All Further Articles for 2009-03-19

Thursday, March 19, 2009
UN Envoy: Gaza Op Seems to be War Crime of Greatest Magnitude
Haaretz is reporting that Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said Israel's offensive against Hamas in densely populated Gaza appeared to constitute a war crime of the "greatest magnitude."
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Peace Grannies Arrested in Times Square Wednesday, March 18th
Relax, everyone! The New York City police are really on the job these days. With rapists, murderers, bank robbers and dope peddlers, not to mention corporate thieves, rampant throughout the City, they made a significant dent in the crime statistics yesterday, March 18, when they arrested seven grandmothers aged 67 to 90 in Times Square.
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The Bailout Gift That Just Keeps On Giving
It turns out that 13 of the companies getting a gazillion dollars in bailout funds – $300 billion, actually – owe back taxes of over $220 million, a pesky detail they overlooked when asking for all that money. Rep. John Lewis, chair of a subcommiittee allegedly overseeing the bailout, called the revelation "shameful." "We are going to get to the bottom of what is going on here," he said. Our guess? Corporate greed and malfeasance, lack of appropriate governmental oversight, unregulated capitalism run amuck and criminal incompetence all around.
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The Numbers
Six years after U.S. forces invaded Iraq, some numbers:
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Uh, No, You Don't. Better Keep Working On It.
Citigroup Inc. plans to spend about $10 million on swank new offices for CEO Vikram Pandit and his colleagues – this, after getting $45 billion in 3 (three!) federal bailouts. Citigroup says the construction is part of a global space-saving effort. Pandit's the guy who reluctantly cancelled an order for a swank new jet in January after lawmakers balked at his spending habits. "I get the new reality," he said at the time.
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