The stock market dive Friday that brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average to near 16,000 and the Nasdaq to below 4,000 might reflect an accelerated move by Russia away from the petrodollar in retaliation for the Obama administration’s threatened economic sanctions over Crimea.
Following two separate rulings to ban GMO, Monsanto made an official request for the removal of Judge Jaime Manuel Marroquin Zaleta. The country is currently resisting Monsanto’s attempt to grow GM maize in one of its most important crop zone.
Announcement follows seizure of government buildings by pro-Russian protesters in the city of Slavyansk in southern Donetsk. Ukraine's Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov: incident an example of “external aggression”, Kiev taking extra security measures to deal with the crisis.
Thousands of French demonstrated in Paris against austerity measures introduced by government. Demonstrators holding signs reading “no to austerity, ”said Hollande not different from predecessor Sarkozy. Hollande struggles to revive French economy by cutting business taxes.
Thousands of pro-federalization activists have rallied in cities across Eastern Ukraine, calling for greater sovereignty of their region from Kiev. Activists have formed militias that helped anti-Maidan protesters seize several government buildings.
At least 80 people – both police and protesters – have been injured as street battles broke out in Rome, with rocks being flung and police deploying pepper spray. Thousands took to the street to march against austerity measures.
Maryland to become the 17th state to decriminalize marijuana. Reduce penalties for possession of 10 grams of pot from a misdemeanor criminal offense (where it currently stands) to an infraction carrying only a $100 civil fine. Formerly classified as a crime now classified as an infraction.
The newly-appointed head of Ukraine’s national gas company says the country “sees no reason” to comply with the “political” hike in gas prices imposed by Russia, and will formally stop transferring money to Moscow until the situation is resolved.
President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders on Thursday Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe. He demanded urgent talks with Europe on pulling Ukraine's economy out of crisis.
Aspartame may be disguised as a new name in your favorite foods – aminosweet. Made using genetically modified bacteria, has been shown to cause harm to human health, may cause blindness, cancer, and brain tumors.
President Vladimir Putin: Russia does not recognise legitimacy of authorities in Kiev but continues to provide economic support and subsidise Ukrainian economy, cannot continue endlessly, need to act very carefully in order not to destroy what little is left." Efforts to ease tensions.
Geopolitical unrest prompted investors to buy oil and gold which rose overnight. Gold climbed to highest price in almost two weeks, crude oil also rose. Russia’s Bank Rossiya to work exclusively with the national currency, cease foreign currency operations in response to U.S. sanctions.
Russia oil-for-goods deal to buy 500,000 barrels Iranian oil per day, which Washington says will violate the terms of Iran’s interim nuclear agreement. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatens more ‘sanctions.’ Iran’s response: refuses to ‘wait for America’s permission’ to increase its oil exports.
Action disrupted trains, ferries, public services. Hospitals on skeleton staff, pharmacies to close for the day. Teachers, prison staff, court employees also participating in strike. Labor unions seek end to policies imposed by government to secure international bailout loans. Major anti-austerity rallies
Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. legislation tells Government Printing Office “may not print any map, document, record, or other paper indicating Crimea as part of the territory of the Russian Federation. Ban investment in Crimea that involves any Russian official, government agency or private-sector institution.
"Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas aimed at overriding bills in two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such. Bill prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering.
Ministry of Defense in the Kremlin advising all Ministries to “prepare for doomsday,” fears about the Western worlds response to expected collapse of global banking system later this month Edward Snowden documents revealed is “staged event” Obama secretly planning.
Venezuela President Nicolas Madura: exclusive interview with The Guardian; United States fomenting 'slow motion coup' in his country, ultimate goal of overthrowing his democratically elected government to gain more profitable access to its vast oil resources. Claims street protests fueled by U.S.
Global oil prices have surged over renewed tensions and a fresh wave of mass protests in Ukraine, rise came after pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in eastern city of Donetsk. Pro-Russian rallies have also been held in cities of Kharkiv and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.
Obama administration requesting another $774 million for Obamacare “outreach” and advertising in the 2015 budget. on top of $684 million they this year and $52 million on ads with athletes and celebrities. total over $1.5 billion. Obama: “We didn’t make a hard sell.
Americans have recently been hit with some of the largest premium increases in yeas, largely due to changes under the Affordable Care Act, average rate at which premiums are growing fourfold. Over three months, the rate doubled.
