As of Sunday July 01, 2012

Jim Cramer, mouth of fiscal economic mainstream, breaks rank, writes "banking is a lawless profession. To me these people are embezzlers, fraudsters and perhaps even gangsters in pinstripes"

Loveland, Colorado-based solar manufacturer Abound closing doors and filing bankruptcy; unable to compete with Chinese manufacturers despite $400 million U.S. Government loan guarantee

Supreme Court upholds Obama health care law finding penalty amounts to permissible tax, rejects individual mandate constitutionality under Commerce clause; law originally sold as non-tax

Former President Jimmy Carter slams Obama administration over assassinations and drone attacks, says actions flout basic tenets of universal human rights and foment anti-U.S. sentiment

British special operations forces reported crossing from Turkey into northern Syria

Vladimir Putin says Russia will respond to any missile deployment should Finland join NATO; discourages surrendering sovereignty

Qargha Lake siege undercuts U.S.-led narrative that Afghanistan war is on track

Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim calls Israeli antipathy to Wagner "grotesque", observes "Palestinians are now expected to pay for historic sins" and absurdity of banning "Wagner while buying German submarines at the same time," describes Israel as "something like the US's 51st state"

Genetically modified grass linked to cattle deaths; fields of Tifton 85 toxic with cyanide

True colors: corporatist Rand Paul votes "no" on farm bill amendment calling for labeling of genetically modified organisms

Nature fights back: bugs devouring Monsanto's genetically modified corn with a vengeance

New Zealand Environment Minister Amy Adams affirms country's commitment to Global Partnership for Oceans at Rio+20 conference; fishing industry cautiously welcomes government's signing of push to more than double marine-protected areas and rebuild global fish stocks

Lieutenant Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami says Iran can hit and destroy all mobile targets with its ballistic missiles with 100 percent precision capability

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh says U.S. military bases in region "are no threat; rather we view them as an opportunity"

Bolivia President Evo Morales rules out troops as police rebel

Racially motivated attacks are becoming more frequent and more violent in Greece

Soft genocide: European Union should "do its best to undermine" the "homogeneity" of its member states, says United Nation's special representative for migration

Mitt Romney calls for easier and more legal immigration

Extreme makeover: Asians now fastest-growing group in U.S.

Argentina beginning to flourish after bucking International Monetary Fund, nationalizing domestic oil production

Kuwait resisting Saudi push for Gulf Union

Forty German arms smugglers arrested in Syria, reportedly employees of "security firm" previously deployed in Libya; join hundreds of foreign troops and mercenaries captured, including Portuguese paratroopers

Activists claim at least 40 dead across Syria, including Deir Az zor and Homs

Newly supplied Russian anti-air missile used to down Turkish warplane

Turkey demands NATO meeting after Syria shoots down jet

Yemen army takes control of last al Qaida bastion, southeastern town of Azzan handed over in major advance

Al Qaeda fighting elements from Libya spearheading violence against Israel from Sinai and Gaza Strip

Four-year-old Palestinian boy killed by Israeli tanks carrying out assault on Gaza

Israel increasing "live training" on Palestinians with deadly results

Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi declared winner of Egyptian presidential runoff by electoral commission

At least 25 dead in massacre by Syrian rebel militia

Mitt Romney's financial company, Bain Capital, invested in series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries

Great American Social Security lie: Government mismanagement ruined fund, Wall Street eager to gain control of trillions, income disparity undercutting system

War on the American Citizen: Minneapolis, Minnesota SWAT team executive officer sucker punches man for talking loudly on cell phone, knocked unconscious, on life support after two brain surgeries

Return of the Dark Ages: North Carolina state senate passes bill saying that its Division of Coastal Management cannot "include scenarios of accelerated rates of sea level rise" as scientists find North Carolina sea levels rising at accelerated rate

David Cameron considered ordering special forces to seize Russian ship

Obama administration seeks to block release of documents related to use of robot drones to strike suspected terrorists overseas, claim that it cannot admit secretive program of targeted killing exists; Freedom of Information Act requests made by American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times

Obama grants 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, last-minute maneuver to head off contempt vote by House Republicans

Apathetic generation: tearful 68-year-old bus monitor endures profane, vicious, and threatening verbal attack from gleefully cruel middle school students

Barack Obama morphing into Dick Cheney on international affairs while claiming to be for peace, writes resource war expert Michael T. Klare

