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JPMorgan Chase Sued for Mortgage Discrimination against Black and Latino Borrowers*

JPMorgan Chase Sued for Mortgage Discrimination against Black and Latino Borrowers*

By Tanasia Kenney

 

JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $55 million settlement with the government on Wednesday, Jan. 18, the same day a federal lawsuit was filed alleging the financial institution racially discriminated against thousands of African-American and Latino mortgage borrowers between 2006 and 2009.

The suit accused the lending company of charging Black and Latino borrowers higher mortgage interest rates and fees than “similarly situated white borrowers” during that time. Average minority home buyers were alleged to have paid almost $1,000 more than white borrowers with the same risk profile, according to the complaint.

Overall, the U.S. government said the company’s alleged discrimination cost 53,000 mortgage borrowers “tens of millions of dollars in damages.”

Attorneys for JPMorgan Chase denied the claims but filed their response in court the same day the suit was brought.

“We’ve agreed to settle these legacy allegations that relate to pricing set by independent brokers,” the company said in a written statement Wednesday.

“We deny any wrongdoing and remain committed to providing equal access to credit.”

USA Today reported the federal government sought damages for the affected Black and Latino borrowers, civil penalties and an order to prevent further racial discrimination.

The government said Chase failed to require its mortgage brokers to document the reasons for the adjusted rates and report discrimination. Moreover, the company reportedly gave independent brokers leeway to hike customers’ interest rates, which, in turn, boosted brokers’ pay.

As a result, the discrimination continued and African-American home buyers paid an average of $1,126 more for a $191,100 loan over a five-year period than white home buyers, the lawsuit stated. Latino borrowers paid an average of $968 more on a loan for $236,800.

“Chase could have, but failed, to better monitor its wholesale brokers to discourage discrimination against borrowers based on race or national origin,” the complaint read.

The U.S. government has gone after lending companies suspected of racial discrimination in the past, with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division obtaining more than $1.4 billion in relief under fair housing laws between 2010 and 2014, according to an agency report from August. In 2012, The Justice Department sued Wells Fargo for racial discrimination over the bank’s practice of targeting Black and Latino homeowners for subprime loans. The bank and the DOJ ultimately reached a $175 million settlement, Atlanta Black Star reported.

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Eight Ex-Military Behind Operation Condor Sentenced to Life*

Eight Ex-Military Behind Operation Condor Sentenced to Life*

 

Many human rights advocates will be disappointed by the court’s failure to sentence 19 other military officials charged in the case.

A court in Rome handed down Tuesday life sentences to eight former military officers from Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay who were found guilty of the forces disappearance and death of about 20 Italian nationals as part of the bloody “Operation Condor” in South America in the 1970s and 1980s.

Only eight of the 27 military officers charged from the four countries received jail time in the high-anticipated sentencing hearing after a lengthy 9-year investigation.

“We are disappointed by the decision,” said Uruguay’s Vice President Raul Sendic, who was present at the hearing. The prosecutor had asked for life sentences for the 27 officers.

The former military men sentenced were Chile’s Hernan Jeronimo Ramirez and Rafael Ahumada Valderrama; Uruguay’s Juan Carlos Blanco; Bolivia’s Luis Garcia Meza and Luis Arce Gomez; and Peru’s Francisco Morales Bermudez, Pedro Richter Prada and German Ruiz Figueroa.

The investigation, opened by Italian attorney Giancarlo Capaldo, initially included 140 people accused of human rights abuses, but the list was eventually whittled down to the 27 who were charged, as many of the accused had died or were found too old to be tried.

When the trial launched on Feb. 12, 2015, the case involved 34 former heads of state, military officials, police and secret services agents and other operatives of military regimes in South America in the 1970s and 1980s.

On Dec. 28, 2016, former president and military dictator of Uruguay from 1982 to 1985, Gregorio Alvarez, died while serving a sentence for human rights abuses carried out during his reign.

The deadly multi-state Operation Condor intelligence operation was designed to destroy opposition to U.S.-backed right-wing regimes in Latin America.

Operation Condor operations are thought to have led to the death or disappearance of 50,000 people throughout Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s.

 

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Cuban Medical Internationalism*

Cuban Medical Internationalism*

By Stephen Bartlett

 

600 doctors, trained and sponsored by the Cuban government, are providing free, high-quality health care to vulnerable populations throughout Haiti. 
 Photo Credit: Tory Field

Cuba’s medical intervention in international health crises is unparalleled among nations. As of 2014 there were 50,000 Cuban doctors and nurses working in 60 developing countries. This outstanding legacy of Fidel Castro demonstrates what can be achieved when a very high value is placed on human life, every human life.

Many people will never hear about how at the end of 2016 on December 19, 38 medical professionals from Cuba’s Henry Reeve Brigade returned home after more than two tireless months of treating Haitians. They were sent to lend support to Cuba’s permanent medical teams in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Following the death of 90-year-old revolutionary Fidel Castro on November 25, 2016 corporate media has been fixated on depicting Fidel as the mastermind of a two-dimensional “dictatorial regime.” For those with a three-dimensional perspective, however, Fidel Castro’s death provides an opportunity to celebrate victories from the 56 years of the Cuban Revolution for which many people around the world are profoundly grateful and even owe their lives.

Reports from Haiti, Chernobyl, West Africa and many other places recount the extraordinary contributions of what some call Cuba’s “medical internationalism.” In 2014 there were 50,000 Cuban doctors and nurses working in 60 developing countries, according to the research of Canadian author John Kirk published in his book “Cuban medical internationalism has saved millions of lives.” But this unparalleled solidarity has barely registered in the western media.

“Good God, Cuba has done so much for Haiti!” said Ivon Rebelisa, a 46-year-old Haitian from Semillera, Artibonite department, working on a farm as a day laborer in the Dominican Republic.

“Several of my neighbours were treated successfully for cholera in [the city of] Gonaive by Cuban doctors. Others who didn’t make it to the Cuban clinic in time, my cousin and his wife, both died. The Cubans taught us how to avoid contagion, about frequently washing our hands, boiling or treating water, about not eating street food that had not been reheated enough.”

In 1999 Cuba founded the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) and offered 10,000 scholarships to students “in countries where Cuban medical teams were assisting the local health systems…. The idea behind the ELAM is for graduates to eventually replace the Cuban doctors in their countries,” according to MEDICC, a non-profit which promotes Cuba’s public health program.

The ELAM currently has 19,550 students from 110 countries, making it one of the largest medical schools in the world. All students receive a full scholarship. The ELAM includes the U.S. in its outreach, among youth aspiring to become doctors from the ranks of the “global south” within the north. More than 100 U.S. students have attended the ELAM for free, in exchange for a non-binding promise to serve low-income communities for two years upon their return.

Nurse Dalila Martinez, trainer of the Cuban medical team to travel to Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, washes her gloved hands during a practice drill at a training camp in Havana

Nurse Dalila Martinez, trainer of the Cuban medical team to travel to Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, washes her gloved hands during a practice drill at a training camp in Havana

Cuban doctors and graduates of ELAM are known for their emphasis on field experience and preventative medical practices. Fifth-year Haitian student Stephanie Voyard told Cuba Health Reports she likes the Cuban method of teaching.

“From the first year, we have a class on community medicine to help us get to know the population, where we learn alongside family doctors. In the second year we work with doctors in polyclinics and from the third year on, in hospitals. Before we get our diplomas, we’ve already learned from experience.”

Due to Haiti’s notable impoverishment, low health indices, inadequate medical services, and proximity, Cuba began sending medical personnel to Haiti in 1998. According to a presentation following the catastrophic earthquake in January 2010 at a conference hosted by the University of California’s Washington Center, 6,000 Cuban medical staff have treated over three million Haitians. Some 400 Cuban doctors had served consistently in Haiti since 1998. Conference presenter Cuban Ambassador Jorge Bolaños said:

“In the first 72 hours after the quake, Cuban medical personnel were among the first responders. …The Cubans have treated many more patients than any other foreign medical team.”

In fact, the Cuban medical team in six months post-earthquake provided more than 341,000 patient consultations, 8,700 surgeries, 111,000 vaccinations, and many other forms of care to hundreds of thousands. In addition, according to Gail Reed, international director of MEDICC, approximately 550 Haitians have graduated from ELAM and nearly 300 of Haiti’s doctors present in the country at the time of the earthquake were trained on full scholarships in Cuba, another side of Cuba’s medical internationalism.

Ten months after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Cuban doctors in Mirebalais, Central Plateau department, first identified the arrival of cholera into Haiti. In the 13 months following the outbreak, the Cuban mission in Mirebalais had treated more than 76,000 cholera cases, with just 272 fatalities. Over the 6 years since the outbreak Cuban doctors across Haiti have treated an estimated 40% of the 1 million cases registered. The official death toll is now nearing 10,000, a figure rising quickly due to the uptick in cholera cases following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew and the floods that followed.

