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PORTSIDE December 2012, Week 2

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

SUNDAY

Quote of the Day
December 2, 2012

'Recent signs of a housing recovery aside, nearly
three million loans are now in or near foreclosure,
according to Moody's Analytics. In addition, some
five million borrowers who are current in their
payments have high-rate mortgages that they have
not refinanced, in part because of excessive bank
fees. In all, nearly 12 million borrowers collectively
owe $600 billion more on their mortgages than their
homes are worth, a loss of wealth and a load of debt
that make a strong and steady economic recovery all
but impossible. '

Editorial
New York Times
December 2, 2013
http://tinyurl.com/bwa69wp

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/d6qmusx
Galloping Socialism
Pat Oliphant

MONDAY

Quote of the Day
December 3, 2012

'It was with grave concern and disappointment that
the secretary general learned of Israel's
announcement of 3,000 new settlement units in
east Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank.
This would include reported planning in the so-
called E1 envelope, which risks completely cutting
off East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.

'Settlements are illegal under international law and,
should the E1 settlement be constructed, it would
represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances
of securing a two-state solution.'

United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon
aljazeera
December 3, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/ckgc7py

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/cx6deks
Aid to Concentration
Jeff Danziger

TUESDAY

Quote of the Day
December 4, 2012

'The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly
approved a resolution calling on Israel to open its
nuclear program for inspection "without further
delay."

'Israel's advanced nuclear arsenal has long been
understood to exist, although it hasn't been officially
admitted by the Israeli government. Many have
argued Israel's possession of nuclear weapons is
what drives the accelerated Iranian program and
causes other regional instability.

'The resolution was approved on Monday by a vote
of 174-6 with 6 abstentions and calls on Israel to
join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty immediately
and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the
International Atomic Energy Agency.

'It also offered support for a high-level conference to
ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which
was just canceled by the US and Israel, in order to
protect Israel's regional nuclear monopoly.'

John Glaser
antiwar.com
December 3, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/aazrevf

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/a887z73
Xmas Treats
Rob Rogers

WEDNESDAY

Quote of the Day
December 5, 2012

'Yet for all the anxiety in Moscow and Washington
about the shifting balance of power in Afghanistan,
it does not represent the greatest threat to central
Asia. What could really undermine the ex-Soviet
states is the increasing pauperisation of their
people, the collapse of services such as health and
education, and the excesses of dictators and failure
of governments - except for Kyrgyzstan's - to carry
out any political, social or economic reforms.
Unfortunately as the new Great Game continues,
both Russia and the US are ignoring the social and
economic crisis that is about to erupt in central
Asia. That crisis will not be because of Afghanistan.'

Ahmed Rashid
Financial Times
December 5, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/av4m8zx

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/aykgvjs
Highway Robbery
Bendib

THURSDAY

Quote of the Day
December 6, 2012

'Republicans savor that potential catastrophe,
caring only that the threat won them $2 trillion in
spending cuts over a decade from Mr. Obama. Now
they want to do it again, and this time they want
something the last agreement missed: big cuts to
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other
programs that primarily benefit middle- and low-
income people. Grover Norquist, who leads the
party's anti-tax cult, even suggested that the debt
limit be raised only enough to get through a month
at a time, so that Republicans can maximize their
blackmail power. '

Editorial
New York Times
December 5, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/9wkkle9

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/ae6e6bw
For Bob Dole
Stuart Carlson

FRIDAY

Quote of the Day
December 7, 2012

'It's an empty shell, an insult to our futures. There is
literally no point in countries signing up to this
sham of a deal, which will lock the planet in to
many more years of inaction."

'What the world and its people need is more urgent
action on cutting climate pollution, more help to
those transforming their economies and more help
to those already facing climate impacts. This text
fails on every count.'

Asad Rehman, spokesperson for
Friends of the Earth International,
referring to a draft text being presented
to the UN climate talks in Doha,
Qatar dealing with the extension
of the Kyoto protocol.

Common Dreams
December 7, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/aup9qqv

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/bb83jpg
Headed for the Cliff
Tom Tomprrow

Click on image to enlarge

SATURDAY

Quote of the Day
December 8, 2012

'Rather than address unemployment with job-
creation measures, Congress is poised to end what
little aid is offered. Federal unemployment benefits,
which average $290 a week and typically kick in
after 26 weeks of state-based benefits, will expire at
the end of 2012. If Congress does not extend them,
two million workers will be cut off between
Christmas and New Year's, and nearly one million
more will have no federal program to turn to when
their state benefits run out in the first quarter of
2013.

'In total, over five million people who would
otherwise qualify for federal benefits in 2013 will
find that such benefits no longer exist. That would
be unconscionable at a time when 40 percent of all
jobless workers have been unemployed for more
than six months, many of them older workers. It
also would be foolish, because the abrupt
withdrawal of benefits would depress consumer
demand, leading to the loss of an estimated 400,000
jobs.'

Editorial
New York Times
December 8, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/b8t2hbf

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/av3dlsj
Oblivion
David Horsey - Los Angeles Times

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