Starving Greeks queue for food in their thousands

Italy's prime minister, Mario Monti, warns of apocalyptic consequences of failure at next week's summit of EU leaders, outlining potential death spiral more political than economic

Moody's Investor's Service downgrades 15 banks; Bank of America two levels above junk at Baa2

Uruguay considers selling marijuana to fight cocaine

Insult on top of injury: National Security Agency refuses to provide details on clandestine domestic spying program to Senators, suggest doing so would violate privacy of Americans

Seeing green: "Father of Reaganomics" Paul Craig Roberts argues for ecological sanity, dominant economic thinking attributes little "to external costs and the ability of externalized costs to destroy the productive power of the planet"

Chicago police entice people to turn in guns with offers of cash

Goldman Sachs expecting Federal Open Market Committee to announce further purchases of mortgage-backed securities and U.S. Treasury bonds

U.S. and Israel developed Flame computer virus unleashed on Iran, according to Western officials

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says enemies should be aware that "arrogance, sense of superiority, and unreasonable demands" will get them nowhere with Iran

"Sanctions cannot make a great nation like Iran relinquish its rights," says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Green accounting: valuation for nature gains traction

One of last Amur leopards photographed in northeastern China

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen secures parliamentary seat representing new generation of French nationalists

International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Banking Authority troika to monitor multibillion-euro cash injection for Spanish banks

Rage building in Greek bread lines; jobs disappearing and pay reduced for "21st century slaves"

Violence in Athens suburb as police clash with hundreds, 6 officers reported injured with gunshot wounds

Greek election aftermath: pro-bailout ND, PASOK and Democratic Left indicate they may reach deal, SYRIZA refuses to contemplate cooperation on further austerity

Pew Hispanic Center estimates up to 1,400,000 illegal aliens benefit from Obama amnesty

Israel seeks to build tent camp for African migrants with no sewage or proper facilities

8 Turkish troops killed, 16 wounded in reported PKK attack on military outpost

Russian anti-air, anti-ship missiles rumored to be arriving in Syria as deterrent to U.S. attack

Iran, Russia, China, Syria to stage large-scale joint war games

Obama administration close to decision on shipping fresh heavy weapons to Syrian rebels; arms paid for by Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Syrian forces shell Homs, 40 dead

Two killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza

Hamas fires four rockets from Gaza into Israel

Israel pounds Gaza after Eqypt border clash

West Bank mosque hit by arson attack, Jewish settlers suspected

Struggle of Saudi succession: Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz named Crown Prince

Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi’s claims victory in Egypt's first free presidential election; seen as "preemptive maneuver" to thwart possible vote rigging

Suicide bombing targets Shiite gathering in central Iraq kills 15

Suicide bomber kills Yemeni southern army commander, General Qoton

Saudi Arabia seeks to boost arsenal with up to 800 German-made tanks, deal worth 10 billion euros ($12.6 billion), one of biggest-ever for German defense industry

Series of disease scandals rock salmon farms

Indonesia's President Yudhoyono reverses course, commits to sustainable management of world's forests critical for equitable economic growth; calls for "fundamental reinvention and reorganization of societies throughout the world"

"Draft final document of the Rio+20 conference does not give proper attention to climate change... without addressing climate change, all of the other problems and tasks that will be set by the final document will not be accomplished and will become meaningless," says former Soviet President  Mikhail Gorbachev

Japan sat on radiation maps provided by U.S. Department of Energy showing immediate fallout from nuke crisis; neither publicized nor used to evacuate residents

Russian diplomats "stunned" after being told by Japanese counterparts that upwards of 40 million people were in "extreme danger" of life threatening radiation poisoning from Fukushima Daiichi; returning Kuril Islands to Japan "critical" for resettlement

Irish politicians demanding account of event from Minister of Finance and Bilderberg attendee Michael Noonan; trip costs Irish taxpayers over 4,300 euros

No financial refuge: Italian police seize 50 kilograms of gold from businessman on Swiss border, charged with smuggling

Russia to send Marines to Syrian port city of Tartus

Israel Defense Forces deploy tanks near Egypt border, in violation of peace treaty, following cross-border attack

Paul Craig Roberts writes, "it is incorrect to describe Social Security as the elderly using the political system to steal from the young"

Census Bureau estimates shows Generation X hammered by depression, over 50 % loss of median net worth

