Peru has declared an environmental emergency state in a remote area of the Amazon region due to high levels of mercury contamination caused by illegal gold mining. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared the 60-day emergency state in 11 districts of the Madre de Dios region near the country’s southeastern border with Brazil.“Forty-one percent of the population of Madre de Dios is exposed to mercury pollution. As part of the emergency, the government would provide uncontaminated fish to residents in Madre de Dios and send hospital boats to help treat the affected people there.
Expanding strikes by refinery workers and truckers against the new French labor law, the government sent security forces yesterday to crush oil installation occupations and break the growing oppositional movement. All of France's refineries have gone on strike or shut down operations, and truckers have joined to blockade refineries and halt fuel deliveries to gas stations.Some port, rail and autoworkers are already on strike, and the trade unions have issued strike calls and requested legal authorization for strikes from June 3 to June 5 at civil aviation facilities, unlimited strike against the Paris mass transit system.
French police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters blocking access to an oil refinery near Marseille to show their anger at controversial government-proposed labor reforms. French government says the proposed labor reforms, which focus on maximum working hours, holidays as well as breaks, are aimed at boosting the country’s economy and curbing the high unemployment rate.
Deputy head of Russia's Security Council Yevgeny Lukyanov said that NATO flights near Russia's borders increase the risk of dangerous situations. "An American [aircraft] flew in our Far East. We all understand that everyone has their own tasks — national security, intelligence, provoking our air defense systems, it's all clear," underlining, however, that "the probability of contingencies increases."
The Transportation Security Administration moved to address the issue of long lines at the nation's airports, replacing its head of security and creating a centralized incident command team at TSA headquarters. Kelly Hoggan, the agency's assistant administrator for security operations since 2013, will be replaced by Darby LaJoye; currently a deputy assistant TSA administrator.Hoggan, who has been the focus of congressional inquiries was reassigned to new duties.
Initially peaceful the rally of 60,000 people turned violent after a group of around 100 masked activists broke away from the main rally and started throwing objects at police and vandalizing. Clashes broke out and police intervened using water cannons and tear gas.The demonstration was called by the workers’ and trade unions to protest against“antisocial” government policies, which cut into the foundations of the country’s welfare system. Unions denounce budget cuts in public services and education, lack of jobs and absence of social dialogue; under the new law people will have to work longer hours for less pay.
Increasing number of workers in the United States engaged in strikes, lockouts, contract rejections and other struggles. Social inequality at historic highs. Workers in the telecom, manufacturing, airline, supermarket industries, public sector entering significant battles. Developments in the US are part of an international tendency; oil refinery strike in France; a three-day general strike by Greek workers against austerity; a week-long strike by Nigerian workers against rising fuel and electricity prices; a strike by Mexican teachers to defend public education; a one-day strike by train conductors in the United Kingdom; and the first strike by Kuwaiti oil workers in two decades..
The US lifting the embargo on arms sales to Vietnam will not affect the supplies of Russian armaments to the country, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Anatoly Punchuk said on Monday. US President Barack Obama announced that Washington has decided to "completely lift" its embargo on trade in lethal arms with Vietnam on Monday during his historic visit to the Southeast Asian country. The decades-old embargo was already eased in 2014.
Recordings detail a conversation involving leading officials in the Brazilian government, seeking a way to end a criminal corruption probe entangling dozens of the country’s political figures.On Monday, Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo revealed a recording of a conversation between the country’s planning minister Romero Juca and Sergio Machado, former CEO of state-owned oil company Petrobras subsidiary Transperto, calling for a carefully orchestrated and arguably-legal coup against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The conversation centered on "changing" the government to "stop the bleeding" revealed by the so-called Car Wash investigation into Petrobras’ corrupt practices.
Brazilian protesters have taken to the streets of Sao Paulo, calling for the resignation of interim President Michel Temer.The protesters on Friday held banners and chanted slogans in support of suspended president Dilma Rousseff.Temer stepped up from the post of vice-president to replace Rousseff, who was suspended as president on May 12 after the Senate voted 55 to 22 in favor of opening an impeachment trial against her.
2015, the United States spent more on its war machine than the next six countries combined, with a total of $596 billion spent on military expenditures. This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with roughly $602 billion slated to be spent on military programs and armaments in the 2017 budget.
Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister and defense minister, said in an interview on Israeli TV on Friday night that fascistic, extreme right-wing politics are on the rise in his country, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.“What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements,”“And it’s just the beginning.”Barak’s comments come just weeks after Israeli Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan compared Israel to Nazi Germany in the 1930s, in a Holocaust Remembrance Day speech.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban slammed Bill Clinton as a puppet of billionaire George Soros for supporting his plan to flood the EU with "millions" of hostile Muslims. Clinton last week said the anti-migrant countries of Hungary and Poland "decided democracy is too much trouble," therefor "they want Putin-like leadership" to "keep the foreigners out."
Five years after a US-NATO war shattered Libya, Washington preparing to send troops into the oil-rich North African nation for a “long-term mission.” Pentagon’s top uniformed commander, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,: the new military deployment, which could involve thousands of US troops, could happen “any day.” General Dunford told reporters that there had been “intense dialogue” and “activities under the surface” aimed at bringing about the Libya intervention.
After the West imposed economic sanctions against Moscow, Russia and Beijing established a powerful energy alliance which changed the global oil market. In addition to increasing trade operations with oil and gas, the two countries are set to challenge dominance of the US dollar in setting prices for crude.
Petro-yuan is a strategic payment tool which would facilitate switching to a multipolar monetary systematic which would include various currencies and reflect the global balance of power, In 2015, Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia in oil supplies to the Chinese market.
The removal of elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff — and installation of right-wing vice president and U.S. informant Michel Temer — has led to a sharp outburst of resistance against the interim coup regime.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The chief of staff for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Jose Dirceu, was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in jail for fraud, money laundering and corruption. According to the court ruling, the state-run oil company Petrobras top executives bribed Dirceu, who served under Lula da Silva between 2003 and 2005, even after he was found guilty of buying votes of Brazilian legislators
insurance companies have begun a mass exodus from Obamacare markets because it is simply not profitable, and for those businesses that choose to remain, they have been forced to significantly increase premiums. Patients who purchases plans on the exchange have been getting turned down by doctors and hospitals who say they do not take Obamacare.
French protesters and police have clashed in the western city of Nantes as demonstrations continue across the country over controversial reforms to labor law proposed by the government.
Israel’s defence minister announced his resignation, citing poor faith in the prime minister after Binyamin Netanyahu proposed replacing him as part of a move to expand the coalition government. Moshe Yaalon said on Twitter: “I informed the PM that after his conduct and recent developments, and given the lack of faith in him, I am resigning from the government and parliament and taking a break from political life.”
Anti-gun Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she was “fortunate” she had armed security to save her from Bernie Sanders supporters..Boxer was at the Nev. State Democratic Party’s 2016 State Convention when Bernie voters disrupted the event on Saturday.“It was a scary situation,” Boxer told CNN on Wednesday. “I was there, It was frightening.” I was on the stage and people were six feet away from me and if I didn’t have a lot of security, I don’t know what would have happened.”In other words, she’s bragging about her private security as she eradicates the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans. it was only a day after the San Bernardino Massacre that Boxer claimed gun control “works.”
Health authorities in Canada have approved the sale of genetically modified salmon, making it the first genetically altered animal to be allowed for consumption in the country. The genetically changed salmon is usually ready for sale in 16-18 months, while conventional fish need up to three years to come to the market; there will be no special labeling requirements for the new product.
The Nevada state Democratic convention in Las Vegas last Saturday ended in chaos after state chairwoman Roberta Lange gaveled through a rigged credentials report that excluded just enough Sanders supporters to ensure a narrow Clinton majority and two additional Clinton delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. When Sanders supporters began to stand up and voice their objections, Lange declared the convention adjourned and summoned sheriff’s deputies to enforce her decision. Over the next few days, Lange claims to have received more than a thousand email and voicemail messages from all across the country, denouncing her actions in scathing terms
While residents of beleaguered Flint face rate hikes for the city's lead-poisoned water and Detroit sees teachers staging sickouts after lawmakers threatened to withhold their full salaries, the state treasury announced this week that Michigan businesses are to effectively pay nothing in taxes this year. Michigan is projected to give corporations a net refund while it faces a budget shortfall of $460 million. State's Corporate Income Tax rewritten in 2011 to cut business taxes to a flat 6% rate, increased personal income taxes and sales tax, unfairly burdened individual taxpayers, failed to instigate job growth."Fuel taxes and registration fees set to increase next year, part of a new road funding plan..
