Cities across Venezuela are increasingly agitated, as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. Venezuela is among the world’s most violent countries, and crime generally spikes here when the lights go out. Looting and fiery protests starting spreading Wednesday in Caracas.The administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save electricity. Maduro warned that the water level behind the nation’s largest dam has fallen to near its minimum operating level because of a severe drought. If it gets much lower, the whole nation could be plunged into darkness.
In an interview Thursday in the New York Times, US President Barack Obama expressed his “frustration” at persistent belief of the American people that their economic circumstances are not improving. Obama declared that despite the fact that his administration managed the 2008 financial crisis “better than any large economy on Earth in modern history,” leading to an economic recovery that “outpaced that of every other advanced nation,” his efforts were,“vastly under-appreciated” by the US population.
Venezuela's government has imposed a two-day working week for public sector workers as a temporary measure to help it overcome a serious energy crisis. Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz announced that civil servants should turn up for work only on Mondays and Tuesdays until the crisis was over.Venezuela is facing a major drought, which has dramatically reduced water levels at its main hydroelectric dam.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the verge of realizing a decade-old dream: Russian oil priced in Russia. The nation’s largest commodity exchange, whose chairman is Putin ally Igor Sechin, is courting international oil traders to join its emerging futures market. The goal is to increase revenue from Urals crude by disconnecting the price-setting mechanism from the world’s most-used Brent oil benchmark. Another aim is to move away from quoting petroleum in U.S. dollars.
Government is planning to implement mandatory fluoridation to the whole of New Zealand. Currently, only around 50% of households are on fluoridated water, with only 23 out of 67 local councils still fluoridating, while voicing their growing concerns about fluoridation risks and dangers. In response to more and more councillors and mayors deciding against fluoridation, the Government is now taking the decision away from local councils and communities and putting the power into the hands of District Health Boards (DHB), who are under the direct control of Central Government.”
Putin recently called Trump "a brighter person, talented without a doubt." Trump returned the compliment saying: "I like him because he called me a genius. He said Trump is the real leader. Trump: "I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia, from a position of strength only, is possible," Many believe that Trump and Putin would get along well on a personal level and that alone could help ease tensions between the U.S. and Russia.
French protesters have again taken to the streets demanding reversal of controversial planned reforms to the labor law. Philippe Martinez, head of France's large CGT union, said the law would give the employers the freedom to short-circuit national regulation of basic worker rights. The government tried to water down the text of the law, abandoning some proposed reforms
Washington is conducting economic and propaganda warfare against four members of the five bloc group of countries known as BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Brazil and South Africa are being destabilized with fabricated political scandals. To destablilze Russia, Washington worked with the New York mega-banks and the Saudis to drive down the oil price from over $100 per barrel to $30. This has put pressure on Russian finances and the ruble.
Tuesday, the White House released a statement announcing an unprecedented military aid package for Israel. The statement called the expenditure the "single largest pledge of military assistance to any country in US history." United States has provided Tel Aviv over $3.1 billion annually in military aid since 2007, already the highest amount of foreign military aid offered to any other country. Tel Aviv scoffed at this appropriation level as insufficient and has since demanded $4.5 billion in US military aid per year.
A newly resurfaced email demonstrates that in 2008 an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tried to game lead tests by suggesting that technicians collect extra water samples to make the average lead count for a community appear artificially low.
Brussels (AFP) - Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday. Belgium faces growing pressure from neighbouring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear power plants near their border due to concerns over their safety. Iodine pills help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been given to people living within 20 kilometres (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants.
Thousands of protesters in the Eastern European country of Moldova poured onto the streets of the capital, calling for resignation of the government and snap elections. Protesters accused Moldova’s government of being under the influence of a politically-connected business class that dictates policy.
Within the span of one day, President Barack Obama warned against sending ground troops to Syria just as his administration announced deploying an additional 250 special operators to the country. Obama said deploying ground troops to Syria would be a “mistake” during an interview with BBC. Despite his supposed apprehension to committing a ground force to Syria, Obama’s deployment will bring the total U.S. presence in the country to around 300.
