Russia set to fight brain drain

Making it easy for the Russian Government to invest in innovation and new jobs for the country.

Work Credits – What it is and how it can help Russia 1 of 4

In December 2010 – Arnold Vinette prepared a white paper for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, American President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The White Paper was called “Work Credits” and outlined a new financial system for the world that replaced energy, rare minerals and other natural resources as a country’s most important source of revenue and replaced them instead with people.

In any world economy the only things that require money are people. So make people the most valuable natural resource in that country. Assign people a lifetime value, add this value to the country’s money supply and then pay people their value back over the course of their life to do work that benefits their community, city, republic and country.

The simple concept of “Work Credits” eliminates poverty, homelessness and unemployment. In a “Work Credit” based society it is impossible to be unemployed as each person in the society comes with a built in value.

“Work Credits” does not equal equality. “Work Credits” equals empowerment of the people to create their own jobs to benefit their community, city, republic and country.

These jobs do not necessarily need to generate products or sell products in order to generate revenue. It stops the need for constant consumerism.

The concept of “Work Credits” is ideally suited for government work where people are required to serve people and maintain order in society. This would be true for all levels of government in a society.

Taxing the rest of the population is no longer necessary because in a “Work Credit” based society people now come with their own built in value.

For instance in the past year (2011), Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed a desire to raise the average income of the Russian people to the equivalent of $50,000 US a year.

This is completely possible in a “Work Credit” financial based Russian society.

People are assigned a net worth of $50,000 (or what is decided) a year until they reach 100 years of age, the biological limit of a human life span.

For a new born baby their value to the country’s money supply is $5 million dollars. For a person who is 50 years old this value is $2.5 million dollars. For a person who is 25 years old this value is 3.75 million dollars.

(100 years – A person’s age in years) x $50,000 (as an example) = Value to be added to the country’s money supply to be paid back over time to the person for work performed to benefit their community, city, republic and country whatever it may be and what is legal.

The country’s money supply earns interest at a certain amount that pays for country infrastructure projects.

(100 years – Median Population Age in years) x $50,000 (as an example) x population size = Total value of the country’s money supply

Value of Country’s Money Supply x 7% interest = Amount of funds available to spend on country infrastructure projects, defence spending, space programs, health care etc.

In a “Work Credit” based society NO funds need to be allocated for Old Age Pensions, Government employee salaries or Military employee salaries. These salary expenses are now incorporated into the value of a person and their ability to work to earn that value back in “Work Credits”. This significantly reduces the need to tax the population’s earned income.

The Russian Government (Local, Republic and Federal) no longer has to tax the Russian people to pay for government worker salary expenses of $50,000, because Government workers now come with a built in value to be paid back to them for work effort performed.

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Work Credits – What it is and how it can help Russia 2 of 4

The concept is true for every business in Russia. People now come with their own built in value to work either for themselves, for an established company or for themselves doing what they love. This means that for people employed at companies for $50,000, there are no employee salary expenses that need to be paid out of company profits. This means that the price of real products plunge.

Groups of young people can quickly form new companies to solve whatever problem needs solving and know that they will earn $50,000 a year to do it. Creativity and problem solving in Russia will explode as young people are given the financial freedom to create, solve and invent. No one does this better than young people.

There is an initial spike in inflation when the financial concept of “Work Credits” is first introduced into society and then prices stabilize adjusting to the new stable income in society.

The financial system of “Work Credits does NOT equal equality.

A society will value certain skills higher than other skills and individuals knowing these skills can earn higher levels of “Work Credits”. Natural human greed will fill these positions.

A “Work Credit” based society will not result in lazy or unmotivated citizens. Just the opposite will occur. For the first time in history people in a country will be encouraged to pursue the tasks they want and love to do. The concept of people being under employed will no longer exist. Everyone will have the opportunity to pursue the tasks they want to do and be a part of organizations they want to contribute too.

The concept of NOT having enough money to pay people to work will no longer exist. Every employee who wants to work for a company will come with a built in value with which they will be paid back for work effort performed.

Or a person can be self employed pursing tasks that he enjoys that in some way benefit their society. Not everyone wants to get rich and wealthy. Not everyone wants to create products or services for consumerism purposes. A “Work Credit” based financial society now empowers people to pursue these interests and get paid for work effort performed.

In a “Work Credit” based society it is impossible to be unemployed, homeless or in poverty. It simply cannot happen as the individual is the value for the country’s money supply.

A “Work Credit” based society frees people to work on the projects they love and that will benefit their society, knowing that they will be paid for this work effort.

Because people are the base of a country’s money supply, immigration is encouraged and supported.

Students are paid to go to school to learn. This is their job. From Preschool to University students are paid to go to school to learn, do research, and improve their overall society. The more educated the work force the more advanced their society will become. The concept of a student loan simply ceases to exist. Students are now paid to go to college and university to study and learn.

Mothers or fathers can stay at home to raise their children, resulting in healthier stronger families. Raising a child is a job as worthy as any other job in society. It is now recognized as such and paid for.

Children become an asset for Russian families because they now come with built in economic value. ($50,000 a year) This helps to pay for clothes, food and home mortgage payments. The result is the Russian birth rate goes up.

Russian family poverty is eradicated. Children abandoned by their parents more or less ends. Russian orphans are no longer a problem for Russian society.

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Maintaining a strong Russian military is no longer a huge expense for the country. All soldiers come with a built in value to serve their country. Interest earned on the country’s money supply pays for military equipment purchases as a necessary country infrastructure and defence expense.

The concept of an old age pension system is no longer required as people are now valued to do work from cradle to grave at $50,000 a year (or whatever it may be). A retirement age may be legislated by Russian society that determines when a person no longer has to work. However as a general rule, all people love to work at task they love to do and find fulfilling. The goal is simply to let people select the tasks that they love to do at the different stages in their lives.

As Russian people age their work interests will change. The financial concept of “Work Credits” allows people to easily change jobs during their lives as their interests change and get paid for going back to college or university if they want to change or upgrade their work skills.

The financial concept of “Work Credits” is to empower the Russian people to work at tasks that they love to do and that will benefit their society, raise healthy happy families, create strong communities, pay for work that may not generate products but at the same time benefits Russian society, support a strong military defence, encourage and reward an educated Russian society, create a solid foundation for Russian industries to excel and prosper both in innovation and productivity.

When energy resources of oil and natural gas run low in 2030, Russian society stays strong, healthy, and vibrant because their economy and financial systems are NOT SUPPORTED by low cost energy. Currently this is the case. When oil becomes prohibitively expensive between 2020 and 2030, Russian businesses will begin to fail followed by the banking and financial industry. This cannot happen in a “Work Credit” based society.

