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French presidential address: A call for austerity and militarism

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/15/fren-j15.html

French President François Hollande gave three-hour press conference yesterday at Elysée presidential palace, trying to halt slide in support for his Socialist Party (PS) government. Trying to rally support in the ruling class, pledging draconian social cuts justified with militarist,anti-immigrant rhetoric.

George Osborne lays down ultimatum: reform EU or Britain quit

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/

Warning to Britain’s European partners that the UK will leave the EU unless it embarks on whole-scale economic and political reform. 95 MPs signed a letter calling for the dismantling of the core principles of the EU. Simple choice for Europe: reform or decline.

Britain to assume all UK debt to stave off fear of Scottish independence default

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/

British government has pledged that it will assume all U.K. government debt in the event Scotland votes for independence. U.K. government will honour the contractual terms of the debt if Scotland votes to break away in a Sept. 18 referendum. And independent Scotland would still need to pay its “fair share.

Milwaukee voucher school disappears after getting $2 million in taxpayer money

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014698167

A voucher-funded Milwaukee school that had gotten more than $2 million in taxpayer money disappeared “in the dead of the night” last month. LifeSkills Academy had already received over $200,000 as a part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program this year before vacating the premises around Dec. 12.

Britons suffer highest food prices in Western Europe

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345812/britons-suffer-eus-highest-food-prices/

In terms of people’s affordability to eat, UK is the worst place in Western Europe, Britain is the world’s sixth richest country, yet British people are increasingly relying on food banks because of the coalition government’s austerity policies. Energy prices are higher too in relation to income.

Israel, Pentagon 'big winners' in US spending bill

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345768/israel-pentagon-winners-in-us-bill/

Spending bill authorizes $173 million in added funding for Israel’s missile systems, including nearly $34 million to improve the Arrow weapon system and $117.2 million for development of the David's Sling short-range ballistic missile system and $22 million for an upper-tier interceptor.

Gold, liquor, and houses: new details emerge of disgraced general Gu Junshan's graft loot

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1406027/new-details-emerge-disgraced-general-gu-junshans-graft-loot

It took 20 paramilitary officers two nights to seize possessions enough to fill four trucks from one of the ancestral home of a disgraced deputy military logistics chief, as new details emerged about investigation, biggest People’s Liberation Army graft case in recent years. Pure gold statue, gold wash basin.

Single cinder block was used to contain toxic chemical prior to mass W. Virginia spill

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Science, Health

Link: http://rt.com/usa/west-virginia-chemical-emergency-606/

State inspectors found company involved in major chemical spill in West Virginia set up a simple cinder block, one 50-pound bag of safety absorbent powder. State, local officials: Freedom Industries' containment dike full of cracks, holes. State, local planners did not have emergency-response plan

Wisconsin Republicans propose 7-day work week at behest of business lobby

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/14/wisconsin-republicans-propose-7-day-work-week-at-behest-of-business-lobby/

Republican legislators in Wisconsin are circulating a draft of a bill on behalf of the state’s largest anti-union business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce would allow 7-day work week for state’s workers. Opponents say employers would use law to erase weekends force employees to work longer.

Chile: special forces storm San Antonio port to break strike

January 14th, 2014
Categories: World, War, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Chile%3A_special_forces_storm_San_Antonio_port_to_break_strike/32014/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Response to strikes that began on Jan. 3 which have paralyzed trade from the major port, particularly for the fruit industry. “A night of repression from the police special forces was experienced. People from STI don’t want to go to work but they are forced to, This is war. There is nothing else to do.

North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires A Tax Cut, Raised Taxes On The Poorest 900,000 Working Families

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/01/14/3161521/north-carolinas-eitc-tax-hike-poor/

Poorest working families in North Carolina just got another tax hike A person who earns a million dollars per year will get a roughly $10,000 tax cut, bottom 80 percent of the income distribution will see their taxes rise. Four out of five taxpayers in the state were going to pay more next year.

Russia, Hungary sign agreement on construction of two units at Paks Nuclear Power Plant

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_14/Russia-Hungary-sign-agreement-on-construction-of-two-units-at-Paks-Nuclear-Power-Plant-3623/

An agreement on cooperation in utilizing nuclear power for civilian purposes signed following negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian President Viktor Orban on Tuesday envisions the building of two new power-generating units at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant.

Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/news/supreme-court-hands-monsanto-victory-over-farmers-gmo-seed-patents-ability-sue

US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.

Protests continue over UK fracking decision -Video

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Science, Health

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/video/tom-sullivan/protests-continue-over-uk-fracking-decision

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced financial incentives for shale gas extraction, controversial energy source known as 'fracking'. Local authorities now be allowed to keep one hundred percent of their local tax on fracking sites, twice as much as for other businesses. Caused an uproar.

UK: Grieving families face £1,000 ‘death tax’ as councils cash in on burials

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/UK%3A_Grieving_families_face_%C2%A31%2C000_%E2%80%98death_tax%E2%80%99_as_councils_cash_in_on_burials/32001/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Councils have been accused of imposing a ‘death tax’ on bereaved families by drastically increasing burial and cremation charges to balance their books. The higher fees are hitting people when they are at their most vulnerable, according to undertakers.

