DS News Webcast: Friday 8/19/2016

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcasts DS News Webcast: Friday 8/19/2016 Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2016-08-18 Brian Honea Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Friday 8/19/2016 Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Savecenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Unemployment dropped by 4 thousand claims last week, though claims were still up slightly compared to a month prior, according to U.S. Department of Labor. The D O L ’s latest weekly report on unemployment claims found 2 hundred 62 thousand claims for the week ending August 13. This marks the 76th consecutive week of initial claims below 300 thousand, the longest streak since 1970.The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1 point 6 percent for the week ending August 6, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The 4-week moving average was 2 point 155 million, an increase of 10 thousand 750 from the previous week’s revised average. Unadjusted, the advance number of actual initial claims under state programs totaled 219 thousand 544 in the week ending August 13, a decrease of 5 point 2 percent from the previous week. There were 229 thousand 251 initial claims in the comparable week of 2015.U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro recently announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will quickly provide federal disaster assistance to the State of Louisiana as well as provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to severe storms and flooding. Specifically, HUD is granting immediate foreclosure relief to these homeowners. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: State of Default Servicing Covered in Five Star White Paper Next: Is the Fixing and Flipping Market Cooling? August 18, 2016 1,198 Views Subscribelast_img read more

IRAN AGREEMENT BOOSTS PEACE, DEFEATS NEOCONS

first_imgBy Ron PaulLast week’s successfully concluded Iran agreement is one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency. Along with the ongoing process of normalizing relations with Cuba, this move shows that diplomacy can produce peaceful, positive changes. It also shows that sometimes taking a principled position means facing down overwhelming opposition from all sides and not backing down. The president should be commended for both of these achievements.The agreement has reduced the chance of a U.S. attack on Iran, which is a great development. But the interventionists will not give up so easily. Already they are organizing media and lobbying efforts to defeat the agreement in Congress. Will they have enough votes to over-ride a presidential veto of their rejection of the deal? It is unlikely, but at this point if the neocons can force the U.S. out of the deal it may not make much difference. Which of our allies, who are now facing the prospect of mutually-beneficial trade with Iran, will be enthusiastic about going back to the days of a trade embargo? Which will support an attack on an Iran that has proven to be an important trading partner and has also proven reasonable in allowing intrusive inspections of its nuclear energy program?However, what is most important about this agreement is not that U.S. government officials have conducted talks with Iranian government officials. It is that the elimination of sanctions, which are an act of war, will open up opportunities for trade with Iran. Government-to-government relations are one thing, but real diplomacy is people-to-people: business ventures, tourism, and student exchanges.I was so impressed when travel personality Rick Steves traveled to Iran in 2009 to show that the U.S. media and government demonization of Iranians was a lie, and that travel and human contact can help defeat the warmongers because it humanizes those who are supposed to be dehumanized.As I write in my new book, “Swords into Plowshares”:Our unwise policy with Iran is a perfect example of what the interventionists have given us—60 years of needless conflict and fear for no justifiable reason. This obsession with Iran is bewildering. If the people knew the truth, they would strongly favor a different way to interact with Iran.Let’s not forget that the Iran crisis started not 31 years ago when the Iran Sanctions Act was signed into law, not 35 years ago when Iranians overthrew the US-installed Shah, but rather 52 years ago when the US CIA overthrew the democratically-elected Iranian leader Mossadegh and put a brutal dictator into power. Our relations with the Iranians are marked by nearly six decades of blowback.When the Cold War was winding down and the military-industrial complex needed a new enemy to justify enormous military spending, it was decided that Iran should be the latest “threat” to the U.S.. That’s when sanctions really picked up steam. But as we know from our own CIA National Intelligence Estimate of 2007, the stories about Iran building a nuclear weapon were all lies. Though those lies continue to be repeated to this day.It is unfortunate that Iran was forced to give up some of its sovereignty to allow restrictions on a nuclear energy program that was never found to be in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. But if the net result is the end of sanctions and at least a temporary reprieve from the constant neocon demands for attack, there is much to cheer in the agreement. Peace and prosperity arise from friendly relations and trade — and especially when governments get out of the way.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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