The cause of the cholera epidemic turned out to be the reckless contaminating of the Artibonite River by untreated sewage from a barracks of Nepalese soldiers deployed to Haiti as part of the United Nations “stabilization force”  (called MINUSTAH by its acronym). These were the first documented cases of cholera in Haiti’s history. The Cuban government immediately sent additional doctors and medical personnel to Haiti to try to stem the tide of the epidemic, with an emphasis on education and prevention through water purification. Recently, after years of denial of legal accountability, the U.N. has finally admitted its responsibility for introducing cholera into Haiti, and is under pressure from Haitian and international social movements to pay reparations.

The expanse of Cuba’s medical interventionism in international health crises is unparalleled among nations, as is their care provided for medically underserved nations. The generous Cuban offer announced by Fidel Castro in 2005 to send a large brigade of Cuban health professionals to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina had a short media shelf life. The Henry Reeves Brigade—the same brigade that just returned from Haiti on December 19—was named after the Brooklyn-born internationalist who fought in the Cuban revolution. The brigade consisted of 1,500 Cuban health professionals trained in disaster medicine and infectious disease containment. Built on 40 years of medical aid experience, the volunteer team was outfitted with essential medicines and equipment. (The offer was rejected by the Bush administration).

The University of South Dakota, in the United States, is offering students a program to take Health Service Administration in Cuba and learn from the island´s reality, culture and people

The University of South Dakota, in the United States, is offering students a program to take Health Service Administration in Cuba and learn from the island´s reality, culture and people

It was the Henry Reeve brigade that was later deployed in Haiti following the earthquake and in October 2014, it was the largest medical team on the ground in West Africa battling Ebola. Cuba sent 146 specially trained doctors and nurses to the impacted West African countries, the largest international contingent to risk their people in the deadly centre of the epidemic. Cuba held a major international conference in October 2014 on preventing an Ebola outbreak in the Americas, attended by 32 countries including the U.S. Another extraordinary achievement was Cuba’s treatment of 21,874 radiation victims of the Chernobyl, Ukraine, nuclear disaster in the 1990s.

While corporate media has ignored stories of Cuban medical internationalism championed by Fidel Castro, much of the world recognizes that Cuba´s achievement transcends geopolitics altogether. It demonstrates what can be achieved when a very high value is placed on human life, every human life. With Fidel now gone, will humanity strive to follow the example the Cuban revolution has so courageously shown?

* Stephen Bartlett is the Land Rights and Food Sovereignty Coordinator of Other Worlds. Stephen is an organizer and agro-ecological farmer, with history in food and land movements in Honduras, Haiti, and the US, among other places. He is the founder/coordinator of Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville, is active with the Community Farm Alliance and National Family Farm Coalition, and is the U.S. representative of La Via Campesina.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Blocks U.S. Regime Change*

Venezuela’s Supreme Court Blocks U.S. Regime Change*

By Adam Garrie

In another blow against American attempts to rig democratic processes, the Supreme Court of Venezuela has annulled the impeachment of socialist President Nicholas Maduro. This represents a big setback for American puppet opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski, who has pushed hard to erode Bolivarism in the only OPEC member with a socialist government (honourable mention to Algeria in this respect).

In a statement reported by RT, the Supreme Court issued a further warning to Congressional trouble markers saying that such individuals must cease to:

“convene and carry out acts that alter public order, instigations against authorities and public powers, as well as other actions outside the constitutional rights and legal order”.

For years, under both the Bush and Obama administrations, the U.S. had tried to subvert the legitimacy of the late Hugo Chavez and Nicholas Maduro. They engineered riots with help from their friends in the super-rich opposition, but all attempts failed. No colour revolution came to Caracas.

This will be a further embarrassment to an Obama administration that has quietly lost control over much of Latin America.

By contrast, Russia continues to have good relations with Venezuela. Last year Vladimir Putin became the recipient of the first Hugo Chavez peace prize.

The only recent U.S. regime change victory in Latin America was the ousting of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but even this hasn’t taken the ‘B’ out of the BRICS.

Latin America was once the fertile CIA playground for regime change, it looks like this era has ended. Venezuela’s socialist course shall not be shaken by Washington.

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Cuba Delivers Vaccines against Meningitis to Syrian People*

Cuba Delivers Vaccines against Meningitis to Syrian People*

The cooperation between the two countries has a 51-year history.