The Venezuelan government has given itself sweeping powers to control food and energy supplies and enhance security measures under a state of emergency to tackle aneconomic crisis. The measures give the government and security forces broad authorization to maintain order and supply basic food and services for people. Maduro said on Saturday all businesses and factories closed by their owners would be seized and handed over to their workers in order to restart production in the country. He accused the owners of the factories of intentionally sabotaging production in an effort to help topple the government amid the economic crisis. Maduro also called for military exercises next weekend to prepare for “any scenario,” including a foreign invasion. He also ordered the security to prevent “destabilizing actions that disrupt life inside the country or its international relations.”
Roughly half of the money raised to oppose a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is coming from police and prison guard groups, terrified that they might lose the revenue streams to which they have become so deeply addicted. Drug war money has become a notable source of funding for law enforcement interests. Huge government grants and asset-seizure windfalls benefit police departments, while the constant supply of prisoners keeps the prison business booming.Law enforcement officials in Minnesota, Washington, and other states that have debated relaxing the laws surrounding marijuana said that they stand to lose money from reform. Police receive federal grants from the Justice Department to help fund drug enforcement efforts, including funding to focus on marijuana. Asset forfeiture is another way law enforcement agencies have come to rely on marijuana as a funding source. Police departments, through a process known as asset forfeiture, seize cash and property associated with drug busts, including raids relating to marijuana.. From 2002 to 2012, California agencies reaped $181.4 million from marijuana-related asset seizures.
The US Senate adopted unanimously a proposed bill that would allow Americans to sue nation-states for terrorist attacks on US soil, despite opposition from the White House and allies such as Saudi Arabia. Dubbed “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” the bill sailed through the upper chamber of Congress without opposition Tuesday. It now heads to the House of Representatives, which has its own version of the proposal. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, co-sponsored the bill, prevailed over his South Carolina colleague Lindsey Graham, who had put a hold on the bill last month, citing concerns it would open the US up to lawsuits by foreign governments.
Canada announcing it will propose allowing doctors to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin under its Special Access Program.
Hungry Venezuelans protesting their children are dying from lack of food and medicine, do not have enough water or electricity, a country with more oil than Saudi Arabia. Desperation has set in, crime has become inevitable. A man accused of mugging people in the streets of Caracas was surrounded by a mob of onlookers, beaten and set on fire, mob justice is now the supreme arbiter of who lives and who dies: Venezuela saw a new wave of looting this week that resulted in at least two deaths, countless wounded, and millions of dollars in losses and damages. Governmen tfood dispensaries looted by the people. “They took milk, pasta, flour, oil, and milk powder, a human stampede over rice.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a sweeping crackdown under a new emergency decree, ordering the seizure of paralysed factories, the arrest of their owners and military exercises to counter alleged foreign threats. to contain a raging economic crisis that has led to food shortages, soaring prices, riots, looting and vigilante justice, pushing Venezuela to the brink of collapse.He accused the United States of destabilising the country.
The Nevada state Democratic Convention broke up in chaos Saturday after the pro-Clinton chairwoman, Roberta Lange, declared Clinton had a narrow majority of delegates. The announcement came after 58 prospective Sanders delegates were ruled ineligible, enough to tip the balance against him. Armed sheriff’s deputies dispersed the convention delegates, numbering several thousand people, after Sanders supporters refused to vacate the Paris Las Vegas Hotel ballroom, where the convention had assembled.
Thursday, the slow-motion coup masquerading as an impeachment proceeding against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff continued. Rousseff was stripped of her powers on Thursday and faces a full impeachment within six months. Vice President Michel Temer, of the center-right Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, ascended to the presidency Thursday despite recent polling showing that less than 2% of Brazilians intend to vote for him in the 2018 election. Temer announced his transition government will form a coalition with the country’s right wing parties and move rapidly to privatize the country’s natural resources while implementing unpopular austerity measures, .claims these measures are necessary to lift Brazil out of its worst recession in decades.
