Move Your Money Campaign Grows to Divest From Big Banks and Support Local Banks, Credit Unions
1 Nov 2011
Thousands of "anti-capitalists??" (the 99% dispossessed) are marching in the French Riviera ahead of the G-20 summit in Cannes. Groups of international activists are urging the leaders of the world's top economies to focus on people, not finance. James Meadway from the New Economics Foundation shares his view on the crisis that's strengthening its grip on Europe.
In 1992 an Israeli cargo plane crashed in Amsterdam killing forty-three people. The Israelis claimed it was carrying flowers and perfume. It took six years and a Dutch parliamentary enquiry before they admitted it was carrying DMMP, a key component for sarin nerve gas. The DMMP was bound for The Israeli Institute of Biological Research at Nes Ziona, one of Israel's most secret defence sites. It is subject to no international inspection and reporting of its activities in Israel is prevented by strict military censorship.
In an attempt to save one of its own, the hackivist group, Anonymous threatens one of most notorious Mexican drug cartels, Los Zetas.
In the latest video released by Anonymous, the group demands the release of one of its members who was kidnapped during a protest in Veracruz, Tamaulipas.
“You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him,” demands a man in aGuy Fawkes mask made famous by the movie “V” for Vendetta.
The masked man goes on to say, “If not, the names and addresses of corrupt police, taxi drivers, and journalists, among others, will be released. It won't be difficult; we all know who they are and where they are. "
Many intelligence experts believe if Anonymous keeps its word the situation in Mexico can only get bloodier.
The Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, stunned Europe's leaders on Monday after he proposed that his country should hold a referendum on the landmark European debt deal reached last week.
A Greek vote against the deal could scupper weeks of negotiations over how to rescue the country's economy and prevent a debt crisis to match the Lehman Brothers crash of three years ago...
Papandreou gave no date or other details of the proposed referendum, though the interior minister, Haris Kastinidis, said it would most likely be in January...
Unveiling his referendum plan, Papandreou said: "Citizens are the source of our strength and citizens will be called on to say 'yes' or 'no' to the agreement. It is not for others to decide but the Greek people to decide … we have faith in the people. We believe in democratic participation. We are not afraid of it.
"The people will be asked whether they want to adopt [the deal] or reject [the deal]. This vote of confidence will be a foundation stone on which we will build a new structure, a new Greece."
The Greek finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, said the popular vote – the second to be held since democracy was restored to the country after the collapse of military rule in 1974 – would ultimately boil down to two choices. "Do Greeks want to remain in Europe, with the euro, in a country that belongs to the developed world, or do they want to return to the 60s? Do they think it is good to owe €100bn to the banks or do they not think it is good to live with such debt?" Source