"The United States’ prized top AAA credit rating has been cut for the first time ever. Standard & Poor’s has dropped America’s ranking to AA+. The destructive force is the crippling debt which Congress has struggled to agree on how to tackle, with only an 11th-hour deal to raise the amount allowed. S&P says that’s not enough - and falls far short of what’s needed to stabilize the government’s runaway borrowing. But the Obama administration says the analysis is way off, and will damage any recovery."
"In the past week alone 2.5 trillion dollars have been wiped off the value of global stocks.
That is why world leaders and policy makers have been scrambling over the weekend, trying to find a way out of the turmoil on the international markets caused by the debt crises in Europe and the United States."
"Conflicting and confused messages from Europe’s policy makers have raised concerns that next week may worsen the eurozone debt crisis.
Fresh worries over Europe’s bailout mechanisms this week hastened fears of another recession and saw stocks suffer their heaviest losses since 2008."
"European finance ministers have expressed confidence in the US economy, in spite of the country’s credit rating being downgraded for the first time in history.
However, China - which holds the vast majority of US debt - is far from happy.
Leaders there have criticised what they called Washington’s "addiction" to debt. "
US Silent on Psychologists Role in CIA’s Tortures: Doctors 2014-12-20 21:53
Physicians for Human Rights had not received any response from the US Federal Commission to their call to investigate the role of health professionals in CIA’s torture program, Deputy Director of the organization told Sputnik.
December 19 (Sputnik) — US government has not responded to calls to prosecute doctors, who participated in CIA torture program, the Deputy Director of Communications for ...
Former Chief Security Officer for NewsCorp: N. Koreans Not Behind Sony Hack, Interview Leak 2014-12-20 2:17
Hemanshu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor and former chief security officer for NewsCorp/Fox studios, says North Korea isn’t behind the Sony Hack.
Nigam gave several bullet points for why the hack was likely an inside job.
Attack code borrowed from a previous attack on Seoul, that’s why it’s in Korean. Private hackers typically borrow malicious code from other hackers.Nations state attacks follow ...
Sony Fires Back at Obama: Actually We Did Call the White House – Several Times 2014-12-20 2:13 Sony fired back at Obama after the press conference saying they had several conversations with the Obama White House before and after the movie was canceled.
Via The Hollywood Reporter:
After President Obama criticized Sony for its decision to cancel The Interview's release after theater chains decided not to show the film, the studio has issued a statement elaborating on the move.
The Bankster International 2014-12-20 1:55 Geopolitical analysis, the art of explaining power relationships through the prism of impersonal geography, can be a helpful tool for observers of the Great Game – but it also has its limitations. A case in point is the renewed US-Russia confrontation. Think tanks and policy insiders easily sell the narrative that from the dark days of the Cold War to ...