05 31 12 Superpower Death Watch

05 31 12 Superpower Death Watch


Rothschilds buy into Rockefeller wealth business

The Rothschild banking dynasty has agreed to invest in the Rockefeller group's wealth advisory and asset management business to form a strategic partnership

The transatlantic union brings together David Rockefeller, 96, and Lord Rothschild, 76 - two family patriarchs whose personal relationship spans five decades

See: LONDON | Wed May 30, 2012 9:47am BST

CDC's emerging market investments slump to £72m 2011 loss

CDC, wholly owned by the [UK] Government's Department for International [un-]Development, is the world's second-oldest [un-]development finance institution. It invests in developing countries of south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa by allocating money to private equity funds who operate in those regions.

Although CDC has historically invested through a fund-of-funds model, over the past year the group has begun to provide debt and direct investment to businesses in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

See: LONDON | Wed May 30, 2012 12:03am BST

Gardaí and PSNI raid 140 brothels

The cross-border operation – run in the Republic under the anti-vice Operation Quest – was spearheaded by the Garda’s Organised Crime Unit. It is unprecedented in scale.

See: Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Brothel raids target sophisticated criminals

just the beginning of what will need to be a long and painstaking operation if the criminal masterminds being investigated are to be brought to justice.


See: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

[Putin's] Working meeting with President of Daghestan Magomedsalam Magomedov

Vladimir Putin and Magomedsalam Magomedov discussed the socio-economic situation in the region [the Caucasus].

In particular, the head of Daghestan briefed the President on the implementation of projects to develop the tourist cluster in the North Caucasus, as well as geological and exploration works on the Caspian shelf.


See: May 29, 2012, 18:00 Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region

Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] Backing Junk Debt Lures Prudential: Southeast Asia

Investors are shifting funds from markets offering near-zero interest rates in Europe and the U.S. [The Superpower] into higher-yielding bonds, adding $21 billion to emerging-market debt holdings in 2012, according to U.S.[Superpower]-based EPFR Global.

East Asia's local-currency corporate bond market grew 17 percent in the quarter ended December to a record $1.9 trillion, according to the Asian Development Bank, which helped set up the guarantee program.

Unlike Japan Bank for International Cooperation, which provides a partial guarantee on some yen-denominated debt sold by foreign governments and companies, the Asean program will pay both principal and coupon if an issuer defaults. Issuers applying to be covered must be based in Asean or Japan, South Korea and China.


See: May 30, 2012 3:48 AM ET

Greek Exit From Euro Seen Exposing Deposit-Guaranty Flaws

National deposit-insurance programs...leave savers at risk of losses if a country leaves the euro and its currency is redenominated.

The funds in some nations also have been depleted after they were used to help bail out struggling lenders

With European officials openly discussing a Greek exit from the euro for the first time, savers in Spain, Italy and Portugal may start to withdraw cash on concern that those countries will follow Greece and their funds will be devalued with a switch to a successor currency.

None of those nations has the firepower to handle simultaneous runs on multiple banks.


See: May 29, 2012 7:01 PM ET

The new [Superpower] cyber military-industrial complex

There’s an arms race in cyberspace, and a massively exploding new cyber-industrial complex that serves it.

It has become a truism to say that the offence has the advantage over the defence in cyber conflicts. Attack tools are cheap and widely available. Attackers can mount their assaults with lightning speed from anywhere on the planet to anywhere else, disguising their origins and masking responsibility.

Scholars of war and human nature have long understood that, in an offence-dominant environment such as this, the pressure is on to keep up or be left behind. Fear and insecurity increase, threats lurk everywhere, and rash decisions can lead to unexpected outcomes and chaos.

While this may sound ominous for most, for those in the defence industry, it presents an irresistible market opportunity. A new cyber military-industrial complex has exploded, estimated to be between $80-billion and $150-billion...annually.

Like Dwight Eisenhower’s [The Superpower's] military-industrial complex before it, this massive cyber-industrial complex is intimately connected to militarization processes in the West and, in particular, the United States [The Superpower].

Major corporate giants that arose in the Cold War, such as Boeing and Northrop Grumman, are now repositioning themselves to service the cyber security market.

