Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for a federal criminal investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder and his administration after it was revealed that the Snyder administration knew of a potential link between a Legionnaires' disease outbreak and the water in Flint, Michigan.
Protesters from the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) marched in cities across Europe today. Nationalist groups in Europe have been galvanized by the unprecedented influx of refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East last year. Some marchers held signs saying 'Trump is right', referring to the US presidential candidate's anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Their genetically modified (GM) crops have not increased yields, despite claims to the contraryt they have : 1) encouraged monoculture, industrialized farming, 2) smothered out the sustainable, non-GM farmer, 3) waylaid beneficial insect populations and aquatic habitats with Bt toxins, 4) caused the emergence of several superweeds, 5) increased the use of chemical herbicides, notably Roundup, and 6) undertaken a giant human heath experiment with GM foods. Monsanto supplied U.S. government with Agent Orange used to decimate vast swaths of tropical rainforest; white phosphorus (WP) for incendiary weapons, some of this white phosphorus was used in Israel’s invasion of Gaza in 2008,
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that he could legalize waterboarding — and even harsher forms of torture — simply by declassifying the tactics. Trump’s plan to bring back interrogations techniques that were “worse than waterboarding.
More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, according to President Juan Manuel Santos, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. In Colombia, there are so far no recorded cases of Zika-linked microcephaly, which prevents fetus' brains from developing properly, but there are 25,645 people infected with the disease, Mr Santos said..
Governor Christie signed a controversial bill Thursday that will make it easier for towns to sell their aging drinking water systems to for-profit companies by eliminating a public vote on such sales.
The extension of the anti-Russian sanctions was a mistake, Horst Seehofer, the prime minister of the German federal land of Bavaria, said on Thursday. "We need to take into account the current situation, we cannot lift the sanctions immediately," he told reporters. "We should seek the cancellation of sanctions by political means.""We should continue dialogue,""Many problems, including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, cannot be resolved without Russia."
China’s purchase of 24 new Russian Su-35 aircraft is essential for Beijing. The Chinese Air Force will not only get new jets that could affect the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait, but may also allow the Chinese military to assess the progress and development of J-11.. The purchase of 24 in the amount of about $2 billion is the second largest transaction between the Russian and Chinese militaries.
Germany's wealthiest federal state is interested in strengthening economic ties with Russia, according to Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer at a meeting with President Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Seehofer said his visit concentrated primarily on improving the economic interests of local businesses in his state. The Bavarian leader stressed that it was his duty to represent interests of the region, as 20 percent of Russian-German trade is with Bavaria..
In accordance with the perverse logic that governs the stock market, where bad news for the real economy is regarded as good news for financial speculation, Wall Street’s Dow Jones index fell by more than 200 points on Friday on the back of the US jobs report showed job growth of 151,000.
Maryland is the only state in the country that taxes the amount of rain that falls. HB 987 or the Stormwater Management-Watershed and Restoration Program, the “rain tax” – passed by the state legislature and signed into law on May 2, 2012 – was in response to a 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate aimed towards reducing the pollution levels in the Chesapeake Bay. This tax is an annual fee on impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, garages, any other surface that could create drainage problems and water contamination situated on property owned by an individual or a business
The Saudi Arabian monarchy Thursday declared it is prepared to send ground troops into Syria under the pretext of prosecuting the US-declared war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The stepped-up military operations in and around Aleppo have sent a stream of refugees heading toward the Turkish border, less than 40 miles to the north. Moscow has charged that Turkey in active preparations for invasion of Syria. Saudi monarchy and Turkey recently set up a military coordination body. dramatically increase danger of Syrian conflict spiraling out of control into a full-scale regional war, pitting Saudi Arabia and Turkey against Iran.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden: United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. Turkey has begun preparations for an invasion of Syria, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Saudi Arabia said it was prepared to send its ground forces into Syria.. The entry of the United States and its allies risk confrontation between the two largest nuclear powers on earth.
NYPD’s enforcement of a little-known law allows the department to kick people out of their apartments without charging them with a crime or even arresting them. The process, known as nuisance abatement, is used almost exclusively against people of color: police can take civil action to shut down the use of places they believe are being used to commit crimes, using as little as affidavits from anonymous confidential informants as evidence...
The fighting looks set to create a new wave of refugees bound first for Turkey and ultimately for a beleaguered Western Europe. “Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, massing at the Bab al-Salam border crossing.”
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