Sep 172012

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart


By Gustav Wynn, OpEdNews

A federal judge permanently blocked enforcement of a law signed by Obama late last year that included vague language allowing the military to detain US citizens indefinitely.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest today ruled in favor of Chris Hedges and six other journalists in permanently blocking disputed provisions in the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act for 2012). Forrest placed a preliminary injunction against the law in May because…well, because of the U.S. Constitution. The government appealed then, prompting today’s smack down. In part:

“The Constitution places affirmative limits on the power of the Executive to act, and these limits apply in times of peace as well as times of war” […]




By Jordan Flaherty, The Louisiana Justice Institute

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a national laboratory for government reforms. But the process through which those experiments have been carried out rarely has been transparent or democratic. The results have been divisive, pitting new residents against those who grew up here, rich against poor, and white against Black.

Education, housing, criminal justice, health care, urban planning, even our media; systemic changes have touched every aspect life in New Orleans, often creating a template used in other cities. A few examples:

– In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, more than 7,500 employees in city’s public school system were fired, despite the protection of union membership and a contract. Thousands of young teachers, many affiliated with programs like Teach For America, filled the empty slots. As charters took over from traditional public schools, the city became what then-superintendent Paul Vallas called the first 100% free market public school system in the US. A judge recently found that the mass firings were illegal, but any resolution will likely be tied up in appeals for years.

– Every public housing development has either been partially or entirely torn down. The housing authority now administers more than 17,000 vouchers – nearly double the pre-Katrina amount –a massive privatization of a formerly public system. During this period, rents have risen dramatically across the city.  […]




Source: Athens News

[…] The island-leasing programme, under consideration by Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, is part of a movement to raise 19 billion euros through state asset sales by 2015, and 50 billion euros by 2020, in efforts to secure 240 billion euros of foreign aid. So far 1.8 billion euros have been raised, causing concerns that the fund will not be able to meet its targets.

The Israeli government even considered purchasing an island for military training, thought they later rejected the idea as too costly, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Actual sale of the islands is out of the question, as it is prohibited by legislature and would not yield a greater profit than leasing. […]




By Anne Sewell, digitialjournal

[…] Spokesperson for the Social Platform for the Defense of State Welfare said, “The pressure on our citizens is becoming more and more unbearable, they are reducing our incomes even more thanks to the new labor reform and the removal of overtime pay.”

Roberto Saldana, a 44-year-old fireman, who traveled from the southern city of Huelva to take part in the rally, said “They have cut salaries, raised taxes, we have gone backwards 20 or 30 years.”

Rafael Navas, a 52-year-old receptionist at a hotel in Cordoba, said, “The austerity measures are very bad for the leisure sector, people don’t have money and consumption has dropped greatly.” Navas traveled from Cordoba at 4 am by bus along with several co-workers to attend the rally. “A protest like this, with people from across the country, has a greater impact than several protests in provincial capitals,” he added.

Jorge, a 52-year-old doctor from Valencia was quoted by Reuters as saying, “There is no area of my work which has not been affected by the cuts.”

“It’s a drastic reduction in the quality of service for patients, it’s terrible,” he said, also adding that his own salary had decreased by around 30% because of the austerity measures.

A 50-year-old teacher, Adelaida Liviano, told Reuters that half of her pupils had started the year without school books due to the scrapping of subsidies. She said, “Spain has gone back to the 1950s, when the Spanish had to go to Germany in search of work.” […]




By Max Keiser with Yanis Varoufakis, PRESS TV


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