State police in Michigan have been conducting online surveillance to track social media discussions related to the Flint water crisis, even attempting to press charges against one man over a Facebook post, new emails released by the state show.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported accounts of unusually candid comments by an oil and natural gas industry executive, Terry Bossert, at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute gathering in Harrisburg this April. “We heard Range Resources say it sites its shale gas wells away from large homes where wealthy people live and who might have the money to fight such drilling and fracking operations. Oil and gas operations in California are disproportionately located in poor and minority communities 5 million Californians living within a mile of an oil or gas well had a poverty rate 32.5 percent higher than that of the general population. :
HANNOVER, Germany - About 35,000 protestors marched Saturday against the proposed Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a day ahead of Barack Obama's visit, police said. The president will use the annual CEBIT international trade fair in Hannover, northern Germany, to promote the deal, which would create the world's largest free trade area with approximately 800 million people. The protest was organized by the so called 'anti-free-trade alliance', made up of numerous associations, including trade unions, environmental activists and church groups, who fear the TTIP could threaten Germany's environmental and legal standards.
. The role of politics and political leaders today matters more than a good economic plan, ex-Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin said at the 17th April international scientific conference on Wednesday. "At short-term stages, the role of politics and political leaders is now higher than the role of a good and wise plan prepared by economists," Kudrin told the conference organized by the Higher School of Economics. Russia is currently on the threshold of new changes and is ready for reforms, the ex-finance minister said.
Iceland’s government is considering a revolutionary monetary proposal – removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank. Under the so-called Sovereign Money proposal, the country’s central bank would become the only creator of money.
All visitors and tourists to Kuwait will now have to submit to a DNA test and be DNA tagged before they’re allowed to enter the Persian Gulf state. The Kuwait government says the forced DNA testing won’t affect people’s personal freedom and privacy, will be done to keep track of people and help if they commit crimes.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the ongoing impeachment process against her has “all the characteristics of a coup.” She vowed to fight the charges and says that the process will have “serious consequences for the Brazilian political process.”Speaking to reporters in New York on Friday, Rousseff asserted she was innocent of any wrongdoing and stressed that there was no “legal foundation” to try and ouster her from power
Harry Jacob Anslinger was a US government official who served as the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), a predecessor agency of the DEA that was formed in 1930. His critics argue he shifted not due to objective evidence but due to the obsolescence of the Department of Prohibition he headed when alcohol prohibition ceased – seeking a new Prohibition. Of 30 leading scientists whose views he sought, 29 said cannabis did no harm. Scientific study of cannabis has identified more than 80 unique, biologically active cannabinoids. A recent meta-analysis of these compounds shows well over a dozen therapeutic properties attributable to cannabinoids, including neuroprotective, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-diabetic properties. The earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC.
Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Macedonia’s capital against a government decision to grant mass pardon to officials accused of fraud and corruption. Anti-government protests have also been held in the Greek capital of Athens against scheduled government job cuts and reforms. Hundreds of teachers gathered outside the Ministry of Education in Athens on Thursday, chanting slogans against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Minister of Education Nikos Filis.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture have approved a pesticide-bacteria spraying program to be used over Seattle, in an attempt to kill Asian and European gypsy moths. The program, opposed by many residents, will spray a bacteria with pesticide properties called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the same bacteria gene commonly used in GM crops to kill insects. Washington State Department of Agriculture says the damage caused by the moths would have serious economic and environmental implications.”
The United States has approved the sale of 254 rolling airframe missiles to the government of Qatar, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on Friday. The small, lightweight missiles that are used by several US allies contain infrared homing for guidance to targets, and are so named because they rotate in flight, much like a bullet fired from a rifle.
The Cornucopia Institute, a public interest group of thousands of organic farmers and consumers, and two of its members have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, alleging unqualified individuals have been put in place to determine what is “organic;” unqualified individuals do not have the requisite experience and knowledge, and personal investment in certified organic production agriculture.
Canada announced today it plans to legalize weed by this time next year. Canada's Liberal government will introduce a law in spring 2017 to legalize recreational marijuana, fulfilling an election pledge and following several U.S. states. Health Minister Jane Philpott, speaking at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said Canadian law will ensure marijuana is kept away from children and keep criminals from profiting. Announcement came April 20 or 420 as it's called, a day celebrated by cannabis advocates worldwide. Thousands gathered outside Canada's Parliament on Wednesday to smoke marijuana either in protest or celebration.
