19th April, 2017
What keeps the Empire awake at night
The political situation globally is extremely fluid, and
while exceedingly dangerous it also carries immense opportunities
for rapid and radical change. For decades the Citizens
Electoral Council and our international associates have
planted the seeds for the policy changes required to launch
an economic renaissance. Green shoots from many of those
seeds have already sprung up, such as the New Silk Road and
World Land-Bridge; others—such as a four-power collaboration
between the USA, Russia, China and India, reviving the
American System of economics, and financial reform exemplified
by "Glass-Steagall"—are beginning to break through.
Between the proximity of a new global financial crash
and the threat that it would tip the aforementioned policy
changes into reality, the Anglo-American establishment,
which still has a white-knuckle grip on the institutions surrounding
the US presidency, is desperate. They will use every
tool at hand, every time-bomb they have planted over
recent decades, every available agent of influence, to steer
the world towards war.
Articles include the following:
- Moscow points to London, Obama as drivers of war danger
- White House chem weapons report 'cannot be true'
- Australian experts doubt US claims re Syria
- The current course leads to World War III
- Assad suddenly worse than Hitler
- Assad: Chemical attack a 'deep state' fabrication
- All roads lead to Obama in the real Trumpgate
- US Senator rallies support for Glass-Steagall
- Long history of Britain's covenant with terrorism
- Lord Palmerston's terrorist menagerie
- Great Britain vies to recapture trading dominance
- Labour's best chance is to fight for Glass-Steagall
- More housing bubble warnings, but no solutions
- Ben Franklin brought Confucius into the American System
- ALMANAC: Worldwide spirit of optimism over the New Silk Road!
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26th April, 2017
ASIC’s gutless pandering to banks is proof Australia needs Pecora Commission, Glass-Steagall
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) describes itself, and is described by the federal government, as the “tough cop on the beat” protecting Australian investors from the depredations of banks and other financial institutions. But a string of exposés by The Australian last week prove conclusively that ASIC has fallen victim to a textbook case of “regulatory capture”, and believes its real job is to shield the banks from the consequences of their misdeeds.
In a series of articles published 19-22 April, based upon documents acquired after a two-year Freedom of Information battle, journalist Ben Butler revealed that from 2006 until at least February 2015 ASIC had been actively colluding with the big four banks, Macquarie and AMP to protect their reputations. This was a period in which scandal after scandal came to light involving the wealth management divisions of the banks preying on unsuspecting customers, for which the regulator should have held them financially and legally responsible. Instead, Butler has exposed how ASIC allowed the banks to “water down … press releases relating to some of the biggest scandals to rock the sector in recent years, including shoddy financial planning that hurt the retirement savings of up to 560,000 CBA and Macquarie customers and sparked calls for a royal commission into the sector.”
Among the more glaring instances of ASIC’s collusion:
In 2014, CBA’s chief lawyer David Cohen was apparently “closely involved” in drafting a press release about fresh licence conditions imposed on CBA's notorious financial planning arm after a string of scandals. Despite ASIC reportedly being “furious” at the time that dodgy information provided by CBA had caused ASIC to “inadvertently” mislead parliament on how much compensation CBA paid to its financial planning victims, ASIC allowed Cohen to effectively censor the press release, removing a statement from the original draft that stated that CBA knowingly misled ASIC.
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