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USA: Congratulations on the one Millionth Terrorist

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We have “recently reported” that Nobel Price Laureate Nelson Mandela has just – after years of diplomatic quarreling – been removed from the infamous US List of terrorist suspects.

Now this week ACLU is reporting another record related to this “list” – the list has just hit the size of one million records. Put this in relation to numbers reported on various other crimes from burglary to official war crime numbers together with the complete swipe of human / civil rights linked to that list and even a blind man should be able to see that there is something wrong here…

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US removes Nelson Mandela from terror list

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Just in time for his 90th birthday this month the USA has removed former South African President and Nobel Peace Price laureate Nelson Mandela from the so called “US terrorists watch list”. After the bill had been approved by the US Senate, G.W Bush has now signed it and by that bringing an end to at least one of the most visible quarrels beleaguering this “list” since a long time.

“…Today the United States moved closer at last to removing the great shame of dishonoring this great leader by including him on our government’s terror watch list…” said Senator John Kerry.

Previously Nelson Mandela like other former ANC freedom fighters required…

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Geo-Politics: The New Yorker on war preparations in the USA

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The New Yorker in his next issue (July 7 – available online) includes an excellent editorial on the preparations for another war by the Bush administration.

This time its Iraq Iran and based on a Presidential Finding signed by G.W. Bush the congress has already approved 400 Million USD for covert, sabotage and all sorts of other shady activities to “destabilize Iran“…

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Data-Visualization: Oil prices 1861-2008

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If every “close encounter” with a petrol station these days gets you into a bad mood and you slowly start believing these gas prices are from another planet, this diagram might not be helping either.

Forbes Magazine brushed up a chart with data from the Commodity Research Bureau and the US Department of Commerce showing the development of oil prices from 1861 to 2008. Data is charted in real prices (constant 2008 Dollar) and nominal.

When you look at this diagram it shows…

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US Credit Crisis: Fed borrowing shown as a chart

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If you would like to see the “official version of how much money the Fed is pumping into banks and financial institutions recently, have a look at the chart below.

The gray shaded areas are times officially recognized as recessions. The underlying data is available at the St. Louis Fed web site together with a charting application that allows you to further customize the range and other parameters.

To better visualize the substantial change we have split the data into two charts:

The larger chart shows the borrowing from the FED for the period 1919 to 2007 and the smaller one data for 2008 only. As you can see during these almost 90 years borrowing remained continuously within a range of almost none to max 8 Billion USD per month.

Since the beginning of 2008 the numbers have drastically changed and are now at about 155 Billion USD per month. The monthly figures for 2008 in detail…

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USA: The never ending story of money motivated war crimes in Iraq continues

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What BBC’s popular political TV magazine Panorama yesterday night called the greatest heist in history or Daylight Robbery seems now to be going into another round of new discoveries.

In the more than one hour long broadcast Panorama’s Jane Corbin tells us some of the stories of those who became rich from the war and those who stood up against the crimes and “got burned”.

…If you believe that such corruption happens by pushing around brown envelopes with money under the table, sorry, but that might just be a very small part of it. We have compiled a short list of the most common activities identified within Iraq below. Some of them have also been mentioned in the report of Panorama yesterday night…

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