American Civil Liberties Union fiscal analysis shows states would save average of $66,000 per year per released aged prisoner; elderly population growing because of harsh sentencing laws, not new crimes

Billionaire hedge-fund manager pledges to protect 90,000 acres of Colorado ranch from further development as part of larger planned conservation area

Obama announces massive amnesty, bypasses Congress, suspending deportation of most illegal aliens under age 31

Environmental Protection Agency approves Florida's $880 million plan to reduce flow of farm and suburban pollution into Everglades

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman reiterates country's commitment to Non-Proliferation Treaty as well as rules and regulations of International Atomic Energy Agency and within its rights to use peaceful nuclear energy

Moody's Investor Service downgrades Spanish government's credit rating three notches, just above junk

Italian Senate budget service analysis finds ministerial spending represents €283 billion out of Italy's €779 billion total expenditures

Greeks paid July pensions, August in doubt

Formerly ecstatic Germans growing increasingly disillusioned with Obama

Leaked excerpt from Trans-Pacific Partnership reveals Obama prepared to bow to multinational corporations; foreign corporations operating within U.S. able to appeal environmental and banking regulations otherwise in force for American-owned businesses

RealtyTrac syas foreclosure starts rose year-over-year in May for first time in more than two years

Senator Rand Paul introduces Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, would require warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens

Supreme Court denies request to hear American torture victim's lawsuit

NGOs, UN agencies call on Israel to lift Gaza blockade

Israel's state watchdog sharply criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over handling of 2010 military raid on Gaza-bound flotilla

South Sudan representatives in Israel call deportation of illegal aliens undignified

Israel to begin mass expulsions of African asylum seekers

New opposition movement urges rapid overthrow of U.S.-backed Al-Saud monarchy in Arabia

Obama administration bracing for shock of Egypt becoming first Arab country to be ruled by Muslim Brotherhood; last of three secret polls conducted by U.S. intelligence shows Muhammad Morsi with a 70 percent lead in presidential election runoff

Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court to decide on validity of law passed by Islamist-led parliament seeking to bar Mubarak regime's Ahmed Shafiq from presidential race

Egypt's justice minister grants army the right to arrest civilians after powers expired with lifting of decades-old state of emergency last month

Peak Oil: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates look to solar to meet future energy demands

Libya 2.0: 15 dead in past 48 hours as NATO-backed National Transitional Council struggling to maintain security

Tunisian government blames Salafis and old regime loyalists for worst unrest since Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's ouster, dismiss suggestions Al-Qaeda initiating violence

At least 73 people killed in spate of bombings, shootings in central Iraq during major Shiite religious commemoration

U.S. hoping to draw Damascus further into Syrian revolt

Syrian troops reportedly plant landmines on Lebanese side of border

Syrian rebels now using Iraqi-style explosively formed penetrators

Syrian rebels preparing own explosives and remotely detonating roadside bombs

Obama speeds up limited air strike, no-fly zones preparations for Syria

Amnesty International claims Syrian government committing crimes against humanity, calls for international response

Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov says United States "providing arms and weapons to the Syrian opposition that can be used in fighting against the Damascus government"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton levels accusations at Russia over attack helicopter shipments to Syria

Syria now in a full-scale civil war, according to UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous

At least 30 killed as Yemeni government forces press ahead with U.S.-backed offensive

Obama campaign mining data, building additions to complex digital election operation

Information Security Oversight Office reports excess and over-classification of material widespread among Government and industry

Syrian opposition has chemical weapons acquired resultant of NATO-backed Libyan upheaval, plan to use against civilians and pin atrocity on Assad regime

Ireland wants rescue deal negotiated to match Spain's EFSF bailout

Out-of-work Spaniards rip Rajoy declaration of "victory"

Euro zone finance ministers agree to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros; Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy declares "victory" for euro, European Union, and Spain

Local law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County fatally shot 54 people last year, nearly 70 percent more than year before

Columbus, NM among U.S. border towns and villages facing budgetary collapse and corruption via Mexican drug cartels

"[Thomas] Jefferson and his household would have trained their muskets on the drones and taken them down... when the government assaults our privacy and dignity, it is the moral equivalent of violence against us," writes former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Andrew Napolitano

Channel 4 News' Alex Thompson reports "rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian Army. Dead journos are bad for Damascus"

