‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ – HSBC, The Guardian And The Defrauded British Public

5 March 2015 — Media Lens

The corporate media have swiftly moved on from Peter Oborne’s resignation as chief political commentator at the Telegraph and his revelations that the paper had committed ‘a form of fraud’ on its readers over its coverage of HSBC tax evasion.

But investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed has delved deeper into the HSBC scandal, reporting the testimony of a whistleblower that reveals a ‘conspiracy of silence’ encompassing the media, regulators and law-enforcement agencies. Not least, Ahmed’s work exposes the vanity of the Guardian’s boast to be the world’s ‘leading liberal voice’.

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The Shorty Long of It By S. Artesian

5 March 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor 

1.  The Short

Submit the “reform package” agreed to by Syriza government to the parliament for a vote
No to the “reform package” agreed to by the Syriza ministers
–No confidence in the Syriza government
–Repudiate the debt, the MFFA, and the reforms in their entirety.

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Black Agenda Report 4 March 2015: Obama’s Criminal Justice Reforms – Trayvon, the Final Insult, Bibi Punks Barack

4 March 2015 — Black Agenda Report

Obama’s Ferguson Commission a Joke: Why Liberal Proposals and “Solutions” Don’t Cut It

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The Task Force for 21st Century Policing, Obama’s response to public disgust with police misconduct after Ferguson is the wish list of big city cops, nonprofits, Justice Department consultants, all of whom brought us the current system. With only 600-odd days left in office, it’s a contemptuous gesture on the part of the Obama administration and the black political class, whose proceduralism helped bring us where we are today.

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Housmans Books, London – March Newsletter

3 March 2015 — Housmans


1. Melissa Gira Grant’s talk has been cancelled due to visa problems

2. [Again] Introductions presents: ‘Feminism’ with Prof. Stella Sandford

3. ‘Copy Readers Union’ with Vit Hopley and friends
4. ‘NHS FOR SALE: Myths, Lies and Deception’ with Dr Jacky Davis, Dr John Lister and Dr David Wrigley
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Save our NHS

28 February 2015 — 38 Degrees

Today, 38 Degrees members went out on the streets in Streatham. They added name after name to a petition telling all your local politicians to save the NHS. And it’s not just here – 38 Degrees members were out in hundreds of locations across the country. [1] 

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The Cat in the Box: Quantum Social Democracy and the Uncertainty Principle By S. Artesian

28 February 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Richard Seymour, VIB, wrote on SIP Louis Proyect’s chat-list:

No formal count was taken at this meeting, but according to Stathis Kouvelakis, 30 MPs were out of the room when the vote was taken and 40 abstained or voted against.  If this is right, then a third of those present voted against.  He recounts that most speakers – some 80 MPs – criticised the deal, in an emotional and turbulent meeting that went on for 12 hours.

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Yani and the Hand Jive By S. Artesian

27 February 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

I know a cat named Doctor Yani…

He’s got a real cool job, jivin’ for money
He knows just what makes the eurozone tick
He does that hand jive just for kicks

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015,  the Syriza government of Greece presented its “first comprehensive list of reform measures” to the president of the Eurogroup.  The Eurogroup is what  the committee made up of the finance ministers of countries using the euro as currency is called when it actually meets.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 21-28 February 2015

28 February 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Tony Blair and the Hidden Agenda of Serbian Policy

28.02.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The appointment of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as advisor to the head of the Serbian government, Aleksandar Vu?i?, has rocked the media. The Russian television channel RT referred to the decision as an attempt at the «political suicide» of the Serbian prime minister… The principle of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds is a bad principle. Attempts to have a foot in both camps have little in common with the art of diplomacy and rarely end well…

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A taste of Israeli apartheid, courtesy of Waitrose

25 February 2015 — PSC

‘Taste of Israel’ is a glossy, colour 32-page booklet which is being offered to shoppers at the supermarket chain, Waitrose, this month.

The booklet passes off Palestinian/Arab dishes and ingredients such as za’atar, tahini and falafel as Israeli. And it contains tourist features on towns within Israel which, while mentioning their Ottoman past, ignore their Palestinian heritage and the ethnic cleansing of their Palestinian inhabitants during the creation of Israel.

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Video: Venezuelan Gov. Releases Audio of Coup Plotters

27 February 2015 — The Real News Network

On Thursday, Venezuela officials released recordings of what it said was proof that opposition figures and some military officers were plotting to overthrow the government – Analysis with Miguel Tinker Salas and Paul Jay

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Pambazuka News 715 27 February 2015: Vatican Lies, Malcolm X and White Empire

27 February 2015 — Pambazuka News


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Black Agenda Report for 26 February 2015: Chicago Stuns Rahm Emanuel, Student Debt Strike, Silence on Libya

26 February 2015 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Despite support from local black & Latino politicians former Obama chief of staff and Rahm Emanuel failed to win re-election as Chicago mayor on Feb. 24. He faces an April 7 runoff election against Jesus Garcia, longime community activist who was part of the Harold Washington team in 1983 and 87. Anti-Rahm turnout was boosted by public outrage at school closings and other privatizations, and advisory referenda on an elected school board.

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Media Lens: ‘Corrosive, Shallow, Herd-Like And Gross’ – Peter Oborne And The Corporate Media

25 February 2015 — Media Lens

Last week, Peter Oborne resigned as chief political commentator at the Telegraph, writing:

‘The Telegraph’s recent coverage of HSBC amounts to a form of fraud on its readers.’

And yet Oborne is no radical. He describes how, five years ago, he was invited to join the newspaper:

‘It was a job I was very proud to accept. The Telegraph has long been the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain, admired as much for its integrity as for its superb news coverage.’

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24 hours late, and € 240 billion short

24 February 2015 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor 

1. A day late and more than a dollar short, Yanis Varoufakis submitted a “program” of reforms to the Eurozone finance ministers (Eurogroup) regarding the Greek government’s development and implementation of tax policies, public finance management, revenue administration, public spending, social security reform, public administration and corruption, instalment schemes, labor market reforms, product market reforms, better business environment, judicial system reforms, banking and non-performing loans, privatisation and public asset management, statistics, and last and certainly least,  the humanitarian crisis where Yanis sums it up perfectly, puts a cherry on it, wraps it with a bow, seals it with a kiss

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