By Mackenzie McDonald and Margaret Flowers,
On Thursday, despite the cold and rain in Washington D.C., people took to the streets to protest Fast Track for rigged corporate trade deals like the nearly complete Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The protest at the US House of Representatives began with a march around the House Office Buildings on Capitol Hill highlighting a shift to the final phase of the conflict over Fast Track for rigged corporate trade deals. Right now everyone agrees that opponents of Fast Track have the majority in the US House of Representatives but an ‘Obama Onslaught,’ supported by lobbyists for transnational corporations is expected. The movement against rigged corporate trade is going to have to escalate its campaign if we are going to hold the majority and stop fast track for the TPP and other rigged corporate trade agreements.
U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 2, #2: "The President ... shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur."
The Constitution’s two-thirds Senate rule regarding treaties is violated by Fast Track as it currently stands and has stood; and that provision of Fast Track (reducing the required two-thirds down to merely half of the Senators voting “Yea”) would need to be eliminated and the Constitution’s two-thirds-Senate requirement restored, in order for there to be able to be any further applications of Fast Track; this would not necessarily apply regarding past applications of Fast Track such as NAFTA, and prudentiality might sway against such retrospective applications; but, for TPP, TTIP, TISA, and other future applications of Fast Track, or in other words for constitutionality of future international-trade agreements, the words of the Constitution are unmistakably clear, and those words must be applied, notwithstanding the violations of the U.S. Constitution that have already been erroneously instituted. The purpose of the U.S. Supreme Court is to hold that document, the U.S. Constitution, and none other, as this nation's inviolable Scripture, by which all future actions of the United States Government are to be evaluated, and all future laws (a treaty being in a separate and even stricter category for which reason the two-thirds Senate rule was included in Article 2, Section 2, #2) are to be judged to be either valid or invalid.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on May 12th, responding to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s assertions that Ukraine will retake Crimea and will conquer Donbass:
“I have not had a chance – I have not read the speech. I haven’t seen any context. I have simply heard about it in the course of today. But if indeed President Poroshenko is advocating an engagement in a forceful effort at this time, we would strongly urge him to think twice not to engage in that kind of activity, that that would put Minsk in serious jeopardy. And we would be very, very concerned about what the consequences of that kind of action at this time may be.”U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, as communicated by the U.S. State Department’s Press Office on May 15th, reiterating Poroshenko’s view:
"Assistant Secretary Nuland's ongoing visit to Kyiv and her discussions with Prime Minister [Arseniy] Yatseniuk and President [Petro] Poroshenko reaffirm the United States' full and unbreakable support for Ukraine's government, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine and reiterate our deep commitment to a single Ukrainian nation, including Crimea, and all the other regions of Ukraine."
The way that “Fast Track” is described to the American public is as an alternative method for the Senate to handle “Trade Bills” (TPP & TTIP) that the President presents to the Senate for their approval; and this alternative method is said to be one in which “no amendments are permitted, and there will be a straight up-or-down vote on the bill."
But, in fact, the “Fast Track” method is actually to require only 50 Senators to vote “Yea” in order for the measure to be approved by the Senate, whereas the method that is described and required in (Section 2 of) the U.S. Constitution is that the President “shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.” That’s not 50 Senators; it’s 67 Senators, that the Constitution requires.
by Stephen Lendman
Ukraine is a proxy US dagger targeting Russia's heartland - run by fascist putschists, headed by an illegitimate Washington-approved oligarch president.
It's waging war on its own people. It tolerates no opposition. Its economy nears collapse. Growing numbers of its population are impoverished, unemployed and angry.
In a Wednesday BBC interview, Poroshenko sounded deranged saying Ukraine is in a "real war" with Russia. "I think (Moscow is) preparing for an offensive" this summer.
"I think we should be ready, and I think that we do not give them any tiny chance for provocation. That will totally be their responsibility."Russian officials accused Ukraine of "broken commitments" - making agreements, then breaching them straightaway. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there's a "serious lack of trust" between both countries for good reason. Kiev officials say one thing and do another consistently. Their word is meaningless.
Addressing Russia's upper house Federation Council on Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov condemned "radicals in Kiev and some other capitals" for provoking "further escalation" of conflict in Donbass.
The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
Ukrainian government is not entitled to demand compensations from Moscow over Crimea's reunification with Russia; head of the republic, Sergey Aksyonov,citizens of Crimea took the decision on independence from Ukraine themselves. "They [Ukraine] should not demand anything. They will see neither hide nor hair."
The Pentagon has concluded airstrikes against the Khorasan group in November did kill 2 civilians - both children - making this the first acknowledgement of civilian casualties in the region since airstrikes began.
