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Aug 30, 2013

While the U.S. Congress remained on vacation, British Parliament was called back to debate a pending attack on Syria. We also look at some facts about Syria that suggest we might be getting into a Shock Doctrine type of situation.

Links to Information in This Episode Intro Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio) Song: Blood is Thicker Than Oil by The Undercover Hippy (found on Music Alley by mevio) Buy The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein (Amazon) Episode CD003: The Free Market vs. US Transcript of the British Parliament debate on August 29, 2013 Reddit thread with videos of the Syrian chemical attack on August 20, 2013 Obama Administration says an attack will not be motivated by regime change According to the British, there have been 14 chemical attacks in Syria The twitter feed of the random Syrian Assad supporter The twelve things about Syria the Assad supporter wanted Americans to know: Twitter stream   Syria does support Hezbollah Syria does support the Palestinian resistance Syria is against Israel Syria is Iran's closest ally There is a water shortage in Syria, and in the Middle East in general Syria must share its water with neighbors: Syria has natural gas reserves Syria has oil reserves

Assad's "Four Seas Strategy" intends for Syria to become a transportation hub for fossil fuels Turkey also wants to be the fossil fuel hub July 25, 2011: Syria, Iraq, and Iran signed a $10 billion deal for a natural gas pipeline that would export Iranian natural gas out of Damascus (read this too) August 18, 2011: President Obama announces that Assad must resign The United States sanctions on Iran target Iran's nationalized oil industry Assad banned genetically modified food The State Department pushes genetically modified food around the world on behalf of the American monopoly patent holders USAID distributes genetically modified food in their humanitarian missions Syrian local businesses have been destroyed by financial reforms Syrian citizens are getting poorer since financial reforms What the International Monetary Fund (IMF) wants Syria to do:

Strengthening the monetary policy framework and the financial sector 29. Notwithstanding the progress in activating monetary policy in the past two years, Syria's monetary policy framework remains rudimentary and in need of major strengthening to allow the central bank to use indirect instruments of monetary control to operate effectively in a financial system that will increasingly become market-based. Indirect instruments will strengthen the price mechanism in the financial sector, ensuring a more efficient allocation of financial resources and a proper pricing of financial risks. 30. Progress toward this medium-term goal should start by having the central bank gain full control of existing direct instruments. The central bank should have the right to decide on credit ceilings and credit policies of banks with a view to ensuring a pace of credit and monetary expansion consistent with maintaining price stability while fostering economic activity and employment. Banks have to abide by all prudential regulations. Beyond this, the role and responsibilities of the central bank and the ministry of finance in exercising oversight on the banks should be clearly defined. While the government could play a lead role in choosing the board and the management of public banks, the CBS should have the authority to evaluate and approve banks' policies, and procedures related to the credit and investment. 31. Furthermore, the CBS should have operational independence and the institutional capacity to exercise effective banking supervision. Indeed, in the absence of effective banking supervision, the strong credit growth and the rapid opening of the banking system could endanger the soundness of the financial sector. Therefore, the mission urges the authorities to: give the central bank power to: (i) address noncompliance, as well as safety and soundness concerns it may have for certain banks, and (ii) to ensure that fit and proper criteria are met in appointing senior staff in public and private banks and that credit policies are consistent with safe and sound best practices; allocate adequate resources to continue to build capacity for banking supervision; and complete the banking supervision framework including a licensing manual to ensure prudent and transparent licensing policy.

The majority of Syria's banking sector is still government owned (Another article here) Afghanistan's banking system was privatized after invasion Iraq's banking system was privatized after invasion "Rebels" set up a central bank in Libya after Qaddafi was removed from power The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran is entirely government owned