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  • EU Commission prepares ground for far-reaching economic powers

    03/23/2013 11:18:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 21.03.13 @ 17:46 | Honor Mahony
    The European Commission has started preparing the ground for legislation that would prevent member states from undertaking major tax, labor or financial reforms without running it by the commission and other governments first. In an ideas paper published Wednesday (20 March), the commission said this ex-ante coordination should concern “major national economic reform plans and should take place at an early stage before the measures are adopted.” The suggested scope of covered policies would implicate virtually all national government legislation—including competitiveness and employment laws, reforms that cover product and services markets, as well as those affecting tax systems and network...
  • Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus

    03/23/2013 11:49:39 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    Tbi ^ | 3-23-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus Joe WeisenthalMarch 23, 2013REUTERS/Christian Hartmann In a way, Europe should be thrilled by the week that was because financial markets barely batted an eye at the crisis in Cyprus. But Europe has a problem on its hands that's bigger than Cyprus: The economy stinks. This week we got fresh proof that things are bad or getting worse. In France, the Flash PMI report (which is a mid-month look at the combined services and manufacturing sectors of the economy) came in dismal, with the output index falling to a four...
  • Is Italy the Next Cyprus?

    03/23/2013 8:53:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 23, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Once trust is lost it is very slow to recover. For now, much of Europe is acting as if it believes Cyprus is a "one time" thing? But isn't that what we heard about Greece? Who is next? Italy? In an article on Handelsblatt the chief economist of Commerzbank says: Italy should bring a unique wealth tax. It is a myth to talk of crisis-strapped states. Even the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and the chief economist of Commerzbank, Joerg Kraemer says the numbers suggest a different view. Kramer relies on surveys of the European Central Bank. Net financial...
  • Cyprus weighs big bank levy; bailout goes down to wire

    03/23/2013 8:13:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/23/2013 | Michele Kambas and Costas Pitas
    Cyprus said on Saturday it was looking at seizing a quarter of the value of big deposits at its largest bank as it races to raise the funds for a bailout from the European Union and avert financial collapse. Finance Minister Michael Sarris said "significant progress" had been made in talks in Nicosia with officials from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. He confirmed discussions were centered on a possible levy of around 25 percent on holdings of over 100,000 euros at Bank of Cyprus, and expressed hope that a package could be ready by the...
  • Some Cyprus Savers Could Lose A Quarter Of Their Bank Deposits In New Deal

    03/23/2013 8:03:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/23/2013 | Jo Adetunji, The Guardian
    Savers in Cyprus could face losing one-quarter of their bank deposits under new proposals being discussed by the government as ministers flew to Brussels to salvage a European bailout. The new bank levy would only apply to people with more than €100,000 (£85,260) in their accounts, according to the finance minister, Michael Sarris, who also said that significant progress had been made in talks with European officials. President Nicos Anastasiades travelled to Brussels to work out an alternative plan to raise funds that would allow the country to qualify for an international bailout. Cyprus must raise €5.8bn (£4.9bn) before Monday...
  • Dangerous Times: Crypto-Fascism in Italy, Hungary, Greece, Albania

    03/23/2013 5:18:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies ^ | 3/23/2013 | James Lewis and Justine Aristea
    A great sense of alarm is spreading among ordinary Europeans today, especially in the south and east of the continent. Now even the elitist media are giving us the worst international news since the Cold War. Americans do not want to hear this, either. Well, you may not be interested in evil, but evil may be interested in you. Listen up. This could be important. The Washington Post just told us that a dictatorial strongman has risen to power in Hungary, a man named Viktor Orban. In a two-hour parliamentary session, Orban forced radical changes in the Hungarian constitution to...
  • Dangerous Times: Crypto-Fascism in Italy, Hungary, Greece, Albania

    03/23/2013 7:57:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 03/23/2013 | James Lewis and Justine Aristea
    A great sense of alarm is spreading among ordinary Europeans today, especially in the south and east of the continent. Now even the elitist media are giving us the worst international news since the Cold War. Americans do not want to hear this, either. Well, you may not be interested in evil, but evil may be interested in you. Listen up. This could be important. The Washington Post just told us that a dictatorial strongman has risen to power in Hungary, a man named Viktor Orban. In a two-hour parliamentary session, Orban forced radical changes in the Hungarian constitution to...
  • Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky found dead at his UK home

    03/23/2013 1:10:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies
    A police investigation has been launched into the death of the 67-year-old - a wanted man in Russia, and an opponent of President Vladimir Putin. A former Kremlin power-broker whose fortunes declined under Mr Putin, Mr Berezovsky emigrated to the UK in 2000. Thames Valley Police said the death, at a property in Ascot, Berkshire, was being treated as unexplained. The area around the property has been cordoned off to allow the investigation to take place, the force said. The inquiry was at a very early stage and more details will be released when available, it added. A South Central...
  • UK police: Russian oligarch Berezovsky found dead

    03/23/2013 1:36:39 PM PDT · by John W · 21 replies
    AP ^ | March 23, 2013 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken former Russian oligarch who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead Saturday in southeast England. He was 67. Thames Valley police said his death was being treated as unexplained. They would not directly identify him, but when asked about him by name they read a statement saying they were investigating the death of a 67-year-old man at a property in Ascot, a town 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of London. A mathematician-turned-Mercedes dealer, Berezovsky amassed his wealth during Russia's chaotic privatization of state assets in...
  • Bishop Labels Church of England 'Hypocritical’ Over Civil Partnerships [Gay Bishops! Gay Churches!]

    03/23/2013 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | March 23, 2013 | Edward Malnick
    Bishop Labels Church of England 'Hypocritical’ Over Civil Partnerships The Church of England is facing fresh divisions over same-sex unions. Its leadership has come under attack from one of its own bishops over its refusal to bless homosexual couples. By Edward Malnick 23 Mar 2013 The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, said the Church’s ban on offering blessings for civil partnerships was being flouted by several parishes across Britain. He said this was because some felt the blessings were “logical, natural and compassionate”. His comments come amid tensions within the Church over its opposition to the...
  • Mulberry harbour built off Normandy after D-Day uncovered on the seabed 69 years later

    03/23/2013 2:21:03 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2013 | Martin Robinson
    'These ghostly images reveal the forgotten harbour built off the coast of Normandy that for six months after D-Day became the world's busiest docks. British scientists have found the remnants of Mulberry B on the Channel seabed, which allowed the Allies to land troops, vehicles and equipment on French soil without having to capture a port first. The makeshift harbour, nicknamed Port Winston because it was the brainchild of Churchill, was the size of Dover and is considered to be one of the greatest military achievements of all time. Its development was even described by Albert Speer - Hitler's architect...
  • The little ones that got away: Incredible stories of Jewish children who survived the Nazi holocaust

    03/23/2013 2:14:17 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2013 | Allan Hall
    'They were the children of the damned – Jews who had no place in the New World Order of Adolf Hitler and his stormtroopers. Their parents were rounded up and shipped off to die as the Nazi regime which came to power 80 years ago in Germany - set about the systematic 'cleansing' of the country. But there were good people too; people who looked beyond the religion of an innocent child and risked death by guillotine to hide them from the round-up squads. Now the heart-moving stories of 15 of these children are told for the first time in...
  • Did this man kill Cold War spy Georgi Markov with umbrella?

    03/23/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd March 2013 | Tom Kelly
    'It was one of the most audacious acts of the Cold War which could have come straight from the pages of a spy novel. Georgi Markov was jabbed with an umbrella which fired a poison pellet into his leg as he crossed Waterloo Bridge. He died three days later – and for almost 35 years mystery has surrounded the whereabouts of his killer. Now the prime suspect has been tracked down to a small Austrian town where he works as an antiques dealer. Francesco Gullino, 66, who was known by his Communist handlers as 'Agent Piccadilly', lives in a rundown...
  • 'Why we on the (UK) Left made a mistake on immigration'

    03/23/2013 2:04:09 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd March 2013 | David Goodhart
    'Among Left-leaning ‘Hampstead’ liberals like me, there has long been what you might call a ‘discrimination assumption’ when it comes to the highly charged issue of immigration. Our instinctive reaction has been that Britain is a relentlessly racist country bent on thwarting the lives of ethnic minorities, that the only decent policy is to throw open our doors to all and that those with doubts about how we run our multi-racial society are guilty of prejudice. And that view — echoed in Whitehall, Westminster and town halls around the country — has been the prevailing ideology, setting the tone for...
  • [Deputy UK Prime Minister] Nick Clegg: we were wrong to back illegal immigrant amnesty

    03/23/2013 11:52:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | March 22, 2013 | Rowena Mason, Political correspondent
    The deputy Prime Minister said it risked "undermining public confidence" to let illegal immigrants stay if they have been in the country for more than 10 years. In his first major speech on immigration, he abandoned the controversial proposal, which was championed by the Liberal Democrats at the last election. Mr Clegg previously supported the idea of "earned citizenship" for illegal immigrants. His 2010 general election manifesto stated the Liberal Democrats would allow an amnesty for those who had been in the country a decade, speak English and have a clean record......
  • Cyprus's choice: Iceland or Greece?

