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International Developments

? “Don’t mention the Iraq war, [UK’s] William Hague tells cabinet . . . [sparking] anger from Liberal Democrats”.

? Uh-oh.  “The [UK] government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds–two of whom have been subsequently killed by US drone attacks.”  Emptywheel has more.

? “Syria Rebels Seek Premier-In-Waiting as U.S. Steps Up Help”.

? “When the Jihad Came to Mali“.  Informative article on the major players and movements involved in the Malian conflict.

? “Mali locals say al Qaeda commander dead, France cautious”. Abdelhamid About Zeid,   described as one of the “most feared”, “most ruthless”.

? Many mysteries swirling around the death of Hessam Khoshnevis/Hasan Shateri, the senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard who was killed, “apparently” inside Syria, or possibly Lebanon, in February, or possibly January, by Israeli agents, or possibly Syrian rebels, etc.

? Bangladesh rioting continues–37 now reported dead–over “a controversial death sentence handed down against the head  of an Islamic party for war crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence.”

International Finance

? Every 3 years in India, in “less than three months. . .  a tent city [is built] for 2m residents complete with hard roads, toilets, running water, electricity, food shops, garbage collection and well-manned police stations”.  Why not erect such “pop-up megacities” for the millions living in poverty throughout India every day?

Money Matters USA

? “Hospitals across the country will face significant job losses, service reductions and other belt-tightening measures . . .” as the $85 billion in cuts looms, thanks to that Washington, DC creation,  The Sequester.

?  David Dayen on Lanny Breuer’s lonnnnng goodbye.

? Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and David Vitter (R-LA)–both serving on the Senate Banking Committee–are going to “push legislation to break up the ‘megabanks.'”

? “Manufacturing in U.S. Expands at Strongest Pace Since 2011″.

? In 2012, the “U.S. jobless rate declined by 0.8 percentage points . . ., to 8.1 percent.”

? Consumer spending rose 0.2% in January, “partly reflecting higher heating bills.”  Meanwhile, US “incomes slumped by the most in 20 years“.

? “Chrysler To Invest $400 Million In Indiana Plants, Create Over 1000 Jobs”.

? As the horsemeat scandal continues in Europe, the US Dept. of Agriculture “is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico in the next two months”.  Meanwhile, “Tobacco Firms Save $1 Billion With Kitty Litter in Cigars“.

Politics USA

? The revolving door:  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)’s “long-time senior adviser”, Barry Jackson, is joining a lobbying firm as a “strategic adviser”.  Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ)’s legislative director, Elizabeth Maier, went to work for the same firm Feb 25th.  The firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has some interesting specialties (water, environment, real estate, gaming, mergers and acquisitions, etc.). Have fun. [cont’d.]

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