Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2013
[This is very interesting coming from a source which Fox News describes as "a virtual mouthpiece for the administration". Is Obama's new direction leading to the inevitable clash with Wall Street?]
“Detroit’s problems are a reminder of broader challenges, identified but still unmet: protecting pensions; protecting municipalities from Wall Street; and, at long last, revoking the obscene privileges of banks that allow them to prosper on the failings of others.”
New York Times
15th August, 2013
The Detroit bankruptcy case has been cast as a contest between bondholders and pensioners that can be resolved only by shared sacrifice.
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Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2013
[Although widely unnoticed the shift in US policy in the region is deep and far-reaching. This back down by Turkey is one result of it, the marginalisation of Qatar, Hamas and the the Muslim Brotherhood is another. The stage is being set for the Geneva 2 conference.]
Voice of America
16th August, 2013
ISTANBUL — Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly criticized al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups operating in Syria. Previously, Turkey’s government had been reluctant to criticize such groups, and has been frequently accused of supporting them tacitly, if not openly. But Ankara now appears to be distancing itself from them.
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Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2013
Obama touts NSA surveillance reforms to quell growing unease over programs
9th August, 2013
Barack Obama announced the first public review of USsurveillance programs since 9/11 on Friday, in what amounts to the president’s first concession that the mounting public concern in response to disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden justifies reform.
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Posted by seumasach on August 7, 2013
And so will these debts be financed via the bailout of the banks?
6th August, 2013
Buoyed by an improving housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a broad overhaul of the nation’s mortgage finance system, including winding down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left “holding the bag” for the mortgage giants’ bad bets.
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Posted by seumasach on June 11, 2013
So this whole affair serves as a cue for Obama to “review” the Patriot Act which correlates with his apparent sidelining of Homeland Security
US lawmakers call for review of Patriot Act after NSA surveillance revelations
10th June, 2013
The White House has said it would consider congressional calls to review the Patriot Act after conceding that revelations over the scale of US surveillance activity had sparked “an appropriate debate”.
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Posted by seumasach on June 9, 2013
7th June, 2013
The United Nations’ drone investigator says he expects a “significant reduction” in the controversial strikes by the US in the next 18 months.
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Posted by seumasach on June 8, 2013
Obama, the US “bystander president”, must be doing something right since he is rubbing the neo-cons up the wrong way big time. Here is an outpouring of sour grapes from seasoned and out-of-season neo-con Charles Krauthammer
7th June, 2013
On Wednesday, Qusair fell to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Qusair is a strategic town that connects Damascus with Assad’s Alawite heartland on the Mediterranean, with its ports and Russian naval base. It’s a major strategic shift. Assad’s forces can now advance on rebel-dominated areas in central and northern Syria, including Aleppo.
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Posted by seumasach on June 4, 2013
Congress may supposedly block plans to close Guantanamo
Voice of Russia
3rd June, 2013
On Monday the Chairman of the U.S. Congress’ Armed Services Committee Howard McKeon introduced a bill that would attempt to prevent any plans by President Barack Obama to close the illegal U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. He also suggests banning the transfer of prisoners abroad.
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Posted by seumasach on May 19, 2013
18th May, 2013
The Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan’s visit to Washington on Thursday was expected to put pressure on the Obama administration to take a tougher stance against the Syrian regime. Erdogan was quoted as seeking the imposition of a US-led ‘no-fly-zone’ in Syria and increased arms supplies to the rebel fighters. In the event, however, Obama stood his ground and insisted there is no “magic formula” to resolve the crisis. Of course, he couched the rebuff in extravagant diplomatic niceties during the joint press conference in the White House, but it was a rebuff nonetheless.
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Posted by seumasach on May 15, 2013
13th May, 2013
The tempo of events in Syria has accelerated in recent weeks. The government forces have scored significant battlefield victories over the rebels, and this has provoked a mixture of war provocations and peace offers from the U.S. and its anti-Assad allies.
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Posted by seumasach on May 11, 2013
We’ve now seen the Syrian national army enjoying some significant success in the last few weeks in taking back rebel-held areas of the country. I think this has produced panic, actually, in Washington, London and Paris, which is why David Cameron has been so keen to fly to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin.”
Well, at least panic in London and Paris, to say nothing of Doha and Riyadh.Yes, this is prudent of Cameron to jump onboard the peace process already initiated by Obama and Putin- better late than never. For appearances he continues to stress “that there was “no secret” that the two sides still had “differing views on how best to handle this situation.”” However, the “Assad must go” mantra which we have heard ad infititum over the last two years is being dropped and governance in Syria is being seen as the prerogative of the Syrian people rather than Washington, Paris and London. It’s good to see the West embracing democracy for a change- Hilary must be turning in her political grave.
Russia, UK both interested in ending Syrian violence – Putin
19th May, 2013
Despite having a different approach to Syria, Russia and UK share an interest in preserving the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, Vladimir Putin said after talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Sochi.
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