Fatster’s Roundup

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Good evening, all.

International Developments

?  South Sudan soldiers supposedly opened fire on a hospital, killing five health workers–in revenge for the killing by unnamed/unknown people of eight of the governor’s bodyguards who were tracking down cattle rustlers.

? Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s return from exile has now taken a new turn:  He’s under arrest.

? “Damascus is completely uncooperative in negotiations”, UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi reported to the UN Security Council.

? Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai “is determined to curb CIA operations in Afghanistan after the death of a US agent and 10 Afghan children”.

? “Kabul: [A] new generation of educated young Afghans who have tasted new freedoms in post-Taliban times are determined to stay and rebuild their war-ravaged nation.”

? “Serbia and Kosovo reached an agreement [today] aimed at overcoming ethnic enmities in the former Serbian province”.

International Finance

? Vivid, first-hand account:  “Greek Banksters in Action--On the Latest Twist in the Story of Mafia-Style Terror Spreading Through the Greek Polity.”  Can it happen here? Is it happening here?   Jeffrey Sachs says yes:  “We have a corrupt politics to the core . . . and both parties are up to their necks in this . . ..  The corruption, as far as I can see, is everywhere.”

? “Europe has been in the grip of Germanophobia. . .. The harsh conditions imposed on Cyprus . . . were widely seen as representing a diktat from Berlin. . .. [I]f Berlin is not to be accused of building a German Europe, it has to develop a narrative about its willingness to carry the responsibilities of a European Germany.”

? “The world could be heading for a major economic crisis as stock markets inflate an investment bubble in fossil fuels to the tune of trillions of dollars”.

? “French prosecutors are investigating allegations that Libya helped fund Nicolas Sarkozy’s successful 2007 president election bid.”

? Fitch Ratings, has downgraded the UK’s credit rating from AAA to AA+.

Money Matters USA

? Krugman on fallout from the Reinhart-Rogoff affair.

? Move over, Fiasco-35s, we now have the AH-64Es to consider.  “Congress has asked the Army to explain why it has officially taken delivery of at least seven AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters that don’t have transmissions installed yet”.

? While we’re in the wild blue yonder, “US set to approve [Boeing’s 787] Dreamliner battery fix”. [cont’d.]