? “Suicide bomber targets Iraq Shia mosque killing 22.”
? “Pakistan angers Afghans by suggesting Taliban share power”.
? Monks in Rangoon, Burma demonstrate against Time Magazine.
? “More action is needed to stop militants acquiring plutonium or highly-enriched uranium that could be used for atomic bombs, nuclear experts and government officials said” at a meeting in Vienna.
? But why? “Croatia has become the 28th member of the European Union”.
? Both the “director and deputy director of the Vatican bank have resigned”.
Money Matters USA
? Krugman: “War On the Unemployed”. There’s “a nationwide movement under way to punish the unemployed, based on the proposition that we can cure unemployment by making the jobless even more miserable.”
? Another way to screw American workers: Issue pre-paid cards rather than pay checks. Workers must pay a fee to use the cards–sometimes so large that “some employees end up making less than the minimum wage”.
? VA is using prepaid cards, too–for individual tax refunds. Thanks to Republicans.
? Tribune Co of Chicago “emerged from bankruptcy protection Dec. 31″ and has earnings problems. So, it just announced the purchase of Local TV Holdings for $2.73bn. Loan backers are “JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse”.
? “Nightmare” traffic in San Francisco as BART workers strike. [cont’d.]
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