- TRNN: “Banking ‘Technocrats’ Undermine Democracy. Gerry Epstein: In Europe and the US, bankers take control of the political process.”
- “So is it okay to make fun of Occupy Wall Street now? That’s the provocative and interesting question the DealBook blog is asking today. It’s easy to see why, after viewing this commercial for Interactive Brokers.”
- “Deep sea corals appear to have been seriously harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to scientists. A survey of one site near the well in the Gulf of Mexico uncovered ‘compelling evidence’ of pollution damage. Coral communities more than 1,220 metres (4,000ft) below the surface of the ocean appeared stressed and discoloured. Tests showed that oil from the site bore Deepwater Horizon’s chemical ‘fingerprint’.”
- “Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Cuba at the start of a three-day stay – the first papal visit to the island for 14 years. The Pope, who flew in from Mexico, was welcomed at the airport by President Raul Castro as well as military bands and an artillery salute. The pontiff said he had come as a pilgrim of charity, and would pray for peace, liberty and reconciliation.”
- “Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has been dragged into allegations of corporate espionage in the lucrative satellite television market dominated by News Corp companies.”
- “BAMAKO, Mali — This capital city is slowly returning to normal, four days after the military coup against President Amadou Toumani Toure’s government.”
- “A Tibetan exile has set himself on fire at a demonstration in central Delhi, a day before a visit to India by the Chinese president. Jamphel Yeshi, a 27-year-old Delhi resident, doused himself with petrol during a protest at the Jantar Mantar observatory, a few hundred yards from India’s parliament.”
- “It is a gun battle people in the Shubra district in central Cairo still talk about six months after it happened. In a dispute over a piece of land he had seized amid the small shops and densely crowded streets, Mohammed Shaban, who had escaped from prison during the revolution, challenged the police to a fight. He told one policeman who tried to evict him “to get out or we will kill you”. When other police arrived, two of them were wounded by gunshots and Shaban was killed along with a local plumber, shot dead by police who mistook him for a gunman.”
- “In December 2009, Yemen’s air force claimed it had killed 30 suspected al-Qaeda operatives during an airstrike on a training camp in the southern Abyan province. This version of events was circulated around the world but when Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye managed to get to the scene, the remains of the missiles he found were clearly marked ‘Made in the USA’. And among the dead were 14 women and 21 children.”
- “Arab League Meets in Iraq with Divisions Over Syria. Sahar Issa: Iraq wants Saudi recognition but cooperates with Iranian flights to Syria.”
- “Syria on the Brink: With Robert Fisk” (47 minutes)
WBAI-FM, New York: Prof Richard Wolff’s weekly Economic Update. General discussion. Scroll down to Saturday, 24 Mar, 12:00pm.
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