The intensifying conflict between Russia and the West over the US-backed, far-right coup in Ukraine is creating economic and political turmoil within Russia. The economy faces growing pressures as the Kremlin attempts to rally popular support and suppress opposition in its confrontation with the West.
A Manhattan investment banker died after an apparent suicide. Kenneth Bellando, former investment bank analyst at JPMorgan who worked at Levy Capital since January, found dead on the sidewalk outside his East Side building on March 12, after allegedly jumping from the sixth-story roof, police sources said.
Pentagon: US Navy Seals boarded and took control of an oil tanker on Monday that had loaded crude at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya and escaped to sea. Operation was approved by president Barack Obama and was conducted in the early hours of Monday in international waters south-east of Cyprus.
New York Post: A record $100 billion in withdrawals of Treasury bills is raising speculation that the Russian government is pulling their money out of the United States to avoid upcoming sanctions over Ukraine. The total amount of foreign-held US Treasury securities dropped to $2.86 trillion.
McCain described Russia as “a gas station masquerading as a country” in an interview with CNN, called for tough economic sanctions against Moscow. Obama: referendum “would never be recognized by the United States” and “we are prepared to impose additional costs on Russia.
Overall voter turnout in referendum on status of Crimea is 81,37%. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the citizens of the peninsula have been given an opportunity to freely express their will and exercise their right to self-determination. Crimea will officially introduce the ruble as a second official currency.
Venice the capital of Italian region Veneto holding referendum to form an independent republic, say Rome draining region of its wealth through taxes, want out of the euro, EU, NATO. Begin paying taxes to local authorities instead of Rome. Italian government not happy. Inspired by Scotland and Catalonia.
The United States says it does not recognize the outcome of the referendum held in the Ukrainian region of Crimea and is preparing to impose retaliatory penalties against Russia if it annexes the strategic peninsula on the Black Sea.
Illinois doctor who had become notorious for overprescribing a powerful antipsychotic medication was paid to push the drug by its Israeli manufacturer, according government prosecutors who have settled the case out of court.
The financial world suffered another apparent suicide this week, as a New York City trader ended his life by throwing himself in front of an oncoming train. 47-year-old Edmund Reilly was struck by a Long Island Rail Road commuter train.
Ukraine’s interim prime minister says the country will likely sign a long-awaited political accord with the European Union next week. Arseniy Yatsenyuk made the announcement on Wednesday, after talks with US President Barack Obama at the White House.
Egypt has demolished 1,370 underground tunnels between the country and the besieged Gaza Strip. Palestinians use the underground tunnels to transfer essential supplies, including food and fuel into Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007.
White House: President will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime.
Private Companies Are Using Automated License Plate Readers To Spy On You, Your Cell Phone Is Spying On You, Entire “Big Brother Housing Developments” Are Now Being Designed, Our “Smart Televisions” Are Spying On Us, Data Mining – Your Personal Information Is Big Business.
Bachmann:donors on our side don't like to have their names vilified and that's what this is about, intimidating people from giving money to our cause, that's it," Democrats should be prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for their intimidation of billionaires.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has threatened Russia with new sanctions unless Moscow is engaged in talks to find a diplomatic solution to the political crisis in Ukraine. said that if no progress was made by March 17, EU foreign ministers would impose the measures, including visa bans and asset freezes.
US President Barack Obama and his economic team are discussing options on how to damage Russia’s economy, The New York Times reported. Obama’s sanctions plan against Russia has worried major American companies unwilling to lose business to competitors.
Wall Street's average cash bonus swelled last year to its highest since the financial crisis and the third largest on record, New York State's budget watchdog said on Wednesday. The cash bonus pool jumped 15 percent to $26.7 billion in 2013, pushing the average cash bonus was $164,530...
US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt declared that the United States would not recognize the results of the “so-called referendum” as it regards Crimea. threatened further steps against Russia. US and the EU were in complete agreement that harsher sanctions could follow the referendum.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food; current global food system needs to be "radically" and "democratically" changed to alleviate global hunger over profits of monopolized industrialization, pesticide-heavy agribusiness corporations. System led to loss in biodiversity, soil erosion, pollution.
