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Obama Goes All Out For Dirty Banker Deal

Rolling Stone – A power play is underway in the foreclosure arena, according to the New York Times. On the one side is Eric Schneiderman, the New York Attorney General, who is conducting his own investigation into the era of securitizations – the practice of chopping up assets like mortgages and converting them into saleable securities – that led up to the financial crisis of 2007-2008. On the other side is the Obama administration, the banks, and all the other state attorneys general. This second camp has cooked up a deal that would allow the banks to walk away with just a seriously discounted fine from a generation of fraud that led to millions of people losing their homes. The idea behind this federally-guided “settlement” is to concentrate and centralize all the legal exposure accrued by this generation of grotesque banker corruption in one place, put one single price tag on it that everyone can live with, and then stuff the details into a titanium canister before shooting it into deep space. Read Article

Syrian troops ‘fire on Eid demonstrators’

BBC – Anti-government demonstrations are reported to be breaking out across Syria after morning prayers on the day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Thousands took to the streets, including in suburbs of the capital, Damascus, demanding the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Activists say Syrian security forces opened fire in several areas, killing at least seven people, mainly in the south, near Deraa. One was also killed in Homs, they say. Read Article

Vaccine Linked to ‘Bleeding Calf Syndrome’

ScienceDaily — Bleeding calf syndrome (bovine neonatal pancytopenia or BNP) affects new born calves resulting in low blood cell counts and depletion of the bone marrow. It first emerged in 2007 and a serious number of cases are reported each year. In affected calves, bone marrow cells which produce platelets are also destroyed. Consequently the calves’ blood does not clot and they appear to bleed through undamaged skin. There is evidence that BNP is linked to the use of a particular vaccine against “Bovine viral diarrhea virus” (BVDV). Read article

US trains anti-Syrian gangs in Iraq

PressTV – The United States has been training hundreds of militants in Iraq and dispatching them to Syria to cause unrest in the country, a Syrian political analyst has told Press TV. Read article

World News: Mass Killings in Tripoli

Newsy – The death toll from the Battle of Tripoli is expected to rise, as both rebels and Muammar Gaddafi loyalists reportedly commit extrajudicial killings.

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Rajiv Gandhi murder: Court stays hanging of plotters

BBC – A court in southern India has stayed the executions of three men convicted of plotting the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The men were to have been hanged at a jail in Tamil Nadu on 9 September but that has now been put back eight weeks. India’s president rejected a plea for mercy this month. Lawyers for the men say the time taken to decide the plea – 11 years – was unconstitutional. Read Article

Doctors join boxing debate as “vigorous” opponents

Reuters – The nation’s largest group of pediatricians on Monday urged its members to “vigorously oppose boxing for any child or adolescent.” In a statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said thousands of boys and girls participate in the sport in North America, despite risks of serious brain and facial injuries. The group’s position mirrors the stance at many other medical organizations and was applauded by some experts. Read article

US Congress takes decrees from Israel

PressTV – The US Congress is controlled by the ‘Zionist lobbies’ who work in the interest of Israelis, Lawrence Davidson, professor of History at West Chester University, has told Press TV. Read article

Banned: ‘Taliban Hunting Club’ badges worn by UK troops in Afghanistan

Mail Online – British soldiers in Afghanistan have been banned from wearing skull-and-crossbones badges on their uniforms that declare ‘Death To The Taliban’ and proclaim membership of a ‘Taliban Hunting Club’. The unofficial stick-on badges are now a cult accessory among British troops fighting Taliban insurgents. But senior Army officers visiting Helmand province in southern Afghanistan – where most UK troops are based – have ordered them to be removed because they are deemed ‘politically insensitive’. Read Article

Doctors in bid for Kelly inquest

Guardian – Doctors are preparing to challenge the Government’s decision not to order an inquest into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly. In June, Attorney General Dominic Grieve ruled out the option and told MPs the evidence that Dr Kelly took his own life was “overwhelming”. But a group of doctors later accused the Government of being “complicit in a determined and concerted cover-up”, saying they would seek a judicial review of Mr Grieve’s decision. They must now raise substantial funds to mount a legal challenge in court. Read Article

U.S.A – ConAgra Lawsuit: Cooking Oil Giant Sued Over Fishy ‘All-Natural’ Claims

Huffington Post – A class action lawsuit has been filed against ConAgra Foods regarding the company’s use of the term “all-natural” in the packaging and advertising for its Wesson line of cooking oils. The suit, which is being handled by Milberg LLP, alleges that ConAgra’s inclusion of genetically modified corn and soy in the oils disqualifies their labeling as “all-natural.” The plaintiffs cite accepted definitions of genetic modification — including one by leading GMO booster Monsanto — that specifically stipulate the unnaturalness of the process. Read Article

Which is worse in pregnancy: snuff or cigarettes?

