Communist Party now holds sway over American audiences
Paul Joseph Watson
April 1, 2013
A scene from the new Brad Pitt movie World War Z had to be changed so as not to offend Chinese state censors, just one of numerous recent examples where American movies are being amended in order to please China’s ruling Communist Party leaders.
“In the offending scene, characters debate the geographic origin of an outbreak that caused a [...]
A senior Cypriot official suggested late on Saturday that his government was not close to an agreement with the troika over a range of measures aimed at securing a 10-billion-euro bailout for his country.
“We are not in touching distance of an agreement,” the official, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Cyprus News Agency.
According to the news agency, the official said that the impasse was a result of the “inflexible” stance of [...]
A quarter of Cyprus bank deposits are Russian, so taxing them is unpopular in Moscow.
Russian officials are up in arms over a possible levy on Cyprus bank accounts, which Russian president Vladimir Putin denounced as “unfair, unprofessional and dangerous.” There’s good reason for their concern: Nearly a third of all the money in Cyprus’ outsized banking sector is Russian.
Sinclair – Cyprus Disaster Is Much Bigger Than Being Reported
Today legendary trader [...]
Pier Luigi Bersani has twice ruled out the possibility of a grand coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition, and Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement wants no part of overtures from Bersani.
There is insufficient support for another technocrat. So, the logical conclusion is new elections are forthcoming. But when?
Reader “AC” who is from Italy but now lives in France explains …
Now that elections are over and declarations have been made [...]
WASHINGTON — With studies suggesting that long lines at the polls cost Democrats hundreds of thousands of votes in November, party leaders are beginning a push to make voting and voter registration easier, setting up a likely new conflict with Republicans over a deeply polarizing issue.
White House officials have told Congressional leaders that the president plans to press for action on Capitol Hill, and Democrats say they expect him to [...]
House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a major concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end “fiscal cliff.”
The offer came Friday, according to people in both parties familiar with the talks, as part of the latest effort by Boehner (R-Ohio) to strike [...]
China’s new leaders have promised a dramatic overhaul of how the Communist party behaves, responding to growing public criticism of imperious and lavishly rich officials.
Party leaders will no longer be greeted wherever they go with cheering crowds, banners, red carpets and elaborate flower displays, said a statement on Chinese state media after a meeting of the new 25-man Politburo.
The updated rules also ban dull, long speeches and fawning write-ups in the state [...]
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will return the House and resume his duties as chairman of the Budget Committee, putting aside immediate questions about the Wisconsin Republican’s future in D.C.
But even some of Ryan’s closest colleagues in the House wonder how long he can stay — or what his relationship will be with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other party leaders — as he keeps an eye on a possible White [...]
From James Miller:
With the U.S. presidential election right around the corner, Americans are getting themselves all in a tizzy to go to the voting booth and remind the holders of public office who they work for. Because it’s a presidential election, the stakes are looked to as even higher as the media paints the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as a conflict with extreme consequence.
The statist tramps known [...]
Because of the archaic voting system used in the United States, voters do not actually vote for a candidate, but for a slate of state electors who are pledged to vote for that candidate if he or she wins the state. In most states, these electors are not legally required to vote for the candidate who won the state. In fact, there have been 87 instances in which an elector [...]
Market crash ‘could hit within weeks’, warn bankers
The cost of insuring RBS bonds is now higher than before the taxpayer was forced to step in and rescue the bank in October 2008, and shows the recent dramatic downturn in sentiment among credit investors towards banks.
“The problem is a shortage of liquidity – that is what is causing the problems with the banks. It feels exactly as it felt in 2008,” [...]
August 6, 2012
How the GOP Establishment Stole the Nomination from Ron Paul
By Jaret Glenn
Many of the delegates Romney has won may be the result of dirty tricks and outright election fraud. IA: For the first time ever, the Iowa GOP changed the final vote count to a secret location. FL: The Florida GOP broke party rules by switching to a winner-take-all system. NV: After Paul won, Repugs formed “Team Nevada” [...]
Kenneth T. Walsh
July 30, 2012
The infighting is getting worse between supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul and some state leaders of the Republican Party as the GOP national convention approaches.
The latest developments include the decision by establishment Republicans in Maine to challenge the roster of Paul delegates from that state. The Republicans filed a challenge last weekend with the Republican National Committee, arguing that Paul forces used unauthorized procedures and [...]
