First of all, in terms of popularity worldwide, the U.S. is a mixed picture. A Gallup International poll of 65 countries, issued on 30 December 2013, found that:
“The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%) and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat.”
(Some of the reasons why America is considered, by people throughout the world, to be the biggest threat to peace, will be documented below.)
The motivation behind U.S. President Barack Obama’s trans-Pacific trade-deal TPP, and his trans-Atlantic trade-deal TTIP — the motivation behind both of these enormous international trade-deals — is the same, and Democratic U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are correct: it is not at all progressive. It is instead to transfer political power away from the public in a democracy, and for that power to go instead to the international aristocracy (i.e., to go as far away from any national democracy as is even possible to go). This is to be done by switching the most fundamental thing of all: the global power-base itself. Instead of that power-base being democratic votes of the national publics, who elect their political representatives who determine the laws and regulations, that national democratic political system becomes instead the exact opposite: the global aristocratic stockholder votes of the international aristocracy who elect the corporate directors of international companies, who will, in their turn, then be selecting the members to the international-trade-panels which, in TPP and TTIP, will, in their turn, be determining the rules and enforcements regarding especially workers’ rights, product-safety, and the environment.
by Stephen Lendman
On Wednesday, things in Yemen changed but stayed the same. Saudi rhetoric belies its policy.
It announced Operation Restoring Hope replacing Decisive Storm. US-planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror bombing offered Yemenis none. Nor does continued US-ordered war.
Washington's policy remains hardline. It's unchanged. It includes:
by Stephen Lendman
Conditions were dire before Saudi terror-bombing began. Yemen is the region's poorest country.
Half the population is food insecure in normal times. Yemenis lack other essentials to life.
Political stability is impossible without addressing humanitarian issues responsibly.
Before Saudi aggression began, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said over 10 million Yemenis need food aid.
Half of them face acute food shortages. Millions of children face malnutrition. Tens of thousands may die.
Over a third of a million Yemenis were displaced before Saudi-led terror-bombing began.
On the one hand, Andrei Illarionov of the Koch Brothers’ libertarian Cato Institute says that the first among "the crimes that have been committed or are being committed by the Kremlin — stealing Crimea” can be rectified only by rejecting "Russia’s aggression in Crimea,” which means to replace the current Russian government by "a free democratic state with the rule of law”: i.e., overthrowing it in order to establish that very thing, "a free democratic state with the rule of law.” He says that, "The issue of Crimea’s jurisdiction is within the competence of only one subject of international law — the owner of that territory, namely Ukraine. Only this subject, and no one else, has necessary legal rights to change this territory’s jurisdiction.” And, since Ukraine did not sell Crimea to Russia, Russia “stole” it from Ukraine. He sees the issue of Crimea as being not an issue of people, but of land: the land-area of Crimea, which Russia “stole” from Ukraine — that Russia stole the land and everything in it and under it and on it, including its residents.
Record $2.5 billion settlement paid by Deutsche Bank to U.S. and U.K. authorities for its rate-rigging role in the massive LIBOR scandal, some noted that the fine—while large—suggests that some institutions are still considered "too big to jail."
400 medical professors threatening to boycott its publications unless Reed Elsevier, publishers of The Lancet, by company sacks editor Richard Horton – or as they phrase it,“enforce appropriate ethical standards of editorship”. Committed the sin of reporting on the medical implications for Palestinians of Israel’s occupation, especially its attack on Gaza last summer.
China hopes that the new Silk Road will boost political ties from the Pacific to the Baltic Sea and cut barriers to trade and investment.
Russia is interested in developing Chinese investment and cooperation, according to Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. Cooperation has been recently growing, as Western markets are now closed for Russia.
Following the wave of corporations responding to consumer activism like never before, Pepsi has announced that it will be removing the artificial sweetener aspartame from its Diet Pepsi product.
Great Wall of Ukraine planned combination of barbed-wire fences, watchtowers, berms, and tank traps along Ukraine’s 1,300-mile border with Russia look like Israel’s borders, will seal a frontier that, until last year, had always been open. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk “This will be the eastern border of Europe.
Israel Defense Forces shot retaliatory Rocket at northern Gaza after a shell was reportedly fired from there at Israeli Sderot area late on Thursday, for the first time since the beginning of the year, the local media said, no one was hurt.
According to motorists, police moved into the middle of the street during the worst traffic jam in years and began a ticket writing assembly line that made them over $18,000. In total, 65 drivers were given tickets that amounted to $290 a piece.
Illinois House Bill 4011 and Senate Bill 1761 contain a provision that requires state pension funds to “create blacklists of companies that boycott Israel because of its human rights violations, and mandates that they withdraw their investments from these companies.
McDonald’ Profits are crumbling, sales are shrinking around the world. to close at least 900 of its restaurants worldwide. Consumers are defecting for healthier options. First-quarter profits tumbled by nearly $400 million. Vows a turnaround plan.