Internal Revenue Service continues to leave uncollected tax money on the table, the agency beefed up its surveillance capabilities in a move that alarms both conservative and liberal privacy advocates. Since 2006, the IRS has overseen an annual tax gap—the shortfall between taxes owed and collected—of about $385 billion. In 2009 IRS purchased a “cell-site simulator,” more commonly known as Stingray technology,trying to buy another; a Stingray device mimics a cellphone tower, tricking all mobile phones in an area into revealing their location and numbers. Authorities can deploy the powerful technology to tag and track an individual’s location in real time. advanced versions of the devices can be used to copy information stored on a cellphone and download malware remotely.
Rhode Island Board of Elections announced two-thirds of the state’s polling places would remain closed for the upcoming primary as a costs savings measure.According to WPRI, the Board of Elections plans to cut costs by opening only 144 of the state’s 419 polling places for the April 26 primary.
A Chinese-led consortium has agreed to buy Australia’s most iconic cattle company S. Kidman and Co. worth $289 million and covering for one percent of Australia’s landmass, n November, Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board blocked the sale of Kidman to an overseas buyer, saying the proximity of its Anna Creek station to a weapons testing range could compromise national security.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Wednesday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.The decision keeps Alexander Hamilton, one of the U.S. founding fathers, on the front of the $10 bill. Known as "Moses" to her people, Tubman is famous for helping lead slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She also helped nurse ill Union troops, helped fight for the end of slavery and was a suffragist who advocated for women to have the right to vote.
Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino: Oil prices may plummet to $25 per barrel following the failure of oil producers to agree on production freezes during a recent meeting in Doha, The news triggered a sharp drop of about 4 percent in oil prices. Global oil prices plunged from $115 to less than $30 per barrel between June 2014 and January 2016, lowest levels since 2003 amid an ongoing glut in global oil supply.
Russian Energy Ministry says it’s ready to increase oil production and exports should Saudi Arabia go through with its threat to boost output after the failure of the Doha talks. The talks by major oil producers to cap production failed after Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates said they wouldn’t agree to a deal unless Iran was included. Iran said it wants to ramp up output to pre-sanctions levels of four million barrels per day, did not show up for the talks..
New Zealand’s National Party government is finalising its 2016 Defence White Paper, which will outline spending and strategic priorities for the country’s military. Australia’s Defence White Paper, released in February, announced a massive $A195 billion in spending over the next decade on military acquisitions, new submarines, warships, jet fighters, other military hardware to further integrate Australia into the US “pivot to Asia; the military encirclement and preparations for war against China, which the White Paper identified as a threat to Australian interests.
Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee; Michael Glasgow and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby charged in lead poisoning disaster. Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence when he allegedly changed testing results to show there was less lead in city water than there actually was, also charged with willful neglect of office. Prysby and Busch are charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, a treatment violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act and a monitoring violation of the Safe Drinking Water.
Pennsylvania is the only state to include autism as a condition for medical marijuana. The bill sets standards for tracking plants, certifying doctors and licensing growers, dispensaries, and physicians; implement a cap if prices are “unreasonable or excessive.” Marijuana must be used in pill, oil, vapor, ointment, or liquid form, but cannot be smoked. It is illegal to grow your own plants.
Over the past year, Washington has expressed outrage over a series of land reclamation projects by Beijing in the South China Sea. In a show of opposition, the Pentagon has conducted several provocative actions in the region, including Navy patrols within territorial limits of those islands and surveillance flights through Chinese airspace. Washington announcing plans to deploy a fleet of unmanned submersibles into the waterway. Pentagon is perfecting "new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads that can operate in shallow water, where submarines cannot; plans to spend $8 billion over the next year on submarines, manned and unmanned, priority will be on arming autonomous submersibles.
Neocons threatened the world with coercion and violence, attacking eight countries and fomenting “color revolutions” in former Soviet republics. The consequence of this was to create an economic and military strategic alliance between Russia and China too strong for Washington. China controls production of the products of many of America’s corporations. Europe is dependent on Russian energy. New Chinese missiles make the US Navy and its aircraft carriers obsolete; neocons are pressing for war with Russia which means also with China.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:t Russia could use internal sources for development without foreign borrowings.."We are solving our financial problems with the help of internal resources. This is our common victory. It means that we are can develop by using the internal sources," the Russian prime minister told Russian State Duma deputies on Tuesday as he gave an account of the government’s work in 2015."No one has forced us to our knees. Unlike other countries, we are not begging with an outstretched hand as we used to do in the 1990s. We are not waiting for the International Monetary Fund chief to come to this country so that we could beg him for some money in order to be able to run the budget.
