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The U.S. counter terrorism apparatus was used to monitor the Occupy Movement nationwide
by Beau HodaiCenter for Media and Democracy; DBA Press
On May 20, 2013, DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy 
released the results of a year-long investigation: "Dissent or Terror:
 How the Nation's Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With 
Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.”

 The report, a distillation of thousands of pages of records obtained
 from counter terrorism/law enforcement agencies, details how
 state/regional "fusion center" personnel monitored the Occupy Wall
 Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012. The report also examines how fusion centers and other counter terrorism entities that 
have emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have
 worked to benefit numerous corporations engaged in public-private
 intelligence sharing partnerships. 

While the report examines many instances of fusion center monitoring
 of Occupy activists nationwide, the bulk of the report 
details how counter terrorism personnel engaged in the Arizona Counter
 Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC, commonly known as the "Arizona fusion center") monitored and otherwise surveilled citizens active in
 Occupy Phoenix, and how this surveillance benefited a number of 
corporations and banks that were subjects of Occupy Phoenix protest 
Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
by Matt TaibbiRolling Stone
Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.
How to Liberate America
by David Kortenyes!
How is it that our nation is awash in money, but too broke to provide jobs and services? David Korten introduces a landmark new report, “How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule.”
Jeff Rubin: Oil and the End of Globalization
by Jeff RubinFORA.TV
According to Jeff Rubin, we are poised on the brink of massive change. Dependent as it is on cheap oil, our global civilization is about to get the shock of its life. Systems of trade, of finance, of shipping and manufacturing, of labor and international relations are all about to be rearranged. Get ready for a new world -- one in which domestic manufacturing will be reinvigorated and the products and services we still enjoy will start coming from places much closer to home. There will be winners as well as losers when the age of globalization comes to an end. Distance will soon cost money, and so will burning carbon -- both will bring long-lost jobs back home.
'Companies are rarely innocent bystanders': Q&A with Irene Khan
by Critical Resources - KhanBHRRC
Until the end of 2009, Irene Khan was Secretary General of Amnesty International…Her new book 'The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights' argues that current efforts to reduce global poverty through economic growth fail to consider the human rights of the poor
Using Financial Reform to Promote Deregulation
by Phil MatteraDirt Diggers Digest
Growing public rage over Wall Street misbehavior has snapped the Senate out of its lethargy on financial reform. Amid the get-tough posturing, however, the impulse to lighten the regulatory “burden” on business has not completely disappeared.
Dems Zero In on Corporate Campaign Funding
Sen. Charles Schumer is looking to put a check on corporate campaign financing, contesting the notion—promoted by the Supreme Court earlier this year—that big corporations have a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns.
The Sickening Abuse Of Power At The Heart of Wall Street
by Simon JohnsonBaseline Scenario
Here’s where we stand with regard to democratic discourse on the future our financial system: leading bankers will not come out to debate the issues in the open (despite being approached by reputable intermediaries after our polite challenge was issued) – sending instead their “astro turf” proxies to spread KGB-type disinformation.
Breaking up Citi and Other Mega-Banks: the Missing Blueprints
by Charlie CrayHuffington Post
An anonymous executive inside one of the big banks recently said that breaking up the "Too Big To Fail" banks is crucial to decreasing systemic risk and shifting resources to the productive sectors of the economy.
Fraud on the Street
by Robert Reichrsn
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday it had begun an inquiry into two dozen financial companies to determine whether they followed accounting practices similar to those recently disclosed in an investigation of Lehman Brothers.
Wall Street's Race to the Bottom
by Elizabeth WarrenWSJ
Banking is based on trust. The banks get our paychecks and hold our savings; they know where we spend our money and they keep it private.
Banking and economics? "Fear the Boom and Bust" a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem is a place to learn about the economic way of thinking through the eyes of creative director John Papola and creative economist Russ Roberts.
Bank Bonuses, Bigger Than Ever, in the Spotlight
Everyone on Wall Street is fixated on The Number.
Investors could only lose in Goldman's Caymans deals
by Greg GordonMcClatchy
When financial titan Goldman Sachs joined some of its Wall Street rivals in late 2005 in secretly packaging a new breed of offshore securities, it gave prospective investors little hint that many of the deals were so risky that they could end up losing hundreds of millions of dollars on them.