    03/22/2013 9:28:38 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 8 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Last updated: March 22nd, 2013 | Daniel Hannan
    What will the unhappy Cypriots do? Will they mortgage themselves to a dodgy, authoritarian kleptocracy? Or – drumroll – will they spurn the EU and take Russia's money instead? Actually, there is a far better option: an option offered by another thinly populated island on the fringes of Europe whose financial sector had outgrown its economy. Cyprus could copy Iceland, let its banks collapse, and leave their shareholders and bondholders to sustain the loss. There is often a perception lag when it comes to foreign countries. Most people in the EU still have the idea that Iceland is in economic...
  • Secret papers show extent of [British] senior royals' veto over bills

    03/22/2013 5:52:53 PM PDT · by annalex · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 January 2013 | Robert Booth
    Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills Court order reveals how approval of Queen and Prince Charles is sought on range of billsRobert Booth The Guardian, Monday 14 January 2013 The Queen was asked for consent on a range of bills, including those affecting her estates. There is growing concern in parliament at a lack of transparency over the royals’ role in lawmaking. Photograph: Sergeant Dan Harmer [...] The internal Whitehall pamphlet [...] shows ministers and civil servants are obliged to consult the Queen and Prince Charles in greater detail and over more areas of legislation than...
  • Major terror attack on scale of 7/7 foiled every year in UK, police reveal

    03/22/2013 3:41:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/22/2013 | By Tom Whitehead
    Officers also fear a hybrid of terrorist and criminal gangs could bring a new threat on the UK. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne warned that the country is facing the most complex terror threat in its history. He said the threat is constantly changing with al-Qaeda inspired Islamic extremists now plotting in smaller, harder to detect groups. The danger is coming from an increasing number of hot spots around the world and there is also a growing threat from republican groups in Northern Ireland, who would attack mainland Britain if they could. Mr Osborne, who is the senior...
  • Court convicts ex-Aptuit researcher over drug data

    03/22/2013 3:34:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 March 2013 | Andy Extance
    A UK court has found a man guilty of illegally altering pre-clinical trial data. Steven Eaton, a former employee at drug discovery and development firm Aptuit’s Riccarton site in Scotland, produced flawed data over six years. This is the first case of someone being successfully prosecuted under current Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Regulations. A spokesman for the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) underlines how unusual this is. ‘This type of activity is very rare and, based on the results of a significant number of inspections, we have no evidence to indicate the problem is widespread,’ he tells...
  • Last 1953 Everest team member George Lowe dies, aged 89

    03/22/2013 9:51:36 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22nd March 2013 | BBC News
    'The last surviving member of the team which first conquered Everest in 1953 has died in a Derbyshire nursing home. George Lowe, 89, died in Ripley on Wednesday after a long-term illness, with his wife Mary by his side. New Zealand-born M Lowe was part of the team that helped Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the summit in 1953. Family friend and historian Dr Huw Lewis-Jones paid tribute to a "gentle soul and fine climber" who shunned the limelight. Mr Lowe also took part in the trans-Antarctic expedition of 1957-58, which made the first successful overland crossing of...
  • Did 'executed' Nazi criminal in Schindler's List escape justice?

    03/21/2013 8:24:40 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd March 2013 | Becky Evans
    'Revelations about the execution of a notorious Nazi war criminal, immortalised in Schindler's List, have raised questions about how the mass murderer died and whether he was even hanged at all. For decades Amon Goeth, who was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Jews and Poles during World War Two, was believed to have been filmed being executed in 1946. A black and white video shows executioners twice botching a hanging before he was eventually killed. But historians claim in a new National Geographic documentary called Bloody Tales that the video was from 1947 and shows Dr...
  • Crisis in Cyprus shows collapse of the West

