones as we tell Americans what we were trained to do and what we carried out in the name of “god and country”. The soldier in the video said that your husband shouldn’t have brought your children to battle, but we are acknowledging our responsibility for bringing the battle to your neighborhood, and to your family. We did unto you what we would not want done to us.

More and more Americans are taking responsibility for what was done in our name. Though we have acted with cold hearts far too many times, we have not forgotten our actions towards you. Our heavy hearts still hold hope that we can restore inside our country the acknowledgment of your humanity, that we were taught to deny.

Our government may ignore you, concerned more with its public image. It has also ignored many veterans who have returned physically injured or mentally troubled by what they saw and did in your country. But the time is long overdue that we say that the value of our nation’s leaders no longer represent us. Our secretary of defense may say the U.S. won’t lose its reputation over this, but we stand and say that our reputation’s importance pales in comparison to our common humanity.

We have asked our fellow veterans and service-members, as well as civilians both in the United States and abroad, to sign in support of this letter, and to offer their names as a testimony to our common humanity, to distance ourselves from the destructive policies of our nation’s leaders, and to extend our hands to you.

With such pain, friendship might be too much to ask. Please accept our apology, our sorrow, our care, and our dedication to change from the inside out. We are doing what we can to speak out against the wars and military policies responsible for what happened to you and your loved ones. Our hearts are open to hearing how we can take any steps to support you through the pain that we have caused.

Solemnly and Sincerely,
Josh Stieber, former specialist, U.S. Army
Ethan McCord, former specialist, U.S. Army

link – http://www.truthout.org/soldiers-wikileaks-company-apologize-violence58714

AFRICA: Foreign Investors Safeguarded From Obligations to Locals

By Isolda Agazzi

NAIROBI, Apr 19, 2010 (IPS) – Parts of the Tana Delta on Kenya’s northern coastline are being leased to foreigners to grow food and bio-fuels for export. Civil society organisations are worried about such deals as they are done without public consultation while safeguarding investors from requirements that could benefit local communities, such as technology transfer.

The Qatari government has claimed 40,000 ha in the fertile Tana Delta to grow food for export, in exchange for the construction of a port in the town of Lamu on Kenya’s northern coastline, according to Paul Matiku, director of Kenya Nature, a local nongovernmental organisation (NGO) that monitors what it regards as land-grabbing.

link – http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51094

Goldman Said to Pay $5.4 Billion in Compensation

NY Times
April 19, 2010

Talk about bad timing.
Amid accusations that it defrauded investors, Goldman Sachs is set to pay more than £3.5 billion ($5.4 billion) in compensation to its staff for the first three months of the year, The Times of London reported.
The newspaper said:

The bumper payouts will equate to about £110,000 a head for the firm’s 32,500 employees worldwide, with a handful of top traders expected to be in line for multimillion-pound bonuses.
Close to £600 million is expected to be paid to the group’s 5,500 London-based staff for the first three months of this year. This is on a par with their remuneration in 2007, the last year of the boom.

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One third of Americans say own govt a threat


WASHINGTON — Nearly one out of three Americans view the US government as a “major threat” to their freedoms, and four out of five say they don’t trust Washington to solve their problems, according to a new poll out Monday.
Just 19 percent say they are “basically content” with the federal government, against 56 percent who say they are “frustrated” and 21 percent who describe themselves as “angry,” the Pew Research Center survey found.
Only 22 percent say they trust Washington to do what is right4 almost always or most of the time, according to the survey, which had an error margin of plus or minus four percentage points.

link – http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jUB2NX_5u3A9ZhXFsHOpMZbImzXw