By Dialogo April 12, 2010 The Red Cross has become truly international in Haiti since the earthquake, with representatives of the organization arriving in the Caribbean country from various regions of the world in order to help their Haitian colleagues. “The Haitian Red Cross is small, and with the disaster, its structures were severely affected. For this reason, the International Red Cross came to support them and help them move forward. Now they’re taking on more of a leading role, because we’re leaving and they have to continue on,” said Cesar Augusto, the head of the Colombian Red Cross mission. Thirty Colombian members of the Red Cross are working in Haiti and will stay for a year at most, Cesar Augusto explained. “After the initial search-and-rescue stage, we are organizing health clinics in order to begin the process of rebuilding,” he added.
Earlier this month, we finally saw bipartisan action in the ongoing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saga when the House Financial Services Committee passed the “Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015” to cap the salaries of the mortgage giants’ CEOs. Congress should now turn this bipartisan scrutiny toward the government’s astonishing secrecy in its legal battle with Fannie and Freddie¹s private shareholders.Last month, a judge exposed a new tear in the federal government’s shroud of secrecy in its battle for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. On July 21, Judge Margaret Sweeney of the United States Court of Federal Claims for the D.C. Circuit granted the hedge fund Fairholme’s motion to use in its court battle “protected information,” which the government had fought to keep secret. This development may very well indicate that Judge Sweeney believes the Feds are talking from both sides of their mouths in the multiple investor suits over their handling of the mortgage giants.The federal government has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep secret the discussions surrounding its seizing control of the private companies in 2008 and subsequent expropriation of all their profits in 2012. Its efforts may be unravelling. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr