Archiv: monopolies / cartels


25.10.2020 - 13:42 [ Reverend Raphael Warnock, running for U.S. Senate / Twitter ]

You should be in control of how you access and use the Internet, not corporations. We need to re-establish net neutrality protections.

04.09.2020 - 15:46 [ Ryan Knight / Twitter ]

Barack Obama himself said Nixon was more liberal than he was and he is right. The Democratic party has moved so far right over the last 40 years that we now have two right-wing corporatist parties in America. The duopoly is killing us.

15.07.2020 - 14:18 [ theHill.com ]

Battle brewing on coronavirus relief oversight

The three independent oversight panels set up by Congress in the bipartisan CARES Act almost four months ago have all encountered serious obstacles — sometimes because of resistance from the White House, other times due to drafting oversights in the authorizing legislation.

As a result, lawmakers and the public may not have a full understanding of how coronavirus relief aid is being spent until after the election. In the meantime, Congress and the White House are moving toward another pandemic bill that’s expected to carry a price tag of at least $1 trillion.

15.07.2020 - 13:56 [ Washington Post ]

The end of small business: Giant corporations may be the only survivors in the post-pandemic economy

For decades, large businesses have been taking market share from small businesses, and the corporations at the top of the pyramid have been consolidating into ever-bigger megacorporations. In the 1980s, half of retail shopping took place in independent stores; today, it is less than one-quarter. From 2002 to 2017, Home Depot and Lowes almost doubled their joint share of the home-improvement retail market, from 42 to 81 percent. Even before the coronavirus struck, in 43 metropolitan areas more than half of all groceries were bought at Walmart.

02.07.2020 - 17:22 [ Techdirt ]

Brazil’s Proposed ‚Fake News‘ Law Says Internet Users Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Demands Constant Logging From ISPs

Brazilians will pretty much need a license to communicate with others — something achieved by turning platforms and app makers into bouncers at the internet nightclub.

02.07.2020 - 16:41 [ DailyMail..co.uk ]

Is there a secret Covid tracker on your phone? Android and iPhone users say new feature has suddenly appeared on their handsets – without anyone installing it

Proponents are hailing the arrival of the system as a step towards stamping out the virus and ending lockdown.

The function is automatically disabled in countries without contact-tracing apps, such as Britain and the US.

19.06.2020 - 10:59 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

China creates new online censorship law to target literature

Additionally, the publishing platforms must apply new measures, including the control of user comments and the manipulation of the literary works’ popularity rankings depending on whether they adapt to the parameters established by the government, placing an extra workload on these sites.

19.06.2020 - 10:25 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Victory for free speech as France’s supreme court crushes authoritarian “hate speech” laws

France’s Supreme Court equivalent rejected most parts of a bill that would obligate social media companies to remove so-called hate speech within 24 hours.

The ruling by the Constitutional Council on Thursday, June 18, 2020, is a win for free speech and even for big social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook.

19.06.2020 - 10:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Facebook monitors the offline behaviour of users to determine if they should be categorised as a ‚Hate Agent‘ and banned

(14.06.2020)

The company also confirmed that their robust decision-making process involves checking their users‘ activity on other social media sites.

02.05.2020 - 17:48 [ Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade - coat.ncf.ca ]

William S. Knudsen (1879-1948)

Knudsen became president of GM in 1937 and served in that position until 1940.

That year, President Roosevelt’s National Defense Advisory Commission was revived and Knudsen was put in charge. He probably felt at home with U.S. Steel’s Edward Stettinius, a Council on Foreign Relations member who later became Secretary of State (1944-1945), and Sears’ chairman, Donald Nelson, the anti-Semite who chaired the America First Committee, an influential outfit that strongly opposed fighting Nazism. By 1941, Knudsen was co-chairing the Office of Production Management to oversee the country’s armament program. He probably felt less at home though with Roosevelt’s choice of co-chair, Sidney Hillman, a Jewish labour leader. But, all-in-all, WWII was highly profitable for Knudsen and his company. GM received $14 billion in contracts from the U.S. War Production Board, which was conveniently chaired by Knudson. GM’s vehicle factories in Germany churned out most of Hitler’s army trucks and many bomber aircraft engines for the Nazi war effort. In 1942, Knudsen was recognized in a special way by the U.S. Army. No he wasn’t arrested for conflict of interest or conspiring to arm the enemy, he became the first civilian to be made a U.S. Army General.

02.05.2020 - 10:45 [ Archives.gov ]

Guide to House Records: Chapter 22: 1910-1946 Nazi and Other Propaganda

22.87 The committee was frequently referred to as the McCormack-Dickstein Committee in reference to its chairman and vice chairman, John W. McCormack of Massachusetts and Samuel Dickstein of New York. It conducted public and executive hearings intermittently between April 26 and December 29, 1934, in Washington, DC; New York; Chicago; Los Angeles; Newark; and Asheville, NC, examining hundreds of witnesses and accumulating more than 4,300 pages of testimony. The committee accumulated evidence regarding individuals and organizations who worked to establish in the United States policies followed by the Nazis in Germany, the Fascists in Italy, and the Communists in Russia. The committee gave particular attention to the organization and activities of Friends of New Germany and Silver Shirts of America. The committee submitted its report on February 15, 1935 (H. Rept. 153, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Serial 9890).

