By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
CITIGROUP is lucky that Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed when he was. The Libyan leader’s death diverted attention from a lethal article involving Citigroup that deserved more attention because it helps to explain why many average Americans have expressed support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The news was that Citigroup had to pay a $285 million fine to settle a case in which, with one hand, Citibank sold a package of toxic mortgage-backed securities to unsuspecting customers — securities that it knew were likely to go bust — and, with the other hand, shorted the same securities — that is, bet millions of dollars that they would go bust.
full article at source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/friedman-did-you-hear-the-one-about-the-bankers.html?_r=2&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB
I implore all decent people of Ireland to immediately write to
the local TD’s and the Minster of foreign Affairs to immediately call on the
entire world to demand UN military action against the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad. This monster must be brought to justice nothing else is acceptable. In this so called modern civilized society the state sanctioned murder of children is repugnant to all decent people the world over and we must demand that the brutal murders be brought before the
international courts of justice or the people’s justice the type dealt out to Gaddafi’s and
his henchmen! The kid gloves are off this murdering madman must be dealt with.
Sooner or later the people will rise in their masses and rid themselves of these murders of innocence .
With Gaddafi dead, Libyans can now look forward to a new and exciting
future . The people have shown any other would be Dictators just how fragile
their grip on power really is .Only when the people lose the fear of the people
keeping them down will they rise up .I believe we are now seeing this happening
in Syria. Bashar al-Assad would do well to consider his position very carefully .The people of Syria want their freedom now .
Back to the people of Libya let’s hope the people hold on to their
new freedom It must be exciting to be a part of a new democracy. I hope to go
to this great country soon and perhaps send a posting from there! Why not a close up on democracy in action! In any case congratulations to the free people of Libya .What ever happened to Iman al-Obeidi the lady from Benghazi who was raped by the henchman of Gaddafi I hope these thugs will now be arrested and brought to trial.
With the news of the liberation of Tripoli in Libya still
ringing in my ears let me congratulate the people of Libya to their new won
freedom .Hopefully they will now benefit from their own natural oil resources
and their standards of living take a turn for the better.
Choose your new leaders wisely.
Best wishes from Ireland
Sent in to us this morning
America‘s true reason for intervention, and missile attacks against
Libya has become very clear today with a sudden creation by the rebels of a new
central bank on March 29th.
The rebels in Libya are in the middle of a life or death civil war and Moammar
Gadhafi is still in power and yet somehow the Libyan rebels have had enough
time to establish a new Central Bank of Libya and form a new national oil
company. Perhaps when this conflict is over those rebels can become time
management consultants. They sure do get a lot done. What a skilled bunch of
rebels – they can fight a war during the day and draw up a new central bank and
a new national oil company at night without any outside help whatsoever. If
only the rest of us were so versatile! But isn’t forming a central bank
something that could be done after the civil war is over? According to
Bloomberg, the Transitional National Council has “designated the Central
Bank of Benghazi as a monetary authority competent in monetary policies in
Libya and the appointment of a governor to the Central Bank of Libya, with a
temporary headquarters in Benghazi.” – The Economic Collapse via Uruknet
Continue reading on Examiner.com America’s true reason for attacking Libya becomes
clear with new central bank – National Finance Examiner | Examiner.com
I don’t find myself in agreement with the general thrust of this article but I do respect the
possibility of some truth in it as we all know that America always looks out for itself and its interests first. Just look over at Bahrain and Saudi Arabia the democracy movement was crushed and Saudi Arabian forces invaded Bahrain and nobody in the west said anything indeed the news media just went silent. There are still reports seeping out about torture and summary executions and the world media are ignoring these reports why because Saudi Arabia in the American sphere of interest and is a no go area for the established media that is mostly controlled by American interests !
Take a look of a simple for the actions of the government in this country
The blame game is now full underway, why is it ok to bomb Libya and not to bomb Syria?
Syria\Libya ,every life is precious The current leaders in both of these countries are despots and they are equally to blame for the many thousands of lives that are been lost
Syrian Armed forces are killing their own people and the West is just looking on .The clams in this video clip that the rebels were using bombs and weapons are just pure fantasy .If ordinary people had these weapons they would stand and fight!
There must be a lot of wheeling and dealing going on in Libya, Gaddafi is still hanging around and people are still losing their lives .How long can the people of Libya continue with this uncertainty?
The people are just pains in this obvious chess game of the regional powers! I hope the people’s revolution does not become bogged down and they lose sight of the democracy they have almost achieved.This was not ment to be an oppertunity for the west to try out their new war toys .Real people are diying with every air strik !