Robert and William Isaias Dassum: The case of the Ecuadorian banking fugitives that live and invest in the U.S.

  Introduction     The Ecuadorian bank, Filanbanco’s failure helped cause the 1999 banking crisis in this tiny country.  It is estimated that the brothers, William and Roberto Isaias Dassum, owe the Ecuadorian treasury a whopping $661 million which they allegedly embezzled from the bank.  Armando Bermeo, then head of the Supreme Court, accused the […]

Florida HB 87, Homeowners, and the Foreclosure Inferno

A bill passed last week by the Florida legislature offers efficiencies and advantages to banks that may launch a major increase in foreclosures in the state known for its volatile real estate market.  The only thing standing in the way is a veto by Governor Rick Scott.  (Image: Nathan Rein) HB 87 shifts the burden […]

Palm Beach County residents encouraged to report neighbors who “hate” the government

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s department has received $1 million for a violence prevention unit that is getting attention from privacy advocates. Florida legislators awarded the money to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to create the unit with the idea that they will be able to prevent gun tragedies from occurring. Bradshaw intends on utilizing specially trained […]

How the US Tried to Steal the Venezuelan Election

  BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast published a fascinating article in Vice Magazine this week (Nicolas Maduro Did Not Steal the Venezuelan Election) about being hired by Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro in 2004 to investigate the possibility the US might tamper with Venezuela’s elections (following Palast’s 2001 expose detailing how Florida governor Jeb Bush […]

ANOTHER FAR RIGHT OUTING

I laughed when 61 year old Reverend Baptist minister George Alan Rekers got outed after his most excellent European vacation with a 20 year Rentboy.com. “Anti-Gay Activist Cavorts With Male Hooker,” the headline might have read. Rekers,  co-creator  with James Dobson of Family Research Council with Reverend James Dobson in 1983, denounced homosexuality as a […]

Race to the Top – Cannibalizing teachers and students, state by state

High stake testing is the cornerstone of the new No Child Left Behind, rebranded as the wretched Race to the Top by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.  He and the testing corporations, the Wall Street venture capitalists and those for profit forces bent on destroying teacher unions, privatizing education and decimating collective bargaining, thereby reducing teachers […]

Testing, one, two, three – Summary of Chavez Education Conference 4/30-5/1/2010

    Well over 300 students, educators, parents and community members attended the sixth annual Chavez Educational Conference held at Fresno State University. Attendees, presenters, and keynotes came from all over California and as far away as Colorado.  Eleven break out session covered the two days- some of which were repeated twice. The Chavez committee […]

Detroit says no to the ‘Gated’ community of the privatizers

Detroit Teachers and the fight against Walton, Gates, the Skillman Foundation their tributaries, minnions and the awful historical agency of tallywhacker Robert Bobb Defend Public Education / Save Our Students will meet this Saturday at 4:30 pm at the Gracious Savior Church, 19484 James Couzens (northbound Lodge service drive north of Seven Mile Rd. in Detroit, MI).    All […]