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Source: AP

A grand jury has handed down an 11-count indictment against three NATO-summit protesters jailed since May, including four terrorism-related counts and seven other charges, according to the document obtained by The Associated Press from defense attorneys.

Authorities arrested Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly days before the summit in Chicago under Illinois’ never-before-used anti-terrorism statutes, accusing them of planning to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters with Molotov cocktails.

Defense attorneys said asked at a hearing last week if prosecutors would show them the indictment. State’s attorneys said they would only disclose it at an upcoming July 2 arraignment. […]

READ @ http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8708151



By Allison Kilkenny, The Nation

Protests continue in Los Cabos, Mexico, during the G20 summit of world leaders, though learning of these demonstrations—especially if one lives within the United States—is quite a difficult task for consumers of the establishment media.

On Monday, activists unfurled a giant “one trillion dollar” bill to represent the money given in fossil fuel subsidies every year, and the group Avaaz.org says it collected more than 750,000 signatures for a petition calling for a shift to renewable energy.

But rather than discussing environmental policies or austerity measures, NBC’s Chuck Todd obsessed endlessly over the body language between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama. […]

READ / VIDEO @ http://www.thenation.com/blog/168480/activists-protest-g20-while-us-media-talk-trivialities#



Source: Aljazeera

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon has welcomed world leaders at the G20 summit in the hills above the resort of San Jose del Cabo.

The summit has been dominated by a spiralling European debt crisis that is scaring markets and paralysing growth.

While heads of the 20 biggest economies discussed the eurozone crisis, addressing the plight of some of the world’s poorest people, some metres away from the conference centre, was not on the agenda. […]

[…] Lacy MacAuley, an Occupy DC activist currently at the People’s Summit in La Paz, Mexico, said La Paz is the closest activists can get to the G20 Summit because Los Cabos is under such heavy security:

“No one can travel to or from Cabo unless they are a documented Cabo resident. They have even closed the schools and hospitals. I’ve heard a story from a woman whose pregnant family member in Cabo was told that the hospital would not even be open if she were to give birth during the summit. They were lucky: The baby was born last week. This is just another example of how the G20 acts with total disregard for everyday people—they make decisions behind closed doors that impact all of us, decisions that serve the corporate elite of the world, and leave the rest of us out. We need to build our own solutions to the crises of the world, and move beyond big institutions like the G20.” […]

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDxisMxXPns&feature=player_embedded



Source: Ice News

lceland’s special prosecutor into the banking crisis has confirmed that raids have taken place today and that arrests have been made. The Central Bank of Iceland is among the institutions under investigation.

Special Prosecutor, Olafur Thor Hauksson told Visir.is that house searches are taking place in at least three places today as part of investigations into the central bank, MP Bank and Straumur Bank.

Stefan Johann Stefansson at the central bank confirmed that agents were in the building conducting searches; and it has also been confirmed that searches are underway at MP Bank and ALMC (formerly Straumur).

An ALMC spokesman said that the premises are indeed being searched and that the bank’s staff members are doing their best to help.

In other news, four people have so far been arrested today in connection with the special prosecutor’s investigation into Landsbanki. […]

READ @ http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2011/01/20/more-icelandic-bankers-arrested/



By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge

Looks like the long-anticipated E-bay auction for Santorini may be closer than expected: in the aftermath of Greece’s now absolutely bankrupt status, whereby the comatose patient is kept alive only thanks to a Made in Germany ventilator, it was only a matter of time before the country started with the Blue light special firesales. Sure enough from Bloomberg: “National Bank of Greece SA is preparing to sell an Athenian Riviera resort, visited by world leaders and movie stars for more than half a century, in a test of the country’s ability to sell assets amid concern that it will leave the euro. The 3.3 million-square-foot Astir Palace complex has already drawn investors’ interest, according to Aristotelis Karytinos, general manager of real estate at the lender. The Athens-based bank and Greece’s privatization fund, which owns part of the property, will put out a public tender in coming months, he said.” Why is the Astir Palace unique? “Since its opening in 1960, the resort’s guests have included Jackie Onassis, Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair, Jane Fonda and Frank Sinatra, according to the resort’s website. Astir Palace in 1993 and 2009 hosted the Bilderberg conference.” Something tells us we know just where the winning bid for the last remaining Greek assets may come from.

What is surprising is that Greece has only now figured out that real estate is the only legalized form of money laundering: why look at the US, where the NAR is the only organization exempt from conducting anti-money laundering checks for foreign buyers. After all, those $100 million New York duplex penthouses won’t sell themselves to Russian oligarchs by themselves. […]

READ @ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/greece-puts-bilderbergs-favorite-resort-sale

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