Xi Jinping :“Active efforts should be made to incorporate religions into socialist society.” In western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, government says foreign forces using Islam and Tibetan Buddhism to incite local people to defy Chinese rule; unregistered religious groups illegal.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with causes behind growing humanitarian crisis that forced thousands of people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to flee by sea, many still stranded in boats, discussing the emergency with Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, urged them to provide search and rescue operations, options for resettlement and reintegration.
Wall Street investors bought more than 200,000 foreclosed houses in past two years, bundling together the rents they generate into bonds just like subprime mortgage bonds, jacks up rent by a third, immediately begins eviction proceedings against renters who can't pay.
All over the globe, people are recording extremely loud sounds coming from the sky. In many instances, these ominous noises sound like someone is blowing a trumpet. Scientists insist that there must be a “rational explanation.” TRheories suggest fracking, “rock bursts”, venting of high-pressure gas, atmospheric pressure natural “background noise” of our planet/
China is planning to introduce the gold fixing reference price in yuan. China is the world’s largest gold producer and is, logically, interested in the possibility to influence the determination of the gold price.
European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce.
Income inequality in many developed countries has reached an all-time high, report released Thursday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, growth of social inequality accompanied by the growth of part-time and contingent labor, particularly for younger workers.
Americans saw an immediate jump in their monthly health insurance premiums – up to a quadrupling for some families. Insurers in some states proposing rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law: New Mexico, Health Care Service Corp. 51.6%, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, 36.3% increase. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products.
“We are giving humanitarian assistance to them. After that we will deport them back to the relevant country,” Zaw Htay, the director of the Myanmar presidential office said on Saturday, adding that authorities have contacted “Bangladeshi border officials on the ground regarding the arrived persons.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a new plan to create an infrastructure finance bank on Thursday, following recent announcements from China about the institution of the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the BRICS New Development Bank.
Chinese leadership appears to be trying to gain more control over the country’s economic system, while at the same time (re-)boosting the growth it has lost in recent years. A free market, in whatever shape and form, does not rhyme with the kind of control which the Communist Party has been used to for decades
CIA trying to create a connection between so-called conspiracy theorists who are in fact critics of the US government and Bin Laden. The US government labels its critics as conspiracy theorists in order to dismiss them in the eyes of the public.
Farmers in Tambo Valley, where rice is cultivated, are protesting against Southern Copper Corp.’s $1.4 million project to build a copper mine in the region, expressed concerns about the natural resources in the region getting polluted.
The new BRICS initiatives break the monopoly of existing western institutions over the financial order, a very important symbolic change, first time a global financial institution is led by developing countries. “If the new development bank succeeds, it will show the world that emerging countries can manage a multilateral economic institution by themselves.”
Inspections of containers holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant found that at least 10 percent have leaks, which could trigger a hydrogen explosion. According to TEPCO, there were about 1,300 such containers at the plant as of May 20.
Newly released documents have revealed that a week after Cleveland police officer, Timothy Loehmann killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the Cleveland police charged the sixth grader with “aggravated menacing” and “inducing panic,” according to The Daily Kos.
The country’s National Assembly unanimously voted in new laws on Thursday night that will force chains to donate discarded food to charity or allow it to be turned into animal feed, compost or energy.
3,000 refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh have arrived on Southeast Asia's beaches, stranded. Refugees undertaking the journey are Rohingyas from Myanmar, facing so much discrimination and persecution that its members are willing to undertake the treacherous trip.
Scientists in Japan measured happiness levels among 200 individuals, found those who carried a variation of the gene were happier on average. The gene that was identified encodes for the CB1 receptor, the pathway in the brain responsible for the marijuana high.
State continues to wither under heat and drought. Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency. California is responsible for the bulk of food and produce grown in the U.S.
Bank of England officials secretly researching financial shocks that could hit Britain if there is a vote to leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum. The Bank blew its cover when it accidentally emailed details of the project including how the bank intended to fend off any inquiries about its work – direct to the Guardian.
United States already trades heavily with the other 11 nations included in the TPP talks. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) critical of Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions, which would empower corporations to use international courts to sue U.S. government and others enacting regulations and protections that harm their profits.
CEO of Plains All American, which operates the pipeline, told reporters Wednesday evening that the company had experienced “mechanical issues” before the leak, but did not elaborate.
$5.7 billion dollars is nothing compared to the $40.24 billion net income that banks earned in the second quarter of 2014 alone. It was the second highest profit total in the last 23 years, surpassed only by 2013. Further, the fines are nothing compared to the trillions of dollars in bailouts that banks received at the outset of the financial crisis
Fall of Ramadi last weekend 70 miles west of Baghdad, is a major defeat in the campaign against ISIS, with approximately 7,000 Iraqi soldiers completely routed, logical outcome of the developments on the ground in Iraq is the reintroduction of thousands of American combat troops and an escalation of the air campaign.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:"We will take the toughest position in this case and will defend our national interests."Kiev regards its $3 bln Eurobonds held by Russia as a private loan, which is subject to the moratorium. Moscow insists the loan cannot be considered private and should be paid back in due time.
