Global News Report
President Hans-Rudolf Merz, of Switzerland, had a busy day trying to keep people happy. As the place to be for banks, banking security and secrecy is important.
In the eyes of many customers, this was threatened when Swiss authorities handed over an estimated 250-300 files on American clients to U.S. officials.
The President assured reporters that “Banking secrecy, ladies and gentlemen, remains intact.” The documents were handed over in an agreement in order to try to find tax fraud criminals.
Even if you did not know his name, you are familiar with Muntadhar al-Zeidi. He is the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush months ago. He was recently brought to court for this action, where he was greeted with cheers and applause.
While on trial he refused to appologize for his actions, saying that he was protesting the war: “What made me do it was the humiliation Iraq has been subjected to due to the U.S. occupation and the murder of innocent people… I wanted to restore the pride of the Iraqis in any way possible, apart from using weapons.” Since this incident, al-Zeidi has become a folk hero to people across the Middle East.
One hardly needs to be reminded of the woman who gave birth to eight children, putting her total count of offspring up to 14.
But to add to the already controversial issue, it has become recently known that the grandmother who housed the six children (now 14) and mother has not put down a payment since last May.
This means that stacked on the laundry list of issues and bad decisions being made by all involved, they are now also facing foreclosure.
What is even more peculiar is that the woman chose to become pregnant using in vitro fertilization in the summer, months after it was clear the family was having problems paying for the house.