The Story of Cap & Trade
by Annie LeonardYes
Cap and trade is one of the main climate change "solutions" under discussion. In a new nine-minute film, Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff, offers a warning about what she considers the dangers of cap and trade.
Friends of the Earth Statement on Introduction of CLEAR Act by Senators Cantwell and Collins
Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement on Senator Maria Cantwell’s and Senator Susan Collins’ introduction of the Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal (CLEAR) Act:
Raitt touts oilsands to New York business, political elite
by Steven Edwards , Canwest News
Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt played on American economic and security worries Tuesday as she pitched the energy advantages of Alberta's controversial oilsands.
JPMorgan settlement with SEC worth over $700M
by Marcy Gordonevansville courier press
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to a settlement worth more than $700 million over federal regulators' charges that it made unlawful payments to friends of public officials to win municipal bond business in Jefferson County, Ala.
Will Democracy Invade the Boardroom?
by Phil MatteraDirt Diggers Digest
Life has been tough for the Securities and Exchange Commission, what with the power grab at its expense by the Federal Reserve
Viewpoint: What happened to the crackdown on executive pay?
by Chuck Collins and Sam PizzigatiBaltimore Sun
Last February, amid public anger over millions in bonuses at bailed-out insurance giant AIG, our top national political leaders rushed to express their outrage - and even took some steps to place a lid on over-the-top executive pay.
Michel Chossudovsky on Manipulated Markets
Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
Causes and consequences of the financial meltdown; The speculative onslaught; Financial fraud and the "bank bailouts"; Bankruptcy of the real economy; Impacts on employment, wages and social services; Towards a spiralling public debt; The economic crisis and its relationship to the Middle East war; The centralization of corporate power; The concentration of wealth; The globalization of poverty.
Thievery Under the TARP
by Robert ScheerTruthDig
We are being robbed big-time, but you can’t say we haven’t been warned. Not after the release Tuesday of a scathing report by the Treasury Department’s special inspector general, who charged that the aptly named Troubled Asset Relief Program is rife with mismanagement and potential for fraud.
Banks still in distress, Geithner tells overseers
by TOM RAUM Associated Press WriterEvansville Courier Press
America's banks are still broken despite all their bailout billions, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told impatient rescue overseers Tuesday as they pressed him on when things will get better and how much it will cost. A bleak new report estimated U.S. banks and other financial institutions could lose a stunning $2.7 trillion in all.
G20 'make or break', Soros says
by Joe LynamBBC
In a BBC interview, Mr Soros said the international financial system had collapsed because it was flawed and it had to be restructured.
Naomi Klein: We’ve Got to Make Obama Do It!
by Matthew HoffmanCommon Dreams
In her best-selling book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein outlines the disturbing trend of governments using crisis as a means for corporate profit-advancement. She cites Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, and Pinochet's Chile as examples of the practice.
Satyam vs. Siemens Corruption: The Difference is in Ponzinomics
Kauffman Governance Post
The financial crisis exposes emperors with no clothes. Witness Madoff. But naked truths are not only emerging for those dealings with obscure financial instruments. Dramatic exposure in the corporate business sector is also taking place.
Wall Street Robber Barons Ride Again
by Robert ScheerTruthDig
Why rush to throw another $350 billion of taxpayer money at the Wall Street bandits and their political cronies who created the biggest financial mess since the Great Depression?
2009: Top Ten Business Social Risks
by Michael Shtender-AuerbachHuffington Post
The year 2008 saw the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. Global stock exchanges, housing markets, banks have collapsed and the cost of fuel, feed, and food have risen greatly. We have seen unprecedented nationalization of entire industries by free-market governments. Yes, from homeowners to workers to bankers, 2008 was certainly a year many would like to forget.
Madoff scandal could lead to tax losses nationwide
by Rachel BeckEvansville Courier Press
Even Uncle Sam may get burned by Bernard Madoff.
Ethics still matter in hard times
by Ruth Sunderland and Zoe Wood Gaurdian
The difficult economic climate makes corporate integrity more important than ever, since many investors and customers base their decisions on social and environmental issues. In our second annual guide, The Observer reveals Britain's most and least - ethical companies
U.S. Power Company Agrees to Reveal Financial Risks of Climate Change
Dynegy Inc., which owns power plants in 11 U.S. states, will disclose climate-change-related financial risks under an agreement with the New York State attorney general’s office.