    03/21/2013 4:37:32 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 6 replies
    Pravda ^ | March 20, 2013
    In 2014, all EU countries will hold parliamentary elections that may be won by the opponents of European integration. Recent EU measures to stabilize the situation in Cyprus showed that the foundations of the ideology of the Western world based on the Catholic and Protestant faiths have been undermined. The West is trying to explain its hurried decisions with the pressure from the Russian Federation. After the summit in Brussels approved a plan of Cyprus "rescue" (by providing a tranche of 10 billion euros in exchange for the withdrawal of 10 percent of all deposits in the country), it became...
  • Forget Cyprus, Nobody Is Stealing from Depositors More than Bernanke

    03/21/2013 2:41:34 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Daily Ticker Yahoo Finance ^ | 3/21/13 | Bernice Napach
    After the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its easy money policy Wednesday, Chairman Ben Bernanke was asked whether the U.S. would ever think of taxing bank depositors as Cyprus has done. He said that was very unlikely but Jim Rickards, senior managing director of Tangent Capital Partners, says the Fed already has its hands in depositors’ pockets. “Nobody is stealing more money from bank depositors than Ben Bernanke,” Rickards tells The Daily Ticker. Bernanke's doing that, Rickards says, by maintaining interest rates near zero.
  • US vs Cyprus

    03/21/2013 1:33:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Reader "MB" who lives in New Zealand is concerned about confiscation of deposits. He writes ... Hi Mish Apparently articles are appearing in a NZ newspaper editorials saying that the NZ government has the same policy of confiscation as that being used on Cyprus by the EU. In the event of a banking crisis, the government will be able to take deposit funds to bail out a bank. MBTheft? A letter to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand states Reserve Bank policy looks like theft. As a super-annuitant who depends on interest from term deposits to top up my pension,...
  • James Herbert: UK horror author dies aged 69

    03/20/2013 4:03:35 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20th March 2013 | BBC News
    'Best-selling author James Herbert, who wrote the horror classic The Rats, has died aged 69. His publisher, Pan Macmillan, confirmed that he died at his home in Sussex this morning. No cause of death was given. Jeremy Trevathan, his editor for 10 years, described him as "one of the keystone authors in a genre that had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s". He is survived by his wife, Eileen, whom he married in 1967, and their three daughters Kerry, Emma and Casey. Herbert's first novel, The Rats, depicted London overrun by mutant flesh-eating rodents and sold 100,000 copies within...
  • Muslim gang-rapes across Europe under-reported in press

    03/20/2013 1:25:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    dg ^ | Mar 20, 2013 | Katerina Nikolas
    High profile-gang rapes in India have been in the headlines since December. The phenomenon is growing across Europe too, but tends to be under reported due to the high incidence of Muslim perpetrators which makes it politically incorrect to mention. In December 2011 a Swedish mother-of-two was subjected to a brutal gang-rape by 12 Afghan immigrants in a refugee camp . ... The main perpetrator Rafi Bahaduri, 25, had already committed four other rapes in Sweden. The case is not unique. There is a growing trend of gang-rapes perpetrated against white women by Muslim rapists. In the U.K. there has...
  • VC for Heroic Lance Corporal

    03/20/2013 11:56:52 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 5 replies
    Ministry of Defence ^ | March 18, 2013 | MoD
    The heroic last stand of a young soldier who died trying to defeat an insurgent sniper team has been recognised with the posthumous awarding of the Victoria Cross (VC), the country's highest recognition for valour. Lance Corporal James Ashworth, aged 23 from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was killed by enemy fire when he made a lone advance on an insurgent position that was engaged in a deadly battle with his platoon in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, Afghanistan. His family (pictured top) were invited to a special media event at Lille Barracks, home of 1 Grenadier Guards, today, where Commander 12...
  • Argentina slams 'disrespectful' David Cameron for 'daring to rebuff' Pope over Falklands

    03/19/2013 10:14:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | March 16, 2013
    Argentina has attacked David Cameron for his criticism of the new Pope's stance on the Falklands as the diplomatic dispute over the islands intensifies"It is striking that the prime minister should dare to rebuff the Pope, " said Alicia Castro, Argentina's ambassador in London, in the latest salvo since the Pontiff was elected. She was responding to Mr Cameron's comment that he "respectfully" disagreed with Pope Francis, who as cardinal in Buenos Aires said last year that Britain had "usurped" the islands from Argentina. .... While still a cardinal, the man who is now the new Pontiff had expressed the...
  • Our Graphic Raises Funds For Margaret Thatcher Statue in UK