Brazil's new interim president, Michel Temer, was an embassy informant for US intelligence, WikiLeaks has revealed. Temer has replaced Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended from office earlier this week, after the Senate approved impeachment against her.. Rousseff was suspended from her post for at least 180 days after senators voted 55 to 22 to punish her for manipulating budget data, ahead of her re-election in 2014. The economy has unraveled, putting Brazil in the worst recession for decades..
Michel Temer, the vice president and former political ally of ousted Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores—PT) President Dilma Rousseff, formally took control of Planalto, the presidential offices in Brasilia, Thursday, declaring his would be a government of “national salvation,” and assembling a cabinet of right-wing politicians and capitalist economists from the banking and financial sector. Roussef suspended from office for the length of a trial that will likely run into September or October. Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and the seventh largest economy in the world. Rousseff received 54 million votes in 2014 when she was reelected to a second term as president. This election has now been overturned through an anti-democratic political conspiracy at the highest level of the Brazilian ruling elite.
Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said the “creation” of Israel was a “great catastrophe,” leading to a situation with the “potential for nuclear war.The creation of the state of Israel was fundamentally wrong, because there had been a Palestinian community there for 2,000 years,” he recently told Arabic TV station al-Ghad al-Arabi.
After a twenty-hour debate that ended at 5:45 AM in Brasilia, the Brazilian Senate voted to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, suspending her from office. While only a simple majority was needed to start a trial of the Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores--PT) president, her opponents mustered 55 votes in favor, one more than a two-thirds majroity, with only 22 against.
Suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has again dismissed a parliamentary motion against her as a coup, saying Senate’s endorsement of the impeachment bill was a blow to democracy. “I never imagined that it would be necessary to fight once again against a coup in this country,” Rousseff said, referring to the time she was fighting against Brazil's military dictatorship.
Former New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos sentenced to five years in federal prison, convicted of extortion, fraud and bribe solicitation; second legislative leader this month to face time behind bars followingcrackdown on corruption in the state's capital.. Accused of forcing companies lobbying for legislation or seeking a government contract to pay his 33-year-old son hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A judge will hear a case this month to determine if Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, a Florida couple can grow vegetables in their own yard. May 26 a Florida state judge will hear arguments and begin determining if the Village of Miami Shores violated the couple’s rights in 2013 by changing zoning ordinances to ban front-yard vegetable gardens. Shortly after the ban, code enforcement officers gave the couple a choice of pulling their vegetables or paying a $50-a-day fine.The garden was ordered removed for aesthetic reasons.
United States' European missile defense shield goes live Thursday a decade after Washington proposed protecting NATO from Iranian rockets despite Russian warnings the West is threatening peace in l Europe. Amid high Russia-West tension, U.S. and NATO officials will declare operational the shield at a remote air base in Deveselu, Romania, after years of planning, billions of dollars in investment and failed attempts to assuage Russian concerns that the shield could be used against Moscow.
After the unanimous vote by Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) parliamentarians Sunday to impose a new package of €7.2 billion in pension cuts and tax increases, the euro group of euro zone finance ministers met yesterday in Brussels to discuss plans for restructuring Greek debt. Latest cuts, boost regressive value-added taxes as well as income taxes for low-paid workers and small businesses, the minimum state pension will fall from €450 to €382 per month.
A former administrator in Flint, Michigan, charged in a federal lawsuit she was fired for seeking a probe into allegations the mayor tried to redirect donations to her personal campaign fund from a charity meant to help families hurt by the city’s water crisis;. said former City Administrator Natasha Henderson was fired in violation of whistle-blower and free-speech protections under Michigan law and U.S. Constitution.
, Wall Street donors have begun donating to Clinton’s campaign en masse. She "has raised $4.2 million in total from Wall Street, $344,000 of which was contributed in March alone;Wall Street Journal.
Greece will receive more than 5.7 billion euro ($6.5 billion) in the second tranche of its bailout within the framework of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), a Finance Ministry source said Monday. Greek lawmakers voted in a controversial reform bill that cuts future pension payments, increases value-added tax, and introduces internet, television, coffee and e-cigarette taxes.“In addition to funds for debt service the tranche will include the rapid repayment of the government debt to the private sector, which will greatly enhance liquidity of the economy.
