Thursday, May 17, 2012

THE IRAN WAR PATH HAS RESUMED : With Another ‘Colin Powell Moment’?

Jumping from "crisis" to "crisis," Obama, Merkel, "elitists" and criminal bankers hope to distract international public from their thievery, destruction of sovereign countries

Global Research
By Finian Cunningham
05/16/2012

You know when Western powers are getting trigger happy towards Iran again because the mainstream media propaganda machine starts cranking out lurid scare stories

The latest wheeze is based on “computer-generated drawings” allegedly depicting a nuclear explosion blast chamber that Iran has allegedly been using to test mini nukes. The drawings were provided “exclusively” to the Associated Press news agency by an unnamed official from “a country tracking Iran's nuclear program, who said it proves [sic] the structure exists."


Traitor Colin Powell lying world into war during UN speech
Don’t you just love the way “unnamed sources” are quoted, who go on to “prove” their own unverifiable claims?

The AP story has since been picked up, predictably, by all and sundry Western media [1].

Not only are the stories illustrated with computerised images of the alleged blast chamber, there are also mathematical details of chamber dimensions, design and structure.

A good rule-of-thumb is that when western media and unnamed “diplomats” assiduously provide “details” on suspect installations, then it is a sure sign of desperation to convince the wider public about otherwise dubious claims.

The template for this kind of disinformation stunt was the presentation by former US Secretary of State Colin Powell in February 2003 before the United Nations Security Council. Then, in a contrived performance that smacked of sheer theatre, Powell presented audio recordings and satellite images to testify that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was a piece with then British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s hysterical assertion that Iraq had the capability of launching such weapons “within 45 seconds."


Obama, criminal regimes past and present need war to distract public from looting of U.S. Treasury, War Crimes, hope to impose martial law to silence dissent, control population in America

In sonorous tones, Powell declared to the world: “My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.”

All of the supposed “solid sources” claimed by Powell (and Blair and George W Bush) were later shown to be fabrications or spurious. Powell for one lied through his teeth. But based on his performance, the US and Britain launched a nine-year war of aggression on Iraq that claimed over one million lives and bequeathed that country with a heinous legacy of ongoing internecine violence, poverty, destruction and widespread cancer-causing depleted-uranium contamination.


U.S. military stretched to the limit, now allowing women in combat
Incredibly, far from being shamed over committing war crimes and being complicit in war crimes, Western governments and media continue to repeat the same cynical charade of weapons of mass destruction on Iran.

Less than three years after Colin Powell’s disgraceful moment of mendacity before the eyes of the world, the New York Times ran a story alleging that Iran had nuclear warheads. The claim was based on images obtained by unnamed American intelligence officials allegedly from a stolen Iranian laptop. That story was later exposed by investigative journalist Gareth Porter to be a ludicrous fabrication because the images were actually of redundant North Korean missiles.

It is with this kind of track record of war crimes and blatant fabrication that the latest “exclusive” story of a secret Iranian nuclear blast chamber must be assessed – a story based on computer drawings supplied yet again by ubiquitous unnamed sources. Debunking such disinformation is not enough. Given the seriousness of consequences from publishing this disinformation, Iran or some international citizen body should be filing a legal case against Western mainstream media for inciting illegal wars.

It should be noted that the latest nuclear allegation against Iran comes only days ahead of the second round of the P5 + 1 negotiations set to take place on 23 May in Baghdad. Ominously, it is being mooted in the Western media that if Iran does not make a major concession, that is stop its legally entitled civilian nuclear energy programme (a highly unlikely concession), then the Western powers or their Israeli subcontractor of terror will move to a military option. In this context, of concern is the recent build-up of military forces by the US and its proxy autocratic monarchy states in the Persian Gulf.


American public may look forward to a lot more of this, if Obama attacks Iran or allows Israel to bomb

The move this week by Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states to form a closer military union – citing Iran as a regional threat – can be seen as an American closing of ranks in advance of a possible attack.

The dissemination by Western media of “evidence” of Iranian nuclear weaponisation takes on an even more sinister purpose, with shadows of the “Colin Powell moment”.