    03/19/2013 7:45:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 3-19-2013 | Red Square
    Our Graphic Raises Funds For Margaret Thatcher Statue in UK By Red Square | 3/19/2013, 9:48 pm Among the many parodies of Obama's "Hope" poster we made during the 2008 elections was Margaret Thatcher's image captioned as "Iron." It has been since a popular selling item at our online store. But last month we were also contacted by the treasurer at the Grantham Museum in England, who asked for permission to use this image in their campaign for a Margaret Thatcher statue in Grantham, Lincolnshire, where the future Prime Minister was born and raised. Grantham already has a statue...
  • Fanatics who'll do anything to save the euro

    03/19/2013 7:06:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 17 March 2013 | Daniel Hannan
    Asked why he stole from banks, the American robber Slick Willie Sutton is supposed to have replied, ‘because that’s where the money is’. Eurozone leaders have made the same calculation. Ever since the debt crisis struck, it was clear that, sooner or later, savers would be gouged. Until now, this gouging has mainly happened through quantitative easing, inflation and record low interest rates. But, in Cyprus, such measures weren’t enough. It’s true, Eurocrats concede, that Cyprus’s economy is tiny, accounting for just 0.2 per cent of the eurozone. But the patience of the donor countries such as Germany is wearing...
  • Out of Ideas, Governments Try a Bank Heist

    03/18/2013 10:33:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | March 19, 2013 | John Ransom
    During the Great Depression criminals like Bonnie and Clyde, Willie Sutton, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson robbed banks. They attained some degree of folk hero status by sticking it to banks that some felt were responsible for the Depression era misery.  With liberal ideas firmly in the saddle, civilizing us, so to speak, we have come a long way from those dreary days. No longer would we applaud such criminals. Instead, today, we send them to Congress, or parliament, or the legislature, where governments try to achieve folk hero status by robbing banks and depositors alike....
  • The African chief converted to Christianity by Dr Livingstone

    03/19/2013 4:57:27 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th March 2013 | BBC News
    'It is 200 years since the birth of David Livingstone, perhaps the most famous of the missionaries to visit Africa in the 19th Century. But as author and Church historian Stephen Tomkins explains, the story of an African chief he converted is every bit as incredible as Livingstone's.'
  • Events mark birth date of explorer Dr David Livingstone

    03/19/2013 4:54:13 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th March 2013 | BBC News
    'Events are being held in Scotland and London to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone. Representatives from the governments of Scotland and Malawi will attend a day of events at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire. A memorial service will also be held at Westminster Abbey in London, where Livingstone was buried in 1874. Other bicentenary celebrations will also be held in Africa. Dr Livingstone grew up in poverty but went on to explore central and southern Africa where he became the first European to "discover" and name Victoria...
  • Convoy veterans given first Arctic Star medals

    03/19/2013 4:46:08 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th March 2013 | BBC News
    'Forty veterans of the World War II Arctic convoys have become the first recipients of a new medal. Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the men as a "group of heroes", as he presented them with the newly-created Arctic Star. The Arctic convoys, reportedly called the "worst journey in the world" by Winston Churchill, took supplies to the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945. More than 3,000 men died while on the convoys. Cdr Eddie Grenfell, 93, was given his Arctic Star at a special ceremony in Portsmouth earlier as he was too ill to travel to the ceremony at Number...
  • Palestinian Paper: Hitler Maligned by History

    03/19/2013 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 12:07 PM | Cyrus Afzali
    Adolf Hitler’s place in history has been distorted because Germany lost the Second World War, an op-ed in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Haya Al-Jadida has claimed. Instead, Hitler was well-organized, hated alcohol, and went to bed early while Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt were alcoholics, the op-ed, printed on the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to the Middle East, claimed. “Had Hitler won, Nazism would be an honor that people would be competing to belong to, and not a disgrace punishable by law,” the piece written by Hassan Ouda Abu Zaher said, according to a translation provided by...
  • Politicians strike deal over UK press regulation

    03/19/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 18, 2013 8:24 PM EDT | Raphael Satter
    British politicians struck a last-minute deal on press regulation Monday, unveiling new rules that aim to curb the worst abuses of the country’s scandal-ridden media. The deal agreed upon by all three major parties came on the same day a lawyer announced in court that there could potentially be hundreds more hacking victims of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Victims’ groups had lobbied for an independent watchdog whose powers are rooted in legislation, while media groups had opposed any potential press law, saying it threatens press freedom. After months of political wrangling, the new deal is a complicated compromise. Politicians touted...
  • Physicist Walks Out of Gender-Segregated Debate At London University [Hosted by Islamic Group!]

