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Detroit residents speak out on utility shutoffs

February 16th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/uti2-f16.shtml

Evelyn Walker, 53 is on disability and receives Social Security and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits. Her benefits are too low, however, to allow her to pay rent, food and utilities.The bill grew to over $4,000 when they shutme off, and I have a lot of disabilities.

Utility shutoffs soar amidst mass poverty in Michigan

February 16th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Health

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/uti1-f16.shtml

What is actually happening in Detroit—and spreading throughout the country—is a devastating growth of poverty, accompanied by a staggering number of households living without heat or light. . Nearly 400,000 households were disconnected from either their gas, electricity or both this year by the state’s largest energy providers. More than one million Michigan residents have been denied gas or electricity the last three years. People think they can’t cut off their utilities in winter. Not true.

Fisherman killed as Sri Lankan police fire on protest

February 16th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/sril-f16.shtml

One fisherman was killed yesterday, and three others were wounded, when police deployed by the Sri Lankan government fired at protesting fishermen at Chilaw-Wella in the country’s north-western province.Fishermen were protesting for the third day against fuel price increases of up to 50 percent announced by the government on Saturday as part of an International Monetary Fund-imposed austerity package.

Euro zone ministers tighten screws on Greece

February 16th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/euro-f16.shtml

The Greek government has accused “forces in Europe” of seeking to drive it out of the common currency, as leading euro zone countries issued further demands that must be met before bailout funds are released.Greek finance minister Evangelos Venizelos said the terms of the €130 billion bailout were being continually changed because key countries wanted Greece out of the euro zone. “There are many in the euro zone who don’t want us anymore,” he said during a meeting with President Karolos Papoulias. “We are constantly being given new terms and conditions.”

How an Attractive, Undercover Cop Posed as a Student -- Then Entrapped a Smitten Teen to "Sell" Her Marijuana

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/154164/how_an_attractive%2C_undercover_cop_posed_as_a_student_--_then_entrapped_a_smitten_teen_to_%22sell%22_her_marijuana/

After spending weeks sharing stories about his life, texting and flirting, one 18-year-old honor student fell in love with the cop who busted him. Working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last twelve years I have read and heard countless stories of people having their lives ruined because of our country's cruel war on drugs. Last weekend, the nationally syndicated show This American Life highlighted a story that is so insane, you don't know whether to laugh or puke.

Iran to stop oil exports to six EU countries causing prices to rise

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Economic, Politics, Iran

The price of a barrel of Brent crude jumped by $1.76 to $119 after Iran decided to halt sales to the biggest European customers. Last year, the EU bought almost 600,000 barrels of Iranian crude every day, 24 per cent of the country's oil exports, the majority going to Greece, Italy and Spain. sales to those three countries had been "cut", along with France, Portugal and the Netherland.Greece, Italy and Spain will have to scramble for an alternative source of supplies. This could have serious consequences, for the Greek economy. any alternative supplies will probably be more costly.

Iran 'must be stopped' says Israel

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Iran

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-must-be-stopped-says-israel-6939011.html

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Iran is destabilising the world and its aggression must be stopped.In parliament Mr Netanyahu reiterated Israel's claims Iran was behind explosions that targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia.He said, "If this aggression isn't halted, ultimately it will spread to many other countries." Israel has accused Iran of waging a campaign of terror The arrest of two Iranians "again leaves not too much room to assume who was behind it".

Insider Warns Family Of EMP Strike On U.S. This Year

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, World, War, Science

Link: http://www.zengardner.com/disasters/insider-warns-family-of-emp-strike-on-u-s-this-year/

An electromagnetic pulse EMP is a burst of electromagnetic radiation. .China’s military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict over Taiwan.EMP weapons mimic the gamma-ray pulse caused by a nuclear blast that knocks out all electronics, including computers and automobiles, over wide areas.

TSA says woman has ‘cute figure,’ asks for three body scans - Video

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Videos.php/2012/02/16/female-passengers-say-they-re-being-targ

The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) is coming under fire for allegedly doing “peep show” naked body scans of women who agents think are attractive.Ellen Terrell told CBS 11 in Dallas that agents at DFW International Airport asked her to go through the invasive scanner three times because “[t]hey wanted a nice good look.”

NYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ searches increased over 600 percent under BloombergNYPD’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ searches increased over 600 percent under Bloomberg

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/tag/bloomberg-the-new-york-civil-liberties-union/

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) revealed Tuesday the New York Police Department (NYPD) stopped and interrogated more people under Mayor Bloomberg in 2011 than ever before, with minorities being a regular target.The NYPD detained 684,330 people under a stop-and-frisk procedure, a 600 percent increase from Bloomberg’s first year in office. At least nine out of 10 people stopped were innocent, with 87 percent of them either black or Latino.“These numbers make clear that illegal stops-and-frisks have become an epidemic in New York City,”

European Union, U.S. sign organic food deal

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/15/european-union-u-s-sign-organic-food-deal/

NUREMBERG, Germany — Food products classified as organic in the European Union or the United States can be sold as such in either region after a deal struck on Wednesday between the two major trading blocs.Before the deal, which comes into effect in June this year, companies producing organic food had to conform to two different sets of standards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Is Western Democracy Real or a Facade?

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2012/02/16/is-western-democracy-real-or-a-facade

The United States and its NATO puppets have been killing Muslims for a decade in the name of democracy. But is the West itself a democracy? President George W. Bush was put in office by the Supreme Court. A number of other elections have been decided by electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail. Elected officials represent the special interests not the voters. The bailout of the banks and Washington’s failure to indict any banksters for fraud are evidence that the US government represents money not the voters.

Print Leaflet Feedback Share » West Virginia targets Medicaid for “fundamental adjustments”

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/wvir-f15.shtml

The Democratic administration of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is preparing budget cuts to programs upon which hundreds of thousands of West Virginians depend. The administration has in particular singled out Medicaid. The state’s health care program provides medical care for 415,000 poor, elderly, and disabled West Virginians, one in four residents.

Tens of thousands in Germany protest against ACTA’s attack on the Internet

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/acta-f15.shtml

Last Saturday, thousands took to the streets in about 60 German cities to protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which threatens freedom of expression on the Internet. The largest protests were held in Munich and Berlin. There were protests in Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Leipzig and Hanover. Protests were held worldwide in 150 countries.

Print Leaflet Feedback Share » The looting of the Greek working class

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, World, Economic

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/pers-f10.shtml

Austerity measures have led to unparalleled social decline. One in five adults and one in two young people in Greece are unemployed. Homelessness, which was hardly known in Athens before the crisis, has become widespread. Tens of thousands of small businesses have gone bankrupt due to tax increases.
Wealthy elite are hardly affected by the austerity measures, they have deposited €560 billion in foreign accounts, a sum nearly twice as large as Greece’s entire national debt.

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