02.05.2020 - 10:31 [ BBC ]

The Whitehouse Coup

(23. July 2007)

Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by right-wing American businessmen

The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.

02.05.2020 - 10:28 [ Counterpunch.org ]

Wall Street’s Failed 1934 Coup

(2. December 2011)

Not a one of them was ever called to testify or was charged with Treason. Virtually all of them were founding members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

The League was headed by the DuPont and J.P Morgan cartels and had major support from Andrew Mellon Associates, Pew (Sun Oil), Rockefeller Associates, E.F. Hutton Associates, U.S. Steel, General Motors, Chase, Standard Oil and Goodyear Tires.

11.04.2020 - 11:47 [ Hurriyet ]

Putin, Trump discuss oil prices, coronavirus over phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on April 10 the situation at globals oil markets, and the coronavirus outbreak over phone.

„An exchange of views was held on the situation at the global oil market, including the agreement being worked out within the framework of OPEC on reducing production in order to stabilize world oil prices,“ the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

09.03.2020 - 15:59 [ CNN ]

Oil crashes by most since 1991 as Saudi Arabia launches price war

Saudi Arabia escalated the situation further over the weekend. The kingdom slashed its April official selling prices by $6 to $8, according to analysts, in a bid to retake market share and heap pressure on Russia.

09.03.2020 - 15:55 [ Japan Times ]

Collapse of OPEC talks blows hole in Russian-Saudi alliance

(07.03.2020)

The OPEC+ meeting in the diary for June was unlikely to go ahead, a delegate said, and the dates were removed from the cartel’s website. Another person said Russia was still willing to join those talks.

Senior OPEC officials, from Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo to United Arab Emirates Energy Minsiter Suhail Al Mazrouei, still held out hope that Russia would come back into the fold.

09.03.2020 - 15:41 [ CNN ]

US stocks halted after falling 7%. Global stocks plunge as oil crashes and coronavirus fear spreads

The S&P 500 (SPX) fell about 6%. The Dow (INDU) fell as many as 2,046 points. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP) was down 5.4%. The New York Stock Exchange halted trading for 15 minutes after stocks plunged more than 7%. They retraced some of their losses after the market reopened.

25.01.2020 - 11:50 [ New York Times ]

You Are Now Remotely Controlled

Surveillance capitalists control the science and the scientists, the secrets and the truth.

02.12.2019 - 01:52 [ Reuters ]

Mexico will not accept intervention from abroad, president says

Referring to recent outbreaks of gang violence that have fed concern that the United States could try to intervene in Mexico, Lopez Obrador thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his support and said his government would handle the country’s security challenges.

28.11.2019 - 17:34 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia coup, Trump dubs Nicaragua ‘national security threat’ and targets Mexico

After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a “national security threat” and announced new sanctions, while Trump designated drug cartels in Mexico as “terrorists” and refused to rule out military intervention.

20.09.2019 - 18:15 [ Moscow Times ]

Russia Could Gain From Saudi Oil Attack – Analysts

(17.09.2019)

Russia is set to be a major winner after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities slashed production and ramped up tensions in the Middle East, analysts predict.

In a frantic day for the world’s markets, oil prices climbed by almost 15% Monday following the drone attacks on Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia’s largest oil refinery, which pumps around 5% of the world’s oil supply.

15.09.2019 - 08:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Pompeo: Iran behind attack on Saudi oil facilities that will reduce kingdom’s output

On Saturday, before Pompeo’s tweet, the White House said Trump had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, “to offer his support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense”.

14.09.2019 - 21:09 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes

(14.09.2019)

Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about five million barrels a day, the people said,…

14.09.2019 - 21:04 [ Today.ng ]

Saudi, Russia call for better compliance with OPEC oil cuts

(12.09.2019)

Oil prices tumbled more than 2 per cent on Wednesday after a report that U.S. President Donald Trump was considering easing sanctions on Iran, which could boost global crude supply at a time of lingering worries about energy demand.

14.09.2019 - 20:55 [ Nayla Razzouk / Twitter ]

OPEC+ meeting starting soon here in Abu Dhabi. #OPEC SecGen Barkindo, Saudi, Russia, UAE, Venezuela holding pre-meeting now. #OOTT

(11.09.2019)

01.09.2019 - 18:47 [ Columbia Journalism Review ]

Op-Ed: Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism

Walter Cronkite once said that “journalism is what we need to make democracy work.” He was absolutely right, which is why today’s assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump presents a crisis—and why we must take concrete action.