    03/18/2013 7:17:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    YahooNews ^ | March 18, 2013
    Physicist Walks Out of Gender-Segregated Debate At London University A renowned American physicist created a row at University College London last weekend when he stormed out of a debate hosted by an Islamic group because men, women and couples in the audience were segregated. The physicist, Lawrence Krauss, is a professor at Arizona State University. Krauss is a noted atheist who served on President Barack Obama’s science policy committee during the 2008 presidential campaign. The debate, sponsored by the Islamic Education and Research Academy, was entitled: “Islam or Atheism: Which Makes More Sense?” A YouTube clip posted by Stand for...
  • The hero always gets the girl: Victoria Cross winner Johnson Beharry marries...

    03/18/2013 3:33:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18th March 2013 | Kerry McDermott
    War hero Corporal Johnson Beharry, who saved the lives of 30 soldiers in Iraq, has married his girlfriend in a ceremony at a London registry office today. The decorated soldier and his glamorous bride Mallissa Venice Noel were photographed leaving Old Marylebone Town Hall after today's service, which took place under a veil of military-style secrecy. Guests at the wedding were ordered to hand over their phones before the ceremony after Cpl Beharry and his fiancee signed a magazine deal. Friends and family who attended the wedding had to give in their phones to make sure photographs of the happy...
  • 'Merkel stole our life savings': Furious savers blame Germany for 10% tax to fund bank bailout....

    03/18/2013 6:46:57 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/18/13 | HUGO GYE and MARIO LEDWITH
    Stock markets across Europe and Asia tumbled today as investors reacted to an unprecedented raid on bank accounts in Cyprus prompted by a £8.6billion bailout by the European Union. As the Cypriot parliament delayed a crucial vote on the measure for the second time, angry scenes erupted on the streets of the capital Nicosia. Protesters who stand to lose ten per cent of their savings stood outside the Parliament building holding anti-German banners which left doubt where they believe the blame lies for the latest crisis to envelope the eurozone. Meanwhile, many Britons who have moved to the Mediterranean island...
  • Iraq: The Spies Who Fooled the World

    03/17/2013 9:02:46 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th March 2013 | Peter Taylor
    'The lies of two Iraqi spies were central to the claim - at the heart of the UK and US decision to go to war in Iraq - that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. But even before the fighting started, intelligence from highly-placed sources was available suggesting he did not, Panorama has learned.'
  • The Whole World Will Revolve Around The Tiny Island Of Cyprus

    06/28/2012 6:35:58 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-28-2012 | Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit
    The Whole World Will Revolve Around The Tiny Island Of Cyprus Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit Jun. 28, 2012, 8:41 AM Finland doesn’t get the white-hot attention Germany does, but it should because it could be the driving force behind a breakup of the Eurozone. And it fired another shot: it demanded collateral for its share of the billions of euros that Cyprus would receive from the bailout Troika. Cyprus is the fifth of 17 Eurozone countries to ask for a bailout. It’s panic time. The first tranche, €1.8 billion, is needed by June 30 to prop up its second largest...
  • Cypriot Authorities in Revised Deal Talks

    03/17/2013 6:47:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3-17-13 | Peter Spiegel in Brussels and Kerin Hope in Nicosia
    "We had proposed a levy with a rate of zero below €100,000, and a higher one afterwards," said the official. "The Cypriot president did not want to agree to a levy higher than 10 per cent, and if you do the numbers you get the 6.75 and 9.9 [percent]." Cypriot officials insisted no levy on smaller depositors was impossible. One senior Cypriot official involved in the talks said that because about 35 percent of all deposits are below the threshold, exempting them would mean a rate so high for the rest that it would no longer be viewed as a...
  • Markets Are Diving All Across Asia

    03/17/2013 7:03:27 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-17-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Markets Are Diving All Across Asia Joe WeisenthalMarch 17, 2013 The weird thing about finance: A bailout deal that will save Germany a few billion in taxpayer dollars (by shifting the burden to Cypriot depositors) is wiping exponentially more than that off the world's market indices today. CNBC's Deirdre Wang Morris tweets a photo of the CNBC Asia market wall, which is as good a way as any other to see the carnage.
  • President defends Cyprus bank levy as ‘least painful option’ (buried lead)