The new financial foundation of the Russian economic system is “Work Credits” and valuing its citizens as its most important natural resource. Appraised with a value at $50,000 (or whatever it may be) a year (for 100 years of life) to do work that benefits their community, city, republic, and country, whatever it may be.

In conclusion, in a “Work Credit” based society it is simply IMPOSSIBLE for a local, republic or federal government not to have enough money to pay its citizens to do work that is required in their society. This is because the people come with their own built in economic value that has been added to the country’s money supply to be paid back to the people in exchange for work that benefits their society, whatever it may be and what is legal.

Country poverty, homelessness, and unemployment are eliminated overnight.

Crime drops significantly all over the country as everyone can now be employed and earn an honest income / salary doing what they love to do and what is legal.

Immigration is encouraged as new citizens add to the wealth of a country and its money supply.

Employee salary expenses of $50,000 a year for companies vanish overnight allowing actual product expenses to drop significantly. This causes the Russian manufacturing sector to grow significantly creating millions of new jobs for Russian workers.

Students are paid to go to school to study and learn about the fields they love. College and University loans simply cease to exist. Employee salary expenses for colleges and universities cease to exist if $50,000 a year.

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Work Credits – What it is and how it can help Russia 4 of 4

The new financial concept of “Work Credits” eliminates unemployment, poverty and homelessness in Russia overnight. The goal is simply to value Russian citizens as the most important valuable natural resource in their country. Add this value to the country’s money supply. Then pay back this principal over time to the people for doing work that benefits their society at the community, city, republic or country level. Use the interest accrued on the value of the country’s money supply to pay for infrastructure projects, military defence, space programs and healthcare programs.

The new financial concept of “Work Credits” was developed for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Government and the Russian people to battle chronic unemployment in the North Caucus area and other parts of Russia. It solves Russia’s poverty problem. It solves Russia’s problem of orphaned children being abandoned by their mothers who cannot afford them. It solves the problem of how to increase the pay of Russian soldiers and create a larger Russian government that is better able to serve the Russian people. It solves the problem of how to encourage immigration into Russia and create jobs for the new immigrants. This in and of itself stops Russia’s population decline. Russian families now see children as economic assets rather than economic liabilities.

If the new financial system of “Work Credits” is adopted by Russia, then Russia must follow to remain globally competitive.

The benefits to Russian and Russian societies are huge. The acceptance and implementation of the new financial system called “Work Credits” will immediately eradicate unemployment, poverty and homelessness in their country.

For the last 3 years, Arnold Vinette has been proposing a job creation plan to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the Russian Government that would create 66,000 new art album eBook build jobs in Russia, a new industry, and an industry with a goal to promote tourism and immigration to Russia. Perhaps this project will finally get the green light to proceed. Russian Kids Art Album eBooks – Empowering the students of the entire Russian nation to promote their country for tourism and immigration using their art skills and love for their country!

Arnold Vinette
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Medvedev offers to establish ‘extended government’ in Russia

In December 2010 – Arnold Vinette prepared a white paper for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, American President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The White Paper was called “work Credits” and outlined a new financial system for the world that replaced energy, rare minerals and other natural resources as a country’s most important source of revenue and replaced them instead with people.

In any world economy the only things that money are people. So make people the most valuable natural resource in that country. Assign people a lifetime value, add this value to the country’s money supply and then pay people their value back over the course of their life to do work that benefits their community, city, state and country.

The simple concept of “work Credits” eliminates poverty, homelessness and unemployment. In a “Work Credit” based society it is impossible to be unemployed as each person in the society comes with a built in value.

“Work Credits” does not equal equality. “Work Credits” equals empowerment of the people to create their own jobs to benefit their community, city, State and country.

These jobs do not necessarily need to generate products or sell products in order to generate revenue. It stops the need for constant consumerism.

The concept of “work Credits” is ideally suited for government work where people are required to serve people and maintain order in society. this would be true for all levels of government in a society.

Taxing the rest of the population is no longer necessary because in a “Work Credit” based society people now come with their own built in value.

For instance in the past Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed a desire to raise the average income of the Russian people to the equivalent of $50,000 US a year.

This is completely possible in a “Work Credit” based Russian society.

People are assigned a net worth of $50,000 a year for 100 years. For a new born baby this is $5 million dollars. This $5 million is then added to the country’s money supply.

The country’s money supply earns interest at a certain amount that pays for country infrastructure projects.

People working for the Russian government do not cost the Russian government any more to employee, because the people working for the government come with their own built in value. This value is simply paid back to the enployees for work performed to benefit Russian society.

The concept is true for every business in Russia. People now come with their own built in value to work either for themselves, for an established company or for themselves doing what they love.

In a “Work Credit” based society it is impossible to be unemployed, homeless or in poverty. It simply cannot happen as the individual is the value for the country’s money supply.

A “work Credit” based society frees people to work on the projects they love that will benefit their society knowing that they will be paid for this work effort.

Because people are the base of a country’s money supply, immigration is encouraged and supported.

Students are paid to go to school and learn. This is their job.

Mothers or fathers can stay at home to raise their children, resulting in healthier stronger families.

Children become an asset for Russian families because they now come with built in economic value. ($50,000 a year) This helps to pay for clothes, food and home mortgage payments. The result is the Russian birth rate goes up.

Russian family poverty is eradicated. Children abandoned by their parents more or less ends. Russian orphans are no longer a problem for Russian society.

Maintaining a strong Russian military is no longer a huge expense for the country. All soldiers come with a built in value to serve their country.

When energy resources of oil and natural gas run low in 2030, Russian society stays strong and vibrant because their economy and financial systems are NOT SUPPORTED by low cost energy. The foundation of the Russian economic system with “Work Credits” is its people and their appraised value at $50,000 a year to do work that benefits their community, city, state, and country, what ever it may be.

Arnold Vinette
Burlington, Vermont, USA

OWS freeze frame: ‘The US could end up like Egypt or Libya’

As the protest movement spills out from the US and takes over the world, one award-winning director cuts the long story down to a short film, highlighting the double standards of US leaders.

“I’m Not Moving” is a brilliant title for this seven-minute edit of speeches by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – and protests across the US and in countries like Egypt and Libya. The short film shows both the unmoving position of US authorities when it comes to domestic matters, and the hypocrisy people in the US and all over the world are trying to fight. Director Corey Ogilvie says his main goal was to showcase one constant between these seemingly different events.

