: Israel does not have an image problem that can be fixed with better PR or by defaming those who criticize it. Israel has a reality problem, with occupation, apartheid, colonization, racism and the systematic denial of the rights of indigenous Palestinians solely on the grounds that they are not Jewish.
James Swinstead, 85, died 'almost instantly' after water rushed on board the British cruise ship Marco Polo as it was battered by waves during severe storms. His wife Helen was dining with her husband when water crashed through a window, injuring him and a number of the 735 passengers.
Brutal consequences of evictions being carried in Spain by the banks in collaboration with the courts and police. Since the financial crisis hit Spain in 2008, through the end of 2012, there have been hundreds of thousands of forced evictions. Most foreclosures result in evictions. Social catastrophe. Repossession,
Nestlé announced voluntarily recalling two of its snack products. Department of Agriculture reported recalling 8.7 million pounds of meat because it "processed diseased and unsound animals. "Unfit for human food.
As fallout continues over news dozens of kids’ lunches were dumped last month because of overdue payments, Salt Lake City School District leaders decided to hire a public relations firm, issued request for proposals from public relations firms for $49,999 $1 shy of what’s required for full board approval,
China’s holdings of US Treasurys dropped to the lowest levels in two years after China dumped $47.8 billion in paper—equal to about 3.6% of its Treasury holdings as of November—bringing its total holdings to $1.27 trillion. If it stops buying dollars, there’s nothing preventing the yuan’s value from rising.
Iran’s top leader ordered the government Wednesday to create an “economy of resistance” to counter sanctions imposed over Tehran’s nuclear program. The program requires the government to diversify Iran’s exports, reduce dependence on sales of raw materials and promote knowledge-based high-tech industries.
Republican lawmaker in Arkansas attempting to insert amendment into Medicaid expansion bill prevent state from using federal funds to promote Obamacare, doesn’t want uninsured to know about their healthcare options. “We’re trying to create barrier to enrollment to lower costs.
A McDonald’s restaurant in New York fired a worker after 8 years for buying food for firefighters after they put out a house fire, covered the $83 cost of the meals herself, boss accused her of opening “a whole bee’s nest,” she said, expected to spend next few weeks looking for job. Has already received offers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the boycott movement against Israel as anti-Semitism in a modern guise. Blasting the initiative as an “outrage,” Netanyahu likened EU companies’ tactics to the Nazi policy of embargoing Jewish businesses.
Spain’s public debt rose to an unprecedented high of $1.317 trillion in 2013, or around 94 percent of GDP, according to Bank of Spain data on Monday, nearly three times as much as it was before the start of the crisis in 2008, continuing effect of a $56 billion European bailout to clean up the banking system.
Finnish reindeer breeders testing reflective sprays on the animals’ antlers so they are more visible to motorists at night.said Tuesday. Between 3,000 and 5,000 accidents involving reindeer every year. If test gives positive results, the association plans to spray more animals next autumn.
ThatsMyFace.com, of Oregon, selling a Snowden doll for $99, on its website. Proceeds go to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit that added Snowden to its board of directors. Foundation’s executive director Trevor Timm said the group never contacted about the toy.
Russian energy giant Gazprom provided a record share of 29.9% of gas supplies to the European and Turkish markets in 2013. The data is provided in a prospectus published due to a new Eurobond issue by Gazprom.
Seattle to become first US city to introduce cash machines that cater solely to crytocurrency bitcoin. Canada was the first to install bitcoin ATMs, plans to introduce cash points in London and Singapore this year. ATMs scanners recognize government-issued identity, such as passports, drivers’ licenses.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned Scottish people a vote for independence from the United Kingdom would mean losing their state pensions. accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of failing to address how pensions would be paid after the country receives independenc.
Ban will outlaw underwear containing less than 6 percent cotton imported, made, sold in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan. 30 women protesters in Kazakhstan arrested wearing lace underwear on their heads shouting "Freedom to panties. $4 billion worth of underwear sold in Russia annually, 80 percent foreign made.
The biggest private bank in Iran is suing the UK government for $4 billion, according to a claim filed in London’s high court. The Brits imposed sanctions on the bank over alleged links to Iran’s controversial nuclear program, alleges UK government encouraging other authorities to place sanctions on the bank.
Brussels has frozen research grants for Swiss universities worth hundreds of millions of euros in retaliation after Switzerland voted to cap the number of immigrants entering the country in a nationwide referendum. More EU citizens moved to “Switzerland than anticipated, putting squeeze on national budget.
March 2nd through March 4th, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will hold its annual celebration of Zionist domination of American politics and media. The 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference at the Washington, DC Convention Center will attract thousands of fanatical Zionists, and angry protestors.
