Investig’Action had met the victims.
Investig’Action October 30th 2011. Find Full Article Here:-
4-year-old Palestinian girl is rendered quadriplegic by Israeli military training in occupied West Bank.
31st October 2011. Find Article & Video Here:-
Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural agency, has decided to give the Palestinians full membership of the body, in a vote that will boost their bid for recognition as a state at the UN.
Unesco is the first UN agency the Palestinians have sought to join as a full member since President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full membership of the United Nations on Sept. 23.
The United States, Canada and Germany voted against Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in favour. Britain abstained.
Huge cheers went up in Unesco after delegates voted to approve the membership Monday. One shouted “Long Live Palestine!” in French.
Israel said that the vote will harm prospects for the resumption of Middle East peace talks.
“This is a unilateral Palestinian manoeuver which will bring no change on the ground but further removes the possibility for a peace agreement,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “This decision will not turn the Palestinian Authority into an actual state yet places unnecessary burdens on the route to renewing negotiations.”
The White House condemned the vote as “premature” and it undermind international peace efforts.
“Today’s vote at Unesco to admit the Palestinian Authority is premature and undermines the international community’s shared goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
On Sunday, Riyad al-Malki, the foreign minister had said of the bid: “This success, if it is realised, and with this large number of votes, will give a great boost to the efforts that we are making to get the required vote in the United Nations.”
Admission will be seen by the Palestinians as a moral victory in their bid for full UN membership.
Washington, which has the power to veto such applications, opposes the Palestinian bid for a full UN seat on the grounds it is unhelpful to efforts to revive peace talks with Israel, the last round of which broke down a year ago.
Israel’s closest international ally, the United States has said it will use its veto power in the Security Council to quash the bid for full UN membership, were it brought to a vote.
But Unesco is one of the UN agencies the Palestinians can join as a full member regardless of their broader status at the United Nations, where they are currently classified as “an observer entity”.
Palestinian success could bring a financial cost for Unesco. Under US law, the admission as a full Unesco member would trigger a cut-off in US funding which accounts for 22 per cent of the agency’s funding.
Hackers are breaking into hundreds of thousands of Facebook accounts every day, the social network has admitted.
Out of more than a billion logins to the website every 24 hours, 600,000 are impostors attempting to access users’ messages, photos and other personal information Facebook said.
The figure is the first time that Facebook has revealed how it is bombarded by hackers on a daily basis.
It was revealed as part of a Facebook blog post announcing a couple of new security measures being implemented across the site over the coming weeks to tackle these sorts of breaches.
Security experts have said the figure is a “big concern” and that people need to be more careful when choosing their passwords and responding to offers supposedly from friends on Facebook.
Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos, a computer security organisation, said: “When a Facebook login is compromised, it means that someone else, the hacker, has taken control of that account.
“When a hacker takes over a user’s Facebook account, they can post images, send messages and access all of that person’s private information in one fail swoop. Facebook has had a lot of security issues which it is now trying to address.”
The most common reason for hackers to breach Facebook users’ accounts is so that they can spread scams and send false offers to the member’s friends in an attempt to sell counterfeit goods and benefit financially.
Cluley said it was becoming easier to hack into more users’ Facebook accounts as thirty per cent of people online are using the same passwords across all of their digital accounts – making it simpler for hackers to control a person’s entire web identity.
He also warned that growing numbers of teenagers are hacking into the Facebook accounts of their school rivals in order to post malicious messages and photos on their behalf.
Facebook declined to comment.
By Jason Lewis and Andy Blackmore 29th October 2011. Find Full Article Here:-
The Metropolitan Police has secret spy planes capable of eavesdropping on mobile phone calls from the sky.
The existence of the fleet of planes – each costing at least £3 million to purchase and hundreds of thousands more to operate – has never been publicly disclosed.
The police have being using the planes since at least 1997.
The disclosure of the spending, which is not detailed in official accounts, comes as the police face 20 per cent cuts in their budget, creating fears that hundreds of support staff will lose their jobs and the number of officers reduced.
Despite the cuts the Met’s secret fixed wing aircraft fleet is still flying regular sorties over London from a base at Farnborough airfield, in Hampshire.
The planes have apparently been fitted with secret surveillance equipment capable of intercepting mobile phone calls or eavesdropping on conversations.
They are understood to be similar to surveillance planes available to MI5 which have been used in anti-terrorism operations and were used to help West Midlands Police track suspects connected to a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier.