“If you watch the film,” Ogilvie told RT, “you will see there’s some shots, for example, in Egypt, the horses rode through the protesters and tried to suppress the protests. The exact same thing happened at the G20. Shot for shot, it was identical. If you look at the suppression of journalists in Egypt and Syria, shot for shot it is identical. So this film isn’t comparing the demands. What this film is doing is comparing the repression.”

The film – like the protest movement – has gone viral. In a worldwide bid for change, thousands upon thousands will take to the streets in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The “October 15 united for #globalchange” movement will be seen and heard in over 950 cities worldwide. 82 countries are on the list, preparing for one of the largest global rallies in years. It is the magnitude of the movement that is gathering attention from the likes of Corey Ogilvie.

“What inspired me”, the director said, “is the amount of people that are capturing every moment of this event.”

The movement has certainly been gaining momentum. What started out as a simple “Occupy Wall Street” rally in New York turned into a weeks-long national outrage – and quickly spread overseas. The people, angry with what they see as politics and policies benefiting the few, call themselves the “99 percent” – and they are demanding change. Ogilvie says that if the leaders don’t listen, this movement could easily become a revolution.

“The people will only take so much,” he said. “That’s the central message: you can only push them down for so long.”



Occupy Wall Street more popular than Obama

While politicians and the mainstream media waited weeks to acknowledge Occupy Wall Street, it looks as though the public hasn’t ignored the movement. A new poll shows that more Americans favor the protests than they do President Obama.

A new poll released on Thursday from Time assessed Americans’ opinions of all things current events, only to reveal that the general public’s favor of the continuing Occupy Wall Street movements exceed that of their own commander-in-chief. Approaching its fifth week now, the ongoing protests that originated out of New York’s Zuccotti Park that have since spread internationally have managed to garner more support than Barack Obama himself, with 54 percent of those polled favoring the demonstrations to the president’s measly 44 percent.

And although conservative critics have largely shunned the Occupy Wall Street protests as being an disorganized and chaotic attempt to recapitalize on the Tea Party’s success from yesteryear, the same poll from Time shows that the approval rating of the populist-geared GOP gang is only half that of Occupy Wall Street.

Speaking to RT yesterday, The Market Ticker’s Karl Denninger, one of the co-founders of the Tea Party movement, said that the protesters with Occupy Wall Street can learn from the mistakes that Palin and pals encountered when they waged demonstrations of their own.

“One of the things that the Occupy movement seems to have going for it is it has not turned around and issued a set of formal demands,” Denninger said. “This is a good thing, not a bad thing. Everyone is looking for a set of demands.”

Denninger added that in the case of the Tea Party, organization was largely to blame for the movement’s downfall. “One of the things we wanted was the end to bailouts and an end to government deficit spending, and as you can see that didn’t happen,” said Denninger.

Elsewhere in the poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans (81 percent) say that the country has “seriously gotten off on the wrong track.” While many Americans say that they are in support of the Occupy Wall street movement, a majority of participants in the poll also add that the gap between the rich and poor in the US has grown too large and that banks should be held accountable and prosecuted for their role in the financial collapse.

In support of Obama, the poll suggests that more Americans favor his job as president when pitted against the George W Bush administration.

Time’s poll was conducted between on October 9 and 10, 2011, and pulls data taken from 1,001 adults surveyed.

Right-wingers accuse Occupy Wall Street of Anti-Semitism

A conservative group called The Emergency Committee for Israel is rallying against the Occupy Wall Street Protests, a movement they are attempting to make out as anti-Semitic.

An advertisement that will soon hit television stations in New York City and Washington DC asks viewers, “Why are our leaders turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks?” The promo poses the question as images of US President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leading democrats are put on screen. To back up the allegations, the Committee also includes a small sampling of sound bites from the Lower Manhattan protests in which some videotaped outliers appear to oust members of the Jewish community.

Among one of the protesters included in the clip is Danny “Lotion Man” Cline, a Jewish resident of New York. While the ad includes a clip of him berating a fellow Jew, he has also been videotaped picking fights with other protesters partaking in Occupy Wall Street and also harming the homeless.

“It is surprising that respectable liberals have praised the protesters while ignoring the anti-Semitism. Liberals have pretended to see nothing hateful and hear nothing hateful, and therefore have said nothing to rebuke their allies,” asks ECI chairman William Kristolin a statement. “Will they now speak up?”

“I’ve been down at the Occupy Wall Street park for over three weeks straight, and I have seen people I think who have tread the line but they do pretty much come from the right wing,” Arun Gupta tells RT. Gupta of the newspaper The Indypendent has offered up his printing press to held publish The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the paper that has become the voice of the movement.

Gupta adds that he thinks any attempts from conservatives to peg the movement as anti-Semitic will fail, noting that “I think it will fall flat on its face cause it’s simply not true.”

Louis Cholden-Brown, an active participant in Occupy Wall Street agrees with Gupta that the advertisement attempts to capitalize on isolated incidents. “This not an anti-Jewish moment. This is not an anti-Zionist movement,” says Cholden-Brown, who himself is Jewish.

So why does The Emergency Committee for Israel want to warn Americans that they should “Tell President Obama and Leader Pelosi to stand up to the mob”?

Gupta says it is just more right-wing fear mongering.

OWS still frame: ‘The US could end up like Egypt or Libya’

As the protest movement spills out from the US and takes over the world, one award-winning director cuts the long story down to a short film, highlighting the double standards of US leaders.

“I’m Not Moving” is a brilliant title for this seven-minute edit of speeches by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – and protests across the US and in countries like Egypt and Libya. The short film shows both the unmoving position of US authorities when it comes to domestic matters, and the hypocrisy people in the US and all over the world are trying to fight. Director Corey Ogilvie says his main goal was to showcase one constant between these seemingly different events.

“If you watch the film,” Ogilvie told RT, “you will see there’s some shots, for example, in Egypt, the horses rode through the protesters and tried to suppress the protests. The exact same thing happened at the G20. Shot for shot, it was identical. If you look at the suppression of journalists in Egypt and Syria, shot for shot it is identical. So this film isn’t comparing the demands. What this film is doing is comparing the repression.”

The film – like the protest movement – has gone viral. In a worldwide bid for change, thousands upon thousands will take to the streets in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The “October 15 united for #globalchange” movement will be seen and heard in over 950 cities worldwide. 82 countries are on the list, preparing for one of the largest global rallies in years. It is the magnitude of the movement that is gathering attention from the likes of Corey Ogilvie.

