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Pope Francis claims global economy is close to collapse and describes youth unemployment rates as an ‘atrocity’ in damning message

Hypocrisy, Op-ed, World & News

UK: Mail Online

  • Roman Catholic leader warned that the economy ‘cannot take it anymore’

  • He blasted the ‘idolatrous’ economy for discarding a ‘whole generation’

  • The 77-year-old also criticised profits made from making and selling arms

By Steph Cockroft

 

Pope Francis has launched a scathing attack on the global economic system, warning it is near collapse because of a ‘throwaway culture’ of greed and the ‘atrocity’ of youth unemployment.

The Roman Catholic leader openly blasted the ‘idolatrous’ economy for disregarding the young, which he says has led to shocking levels of youth unemployment and will lead to a lost generation.

The 77-year-old also criticised the economy – which he said had ‘fallen into a sin of idolatry, the idolatry of money’ – for surviving on the profits of war.

The Pope’s damning message came amid comments he made about the break-up of countries such as Scotland and Catalonia, which came as a huge blow to the Scottish Yes campaign.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, he said:‘Our world cannot take it anymore. Our global economic system can’t take any more.

‘We discard a whole generation to maintain an economic system that no longer endures – a system that to survive has to make war, as the big empires have always done.

‘The economy is moved by the ambition of having more and, paradoxically, it feeds a throwaway culture.’

 

The pontiff expressed particular concern over the ‘worrisome’ statistics of youth unemployment.

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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’ dead at 87

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Ex-British PM was Reagan’s political soulmate

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, an ally to President Ronald Reagan in the fight against encroaching socialism in the free world and a champion of her own nation’s economic and political prosperity, has died at the age of 87.

United Kingdom officials said the woman who was known as the “Iron Lady” died this morning of a stroke.

She ruled for 11 years, turning a fading nation into a new leader in world political and economic affairs.

Selling off state industries to pursue the free market system, turning back union demands and directing the Falklands war, it wasn’t until a mutiny in her own party that she left her post.

Former Reagan adviser Art Laffer told Fox News, “She was as great for Britain as Reagan was for the United States.”

Thatcher focused like a laser on her faltering nation’s problems when she won a landslide victory, and concluded that problem was advancing socialism.

“Some socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a state computer. We believe they should be individuals. We are unequal. No one, thank heavens, is quite like anyone else no matter how much the socialists pretend otherwise. Everyone has the right to be unequal. But to us every human being is equally important,” she said.

Read about the American half of the dynamic duo that built up free enterprise, in “Hand of Providence.”

In a fight in parliament one lawmaker stood up to condemn her free market principles. She slugged the criticism right back, “I think that the honorable gentleman knows that I have the same contempt for his socialist policies … as the people of east Europe who have experienced it,” she said.

She also described the basic difference she sought to encourage. “One of the great debates of our time is about how much of your money should be spent by the state and how much you should keep to spend on your family. If the state wishes to spend more, it can do so only by borrowing your savings or by taxing you more. It’s no good thinking someone else will pay . That someone else is you.”

On the issue of conflict she was pointed, “Wars are not caused by the buildup of weapons. They are caused when an aggressor believes he can achieve his objective at an acceptable price.”

And she said, “People want to live in peace. real, lasting peace, the peace that comes from independence of the state and being able to run your own life, spend your own life and make your own choices, and above all the peace of a country that is proper’y defended against any potential adversary.”

Thatcher and Reagan met numerous times and when Reagan died in 2004, she noted she not only had lost a dear friend, but the world had lost a “great American.”

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R-CALF USA Applauds U.S. Appeal of WTO’s Adverse COOL Ruling

cattle, Federal gov & land grabs, World & News

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America

“Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Producer”

For Immediate Release                                                                                       Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard

March 23, 2012                                                                                          Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com

R-CALF USA Applauds U.S. Appeal of WTO’s Adverse COOL Ruling

 

Billings, Mont. – Today is the deadline the World Trade Organization (WTO) imposed on the United States to appeal the adverse ruling issued by the WTO on Nov. 18, 2011 that effectively strikes down the United States’ critically important country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law – the domestic law that requires grocers to inform consumers regarding where there their meats, fruits, vegetables, and certain other foods were grown or produced.  According to the WTO’s website, the United States today notified the WTO of its decision to appeal the international tribunals’ adverse COOL Ruling.

“We’re extremely thankful that our U.S. Trade Representative has chosen to defend our constitutionally-passed COOL law,” said R-CALF USA Region VI Director and COOL Committee Chair Mike Schultz adding, “But, we’re in a no-win situation regarding this frontal attack on our COOL law because our nation should not tolerate for an instant a foreign entity’s efforts to undermine our constitutionally-passed domestic laws in the first place.” Schultz explained that it is a sad state of affairs when our U.S. government kowtows to a One-World Government tribunal by playing within that foreign tribunal’s pseudo judicial process.