State Utilities Commission will have final say on whether Duke’s 3.2 million customers will foot the bill for $1 billion effort, households to pay between 75 cents a month for 15 years. Coal ash is waste left after burning coal that contains over a dozen toxic heavy metals; arsenic, mercury, lead.
Colorado Department of Revenue: collected $1.4 million from a 10 percent sales tax on marijuana, as well as $416,690 from the state’s normal 2.9 percent sales tax. Another $195,318 came in through an excise tax. $14 million in total retail marijuana sales for January.
Peace activists in Britain are seeking to legally pursue two international weapons dealers who put illegal torture equipment on display at the 2013 DSEI arms fair in London. Illegal equipment including leg irons and stun batons. Products they were marketing were banned under British law.
Tens of thousands rallied in the country’s capital Sunday to protest against the nuclear industry and speak out against the government’s plans to resume nuke energy production to power the economy. Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants.
United States and France have warned of possible new measures against Russia if Moscow fails to make progress on defusing the crisis in Ukraine. Russia said it will not capitulate to the Western countries' language of threats and sanctions over Ukraine. Pentagon suspended military ties with Russia.
. Justin King, chief executive officer of UK grocer J Sainsbury Plc, says that ‘most people aren’t against GMO,’ but that they just need to be convinced genetically modified and transgenic crops are good for them. Significant minority vocally and vehemently against it, vast majority tcould be persuaded.
US threats against Russia over Ukraine are “purely superficial” as Washington has no “leverage over Moscow. Russia could simply turn off the gas to Europe and it would throw the entire continent into an uproar, would create chaos.
A source in the Ukrainian government confirmed that the transfer of the gold reserves of Ukraine to the United States was ordered by the acting PM Arseny Yatsenyuk.
A woman saw what she thought was a homeless man sleeping on a bench outside of a church called the police on him. The homeless man turned out to be a statue called Homeless Jesus. She said the statue is “inappropriate,” and that Jesus was not homeless.
By a more than three-to-one margin on Tuesday, communities voting on whether to support the creation of a public bank in Vermont approved the idea, calling for the state legislature to establish such a bank and urging passage of legislation designed to begin its implementation.
Ukraine’s new prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk,:government would do its best to avoid default, expects EU/IMF economic stabilization package soon. European Commission offered Ukraine 11 billion euro loan if Kiev agrees a deal with IMF. Help from IMF or World Bank normally includes drastic austerity measures
Smart Balance will remove genetically modified organisms from their butters and spreads, follows the precedent set by General Mills to remove GMOs from one of its main cereals: Cheerios. o 80% of processed foods in the US contain genetically modified organisms.
Two men were found guilty of stealing an American company's secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies and selling it to a competitor controlled by the Chinese government.
Russian energy giant Gazprom increased the price of gas supplies to Ukraine. In the past Russian president Putin granted Ukraine discount on its gas supplies. Deal renegotiated every three months, not renewed. Ukraine not able to pay debts in full, owe $2bn, pressure on Kiev.
Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom: Ukraine informed company it could not pay for February gas deliveries. Ukraine managed to redeem $10 million on total debt of $1.529 billion. No repayment possible, country will default, gas shut off looming. Ukraine may get no Russian gas, price discount ends.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) shocked CNN host Kate Bolduan on Wednesday when he asserted that Congress and President Barack Obama could solve the crisis in Ukraine by approving the Keystone XL pipeline, should move forward on natural gas exports very quickly.
Russian lawmaker working on bill that would freeze assets of European, American companies operating in Russia in reply to Western economic sanctions. Separate federal bill would allow Russian government to confiscate foreign owned property, in Russia, including assets of private companies.
Europeans have powerful reasons not to sanction Moscow. Europe depends on Russia’s gas, Moscow exercises strong influence over Germany, the most important economy in Europe.
Russian soldiers in Ukraine since late 1990s in accordance with a Kiev-Moscow agreement, stationed in Crimea over a decade. Moscow annually writes off $97.75 million of Kiev’s debt for right to use Ukrainian waters, radio frequency resources, environmental impact caused by Black Sea Fleet operations.
Russia: will retaliate against any sanctions United States impose on Moscow over Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: criticized West’s threats of “sanctions, boycotts, Russian troops in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula necessary to protect country’s citizens.
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