“What inspired me”, the director said, “is the amount of people that are capturing every moment of this event.”

The movement has certainly been gaining momentum. What started out as a simple “Occupy Wall Street” rally in New York turned into a weeks-long national outrage – and quickly spread overseas. The people, angry with what they see as politics and policies benefiting the few, call themselves the “99 percent” – and they are demanding change. Ogilvie says that if the leaders don’t listen, this movement could easily become a revolution.

“The people will only take so much,” he said. “That’s the central message: you can only push them down for so long.”



For each job, 4.6 Americans are unemployed

For each job opening in the country, around 4.6 unemployed Americans remain without work, reveals statistics just published from the Department of Labor.

While it has been on surprise that unemployment figures have been on the rise, statistics out today from the Labor Department show that there around 300,000 more jobless Americans for each vacant position than there was only one month earlier.

The bad news doesn’t stop there.

With the economy in turmoil overseas as well, experts suggest that it could be quite some time before the unemployment rate dips back down to a pre-recession number. US President Barack Obama has insisted that the passing of his American Jobs Act could bring businesses to making enough hires to get the United States out of its current job slump, but Congress shows no hopes of approving the bill. Unemployment has remained stagnant and gloomy since the president took office in 2009, a feat only accentuated by faltering markets both domestically and abroad.

“My view is they continue to stay with a tight belt and I think it means less hiring than they would have done otherwise,” General Electric Co Vice Chairman Michael Neal tells Reuters today.

Alocoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld echoed those sentiments, adding that weary in the workplace internationally is keeping both America and the eurozone from escaping a future that seems almost futile.

“I’m more concerned about lack of confidence than about market fundamentals,” Kleinfeld said to Reuters this week. “It almost looks like the world is worrying itself into another recession and that should not be allowed to happen.”

In only the last few months, economists across the world have suggested that as conditions worsen across the sea, a domino effect will only diminish the only chances America has at rebounding from the recession of yesteryear. House Speaker John Boehner this summer expressed worries over the American economy, to which both the International Monetary Fund and billionaire George Soros have also acknowledged is in dire straits.

Others say that these warnings should only be expected.

“How could they possibly be surprised that global GDP growth will be sub-par both this year and next year and as far as the eye can see?” Michael Pento of Pento Porfolio Services told RT last month.

As more American become unemployed and corporations rake in record profits, the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in Lower Manhattan last month — which some say is America’s answer to the Arab Spring — has spread across the country and into other nations internationally as people of all walks of life protest conditions.

Right-wingers accuse Occupy Wall Street of Nazism

A conservative group called The Emergency Committee for Israel is rallying against the Occupy Wall Street Protests, a movement they are attempting to make out as anti-Semitic.

An advertisement that will soon hit television stations in New York City and Washington DC asks viewers, “Why are our leaders turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks?” The promo poses the question as images of US President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leading democrats are put on screen. To back up the allegations, the Committee also includes a small sampling of sound bites from the Lower Manhattan protests in which some videotaped outliers appear to oust members of the Jewish community.

Among one of the protesters included in the clip is Danny “Lotion Man” Cline, a Jewish resident of New York. While the ad includes a clip of him berating a fellow Jew, he has also been videotaped picking fights with other protesters partaking in Occupy Wall Street and also harming the homeless.

“It is surprising that respectable liberals have praised the protesters while ignoring the anti-Semitism. Liberals have pretended to see nothing hateful and hear nothing hateful, and therefore have said nothing to rebuke their allies,” asks ECI chairman William Kristolin a statement. “Will they now speak up?”

“I’ve been down at the Occupy Wall Street park for over three weeks straight, and I have seen people I think who have tread the line but they do pretty much come from the right wing,” Arun Gupta tells RT. Gupta of the newspaper The Indypendent has offered up his printing press to held publish The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the paper that has become the voice of the movement.

Gupta adds that he thinks any attempts from conservatives to peg the movement as anti-Semitic will fail, noting that “I think it will fall flat on its face cause it’s simply not true.”

Louis Cholden-Brown, an active participant in Occupy Wall Street agrees with Gupta that the advertisement attempts to capitalize on isolated incidents. “This not an anti-Jewish moment. This is not an anti-Zionist movement,” says Cholden-Brown, who himself is Jewish.

So why does The Emergency Committee for Israel want to warn Americans that they should “Tell President Obama and Leader Pelosi to stand up to the mob”?

Gupta says it is just more right-wing fear mongering.

Iran One Of ‘Most Important’ Issues In U.S.-Russia Ties

A top Russia adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama says Iran “gets more attention than anything else” in official talks between Washington and Moscow.

Michael McFaul, a member of Obama’s National Security Council and the nominee for U.S. ambassador to Russia, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Iran is “if not the most important issue in U.S.-Russia relations, [then] definitely one of the most important.”

McFaul cited Russian cooperation in imposing several rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

He also noted discussions on Iran’s Russian-built nuclear power station at Bushehr, and Russia’s decision last year to cancel the sale of S-300 ground-to-air missiles to Iran.

Herman Cain delivers foreign policy flub

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain might want to stick to what he knows best, as a recent gaffe exposed that the pizzaman is perhaps more equipped to talk pepperoni than policy.

In a recent sit-down with the Christian Broadcasting Network, reporter David Brody asked the breakaway GOP candidate if he was prepared to answer

“gotcha questions”

as the 2012 presidential election increases in intensity.

Though former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain polled low at the beginning of his candidacy, all eyes and ears will be on him this evening as he takes center stage at tonight’s Republican debate as a recent breakaway candidate. As revealed in the interview, however, Cain might not be quite capable of handling those hard-hitting questions, especially those on the little things like foreign policy.

“I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come,” Cain told Brody. “And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?”

Most will have to answer no, of course, given that the rest of the world has yet to recognize the nation of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan. Uzbekistan, however, has the potential of being a powerful ally to the United States, especially given its proximity to Afghanistan. Only weeks earlier, US President Barack Obama spoke to the president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, about using the country to move out troops in the upcoming withdrawal from Afghanistan. Previously the United States had used an airbase in the Uzbekistan city of Karshi-Kanabad for strikes nextdoor in Afghanistan, and the US also provided the country with around a quarter of its entire military budget back in 2004.

That doesn’t matter to Cain, however.

Following the flub in which he managed to single-handedly create a new nation on planet Earth, Cain managed to defer away from those unimportant “gotcha questions” and go back to the real emphasis. “I’m gonna say, ‘How’s that gonna create more jobs?’ I wanna focus on the top priorities of this country. That’s what leaders do,” said Cain.

