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!


International Middle East Media Center

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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