MUNCIE, Ind. — A punching bag depicting President Barack Obama as a boxer with a black eye has been removed from the Republican Party tent at an Indiana fair after some fairgoers complained.
Delaware County GOP spokesman Tom Bennington tells The Star Press he thinks the bag was placed outside the tent by party leaders. It was displayed at various times Monday through Wednesday at the fair in Muncie, about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
A Greek opinion poll showed the Syriza party, which is opposed to implementing Greece’s international financial rescue, building on its lead in voter support ahead of elections to be held June 17.
Syriza had 30 percent support, compared with 28 percent a week earlier, according to a Public Issue poll presented on Athens-based Skai TV today. That was ahead of pro-bailout party New Democracy, which had 26 percent support, up from 24 percent a [...]
Greek President Karolos Papoulias was told by the nation’s central bank chief that financial institutions are worried about their survival as Greeks pull out euros amid a deepening political crisis.
Central bank head George Provopoulos told Papoulias that Greeks have withdrawn as much as 700 million euros ($891 million) and the situation could worsen, according to the transcript of the president’s meeting with party leaders on May 14 that was published yesterday.
Greece is heading toward national elections six weeks after the last vote, with its future in the 17-nation euro area and the international bailout at stake.
Panagiotis Pikrammenos, head of Greece’s Council of State, the highest administrative court, was sworn in as head of the caretaker administration yesterday. The formal announcement of the election date, probably June 17, will be made after the new parliament is sworn in today and then dissolved.
Greece will hold fresh elections on 17 June and a judge has been appointed to head an interim government.
Council of State president Panagiotis Pikramenos will head the caretaker government until the election.
The election date was announced after party leaders met Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday.
Final talks to form a coalition failed on Tuesday, raising new concerns over Greece’s eurozone future. No party won a majority in the 6 [...]
While the long-term decline in bank deposits over the past 3 years has been well documented both on Zero Hedge and elsewhere, it is the most recent, acute post-election phase that has not gotten much coverage. Minutes ago Bloomberg sent out a notice that things in Greece may be on the verge of the final collapse. From Bloomberg: “Anxious Greeks have withdrawn as much as 700 million euros ($893 million) from the nation’s banks [...]
Greece’s political impasse continues and president Karolos Papoulias is expected to ask politicians to allow a government of technocrats to help Greece avoid bankruptcy at 2 p.m. today. But the leftist Syriza party has rejected the proposal.
Greece’s president will ask politicians on Tuesday to stand aside and let a government of technocrats steer the nation away from bankruptcy, but leftists have already rejected the proposal and look set to force a new [...]
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek state television says radical left Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras has refused to attend a meeting of party leaders to be convened Monday by the country’s president to seek a solution to the deadlock in forming a coalition government.
President Karolos Papoulias called the meeting for Monday evening after last-ditch efforts to find a solution foundered Sunday.
The meeting was to be between the heads of the parties that came in the top three [...]
Greek President Karolos Papoulias has begun talks with party leaders in a last attempt to form a coalition and avert another election.
Leaders of the three main parties – New Democracy, Syriza and Pasok – held a 90-minute meeting with the president and left without commenting.
Mr Papoulias will now start negotiations with smaller parties.
The parties are deeply divided over the EU-IMF bailout and the austerity measures demanded by lenders.
Voters deserted [...]
* Parties dig their heels over austerity
* Radical left seen gaining if new poll held
By Karolina Tagaris and Ingrid Melander
ATHENS, May 13 (Reuters) – Greece’s president will meet party leaders on Sunday in a final bid to cobble together a coalition and avert a repeat election, but the veteran politician’s effort looked set to fail because of deep splits over an EU/IMF rescue plan.
Voters enraged with austerity are likely to [...]
EU Central banksters admit Greece could default and the banksters who control Europe say they could then kick Greece out of Europe:
Europe central bankers have been openly expressing views on the possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone as its leaders struggles to form a government.
Germany’s top banker said it was up to the Greeks to decide, but if they did not keep to their bailout commitments, they [...]
From Athens News:
Alexis Tsipra’s hopes of meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and newly appointed French President Francois Hollande, have been shot down in flames, after his requests were denied by both parties. “The Chancellor only meets with chiefs of state and government” was the short answer by a Merkel representative, while the French Presidency has said that protocol does not allow for meetings between the President and political party leaders.