Only last week, however, Cain said that getting a job wasn’t a federal problem and something that each America needs to take into their own hands. Responding to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests last week, Cain said that demonstrators are putting the blame in the wrong place. “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” Cain said. “It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations and what is it that they’re looking for.”

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal last week as well, Cain added this bit of insight:

“I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration.”

Facts? Who needs them. Not Cain, not the US and certain not Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.

Recession only worsened since officially ending

A new report reveals that not only have the after effects of the recession been more severe than thought, but offers perhaps the best revelation yet that the crisis has only continued even after we were told it was over.

Although the United States government has placed June 2009 as the official end of the last American recession, The New York Times reported over the weekend that in the two years since, the median household income — adjusted for inflation — has dropped by 6.7 percent. In comparison to how the “actual” recession affected Americans, the median household income between December 2007 and June 2009 saw a decline that stumbled downward at only half of the more recent rate. During when the government considered the recession, income dropped by only 3.2 percent.

The latest analysis from The Times comes courtesy of former Census Bureau officials who have mulled over the economic trends as of late. They suggest that as of June of this year, the median household income in the US is less than one hundred dollars shy of $50,000. That number is 9.8 percent lower than the real median annual household income at the start of the recession, which the study places at $55,309.

Additionally, unemployment figures from the beginning of the recession in early 2008 hovered near 5 percent before quickly surging to nearly double by the summer of the following year. Though the government officially called the recession quits shortly thereafter, the unemployment rate has remained above 9 percent for almost every month since, briefly skyrocketing to over 10 percent for the first time in an era.

Despite a highly touted stimulus package aimed at reviving the American economy, President Barack Obama has failed to get the nation out of its slump since he entered office mid-recession. This week Congress is expected to take a look at his American Jobs Act, which he predicts will bring the unemployment act back towards 8 percent within a year.

Meanwhile, thousands of Americans continue to rally against many of the factors they say are continuing to the economic downturn in the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movements spreading across the country. Outside of the parks being possessed by angst-filled Americans, economics are saying that their anger is all too warranted.

“The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works,” President Barack Obama said last week. A week prior, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the American economy is “close to faltering” and acknowledged the growing demonstrations, saying he doesn’t blame people for taking to the streets. He has also called the economic problem a “national crisis” during a recent speaking engagement.

Last month both the International Monetary Fund and House Speaker John Boehner warned of an impending recession as well. In August, billionaire hedge fund magnate George Soros also said a double-dip recession was likely

Occupy Wall Street: major protest against minority rule

­The collective voices of American dissent has manifested into a movement impossible to ignore. “Occupy Wall Street” began in the world’s financial capital, but this week protests have blazed through dozens of cities nationwide.

In the Big Apple, over a thousand of “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrators marched into Washington Square Park on Saturday afternoon. Unlike protests on previous two Saturdays, this demonstration finished quite peacefully. Police, who were heavily present at the area and along the whole route, declares that no arrests were made.

Meanwhile, lower Manhattan can no longer camp the over 15,000 Americans gathered there for anti-bank protets. On Saturday, the campaigners had to discuss whether they should expand to other public spaces in New York.

This seems pretty revolutionary to me. The spirit of revolution is here and so I need to be a part of it,” says campaigner Talib Kweli.

Labor unions, transport workers, teachers, nurses and US veterans standing shoulder-to-shoulder with young activists, spearheading a fight against US wealth inequality and corporate greed.

Young people right now have no hope in our society. I just want to see a fair and more just society for the young people coming up, and all Americans that are suffering through these hard economic times,” a US army veteran told RT during the protests.

The “Occupy” movement has gained such momentum even the president, who promised change, has been forced to address the issue.

I think people are frustrated, and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works,” Barack Obama told a press conference. “The American people understand that not everybody has been following the rules; that Wall Street is an example of that.”

These days, a lot of folks who are doing the right thing aren’t rewarded, and a lot of folks who aren’t doing the right thing are rewarded,” he added.

While the US has encouraged and supported democratic uprisings in the Arab world, the same events playing out at home have been met with batons, pepper spray and the mass arrest of nearly 800 peaceful protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge. A scene that reminded some of Egypt’s Tahrir Square.

We can follow the lead of our brothers and sisters all over the world: the Arab Spring, in Greece, in Spain. We can see that it did send a powerful message. It’s sending a message,” says Makeba Judge, an OWS activist. “Ordinary people are not going to stand for corporate greed anymore, and we are getting up and we are doing something about it.

Three weeks into the “Occupy” movement, the New York City Police Department has pumped $2 million into overtime pay. Funds, some critics say, are being used to repress freedom. But this does not abash the campaigners.

Once you are not afraid of being arrested anymore, the whole entire control of the police state disappears. When that happens, there are credible possibilities for us. Suddenly you can imagine a different world and you believe you can be an agent of change,” says Robert Cammiso, who was arrested during an “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration.

Two miles from the chaos, at the United Nations, even financier and billionaire George Soros weighed in on the populist uprising.

Actually, I can understand their sentiments, frankly,” he said. “The decision not to inject capital into the banks but to effectively relieve them of their bad assets, and them allow them to earn their way out of a hole, gave the banks bumper profits and that allowed them to pay bumper bonuses. As I say, I can sympathize with their grievances.

Grievances spreading so loud and large that mainstream media outlets have been left with no other choice but to cover the protests.

In a matter of weeks, “Occupy Wall Street” has not only mobilized international attention. Many believe this ongoing event could become a turning point in the US, where a mass movement goads American politicians into working for the majority of the people – a passionate collective demanding democracy from the very leaders that promote it.

US jobless: unemployed and uncounted

For Americans enduring rising unemployment and falling living standards, Capitol Hill seems out of touch. Thousands are joining demonstrations against poverty and corporate greed as the country struggles to deal with the ongoing economic crisis.

­The anti-Wall Street protests that have grown in New York over the past few weeks are spreading to other major cities, including the capital.

The rallying calls and optimism are a far cry from once-mighty cities which are now all-but-closed; their people on the poverty line.

The US great recession began as a real estate crisis in 2007. Today, it has expanded into a national job emergency impossible to ignore.

In a bid to create jobs, in September President Barack Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act, aiming at putting more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.

“The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work,” explained the president upon presenting his plan in Washington on September 8.  

According to the US government, 9.1 per cent of Americans are unemployed. Yet experts say deceptive measures and statistical shenanigans are being used to mask a jobless epidemic that is far worse.