Neoconservative agent Trigg V. Olsen sent Jesse Benton to infiltrate, undermine Paul presidential campaign, says former campaign staffer Penny Freeman; Rand Paul corrupted by newfound power

Detroit officials say city will go broke in a week if consent deal lawsuit against state of Michigan not withdrawn

Young Greeks reluctantly returning to agrarian roots, abandoning career pursuits in jobless, crime-wracked cities

Suicide bomber drives car packed with explosives into entrance of police headquarters of northeast Nigeria's Borno state, four dead, seven injured

Fourteen dismembered bodies dumped in sugar-cane farming town of Ciudad Mante in the south of Mexico's Tamaulipas state

More than 1,000 accidental releases of oil, drilling wastewater or other fluids in 2011 due to North Dakota hydraulic fracturing; several spills totaling millions of gallons; carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals wiping out aquatic life in streams and wetlands, farmland sterilized

Earth biosphere may be nearing irreversible "state shift" due to human activity, warns international team of ecologists and biologists

U.S. experiences second warmest May, hottest spring on record

Global warming toll on Latin America and the Caribbean economies could exceeding $100 billion by 2050, calculates inter-American Development Bank

More than 500 "cancer villages" identified across China; pollution ravaging farmers as government moves toxic industries to countryside

Slave revolt: dozens of workers at Foxconn plant in Chengdu, China arrested following dormitory riot

China announces first cut in benchmark interest rates in more than three years after slower-than-expected growth

Fitch Ratings cut Spain's long-term credit rating to BBB, two notches from junk

Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, pleading for direct rescue of country's banks to avoid humiliation of requesting national bailout; wants centralized budget and tax policy across eurozone

"The risk is too big, and the return too low," says China Investment Corporation's Lou Jiwei on prospect of further lending to Spain; economists doubt European Union can raise funds for bailout as new troubles emerging daily

Spanish Economic and Social Council reports 25 percent of Spain's population living below poverty line, 2 percent increase from last year; 24 percent unemployment rate with 50 percent unemployed under age 30

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez announces intent to switch all personal savings from U.S. dollars to Argentine pesos, urges ministers to follow her example

"Washington is essentially an auction where politics go to the highest bidder. It doesn't matter if Democrats or Republicans are in charge, in terms of the influence of money," says Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Muslim group sues New York Police Department to stop routine spying

Israel enacts law allowing authorities to detain illegal migrants for up to 3 years in response to wave of Africans; Interior Minister says most of the "Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man," vows to "continue the struggle until the end of my term, with no compromises," and use "all the tools to expel the foreigners, until not one infiltrator remains"

Bomb blast outside school kills 15, injures 35 in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan province

Villagers in Afghanistan say NATO air strike killed 18 civilians

Any attempts to resolve the Iranian issue by force are unacceptable, declares heads of state of Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Top Iranian negotiator says 2005 offer ensuring no nuclear weapons rejected at U.S. insistence; Bush administration refused to countenance any Iranian enrichment capability, regardless of circumstances

Egyptian presidential frontrunner pledges country would "no longer be submissive to the West" if he assumes office

Yemeni human rights group Aseer calls for retrieval of all Yemeni lands occupied by Saudi Arabia

"There will be no external intervention by the [UN] Security Council, I guarantee you," says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding Syria

Zionists pursuing tripartite strategy of "labyrinthine madness" to topple Assad and destroy Syria, says Middle East analyst Dr. Ismail Salami

International mediator Kofi Annan tells UN that his peace plan is failing, Syria on course for "all-out civil war"

Rebels now in control of many northern and central Syrian towns and villages of Ghab plain; growing volume of heavy arms being smuggled into Syria from Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, rebel groups building bombs and stockpiling small mortar rounds for "big war"

Syrian authorities foil attempted car bombing; 700 kilograms of explosives in booby-trapped vehicle set to explode intensively crowded area of al-Mahatta station in Sanamin city

Clashes rock Damascus as Syrian rebels go on offensive; at least 168 soldiers killed in past week

Iraqi government announces winners of new oil contracts; struggle for control continues among western corporations, autonomous Kurds, and Baghdad

