“Every bluefin tuna tested in the waters off California has shown to be contaminated with radiation that originated in Fukushima. Every single one.”

Greetings.

International Developments

? “Syria crisis: children speak from Zaatari refugee camp”.

? “Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace laureate, today appealed to the Rt. Hon. William Hague, British Foreign Minister, and M. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, to stop calling for military action against Syria”.

? Gasp!  Some think President Obama needs Congressional authorization for war.

? Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai “stresses need for Pakistani help in Taliban peace process.”

? Egypt’s military “has enlisted Muslim scholars. . . to persuade soldiers and policemen that they have a religious duty to obey orders to use deadly force against [Morsi].”

? Conspiracy theory, Egyptian-style: The US is in cahoots with “the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy Egypt.”

? “Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians” in the West Bank; Palestinian officials cancelled “peace talks with the Israelis.”

? Australian elections (incl. Assange).

International Finance

? German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to “reassure voters . . . that Greece would not need a debt write-down” while leaving the door open for “more aid for Athens.”

? “Trans-Pacific Partnership talks roadblock over anti-smoking policies.”

? Venezuela and the Palestinian Authority have inked a deal for oil sales to the PA “at a ‘fair price'”.

Money Matters USA

? The NYTimes: “Huge, complex and opaque banks continue to take enormous risks that endanger the economy . . .. What’s shameful is how easily our leaders have caved”.

? “Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts.  They are systematically buying up or gaining control of . . . essential [economic] lifelines”.

? Feeding at the trough:  “hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states . . . get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards”.

? “We pay . . . at the grocery store . . . at the gas pump.  We pay the taxes they write off.  Our low-wage workers pay with sweat and deprivation because this town–aloof, self-obsessed, bought off and doing very well, thank you–feels no pain.” [cont’d.]

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Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.