Housing Secretary Julian Castro to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to suburbs; scheme involves vouchers to help urban poor afford higher rents in pricey areas, reduce subsidies for those who choose to stay in housing in poor urban areas. Smilar program in Dallas blamed for shifting violent crime to affluent neighborhoods. Want to use housing-choice vouchers to ensure that we don’t have a concentration of poverty and aggregation of racial minorities in one part of town,
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation April 5, 2016 to raise hourly minimum wage in California to $15.00. An individual working at McDonald’s forty hours a week would bring home $31,200. American Apparel, biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wipe out 500 local jobs; still employs 4,000 workers in Southern California. Restaurant workers, who pushed for the increase, may be looking at reduced hours or, replaced with robots. It’s already happened at a McDonald’s restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. McDonald’s plans to open a store run entirely by robots; will still employ human employees to insure the robots are working correctly; believes their ‘McRobots’ are the answer. ”Farmers can also be hit, as prices increase.
Hundreds of families throughout the world have been drawn to Colorado to seek medical marijuana treatment for their children's ailments. These parents and their children, dubbed “international medical marijuana refugees,” travel thousands of miles in an attempt to procure what they say are life-saving elements, the Guardian reported Monday.
Trump :"If interest rates go up, we can buyback debt at a discount if we are liquid enough as a country. People say I want to default on debt - these people are crazy. First of all you never have to default because you print the money I hate to tell you, so there is never a default. It was reported in the NYT that I want to default on debt - you know I am the king of debt, I love debt, but debt is tricky and its dangerous. But let me just tell you: if interest rates go up and bonds go down, you can buy debt.
Over the weekend, masses of workers across Greece joined in a general strike and tens of thousands demonstrated against the package of brutal austerity measures adopted by the Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) government and passed by the Greek parliament Sunday night. In Athens, many thousands took to the streets, shouting slogans such as “Rise up to throw out the government, the EU and the IMF!” and “No to the dismantling of social security!”
Vladimir Putin said Russia is for creating a non-aligned system of international security to counter global terror,, speaking at the V-Day parade in Moscow, called on all nations to learn the lessons of WWII.“Today our civilization has faced brutality and violence – terrorism has become a global threat,”
Jonathan Porter is charged with malicious assault, attempted malicious assault and felony destruction of property in the beating on Sunday of Richard Ojeda, who’s running as a Democrat for a state Senate seat." Porter asked Ojeda to put a bumper sticker on his truck, and then attacked him with brass knuckles. Police don’t know what motivated the attack
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country will not use its nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is invaded; said he is ready to improve ties with "hostile" nations, and called for more talks with rival South Korea to reduce misunderstanding and distrust; urged the United States to stay away from inter-Korean issues. Kim also announced a five-year plan to develop the North's economy, improving the country's power supply, increasing its agricultural and light-manufacturing production.
Trump said that he sees his current tax plans, which would reduce taxes for the middle class and businesses and increase those for the wealthy, as a negotiating “floor” that may change in dealings with Congress. I feel less concerned with the rich than I do with the middle class.”Trump also said in the interview that he is in favor of an increase in the minimum wage. “I don’t know how you live on $7.25 an hour,” but added he would rather leave it to individual states to decide on the issue.
State of Colorado was trying to become the first state to come up with standard organic labeling for marijuana, but lawmakers failed to pass such a measure.. A senate panel this week killed the bill 4-3. It would have made Colorado the first state in the nation to offer organic certification for cannabis grown without pesticides, voiced concerns the U.S. Department of Agriculture would penalize Colorado agriculture regulators for labeling a federally illegal substance as organic. The federal government regulates organic standards.
The issue of debt relief for Greece has deeply divided France, Germany and other EU member states ahead of a meeting of the Eurogroup of Eurozone finance ministers on Monday, Der Spiegel reported on Saturday. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin is in favor of some kind of debt relief for Greece, because he believes that the Greek government will not otherwise be able to get the Greek parliament to pass the creditors' austerity demands.
The Global Marijuana March has taken place this weekend as cannabis supporters from around the world gathered in 829 cities in 72 countries to put pressure on their governments to legalize the drug. Brazilian politician Renato Cinco took part in the march and he told Ruptly that legalizing cannabis could help to bring down the country’s rising prison population.