Finian Cunningham is Global Research’s Middle East and East Africa Correspondent.
cunninghamfinian@gmail.com

Notes:

[1] http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/05/13/drawing-may-provide-insight-into-iran-nuclear-intentions/


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Homelessness and Despair in New York City Survey : 23 % Rise in Street Homelessness - Videos

As with everything else Obama's propaganda machine spits out, homeless numbers far greater than being reported by government

Global Research
World Socialist Website
By Ali Ismail
05/16/2012

The number of homeless people living on the streets of New York City increased by 23 percent in one year according to an annual survey conducted by the city’s Department of Homeless Services.


If Obama has his way, this could be you
On January 30, volunteers for the organization counted an estimated 3,262 people living on the streets— a 23 percent increase from the 2,648 counted in 2011. The 2,925 volunteers walked approximately 15,000 miles while surveying the city. The largest numbers of homeless people living on the streets were found in Manhattan and Brooklyn. About half of the total number of people accounted for in the survey were living inside the city’s subway system.

When the results of the survey were released late last month, Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond said in a statement that the greatest challenge facing the agency was finding more housing options for people without homes.

In a cynical attempt to limit press coverage of the survey, the agency released the data late on a Friday afternoon. This was in stark contrast to a year earlier, when the city’s survey had shown a 30 percent decrease in the street homeless population since 2008. The results for that survey were announced with great fanfare, complete with an elaborate news conference attended by volunteers, formerly homeless people and Linda Gibbs, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human services.


Humiliation of homelessness scars individuals for life

While the latest survey shows a significant increase in street homelessness, advocates for the homeless believe the actual number of people sleeping rough in the city is much higher and have criticized the survey for failing to count large numbers of homeless individuals, especially those sleeping in non-visible areas like abandoned buildings or alleyways. The Department of Homeless Services itself acknowledges that it only surveys a portion of the city’s surface area (about 20 percent) and only a portion of subway stations.

While many homeless individuals sleep on subway trains, particularly in the winter months, the agency does not survey the subway trains themselves. In 2007, a study by researchers at Columbia University and New York University showed that 32 percent of unsheltered homeless people in Manhattan slept in non-visible places, and nearly half (49 percent) of unsheltered individuals in the other boroughs slept in non-visible places. The Department of Homeless Services has also been criticized for refusing to reveal how many homeless people are actually counted and for failing to adjust for survey error.


The New York-based advocacy group Coalition for the Homeless, which has frequently criticized the city’s annual street homelessness survey, cast doubt on the city’s findings when they were released last month. “Today’s release of the City’s street homeless survey estimates a 23 percent increase in street homelessness from last year and confirms what we already know – there are more and more New Yorkers sleeping on the streets and in the subway system each night,” Patrick Markee, Senior Policy Analyst for the Coalition said in a statement. “Sadly, even this estimate understates the severity of the problem given that the City's survey consistently fails to count many unsheltered homeless people. More needs to be done to provide appropriate housing and services to the growing number of homeless New Yorkers—especially the record numbers of homeless children.”

Last November, the Coalition for the Homeless released a report documenting how New York City's homeless shelter population had grown to over 41,000 people—including 17,000 children—by the end of October 2011, the highest number ever recorded. According to that report, homeless families are staying in the municipal shelter system for longer periods, and the percentage of families entering the shelter system who’ve been homeless before has nearly doubled since 2005, when Mayor Bloomberg ended permanent housing programs for the homeless.

While Bloomberg set a goal in 2004 of reducing both the number of people who sleep on the streets and use the shelter system by two-thirds by 2009, the report released by the Coalition for the Homeless last November found that the total homeless shelter population was 33 percent higher than when Mayor Bloomberg took office; the number of homeless families was 45 percent higher.

Over the years, New York’s billionaire mayor has repeatedly demonstrated his indifference to the plight of the city’s homeless population and his contempt for the working class as it has been battered by the financial crisis unleashed by Wall Street. Refusing to implement any initiatives to address the underlying causes of homelessness such as poverty, housing costs, unemployment and mental illness, Bloomberg’s policies have been directed entirely towards forcing homeless individuals off the streets and out of sight.

