"Fast Track" Hurdles and Development Concerns Remain‎ After House Trade Votes

A package of trade bills stalled today when the US House of Representatives defeated one portion of the package while voting in favor of another. Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program to assist US workers who lose their jobs because of trade agreements, failed by a vote of 302-126. This worker assistance is part of the Trade Act of 2015 which would give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to move international trade agreements through Congress without amendment. Congress must pass trade assistance within two remaining legislative days in order for TPA or "fast track" to be sent to President Obama's desk.

"Whether or not the package passes, Congress can amend harmful arbitration provisions that favor predatory actors over vulnerable people," said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious anti-poverty organization Jubilee USA Network.

The House Rules Committee rejected an amendment by Congressman Mark Pocan to prevent Congress from using Trade Promotion Authority to advance trade deals that contain Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms. These mechanisms allow companies to sue countries over disputes related to trade agreements. Predatory financial firms are known to use the tribunals to sue countries in economic distress to collect on debts purchased on the secondary market. In 2013, a Slovakian firm sued Greece, arguing that the country's debt restructuring violated the terms of its investment treaties with Slovakia and Cyprus. On May 22, the Senate defeated a similar amendment to the Senate TPA bill 60-39.


MY inescapable conclusion regarding the fall of the USA follows.


A new, evil nation is formed


fbi and Boston cop murder an innocent man


See the similarities of the murder today of  an innocent man by the fbi and a Boston cop to the efforts by the fbi and police to kill me .

A society of witch hunters led by the global witches of the fbi,cia


Patriots abandon their conscience in USA

One may not reasonably claim to be patriot and at the same time support the assassins who overthrow & rule the USA with iron fist.


The lowest common denominator rules the USA


The quality of something is poor because it is designed or intended to appeal to the largest possible number of people

G7 Finance Ministers Focus on Growth in Face of High Debt

 G7 finance ministers gather in Dresden, Germany, to discuss promoting "sustainable growth" in the face of growing global debt. US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is among the ministers gathering. The meeting takes place amid debt crises in the Eurozone and the developing world. The ministers meet after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported slow economic growth and increased debt burdens during the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings.

"‎It's impossible to experience sustainable growth, when wealthy and poor countries are struggling with unsustainable debts," stated Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, who is in Dresden for the meetings.

The finance ministers gathered in Dresden include Joe Oliver of Canada, Michel Sapin of France, Wolfgang Schäuble of Germany, Pier Carlo Padoan of Italy, Taro Aso of Japan, George Osborne of the United Kingdom and Jacob Lew of the United States. Jubilee USA joined Jubilee Germany in Dresden for several G7 outreach events organized on the growing debt crisis. 

Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp Aug 4-8, 2015


The camp will be from August 4-8, 2015! The Location will be at the Emigrant Lake campground near Ashland, Oregon for campers age 13 to 19. The Camp registration fee is $150.00, but no one will be turned away if they can’t afford the fee meaning scholarships are available. Transportation assistance will be available and vans will be running from at least Portland and Eugene, Oregon and northern California.



Devastated Nepal Daily Pays $600,000 on Debt


According to the most recent public World Bank figures, Nepal pays $594,000 a day in debt payments as cited by the religious development organization, Jubilee USA Network. World Bank figures report that Nepal owes $3.8 billion in foreign debt and in 2013 paid $217 million in debt payments, or nearly $600,000 a day. Nepal was already one of the world's poorest countries, ranking 145th out of 187 countries listed on the United Nations Human Development Index, before an April 25th earthquake hit the country killing more than 8,000 people. On Tuesday another earthquake of 7.3 magnitude killed more than 100 additional people in the country. 

"It's mind-blowing that one of the poorest countries in the world, struggling with earthquake recovery, pays $600,000 a day on debt," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA. "That's $4 million a week that could be going toward recovery and rebuilding." 

As Nepal scrambles to rebuild before the approaching Monsoon Season, it finds itself in debt to the tune of $1.5 billion to the World Bank and another $1.5 billion to the Asian Development Bank. The country also owes $133 million to Japan and $101 million to China. 

Governments Negotiate UN Agreement on Global Development

IMF's Lagarde and World Leaders Will Attend Historic Ethiopia Summit

 The United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and finance ministries are meeting in New York to finalize an agreement for the Financing for Development Conference (FfD) to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July. The summit seeks to tackle global poverty and features the IMF's Christine Lagarde, heads of state, business leaders and humanitarian groups such as Jubilee USA Network. Pope Francis has committed to attend the Sustainable Development Goals Conference to follow up on the commitments from the Financing for Development process.

"These negotiations are critical for billions of people living in poverty," said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious development organization, Jubilee USA Network. LeCompte and Jubilee USA are involved in negotiating the FfD outcome document. "This is a rare opportunity to create a binding global plan to drastically diminish poverty in our lifetime."

This summer's conference is the third Financing for Development summit. The first summit was held in 2002 in Monterrey, Mexico. It produced the "Monterrey Consensus," which laid out six areas of development financing. The 2008 summit in Doha, Qatar, led to commitments from developed nations to continue aid to developing nations and to address a number of systemic global economic concerns that contribute to global poverty such as debt, trade and tax issues. As the United Nations Millennium Development Goals expire, current negotiations continue to focus on these "systemic" issues in the form of domestic resource mobilization, or supporting developing countries to raise more revenue in their countries.