US Senate and House of Representatives have begun action on legislation to grant President Obama Trade Promotion Authority, also known as “fast-track” authority, which would enable the US government to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement with 11 other countries in Asia and the Americas.
Hillary Clinton recently announced she will be appointing long-time Monsanto lobbyist Jerry Crawford as adviser to her “Ready for Hillary” super PAC. Crawford has worked with Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, also put his support behind Republican candidates.
Greek financial institutions, Piraeus Bank will write off credit cards and retail loans up to 20,000 euros ($21,484) for Greeks who qualify for help under a law the leftist government passed to provide relief to poverty-stricken borrowers.
Russia plans to invest $2 billion in Argentinian nuclear power plants, and Russia's Gazprom has signed a deal to explore oil and gas fields in Argentina, a project worth another $1 billion. “Gazprom is preparing to develop the Argentine gas industry.
Wednesday, hundreds of janitors, cooks, food service employees, and labor rights activists marched in the streets of Washington, D.C. demanding a wage of $15 an hour for thousands of people employed full time at the U.S. Capitol, who earn too little to pay for basic expenses like housing or food.
As President Obama continues to push the TPP trade deal, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has accused the White House of lying about the proposal’s finer points, citing sources who said "if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it."
Vermont became the first state to become GMO-labeled. GMO labeling rulewill become effective July 1, 2016. Attorney General Bill Sorrell: GMO labeling law gives ample time to food manufacturers to change their products or lose an entire state’s business.
RIO DE JANEIRO – A vice president of construction company Camargo Correa told Brazilian prosecutors that he paid $36 million in bribes to officials of state-controlled oil company Petrobras, the press reported, citing a document prepared by prosecutors.
The European Commission proposed a new law which would allow individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified (GM) crops – even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The US says the move is "not constructive." Plan would "grant member states a greater say as regards the use of EU-authorized GMOs in food and feed on their respective territories."
Russian President Vladimir Putin will have talks with Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in the Kremlin Thursday. include agreements of military cooperation, environment protection; industry, agriculture, culture, space research, investment, energy-related issues and banking.
According to a Wednesday report by the Daily Mail, late Saudi King Abdullah's nephew Billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal one of the richest men in the world pledged to reward each of the 100 pilots a free Bentley, a British luxury automobile.
Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. Researchers warned Nature2 genetic changes to embryos, could have unpredictable effect on future generations, expressed concerns gene-editing research on human embryos could be a slippery slope towards unsafe or unethical uses of the technique.
7 million turkeys and chickens killed, result of bird flu outbreak in the United States, spread to states of Minnesota, Iowa, California, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Scientists mystified why it is moving so rapidly, has potential to kill entire flock of chickens or turkeys in 48 hours.
A Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes in Yemen on Wednesday despite the Saudis’ announcement a day earlier that they would curtail a month-long military campaign against Shiite rebels that has triggered widening disorder.
Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine) named Monsanto Company to its 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2015. This is the sixth time Monsanto has been included in the magazine’s ranking of top corporate responsibility performance of major U.S. companies.
Aymeric Chauprade, French politician and a member of the European Parliament, said that France does not want Ukraine to enter NATO. Chauprade stressed that the party understood the importance of France maintaining a strong relationship with Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Washington’s strategy is to sow discord throughout the world to keep itself in the loop in every region, the US don’t want important regions of the world live and prosper without them. That is why it is important for them to keep people dependent of them.
Marissa Holcomb, who is five months pregnant, said a masked man waving a gun burst into Popeyes during her shift March 31 ,she was unable to open the safe but was able to give the gunman nearly $400 from the cash registers. Holcomb said one of her managers gave her a choice after the robbery: Repay the money she handed over to the gunman or lose her job.
General Gerasimov, Russia’s Chief of the General Staff: “The deployment of US global anti-missile defence systems is seen by us as an additional step by the United States and its allies to destroy the current system of international security in its striving for world domination.”Washington no longer takes into account interests of other countries in its policy.
Class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County, California against the Monsanto corporation. The suit alleges that Monsanto is guilty of false advertising by claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, targets an enzyme only found in plants and not in humans or animals.
McDonald’s Japan will axe 131 stores, revamp its menu and refurbish 500 stores this year as it tries to reduce a projected US $319 million loss. Company says in the year ahead it will implement a Business Revitalization Plan aimed to “bring new customer focused initiatives, speeding up restaurant revitalisation, localising its business structure and improving cost and resource effciency.
Department of Justice and FBI have formally admitted that the majority of FBI forensic hair analysts provided flawed testimony and false evidence against criminal defendants for nearly three decades. With the advent of DNA testing, the FBI has discovered their own forensic examiners gave erroneous testimony in more than 95% of cases that have been reviewed.
Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday.
The European Union has announced readiness to give Ukraine an extra €250 million (USD 267 million), raising the total amount of loans provided to the country to USD 1.72 billion, part of deal known as the Association Agreement signed last year between Brussels and Kiev, a deal which Russia strongly opposed.
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, along with 14 other defendants, was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in maximum security prison and five years of parole over the killing of demonstrators outside his palace in 2012.
Gazprom’s Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller: Russian-European consortium will be able to raise the required funds to construct the gas pipeline, guarantees up to 47 bln cubic meters of natural gas will be supplied by transit over the territory of Greece after construction of the gas pipeline downstream of the Greek-Turkish border.
Russia's Ministry of Defense is preparing to roll out cutting-edge robots and drones for both military and civilian use during an upcoming exhibition in the Moscow Region. A variety of unmanned vehicles, capable of operating in any environment, will be up for display this June at the "Army-2015" exhibition. Some are already seeing wide use, both military and civilian.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the Saudi Arabian National Guard, widely regarded as the kingdom's best equipped military ground force, to take part in Riyadh's campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen. "Military operations in the campaign have so far been carried out by the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Royal Saudi Land Forces.
Detroit, MI– Officer Joseph Weekley had not been on the force since 2010 when he shot a sleeping child in the head during a botched raid executed on the wrong home has been reinstated to the force. The raid was being filmed for an episode of The First 48, and many believe the excessive tactics used were employed simply to create drama and excitement for the camera.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Russia is an aggressive state seeking to invade Europe and 'destabilize the planet', and simultaneously a weak country with a slew of unsolvable problems, adding that "we are all in danger; his country is now "protecting the borders of the European Union from Russian invasion."
NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, while the drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate. This is a direct threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops being raised in California.
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski says the defense minister will travel to the U.S. in May to negotiate cooperation on a state-of-the-art missile defense system that Poland wants to build, accelerating efforts to upgrade its defense systems and armed forces.
As of March, Chase began restricting the use of cash in selected markets, including Greater Cleveland. The new policy restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans, prohibits the storage of cash in its safe deposit boxes.
Neil Young will be taking a stand against Monsanto in his latest album release, The Monsanto Years. Track titles include “Seeds,” “Too Big to Fail,” “Monsanto Years,” and “Rock Starbucks. in ”2014 Young called for a boycott of Starbucks for their attempts to squash GMO labeling in Vermont.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have turned down a request from former US President Jimmy Carter to meet during his upcoming visit to the occupied Palestinian territories because of Carter’s 'anti-Israel' stance.
Venezuela proposing that it blend its heavy crude with light oil from other OPEC countries to create a consistent new grade that could compete against increasing US and Canadian supplies; Eulogio del Pino, head of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.
Ecuador considering legislation that would decriminalize the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine."Treating the drug phenomenon in a repressive way, as was done in the 1980s and 1990s when prison was the only destination for the drug consumer, is absurd": Carlos Velasco, Ecuadorean congress’ Commission of the Right to Health.
Due to massive government subsidies given to farmers to grow genetically engineered crops in the past, U.S. food manufacturers and farmers are now being caught blindsided by the sweeping demand for non-gmo and organic crops. In a twist of irony, this is driving a massive increase of organic crop imports from nations that are largely free of bioengineering.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier to the Yemeni coast to join a growing fleet of ships keeping watch on an Iranian flotilla that defense officials suspect may be carrying arms for Houthi fighters in Yemen.
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.
While the International Criminal Court investigates and sentences African dictators, any of the crimes the US commits like the invasion of Iraq, which has destabilized an entire region, go unpunished, philosopher Noam Chomsky tells RT
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Gilad writes on political matters, social issues, Jewish identity and culture. His papers are published on very many press outlets around the world. Gilad is a popular political analyst and is often guesting on Television and Radio stations around the world such as RT, Press TV, BBC and many more. Atzmon's novels 'Guide to the Perplexed' and 'My One and Only Love' have been translated into 24 languages. Gilad's latest book, The Wandering Who?, is a study of Jewish Identity politics. It was published in English in October 2011 and has since been translated into ten languages and has been a best seller. Gilad's web site: http://www.gilad.co.uk/
Californians Outraged As Oil Producers & Frackers Excluded From Emergency Water Restrictions
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Poroshenko: Declaring Peace, Waging War
by Stephen Lendman
War with Russia Now Much Likelier: Ukraine’s Leading Nazi Gets American Weapons & Support
Israel Uses Lethal Force Against Palestinian Children
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OPERATION INDIGO SKYFOLD: The Most Secret Covert Black Operation In World History
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Jewish Billionaire Finances Ukraine’s Aydar SS Nazi Troops
Washington Wants Its Big Lying Machine Revved Up
by Stephen Lendman
Kiev's Ongoing Dirty War on Donbass
by Stephen Lendman
How America Became an Oligarchy
by Ellen Brown
Germany’s Merkel Now Comes Out as Basically a U.S. Agent
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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