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Goldman Sachs may face trial for role in Greek debt crisis

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Goldman Sachs faces the prospect of potential legal action from Greece over the complex financial deals in 2001 that many blame for its subsequent debt crisis. A leading adviser to debt-riven countries has offered to help Athens recover some of the vast profits made by the investment bank. The Independent has …

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Nobel laureate leaves US cancer research project over corporate hijacking

Dr Phillip Sharp

At least seven scientists resigned in protest this week from Texas’ embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting program, claiming the agency created with the backing of the governor and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong is charting a new “politically-driven” path that puts commercial interests before science. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of …

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Taxes without borders

World Health Organisation

World Health Organization mulling global cigarette tax. The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a global excise tax of up to 70 percent on cigarettes at an upcoming November conference, raising concerns among free market tax policy analysts about fiscal sovereignty and bureaucratic mission creep. In draft guidelines published this September, the …

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NatWest bank may start charging customers to hold cash

NatWest bank charge customers hold cash

NatWest has said it may start charging customers to hold cash if the economy takes a tumble. The bank warned more than one million of its customers it could introduce negative interest rates if that were to happen. This would mean customers are effectively paying the bank to hold their …

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Russia demands Obama reply to claim Blackwater operating in Ukraine

Blackwater Ukraine

Earlier this week, Academi, the mercenary successor to Blackwater, told the German newspaper Zeit Online it does not have personnel on the ground in Ukraine assisting the junta in its effort to roll back opposition. Bild am Sonntag, the largest-selling Sunday newspaper in Germany, reported last Sunday the presence of 400 mercenaries from the …

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New Zealand considers Cyprus-style banking failure solution

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New Zealand depositors could face a Cyprus-style tax on their bank accounts, as the government is planning to impose a similar strategy on its banks warns the country’s Green Party. New Zealand is facing a similar bank failure to Cyprus, is likely to adopt open bank resolution (OBR), which will …

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The Queen’s hand washer dies at 82, butt wiper seeks promotion

Peter Houison Craufurd, the Washer of the Sovereign’s Hands, dies at the age of 82. It is one of the more unusual roles occupied by the Queen’s courtiers, but Washer of the Sovereign’s Hands is a post that must now be filled. Mandrake learns that the holder of the title, Peter …

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Bin Laden died of natural causes: former CIA agent

Osama Bin Laden CIA died natural causes

A former agent of the CIA has revealed that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died of natural causes five years before the US announced his death. In an interview with Russia’s Channel One, Berkan Yashar, who is also a Turkish politician, said the US has not killed the al-Qaeda …

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UK Student Loans Company Accused Of Spying On Applicants

UK students applying for a loan via the Student Loans Company (SLC) will have their personal Facebook page scrutinized to determine whether they qualify for funding. This comes after it was revealed that during the summer 150 applicants were spied on after applying for full maintenance loans due to being estranged from …

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Why university is a scam: the college bubble

Many young college students, hoping to further their education, are deluded into accepting loans that they believe be can be payed once studies are completed and have received their degrees. This documentary explains how we are molded into an expectation of going through the grades of school, attending college and …

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Put big bank CEOs in jail – Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) This past weekend, the Department of Justice slapped a record fine on JPMorgan Chase for packaging and selling the mortgage-backed financial products that helped cause the financial meltdown. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants the administration to know that fines are not enough. On Wednesday, she called on …

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Senators introduce bill to block US arming Syria militants (al-Qaeda)

Republican US Senator Rand Paul

Republican US Senator Rand Paul Four bipartisan US senators have introduced a bill aimed at prohibiting the administration of President Barack Obama from providing military assistance to militants in Syria. The legislation was introduced on June 20 by Democrats Tom Udall and Chris Murphy and Republicans Mike Lee and Rand …

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British protesters condemn BBC’s pro-royals bias

British monarchy

The British anti-Monarchy activists have demonstrated outside the BBC headquarters in Bristol, London, to demand the state-run broadcaster stops promoting monarchy. The protesters condemned the pro-royal atmosphere in the BBC carrying placards that read “You’re not the Palace PR Machine”, “Monarchy: a Monstrous Carbuncle on our Democracy” and “Report, Don’t …

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FCC launching huge internet tax

FCC internet tax money

Get ready for another transfer of wealth via government confiscation. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is ready to tax internet service in order to fund its Connect America Fund boondoggle. As is usually the case in corporatist nations – Mussolini told us corporatism is the essence of fascism – mega-corporations …

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Cannabis oil helping treat multiple diseases

Oil cannabis boy

For those who believe in marijuana and cannabis freedom, the future has never been brighter. Right now there is an awakening to the benefits of cannabis for medicinal purposes, specifically something called CBD oil. But is the new CBD craze being manipulated by media and politicians? If it weren’t we …

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