"Collapse at hand," writes Paul Craig Roberts; Fed's ZIRP puts U.S. in untenable and dangerous position, BRICS forming new bank to trade without dollars, interest rates swap sales creating the impression of flight to dollar, aggressive short selling suppressing gold and silver bullion prices; new wars for Israel among "catalysts waiting to ignite the conflagration that burns up the Treasury bond market and the US dollars"; financial deregulation has converted system into "gambling casino", wealth of savers being consumed, big banks holding $226 trillion in derivative bets 516 times larger than capital coverage, financial gangsters simply enjoying public underwriting

Debt on track to become double gross domestic product by 2037

Famed and beloved patriot Robert "Bob" Chapman dies

Disproportionate force: Israeli aircraft strike in Gaza

Up to 27 people killed as U.S. drone blitz in Pakistan enters third straight day

Obama administration elevates itself above Supreme Court, claims right and power to place GPS tracking devices on privately owned vehicles of citizens without warrant despite January ruling against warrantless installation of tracking devices

Police state: Colorado cops detain dozens of innocent bystanders with no probable cause in roughshod response to bank robbery; lack of sufficient facts and evidence of crimes gross violation of Fourth Amendment

Israel deploying nuclear-tipped cruise missile on German built, Dolphin-class submarines

Rival Libyan militias clash at Tripoli airport

George Soros gives Germany three months to save eurozone and European Union

Bilderberg protest in Virginia brings together Tea Party and Occupy elements

"By encouraging police officers to lie, we have corrupted our police, communities, and government," writes Massachusetts law firm specializing in civil rights and police misconduct

Robert Zoellick admits, on eve of departure from World Bank, world headed for danger, facing repeat of 2008 crash

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren likely to find backing for additional stimulus at upcoming meeting

Webster Tarpley sees Ron Paul followers as duped, "controlled opposition" in biting analysis; campaign support from Peter Thiel and son's vote for Iran sanctions among criticisms

Foreign Minister Krishna insists India will not bow to U.S. pressure to reduce oil imports from Iran

Top military aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei reiterates proportional retaliation to any attack

Israel Defense Forces soldier, Palestinian killed in exchange of gunfire on Gaza border; reports of Israeli Air Force strikes in Gaza Strip

Hezbollah looking to bring Scud missiles, other weaponry to Lebanon from depots in Syria as counter to anticipated overt military intervention; Turkish Foreign Minister announces shift toward nonintervention

Special operations: five top Hezbollah officers, including nephew of Hassan Nasrallah, reportedly among captured Lebanese pilgrims; vehicle tracked from the air to direct kidnappers waiting in ambush

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah calls for release of Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by Syrian revolutionaries

At least six people killed in northern Lebanese city Tripoli, snipers firing on civilians as supporters and opponents of the Syrian uprising clash

Clashes between Syrian troops and rebels in Damascus suburbs of Harasta and Douma; gunfire kills one in Kfar Batna

Qatar's Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim urges Kofi Annan to set timeframe for his Syria peace mission, asks UN to apply Chapter VII which permits military intervention

Kofi Annan warns that Syria slipping into "all-out" war

"U.S. and NATO are creating a civil war... doing everything they can to destabilize Syria... then they claim that they're going in, in order to save the situation... the whole purpose of the UN peace mission from the beginning has been to give a diplomatic cover to continued intervention... it's clear that the U.S. is not interested in a diplomatic solution... this exact same playbook, this same scenario used again and again to justify their intervention," says International Action Center's Sara Flounders

New Democracy's Samaras on the attack against Syriza; Independent Greeks publish alleged Samaras letter pledging bailout agreement implementation without alteration or exception

Syriza's Tsipras swears "first act" of his government will be cancellation of bailout agreement

Seven Afghans dead after attack on NATO compound

Kosovo Serbs clash with NATO forces over roadblocks, 6 injured

Regulators allowing banks to escape counting their country's debt against capital requirements; analyst warns, "banks loaded up with domestic sovereign debt will only increase the domestic fallout if the sovereign ultimately reneges on its obligations"

Suicide under threat of execution: Irish voters approve new controls under European Union fiscal treaty

Western lifestyles expected to drive massive surge in cancer rates by 2030

Stuxnet virus unleashed by U.S. to appease Israel, according to New York Times investigation; greedily malicious intent of contributing Israeli programmers led to discovery of malware after escaping to Internet

Official unemployment rate moves up to 8.2 percent; Labor Department reports just 69,000 jobs added in May

CNN losing most viewers in trend away from corporate news sources

City of Philadelphia begins enforcement of ban on feeding homeless masses