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? RIP Hugo Chavez, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

International Developments

? An estimated 1 million Syrian refugees could be in Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq “within a week” as more people flee to escape the civil war.

? “Syrians tear down statue of Bashar al-Assad’s father after rebel advance” into the city of Raqqa, near Turkey.  Update:  “Warplanes ‘bomb Raqqa after rebel gains’.”

? Where’d he come from?  “Davos 2013: Kissinger says Iran nuclear crisis close”.

? “The UN agency which organises Gaza’s marathon has cancelled the event, blaming the refusal of the territory’s governing Islamist Hamas movement to allow women to run.”

? “The head of France’s joint chiefs of staff has said that it is ‘probable’ that Islamist commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in fighting in Mali.”

? “Relaxation of US cannabis laws ‘violates UN drug conventions’: International Narcotics Control Board criticises decision by some US states to legalise use of cannabis.”

? It’s happening in the UK, too:  MP Kenneth Clarke has admitted that ministers have no idea how many court cases will be heard in secret as MPs passed laws to allow them.”

International Finance

? Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal are conducted in secrecy, with no members of the public allowed although “600 corporate lobbyists” are.  Obama is pushing for an October deadline, which some think is an effort to “run out the clock.”

? The UK’s “Financial Services Authority has admitted there was widespread knowledge of Libor-rigging among its employees years before it launched an investigation in 2010, but denies ‘major regulatory failure’.”

? “Thousands of workers facing pay and job cuts at loss-making Spanish airline Iberia . . . started a second wave of protests”, potentially  grounding 1,300 flights.

? Is it “over” for the Eurozone? Portugal’s unemployment rate is about 25.6%, the left is gaining and about 10% of the population has taken to the streets, frightening politicians;  10% of the Greek people are “living in extreme material deprivation.”

? Cyprus is unlikely to get that bailout from the Eurozone “until it wrestles with a long-standing issue: money laundering.”

? China is “turning away from breakneck growth based on exports in favor of a broader economy driven by spending at home.”

Money Matters USA

? Those Arrogant Agents of Austerity, the  “Credit rating agencies shrug off sequester, say more cuts needed” in the US.

? DDay on the “mega-banks illegally foreclosing on active duty members”.  Jail may be the penalty, “But, . . . there’s a catch.”

? “The 6 most appalling statements of America’s biggest CEOs.” [cont’d.]

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