The key to TTIP is the so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism that essentially gives corporations free reign to sue governments using a “failure to implement” provision, if state policies or legislation interfere with profits. But is this all about trade? Continue reading The Myth of Global 'Free' Trade→
When the creation of the Federal Reserve was being planned and implemented it was all done in total secrecy, and we can forgive ourselves for not knowing all of the facts then because there was no mechanism such as big and pervasive as the internet.
But now that we do, we don’t really have any valid excuse why we are not doing anything to stop the TTIP. Continue reading TTIP Talks Continue with Zero Transparency→
Russia’s refusal to bow down to the caprices of her neighbors is one of the reasons why the Paris “Je Suis Charlie” has to be launched, out of desperation.
The EU is shooting itself on the foot by issuing multiple sanctions against Russia, at the time when it was so easy for Putin to retaliate having made substantial preparation beforehand. The ongoing slump in oil prices only feeds the tabloid narrative of the West, but is not in any way affecting the internal balance sheets of Russia.
This arrogance has rendered Bulgaria as collateral damage, wittingly.
The final announcement to withdraw South Stream comes in parallel with Norways StatOil’s decision to stop all oil explorations in Greenland. Continue reading Gazprom Announces Final Nail in the South Stream Coffin→
The primary reason why Western Oligarchy wants to wipe Iran out of the global map is its full resolve in eliminating toxicity in financial matters.
Just a few hours ago Iranian authorities executed one banker for fraud amounting at least $2.6 billion. Continue reading #1 Reason Why West Hates Iran→
We’ve been anticipating that a radical departure from tradition will happen in the more than six decades of white dominated leadership in the World Bank, and it is happening.
Whether this guy is part of the change that the White Dragon Society has been talking about is yet to be confirmed. Ban Ki Mon is also from Asia and yet he’s more like an errand boy of the Cabalists than anything else.
Surely, the World Bank needs some disinfecting from the most cunning viruses that ever plagued the whole financial system. A doctor might just fit the bill.
Now there’s a choice of candidates, for the first time it’s possible to say we may have the basis for a merit-based process for the selection of the World Bank President. Whether that’s what we get is, however, far less likely. If the Board is serious about making the process truly transparent and merit-based, here are the bare minimum things that should happen:
Public interviews. It will simply not be credible if the Board selects a candidate behind closed doors with no one else able to see how the candidates stood up to questioning.
Manifestos for candidates. Every candidate should be required to set out what he or she think the main challenges facing the Bank are and how they would deal with them as President.
Public debates. Candidates should submit themselves for questioning to a variety of forums, including public debates.
Transparent voting. All countries should vote individually, not through their constituencies, and should announce who they are voting for and why.
Of course, none of this would prevent the backroom deals that the US will use to ensure its candidate gets in, but at least everyone would be able to judge who the best candidate really is, and learn a lot more about what they stand for. None of these are difficult to organise, and all of them take place routinely at national level for senior public servants. Why not for the World Bank?
We agree to those proposals and that should have been the case if transparency it is that we so desire. But since we may never have that opportunity, we will just content ourselves with this video showing Kim at his best performance todate… .
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The former IMF chief walked out of a New York courtroom with his wife at his side on Friday [AFP]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, has been released from house arrest in the sexual assault case against him.
The French politician appeared briefly in a New York courtroom on Friday after reports that prosecutors had grave doubts about the credibility of Strauss-Kahn’s accuser.
The judge stressed that the move does not mean that the “case is over” and prosecutors did not agree to dismiss the sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested in May, accused of trying to rape a hotel maid, and has been confined to a Manhattan apartment.
The 32-year-old hotel maid accused Strauss-Kahn of chasing her through his luxury suite in New York, trying to pull down her pantyhose and forcing her to perform oral sex.
He denies the allegations, saying the relationship was consensual.
His passport remained surrendered, and he will not yet be allowed to leave the country. However, one of his attorneys, Benjamin Brafman, said Strauss-Kahn would be free to travel within the US.
“It is a great relief, another of Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys, William Taylor, said, adding that the case underscores “how easy it is for people to be charged with serious crimes and for there to be a rush to judgement.”
“It is so important in this country that people, especially the media, refrain from judgement until the facts are all in,” he said.