See: Published Monday, Mar. 28, 2011 2:00AM EDT
Note the date.

Unemployment breeds anger in home of Arab Spring [Tunisia]

Though the economy returned to growth this year, unemployment figures have lagged, with the jobless rate rising to 18 percent in March, from 13 percent before the uprising.

Though unemployment averages little over 13 percent in the capital Tunis and along much of the coast, it rises to 20 percent in the [Ben Guerdane] border region

Unemployment runs at 28 percent in central provinces, where the revolution began and where rioting continues to break out regularly.

"It is not that the goals of the revolution have not been achieved, they have not even begun to address them ... The policies are the same. The politicians are thinking about their seats and the media does not care."

See: BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia | Wed May 30, 2012 10:10am EDT

Euro zone expansion stalls as crisis rages

None of the eight countries on the waiting list to join the euro currently meet the requirements to do so, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday - assuming, that is, that they still want to.

Latvian Finance Minister Andris Vilks told public broadcaster Latvian Television on Wednesday the country would only join once the euro zone's debt crisis had subsided.

See: FRANKFURT | Wed May 30, 2012 11:30am EDT

Quiet Guatemalan prosecutor takes on dictator, drug gangs

For nearly 30 years, Efrain Rios Montt evaded trial for massacres carried out during his military rule in Guatemala's civil war

Since Claudia Paz y Paz became Guatemala's attorney general 18 months ago, the former dictator's retirement has been disrupted by efforts to make him answer for the most brutal part of the bloodiest armed conflict in modern Latin America.

In January, at the behest of her office, a judge ordered Rios Montt be tried for genocide and crimes against humanity, but the case has been held up as his lawyers lodge appeals.

Last week, however, another probe led to a court setting a second trial for massacres the state perpetrated under Rios Montt's watch during 1982 and 1983.

by putting him under house arrest, Paz y Paz has sent a message that Guatemala will prosecute human rights atrocities from a 1960-1996 civil war that killed a quarter million people and left deep scars in the Central American nation.

Civil war cases that stalled for 15 or 20 years are also moving forward. Last year, in the first-ever prosecution for a war-era massacre, a court sentenced four soldiers to 6,060 years in prison for killing 201 people in 1982 in the town of Dos Erres.

Army special forces killed nearly every resident of the town - including women and children - with guns or sledge hammers and throwing them into a well.







See: GUATEMALA CITY | Wed May 30, 2012 11:33am EDT

Vatican crisis highlights pope failure to reform Curia

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict in 2005, epithets like "God's Rottweiler" and "Panzerkardinal" suggested he would bring some German efficiency to the opaque Vatican bureaucracy, the Curia.

The Curia, a centuries-old bureaucracy dominated by Italian clerics, is essential to the success or failure of a papacy because it can effectively cancel or water down papal decisions if they go against long-standing interests or traditions.

Its name comes from the Latin word for a royal court and its jumble of overlapping departments, commissions and tribunals seems more suited to an intrigue-filled Renaissance monarchy than a modern and transparent democratic government.

Each department has an advisory board of cardinals and bishops and those who sit on several boards can create powerful links that cut across department lines to influence policy.

[ This jumble's one reason why... ]

The Vatican has...reacted slowly and defensively to the clerical sexual abuse scandal shaking national churches around the world, giving the impression it puts its institutional interests ahead of the children molested by priests.

"It seems to be a Church hierarchy further distancing itself from the people in the pews."


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[ Rothschilds buy into Rockefeller wealth business - CDC's emerging market investments slump to £72m 2011 loss - Gardaí and PSNI raid 140 brothels & Brothel raids target sophisticated criminals - [Putin's] Working meeting with President of Daghestan Magomedsalam Magomedov - Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] Backing Junk Debt Lures Prudential: Southeast Asia - Greek Exit From Euro Seen Exposing Deposit-Guaranty Flaws - The new [Superpower] cyber military-industrial complex - Unemployment breeds anger in home of Arab Spring [Tunisia] - Euro zone expansion stalls as crisis rages - Quiet Guatemalan prosecutor takes on dictator, drug gangs - Vatican crisis highlights pope failure to reform Curia ]