? “Russia withdraws its remaining personnel from Syria: Evacuation signals growing concern in Moscow about conflict between ally Bashar al-Assad’s regime and rebels.”
? “US and Afghan officials say they are committed to talks with the Taliban, despite an assault on a CIA station and government buildings on Monday.”
? “Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi: I have made mistakes” and “pledges radical reforms to state institutions”.
? When President Obama arrives in South Africa this Friday, “South Africans plan protests over [his] administration’s funding of African dictators, revelations of NSA spying and economic agenda.”
Emperor European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi “Fudged Italy’s Books to Secure Eurozone Entry, Italy Stuck With Derivative Losses”. Wonder what else he’s done.
? A package of EU reforms will reduce subsidies to big farms “up to 30% “. “Some” of the savings will be redistributed to smaller farms which “use eco-friendly methods.”
Money Matters USA
? The average payment to mortgage rip-off victims is $809, with two-thirds actually receiving $300. Banks hired consulting firms to process 500,000 foreclosure reviews but the “reviews were stopped with fewer than 104,000 completed”, at a cost of “about $2 billion”. Yves Smith has more.
? He wrote “anti-big bank messages . . . in water-soluble chalk outside Bank of America branches” in San Diego, CA and could get 13 years and $13,000 in fines for it. The judge has ruled his attorney cannot mention “the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial.”
? Originally estimated to be 2.4%, the US growth rate has been revised to 1.8%. [cont’d]
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