Treasury Secretary Geithner considering leaving post after debt talks
Update, Jul 1, 2011:
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, an architect of the Obama administration’s economic strategy, has told the president that he may seek as soon as this summer to resign, according to people familiar with the matter.Geithner’s departure would mark the loss of Obama’s longest-serving economic adviser at a time when the recovery has slowed and the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high.
An administration official said Geithner recognizes the conclusion of these negotiations could provide a “window” for him to leave. Another official at the Treasury Department said Geithner doesn’t plan to make any decisions while he is focused on striking a deal with lawmakers to reduce the deficit and raise the federal limit on borrowing, which he has said must happen by Aug. 2 to avert a catastrophic default.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case Reportedly Near Collapse
Update, Jul 7, 2011:
NEW YORK — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the accuser in the New York City sex assault case against a former International Monetary Fund leader has lied about circumstances surrounding the alleged attack.
The official also says prosecutors also believe Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser has lied about her background. The official is speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details not yet made public in court.
The official says prosecutors believe the hotel housekeeper lied about various details on her application for asylum in the U.S., including a claim that she had been raped in her native Guinea.
The official says prosecutors also believe she lied about some of her activities in the hours surrounding the alleged attack, but they haven’t necessarily questioned her account about the incident itself.
Former IMF Chief Held Hostage by the US Government
You can put off paying your debts only so long. Eventually you’ll have to pay the piper.
By now, everyone knows that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF, was hauled off an Air France flight two minutes before it was due to take off, and taken into custody by the NYPD. Why? The US cover story is that he allegedly forced or attempted to force a maid at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan to perform oral sex on him. The real story behind his detainment has to do with the US economy – the bankruptcy of the United States of America.
On Monday evening, May 16, 2011 the Obama government reached and crashed through the $14.29 trillion debt ceiling. What is the debt ceiling? The debt ceiling is simply a cap on how much money the US federal government can owe. For instance, if the debt ceiling was set at $14.29 trillion, then the US government would be forbidden from incurring a total public debt load of over $14.29 trillion. This $14.29 trillion number includes both public debt (money that is owed to individual investors, foreign governments, pension funds, etc) and intragovernmental holdings (money that is owed to various government programs).
On the weekend (May 14 and 15, 2011) prior to this historic event the US government and the IMF chief were engaged in behind closed doors negotiations for an IMF financial bailout of the US government. IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a French citizen and political opponent of French president Nicolas Sarkozy for the French presidency, was in the US for this meeting. The Obama government failed to secure funds from the IMF chief. In retaliation the US government immediately launched a pre-planned smear campaign against the IMF – IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The Fort Knox Conundrum: Chinese say they received bogus bars of gold traced to U.S.
By Pat Shannan
Could over 1 million bars of gold, much of which is still held in Fort Knox, Ky., be counterfeit? An October 2009 discovery that suggests this may be true has been suppressed by the mainstream media but has been circulating among the “big money” brokers and financial kingpins. It is just now being revealed to the public.
Gold is regularly exchanged between countries to pay debts and to settle the so-called balance of trade. It is often also used as a hedge against a falling currency. Gold is regularly traded and stored in vaults under the strict supervision of a special organization based in London, known as the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA). That’s why news of counterfeit gold bars was a surprise to many experts.
In October 2009, China reportedly received a large shipment of gold, containing some 6,000 bars, weighing 400 ounces each. When it was received, the Chinese government asked that tests be performed to guarantee the purity and weight of the gold bars. In this test, four small holes were drilled into the bars, and the metal was analyzed. Officials were shocked to find the bars were bogus. They contained cores of tungsten, with only an outer coating of real gold. What’s more, these gold bars, containing serial numbers for tracking, originated in the United States and had reportedly been stored in Fort Knox for years.
Fort Knox U.S. Gold Reserves to be Independently Audited and Assayed? Congressman Ron Paul Pressures U.S. Treasury
Congressman Ron Paul, the Republican presidential candidate who is chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services subcommittee and chairs the House’s Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy plans to question U.S. Treasury officials next Thursday (June 23) about the U.S. gold reserves and get them to testify regarding the authenticity of the nation’s gold reserves.
This is an important question given the increasingly precarious state of the U.S.’ finances and is important to the gold market as the unaudited U.S. gold reserves are the largest holdings of gold bullion in the world z