Last Spring, the city eliminated the Advantage rent subsidy after it lost state funding for the program. The program was for low-wage workers, who had to pay 30 to 40 percent of their income for housing, with the subsidy making up the rest. Advocates for the homeless warned of a spike in homelessness after the Bloomberg administration immediately stopped admitting new participants. Their warnings proved correct. The Coalition for the Homeless report released last November, showed a 10 percent increase in the number of children in the shelter system between May and October of 2011.

Last year, the Bloomberg administration had also proposed a new policy of asking single adults seeking space in homeless shelters to prove they had no alternative housing in what was clearly a reactionary attempt to discourage homeless individuals from seeking space in the city’s shelters. However, last February, a State Supreme Court judge ruled that the administration could not impose the new regulations, siding with the City Council which had filed a lawsuit to block their implementation.

In another failed attempt to limit the number of people in the city’s shelters, the administration considered a plan earlier this year that would have required single adults currently living in shelters to return to their last place of residence. In return, the city would have offered furniture and possibly food stamps to residents who agreed to take the individuals back.

According to the proposed policy, if homeless single adults did not return to their former location, they would have been forcibly removed by an officer before becoming eligible for shelter again. And if family members or friends had refused to take back the individuals, homeless shelters would have had the authority to deny them space.

Bloomberg released a budget earlier this month that includes a proposal to cut 160 of the city’s youth shelter beds in order to save $7 million. This is despite the fact that there are only 250 youth shelter beds available in a city with an estimated 4,000 homeless youths.








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Obamas' Assets Up to $8.3 Million

Obama has his and screw the American people; while homeless Senior Citizens eat dog food to survive in the richest country in the world


PRESS TV
05/16/2012

Barack and Michelle Obama's personal finances are in sound shape: The first couple today reported total assets of between $2.6 million and $8.3 million last year, reports the Washington Post. 


Obama:  By the rich, for the rich
The imprecision is because of the broad ranges on reporting forms. President Obama is still collecting decent royalties from his books, somewhere between $250,000 and $2.1 million.

One notable chunk of money: a checking account at JPMorgan Chase-subject of a new federal investigation-that has somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million. The Bidens, by contrast, aren't nearly as rich. They reported assets ranging from $233,000 to $776,000. Newser

HIGHLIGHTS

President Obama’s 2011 assets include anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million held in a JPMorgan Chase checking account, according to annual financial disclosure forms released by the White House on Tuesday. 

The Obamas in 2011 held total assets ranging from $2,566,000 to $8,265,000.

That’s more than ten times the total assets reported by the vice president and his wife, Jill, in 2011. The Bidens reported assets ranging from $233,000 to $776,000.


Obama lives well while U.S. Seniors starve on the streets
The range of the Obamas’ total reported assets is changed - although not necessarily down - from 2010, when the first couple’s disclosure forms showed assets from $2.8 million to $11.8 million. The lack of a specific dollar figure stems from the fact that the forms require only that assets be reported within broad ranges.

The forms show that the Obamas made from $250,000 to $2.1 million in book royalties in 2011. “Dreams from My Father” and the children’s book “Of Thee I Sing” each accounted for $100,000 to $1 million; and “The Audacity of Hope” accounted for $50,000 to $100,000.


In past years, the Obamas have reported gifts such as Bo - the $1,600 Portuguese water dog given to the first family by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) - and the $1.4 million cash prize that accompanied Obama’s 2009 Nobel Prize win. (The cash was donated to charity.) This year, Obama reported no gifts.

Biden in 2011 reported one gift - a Vulcain Cricket watch given to him by Keijo Paajanen of Helsinki, Finland. According to the site Hodinkee, Biden was spotted wearing a Vulcain Cricket watch late last year. The disclosure form lists the value of the watch as $800. Washington Post

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As Bank Withdrawals Surge, Athens Relies More on ECB

Corporate controlled WSJ pulls plug on Greece

The Wall Street Journal
By Brian Blackstone and David Enrich
05/16/2012

Greek depositors withdrew €700 million ($898 million) from the country's banks on Monday, fueling fears of a bank run amid the growing political disarray.