“Several powerful corporate industry groups are actually supporting the WTO’s efforts to undermine our U.S. COOL law, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI),” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard adding, “These groups don’t want U.S. consumers to know if they are buying beef produced exclusively in the United States or if their beef was produced in Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, or any one of the more than a dozen countries where U.S. corporations source their beef.”

Bullard said those corporate industry groups that support the WTO’s anti-COOL ruling do not want U.S. consumers to support U.S. farmers and ranchers by choosing to buy U.S. beef for their families.

Bullard added that other groups have tried to sugar-coat the WTO’s anti-COOL ruling by claiming the ruling reinforced the United States ’ right to implement a COOL program and only attacked the manner by which the United States ’ COOL law was implemented.

“This is nothing more than semantics and the WTO is far too coy to have attacked our domestic law in any other way than it did. The fact is that the WTO accomplished its objective by ruling on the one hand that COOL was too rigid and treated foreign product less favorably than domestic product, but on the other hand, it ruled that COOL was too flexible and therefore nullified the COOL law’s objective.”

“The WTO’s anti-COOL ruling is nonsensical and baseless and we are confident the United States will prevail in this unenviable appeal,” concluded Schultz.

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Interesting: Giant new Green cliamte funds wants U.N. immunity — why?

Agenda 21 & Sustainable, World & News

Mammoth new green climate fund wants United Nations-style diplomatic immunity, even though it’s not part of the UN

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Published March 22, 2012

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EXCLUSIVE: The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of U.N.-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates. There’s just one problem: it is not part of the United Nations.

Whether the fund, which was formally created at a U.N. climate conference in Durban, South Africa last December, will get all the money it wants to spend is open to question in an era of economic slowdown and fiscal austerity. Its spending goal comes atop some $30 billion in “fast start-up” money that has been pledged by U.N. member states to such climate change activities.

A 24-nation interim board of trustees for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is slated to hold its first meeting next month in Switzerland to organize the fund’s secretariat and to get it running by November, as well as find a permanent home for the GCF’s operations. The board expects to spend about $6.7 million between now and June of next year.

But before it is fully operational, the GCF’s creators—194 countries that belong to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and who are also U.N. members—want it to be immune from legal challenges and lawsuits, not to mention outside inspections, much like the United Nations itself cannot be affected by decisions rendered by a sovereign nation’s government or judicial system.

Despite its name, the UNFCCC was informed in 2006 by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs that it was not considered a U.N. “organ,” and therefore could not claim immunity for its subordinate bodies or personnel under the General Convention that has authorized U.N. immunity since the end of World War II.

A UNFCCC resolution granting similar immunities would need to be “accepted, approved or ratified” by each individual member of the Kyoto Protocol before it took effect, the U.N. legal office advised. Even if UNFCCC members decided to ask the U.N. General Assembly to grant them similar immunity it would require each U.N. member state to make changes in domestic legislation, the opinion declared. 

Click here for the legal office communication. 

The immunity that the UNFCCC wants also governs where the Green Climate Fund can make its home. Among other things, the GCF board is charged to consider whether any would-be hosts have “the ability to provide privileges and immunities to the Fund as are necessary for the fulfillment of its purposes, and to the officials of the Fund as are necessary for the independent exercise of their official functions.”

In other words, without offering immunity, you cannot host the Green Climate Fund.

Click here for the resolution launching the fund and seeking immunities. 

Countries interested in hosting the Green Climate Fund have until April 15 to let the board know. The U.S. is not considered likely to be one of them.

According to an official of the U.S. Treasury, which strongly supports the existence of the GCF, the full extent of the immunities still remains to be worked out by the fund board, although the wording of various UNFCCC resolutions indicate that immunities like those held by the U.N. are clearly envisaged.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/03/22/mammoth-new-green-climate-fund-wants-un-style-diplomatic-immunity-even-though/#ixzz1px8b1sFj

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Top 10 Threats of 2012

U.S. News, World & News

Friday, 06 Jan 2012 08:29 PM

By Arnaud De Borchgrave

On Dec. 18, 2010, a police slap of a vegetable-cum-fruit peddler in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid triggered an “Arab Spring”that no one had forecast and that quickly spawned a long, dark Arab winter.

Before the end of January 2011, violent unrest had spread to Egypt. By Feb. 11, after 18 days of riots, the 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak ended. Less than a week later, Libya exploded. And on Oct. 20, Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator for 42 years, was mauled and killed by angry revolutionaries.

The top military man in Tripoli is Abdelkrim El Haj, the former al-Qaida operative in Libya who was captured during Gadhafi’s regime, turned over to the United States, renditioned to, and tortured by, Thai authorities. He now says he isn’t holding the United States accountable but expects “those responsible to be brought to trial.”