Syrian authorities announced Sunday the arrival of 293,650 doses of Cuban vaccines against meningitis, for an estimated value of US$930,000, as the Syrian people are affected by a Western trade blockade.

The delivery was part of an agreement signed by Syria and Cuba, which includes bank settlements for Syria’s recent debts and the importation of a variety of Cuban medicines, according to the Public Establishment of Foreign Trade in Syria.

In 2016 the Cuban government sent vaccines meant to fight diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hepatitis B and influenza.

The Syrian government also imported vaccines against five communicable diseases affecting children from other sources.

The war-torn country has suffered six years of conflict, which may be coming to an end after the Syrian army liberated Aleppo from anti-government forces.

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U.S. Agents Are Filling Key Posts in Argentina*

U.S. Agents Are Filling Key Posts in Argentina*

By Nil Nikandrov

In December 2015, Mauricio Macri became the new president of Argentina. Washington was euphoric over his victory. Naturally this festive mood also permeated the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, where Macri has always been seen as «their man». And there is ample evidence that he isn’t exactly trying to conceal his trusting relationship with those American envoys.

The clues include materials published by WikiLeaks, such as detailed reports by diplomats about their conversations with Macri, in which he in one case urged «the U.. to take a tougher public line with the Kirchners» and even predicted that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would be forced out before the end of her presidential term.

As expected, Macri arrived at the presidential palace and began an overhaul of state agencies, «cleansing» the government and mass media of Kirshner supporters. He explained these measures by saying that during the 12 years under the «populists» Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández, the agencies of the executive branch of government had been filled with thousands of political appointees from the Front for Victory Party, a mix of Peronists, radicals, and socialists. These people are hostile to the neoliberal program Macri promised to introduce after taking office, and so he needs to get rid of them.

Kirshner supporters and representatives of Front for Victory and its allies dominate Argentina’s National Congress – in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. Congress will return to work in early March, after a lengthy break, and Macri will have to demonstrate a miraculous level of flexibility and willingness to compromise in order to garner parliamentary support for his program. Is Macri prepared for this? That’s extremely doubtful. That is exactly why political analysts think the president began to govern the country by relying on «emergency» decrees. Currently more than four dozen of those are in effect. Rulings were pushed through to raise the rates for gas and electricity. Restrictions were lifted on peso-dollar exchanges. Mass layoffs of workers became a common occurrence, with no regard for the laws that limit arbitrary actions by employers.

Anticipating public resistance, the president gave the police carte blanche to use force – including the use of rubber bullets – to suppress protests. Every day the Argentine media and bloggers publish more stories about the intimidation of demonstrators.

As promised, President Macri immediately began to halt the trials of war criminals. Under what was known as the Process of National Reorganization, the junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983 waged a war against its own citizens. As a result, more than 30,000 Argentines, mostly those espousing leftist ideologies, were killed. A shocking chapter in that dirty war was the practice of «seizing» newborn infants to be given to the families of military officers or politicians who supported the junta. Usually the mothers were killed. The search for those children is still underway, conducted by the Mothers (now Grandmothers) of the Plaza de Mayo association. However, Macri’s supporters deride what these women do. There have been accusations that the association’s work has a «confrontational mindset», plus threats of prosecution for «pleas to disobey the authorities».

From the first days of his presidency Macri has done all he can to express his gratitude to Grupo Clarín, the country’s largest media group, which provided him with a propaganda edge in his election campaign and acted as his primary financial backer. This is why all documents containing incriminating data on Grupo Clarín and its management were removed from government institutions by Macri’s personal order. In order to ensure Clarín’s dominance of the country’s media landscape, the functions of the federal agencies that oversee television and radio broadcasts are being reviewed, legal restrictions on media monopolies are being lifted, and various pretexts are being used to fire journalists who supported the policies of Cristina Fernández. The latest reprisal of this type was the dismissal of Victor Hugo Morales, a popular commentator who worked for Radio Continental. After his victory, Macri showed that journalist the door: the man has too much open admiration for Hugo Chávez and too much imprudently harsh criticism for the new agenda.

Argentines are particularly focused on the new roster of names staffing the country’s management agencies. It is not a secret that some government appointments were recommended to Macri by the US administration, and he approved them with no questions asked. That is precisely how Susana Malcorra became Argentina’s minister of foreign affairs. The Americans have had their eye on her ever since her days at IBM Argentina. Later her career included high-level positions at the United Nations, including a stint as Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff. Malcorra always maintained a constructive working relationship with the U.S. Department of State, guiding American diplomats and intelligence agents into senior management and operational positions within the UN. Materials published by WikiLeaks provide copious evidence of Malcorra’s consistently positive responses to such approaches from the state Department

That is why Diosdado Cabello, who until recently headed the Venezuelan parliament, had this to say about her:

«She was here, I received her in my office, she is the CIA itself».

