Among the most prolific writers who have earned the respect of the Intelligence Community is Nigel West. In this entertaining address at the Raleigh Spy Conference, which is a yearly convocation between the public with a desire to know and professionals who only function on a "need to know" basis, the writer describes some interesting realities.
Growing numbers of rich Americans are welcoming the foreclosure crisis into their homes. Default rates for the nation's most expensive properties have jumped since 2007, CNN reports, with foreclosures of homes worth $2 million or more now accounting for a larger share of all foreclosure activity nationwide than in previous years. continue reading...
The economy dominated President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, but his discussion about energy and the environment took up almost seven minutes—or nine percent—of the hour-plus address. And while much of what Mr. Obama said was comforting to environmentalists, his statements about expanding natural gas production—albeit “without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk”—and opening up more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources did not sit well.
Those of you who have an involvement in the dangerous game of politics, it may be of interest to know who’s telling the truth these days, and, whether the articles we read are real or imagined disinformation, emanating directly out of a governmental PR department. No genuine journalist would ever rely on such a source for the truth. As publisher of the SoHo Journal, through personal experience, take it from me that it is possible to become a political target for simply writing about the truth
The state attorneys general just announced a major settlement on foreclosure fraud, or "robosigning." For over a year, banks have been fighting tooth and nail for a deal that would have given them a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for their actions that caused the economic crisis. They didn't get it, thanks to the efforts of MoveOn members and other progressives, who helped a brave group of state attorneys general stand up to the banks.
Check out the latest from our friends at the Home Preservation Network:
Bruce Judson: Is the Robo-Mortgage Scandal the Back-End of Tax Evasion and Fraud?
The terms for the settlement of the robo-mortgage scandal and the states participating in the settlement are expected to be resolved soon. Unfortunately, as this settlement approaches, new and grave questions have emerged. These questions raise the possibility that the government may be turning a blind eye to tax evasion and fraud.
The political issue of the year in New York State is redistricting following the 2010 census. New lines for legislative and Congressional districts must be drawn in time for the 2012 elections. New York is on the path to being one of the slowest states to adopt new lines.
Striving to empower those around her, Yetta's long history of activism includes community based initiatives, as well as work through both judicial and legislative channels to advocate for civil rights, education, arts and culture, affordable housing, employment rights and health care issues.
Unsurprisingly yet still shockingly, Michael Bloomberg’s City Planning Commission approved his friend and fellow Billionaire Bill Rudin’s plan to build 450 luxury condominiums on the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village today. The vital health concerns of the over one million New Yorkers who live and work on Manhattan’s Lower West Side were not taken into account by the Commissioners voting on this proposal – all appointed by the Mayor.
After years of futilely trying to persuade the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to mitigate the horrendous rush-hour congestion, gridlock and horn-honking along Broome Street, as well as numerous appeals to repair the myriad cracked and broken crosswalks along Greene and Mercer Streets, the SoHo Alliance has begun working with the office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to get some results.