Former close U.S. ally Egypt will soon fall under the sway of an Islamist Parliament (40 percent Muslim Brotherhood, 25 percent Salafist, or Muslim extremist). Liquor is already out of Cairo stores and can now only be sold to foreigners from locations yet to be determined. Tourism, once 15 percent of national revenue, is down to 5 percent.

The outlook for a Palestinian state is darker still than before. Palestinian extremists are in the ascendancy again as some 340,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank keep expanding and strengthening defenses. They have no intention of leaving or of living under Palestinian sovereignty. A good bet for 2012: a third intifada.

In Iraq, the last U.S. troops have left but some 14,000 Americans remain — half of them assigned to the largest U.S. Embassy in the world with diplomatic passports and the other half, private security contractors. Already, the threat of sectarian civil war looms between Sunni and the Shiite Muslims now in power.

In today’s Iraq, Iran and its Shiite allies, have more influence than the United States. And 2012 should tell whether the $1 trillion U.S. war effort and its 4,400 killed in action and 33,000 wounded (plus an estimated 100,000 Iraqis killed) was the disaster forecast by some prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion.

The end of 2014 is also the end to U.S. military involvement in the Afghan war. What happens after that is the big unknown.

The United States has the clock and Taliban have the time. The Afghan army will require $7 billion-$10 billion a year in U.S. aid to fight on. Will Congress continue to vote such big numbers? It didn’t in Vietnam in 1975 — and resistance to a Communist takeover folded.

Iran is the big unknown in the black swan aviary.

U.S. President Barack Obama, his new generals at the Department of Defense and intelligence chiefs at 17 agencies are firmly aligned against Israeli pre-emption against Iran’s nuclear facilities. The key ones are underground and even with Israel’s new, U.S.-made deep penetration ordnance, nothing is less certain than the ability to set Iran’s nuclear timetable back by more than a year or two.

Some — e.g., Henry Kissinger — argue that we should be engaging Iran in a multilateral international solution, along with Russia, China, India and Pakistan, for ending the Afghan war.

The estimated $1 trillion-$3 trillion in precious minerals, including uranium, that lie deep underground in Afghanistan could form the centerpiece lure to accelerate an end to hostilities with a coalition government in Kabul.

In light of the rapidly unfolding crises of 2011, the reluctance of U.S. intelligence agencies to forecast beyond the next five years is understandable. As Robert Gates, serving as U.S. secretary of defense, noted two months into NATO’s intervention in Libya, “If you’d asked me four months ago if we’d be in Libya today, I would have asked, ‘What were you smoking?'”

Al-Qaida has vanished from news media and most have assumed that the killing of its leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs May 2 put an end to the threat of a terrorist weapon of mass destruction in a major U.S. city.

The killing of major underground leaders is frequently a spur to followers to avenge their death. Terrorism has been the weapon of the weak against the strong from time immemorial. Today, the arc of instability, from West to east Africa to Pakistan to Bangladesh has any number of al-Qaida copycat sympathizers.

Al-Qaida ceased to be centrally directed long before bin Laden’s death. Tomorrow, an unmanned drone, launched from a cargo ship a few miles off New York could be the carrier of deadly pestilence.

The Preventive Action’s annual report for 2012 is designed to overcome the lack of forecasting ability in the intelligence community by developing a list of plausible human-generated contingencies of relative importance to U.S. national interests, grouped according to levels or categories of risk associated with various types of instability or conflict into three tiers:

The 30 contingencies were sent to a wide selection of more than 300 government officials, policy analysts, academics and journalists for their confidential feedback.

These are the top 10 that directly threaten the U.S. homeland and are likely to trigger U.S. military involvement:

  • A mass casualty attack on the U.S. homeland or on a treaty ally.

  • A severe North Korean crisis (e.g., armed provocations, internal political instability, advances in nuclear weaponry).

  • A major military incident with China involving U.S. or allied forces.

  • An Iranian nuclear crisis (e.g., surprise advances in nuclear weapons/delivery capability, Israeli response).

  • A highly disruptive cyber-attack on U.S. critical infrastructure (e.g., telecommunications, electrical power, pipeline output, transportation and emergency services.

  • A significant increase in drug trafficking violence in Mexico that spills over into the United States.

  • Severe internal instability in Pakistan triggered by a civil-military crisis or terror attacks.

  • Political instability in Saudi Arabia that endangers global oil supplies.

  • A U.S.-Pakistan military confrontation, triggered by a terror attack or U.S. counter-terror.

  • Intensification of the European sovereign debt crisis that leads to the collapse of the euro, triggering a double-edged transatlantic crisis.

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