Man charged with attempting to smuggle F-35 blueprints to Iran

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Economic, Politics, Science, Iran

Link: http://rt.com/usa/f35-data-arrest-iran-555/

Man charged with attempting to send technical data of F-35 joint strike fighter to Iran. Mozaffar Khazaee naturalized US citizen charged with “transporting, transmitting and transferring in interstate or foreign commerce goods obtained by theft, conversion, or fraud.” He faces a maximum of 10 years in jail.

Pathetic Attempt to Garner Sympathy for GMO Farmers Falls Flat

January 13th, 2014
Categories: Nature, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://farmwars.info/?p=12286

The opposition to biotech crops is slowing the approval by U.S. regulators of new genetically modified products that is hurting farmers: official with a trade group representing seed manufacturer. Poison yourselves if you want. We will deal with farmers who care about us and the environment.

Feds Push Software to Monitor Americans' Energy Usage

January 13th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Feds_Push_Software_to_Monitor_Americans%27_Energy_Usage/31965/0/0/0/Y/M.html

DOE says its energy-scoring software, Home Energy Scoring Tool is like a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating, allows homeowners to compare energy performance of their homes, also billed as a way to keep home-retrofitting going.

Argentina ‘will seek to punish’ firms that drill for Falklands oil

January 12th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, World, War, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://stratrisks.com/

Argentina will seek legal punishment, including prison sentences, for anyone who drills for oil in the Falklands and the surrounding waters it claims as its territories, the country’s newly created Malvinas secretary has told the Guardian. “We will go to the international courts.

Ellen Brown runs for Treasurer in California!-Video

January 12th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Ellen_Brown_runs_for_Treasurer_in_California!/31949/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Ellen Brown, author of ‘Web of Debt’ and the ‘Public Banking Solution’, is running for Treasurer in California, aiming to create a State Bank. will implement legislation to charter a Californian State Bank. State Debt could be refinanced interest-free, end plundering by Wall Street fraudulent ‘Government debt’.

Iran, world powers agree to start implementing nuclear deal on Jan. 20

January 12th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Economic, Politics, Science, Iran

Link: http://rt.com/news/iran-world-implement-nuclear-490/

Iran and six leading world powers, the P5+1, have agreed to implement the nuclear deal reached in Geneva in November starting from January 20. Iran receives $550 million installment of $4.2 billion in frozen overseas funds on February 1. President Obama welcomed the agreement.

What sort of country gives £1.2m benefits to an odious family like this? The drug-dealing dad, his 22 children (including an armed robber and a murderer) and state handouts that prove Britain's lost its marbles

January 12th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538298/What-sort-country-gives-1-2m-benefits-odious-family-like-The-drug-dealing-dad-22-children-including-armed-robber-murderer-state-handouts-prove-Britains-lost-marbles.html

Raymond Hull: serial criminal 32 convictions, drink- driving, burglary, assaulting police, violent attack. 22 children with 11 different women. Hasn’t worked in ten years. 18-month-suspended sentence dealing cannabis. Son, Adrian killed his babysitter. Three sons jailed for robbery, violence, drugs, drunk daughter.

Next Step in Uruguay: Competitive, Quality Marijuana

January 12th, 2014
Categories: Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/next-step-uruguay-competitive-quality-marijuana/

Uruguay,will spend the next few months selecting a good quality strain of the crop that can be sold at a price similar to current illegal prices. Studying the best way to produce competitively-priced high-quality marijuana while involving small and medium Uruguayan producers.

PulseWallet Lets You Pay For Things Via Your Veins

January 12th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://govtslaves.info/pulsewallet-lets-pay-things-via-veins/

PulseWallet syncs your credit card to the palm of your hand through the device’s internal biometric technology. Using built-in Fujitsu palm-scanning technology called Palm Secure, the electronic device photographs a person’s unique vein pattern just below the skin. makes forging extremely difficult.

Hoping to avoid suicide epidemic, Florida company to end gun rentals

January 11th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Health

Link: http://rt.com/usa/florida-suspends-gun-suicide-rentals-444/

A chain of gun-shops announced it will no longer rent out guns, to stop a string of suicides by customers. “We don’t rent to white male Florida resident who comes in alone. They don’t want to mess up their families’ homes, so they do it here.”

Thatcher planned to use army against 1984-1985 British miners’ strike

January 11th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/11/mine-j11.html

Papers released by UK’s National Archives reveal Margaret Thatcher developed plans to use army to break year-long 1984-1985 miners’ strike. Thatcher denied plan was in place. 20,000 miners were injured or hospitalised, 13,000 arrested, 200 imprisoned, 2 killed on picket lines.

Inhuman treatment of UK woman in privately-run prison

January 11th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Iran, Health

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/11/pris-j11.html

Nadine Wright,, prisoner when she suffered a miscarriage. It is alleged that, with the dead foetus on the floor, she was told to clean up the blood in the cell. She stole food from a supermarket worth £13.94. The appalling treatment meted out to Wright would need a modern-day Charles Dickens to adequately depict.