In Warsaw, about a quarter of a million people took to the streets Saturday in protest against the policies of the Polish government and in support of Poland’s place in the European Union. The event was one of the largest demonstrations since the 1989 collapse of Communism in the country.
As calls for the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews become commonplace, so do the Nazi comparisons, both at home and abroad. Major General Yair Golan said, “If there's something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance it's the recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general, and particularly in Germany, back then – 70, 80 and 90 years ago – and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016.”
United Nations was finally forced to issue its own resolution on the matter. Resolution 2286, co-sponsored by 80 member nations, condemns attacks on medical personnel and facilities in conflict situations and demands “an end to impunity for those responsible and respect for international law on the part of all warring parties.”
Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutogluannounced on Wednesday his decision to step down as chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and therefore as prime minister. The resignation is a reflection of deep conflicts within the state, in the midst of Turkish involvement in the Syria civil war and growing tension with Russia, as well as a renewed, bloody civil war with its own Kurdish minority. Davutoglu resigned after fistfights repeatedly erupted inside the parliament over Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s moves to crush the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).
Sputnik report conservative commentator Pat Buchanan slams NATO hawks for working to expand the alliance’s presence all along Russia’s borders, while calling Russia out as the aggressive power.
Despite thousands of seismic jolts occurring after a major earthquake recently rocked southern Japan and caused widespread public concern over safety in the region, authorities say there is no need to shut down the local nuclear plant. The decision not to take any precautionary measures has been backed by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority.“There are no compelling scientific grounds. We are not going to shut down the plant just because of calls from the public or politicians. What has been going on is within our expectations
Federal prosecutors have agreed to end their years-long effort to close and seize Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the nation's largest dispensary with more than 100,000 patients. The dispensary also operates a facility in San Jose, brings in about $25 million a year from medical marijuana sales. In July 2012, U.S. Attorney filed a civil forfeiture action against Harborside, claiming it violated federal drug laws. In October 2012, city of Oakland sued the federal government to block the Justice Department from seizing the dispensary's properties; argued shutting down Harborside would harm its patients and force them into the black market to get their medicine.
$3,000,000 shall be used by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, for consumer outreach to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed, including through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian benefits of such biotechnology, food products, and feed.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered free land in Russia’s Far East to be provided with minimal infrastructure. On Monday, he signed a law offering land plots of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) to Russians and naturalized citizens for free.
, Obama urged Flint residents to begin drinking the water again, while he sought to cover up the criminal responsibility of government officials for the disaster. His visit to Flint is part of a broader effort at damage control Those who spoke to the WSWS expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water, despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.
Senate Bill 928 says car hacking will be punishable by life in prison. A PERSON SHALL NOT INTENTIONALLY ACCESS OR CAUSE ACCESS TO BE MADE TO AN ELECTRONIC SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE TO WILLFULLY DESTROY, DAMAGE, IMPAIR, ALTER, OR GAIN UNAUTHORIZED CONTROL OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE. The bill says all electronic systems created by manufacturers must be sealed black boxes that purchasers, security researchers, hobbyists, and third-party suppliers should never access. Repairs to on-board computers by "non-certified" mechanics could net them charges, especially if something malfunctions down the road.
Greece will not approve contingency savings measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in case the country does not meet budget targets set out by bailout lenders, the Greek deputy defense minister said Wednesday. Dimitris Vitsas said the contingency spending cuts offered by the IMF could not be approved under Greece law.
Years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency. ”In 2013 prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions. Grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food.
On Tuesday, more than 1,500 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) teachers continued a sickout begun the previous day, closing 94 out of 97 schools across the city. The teachers are protesting a threat announced over the weekend by state-appointed DPS Emergency Manager Judge Steven Rhodes to withhold their pay during the summer months and eliminate summer classes. For the three-fourths of Detroit teachers who receive a portion of their wages during the summer, the suspension of payments would equal the loss of five paychecks covering nearly 40 working days.