Ukraine's PM Yatsenyuk: country should prepare for Russia switching off natural-gas supplies. Russia raised the cost of gas to Ukraine to $485.50 from $268.50 for 1,000 cubic meters. Moscow: price change due to Kiev's failure to pay bills. "Political pressure is unacceptable,economic aggression.
A court in France fined a Burgundy winemaker €500 after he refused to use pesticides on his vines
Emmanuel Giboulot was taken to court by agriculture ministry for not regularly treat vines against a leaf-hopping insect that causes disease. Had faced jail for six months and a €30, 000 penalty.
Obamacare, cuts Medicare funding by some $500 billion through reduced compensation to doctors and hospitals, $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage, Affordable Care Act a handout to insurance companies, attack on social programs, pretext for companies to drop health insurance coverage.
Two weeks since former JPMorgan banker, Kenneth Bellando jumped to his death, former CEO of Dutch Bank ABN Amro (and his wife and daughter) were found dead at their home after possible “family tragedy”. Police declined comment on cirumstances. Suicide till proven otherwise
Rep. Mike Pompeo will introduce legislation in US House before Congress leaves for Easter recess, backed by powerful trade groups to prevent states passing laws requiring labeling of genetically-modified foods. Bill linked to Monsanto and Koch Industries. War against“right to know” labeling.
California Senate Health Committee passed SB 1381 this past week which would require the labeling of all genetically engineered foods. Second attempt to pass GMO labeling legislation, will now move on to either the Senate Judiciary or Agriculture Committee, to be determined by the Rules Committee
March jobs report claims 192,000 new private sector jobs. “The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) deliberately publishes its seasonally-adjusted historical payroll-employment and household-survey (unemployment) data so that the numbers are neither consistent nor comparable with current headline reporting.
Lower House MPs urging Russian oil gas producers and traders to stop using US dollar. Say this shares profits with USA, makes Russia vulnerable to western sanctions. Make contracts in rubles or other currencies. The dollar is evil dirty green paper stained with blood of hundreds of thousands.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on Wednesday said his country is willing to hold high-level talks with Russia to normalize bilateral ties. Foreign ministers should meet as soon as possible, Kiev expects some concessions from Moscow to boost relations.
Press TV: United States is likely to experience a financial “doomsday” as a result of its imposition of sanctions on Russia. Russia supplies one third of Europe’s gas, may stop accepting US dollars for its energy reserves. Possibility of euro and dollar depreciation, would, trigger “unrest in global markets.”
President Obama said his fellow Democrats should "be proud" of their efforts to pass Obamacare. That would include its effects of canceling plans, cutting workers' hours, raising premiums and losing doctors.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged to intensify austerity measures against the working class, implement Responsibility Pact. Package of social cuts. €50 billion in spending cuts, €20 billion corporate tax breaks, €10 billion in cuts to employers’ contributions to family benefits.
Putin ordered “Project Double Eagle,” will cause all global energy supplies to be purchased in gold, ends US Dollar as global reverse currency collapsing U. S.and E. U. economies. E U warned it will cost them $215 billion to stop Russian gas imports. Russian gold holdings raised to over 12,500 tonnes.
Iran, Russia progress towards oil-for-goods deal worth $20 billion. Oil exchanged for industrial goods, metals, food, no military equipment. Enable Tehran to boost exports in defiance of sanctions. White House: deal raises "serious concerns" inconsistent with nuclear talks between world powers, Iran.
"Monetary Blockade Of Russia Begins: JPMorgan Blocks Russian Money Transfer "Under Pretext" Of Sanctions." Russian foreign ministry: JPM decision absolutely unacceptable, illegal and absurd. Russian threat to retaliate over JPMorgan block.
Swiss government: Russian officials sanctioned by the European Union will be barred from new business interests in Switzerland but billionaires included on the United States sanctions list face no restrictions. Switzerland decided last week against imposing its own sanctions.
North Carolina Department of Transportation board members will hear a presentation Wednesday on a proposal to tax people based on the number of miles they drive. The proposal would be to charge .5-cents-per-mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue.
Ukraine’s coup regime approved IMF austerity plan, hits Ukraine’s “99 percent” hardest slashing subsidies for heat, gutting pensions and devaluing the currency to make everyday goods more expensive. Asks little from the country’s “1 percent.
An award-winning teacher from Tennessee alleges she was forced to resign from her post at Red Bank High School after taking a student to the emergency room and paying the charges. Stacey Stewart, assistant superintendent of human resources for the district: It’s a liability issue.
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