"The Financing for Development outcomes can curb corruption, tax evasion and unsustainable debts in the developing world," noted LeCompte, who serves on UN expert groups that focus on global finance. "If we succeed in changing tax, trade and debt policies, we can raise trillions of dollars to address poverty."

Poor countries pay several times as much on debt payments as they receive in official aid. There are also efforts to address so-called "illicit financial flows" through the FfD process. Developing countries lose nearly $1 trillion each year to these flows, which include corruption, tax evasion and crime, according to the research organization Global Financial Integrity. The recent Africa Union high-level panel led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki noted that Africa loses $50 billion annually to such flows. Another aspect of "domestic resource mobilization" is transparency and accountability in the budgets of countries. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) developed principles for responsible lending and borrowing. The final agreement in Addis Ababa could standardize such accountability principles across the globe.

"Lending, borrowing and budget transparency is key," said LeCompte, who helped UNCTAD develop the principles. "Adopting responsible lending and borrowing raises billions of dollars and costs nothing."



Portland Indymedia Blocks Me As Ordered By fbi assassins


See my report below which symbolically indicts all media who prevent the publication of my reports on global high crimes committed by fbi/cia.

The sick and criminal minds of the fbi

Below are samplings of the verbal assaults on me by the very fbi thugs who are also torturing and trying to kill me.

Hillary is NOT Presidential Material !


5 Year Anniversary of BP's Deepwater Disaster- Houston Indymedia Radio- April 17th 015

 April 20th marked the 5 year anniversary of the start of BP's Deepwater Horizon massive leak into our Gulf. The BP owned, Transocean opperated oil rig leaked for 87 days, pouring at least 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, the largest marine oil spill ever. The initial explosion resulted in the death of 11 workers on the rig whose bodies were never found.

For the entirety of this show we talk about the effects of the spill. We are joined by Jayeesha Dutta from The Gulf Future Coalition, and Sheri Foytlin from Louisiana who was arrested April 15th, '015 during an action at BP's US Headquarters here in Houston.

Texas State Testing and the Opt Out Movement- Houston Indymedia Radio

Information on Texas State Testing and the Opt-Out Movement


Audio File #1 (April 24th show)

*announcements -
1:20 - 3:45

*State Testing
Interview with Bob Schaeffer ( and Dan Kotch
3:45 - 12:30
17:30 - 30:00


Audio File #2 (April 10th show)

*Opt Out Movement
1:45 - 16:49

*Educators Speak Out Against English Language Learners and Special Education Students Taking High Stakes Testing
16:50 - 21:29

*Palestine Today
21:30 - 24:35

*This Week in Under-reported Headlines
24:35 - 30:00

Interview with Baltimore Activists- Houston Indymedia Radio- May 1st 015 show

Interview with Baltimore activists Marian (adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art), Micheal (queer/trans and racial justice activist)

Find what you want to hear fast:

update on letter to Houston Independant School District parents from Dan Gohl
1:50 - 2:55

May Day this year &
history of May Day
2:55 - 8:44

Interview with Baltimore activists
8:45 - 30:00


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Help keep us on the air!



World Bank and IMF Announce $1.1 Billion in Debt Relief for Chad

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank announced $1.1 billion in debt relief for Chad. The money comes through the IMF and World Bank's two major debt relief programs: the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative (HIPC) and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). Chad is the 36th country to receive HIPC relief and the first since 2012. Chad is the fourth-least developed country in the world. More than half its population lives in poverty.

"Debt relief for Chad means an investment in education and healthcare," said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious debt relief organization Jubilee USA Network, which advocated for the IMF and World Bank debt relief programs. "This is an important way to give Chad's people help."

As of 2013, Chad owed $2.2 billion to foreign lenders and spent over $100 million annually paying off debt. Prior to receiving debt relief, Chad owed around $800 million to the World Bank and $400 million to the African Development Bank. Chad also owes approximately $500 million to other governments. Under the relief plan, Chad receives $18 million in debt relief from the IMF, nearly $600 million from the World Bank and $236 million from the African Development Bank. Thirty-nine countries are eligible for HIPC debt relief. Qualifying countries must meet certain criteria and implement poverty reduction plans. Chad was granted relief even though it didn't meet all criteria. Critics of these plans argue that to qualify for debt relief, countries should not reduce any budget areas that protect vulnerable populations. The three other qualifying countries yet to receive relief are Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.

Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. Barely one-third of Chad's people are literate and life expectancy is just 50 years. It has the third highest mortality rate for children under five years old. Chad's people endured a civil war from 2005 to 2010 that required a United Nations peacekeeping intervention. Chad also faces significant regional challenges. Chad's military recently intervened in Nigeria's battle against Boko Haram militants and more than 260,000 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur conflict live in camps inside Chad.

"Debt doesn't exist in a vacuum," noted LeCompte. "Chad has immense challenges and its debt burden worsens all of them. Less debt means more hope."

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 400 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest


Fbi psychological operations (psyops) by fbi against me



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