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International Developments

? “Thirteen members of the same family, mostly women and children, have been killed by pro-government forces in northwest Syria, activist groups say.”

? “A rebel group in Syria with links to Al Qaeda was reported . . . to have released hundreds of kidnapped Kurdish civilians after clashes with Kurdish militiamen”.  Meanwhile, “Kurdish forces [engaged] fighters from the Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham, a powerful Syria rebel faction [with] ties to Al Qaeda.”

? “Turkey: No tolerance for Kurdish entity in Syria.”

? “Afghan parliament sacks interior minister over security issues.”

? “Hundreds escape from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison after fierce militant assault.  At least 500 inmates, including senior members of al Qaeda”.  Escapes from Taji prison, too,  following fierce attacks there.

? “Egypt Islamist Calls for U.S. Embassy Siege Amid Unrest.”

? 147 civilian deaths due to drone attacks, according to a secret Pakistan government document; much greater than US claims.

? Which countries have a more positive perception of the US  (Philippines, Israel, Ghana, etc.) and which don’t (Pakistan, Jordan, Palestinian territories, Egypt, etc.).

Money Matters USA

? “Cries of Betrayal as Detroit Plans to Cut Pensions“, even though under MI’s Constitution they are “a contractual obligation that ‘shall not be diminished or impaired.'”

? “Does anyone seriously doubt that, if Detroit were a ‘too big to fail’ bank, it wold have been bailed out long ago?”

? “Break up the big banks, or they will continue to take over and manipulate more and more of the economy . . . increasing their profits while making everyone else poorer.”

? Tomorrow, a Senate hearing entitled, “Should banks control power plants, warehouses, and oil refineries?”

? The Securities and Exchange Commission is zeroing in on SAC Capital Advisors’ Steven A. Cohen for “failing to supervise inside-trading employees.”

? “The Commodity Futures Trading Commission . . . has accused the high-speed trading firm Panther Energy LLC of gaming commodity markets”.

? Yves Smith notes who’s in the running for next Fed Chair and concludes:  “Why Larry Summers Should Not Be Permitted to Run Anything More Important than a Dog Pound.”

? MI “employers are increasingly relying on temporary employment agencies”.

? “UAW Southern Organizing Gathers Momentum; AL Autoworkers Petition for Union Recognition.”

? A “diminutive, middle-age white woman” is prowling blighted, vacant properties “owned by individual or commercial landlords in Baltimore.”  She takes photos, researches ownership and publishes it all on her blog. [cont’d.]

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