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Stocks Worldwide Tumble as Credit Weakens Amid Signs of Distress

February 8th, 2016
Categories: World, Economic

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141341643

Signs of distress in financial markets accumulated amid deepening concern over the health of the global economy, with U.S. stocks sliding to a 22-month low as the cost of protecting against default by junk-rated companies soared to the highest level since 2012. Mining and banking stocks drove the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its lowest close since April 2014, even as energy producers erased losses

Maduro Calls Owner of Largest Food Company `Thief' and `Traitor'

February 8th, 2016
Categories: World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-04/maduro-calls-owner-of-largest-food-company-thief-and-traitor

President Nicolas Maduro called the owner of Venezuela’s largest privately-held company a “thief” and a “traitor” Thursday, blaming him for the country’s economic woes;. accused Lorenzo Mendoza, head of food giant Empresas Polar SA, of conspiring against his socialist government and meeting with his political opponents outside Venezuela’s borders. Polar’s billionaire owner this week has criticized the government’s stewardship of the economy and called on the Maduro administration to provide private businesses with much-needed foreign currency for imports.

MANDATORY MENTAL ILLNESS SCREENING AND THE DRIVE TO CONFISCATE FIREARMS

February 8th, 2016
Categories: Police State

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/mandatory-mental-illness-screening-and-the-drive-to-confiscate-firearms/

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans; wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening..Some mental health professionals think that those who believe in limited government, free-market economics, or traditional values suffer from mental disorders; could result in anyone with an unpopular political belief or lifestyle choice being labeled as “mentally ill.”

Golden Triangle: Iran, China, Russia to Drive the World Away From Dollar

February 8th, 2016
Categories: World, Economic, Politics, Iran

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160203/1034171547/iran-china-russia-dollar.html

Stated plan to route the Silk Road rail infrastructure to assist the mining of new gold for currency backing of the Eurasian member states, including now Iran with its significant own unexploited gold.,

Police fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting TTP in Peru

February 8th, 2016
Categories: World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/02/05/448790/Peru-Lima-protests-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-TTP

Police in Peru have fired tear gas at demonstrators protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), a controversial US-led free trade pact signed by 12 countries. Demonstrations were held in the capital Lima on Friday, with the protesters saying the pact threatens healthcare by potentially increasing the prices of medical drugs.

Mass Exodus — More Americans than Ever Before in History are Renouncing their Citizenship

February 8th, 2016
Categories: World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/mass-exodus-more-americans-than-ever-before-in-history-are-renouncing-their-citizenship.html

Since 2008, the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship has increased 18 fold, making 2015 the third record-breaking year in a row.. U.S. taxes its citizens on all income, no matter where it’s earned or where they live. For Americans living abroad, that results in a mountain of paperwork so complex that they are often forced to seek professional help, forking out high fees for accountants and lawyers.

Mega Sale: Russian Cutting-Edge Fighter Jets Going Global

February 8th, 2016
Categories: World, Economic

Link: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160208/1034423391/russian-fighter-jets.html

Russian fighter jets are taking on a large niche in the markets of many countries of the world. Egypt is set to buy around 50 MiG-29M / M2 which is a twin-engine jet fighter; delivery of the fighter jets to China will further improve its position in foreign markets. It is expected that the next buyer of the Russian Su-35 may be Indonesia.

Russia to become world’s largest wheat exporter in 2016

February 8th, 2016
Categories: World, Economic

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/331720-russia-grain-top-exporter/

Wheat exports from Russia are expected to set a new record this year, outpacing the biggest wheat exporters Canada and the US, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing the US Department of Agriculture.. Record harvests, a strong dollar and cheap oil are the factors which could shake up the multibillion-dollar global wheat market.

Top US general confirms Pentagon plans for permanent combat role in Afghanistan

February 8th, 2016
Categories: Afghanistan, War

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/08/afgh-f08.html

US military commanders are preparing to expand US operations in Afghanistan, including through the deployment of more US troops in a front-line combat role and stepped up air strikes, General John Campbell, the outgoing US commander in Afghanistan, told the Washington Post in an interview Friday.

Bernie Sanders Calls For Federal Criminal Investigation Into Rick Snyder For Poisoning Flint

February 7th, 2016
Categories: Environment, Politics, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.politicususa.com/2016/02/05/bernie-sanders-calls-for-federal-criminal-investigation-into-rick-snyder-for-poisoning-flint.html

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.

Thousands take part in anti-Islam Pegida protests across Europe - Video

February 7th, 2016
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/thousands-take-part-in-anti-islam-pegida-protests-across-europe-a6857911.html

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.

Monsanto Exposed as Source for White Phosphorus Used in Gaza Massacre

February 7th, 2016
Categories: Environment, Science, Health

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/monsanto-exposed-as-source-for-white-phosphorus-used-in-gaza-massacre.html

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,

What? Donald Trump says he can make waterboarding not a war crime by ‘declassifying it’

February 7th, 2016
Categories: Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/what-donald-trump-says-he-can-make-waterboarding-not-a-war-crime-by-declassifying-it/

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.

Zika virus: More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia are infected, President says

February 7th, 2016
Categories: World, Health

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141340072

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..

Chris Christie signs bill easing sale of municipal water systems to for-profits

February 7th, 2016
Categories: Economic, Politics

Link: http://govtslaves.info/chris-christie-signs-bill-easing-sale-of-municipal-water-systems-to-for-profits/

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.

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