Colombia will resume using weed killer to destroy illegal coca crops less than a year after suspending its use following World Health Organization decision to classify it as a carcinogen. Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas: instead of dumping glyphosate from American-piloted crop dusters, as Colombia did for two decades, the herbicide will be applied manually by crews on the ground. "We'll do it in a way that doesn't contaminate. President Juan Manuel Santos last year banned use of glyphosate. Conservative critics warned without glyphosate Colombia would soon be awash in coca.
Ruben Durante, professor at Sciences Po in Paris, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, professor at the Paris School of Economics: The news management is so sophisticated that the Israeli government is especially good about avoiding damaging “follow-up” or “day two” stories about its attacks; stories most likely to include awkward human interest details about the casualties and their families. Israeli attacks are more likely to occur prior to days with very high news pressure driven by clearly predictable events” such as, say, the Super Bowl. There were significant upticks in Israeli military action in the West Bank and Gaza Strip before big holidays or sporting events, but not before things Israeli military could not anticipate.
In Congress, Hastert supported the Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000, which, sought to prevent and punish sexual abuse of minors. Hastert took a strong stance in a statement: "It is important to have a national notification system to help safely recover children kidnapped by child predators," he said. "But it is equally important to stop those predators before they strike, to put repeat child molesters into jail for the rest of their lives. Prosecutors say Hastert sexually abused five students decades ago when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School, faces sentencing on April 27.
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has caused concern around the world by his comments about foreign policy and trade. He suggestedNATO is “obsolete, Japan and South Korea should obtain nuclear weapons to boost their ability in deterring regional rivals like North Korea. North Korean official Ri Jong Ryul, deputy-director general of the Institute of International Studies in Pyongyang: Trump’s comments on nuclear proliferation were “absurd and illogical.“The US tells us to give up our nuclear program, is preparing a nuclear attack against us, and tell its allies to have nuclear weapons. Trump advocated 45 percent tariffs on Chinese goods.
President Vladimir Putin: Russia welcomes people coming to the country, including young scientists and we are very happy about it, adding other countries, including European countries, on the contrary - are facing outflow of people, and the scale is close to catastrophe "In Russia, we witness a migration inflow
The White House took to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal to suggest that, if current negotiations bog down, the Pentagon would put anti-aircraft missiles in the hands of Saudi- and Turkey-supported ‘moderate’ rebel groups, including Daesh, al-Nusra and al-Qaeda; terrorists and mercenaries who have engaged in horrific crimes against the civilians in Syria.
More than 7,000 oil workers in Kuwait have begun an open-ended strike to protest government plans to cut wages and benefits. The strike threatening a slash in production; union is aiming to reach their goals by halting output, also protesting plans to privatize parts of the industry... Kuwait government is considering a new payroll scheme for the country's 20,000 oil workers, meaning an automatic cut in their wages, benefits and incentives. Kuwait is OPEC’s third largest oil producer, eight percent of the world’s reserves extracts three million barrels per day.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Berlin “will give its authorization” over a request by Turkey on the prosecution of a German TV comedian for a satirical poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Berlin intends to scrap by 2018 the rarely enforced Section 103 of the criminal code, which criminalizes insulting a head of state, organs or representatives of foreign states. The charges can carry a sentence of up to three years in prison. German comedian Jan Boehmermann read out a sexually crude poem about Erdogan on public German television channel ZDF two weeks ago.
The March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education was organized by activist group the People's Assembly Against Austerity. The demonstrators called for an end to austerity, and demanded that David Cameron quit over the Panama Papers revelation that he profited from his father's offshore investment fund.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence Thursday that Russia would continue signing contracts on arms deliveries with international partners."This is how it will be," Putin said during his traditional Q&A session, answering a question on how Russia could consolidate the success of its arms which was demonstrated during its campaign in Syria to continue signing contracts with international partners. According to the president, international interest in Russian weapons increased sharply following the Syria operation.
Upper House Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has urged Russians to set up a separate ministry that would evaluate any government initiative by the amount of happiness it brings to the general public; said Russian lawmakers would soon ask officials from the United Arab Emirates to share their experience in founding and running a ministry of happiness.