Venezuela’s leaders have sharply criticized statements made by Malcorra pertaining to the release of so-called political prisoners in Venezuela, whose provocative actions have caused the deaths of dozens of Venezuelans, including police officers and military servicemen.

Malcorra believes the world’s most important powers to be the U.S. and China. Her initial statements do not hold out much hope for progress in the relationship between Argentina and Russia – Russia always seems to take a back seat. Apparently Malcorra has wholeheartedly adopted Obama’s opinion that Russia is merely a regional power.

Almost all of Macri’s ministerial appointees have a very close relationship with the U.S. embassy. For example, Argentina’s Ministry of Security is headed by Patricia Bullrich. She was also recommended by Washington. Bullrich oversees the federal police, airport security, the National Gendarmerie (responsible for safeguarding the country’s borders as well as strategically important sites), and the Naval Prefecture (responsible for safeguarding the waterways). Bullrich will have to work actively with the U.S. when creating plans to establish a special service to combat drug trafficking, set up a system of radar stations, and beef up the border patrol.

Kirchner’s appointees are being systematically sacked from the security forces. Potentially disloyal police officers are being forced into retirement. According to the available information,

«friendly intelligence services» will help fill the staffing vacuum. As part of his fierce battle against the Kirchners’ legacy, Macri views collaboration with the CIA, NSA, and DEA as critically important.

Macri appointed Gustavo Arribas, an old friend whom he «trusts unconditionally» to head the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI). Silvia Majdalani, a former MP and a member of the Republican Proposal Party (PRO), has been appointed deputy director of that intelligence agency. She handled security issues in parliament, completed coursework at the National Intelligence School, and received further training abroad, including in the U.S. In the past, Majdalani has more than once found herself at the epicentre of some serious scandals. For example, as an «unrecognized daughter» she tried to use forged documents to claim the multimillion-dollar estate of a man who had left no heirs. She was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud and would have served the full term if she had not been amnestied. Clearly Argentina’s intelligence services are now in safe hands.

Marcos Molina Viamonte, a U.S. citizen, was tapped to head the Legal and Technical Secretariat of the Presidency of the Argentine Republic. The president ignored the protests of Argentine professionals working in that field, who reminded him that under the law only a citizen of Argentina can hold that position, that Viamonte’s appointment is a threat to national security, and that the NSA will certainly use him to further its own interests.

Laura Alonso will direct the Anti-Corruption Office, which is part of the Ministry of Justice. Although other members of Macri’s team do not advertise their «unofficial» ties to the U.S, Alonso speaks openly of hers. She is a member of the administrative council of the Argentine-North American Cultural Institute (ICANA). She has always been fixated on fighting corruption. This is why Alonso began working with the NGO Vital Voices, which is headquartered in the U.S. That NGO is dedicated to training a new generation of female leaders who can take charge of progressive, i.e., neoliberal, movements and ensure the promotion of «democratic values». In 2008, Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State, presented Alonso with the Global Leadership award, thus guaranteeing her a very promising future.

In October 2015, in the thick of the Argentine election campaign, Alonso published a book, titled Circo Kirchner («The Kirchner Circus»), which resembled a comic book but included quotations from the speeches of Néstor and Cristina that were carefully selected to paint an unflattering picture. The book was advertised through every media outlet owned by Grupo Clarín, which was a sign that it had been written to order. In numerous interviews Alonso has stated that she is searching for information on the «illegal enrichment» of the Kirchners and has spoken of her plans to fight «that family» that «is having an adverse effect on the country».

The signals coming from President Macri and his team confirm their plans to politically «neutralize» Cristina Fernández, who has already announced her intention to return to politics in February in order to prevent the dismantling of the social and economic achievements of Kirchnerism. The dirtiest tactics will be used to compromise the former president. Horacio Verbitsky is an influential journalist who has warned of the very real prospect of trumped-up lawsuits being pursued against Cristina Fernández. Grupo Clarín has laid the groundwork, and its goal is to isolate the ex-president and split the ranks of her supporters.

The attacks on Cristina Fernández will be launched from the Anti-Corruption Office. Laura Alonso is ready for this mission.

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