Ivory Coast crisis intensifies as largest bank shuts its doors
Banks with half of civil servants' accounts close down and cocoa farmers burn crop in protest against Laurent Gbagbo
Ivory Coast's largest bank has shut down, joining other international banks pulling out as the country faces an international embargo over incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to concede that Alassane Ouattara won elections in November.
Hundreds of growers in what is the world's largest cocoa exporting country burned some sacks of their beans in symbolic protest, saying that the embargo was denying them their livelihood.
Together, the banks halting operations this week control more than half of Ivorian civil servants' accounts, and will prevent many receiving salaries. French bank Société Générale announced it was shutting its subsidiary SGBCI, after Britain's Standard Chartered, France's BNP-Paribas and America's Citibank said they were suspending operations, prompting lines of people outside branches trying to withdraw savings.
Gbgabo announced that the banks suspending their business would be nationalised. "President Laurent Gbagbo … has made a decree that the Ivorian state take control, via a total and complete stakeholding in the capital of these banks," a statement issued after a cabinet meeting said.
Ouattara's victory has been endorsed by the United States, the former colonial power France, the European Union and the African Union. He is trapped in a hotel protected by UN peacekeepers, but he has called for a ban on cocoa exports to pressure Gbagbo to cede power.
Several hundred angry farmers went to the EU office in the capital, Abidjan, with a lorry loaded with five tonnes of cocoa, and spilled half a dozen sacks on the pavement before setting them on fire. "We aren't politicians, we're farmers," said Patrick Ayemou, a farmer from the Sud Comoé region. "We own this cocoa, and the EU shouldn't confuse politicians and farmers. Because of the EU's embargo we can't live off the fruits of our labour." /continues
Ivory Coast protesters killed calling for Laurent Gbagbo to step down
Security forces react violently in support of loser of last election who will not cede power, as African leaders form a panel to try to broker peace
Ivorian troops have killed at least six protesters who were calling on Laurent Gbagbo to step down as leader, witnesses say, as African presidents charged with resolving Ivory Coast's crisis arrived in Abidjan.
A dispute over the presidential election in November paralysed the country and led to the deaths of about 300 people. /continues
Middle East Protests: Is it Time for the West to Come Clean?
Western backing for the old regimes in the Middle East and north Africa precludes any cosy narrative about popular uprisings.
There has been a tendency among western commentators during the past few weeks of popular uprising in the Middle East and north Africa to interpret the events as occurring along starkly defined fault lines.
There are the people versus the regime; Islamists versus the secular; and autocratic, corrupt rulers pitted against a popular desire for democracy, human rights and economic inclusion. All of which contains some truths, but it remains a partial picture.
In our desire to create a joined-up narrative out of the unrest, from Yemen to Iraq and Bahrain, we have ignored the specifics. In the rush of politicians such as Hillary Clinton to support the new wave of "freedom", western governments seem to be replicating the same errors they made during the "colour" revolutions, mistaking the act of revolt for the outcome of a long period of revolution, and accepting the incomplete in the name of "stability".
For, like Tolstoy's unhappy families, each of the autocracies now embroiled in popular uprisings is autocratic in its own way. What can be said about the events in Tunisia is as inapplicable to Egypt as it is to Bahrain or Yemen. /continues
After Mubarak In the case of Mubarak's resignation, the singer is gone, but the song remains.
Ray McGovern Assaulted for Silent Protest at Hilary Clinton Speech [She is party to the globalism scheme as a Bilderberg attendee]
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.
Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, "So this is America?" Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault. /continues
With Cameron declaring plans (strike busters) that will cause confrontation with protestors, one wonders what the
A Snapshot of Today’s United Nations [This is absolutely no surprise to anyone that has taken even a cursory look at this fraud riddled outside-the-law self interested gang of globalist camp followers.]
Here are some vital statistics on the current crisis in the Arab and Muslim world and the role not being played by the “global leader,” the United Nations.
The UN Security Council job description (The Charter of the United Nations)
The Purposes of the United Nations are:
(1) To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace…
Number of UN Security Council presidential statements or resolutions on the current atrocities perpetrated by Arab and Muslim dictators in Iran, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia,Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain.
Number of meetings called by the Security Council to discuss and consider a possible resolution or presidential statement on any of these countries.
There is less than no excuse for continuing funding the UN and ugly sister the EC. That both organisations are unaccountable and that they are politically ambitious with the destruction of sovereignty, democracy, capitalism, industry and a huge percentage of humanity evidences that advocates in any nation providing support with taxpayer moneys are enemies to their nation. It is one thing being assaulted by an enemy, it is entirely another when a nation's own money is financing the assault. That isn't politics nor is it nations working together. It is war. A dirty one.
Mt Etna: Second Eruption in 2011
Independent (agenda free) temperature time series under construction.
Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature
Rothschild henchman Soros, a perspective:
George Soros, Nazi Obsessive
How banks screw in plain English:
(Money as debt - transcripts of DVDs - order from the site)
Intro & Goldsmith’s Tale, Part II
also Is it "Money" or is it "Credit"? What is the Difference? (4 page PDF)
Where does Money Come From? (1 page PDF)
Banker welfare handouts
Shockingly, banks are the most heavily subsidised businesses in the world. We give them over £130 billion in subsidies and benefits every year. Without these subsidies and benefits, the banks wouldn’t be making any profits, and they certainly wouldn’t be paying [employee] bonuses right now.
Sick, seriously sick eco insanity:
EPA discovers new mercury isotope? (Junk Science)
The federal government is taking steps to remove mercury thermometers from use, reports the Baltimore Sun.
The globalist EPA is quoted as follows:
“Due to elemental mercury’s high toxicity, EPA seeks to reduce potential mercury exposures to humans and the environment by reducing the overall use of mercury-containing products, including mercury-containing thermometers.”
This policy, however, apparently doesn’t apply to mercury-containing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), to which the EPA has given its ENERGY STAR rating.
Although the mercury in CFLs requires a 3-page set of EPA-issued safety instructions for CFL clean-up, it is apparently a new and distinct form of mercury — i.e., a politically correct isotope. Call it HgPC.