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Down by Law: Vulture Funds Feeding on the Dispossessed

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I am glad to see the renewal of interest in "vulture funds," where predatory elites buy up bits of the debt of impoverished nations from various creditors - at pennies on the dollar - then use the courts of the 'developed,' 'civilised' world to force the debtor to cough up the full amount, plus punitive interest payments. The Guardian is running a series of articles on this heinous practice (here, here, here, here, here, here and here), and CounterPunch has a good piece as well.

I wrote about vulture funds back in 2007. This was one of the many posts which were destroyed in the many hack attacks on the website. So I'm taking the opportunity to re-post it full here, as background to the new push to combat these avid feasters on human misery.

Stormtrooper

Occupy Oakland: footage shows police beating peaceful Iraq war veteran

Oakland police investigating after ex-marine Kayvan Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen in apparently unprovoked incident


The video shows Kayvan Sabehgi being hit numerous times by an officer clad in riot gear. Link to this video.

Video footage has emerged of a police officer beating an Iraq war veteran so hard that he suffered a ruptured spleen in an apparently unprovoked incident at a recent Occupy protest in California.

The footage, which has been shared with the Guardian, shows Kayvan Sabehgi standing in front of a police line on the night of Occupy Oakland's general strike on 2 November, when he is set upon by an officer.

Briefcase

The Coming European Superstate That Germany Plans To Cram Down The Throats Of The Rest Of Europe

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A lot of people were puzzled about what German Chancellor Angela Merkel meant when she recently stated that the ultimate solution to the financial crisis in the EU would "mean more Europe, not less Europe". Well, now we are finding out. A leaked internal German government memo entitled "The Future of the EU: Required Integration Policy Improvements for the Creation of a Stability Union" actually proposes the creation of a "European Monetary Fund" which would be given the power to run the economies of troubled European nations. This "stability union" would be quickly followed by the creation of a full-fledged "political union". Essentially, this leaked memo proposes the creation of a "European Superstate" which will be crammed down the throats of the rest of Europe whether they like it or not. National sovereignty would be a thing of the past and European bureaucrats would run everything. Of course this will never be accepted by the people of Europe until they feel the bitter pain of the coming financial collapse, but we are starting to see that there is already a clear plan for what the Germans wish to implement in the aftermath of the coming crisis.

Vader

Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI 'entrapment' questioned

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Critics say bureau is running a sting operation across America, targeting vulnerable people by luring them into fake terror plots

David Williams did not have an easy life. He moved to Newburgh, a gritty, impoverished town on the banks of the Hudson an hour or so north of New York, at just 10 years old. For a young, black American boy with a father in jail, trouble was everywhere.

Williams also made bad choices. He ended up going to jail for dealing drugs. When he came out in 2007 he tried to go straight, but money was tight and his brother, Lord, needed cash for a liver transplant. Life is hard in Newburgh if you are poor, have a drug rap and need cash quickly.

His aunt, Alicia McWilliams, was honest about the tough streets her nephew was dealing with. "Newburgh is a hard place," she said. So it was perhaps no surprise that in May, 2009, David Williams was arrested again and hit with a 25-year jail sentence. But it was not for drugs offences. Or any other common crime. Instead Williams and three other struggling local men beset by drug, criminal and mental health issues were convicted of an Islamic terrorist plot to blow up Jewish synagogues and shoot down military jets with missiles.

Even more shocking was that the organisation, money, weapons and motivation for this plot did not come from real Islamic terrorists. It came from the FBI, and an informant paid to pose as a terrorist mastermind paying big bucks for help in carrying out an attack. For McWilliams, her own government had actually cajoled and paid her beloved nephew into being a terrorist, created a fake plot and then jailed him for it. "I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone," she told the Guardian.

Handcuffs

New Law By Obama To Jail 500,000 American Citizens Or More For The Crime Of Opposing Their Government.

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Foreign Ministry reports circulating in the Kremlin today are warning that an already explosive situation in the United States is about to get a whole lot worse as a new law put forth by President Obama is said capable of seeing up to 500,000 American citizens jailed for the crime of opposing their government.

Sparking the concern of Russian diplomats over the growing totalitarian bent of the Obama government is the planned reintroduction of what these reports call one of the most draconian laws ever introduced in a free society that is titled "The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act".

First introduced in the US Congress in 2007 by Democratic Representative Jane Harmon, this new law passed the US House of Representatives by a secretive voice vote, but failed to pass the US Senate, after which it was believed dead until this past week when it was embraced by Obama who became the first American President to name his own citizens as a threat to his Nations security.

Bad Guys

Israeli defense minister evasive on Iran strike possibility

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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has refused to say whether Israel is planning a preemptive strike on Iran.

"I don't think that is a subject for public discussion," Barak said in an interview due to air on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS program on Sunday, when asked whether Israel is going to attack Iran.

"But I can tell you that the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] report has a sobering impact on many in the world, leaders as well as the public, and people understand that the time has come," he said.

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Faster, more efficient and precise murder: America tests new hypersonic missile

The US military has successfully tested a missile that travels at five times the speed of sound.

The ''Advanced Hypersonic Weapon'' will be able to bomb anywhere in the world within an hour.

Amid heightened tensions with Iran over its nuclear program, the missile was fired from a US base in Hawaii. It reached its destination on an island 3700 kilometres away in the Pacific Ocean in less than half an hour.

The weapon is part of a scheme to allow American generals to ''destroy, delay, or disrupt key enemy targets'' at very short notice. A report published by the US Defence Department said the weapon would ''provide the president with the ability to promptly engage targets at strategic range without using nuclear weapons''.

Sheriff

US California: Police Pepper Spray UC Davis Students Staging Passive Sitdown Protest

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Doused: The UC Davis police officer brandished a red canister of pepper spray, showing it off for the crowd before dousing the seated students in a heavy, thick mist
School chancellor calls incident 'chilling' and launches investigation into use of force

A shocking videotape of police forcefully pepper spraying a group of students staging a sit down protest has emerged.

Footage of the tense standoff between police and Occupy demonstrators at the University of California, Davis, shows an officer using pepper spray on a group of protesters who appear to be sitting passively on the ground with their arms interlocked.

Witnesses watched in horror as police moved in on more than a dozen tents erected in the campus quad drenching demonstrators with the burning yellow spray and arresting 10 people, nine of them students.

Arrow Up

Malaysia Plans 'war crime' Trials of Bush, Blair Over Iraq War Action

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Former US President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be "charged" at a mock tribunal in Malaysia for committing crimes against peace during the Iraq war.

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who heads the Perdana Global Peace Foundation that initiated the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, said both the leaders would be charged for planning, preparing and invading Iraq on March 19, 2003, in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.

The tribunal would hold proceedings for four days, and will go public, the Star reports.

Dr Mahathir said although the two could not be jailed if they were found guilty, society could reject them by not inviting them for talks or events.

Attention

Russian Minister Says Foreigners are Working Against Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russia says 'some foreign countries' are trying to exacerbate the situation in Syria to make pretext for their interference in the Middle Eastern country's internal affairs.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the remarks on Thursday after a Russia-EU Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) meeting in Moscow, Syria's state news agency, SANA, reported.

Detailing the anti-Damascus push, Lavrov said, "Some opposition representatives, with support from some foreign countries, [could] declare that dialogue can begin only after the regime goes."

Syria has been experiencing unrest ever since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of Assad's government.