Property claims loom as issue in U.S.-Cuba normalization

Cuba will soon get an American ambassador and a full U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time in more than half a century. But on the path to normalized relations, there’s a $7 billion potential roadblock. And large U.S. corporations with big lobbying operations aren’t taking the lead on this one — individual Americans are. A group of 10 American families has hired a law firm in Alexandria, Va., to take aim at the issue of property claims in Cuba, of which there are about 6,000 certified by the U.S. government with a total value of between $7 and $8 billion, including interest. When Cuban revolutionaries seized assets owned by foreigners after the country’s 1959 revolution, the U.S. was the largest foreign investor on the island. Many Americans with Cuban assets made claims on their lost property, which then ballooned in value with interest and have been passed down through families. Before June 2015, the […] Read More

Congress Is Finally Pushing For 9/11 Truth

Derrick Broze Activist Post Congressmen Stephen F. Lynch and Walter B. Jones and former Senator Bob Graham were joined by families of 9/11 victims as they announced the introduction of a new House Resolution which calls on President Obama to declassify 28 pages of the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001.”  Although the final report amounts to over 800 pages, the 28 pages were classified by former President George W. Bush shortly after the report was released. The Representatives introduced a similar resolution in 2013 and received bipartisan support. Now Jones, Lynch, and Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie have introduced House Resolution 14 which states that “declassification of the pages is necessary to provide the American public with the full truth surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001, particularly relating to the involvement of foreign governments.” Jones said he chose to introduce the resolution “because […] Read More

2014: Hightower: It’s the Immigration Fearmongers We Should Be Worried About, Not Their Ebola Hype

Trying to spread panic about immigrants and their risks is highly damaging to society. One thing you can say about Rick Perry is that he sticks to his guns. If one of his policy proposals turns out to be dumb, by gollies, he will double-down on dumb. For example, in his current re-run for the GOP presidential nomination, the “Oops” governor has repositioned himself as an expert on border security. As such, he milked a lot of political PR out of this summer’s surge of migrant children crossing our southern border illegally. Never mind that they were desperate to escape the abject poverty, rapes, murders and gang cultures that confronted them every day in their Central American homelands, Perry used their plight as a chance to foment fear and pose as a superhero “seal the border” candidate. Perry was on Fox News howling for federal troops, declaring that, “This […] Read More

Classy: Union Leader Giving Speech on Class Divide Cut Off by Royal Baby Announcement

News of a new aristocrat simply cannot wait! Frances O’Grady, first female general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, was giving an important speech on the woes of the working class and the growing divide between haves and have-nots in Britain. Just minutes after she warned of a return to a “Downton Abbey” society, the BBC’s live coverage of O’Grady’s remarks were interrupted for what was deemed to be a critical newsflash that could not wait: the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant. People watching the speech on the BBC news channel heard, “Are we going to settle for a nastier and poorer Britain—a Downton Abbey-style society, in which the living standards of the vast majority are sacrificed to protect the high living of the well-to-do?” Next they heard that Prince George was going to get a royal brother. At a time when the living standards of the vast majority […] Read More

2014: Guest Post: In The US, Democracy Is Now A Sham

Submitted by ‘Ray’ via ClubOrlov blog, The founding principle for this new form of government which emerged in the 18th century, was that the Common Man was the ultimate source of power. Citizen legislators would enact the laws and shape the nation’s destiny. But instead, our republic is now strong-armed by professional politicians. The two dominant concerns of these careerists are to STAY in power and to do the bidding of those who ENABLE them to stay in power. Anyone who doubts this statement might try explaining why campaign finance reform and term limits are perennially “off the table.” Actually, that is an understatement – they aren’t even in the building. It is bad enough that the President, Congress and the Courts serve the interests of a minority that is so tiny that it is almost microscopic. What is even worse, is WHO that elite constituency is. It is […] Read More

2014: D.C. Insider: There’s a Shadow Govt. Running the Country, and It’s Not Up for Re-Election

Power centers in DC and the corporate corridors of Manhattan and Silicon Valley are calling the shots. Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought out nothing but loads of dung. That was their return cargo.—“The Martyrdom of Man” by Winwood Reade (1871) There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington […] Read More

2014: Mass Surveillance Called Illegal

By Stephen Lendman Steve Lendman Blog In 2004, Congress established the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). It did so to advise executive branch officials on these issues. It was virtually moribund. It accomplished nothing under Bush. Nor during Obama’s first term. In November 2013, it held its first meaningful hearing. On January 23, it condemned mass surveillance. It called it illegal. It refuted administration claims. More on what it said below. Pervasive spying is longstanding policy. It’s worse than ever now. NSA watches everyone everywhere all the time. Doing so is unconstitutional. Patriot Act provisions trample on Bill of Rights protections. They compromise due process, habeas rights, free expression, association, and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. Section 215 oversteps and then some. It’s misused. It’s language is vague. It’s deceptive. It’s used to permit metadata-mining. It allows police state investigatory practices. Doing so pertains to real […] Read More

2013: Privatization Nightmare: Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Husband Selling Post Offices to His Friends, Cheap

An investigative journalist conducts a year-long study of power, corruption, and public assets for sale. Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the new book, Going Postal, in which investigative journalist Peter Byrne reveals the results of a year-long study into a privatization scheme that has enriched the powerful and robbed ordinary Americans. Going Postal: Introduction On July 27, 200 singing and chanting people demonstrated on the steps of the historic main post office in downtown Berkeley, Calif., to protest its upcoming closure and sale. A city council member took the microphone to angrily decry the closure. In fact, the Berkeley City Council had voted unanimously to oppose the sale. Why the day of rage? When a post office closes, it is obviously that much harder to buy a stamp, pick up a package, send a registered letter, or purchase a money order. But inconvenience alone did not […] Read More

2011: LOCK DOWN: Your Cash Is No Longer Your Own: “Everything Is Fine”

By Mac Slavo SHTF plan “Economic martial law will be declared… restrictions will be set on the amounts, times and frequency of withdrawals.” Forecaster Gerald Celente Trends Journal – Summer 2011 We hope you’re paying attention. If there were ever a red flag warning about the economic and financial destruction to come, JP Morgan Chase Bank began flying it this morning. In a shocking report from Infowars we learned that mega-behemoth Chase has issued letters to thousands of business customers indicating that they will no longer be allowing international wire transfers or cash deposits/withdrawals in excess of a $50,000 monthly cap. Chase Bank confirmed to Infowars that all business account holders were being subjected to these new regulations. Given that even a relatively small grocery store or restaurant is likely to turnover more than $50k a month in cash payments, this appears to be part of a wider move to shut down businesses who mainly […] Read More