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Power Moves: US-Cuba Deal Isolates And Weakens Russia

December 17th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Power_Moves%3A_US-Cuba_Deal_Isolates_And_Weakens_Russia/40084/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Vehicle to remove allies from Russia, damage it economically. The Ruble in free fall after oil took a hit. The most powerful government agency you have never heard of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has used sanctions on Putin associates and oil conglomerates. Cuba has deep relations with Russia going back decades, has much to offer the US.

Are You Really Ready For The World To Be Ruled By Bankers?

December 17th, 2014
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.truthinourtime.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31570

Citigroup announced it would move its headquarters from New York to U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of House of Representatives. Citi spokesperson acknowledged makeover of the House is to cost millions,” “It’s always expensive to open a new branch.”“Instead of flying from New York to give Congress their orders, Citigroup executives can be on the floor with them, handing them legislation, telling them how to vote, result in tremendous cost savings.

US unions back historic assault on workers’ pensions

December 17th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/17/pers-d17.html

US Congress approved “pension reform” measure that permits preemptive cuts in benefits from still-solvent pension funds if the funds are deemed to be in a “critical status. The pension provision was backed by major corporations such as UPS, Kroger and by trade unions that jointly administer pension plans covering 10 million retired and active workers.

US says sanctions putting Russia economy ‘on brink of crisis’

December 17th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/17/390662/us-russia-economy-on-brink-of-crisis/

The United States, Europe imposed sanctions on Russia’s energy, financial, military sectors, Russian nationals close to President Putin. White House officials: Russia was facing “a very serious economic situation” which “reflects the consequences of not following a set of international rules.”

Obama announces US will establish embassy in Cuba, lift sanctions

December 17th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/215331-obama-cuba-policy-embassy/

Obama: US seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, plans to open an embassy in Havana, authorize sales and exports between nations and make changes to current travel laws that for decades have restricted traffic between the two countries.

Obama set to back new sanctions against Moscow - Video

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/17/390595/obama-to-sign-russia-sanctions-into-law/

The legislation authorizes the US president to provide lethal aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, ammunition, and "tactical troop-operated surveillance drones."It will also impose penalties on Russia’s state-owned arms dealer Rosoboronexport and other Russian defense companies.

Lavrov says has reasons to believe US sanctions aim at Russia regime change

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/767282

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Russia will overcome the West's sanctions, which will only make the country stronger, “We have been in much worse situations in our history and every time we have got out of our fix much stronger.

Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana

December 16th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014966781

Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana. Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

Europe should decide its fate without using US ‘disservices’ – Russian Duma speaker

December 15th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/212671-europe-america-naryshkin-parliament/

State Duma chairman, Sergey Naryshkin:“Isn’t it time for European countries to take their fate into their own hands and stop applying for the “services” of those who can only instigate conflicts ending in violence, destruction,humanitarian disasters and human casualties.

DC to move forward with marijuana legalization despite congressional ban

December 15th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/214591-dc-marijuana-legal-congress/

District of Columbia officials indicated they will move forward with marijuana legalization, approved by city voters in November, despite a spending bill passed last week by Congress in which the legislative branch appeared to block the effort.

Kansas Governor Proposes Using Pension Money to Cover Budget Gaps Created By His Tax Cuts

December 15th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014965837

Brownback's proposal: Slash the state’s required pension contribution by $40 million to balance state budget. Kansas has one of the worst-funded pension systems in the nation. The state was recently sanctioned by Securities and Exchange Commission for not accurately disclosing the shortfalls.

Attempts to pressure Russia are futile – Lavrov to Kerry - Video

December 14th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/214391-lavrov-kerry-pressure-russia-futile/

It is useless for Washington to try to pressure Moscow on the world arena; instead, it should take into account the other side’s interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry as the two officials met in Rome

Denmark says Greenland subsea ridge gives it a claim to North Pole

December 14th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014965239

Denmark says scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it. Denmark will deliver a claim on Monday to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, which Russia and Canada are also coveting.

Venezuela to face US sanctions over violence against protesters

December 13th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/12/amid-violence-against-protesters-venezuela-to-face-us-sanctions

The US to impose sanctions on Venezuela over the sometimes-violent suppression of anti-government protests which racked the country earlier this year. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro: “They can stick the sanctions in their ears or wherever else they’ll fit.”

