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* VIDEO: PUSSY RIOT VERDICT READ, TWO YEARS IN JAIL FOR PUNK ROCKERS
A Moscow court has sentenced three members of Pussy Riot to two years in prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity – read more @ http://on.rt.com/ioe98o
* ‘U.S. SLAMS PUSSY RIOT VERDICT WHILE JAILING MORE THAN ANY NATION’
The jailing of three members of Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ has attracted criticism from across the world, and seen protests in support of the women. US-based journalist Don DeBar says Washington should look closer to home and tidy up its own affairs before judging others.
* DANIEL ELLSBERG: I CONGRATULATE ECUADOR FOR STANDING UP TO A BRITISH EMPIRE TO PROTECT ASSANGE
By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales, Democracy Now!
Daniel Ellsberg, the most famous whistleblower in the United States, praises Ecuador for granting political asylum to Julian Assange to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crime accusations. “I congratulate Ecuador of course for standing up to the British Empire here, for insisting that they are not a British colony, and acting as a sovereign state ought to act,” said Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, the secret history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. On Thursday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Assange would be arrested if he left the embassy, saying Britain is “under a binding obligation to extradite him to Sweden. “[Assange] has every reason to be wary that the real intent here is to whisk him away to America where it really hasn’t been made clear what might be waiting for him.”
Watch all Democracy Now! reports on Julian Assange @ http://www.democracynow.org/topics/julian_assange
* JULIAN ASSANGE & WIKILEAKS: TIMELINE OF EVENTS
December 2006: Julian Assange, a former Australian computer hacker, founds Wikileaks.org. The website aims to provide a platform for whistleblowers to post sensitive and secret political documents while keeping their identity anonymous.
February 2008: Wikileaks exposes Swiss Bank, Julius Baer, for involvement in money laundering. It publishes internal documents to show that the bank was helping clients launder funds via the Cayman Islands. This leads to the first of many legal charges against Wikileaks.
November 2009: Wikileaks releases a comprehensive archive of text pager messages recorded in the US on September 11,2001, the day when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. […]
COMPLETE TIMELINE / PHOTOS @ http://www.euronews.com/2012/08/16/julian-assange-and-wikileaks-timeline-of-events/
* SEVEN BANKS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR GLOBAL INTEREST RATE SCANDAL
By Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch Blog
Seven international banks have been served with subpoenas over the global interest setting scandal. Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS – have been asked to provide relevant “documents and communications” to Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney-general in collaboration with George Jepsen, Connecticut’s top law enforcement officer.
The scandal involves LIBOR – or the London Inter Bank Offer Rate – a global system of interest rates for $360 trillion in international deposits. While many of these loans are overnight transfers between banks, they affect the price of consumer loans like mortgages, car loans and credit card loans. The rates are set by the British Bankers Association which makes a considered average of rates reported to them verbally by participating bankers. […]
* WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM?
By Rob Cox, Reuters
That’s the question Frances Causey’s new documentary “Heist” tries to answer. Rob Cox speaks with her about the film and its premise that Big Business has captured the American political system.