One of the planes is a Cessna F04, which can carry up to 14 passengers or be fitted with specially integrated patrol mission packs. We have been asked not to disclose full details of the aircraft on security grounds.
The twin engine craft are operated separately from the Met’s Air Support Unit which has three helicopters and flies hundreds of hours a month in support of police operations around the capital at a cost of £3 million a year.
Zero Hedge October 28th, 2011. Find Full Article Here:-
Americans may be fleeing from stocks in droves, but they sure aren’t shy about rotating the resulting meager liquidation proceeds into weaponry. According to Gallup, “Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.” Considering the social situation “out there”, and the fact that the world is one badly phrased or translated headline away from a complete HFT-facilitated market collapse, this is hardly all that suprising.
The new result comes from Gallup’s Oct. 6-9 Crime poll, which also finds public support for personal gun rights at a high-water mark. Given this, the latest increase in self-reported gun ownership could reflect a change in Americans’ comfort with publicly stating that they have a gun as much as it reflects a real uptick in gun ownership.
by Craig Murray on October 31st, 2011. Find Article Here:-
Last week many were genuinely shocked by the news that the UK’s major company directors had awarded themselves average earnings increases of 49%, while most ordinary people suffered a significant drop in real income.
If you need further evidence of the callousness of society’s haves towards ordinary people, look at this from the USA. A Bank of America “foreclosure mill”, law firm Steven J Baum, makes its money by having families evicted from their homes onto the streets. These wealthy lawyers decided to have a Halloween party where they would dress up as – homeless people.
These two were by no means alone – if you google you can find plenty of pictures of other bastards at the party.
We are likely to see a major increase of home repossessions in the UK next year. There are signs that society is rediscovering the notion of horizontal solidarity. The highly effective role of social media in rapid political organisation leads me to think it ought to be possible to set up an organised system of resistance to evictions, with people rapidly converging to aid those under threat.
The party was held last year. The firm was under investigation by the US Attorney General’s office but Baum got off with a £2m fine. His photo and details.
October 11, 2011
The chipper gentleman pictured here is Steven J. Baum and I suppose I would be smiling too if I had one of the largest foreclosure practices responsible for overseeing more than 10,000 foreclosures in New York State.
Given the size of his business — it is involved in an estimated 40% of New York’s mortgage foreclosures – and its location in Amherst, New York, chances are some credit unions have utilized the firm’s services. Last week, following a six-month investigation, the firm settled an investigation with the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York by agreeing to pay a $2 million fine and reforming some of its practices. The US Attorney’s Office started the investigation to examine whether the firm had knowingly filed false paperwork in foreclosure proceedings. The firm did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement agreement, but acknowledged that it occasionally made “inadvertent” filing errors. In addition to the $2 million fine, the firm agreed to reform several practices including agreeing to ensure that key documents, such as the promissory note, are reviewed before commencing a foreclosure action.
But the settlement comes at a time when regulators are taking an increasingly jaundiced view of foreclosure attorneys.
On October 4th, the federal overseer of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued a scathing report outlining the lax oversight exercised by the bankrupt GSE’s over its retained attorney program from which it selects foreclosure attorneys.
On that same day, FRB board member Sarah Bloom Raskin gave a thoughtful speech in which she argued that the current flat rate servicing model cannot be sustained because it does not reflect the costs of delinquencies. Earlier this year, the OCC reached a settlement with 14 of the nation’s largest servicers, part of which included a review of foreclosure procedures to see what harm was done to members as a result of errors.
Finally, state attorneys general continue to negotiate not only with banks but among themselves about the scope of any settlement to the “Robo-Signing” lawsuit.
All this has the makings of a perfect storm and I just hope credit unions don’t get washed out to sea with more expensive and burdensome servicing requirements. First, the servicing many credit unions use is on behalf of a member who knows the credit union and knows where to express any concerns. This is in contrast to servicers processing mortgage payments where it is sometime impossible to figure out who owns the mortgage. Secondly, credit unions need servicing not as a money-making enterprise, but as the only cost-effective way to provide mortgages.
The settlement also underscores the importance of due diligence in managing third-party relationships in general and mortgage lending in particular. Even though it was the attorney who was disciplined, it is the financial institution that is ultimately responsible to its member. Judges are taking an increasingly aggressive view and challenging foreclosures even when the defendant doesn’t show up to contest the suit. If your attorney hasn’t filed the right paperwork or makes inaccurate representations, even a straightforward foreclosure may become costly.