Air traffic controllers at Brussels Airport, Belgium’s main aviation hub, struck in unofficial wildcat action for a second day on Wednesday. They are protesting plans of air traffic agency Belgocontrol to raise their pension age from 55 to 58. The strike, involving around 80 controllers, began 5pm Tuesday and led to the delay and cancellation of dozens of flights. For about an hour Tuesday evening, all take-offs and landings were cancelled. Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Wednesday.
Sanders lost Wyoming caucus by winning with a 12 percent margin. How does one lose by winning 56 percent of the votes? The state’s four super delegates had already pledged their allegiance to “Clinton in January. So despite ‘losing,’ she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.” Republican Party of Colorado didn’t bother letting people vote. According to the Denver Post: “ Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process that put election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders leaving 90 percent of more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.” Trump walked away with zero delegates. They were all “awarded” to Ted Cruz. “Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. senators and congress members.” – Former President Jimmy Carter
The American Nurses Association: genetically modified ingredients should not be allowed in any product labeled ‘natural.’ The public has a right to appropriate food labeling including country-of-origin, modification of any of the food’s ingredients; know the contents of their food and food products and the manner in which they were processed or modified.”
Cannabis earned the state nearly $70 million in taxes in 2015, nearly double the $42 million collected from alcohol taxes. Legalization has also created thousands of jobs for residents. This is the first year that taxes from sales of marijuana in Pueblo County will go toward college scholarships for seniors.
As a new round of Syria peace talks kicks off in Geneva, Syrians in government-controlled areas head to polling stations to elect a new parliament. Washington has dismissed the poll saying it doesn’t reflect "the will of the people." The parliamentary elections in Syria occur every four years.
The roadside technology is being developed by Cellebrite, the Israeli firm that many believe assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in cracking the iPhone at the center of a heated decryption battle with Apple.Under the first-of-its-kind legislation proposed in New York, drivers involved in accidents would have to submit their phone to roadside testing from a textalyzer to determine whether the driver was using a mobile phone ahead of a crash
Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims it misled mortgage bond investors during the 2008 financial crisis, the US Department of Justice said on Monday. Settlement is related to the bank’s “conduct in packaging, securitization, marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007. This resolution holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail,.
On Monday and Tuesday, 150 members of the European Parliament (MEP) donated urine samples to find out if they have glyphosate in their systems. The screening comes ahead of a symbolic vote in the European Union that is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, on whether to re-license the RoundUp chemical for another 15 years. 
The United States is dropping bombs on people at such a furious rate, munitions manufacturers have been unable to keep up with demand. U.S. military conducting bombing missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere. Saudi Arabia employed U.S.-made bombs in Yemen. The spike in demand for weapons of war since the attacks in Paris have sent stock prices and arms sales through the roof.
Today capitalism is being financialized. Few earned their billions by producing goods and services sold to consumers. They got them through political connections and purely financial transactions. When the Soviet Union fell apart well connected individuals in Russia and Ukraine, ended up with massive holdings that formerly were state properties. In the US billionaires result from bank lending for leveraged takeovers of companies. Often the company and its employees are ruined. For the past two decades Western economies have served no one but the very rich. The money elevates the political power of individuals. Oxfam, an international charity headquartered in Oxford, England, reports that 62 billionaires own half of the wealth in the world. Warren Buffett, one of the richest mega-billionaires, said his secretary’s tax rate was higher than his. If governments do not rectify this, revolution will.
Clashes broke out in France Saturday as tens of thousands of people joined demonstrations in several cities to protest against labor reforms by the government.Police fired tear gas in the capital Paris and the western city of Rennes as people were out for the sixth consecutive day to urge the government to withdraw the labor reforms bill.. At least three police officers were injured.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the Russian president has instructed the foreign ministry to develop a new, revised edition of Russia's official foreign policy framework. The new doctrinal document will reflect the fact that the world is transitioning to a new, polycentric architecture in world politics, Lavrov said, and "should ideally be based on the interaction of the leading centers of power in the interests of the collective solutions to global problems."
Charging that the Flint water crisis was part of an "intentional scheme" created by state officials to save money, a group of 15 citizens on Wednesday filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder and other high-profile state officials; seeks "financial compensation for property damage, loss of business and financial losses attributed to the city's water crisis; as well as compensatory damages for future medical care and punitive damages."