01.09.2019 - 18:44 [ Haaretz ]

Can Bernie Sanders Really Win? After This Week, It Seems More Possible Than Ever

Sanders published his plan in The Columbia Journalism Review, outlining his desire to undo moves by the Trump administration that have made media mergers easier. He wants to freeze all major media tie-ups until their effects can be studied, and he aims to protect local news outlets and independent media from corporate consolidation.

20.07.2019 - 18:24 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia agrees with Saudi Arabia to extend OPEC+ oil output deal

(29.07.2019)

Putin, speaking after talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, told a news conference the deal – which is due to expire on Sunday – would be extended in its current form and with the same volumes.

19.05.2019 - 16:14 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

Julian Assange. In his own words: Google Is An Empire.

13.04.2019 - 16:29 [ Spiked ]

In defence of internet freedom

Will internet regulation end the internet as we know it? Has the left turned against the working class? And will cultural appropriation eat itself? Brendan O’Neill, Ella Whelan and Fraser Myers discuss on this week’s spiked podcast.

09.04.2019 - 10:17 [ Spectator ]

The Tories’ bid to police the internet is a big mistake

(8.4.2019)

Today, a Government in dire need of a good news story has mooted legislation resulting in the very opposite. The Conservative manifesto from 2017 said:

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet. We disagree.”

Now the Tories are delivering on their promise. But their attempt to police the internet should worry us all. The “Online Harms” white paper calls for an independent watchdog to write a “code of practice” for tech companies.

08.04.2019 - 11:47 [ BBC ]

Why there’s so little left of the early internet

The Million Dollar Homepage shows that the decay of this early period of the internet is almost invisible. In the offline world, the closing of, say, a local newspaper is often widely reported. But online sites die, often without fanfare, and the first inkling you may have that they are no longer there is when you click on a link to be met with a blank page.

08.04.2019 - 11:19 [ Spiked ]

Russiagate was used to suppress alternative media

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, was the biggest candidate committee contributor to the Hillary Clinton campaign. It donated $1.6million. Facebook donated $478,466.

Just six days after Trump won, Google and Facebook announced that they would begin suppressing news sites they deemed to be spreading fake news. A new Google algorithm targeting ‘fake news’ drastically reduced traffic to many independent news and advocacy sites, including Democracy Now and WikiLeaks. Meanwhile, the likes of CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post were unaffected.

05.04.2019 - 18:49 [ Labour Leave / Twitter ]

Who would have guessed, the arts world is full of extremely intolerant people who pride themselves on their ‚tolerance‘ – until you disagree with them. Then you might be fired. Appalling. #brexit

17.03.2019 - 18:31 [ spiked / Twitter ]

The main problem on the internet right now isn’t trolls or fake news. It’s censorship. It’s politicians and Silicon Valley corporates laying down rules about what we can and cannot say. @Ella_M_Whelan on the web’s 30th birthday

04.02.2019 - 10:58 [ Oilprice.com ]

Crude Realities of Venezuela’s Future

(1.2.2019) USA being the largest buyers of Venezuelan heavy crude tightening all screws around Maduro. Madura seems adamant and expecting some help from Russia or Iran to bail him out of the situation, but that seems unlikely under the current circumstances. PDVSA being the special purpose vehicle for Maduro seems running out of fuel very soon and will not be able to support Maduro very long. China is withholding business ties and ongoing Refinery project JVs with PDVSA in the situations . Under this circumstances , all roads for Maduro are coming to an end.

04.02.2019 - 10:12 [ Forbes ]

High Five At OPEC: Russia And Saudi Arabia Agree To 1.2Mbd Production Cut

(7.12.2018) The countries gathered in Vienna are part of the so-called OPEC+ super-cartel, which includes ten non-OPEC members such as Russia and Kazakhstan. Together, they possess unprecedented influence over the world economy, controlling 55% of global oil supplies and 90% of proven reserves.

04.02.2019 - 10:10 [ theNational.ae ]

Russia and Saudi Arabia to extend Opec+ accord, Putin says

(2.12.2018) Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he had no concrete figures on possible oil output cuts as Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to extend their accord to manage the oil market, known as Opec+, into 2019, following a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit between Mr Putin and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

04.02.2019 - 09:53 [ Sputniknews.com ]

Russia, Saudi Arabia Move to Control Global Oil Markets – Analyst

(17.6.2018) „This means that the concerted efforts of the OPEC oil cartel, which is regulated first and foremost by the Saudis, and the group of independent oil producing countries led by Russia proved their effectiveness in terms of coordinated actions on global markets. And if this global control mechanism is working, there’s no reason to alter it or get rid of it even as things have finally stabilized,“ the analyst said.

16.11.2018 - 01:13 [ Reuters ]

Mexico overturns law meant to regulate troops in drug war

Mexico’s highest court on Thursday overturned a contentious new security law aimed at regulating the long-time use of the military against drug cartels, a day after the president-elect’s team said it was impossible to pull troops from the streets.