US trade officials involved in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal pressured European Union into throwing out regulation banning chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility, would have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Upon completing his visit to Tokyo, Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that Japanese politicians acknowledge that their country has joined the anti-Russian campaign under US pressure and understand the importance of future dialogue with Russia.
A Florida woman's battle to avoid having her 4-year-old son circumcised ended Friday when she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail, in a decision called unjust by anti-circumcision activists. judge said she would be jailed indefinitely if she didn’t sign consent form.
Israel’s new deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely:Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people.
Raytheon corporation known for developing tools that cause death and destruction. responsible for numerous technologies is that have taken thousands of lives in pointless conflicts around the world. One of the largest US ‘defense’ contractors, just received contract from US Military to develop fastest missiles ever known, theoretically reach any target in the world in one hour.
The West is growing disappointed with Ukraine and that was the reason why Kiev has failed to achieve progress on a path of European integration at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga,Russian lawmaker and political analyst, Vyacheslav Nikonov.
The ocean is dying, food supply along with it. The causes are numerous,massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result. Effects of Fukushima, unleashing untold levels of radiation into the ocean and onto Pacific shores; the cumulative effect of modern chemicals and agricultural waste tainting the water and disrupting reproduction.
In 21 out of the 26 OECD member countries that have a minimum wage, working 40 hours per week at the pay floor would not be sufficient to keep one's family out of poverty. In no state can a minimum wage worker afford a one bedroom apartment.
Venture capitalist Tony Perkins: treatment of wealthy Americans today is like Jews in Nazi Germany. Rhetoricclass warfare; financial speculators were unfairly blamed by politicians.
The world has an unease about the dollar system… President Hu of China:‘the dollar is a product of the past.’ The headlines for gold these past few years have only focused on physical gold accumulation by China, Russia and Eastern central banks. China is buying gold mines at a record. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: “China isn’t ready for currency reserve status.
Jilin Province in China has offered to build a railway to Vladivostok for Russia’s Far East Region of Primorsky Krai. It would be the first cross-border high-speed rail link between the two countries and Russia’s major Pacific port.
The US 6th Fleet has announced that its guided-missile destroyer, the USS Ross (DDG 71) will enter the Black Sea on Saturday, May 23, 2015, to “promote peace and stability in the region”.
Efforts to publicize a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for false advertising it’s best-selling herbicide Roundup filed in Los Angeles County Court on April 20, 2015 have been rejected by almost every mainstream media outlet.
Removal of trees (deforestation) having major impact on water cycle, as global climates change. The worst multi-year drought in the history of the state of California, headed for the worst water crisis in this country ever. 1,900 wells have already gone completely dry in California. Worse in South America. Drought in Queensland Australia is the largest ever recorded. Africa faces food shortages due to severe drought, crop failure rates over 50 percent.
Police on Thursday used water cannons and tear gas to prevent protesters from storming the National Congress building in the port city of Valparaiso, where President Michelle Bachelet was addressing the parliament.
US Special Operations Command is testing two rapid DNA readers in the field, identifying targets using devices that have all the capabilities of a laboratory, only as big as a photocopier. Can return a result in 90 minutes, a process that used to take weeks.
David Rosen, legislative budget and finance officer; Office of Legislative Services, told Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee would be nearly impossible for state to scrape together $1.57 billion before end offiscal year in June if that’s what Supreme Court rules in legal battle over pension funding.
Major oat buyer Grain Millers, based in Western Canada, announced it will no longer source oats coated with glyphosate. Why would companies continue to choose pesticides and GMOs when consumers are demanding organic?
Thousands of Rohingya migrants stranded in the Andaman Sea, no country will take them in, fled violence and repression in Myanmar (Burma). Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand defy pleas of United Nations, refuse to allow the vessels packed with migrants to come to their country.
Sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote. Obama predicting trade deal would "open up access to markets that too often are closed."Final Senate passage would clear the way for a fierce struggle in the House.
An Israeli publication has suggested that nuclear bombs should be launched at Iran and Germany—wiping out Tehran, Isfahan, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, and Dortmund. “Twenty to thirty bombs,” Jewish writer Ben-Eliyahu raves, “will get the job done.” Times of Israel. — Right-wing media outlet Israel National News published an opinion piece Tuesday calling on Israel to launch nuclear bombs at Iran and Germany, only days after the outlet came under fire for publishing a piece accusing a war widow of killing her husband over her pro-peace views.