Romania has arrested two employees of an Israeli intelligence company identified as Belgian David Geclowitz and Israeli-born Ron Weiner, on charges of spying on and trying to intimidate the country’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor, officials say.“An investigation has been launched The firm reportedly has several former operatives of Israel’s Mossad spy agency on its payroll. They are suspected of hacking the emails of people close to Laura Codruta Kovesi, the chief prosecutor of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), and of threatening and harassing her family members..
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced creation of the National Guard on the basis of Interior Troops to fight terrorism and organized crime."The decision has been made, we are creating a new federal executive body on the basis of Interior Troops, the National Guard, which will carry out tasks on fight against terrorism, organized crime, in close contact with the Interior Ministry, will take over from OMON, SOBR, etc," Putin said at a meeting with Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, head of Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov and Commander of Interior Troops Viktor Zolotov.
The industrial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA is routinely used as a coating inside canned foods. Because it is also a synthetic estrogen, BPA mimics the body’s sex hormones, resulting in countless health problems including infertility, early puberty and cancer. BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act would ban the sale of food package containers composed in whole or in part of BPA unless they come with a warning label that states: “This food packaging contains BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, according to the National Institutes of Health. 70 percent of cans produced by major retailers, such as General Mills, Campbell Soup, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, contain the hormone-disrupting chemical. ” Feinstein is also supporting a bill that would devise a national standard for GMO labeling. Food makers want to keep using BPA but promise to reduce the chemical to safe levels – critics argue there is no such thing.
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy; “There have been a disturbing number of reports of possible gross violations of human rights by security forces in Israel and Egypt—incidents that may have involved recipients, or potential recipients, of U.S. military assistance.” The joint condemnation was met with sharp criticism from Ben Cardin,ranking Democratic member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a top recipient of contributions from the pro-Israel lobby. “Netanyahu: “The IDF and Israeli police do not engage in executions.
Christoph Leitl is a member of the Austrian People’s Party and president of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber :.Western sanctions against Russia make no sense. Russia is one of the most important partner for Brussels, contributed a lot to resolving Syrian crisis. Putin’s idea of a free trade zone across the continent in 2010 was supported by many European leaders and politicians. The initiative would strengthen the positions of Europe among other global regions.. Next week, Leitl will join Austrian President Heinz Fischer during their visit to Moscow.
Tens of thousands of impoverished, unemployed adults were cut off food stamps Friday, the first wave of a social catastrophe that could affect more than one million people this year. 22 states began terminating benefits for “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, These adults, aged 18 to 49 years without children, are generally the poorest section of the working class, earning only 17 percent of the official poverty rate, an average of barely $150-170 per month in income, eligible for 90 days of food stamp benefits unless they have paid employment or job training for at least 80 hours in a month plunging hundreds of thousands overnight into hunger and destitution...
Coalinga,California city council voted 4-1 in favor of ordinance to allow commercial cannabis cultivation at the empty Claremont Custody Center;. also voted for ballot initiatives to let citizens decide if the town should host cannabis dispensaries, and if these operations should be taxed. .Adelanto,California a former prison town, turned to cannabis cultivation to save its economy,. revenue projections from cannabis facilities are more than their general fund, would provide 55 jobs in the first year of business.
“The Turkish borders are open only during mass-scale migrations and are closed the rest of the time. Which means that refugees who trying to cross in illegally get killed. This practice flies in the face of the international convention on the status of refugees, because these people are running away from the war raging in their country and they seek asylum in Turkey,
Nathan Athans said he planted the garden in his front yard because it gets optimal sunlight. His backyard only gets sunshine for about two hours per day, and only in certain areas;.given four days to tear out the entire garden or face a fine because it is in their front yard, and city officials and a few neighbors don’t like it. Athans isn’t the first to be subjected to harassment over growing his own food. People have been charged with crimes, threatened with jail time, and had their property destroyed for growing gardens in their own yards.
US President Barack Obama yesterday concluded the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, involving more than 50 countries, with a bland statement highlighting his presidency’s supposed achievements in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. In reality, the Obama administration has greatly heightened, not lessened, the danger that nuclear devices will be used. The summit was held under the banner of the “war on terror,” with the supposed purpose of engendering international collaboration in preventing Al Qaeda or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gaining access to nuclear weapons.
News” is used to control our perceptions in order to ensure public acceptance of the Oligarchy’s agendas. Whatever officials say is reported as factual.True facts are not perceived and governments can pursue hidden agendas by manipulating news.