Ecuador Cracks Down on Indigenous Leaders Opposed to Oil

January 10th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014694313

Ecuadorian government is now attempting to take down Ecuador's indigenous leaders who are committed to defending their territory from any oil development plans by companies. Attorney General, accuses leaders of crime of threat" during protests against the oil auction.

New housing tax sparks public outcry in Italy -Video

January 10th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/11/344887/new-housing-tax-sparks-public-outcry-in-italy/

New housing tax has sparked public outcry in Italy leaving millions of taxpayers angry. New housing services tax would cost Italian families more than a previous property tax abolished six weeks ago. Those who will pay more families with several children who are less well-of.

Israeli settlements hit by global boycott campaign -Video

January 10th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/11/344891/global-boycott-hits-israeli-products/

International campaign to boycott Israeli products taking a heavy toll on illegal settlers in Jordan Valley region occupied West Bank. Income of the settlerss who grow fresh products dropped by more than 14 percent or $29 million in last year, Western European markets avoid buying the products.

Credit Union Offers Teachers Personal Loans for Classroom Supplies

January 9th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/01/teachers-offered-personal-loans-school-supplies

Silver State Schools Credit Union of Las Vegas, Nevada, now offers loans specifically for K-12 teachers who are struggling to scrape together the classroom essentials. Predatory lenders have gone after soldiers and students. Now, credit unions have underpaid K-12 teachers in their sights.

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Calls For Minimum Wage Cut, Then Backs Down Under Pressure

January 9th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/01/09/3138851/illinois-rauner-minimum-wage-cut-reversal/

One day after saying Illinois should reduce its minimum wage by a dollar, a wealthy conservative candidate for governor is walking the proposal back. Bruce Rauner (R) call for a wage cut drew sharp criticism from state Democrats, changed his tune.

Pulling Strings: South Korea urged Cambodia’s military to brutally crack down on protesters

January 8th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/17402

In 2012, Seoul was the largest investor in the country with $287 million in projects. South Korea has emerged as a behind-the-scenes actor in the crackdown. The embassyadmits that in recent weeks it has been running a backdoor campaign to protect Korean business interests.

China’s oil fears over South Sudan fighting

January 8th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, War, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/17408

China, largest investor in South Sudan’s oil sector, fierce fighting continues between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his former deputy. Some of the largest oil fields China operates are in areas controlled by fighters backing Riek Machar, the country’s vice-president until he was sacked in July.

Dutch pension giant divests millions from Israeli banks involved in settlement construction

January 8th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, Economic, Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/dutch-pension-divests-settlement-309/

The largest Dutch pension fund company, PGGM, reportedly chose to withdraw all its investments from five largest Israeli banks, whose branches are involved in financing construction settlements in the West Bank .PGGM manages over 140 billion euros in pension assets on behalf of five pension fund.

Monsanto announces high profits and major expansion across Latin America

January 8th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-first-quarter-earnings-322/

The company said that for the quarter ending November 30, 2013 it earned $368 million, or 69 cents per share. Monsanto’s total revenue rose 7 percent last quarter to $3.1 billion. Germany, France, Italy proposed national bans on GMOs. Zambia, Benin,Serbia agreed on total bans altogether.

Greek police clash with anti-EU protesters in Athens -Video

January 8th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/08/344536/greek-police-antieu-protesters-clash/

Police and protesters clash in the Greece capital Athens during a demonstration against European Union after the country officially launched its six-month presidency of the bloc. Greece at the epicenter of the eurozone debt crisis in its sixth year of recession, harsh austerity measures left thousands unemployed..

Tunisians protest over new taxes

January 8th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/08/344539/tunisians-protest-over-new-taxes/

Clashes erupted between police and demonstrators in town of Kasserine on Wednesday, dozens of protesters tried to force their way into offices of ruling Ennahda party, protest over new taxes, bad living conditions three years after revolution. Ennahda party expressed "understanding" over the protest.

JPMorgan to pay $1.7 billion to victims of Madoff Ponzi scheme

January 7th, 2014
Categories: News, Zionism, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/07/jpmorgan-to-pay-1-7-billion-to-victims-of-madoff-ponzi-scheme/

JPMorgan Chase will pay $1.7 billion to victims of Madoff Ponzi scheme to settle charges it failed to adequately police the accounts, to resolve criminal charges over its role in the 2008 Madoff scandal, the largest ever financial fraud to rock Wall Street. Largest penalty for a violation of the Bank Secrecy Act.

Dirty war over clean fuel: Farmers in Honduras terrorized by U.S.-backed security forces

January 7th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Economic, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/07/dirty-war-over-clean-fuel-farmers-in-honduras-terrorized-by-u-s-backed-security-forces/

The west’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint cheaply is fuelling a dirty war in Honduras, where US-backed security forces are implicated in the murder, disappearance and intimidation of peasant farmers involved in land disputes with local palm oil magnates.

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