Archive for December, 2010

Russian tycoon – a Crook

December 27, 2010

 

Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of embezzlement and theft.

 

The conviction against the former head of the Yukos oil company was handed down by a judge in Moscow in a closed court room on Monday, the New York Times reported. He faces up to 14 years in prison, with credit for time served on a previous conviction.

 

Khodorkovsky’s business partner, Planton Lebedev, was also found guilty on the charges. The trial began in March 2009. The men were accused of stealing billions of dollars’ worth of oil from Yukos production subsidiaries from 1998 to 2003,

 

Khodorkovsky, who is Jewish, was formerly the richest man in Russia. ….

 

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/12/27/2742327/former-yukos-ceo-khodorkovsky-found-guilty-of-embezzlement

 

 

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Clinton Condemns Russian Oil Tycoon’s Conviction

 

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/clinton-condemns-russian-oil-tycoons-conviction.php

 

Getting shafted

December 26, 2010

 

Lawmakers seek cash during key votes

 

Numerous times this year, members of Congress have held fundraisers and collected big checks while they are taking critical steps to write new laws, despite warnings that such actions could create ethics problems. The campaign donations often came from contributors with major stakes riding on the lawmakers’ actions.

 

For three weeks in June, for instance, the members of a joint House and Senate committee worked to draft final rules for regulating the financial industry in the wake of its 2008 meltdown. During that time, the 35 members of the drafting committee collected $440,000 in donations from that same industry, which was then lobbying heavily for looser rules.

 

The Center for Responsive Politics and the Sunlight Foundation – scrutinized lawmakers involved …

 

Citizens generally feel this kind of thing falls between the bookends of ‘icky’ and ‘bribery,’ ” said David Levinthal, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics …

 

Over the course of three weeks in June, the 35 conference committee members collected $440,000 in donations from the financial industry. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Senate banking committee and a powerful conferee, collected the most that month – about $90,000 from financial interests.

 

Executives of accounting giant Ernst & Young contributed the lion’s share of that amount for Schumer: $49,000 in all of June …

 

Senators collected $469,000 from the financial industry the day before, the day of and the day after that key Sept. 16 vote …

 

The biggest recipient was Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who shepherded the legislation and faced a tight reelection race. …

 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/25/AR2010122502236.html?hpid=topnews

 

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What Caused the Financial Crisis?

 

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/12/what-caused-financial-crisis

 

http://www.fcic.gov/

 

 

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From the Pentagon to the private sector.

 

From 2004 through 2008, 80 percent of retiring three- and four-star officers went to work as consultants or defense executives…

 

Thirty-four out of 39 three- and four-star generals and admirals who retired in 2007 are now working in defense roles — nearly 90 percent. …

 

The revolving-door culture of Capitol Hill — where former lawmakers and staffers commonly market their insider knowledge to lobbying firms — is now pervasive at the senior rungs of the military leadership. …. giving them unparalleled levels of influence and access to inside information on Department of Defense procurement plans ….

 

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/12/26/defense_firms_lure_retired_generals/

 

War is a Racket …… !!!

 

 

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Need to know. – Fixing America.

 

http://video.pbs.org/video/1701034391/

 

 

Seattle – Israel War Crime Advertizement

December 24, 2010

  Seattle: Anti-Israel campaign called off.

 (Video) Following Jewish pressure, US city retracts permit for bus ads accusing Israel of war crimes, claiming they may incite violence. …

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4003974,00.html

 http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/israeli-war-crimes-signs-to-go-on-metro-buses.html

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4002841,00.html

 

Auditing Israel’s Democracy

December 8, 2010

Auditing Israeli Democracy. 2010

A total of 53% maintain that the state is entitled to encourage Arabs to emigrate from Israel

Israeli public tends to characterize the country’s democracy as weak and ineffective. …  

 

 

http://www.idi.org.il/PublicationsCatalog/Documents/Book_7114/madad_2010_eng_abstract.pdf

  

 

 

http://www.idi.org.il/sites/english/SectionArchive/Documents/Auditing_Israeli_Democracy_2010.pdf

 

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Top rabbis move to forbid renting homes to Arabs, say ‘Israel belongs to Jews’

“We don’t need to help Arabs set down roots in Israel”

 

 

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/top-rabbis-move-to-forbid-renting-homes-to-arabs-say-israel-belongs-to-jews-1.329327

  

 

 

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=198353

 

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Rabbi Yosef: “Gentiles exist only to serve Jews“.

The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator.

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel,” he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon …

“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.
That is why gentiles were created,” he added. …

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=191782

 

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“GOD-TV” evangelical Christian channel funds Israeli ethnic cleansing.

 

 

 

http://www.redress.cc/palestine/ngordon20101204

WikiLeaks

December 3, 2010

The Guardian, UK: US embassy cables: browse the database

  

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-wikileaks

 

 

WikiLeaks was forced Friday to switch over to a Swiss domain name

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www.wikileaks.ch , after a new round of hacker attacks on its system prompted its American domain name provider to withdraw service. http://213.251.145.96/

  

 

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/wikileaks-site-down-amid-new-wave-of-hacker-attacks-1.328616

 

WikiLeaks fights to stay online after US company withdraws domain name

  

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-knocked-off-net-dns-everydns