How do you expect the public to accept your GM crops if you make every effort to hide them?” “If you truly believe that your technology is safe, then why are you treating it like a dirty little secret that can’t be shown on the label? Why, if it’s such a proven technology, are you fighting labelling instead of promoting it? 64 countries around the world require mandatory GMO labelling” GMO has a serious credibility problem. No amount of labelling can hide that.
Spain’s lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies, on Tuesday adopted a draft law that would ban the oil and gas companies from production with the help of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking citing environmental concerns..Fracking is a process in which water mixed with chemical is pumped underground at high pressure to break apart rock formations that block the flow of oil or natural gas to the wellhead.
Deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov has criticized US presidential candidates for using anti-Russian statements to boost their ratings, apparently without considering the consequences of such actions for bilateral relations. Many US presidential candidates and many people from their entourage behave like Cold War troopers when they ‘ride’ the anti-Russian rhetoric
The most striking feature of the 2016 US election campaign is the virtual absence of discussion of what is by far the most serious issue facing the people of the United States and the world, looming over everything else: the escalating military conflict that threatens to plunge the entire planet into a new world war.
California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits and vegetables available — canned ones, officials said Thursday. Instead, the state on May 11 will require stores to post general warnings at checkout counters about the dangers of BPA and note that some canned and bottled products being sold have liners with the toxic chemical..
. In a just-released June 25, 2015 internal email, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 water expert Miguel Del Toral described the situation in Flint as “bordering on criminal neglect” after he discovered high levels of lead in tap water and efforts of state officials to conceal it from the public. Del Toral sent the message to his superior, EPA Section Chief of Ground Water and Drinking Water Rita Bair, the day after submitting a detailed interim report warning of high lead in Flint water.
Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that the state-owned companies should start the transition to the Russian software in the near future, first as a recommendation.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson,served as chief of staff to former secretary of state, Colin Powell: “it is now private interests that benefit most from our use of military force; private security contractors, defense contractors, like Lockheed Martin.” “We are the death merchant of the world.” Hillary Clinton’s speech from 2011, during her tenure as Secretary of State, she stated, “It’s time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity.”
Canadian farmers are justifiably requesting that Lawrence MacAulay, the Canadian Agri-Minister, immediately act to halt the sale of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed by Forage Genetics International, a Monsanto licensee. Many farmers have been concerned that their alfalfa will be contaminated by GM alfalfa; asked the Minister to put border controls in place to stop the continued cross-pollination of non-GM alfalfa with seed that has already been compromised.
In an attempt to shift their focus in international trade away from the EU due to political tension, Israel is starting free trade negotiations with China; Beijing seeks investment capital and a greater presence in the Middle East. Beijing and Tel-Aviv intend to negotiate a free-trade deal that would boost economic performance on both sides.
One-hundred organizations representing more than 5 million Nigerians, including farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have submitted a joint objection to the country’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA) expressing serious concerns about human health and environmental risks of genetically altered crops.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened the door for farmers to plant MON87419, a new strain of genetically modified (GM) corn created by Monsanto to tolerate the weed killers dicamba and glufosinate without government oversight. The move will likely increase spraying of the herbicides. Like earlier strains of GMO corn, MON87419 is designed to withstand being coated in toxic chemicals that wipe out weeds and other plant life on farm fields could “lead to an increase in dicamba use, which will spur the evolution of dicamba-resistant weeds and abandonment of conservation tillage practices.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a warning to municipal and state judges across the country that their courts could lose federal funding if they don’t ease up on fines and arrest warrants for minor crimes involving poor offenders, indigent minorities in particular. In lieu of fines and jail time, Lynch urges the nation’s 6,500 municipal courts to provide an avenue for offenders to perform “community service” or take advantage of “amnesty days,” whereby outstanding arrest warrants are cleared for nominal fees..
A financial crime consultant claims Moscow is seriously considering economic sanctions against the UK over its alleged support of tax evading Russian nationals. Ken Rijock of World-Check: many affluent Russians are evading income tax. Russia intends to hold the UK responsible as the scheme involving British overseas territories, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Cayman Islands.
