Daily Mail – One of Gordon Brown’s top advisers was accused last night of sacking a whistleblower who warned that banks were heading for disaster. Sir James Crosby, currently deputy chairman of the Financial Services Authority, was the chief executive of HBOS at the time. The man he sacked, Paul Moore, took his revenge in evidence to a Commons committee. He said Sir James was the ‘original architect’ of the strategy that led HBOS into near-collapse.Â Read Article
The Guardian – A Guardian film smuggled out of Zimbabwe brings home the economic devastation and deprivation Robert Mugabe has wreaked upon his own people. With Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader, preparing to take up the post of prime minister in a unity government, Sam Chakaipa, at considerable risk to himself and as an act of resistance, returned clandestinely to his village, 125 miles from Harare, to document the plight of his former neighbours. Read Article
The Australian – THE federal Government’s controversial live ISP filtering trial will finally kick-off with six internet service providers chosen to participate. Primus Telecommunications, Tech 2U, Webshield, OMNIconnect, Netforce and Highway 1 have been selected. The live tests will last for a minimum of six weeks and the ISPs’ customers have the option of taking part in the trial. The pilot aims to investigate the efficiency and effectiveness of a mandatory internet filtering scheme — a key election pledge by Labor.Â Read Article
President Hugo Chavez accused Venezuela’s opposition and privately-owned media on Tuesday of attempting to incite “a religious war” by unjustly accusing his government of fomenting anti-Semitism following an attack on a synagogue.
Polemic: Is this another false flag exercise to topple a democratically elected government that a) defies USA interventionist policy b) is developing strong ties with nations who are not US allies c) is a leading change-agent in South America d) is redistributing wealth and power away from the elite and returning it to the people?
AP – As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls “the human terrain” of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal law. An Associated Press investigation found that over the past five years, the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 percent, to at least $4.7 billion this year, according to Department of Defense budgets and other documents. That’s almost as much as it spent on body armor for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2006 Read
New Scientist – HITLER and Mussolini both had the ability to bend millions of people to their fascist will. Now evidence from psychology and neurology is emerging to explain how tactics like organised marching and propaganda can work to exert mass mind control. Read Article