Greeks tired of being ripped off, closing bank accounts
With deposits falling, Greek banks become even more dependent on the European Central Bank to meet their funding needs, exposing the central bank to potentially huge losses if Greece leaves the euro area.

Greek President Karolos Papoulias told the country's political leaders that bank withdrawals plus buy orders received by Greek banks for German bunds totaled some €800 million on Monday, a transcript of his comments said. A central bank official confirmed the figures.

"The strength of banks is very weak right now," Mr. Papoulias said, citing a conversation he had with Greek central-bank Gov. George Provopoulos.

Monday's deposit withdrawal far outpaced Greek banks' steady decline in deposits since the start of the country's debt crisis in 2009, as depositors withdraw cash and transfer funds overseas. In the past two years, deposit outflows have generally averaged between €2 billion and €3 billion a month, though in January they topped €5 billion.


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The latest data from the Greece's central bank show that total deposits held by domestic residents and companies stood at €165.36 billion in March.

With domestic funds drying up—and access to interbank lending markets shut down—Greek banks have become heavily dependent on the European Central Bank for funding needs. Greek banks borrowed €73 billion through the ECB's lending operations in January, say Bank of Greece figures, and an additional €54 billion via the ECB's emergency-lending facility, which allows Greece's central bank to lend money against a wider pool of collateral.


There will not be any stopping this run - unless they close the banks
Risks associated with emergency lending remain with the Greek central bank and ultimately the Greek government and not the euro zone as a whole, as long as Greece is a member. Total borrowing from the ECB accounts for more than one-half of Greece's gross domestic product.

The ECB's emergency-lending facility isn't intended as a long-term fix. National central banks must get approval each month that they want to let their banks access the facility from the ECB's governing council, which can veto use of the program.

If Greece installs an antibailout government that reneges on its austerity promises, it would almost certainly be cut off from ECB funding. The ECB briefly rejected Greek bonds from its normal refinancing operations earlier this year after Athens was placed in default by major ratings agencies following its private-sector bond restructuring. Greek banks were still eligible for emergency funding.

Euro-zone officials have threatened to withhold rescue funds for Greece if it refuses to cut spending and make other reforms it promised as part of its latest bailout. The result would likely be another default on Greece's bonds, cutting it off from regular ECB funds.


Greek cops should choose wisely in coming days which side they want to wind up on

With the ECB's emergency loans intended for solvent banks facing only temporary funding problems, access to even this window would most certainly be shut down as well.

Greece's situation illustrates how quickly circumstances can change for financial institutions that rely on customer confidence.




So far, at least, banks in other troubled euro zone countries aren't facing the same sort of acute liquidity problems that Greek institutions are suddenly suffering.

For example, in Portugal, which after Greece is considered among the candidates to one day leave the euro zone, banks actually have managed to increase their deposit bases. The governor of the Bank of Portugal recently said that household deposits rose by €11.6 billion last year and are still growing this year. Portugal's largest lender, Banco Espirito Santo, said Tuesday that its deposits at the end of March were up 17.7% from a year earlier.

Among Irish banks, flows of private sector deposits "have been broadly stable for some time now," although they remain in negative territory, the Central Bank of Ireland wrote in its quarterly report last month.

As long as the withdrawal of departures is a trickle, rather than a flood, banks generally can manage to replace the funding, even if they are locked out of the capital markets. Among their options, they can raise interest rates they offer on deposits or replace lost funds by borrowing from central banks.

In an extreme case, governments can impose capital controls to keep deposits from going abroad. —Stelios Bouras, Nektaria Stamouli and Patricia Kowsmann contributed to this article.

Write to Brian Blackstone at brian.blackstone@dowjones.com and David Enrich at david.enrich@wsj.com

A version of this article appeared May 16, 2012, on page A9 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Surging Bank Withdrawals Fuel Fears of a Messy Exit.



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