Ted Cruz: we shouldn’t let anti-science zealotry shutdown the ability to produce low-cost quality food;” the anti-GMO movement is driven by “hysteria. Senator Bernie Sanders: GMO labeling exists in 64 other countries. There is no reason it can’t exist here.” Sanders favors small and mid-sized family farms, regional food systems, stopping domination of the food supply by a few large corporations
Oleg Lyashko,ultranationalist Radical Party: Ukraine can deal with its problems if it follows the economic policies of Adolf Hitler and Franklin Roosevelt and obtains nuclear weapons, says the leader of the Radical Party, who is angling to be appointed the country’s prime minister.“No business can survive by export contracts only. We need large-scale construction of roads, houses, infrastructure,”. “We shouldn’t reinvent the bicycle. That was how Hitler and Roosevelt acted.”Germany’s economy was growing because of military contracts,”
Committee on Environment, Food Safety & Public Health (ENVI) has formally objected to the re-authorization by the European Commission of the herbicide, called the herbicide’s re-authorization “irresponsible and unacceptable.”MEP Anja Hazekamp criticized the European Commission for even considering giving Round Up the green light in Europe.
Colorado's efforts to become the first state to pass a public, universal health care system are facing stiff opposition from right-wing organizations, many of which are funded by or affiliated with brothers Charles and David Koch. Opposition is also coming from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and is expected from the health insurance and drug industries.
Both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have seized on Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels to declare their support for militarism and attacks on democratic rights. While the candidates voiced different proposals, these lay entirely along a spectrum of violence and repression, from drone missile attacks and bombing in the Middle East, to torture of prisoners, to mass detentions of Muslims within the United States.
An RT crew has been caught in clashes and tear gas in Paris during a protest against unpopular labor reforms, a live feed on Periscope shows. Thousands of people have taken to the streets across France to protest the legislation proposed by the government. Protesters in Paris shouting “Resistance!” 10 people njured, 45 arrested. The protests have swept the whole of France.
Palestinians have decided to ban goods made by five Israeli companies from entering the occupied West Bank after the Tel Aviv regime made a similar decision. "In response to the Israeli decision to ban the entry to Jerusalem (al-Quds) of products from five Palestinian companies, the government decided to ban the entry of products from five Israeli companies" to the West Bank, said a Tuesday statement issued after the weekly meeting of the Palestinian cabinet,. takes effect immediately.
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes: concerns were the status of the US dollar in Cuba and the unfettered rights of American corporations. Removing penalty on dollar conversions is important,” US corporations moving into Cuba would have been compelled to “switch to euros or other currencies.”US corporations want to eliminate Castro government’s role as a labor contractor, creating a “free market” for exploitation of Cuban workers, consolidating dominance of capitalist employers.
Most foods sold in the United States soon could have labels listing ingredients made from genetically modified foods, thanks to a Vermont GMO labeling law that is set to take effect July 1. General Mills announced its labeling will apply nationwide, and not just in Vermont. Two other companies – Mars and Campbell Soup – previously made similar announcements.
Ted Cruz called on the United States to "empower law enforcement patrol and secure in Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized;” criticized US immigration policy and President Obama’s policy of welcoming Syrian refugees, claiming it places the US at risk of "radical Islamic terrorism."
Trump’s proposed cut would reduce top tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent – creating a giant windfall for the wealthy (at a time when the wealthy have a larger portion of the nation’s wealth.The Cruz plan would abandon our century-old progressive income tax (whose rates increase as taxpayers’ incomes increase) tax the amount people spend in a year, exclude income from investments; would burden lower-income workers who spend almost everything they earn and have few if any investments.. Cruz proposes a 10 percent flat tax, lowers tax rates on the rich, increases taxes for lower-income workers. These plans would cut federal revenues by $12 trillion over the decade
Mars Incorporated, the company that owns many popular chocolate candy brands announced it intends to label the products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), to comply with Vermont’s law. Vermont is the first state to require such labeling, effective July 1, 2016. The company will label its products nationwide, not just for the state of Vermont. Popular brands include M&M’s, SNICKERS, Dove, Galaxy, Mars, Milky Way, TWIX, 3 MUSKETEERS.
State Department is legally mandated by Congress to determine whether Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) persecution of minorities in Iraq and Syria – Christians, Yazidis, Sunni Kurds and Shiite Muslims – constitutes genocide.“What is happening in Iraq and Syria is a deliberate, systematic targeting of religious and ethnic minorities. Today, the House unanimously voted to call ISIS’s atrocities what they are: a genocide. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)
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