Responding to a question posed by ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz argued the US can swap prisoners with the Taliban because the group is not a terrorist organization but “an armed insurgency.”
THE AIM is clear: The big European powers, led by Germany, want to sabotage Greece's new government, led by the radical left party SYRIZA, by insisting that it continue to repay its crushing $336 billion debt to foreign lenders--thereby depriving it of resources to fund its aggressive reform program.
Washington disagrees with former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev that the United States is in another Cold war with Russia, which might turn into a "hot" one; spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki, stressing that the United States continues to work with Russia on various issues including Iran, Syria, and Ukrainian conflict.
Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, asked Congress to throw out spending cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control, proposed $74 billion in added spendingabout 7 percent split about evenly between defense programs and domestic side of the budget.
“I do not support legalization of marijuana; it’s not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization, nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general;” Lynch.
Among the reforms announced: scrapping planned privatizations, scrapping fees in public hospitals and prescriptions, restore “the 13th pension” for low-pensioners, scrapping the 5-euro fee at public hospitals and 1-euro fee per prescription, reductions in the patients’ economic participation on drugs. : a stop in pension cuts, restore the “13th pension” for pensioners receiving below €700 per month. “Uninsured farmers will receive again the €360 per month, minimum wage will be raised to €751 gross, collective bargains will be restored. Re-hiring of those laid-off from public sector.
Varoufakis: The Troika is trying to suffocate us and to put pressure on the democratic choice by telling us: either you follow our requirements, or you will be cast into hell, trying to terrorize Greek voters. Death is preferable. “The real deficit in Greece is a dignity deficit.
The Greek government disagrees with the EU’s sanctions against Russia, which are affecting the economy of Greece and other countries, Greece’s First Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Nikos Chountis. Greece intends to raise this issue at an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers on Thursday.
Nuland:'You must install the six border command centers around Ukraine as soon as possible, NATO should become' spearhead that will allow us to move quickly to areas of conflict.
Varoufakis has been unrelenting in his insistence that painful cuts to social spending, tax avoidance by the rich, the privatization of key industries, and enormous debt payments should be supplanted by a new economic paradigm that will put the Greek people ahead of foreign creditors and elite interests.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro: "We will always defend co-operation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, including our political opponents, "I don't trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts.
The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.
.Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs: “All you have to do is look at RT’s tiny, tiny audience in the United States to understand what happens when you broadcast untruths in a media space that is full of dynamic, truthful opinion.
Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambassador to Washington, has called on Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress about Iran. Amos Yadlin, a former military intelligence chief who frequently briefed the Israeli prime minister on security matters, denounced the event as “irresponsible.” Criticized their former boss for politicizing a vital Israeli interest.
Greek Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras may be a watershed event signaling end of globalization, privatization, austerity, laisse faire monopoly capitalism and “Illuminati” hegemony worldwide. New finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: IMF austerity measures imposed upon his country “fiscal waterboarding,” Greek repayment of ill-gotten bankster debt will be conditional.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a congratulatory telegram after his party won national elections; public backlash against years of belt-tightening, job losses hardship, said the two countries will continue to cooperate in resolving European and global issues. Tsipras: priority is “for Greece and its people to regain their lost dignity,”
The United States plans to work closely with the newly elected government of Greece and support the country in coming out of its financial crisis; US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki.
News media outlet Russia Today (RT) and terrorist organizations Islamic State (IS) and Boko Haram should not be labelled together as the main challenges that the United States faces; Department of State (DoS) spokesperson Jen Psaki.
sraeli President Reuven Rivlin declined the invitation of the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama during his upcoming visit to the United States, Haaretz reported Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also does not plan to meet Obama during his visit to the United States in March.
The city of Margate is the first in Florida to unanimously pass a bill that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), follows a trend of other Florida cities proposing similar bills.
The decision by Obama, whose relationship with Netanyahu has often been tense, might be interpreted as a snub because leaders from Israel, a staunch U.S. ally, are almost always afforded talks with the American president on trips to Washington. Netanyahu has accused Obama of making too many concessions to Iran for too little.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, arrested on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks, taken into custody by FBI on federal conspiracy and bribery charges that carry up to 100 years in prison.
The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday—presenting an America of rising living standards and a booming economy, capped by his declaration that the “shadow of crisis has passed”—is perhaps matched only in its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: The implementation of Russia’s anti-crisis measures may require the preparation of about 60 bills and a series of presidential decrees. This is our top priority right now.”
President Putin signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law that anyone violating requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs be punished by law. Any individual breaking the law fined up to 50,000 rubles ($890), any business in violation fined up to 150,000 rubles (over $5,300).
America’s Apple Inc. has halted all product sales in Crimea in order to comply with US sanctions banning economic activity with the region, which the US still recognizes as Ukraine, not Russia. The sales ban will go into effect on the first of February.
The UK government may abolish a law dating from the medieval era that enables British lords to use private property located within their territories for hunting, resource extraction, and other activities.
The Senate set to vote on a bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline first voted on a couple amendments. One of these that climate change is "real and not a hoax." anti-environmentalist James Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted for it, first claiming the amendment affirmed climate change was a hoax, later arguing the hoax was not climate change itself, but whether it is caused by humans.
Yemen's President and Cabinet have resigned, Yemeni officials said Thursday -- moves that came a day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil.
French National Front Party leader bashed Prime Minister Manuel Valls' plan as "completely off the point". She proposed more rigid measures such as re-establishing national borders and curbing immigration levels.
The annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, bring together world’s top corporate executives, bankers, financiers, heads of state, finance, trade ministers, central bankers, policymakers from world’s largest economies; heads of all major international organizations; IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organization, UN, OECD, academics, economists, political scientists, journalists, cultural elites and occasional celebrities.
If a newly introduced bill in Washington D.C. passes, one won't even need to be a citizen in order to vote in local elections.
Most striking aspect of Obama’s hour-long address, riddled with tired clichés and empty rhetoric, was the sheer unreality of the picture he presented of America, totally at odds with the actual experience of tens of millions of working people: mounting social and economic crisis, escalating attacks on democratic rights and the growing danger of world war.
Russia will lift its embargo on food imports from the West only “if the West adjusts its anti-Russia sanctions”, Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fyodorov.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under intense domestic pressure to take Berlin away from the US policy on Russia. European countries… are hurting financially because of the sanctions and are looking for a reason to start backing off on them.”
Fox Business News host Stuart Varney called the Obama proposal guaranteeing workers one week of paid sick leave each year a “giveaway,” all about politics. He knows the Republicans will say ‘No, that will make them look bad. He looks good.
The State Duma Committee for Constitutional Law is putting forward a bill which would allow the authorities to ban the activities of foreign or international groups that are recognized as “posing a threat to the nation’s security or defense ability.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have responded to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris by ratcheting up their efforts to strengthen the national-security apparatus and legitimize Canada’s participation in the new US-led war in the Middle East.
A classified Israeli foreign ministry document, leaked to the daily Yediot Ahronot: 2015 will see Israel’s standing on the world stage steadily deteriorating. Predicts “worsening drift in Europe toward Palestinian positions, more parliaments recognizing State of Palestine, fear of sanctions and labeling merchandise [to separate settlement products from tariff-free Israel-proper products] no certainty the United States will continue after Israel’s March elections to protect Israel with its veto.”
Pennsylvania’s newly elected Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is preparing to press ahead with cuts to public education and other social programs and attack the pensions and health benefits of state workers, said “making sure we understand that we have a problem” was “the first step in the process of getting to a much better place for Pennsylvania.”
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