Former Georgian Prime Minister Ivane (Vano) Merabishvili sentenced to five years in prison on embezzlement charges, guilty of paying illegal money to over 1000 activists from his party in run-up to parliamentary elections in 2012. Accused of obtaining luxury villa from a company through blackmail.
French are preparing to restore a GMO maize ban in their country just before farmers prepare for Spring planting. A Senator of the currently ruling socialist party is calling for a ban to counteract an anticipated swell of activist upset over genetically modified organisms. France largest grower of crops in Europe,
Common interest in offshore mineral exploration areas throughout Eastern Mediterranean, Israel, Cyprus tightening defense air, naval exercises. relations between Israel, Cyprus, Greece warming. Israel’ relations with Turkey deteriorated since rise of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan power
Fifth Third National Bank refused to tell inquiring news agencies exactly what happened, nor how many of its customers the bank falsely reported were in bankruptcy proceedings; bankruptcy” status was sent to credit bureaus .Statement saying that it corrected the false information with the four credit bureaus.
Der Spiegel: Germany resumes counter-espionage of US, allies, response to NSA surveillance, US economic spying, deeply criticized. Tracking US, Britian. Merkel: build communication network in Europe, German intelligence stepped up. Mandate: Ministers use encryption, less rhetoric more action.
US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged $1 billion in loan guarantees for Middle East ally Jordan and the renewal of a five-year aid package. Jordan, one of the United States' closest allies in the Middle East, is a regional player in diplomatic effort.
Jamaica, politicians discuss easeing marijuana laws. Mexico City, lawmakers proposed new plan to let stores sell cannabis. From the Americas to Europe to North Africa and beyond, the marijuana legalization movement is gaining unprecedented traction. Some see a potentially lucrative industry in regulation.
People with serious pre-existing diseases, paying for expensive drug treatments no help from health care exchanges.If medicine needed isn't on list, not covered. doesn't count against your deductible. Have to pay completely out of pocket. MS patient could be expected to pay $62,000 just for one medication.
Protest rally in Montenegro against government's tough austerity measures and high unemployment turned violent after police clash with demonstrators. Demonstrators blame government for high unemployment, economic mismanagement and alleged corruption, calling for its resignation.
Egyptian army demolished ten more tunnels under border with Gaza Strip under Israeli blockade. Has destroyed hundreds. Lifeline for Gazans living under the Israeli siege. Palestinians use the tunnels to bring essential supplies, such as food, cooking gas, medicines, petrol, and livestock, into the Gaza Strip.
Better Markets, a non-profit Wall Street watchdog, filed a lawsuit Monday against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging that its $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase over the bank’s sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis was an illegal cover-up.
U.S. regulators on Friday told banks they can allow marijuana dealers to open accounts, as states around the country begin to legalize the drug for medical and recreational use. US Treasury spelled out how banks could have dealings with the vendors without being hit with money laundering or other charges.
Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank geting out of trading supplies of raw uranium. Banks amassed stockpiles of the nuclear fuel ingredient larger than those held by Iran. Other banks lining up to take their place. Can be bought and sold without significant international controls.
Digital Recognition Network supplies machines that quickly read license plate numbers as drivers pass by, new Utah law bans license plate collection by private companies. Company arguing that collecting license plate numbers is free speech. Law intended to protect drivers’ privacy.
The Obama administration released on Friday new rules that aim to ease relationships between banks and legal marijuana shops. Banks have been reluctant to allow pot businesses to open accounts given the contradictions between federal and state laws. New guidelines created by the US Department of Justice.
Managing a site with links to freely available copyrighted content does not amount to online piracy, an EU court has ruled. The justices advised their Swedish colleagues, who are reviewing a journalists’ lawsuit against link-hosting website Retriever Sverige provides users with clickable links to online publications.
Corrections Corporation of America o pay $1 million to state of Idaho for falsifying thousands of staff hours records to boost its profit margins at one of its prisons. Idaho announced it would not renew its $29 million contract with CCA. Little oversight, under-staffed. Financial incentive to continue mass incarceration.
500 million citizens personal savings could fund investments to boost economy plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis. EU document says will be on involuntary basis at discretion of the “union, best described as confiscation. Possible law “to use personal pension savings for long-term financing
The Colombian government has seized nearly five tons of marijuana held by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) amid ongoing peace talks between Bogota and the rebel group which are currently focused on illegal drugs. 12 acres marijuana discovered, destroyed.
More than 1,000 protesters clashed with police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over rise in public transportation fares. Clashes broke out in train station, police used batons, tear gas to disperse angry crowd that hurled rocks at officers. Protesters vandalized ticket machines set barricade on fire.
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