Authored by NASA Senior Water Scientist Jay Famiglietti, originally posted Op-Ed at The LA Times, Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well. As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek too. Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir.
For all the freedoms that North Korea lacks, it has one that most Western countries don't: Apparently, you can legally buy and smoke marijuana, doesn't have restrictions, such as for medical use only. marijuana in North Korea is not very strong, bags full roughly £0.50 each. In North Korea, the drug is apparently enjoyed by the country's working class for its medicinal effects and is also seen as a way to unwind and relax. Richter writes about how, with the help of a North Korean intelligence officer, he was about to get into a food market, which locals shop at but visitors are not allowed to see.
Over the July 4th weekend, 82 people were shot in Chicago, including a 16 year-old boy shot by police. Fourteen people were killed. In late May in Tampa Bay, Florida, police shot dead a 29 year-old man in his own home over $2 worth of pot. Acting in accordance with the insane logic of the war on drugs, that alleged drug sale led to a militaristic raid on the young man’s home, which ended in his untimely, violent death. Meanwhile, some of the nation’s most powerful companies—pharmaceutical firms that manufacture opiates like OxyContin and Vicodin—are funding efforts to prohibit the legalization of marijuana. From a must-read investigative report by The Nation’s Lee Fang: [The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA)] and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies.
Much of what we know about this practice of outsourcing torture is from the harrowing accounts of its victims and survivors who have bravely come forward to tell their stories. One of them is Ahmed Agiza, an Egyptian citizen who lived with his wife and young family in Sweden, where they were seeking refugee status. In December 2001, Ahmed and a friend were apprehended by Swedish police, who turned them over to the CIA. In what was reportedly the Bush administration's first rendition operation, Ahmed and his friend were sent to Egypt, where they were, interrogated, and mercilessly tortured.
According to NASA, there is just one year’s worth of water left in California. What is being done other than conservation? Brown, shockingly, says, “There are no solutions that are happening right now. We have had conservation and toilets that use less water, but I don’t see the government doing anything that will fix the problem right now. . . . The plan seems to be charge more for water, but that doesn’t fix the problem. I have read that officials have said we have no backup plan.” WHY ARE THE "ELITE" DESTROYING AMERICA?
Even though financial expert Catherine Austin Fitts thinks the chance of total collapse is “relatively small” she’s not discounting the chance of a major move this fall. Fitts contends, “I think this fall is going to be a major turning point. You see the SDR (Special Drawing Rights) system coming to a head. The U.S. budget is going to be a very difficult debate. You see the push to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the EU deal done. You have a lot of institutional relationships that needed to be restructured in the last couple of years. Those changes are all coming to a head, and so we are going to get a big shift. If you are managing a big bond fund, you got a big problem. . . . There is going to be a turn in the bond market or a plateau, and that’s going to be uncomfortable for those guys, and we are going to see some messy times.”
Anti-War video showing another side to the cost of war - the life you could have had.
Harvard Trained Immunologist Demolishes California Legislation That Terminates Vaccine Exemptions
by State of the Nation
Press Freedom Banned in Ukraine
by Stephen Lendman
Vladimir Putin’s Geopolitical Strategy For World Peace
by State of the Nation
Israel Aids Nepalese Victims, Blocks Gaza Reconstruction
by Stephen Lendman
Chances for Peace in Ukraine: Zero
by Stephen Lendman
More Evidence of Ukraine's Reign of Terror
by Stephen Lendman
US and Saudi Aggressors Want Yemeni Victims to Halt Conflict
by Stephen Lendman
Are the Baltimore riots being staged to distract the American people from the real cause of discontent?
by State of the Nation
Venezuela's Maduro in Moscow: Lunatics in Washington Want Him Ousted
by Stephen Lendman
2012 is not the End of the World, it’s 2023!
By Robert Singer
In this most powerful expose yet on Zionist crimes in Palestine, Dr. David Duke exposes the horrific Zionist terror in Gaza and proves how Zionist influenced media around the world lies to us! Not only must we free Palestine, we must free the West and the whole world from Zionist Globalist tyranny! Contact Your Senators and ask them to stop supporting the mass murder of Palestinian men, women, and children by Israel.
In what the New York Times describes as “a net neutrality turnaround” the Obama administration’s new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing rules that will create an Internet for the wealthy. The new plan to create a pay to play Internet came to light in the Wall Street Journal. Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Now Wheeler is set to propose what the industry has wanted, an end to net neutrality, that will allow them to charge us more for service and create financial barriers that will prevent new services from challenging their domination of the Internet. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants. If you want an open Internet, We can stop this – but we must act now.
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