“They do not count part-time workers that are looking for full-time work and they also don’t count long-term unemployed people – people who have been unemployed for over six months,” David DeGraw, author of The Road Through 2012 told RT. “Maybe they’ve lost some faith and they’re not consistently looking for work.”

“Back in time, those people would’ve been considered unemployed,” concurs Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc. “But the government constantly changes the definition of who is unemployed and they do that so the unemployment number looks lower than it otherwise would’ve been. So the numbers over the years have been massaged so that the economy will appear to be in better shape than it is.”

When part-time workers and those unemployed people who have given up hope are factored in, the real US unemployment rate increases to more than 16 per cent. A more telling, but often ignored, statistic provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“If they were included then the government would have to acknowledge that they truly have a major crisis on their hands and they have to do something,” DeGraw explains. “This is part of their propaganda campaign. It allows them to continue the status-quo until society starts completely breaking down.”

Broken down and in ruins, the city of Detroit is feeling the full force of America’s economic decline. One in three residents live below the poverty line, half of the city’s public schools are closing and crime is skyrocketing. 

The capital of the country’s motor industry now has an official unemployment rate of just under 30 per cent. But city officials and residents like Zenobia Jeffries, say the real figure is closer to 50.

“How do you describe it? I think it’s indicative of what’s going on in the rest of the country. And they’re just now feeling it,” she told RT.

To heal America’s economic suffering, experts say US leaders need to abandon exaggerated optimism for the ugly truth.

“Unemployment is going to continue to get higher. Inflation is going to continue to get higher and rather than trying to pretend that the situation isn’t as bad as it is, we need to accept how bad it is,” Peter Schiff says. “Because then we have a better chance of recognizing the mistakes that we’re making. And that the policy is at fault and that more stimulus and more government regulation is not going to make the situation better.”

US President Barack Obama has proposed a $447-billion plan to help resuscitate America’s workforce. Just like any life saving procedure, recovery can only take place after the depth of the crippling condition is fully understood.

Obama’s disapproval rating at all-time high

A third major poll in a matter of months has revealed that disapproval of US President Barack Obama is only increasing as more and more Americans are fed up with a job not-so-well-done by the commander-in-chief.

In a study put out today by Quinnipiac University, pollsters suggest that President Obama’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high of 55 percent, taking into consideration a sample of 2,118 registered voters that were surveyed between September 27 and October 3.

A Gallup poll put out in August revealed Obama’s approval rating to be at a then-all-time low, with only 39 percent of Americans saying they were in favor of the president’s job. Less than a month later, surveys from both The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal (in conjunction with ABC News and NBC News, respectively) suggested that the president’s disapproval rating hovered just above 50 percent.

According to the latest poll, this is the most disapproval that Obama has been met with since he entered the White House in Janaury 2009.

Quinnipiac’s study was released within a day of the latest figures to come from the labor Department, who announced today that the number of American filing for unemployment benefits inched up yet again. The latest numbers show that initial claims for unemployment benefits hit 401,000, putting the tally of weeks at or above the 400k figure at 24 of the last 26 weeks.

The Quinnipiac study adds that more than two-thirds of those surveyed believe the country is in currently in a recession, and only 29 percent of those quizzed believe that the economy will improve if Obama is elected to a second term. Currently, the study suggests that only 32 percent of American approve of the president’s current handling of the economy, with double that number — 64 percent — disapproving.

Speaking from the White House this morning, President Obama told reporters that the US economy is “weaker now than it was at the beginning of the year,” and said what it “really needs a jolt right now.” Obama cautioned that worsening conditions in the eurozone could cause the United States’ economy to crash only more.

Earlier this week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told the Joint Economic Committee of Congress that even he believed that the US economy is “close to faltering.”

Today’s poll also suggests that, for the first time, Obama is statistically tied with congressional Republicans with concern to how trustworthy Americas feel they are in regards to the economy.

Medvedev Says Putin Presidency Will Benefit Russia

Medvedev Says Putin Presidency Will Benefit Russia

Published: October 5, 2011 (Issue # 1677)

DIMITRY ASTAKHOV / RIA-NOVOSTI, PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AP

Medvedev during a talk with television bosses last week at his home in Gorki.

MOSCOW — President Dmitry Medvedev has defended his decision to shelve his political ambitions in favor of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, saying Putin deserved to become the next president because he is “the most authoritative politician” in the country.

Speaking to the directors of Russia’s top three television channels, Channel One, Rossia and NTV, Medvedev said the decision to swap jobs with Putin was made for the sake of Russians’ welfare.

“What is your ambition in making this decision?” asked long-serving Channel One head Konstantin Ernst.

“To bring benefit to my country and my people,” Medvedev replied.

But speaking on, he compared his situation with Putin to the 2008 primaries in the United States when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton contested the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency.

“Can you imagine if, for example, Barack Obama had started to compete with Hillary Clinton?” he said, meaning that if they had both run for the presidency. “Well, it’s impossible for you to imagine this! They’re both from the Democratic Party, so they made a decision based on who was capable of bringing the best result.”

Unlike in the United States, however, neither Putin nor Medvedev participated in United Russia’s recent primaries or have held any open debates.

Putin is “the most authoritative politician at the moment in our country. His rating is somewhat higher,” Medvedev said.

Notably, according to the independent Levada Center pollster, Putin’s rating has been stable at 68 percent over the past three months, while Medvedev’s has ranged from 66 percent in July to 62 percent in September.

The state-run VTsIOM pollster found an even smaller gap of only 1 percent in a survey released Friday.

The difference between Medvedev and Putin in both polls is minuscule, considering that the margin of error for each was 3.4 percentage points.

Medvedev gave the interview, which was aired on the three channels during primetime Friday night, because he had no choice but to explain why he had stepped aside, said Alexei Makarkin, an analyst with the Center for Political Technologies.

“A motivation explaining the decision had to be announced,” he said. “For voters who support United Russia, this will be enough.”

Medvedev also addressed criticism over his declaration at a Sept. 24 United Russia convention, where he announced that he would pass the baton to Putin, that the swap had been tentatively decided before he ran for president in 2008. The acknowledgement prompted complaints that his presidency had been little more than a charade.

Medvedev said Friday that he and Putin had kept silent about the swap plan because of possible changes in voters’ preferences.

Medvedev insisted that the results of the 2012 presidential election have not been prearranged. “The choice will be made by the people. These are not empty words,” Medvedev said. “Any politician can lose during elections, as well as his political force. … What kind of predestiny?”

