Farm laws repealed in Parliament without discussion

The bill to repeal the three contentious farm laws was passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha without any discussion November 29, the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, was introduced at 12.09 pm in the Lok Sabha and passed by 12:13 pm, even as the Opposition demanded a discussion. The Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha after a brief discussion. The laws were repealed faster than they were passed. There was uproar in the House, which served as a reminder of the day the bills were passed without any proper discussion in September 2020. The three farm laws were: Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. The House was adjourned till 2 pm, amid uproar by the Opposition, which demanded a discussion on the statutory guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP), one of the key demands of the protesting farmers.

— source | 29 Nov 2021

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The Case for a Central Bank Digital Currency

Whether the U.S. should have its own central bank digital currency (CBDC) is hotly debated. Several countries, including China, already have CBDCs in operation; but the U.S. Federal Reserve is proceeding with caution. Prof. Saule Omarova, President Biden’s nominee for Comptroller of the Currency, is in favor of a CBDC and has made a strong case for it; but many conservative commentators are opposed, and her nomination remains in doubt.

Omarova sees the CBDC as an extension of public banking, but even some public banking advocates are concerned about that development. One such advocate is British Prof. Richard Werner, who laid out his cautions five years ago in a paper presented at the 14th Rhodes Forum in Greece . Werner argued that central banks are in the process of consolidating their powers. Having achieved total independence from government and total lack of accountability to the people, they now want to eliminate competition in the form of both paper money and bank-created credit-money and control the issuance of money completely. To do this, he said, they are driving both cash and bank credit out of business by imposing negative interest rates, which have already been tested in some European countries. Werner argued that negative interest rates were designed not to stimulate the economy but to create deflation and wreak further havoc — “havoc that they intend to instrumentalise to accelerate their goal of becoming the complete masters of our lives, by allowing only digital currency that they issue and control – and that they can monitor in terms of all transactions, and that they can switch off, if, for instance, some pesky dissident

— source | Ellen Brown | Nov 23, 2021

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Sociopaths are more visible in US Congress

Republican Congressmember Paul Gosar faces censure for his posting of an animated video on social media where he murders Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacks President Biden. The censure resolution is the most severe form of punishment in the House. Congressman Gosar will be required to stand in the well of the House while the resolution is read. The House will also vote to strip Gosar of his assignments on the Committee on Oversight and Reform, where he serves alongside Congressmember Ocasio-Cortez, and the House Committee on Natural Resources.

when these types of press requests come up, they come up very quickly, so I don’t check. But, to be honest with you, I’m clear that my brothers and sisters are not about, like, attempted death threats to women of color. They’re not intimidated, and they also do not believe in that kind of sinister approach to governance, right? They understand, as I do, that Paul is incompetent at his office, that he’s never been competent, but that the election of Donald Trump has furthered his visibility and furthered his work, and he certainly utilized it.

And, in fact, if you look at his statement, again, there is reporting that shows that he’s not only not apologizing, he’s continuing to sing to that white supremacist base that he fundraises from. So it’s really — it’s quite concerning, and I am pleasantly surprised that they’ve actually taken the step to have this censure vote and strip him of his committee assignments. It’s the first step

— source | Nov 17, 2021

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Facebook ‘whistleblower’ Frances Haugen represented by US intelligence insiders

A former employee of Facebook named Frances Haugen earned national renown after appearing before Congress on October 5, 2021 to accuse the company where she once worked of everything from poisoning the minds of young American women to aiding and abetting global evildoers.

While Haugen has presented herself as a “whistleblower” who risked it all to expose the secrets of the powerful, she was cultivated and legally represented by an organization led by former intelligence insiders with close ties to the US national security state.

Called Whistleblower Aid, the outfit was founded by a national security lawyer, Mark Zaid, who has been accused of ratting out his client, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, to his employers in Langley. Zaid is joined by a former State Department official and government-approved whistleblower, John Tye, ex-CIA and Pentagon official Andrew Bakaj, and veteran US government information warrior, Libby Liu, who has specialized in supporting color revolution-style operations against China.

— source | Alexander Rubinstein | Oct 21, 2021

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Bolivia Requests Arrest of Añez Regime’s Economy Minister

Bolivia’s Special Anti-Crime Force (FELCC) requested the arrest of former Economy Minister Jose Luis Parada for the irregular contracting of a US$346 million loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez (2019-2020). On Aug. 28, Parada should have appeared before the Public Prosecutor’s Office to testify. Given that he never showed up, the FELCC sent a request for his arrest to Prosecutor Mauricio Jara, who is handling the matter. This case also implicates the former “Interim” president Añez and Guillermo Aponte, the former president of the Bolivian Central Bank (BCB). Previously, Carlos Schlink, the former Vice Minister of Finance, was detained. Bolivian Justice also announced that it will try Parada for unconstitutional offenses, anti-economic behavior, and breach of duty.

— source | 30 Sep 2021

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Are We Vesting Too Much Power in Governments and Corporations in the Name of Covid-19?

The second episode of our new video program, SYSTEM UPDATE, is now available on YouTube. It explores several of the under-discussed components of the coronavirus pandemic and our responses to it, including: Are we vesting too much power in the hands of governments and corporations? Are we allowing our fears to drive our deliberations and choices rather than rational calculations? how do we ensure that official orthodoxies, pieties and consensus can be meaningfully questioned and challenged? What lessons are there to learn from the fear-driven climate that arose after the 9/11 attack? What are the enduring political, social and cultural effects of sustained isolation? and what is the role of animal agriculture in the outbreak of new deadly pathogens over the last couple of decades?

To explore these questions, I spoke to three guests: the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, now President of the Board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation; Andray Domise, a contributing editor of the Canadian newsmagazine Maclean’s who has written and spoken in a very insightful way about these issues; and Cassie King, a young, courageous and experienced investigator and activist with Direct Action Everywhere, who has been inside numerous factory farms in the U.S. and has worked extensively on the impact on the public health from these industrial practices.

The full show can be watched on The Intercept’s YouTube channel — to which you can subscribe in order to be notified of all of our new content — or on the player below. A

— source | Apr 9 2020

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