    03/17/2013 3:17:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 60 replies
    France 24 ^ | 17 March 2013
    The president of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said in a televised address on Sunday that the controversial bank levy being imposed as part of an EU bailout deal is the "least painful" option available under the circumstances President Nicos Anastasiades said Sunday that a controversial bank levy on private depositors in Cyprus banks as part of an EU bailout deal was the "least painful" option for the financially embattled island. "I chose the least painful option, and I bear the political cost for this, in order to limit as much as possible the consequences for the economy and for our fellow...
  • Raid on Cypriot deposits shakes Europeans' faith in savings (9.9% theft by govt)

    03/17/2013 3:32:46 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 112 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:01pm EDT | By Harry Papachristou and Sonya Dowsett
    (Reuters) - Europeans' faith in the safety of their savings has been shaken by a levy on Cypriot bank deposits to pay for a bailout, even though there was no sign of a rush to withdraw cash in Madrid or Dublin. People told Reuters they were angered but unsurprised that politicians should dip into citizens' deposits. And as bankers expressed concern the proposed terms of Cyprus's bailout could unnerve savers elsewhere, some leftist leaders voiced outrage. Euro zone finance ministers want Cypriots to pay up to 9.9 percent of their deposits in return for a 10 billion euro ($13 billion)...
  • Cypriot President Anastasiades promises natural gas bonds to depositors

    03/17/2013 2:22:46 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies ^ | Sunday March 17, 2013 (21:22)
    Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told his citizens on Sunday that he has chosen the least catastrophic option and confirmed that depositors will get bonds linked to natural gas earnings for the haircut their bank accounts have suffered. He also said he is trying to change the terms imposed on Nicosia for the bailout of the 10 billion euros. In a televised address Anastasiades admitted that Cyprus is undergoing “the most tragic moments since 1974,” in reference to the Turkish invasion that has led to the occupation of the northern third of the island. “The first option would have led to...
  • ANALYST: The Cyprus Deal Could Be The 'Trigger' We Were Waiting For In Europe

    03/17/2013 8:52:16 AM PDT · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-17-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    ANALYST: The Cyprus Deal Could Be The 'Trigger' We Were Waiting For In Europe Matthew BoeslerMarch. 17, 2013, 10:41 AMStephen Z on Flickr On Thursday, Société Générale analysts made a prescient call on Europe. "It is far too early to dismiss euro area crisis as a key [market] driver," wrote SocGen's Vincent Chaigneau. "We fear another shockwave in the spring." As it turns out, they may not have had to wait very long. News this weekend that the ECB, EU, and IMF bailout of the Cypriot banking system will include an instant 10 percent "tax" on bank deposits before banks...
  • Two Side of Cyprus

    03/17/2013 10:52:43 AM PDT · by WriteOn · 51 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | Bruce Kasting
    Let me first (try to) give you a justification for the seizure of bank deposits in Cyprus. Everybody who knows any thing about Cyprus also knows that the domestic banks were a parking lot for Russian hot money. I wrote about this back in 2011 (Link). There are a gazillion other articles saying the same thing. That being the case, the seizure of some of the black Russian money as part of a bailout for Cyprus is not really a surprise. With dirty money flowing in, the stupid banks in Cyprus used the deposits to buy crappy assets like the...
  • Central Bank of Cyprus orders island's lenders to block customers' transfers

    03/17/2013 7:36:54 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies ^ | Sunday March 17, 2013 (15:00)
    Cyprus’s central bank has written to the island’s lenders to ask them to block customer’s transfers and payments, according to reports on the island. Cypriot website 24h revealed on Sunday that the Central Bank of Cyprus wrote to Cypriot lenders on Saturday, March 16 to ask them to stop all form of payments from their accounts, even those that were from one account at the bank to another.The measure comes after the Eurogroup asked Cyprus to impose a one-off tax on depositors as part of its bailout. Kathimerini English Edition understands that the capital controls do not apply to the...
  • IMF Marxists Tax and Seize Personal Funds in Cyprus – Crickets Ensue

    03/17/2013 9:41:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | 3/17/13 | TMH
    Very few things give me nightmares… Yesterday’s event in Cyprus was one of them and the media is conspicuously silent. What do you get when you combine worldwide Marxist elitists, bankers and the media? A worldwide depression and a new dark age. The IMF (in case you are wondering who they are) is using Greece as a proving ground for the rest of us. It is a fascist Petri dish. They just implemented an across the board tax on all bank accounts over a holiday with no warning and no recourse. 9.9% if you have over 100,000 Euros in the...