The banks say they do not seize people’s houses without justification. But NPR has uncovered a case that might suggest otherwise. In fact, the homeowner in this case was actually the victim of a scam run by one of the bank’s very own employees. But despite that, the bank moved to foreclose anyway.
And Mr. Assange obviously has a particular political objective behind his activities, and I think that, among other things, disqualifies him as being considered a journalist.
Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary
Ponder that for a second, and what it means for, say, Fox News…
Italy’s government teeters on the brink: tomorrow (Tuesday) a no-confidence vote should decide whether we have another three years of bunga-bunga partying, “escort” (= prostitute) scandals and international gaffes from the leader of this NATO partner and founding EU member, or whether Silvio Berlusconi will be sent home. Some think it’s a hilariously stupid (SLYT) to suggest he might step down.
Meanwhile, with the line-up more or less neck-to-neck, one leading (but vehemently anti-Berlusconi) daily states that the outcome depends on the vote of one MP (link in Italian) already repudiated by his own party and under investigation for fraud, plus (give or take) a couple of advanced pregnancy cases and an alleged “transfer market” in votes. And the Constitutional Court has just announced that the decision on whether the law Berlusconi’s government pushed through, to protect him (and three other senior figures) from prosecution while in office, is or is not contitutionally valid will now not be taken tomorrow (the hearing was scheduled before the vote of confidence was tabled) but adjourned until January. If the law is deemed unconstitutional, presumably police will be waiting with handcuffs ready.
MPs will of course find it difficult to bring down the government and provoke snap elections, when this could mean giving up a well-paid job and – if they serve a full term – a lifetime pension.
Helpfully, a professor at the American University of Rome writes an enlightening blog to explain the ins and outs in English.
VATICAN CITY – This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall.
Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it’s under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize euro23 million ($30 million) in Vatican assets in September. Critics say the case shows that the “Vatican Bank” has never shed its penchant for secrecy and scandal.
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange’s lawyer said he has seen secret police documents that prove the whistle-blower is innocent of sex assault claims made against him by two women.
Representatives from Mastercard and Visa were called before a parliamentary committee to explain the credit companies’ refusal to process donations to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
“People wanted to know on what legal grounds the ban was taken, but no one could answer it,” said Robert Marshall, chairman of Iceland’s allsherjanefnd, according to the Reykjavik Grapevine.
Vidar Thorkelsson, CEO of Valitor, which operates Visa and Mastercard in Iceland, said the Icelandic branch had nothing to do with the decision.
Fine, toss him in jail for contempt of parliament until the company marches somebody in who does know.
A Sweetwater man was sentenced to 60 days in jail for trying to arrest a Monroe County grand jury foreman who refused to indict President Obama on treason charges.
The comments on that article are pure internet gold…