Goldman Sachs Sued for Selling Libya Billions in Worthless Options By Richard Smallteacher

31 January 2014 — Corpwatch Holding Corporations Accountable

Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment bank, is being sued in London for selling Libya “worthless” derivatives trades in 2008 that the country’s financial managers did not understand. Libya says it lost approximately $1.2 billion on the deals, while Goldman made $350 million.

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Outsourcing Haiti: How Disaster Relief Became a Disaster of its Own By Jake Johnston

16 January 2014 — Boston Review

Across the country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, miles of decrepit pot-holed streets give way to a smooth roadway leading up to the gates of the Caracol Industrial Park, but no further. The fishing hamlet of Caracol, from which the park gets its name, lies around the bend down a bumpy dirt road. Four years after the earthquake that destroyed the country on January 12, 2010, the Caracol Industrial Park is the flagship reconstruction project of the international community in Haiti. Signs adorn nearby roads, mostly in English, declaring the region “Open for Business.” In a dusty field, hundreds of empty, brightly colored houses are under construction in neat rows. If all goes as hoped for by the enthusiastic backers of the industrial park, this area could be home to as many as 300,000 additional residents over the next decade.

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Spy Agencies Work On Psychologically Profiling Everyone

31 January 2014 —  WashingtonsBlog

Spies Want To Predict Everyone’s Thoughts and Actions

Newly-released documents from Edward Snowden show that the NSA and other spy agencies are tracking people’s psychological and lifestyle traits such as sexual preference, extroversion-versus-introversion, and whether people are leaders or followers.  See this and this. Continue reading

New chief executive calls for “opening up” of Britain’s National Health Service By Ben Trent

31 January 2014 — WSWS

Simon Stevens is set to take over as chief executive of National Health Service (NHS) England in April 2014.

Underscoring the orientation toward privatisation of healthcare during his tenure, Stevens has called for the “opening up” of the NHS and “reshaping our care system”. He wants to “draw back the veil between what those of us working inside health know about it and what the people on the receiving end… get to see”.

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 30 January 2014: The Israel-Palestine ’peace process’ as a capitalist metaphor

30 January 2014 — VTJP

Peace, Love and Occupation? Tell Ben & Jerry’s to Stop its Complicity with the Israeli Occupation!

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Israeli Forces Demolish Entire Village In Jordan Valley
IMEMC – [Thursday Evening, January 30, 2014] The Israeli army demolished, on Thursday, at least 50 structures, including residences, displacing 13 families in the northern Jordan Valley, as a result , according to a local official. …
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Ukraine: Foreign Engineered Regime Change Operation By Rick Rozoff and John Robles

30 January 2014 — Voice of Russia and Stop NATO

The situation in Ukraine is a fluid one and changing by the hour. Although it had appeared that there was a resolution to the protests that had broken out after the government of Ukraine had made the sovereign decision of sticking with Russia and saying no to closer European Union integration, excessive violence from the western backed opposition has spread like a wave throughout the country.

VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 29 January 2014: Netanyahu steps up demands, wants settlers to remain in Palestinian state

29 January 2014 — VTJP

Peace, Love and Occupation? Tell Ben & Jerry’s to Stop its Complicity with the Israeli Occupation!

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International Middle East Media Center

Jerusalemite Prisoner Announces Open-ended Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Jerusalemite Ubaida Asaid, age 16, has begun an open-ended hunger strike to protest against transferring him to Ofek criminal jail. …

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Black Agenda Report 29 January 2014: 2014 State of the Union: Awful, A Festival of Lies, Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage

29 January 2014 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Before the nation and the world, President Obama pledges to take “action” against “economic inequality,” while simultaneously holding secret negotiations on a Trans Pacific Partnership trade scheme that will quicken the pace of the global Race to the Bottom, deepening economic inequalities. “Lies of omission are even more despicable than the overt variety, because they hide.” Continue reading