But if Medvedev is aware of Putin’s popular rating, he should also know that no other party stands a fighting chance against United Russia. In its latest poll, VTsIOM put the ruling party’s rating at 41 percent, followed by the Communist Party with 13 percent and the other two parties with seats in the State Duma with even less.

Medvedev was chosen at the United Russia convention to lead the party’s electoral list of candidates for the Duma elections.

In addition, the Justice Ministry has repeatedly refused to register any opposition party for years over technicalities, thus banning them from running in the elections.

What is more, no other political force has such unlimited access to the Kremlin’s propaganda machine as Medvedev and Putin. The president’s 25-minute primetime interview caused the rescheduling of popular shows on the three national channels — a privilege the opposition is unlikely to get.

In his remarks, Medvedev emphasized that he remains a leader and will continue to lead even after the presidential election.

“The government must be renewed,” Medvedev said, suggesting that his presidential policies have led to an overhaul of the governors and police force.

Last Monday, Medvedev ousted Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who criticized Medvedev’s defense spending and said he would not work in his Cabinet. The dismissal was formally approved by Putin.

In his Friday interview, Medvedev said Kudrin’s resignation was “a case of state discipline and nothing else.” Kudrin “overstayed his time in office and had become bored,” seeking to resign back in February or March, Medvedev said. Kudrin said last week that Putin had rejected his request to quit earlier this year.

The jury was out Sunday on whether Medvedev had succeeded in proving his case.

“Medvedev has to prove now that he is a strong figure and signal that nothing will change after they swap jobs,” Makarkin said, adding that the president faces a serious task in leading United Russia into the elections.

CIA contractor fights man over bagels

Eight months after he killed two allegedly armed men in Pakistan, CIA operative Raymond Davis is facing legal troubles again. This time for being very, very hungry.

Davis made headlines earlier this year after an incident in Lahore, Pakistan which ended with two supposed robbers dead. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted Davis had diplomatic immunity and be freed immediately, but it took two months for Davis to be released from a Pakistan prison. In the meantime, it was revealed that he was a government operative orchestrating clandestine operations in Pakistan.

In the months before the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the January incident was one of the first events of 2011 that led to increasing disagreements between Pakistan and the US over America’s ongoing military presence in the Asian country.

Now Davis is at it again, but time the event took place in the parking lot of an Einstein’s Bagel store in Colorado. According to media reports, Davis began brawling with another man in the town of Highlands Ranch over the matter of an empty parking spot.

Jeffrey Maes, 50, was pulling into a parking spot on Saturday morning only to be met by an enraged Davis, who insisted the spot was his. Maes’ wife tells The Daily Beast that Davis got out of his car behind them, cursing, claiming the spot for himself. From there, Davis punched Maes once in the face, knocking him unconscious.

When Maes regained consciousness, his wife says that Davis continued to fight him, screaming “You’re done. I’m going to get you.”

“I’ve never seen a man so full of rage,” Davis’ wife told reporters.

Davis was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, but is free again after posting nearly $2,000 bond. Earlier this year the US government paid $2.3 million to the families of Davis’ Pakistani victims.

Saturday’s incident came only a day after the CIA once again assassinated two men. This time it was al-Qaeda militants Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, who were the target of a CIA-led drone strike in Yemen on Friday. Both men were American citizens.

Medvedev rules out confrontation with Putin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday there would never be any disputes between him and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Speaking with the heads of three Russian state-run TV channels, Medvedev said that some political experts and opposition figures frequently anticipated open confrontation between the two.

“It is often expected of us that we will at some moment began to quarrel and compete with each other in the political arena,” he said. “But I want to say that this will not happen.”

“Can you imagine a situation where, for example, [U.S. President] Barack Obama began to compete with [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton?” he went on. “But I recall they were both in the race for the presidency.”

Medvedev on Saturday ended months of speculation that he might run for a second term when he proposed to delegates at a United Russian party congress that they back Putin to return to the Kremlin.

Putin accepted, and Medvedev is now likely to head the government after next March’s presidential elections.

Google grabs GOP lobbyists to help on the Hill

Google have been conducting a search of their own as of late. Facing a high-profile probe in Washington, Google has brought on board several Republican bigwigs to buy itself some bipartisan support to balance out its left-leaning roster of lobbyists.

Google top-brass went before lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week for the beginning of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing titled “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?” With anti-competitive and antitrust allegations being lobbied at Google for months now, it looks as if the search engine superstar has reached out to Republican lobbyists in hopes of evening out its pull on politicians.

Google has long been considered a more left-leaning corporation than any other stance. Eric Schmidt, the company’s executive chairman, campaigned on behalf of Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle and was reportedly even considered for a position under the president. Last year the DC-based outlet The Hill reported that the pro-free-market group National Legal and Policy Center had labeled the company “the Halliburton of the Obama years,” to which Google attempted to defending by saying they don’t take sides.

“Technology isn’t a partisan issue,” Google spokeswoman Mistique Cano responded to The Hill at the time. “We’ve believed for a long time that it’s important to build relationships on both sides of the aisle, and that’s something we’ve done for years.”

As a congressional probe stands to impact the search engine giants, however, Google has reached deep into the Republican Party to get a grab at some top-ranking GOP members in hopes of garnering the support of the right.

In the months leading up to the hearing that began last week, Google hired a lobbying firm led by the former spokesman for President George W Bush. In recent times, they’ve also cut checks to several conservative think tanks and organizations, reports The Huffington Post, including the Heritage Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Republican Governors Association, Crossroads Strategies, the Republican Attorneys General Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee.

The DC-based paper Politico also noted that Google’s political action committee has offered up donations to some leading Republicans since the start of 2011, including House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas.

Last week, of course, Google also co-sponsored the latest televised debate of GOP candidates — along with Fox News.

When The Huffington Post caught Sen. John Cornyn up to date with the recent right-reaching tactics from Google, the GOP representative (and one of the Republicans on the antitrust hearing) responded, “Are you saying they’re finally becoming bipartisan? That’s a good thing. Bipartisanship is a positive thing.”

Regardless of who they have on their side, that doesn’t mean Schmidt and Google will necessarily walk away unscathed. When Schmidt was quizzed last week on the Hill about if the company puts Google-brand sites as the top search results, the executive answered, “I’m not aware of any unnecessary or strange boosts or biases.” Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, says Google has “cooked” it’s search results, however, and Democrat Minnesota Senator Al Franken responded, “If you don’t know, who does?”