Reuters – Babies born to snuff-using mothers were more likely to have breathing problems than those whose moms smoked cigarettes while pregnant, in new data from Sweden. Snuff — ground tobacco that is high in nicotine but doesn’t generate the same additional chemicals as cigarette smoke because it’s not burned — is generally assumed be safer than cigarettes, said the authors of the new study. Read article

WikiLeaks: US Embassy in Sofia Backed Pro-GMO Lobby

Novinite – Bulgaria’s legislation on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has been carefully followed by the US Embassy in Sofia. The information comes from several US diplomatic cables, (one by current US Ambassador in Sofia, James Warlick), which were released by WikiLeaks and their Bulgarian partner, the site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg. Read article

Counter terrorism officer sues Met over De Menezes ‘cover-up’

Mail Online – A Christian counter-terrorism officer involved in the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes is suing the Metropolitan Police over allegations that senior officers tried to cover-up vital evidence. He says his faith compelled him to blow the whistle and he is now claiming thousands of pounds for loss of overtime pay and promotions after Special Branch bosses allegedly sidelined him. Read Article

New 9/11 graphic coloring book emerges on brink 10 year anniversary

Action News – On the brink of the 10th anniversary of September 11th a new children’s ‘graphic coloring novel’ has emerged. We want to know; is it appropriate for kids? According to the publisher, the book entitled ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11 – The Kids’ Book of Freedom’ is “designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11.” The book opens on September 11, 2011 with a picture of Osama Bin Laden as he plots the US attacks. It ends nearly 10 years later with the raid of Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and his death. Read Article

U.S. – GMA spent $1M on lobbying

Forbes – The Grocery Manufacturers Association spent $1 million in the second quarter to lobby on trade, nutrition, food safety, energy, marketing to children and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report. That is up from the $900,000 spent in the first quarter and $930,000 in the second quarter last year by the trade group – whose members include major food companies such as ConAgra Foods Inc. ( CAG – news – people ) and Hormel Foods Corp. ( HRL – news – people ). Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – NASA study refutes claims of drought-driven declines in plant productivity, global food security

Boston University – A new, comprehensive study by an international team of scientists, including scientists at Boston University in the US and the Universities of Viçosa and Campinas in Brazil, has been published in the current issue of Science (August 26, 2011) refuting earlier alarmist claims that drought has induced a decline in global plant productivity during the past decade and posed a threat to global food security. Those earlier findings published by Zhao and Running in the August 2010 issue of Science(Vol. 329, p. 940) also warned of potentially serious consequences for biofuel production and the global carbon cycle. The two new technical comments in Science contest these claims on the basis of new evidence from NASA satellite data, which indicates that Zhao and Running’s findings resulted from several modeling errors, use of corrupted satellite data and statistically insignificant trends. The main premise of Zhao and Running’s model-based study was an expectation of increased global plant productivity during the 2000s based on previously observed increases during the 1980s and 1990s under supposedly similar, favorable climatic conditions. Instead, Zhao and Running were surprised to see a decline, which they attributed it to large-scale droughts in the Southern Hemisphere. Read Article

Hip fracture risk rises after women stop hormones: research

Reuters – When postmenopausal women discontinue hormone therapy, their bone mineral density drops and their risk of a hip fracture climbs, new research suggests. Among nearly 81,000 postmenopausal women followed for six and a half years, stopping hormone therapy was linked with an overall 55 percent increased risk of hip fracture. The jump in chances of a fracture was apparent as soon as 24 months after women stopped hormone therapy and was not affected by the use of bone-building bisphosphonate drugs, report Dr. Roksana Karim, from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues in the journal Menopause. Read article

Israeli activists squat empty Jerusalem buildings to protest over costly housing

Guardian – The protesters, who aim to “inspire a national squatting movement”, unveiled Jerusalem’s first “People’s House” on Saturday night, occupying an abandoned state-owned building close to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s official residence, where several thousand demonstrators called for social justice and better living standards. Read article

UN may send police force

Sky – An international police force may need to be sent to Libya which is “awash” with small arms, UN chief Ban Ki-moon says. Ban also said better relations must be developed between the African Union and the Libyan rebel government. The AU has so far refused to recognise the National Transitional Council (NTC). ‘Clearly, the challenges ahead are enormous,’ Ban told reporters after the video-conference talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairman of the AU commission, and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Read Article

Baghdad suicide bomber kills 29 in attack on Sunni mosque

Guardian – A suicide bomber blew himself up inside Baghdad’s largest Sunni mosque last night, killing 29 people during prayers, in a strike on a place of worship similar to the one that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war five years ago. Iraqi security officials said Iraqi parliament member Khalid al-Fahdawi, a Sunni, was among the dead in the attack. Major General Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Baghdad’s military operations command, confirmed the bombing happened inside the Um al-Qura mosque during prayers in the western Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Jamiah. The blue-domed building is the largest Sunni mosque in Baghdad. Read Article

Editorial – The ‘liberation’ of Libya and the real rulers of the world

As another oil rich country is ‘liberated’ by the barrel of a gun we examine how new research this week shows who really are the rulers of the world and why humanity is travelling down this dark path at an ever increasing speed. CLICK HERE TO READ

Ministers back anti-abortion lobby reforms

Guardian – The government has caved in to calls from anti-abortionists to overhaul existing protocols and strip charities and medics of their exclusive responsibility for counselling women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. The Department of Health confirmed that it would change the rules to ensure that women are also offered counselling “independently” of existing abortion services. Read Article