Judges with the Supreme Court of Cassation overturned a theft conviction against a Ukrainian man who stole $4.50 (€4.07) of sausage and cheese from a supermarket in Genoa in 2011, finding that he had taken the food "in the face of immediate and essential need for nourishment."In 2015, the man, Roman Ostriakov, was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay a $115 (€100) fine. It took three rounds of court rulings before a case concerning $4 of goods was overturned "in a country burdened with [$69 billion] a year of corruption," hundreds of people become homeless in Italy every day,
In an executive order last year, renewed this year, President Obama declared Venezuela to be an “unusual and extraordrinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” and declared a “national emergency” to counter the “Venezuelan threat; serves as the Obama regime’s excuse for overthrowing President Maduro in Venezuela. It is a Washington tradition to overthrow elected Latin American governments that try to represent the interest of the people, and not the interest of US corporations and banks.
Tensions between the United States and China are rising in the lead-up to a ruling by the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration on a US-backed legal challenge launched by the Philippines to Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Republican and Democratic Party senators joined forces to introduce legislation, “The Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative Act,” that is aimed at dramatically increasing the US intervention into the territorial disputes; authorises the Obama administration to give greater military assistance to the Philippines and other rivals to China’s claims.
Hundreds of left-wing activists arrested during a protest against an annual conference held by the far-right anti-refugee Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party in the southern city of Stuttgart. Stuttgart police said on Twitter that over 500 protesters were briefly taken into custody after clashes erupted during the demonstration, but they were later released “in small groups.”The scuffles broke out after riot police used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon to disperse the demonstrators as they attempted to disrupt the AfD conference.
Deputy head of the upper house Committee for Defense and Security: Russia will reply to Sweden’s entry into NATO by increasing the numbers of its military forces, in particular on its northern and northwestern frontiers, the “We are talking not only about some technical measures, we are talking numbers as well. Russia will increase the strength of its military forces on the northern and northwestern borders if Sweden becomes a NATO member, this also includes the North Sea Fleet,” RIA Novosti quoted Senator Evgeny Serebrennikov Russia might reply to NATO expansion by deploying to its northern regions the newest missiles that NATO systems cannot intercept.
The Venezuelan Supreme Court blocked another opposition bid to unseat President Nicolas Maduro before his tenure officially comes to an end in 2019, ruled that any constitutional amendment to reduce the six-year presidential term “cannot take effect retroactively or be applied immediately.”The court said “trying to use a constitutional amendment to cut short immediately a term of office of someone popularly elected, such as the president of the republic, is an act of fraud against the constitution.”
Workers on Sunday marked May Day across the globe with rallies in cities from Paris, to Istanbul, to Manila. "Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon and detained more than 200 people after scuffles broke out at May Day celebrations in Istanbul. anti-government protesters tried to breach a ban on access to the main Taksim square."Hundreds of angry youths on the sidelines of a May Day labor rally hurled stones and wood at police in Paris, receiving repeated bursts of tear gas in response," the Associated Press reports."Similar fears about erosion of rights," sent "tens of thousands on to the streets of South Korea."In London, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked the politics of austerity, criticizing at a rally "a government that is more interested in tax relief for corporations, and tax relief at the top.
A number of parents received a letter this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which said in the document that parents of unvaccinated children in school would be required to register and exempt their child through a state website.
A coup to depose a democratically-elected president and install corrupt politicians who happen to be favored by the U.S. political establishment — is currently underway in Brazil. As the public’s attention zeroes on the readying of troops for deployment to Syria, despite vows by the Obama administration 16 times there would be ‘no boots on the ground the U.S. government has been able to quietly lend its approval to the move to oust Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
A total of 76 demonstrations are being held in the country, with few of the rallies are taking place in the capital. The biggest event was organized by the General Union of Workers (UGT) and Workers' Commissions (CCOO) in Madrid, where thousands of people marched through the city center. The slogan of the demonstration was "Against the social poverty, unemployment and low salaries.
China and Russia have intensified military exercises over the past year, including several naval exercises. China will host the Joint Sea-2016 naval drill later this year. The strengthened defence ties between the two nations, mainly through the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation platform, are widely believed to be aimed at countering the United States’ growing military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
NATO is deploying an additional four battalions of 4,000 troops in Poland and the three Baltic States, according to a report citing US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work. He said the reason for the deployment is Russia’s multiple snap military exercises near the Baltics States. “NATO military infrastructure is inching closer and closer to Russia’s borders. But when Russia takes action to ensure its security, we are told that Russia is engaging in dangerous maneuvers near NATO borders. In fact, NATO borders are getting closer to Russia, not the opposite;” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
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.
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