Lehman Bros head took home $300m
The head of failed US investment bank Lehman Brothers has told Congress that he took home about $300m in pay and bonuses over the past eight years.
BofA to pay $8 billion over subprime suit
Facing a lawsuit over deceptive mortgage practices, Bank of America Corp. is agreeing to pay more than $8 billion to modify hundreds of thousands of loans to keep people from losing their homes.
Dirty Fuels Have No Place in Bailout Deal
Today, Karen Wayland, Legislative Director for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement regarding the inclusion of tax incentives for dirty fuels in the economic recovery package:
Deeper in debt: Predatory lending in America
Guess who the biggest campaign contributor to George W. Bush is? MBNA, a big credit card company.MBNA wrote the legislation that radically changed the bankruptcy laws in the US.
Clean Tech Investing At Record High
by Jaymi HeimbuchTreeHugger
Tired of hearing about record lows on Wall Street? I have some happy news. Cleantech Group reports that venture firms poured a full $2.6 billion into 158 clean tech companies globally during the third quarter of 2008. That’s a 37% increase from last year, and 17% increase over last quarter.
The Financial Re-Regulatory Agenda
by Robert WeissmanCorpWatch
As the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department careen from one financial meltdown to another, desperately trying to hold together the financial system -- and with it, the U.S. and global economy -- there are few voices denying that Wall Street has suffered from "excesses" over the past several years.
Dire warnings fail to sway senators on big bailout
by Jeannine Aversa APcourierpress
Senators dug in their heels Tuesday, pushing back against dire warnings from the government's top economic officials of recession, layoffs and lost homes if Congress doesn't quickly approve the Bush administration's emergency $700 billion financial bailout plan.
Congress Eyes Oversight In Wall Street Cleanup
by David WelnaNPR
Congress takes up the massive bill to bail out the nation's financial institutions this week, where the theme might be "anything but clean." So far lawmakers are focusing their concerns on oversight, helping homeowners and questioning CEO salaries.
The Bear Stearns Conspiracy
by Nicholas von HoffmanThe Nation
This is one scandal the National Enquirer has not reported. No babies with mystery fathers, no former vice presidential candidates cowering in a hotel basement to escape the paparazzi.
Countrywide's Mozilo target of SEC probe: report
The formal U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of Countrywide Financial Corp concerns whether the mortgage lender's former chief executive, Angelo Mozilo, violated insider trading laws and whether the company's financial disclosures misled investors, the Los Angeles Times said Friday, citing people close to the probe.
Corporate Design
Corporation 20/20
A report that challenges conventional views.
Political Power & Corporate Control: The New Global Politics
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AFL-CIO Targets Wal-Mart in Executive-Pay Campaign
by Kim ChipmanBloomberg
February 28th, 2007
The largest U.S. labor federation is asking the New York Stock Exchange to investigate whether Wal-Mart violated its own corporate-governance rules..
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
by Joel BakanBuy at Powells and Support CEI
March 1st, 2005
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
by John PerkinsBuy at Powells and Support BEN
January 1st, 2005
Blood on the Street: The Sensational Inside Story of How Wall Street Analysts Duped a Generation of Investors
by Charles GasparinoBuy at Powells and Support BEN
January 1st, 2005
Other People's Money
by Nomi PrinsBuy at Powells and Support BEN
November 1st, 2004
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
by Bryan BurroughBuy at Powells and Support BEN
June 1st, 2003
Merrill Lynch: The Cost Could Be Fatal: My War Against Wall Street's Giant
by Keith A. SchooleyBuy at Powells and Support BEN
April 1st, 2002
Corporate Breakdown-Counting the Costs: the price of consolidation in the professional services industry
by Julian Oram New Economics Foundation
January 8th, 2002
"Until the spectacular collapse of the Enron corporation in December 2001, the accountancy profession was held in the highest regard by financial analysts, government officials and individual investors. While not considered the most glamorous profession, accountants tend to be viewed as solid, reliable number-crunchers, keeping a watchful eye on the books and guarding shareholders from the reckless whims of cowboy executives..."
White Collar Crime: The Uncut Version
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