Fatster’s Roundup

Good morning.

International Developments

? “Turkey arrests dozens as crackdown on protests against Erdogan continues”.

? “Taliban talks announced as Afghanistan assumes security”.  “US to begin talks with Taliban over Afghan future.”

? “Iran Is Ready to Suspend 20% Uranium Enrichment, Russia Says”.

? Names of all 166 inmates, and a list of 45 Guantanamo indefinite detainees, have been released by the Pentagon.

? Clifford Sloan, lawyer, is the new State Department special envoy “in charge of closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”

? “Massive police security presence at Belfast G8 demo.”  Video.

? Ecuador’s President Ricardo Patino and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague weren’t able to “resolve the deadlock over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange” yesterday.

? New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft now says he did  give that Super Bowl ring to Russian President Putin.

International Finance

? “Progressive Democrats in Congress are ramping up pressure on the Obama administration to release the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership”.

? What Blockupy’s been up to.

? Switzerland’s lower house of parliament refuses “to debate a bill [allowing] Swiss banks to pass client information to the US tax authorities.”

? Israel wants the US “to guarantee $5 billion in bridge loans . . . to finance procurement of advanced weapons systems”.

Money Matters USA

? Affidavits have been filed by former employees of Bank of America and DDay’s got the lowdown on how BoA “systematically lied to homeowners, fraudulently denied loan modifications, paid their staff bonuses for deliberately pushing people into foreclosure.”

? What a racket: NY state Sen. John Sampson (D) allegedly “oversaw” foreclosure auction sales to the tune of $440,000 he embezzled from such sales.

President Obama thinks Federal Reserve Chairperson Ben Bernanke has “done an outstanding job” but has “stayed a lot longer than he wanted or was supposed to.”

? United Mine Workers of America are protesting in St. Louis, MO against proposed cuts by Patriot Coal to retired miners’ health benefits and reduced pay and benefits to current workers.

? Walmart workers crashed Walmart corporation’s annual party.

? New York Times takes on the corporations‘ fictional claim that there just aren’t any “qualified applicants” for jobs.  First of all, there are fewer job openings; secondly, workers lack on-the-job experience; and so on.

? “US home construction up 6.8 pct. in May”.

? “Chrysler relents, agrees to recall 2.7 million jeeps.” [cont’d.]

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