“That seemed like a pretty fuzzy answer to me, coming from the chairman,” added Franken.

In a 2007 interview with a Google exec, Bloomberg reports that one official responded to a similar question with, “We do all the work for the search page … so we do put it first.”

American President Wages Tax Battle

American President Wages Tax Battle

Published: September 21, 2011 (Issue # 1675)

WASHINGTON — Drawing clear battle lines for next year’s elections, a combative President Barack Obama on Monday demanded that the richest Americans pay higher taxes to help cut soaring U.S. deficits by more than $3 trillion. He promised to veto any effort by congressional Republicans to cut Medicare benefits for the elderly without raising taxes as well.

“This is not class warfare. It’s math,” Obama declared, anticipating Republican criticism, which was quick in coming.

“Class warfare isn’t leadership,” House Speaker John Boehner said, in Cincinnati.

Obama’s speech marked a new, confrontational stance toward Republicans after months of cooperation that many Democrats complained produced too many concessions. While the plan stands little chance of passing Congress, its populist pitch is one that the White House believes the public can support.

The president’s proposal, which he challenged Congress to approve, would predominantly hit upper-income taxpayers and would also target tax loopholes and subsidies used by many larger corporations. It would spare retirees from any changes in Social Security, and it would direct most of the cuts in Medicare spending to health care providers, not beneficiaries.

Benefit programs wouldn’t be unscathed. Obama’s plan would reduce spending for those, including Medicare and Medicaid, by $580 billion. But with Republicans calling for massive cuts in entitlement programs, Obama said he would veto any legislation that cut Medicare benefits without raising new revenue.

His plan also would save $1 trillion over 10 years from the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The deficit-reduction plan represents Obama’s longer-term follow-up to the $447 billion in tax cuts and new public works spending that he has proposed as a short-term measure to stimulate the economy. The new proposal also inserts the president’s voice into the legislative discussions of a joint congressional “supercommittee” charged with recommending deficit reductions of up to $1.5 trillion.

In calling for sizable tax revenue, Obama gave the committee a choice: It could generate $1.5 trillion in new revenues through changes in the tax code, or it could adopt his recommendations, most of them recycled from his previous budget proposals, which were largely ignored by Gongress. They include tax increases on high-income families, oil and gas companies and U.S.-based corporations that earn profits overseas.

David Cameron to urge world leaders to protect civilians

David Cameron will issue a plea on Thursday to world leaders to be prepared to intervene again when civilians are massacred by repressive regimes as he warns that the UN is in danger of losing its nerve after the campaign in Libya.

In his most wide ranging speech on foreign policy as prime minister, Cameron will declare that the UN must change its ways if it is to avoid losing the opportunity provided by the Arab spring.

Speaking to the UN general assembly, Cameron will say: “You can sign every human rights declaration in the world, but if you stand by and watch people being slaughtered in their own country when you could act, then what are those signatures really worth?

“The UN has to show that we can be not just united in condemnation, but united in action, acting in a way that lives up to the UN’s founding principles and meets the needs of people everywhere.”

Britain fears that China and Russia, both of which are angry that the military action in Libya went further than envisaged, are planning to block action in the future against other states. Britain is keen to agree to tough new sanctions against Syria, where more than 2,000 people have died since the uprising against the Assad regime.

Cameron will not name Moscow and Beijing, though he will make it clear that momentum is in danger of being lost when he says: “The international community has found its voice in Libya. We must not now lose our nerve. We must have the confidence to speak out and act as necessary to support those who seek new freedoms.”

The prime minister, who received a rapturous reception with Nicolas Sarkozy in Tripoli and Benghazi last week, arrived in New York on Wednesday bolstered by the success of the Libya campaign. He briefed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, on his visit to Libya, during a 30-minute meeting .

Obama praised Cameron as “outstanding” and hailed the Anglo-American special relationship. “Obviously there is an extraordinarily special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” the president said. “I have always found Prime Minister Cameron to be an outstanding partner, so I am very grateful for his friendship, his hard work, his dedication and his leadership on the global stage.”

Cameron briefed the president on his speech which will draw comparisons with Tony Blair‘s famous Chicago oration in April 1999. In that speech, delivered during the Kosovo campaign, the former prime minister outlined what came to be known as the doctrine of liberal interventionism.

Downing Street sources stressed that Cameron has a different vision to Blair, who is in New York in his role as the Middle East peace envoy. Cameron believes Libya shows the conditions that need to be met before action is taken against repressive regimes:

• The UN must agree to the action

• Other countries in the region must be supportive in the way that the Arab League supported the no-fly zone over Libya

• Action must be tailored to the needs of the particular country in question.

These conditions mean that the most immediate action envisaged by the prime minister – against Syria – will involve tougher sanctions, but not military action. Cameron will condemn the Assad regime, though he will stop short of demanding fresh sanctions.

“On Syria, it is time for the members of the security council to act. Of course we should always act with care when it comes to the internal affairs of a sovereign state. But we cannot allow this to be an excuse for indifference in the face of a regime that week after week arrests, intimidates, tortures and kills people who are peacefully trying to make their voices heard.”

Cameron said the Arab spring showed that the Palestinians have the right to live in a “viable” state. But he made clear Britain’s unease with Mahmoud Abbas’s plans to make a declaration of statehood when he said the focus should be on the resumption of negotiations with Israel. The prime minister, who discussed the Palestinian plans with Obama, said: “No resolution can, on its own, substitute for the political will necessary to bring peace. Peace will only come when Palestinians and Israelis sit down and talk to each other, make compromises, build trust and agree.”

The prime minister, who acknowledges that his premiership has been transformed by Libya, will hail the people of Tripoli and Benghazi for ensuring that their country did not join an infamous roll call of failure. “This revolution truly belongs to the Libyan people. The United Nations played a vital role authorising international action. But let’s be clear, the United Nations is no more effective than the nation states that come together to enforce its will.

“On this occasion a coalition of nations across the Western and Arab world had the will to act. In so doing, they stopped Benghazi from joining Srebrenica and Rwanda in history’s painful roll call of massacres the world failed to prevent.”

Cameron will outline how the Arab Spring presents a challenge to all regions, including Europe. These are, first, that Europe must show it can reform its aid and trade strategy. Britain believes that France is guilty of promoting protectionist barriers which block agricultural imports to the EU.

He will also say that the African Union should “meet the opportunities of this century with the same courage that won liberation in the last”. This will be seen as a dig at Jacob Zuma, the South African president, who was critical of the campaign against Muammar Gaddafi.