Historic Victory: Congress to Prohibit DOJ and DEA from Undermining State Marijuana Laws

December 11th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Historic_Victory%3A_Congress_to_Prohibit_DOJ_and_DEA_from_Undermining_State_Marijuana_Laws/39862/0/38/38/Y/M.html

For the first time in US history the federal government is cutting off funding for enforcement of marijuana laws. The final federal spending bill that Congress will consider this next week includes amendments that block the Justice Department from spending any funds on undermining state marijuana laws.

Federal govt to allow Native Americans to grow marijuana on tribal lands

December 11th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/213695-federal-pot-policy-tribal-lands/

The US government will not stop Native American tribes from growing marijuana on tribal lands, nor will it enforce federal pot laws on the groups, according to a recently released Department of Justice memo.

In Austerity-Weary Ireland, Having to Pay for Water Is the Last Straw

December 10th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/In_Austerity-Weary_Ireland%2C_Having_to_Pay_for_Water_Is_the_Last_Straw/39846/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Tens of thousands of people protest against government’s plan to start billing for water and sewer service. Ireland is one of only two countries in the world (Turkmenistan is the other) that provide free water to residents, according to Global Water Intelligence, a British research outfit.

Treasury Department Seeking Survival Kits For Bank Employees

December 10th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Treasury_Department_Seeking_Survival_Kits_For_Bank_Employees/39844/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The government to spend $200,000 on the kits. Will be delivered to every major bank in the United States. The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, medicines, must include a “reusable solar blanket” 52 by 84 inches long, a 2,400-calorie food bar, “50 water purification tablets,” a “dust mask,” “one-size fits all poncho with hood,” a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an “Air-Aid emergency mask” for protection against airborne viruses.

Spending bill bars funding to legalize weed in Washington DC

December 10th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/spending-bill-bars-funding-to-legalize-weed-in-washington-dc/

Congressional negotiators to a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday undercut the U.S. capital city’s referendum to legalize marijuana, prohibiting Washington, D.C., from using federal and local funds to implement the initiative. Congress has the power to restrict city spending, and the rider bars any spending by the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana under the referendum.

American lawmakers take US closer to war with Russia: Ron Paul

December 8th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/12/08/389252/congress-drags-us-into-war-with-russia/

Former US congressman Ron Paul says American lawmakers are seeking to drag the United States into a war with Russia by passing an anti-Russia resolution. Much of the bill ironically condemned Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine.

US seeks to overthrow political leadership in Russia - Foreign Ministry

December 8th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/212395-usa-overthrow-russian-government/

By imposing sanctions on Moscow, the US aims to change the political leadership, says the Russian Foreign Ministry, adding that Washington is “twisting the arms” of its allies so that they can continue an “anti-Russian front.”

Tory peer forced to eat her words after claiming poor people can’t cook

December 8th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014960777

Attempts to establish a political consensus on how to tackle growing problem of hunger in Britain came under strain Monday as a Conservative who helped launch a cross-party report on the issue declared one of the principal causes of food poverty was that “poor people do not know how to cook”.

Ron Paul: ‘US provoking war with Russia, could result in total destruction’ - Video

December 5th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/211799-paul-congress-russia-war/

Former congressman Ron Paullashed out at resolution the House passed against Russia, branding it “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever.” It could pave the way for a potential war with Russia, as it was with Iraq, says bill was nothing but “16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush.

US 'Considering' Economic Sanctions On Israel Over Settlement Plans

December 5th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014958838

The US is said to be considering imposing economic sanctions on Israel over its construction plans in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Senior US officials are reportedly engaged in discussions over the possibility of punitive action against Israel over the matter.

'Aggressor nation' bill put to parliament

December 4th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/211327-aggressor-nations-russia-parliament/

State Duma deputies have drafted a motion defining all countries that introduce sanctions against Russia as “aggressor nations” and ordering automatic reciprocal sanctions against them.

Putin slams Western sanctions as ineffective - Video

December 4th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/12/04/388719/putin-slams-western-sanctions-as-futile/

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions against Russia will not undermine the country, nor alter Moscow’s policies. It is senseless for the Western countries to speak to Russia from the position of force and superiority. Putin made the remarks during his annual state-of-the-nation address Thursday.

Putin: Talking to Russia from position of strength is meaningless - Video

December 4th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/211383-putin-russia-deterrence-policy/

Putin: Russia is open to the world, ready for developing equal partnership with other countries. US has always been, directly or behind the scenes, affecting relations between Russia and its neighbors, Russia will not get involved in an expensive arms race. Russia cannot afford the liberty of being weak.

State of the Nation: President Putin addresses Federal Assembly LIVE UPDATES

December 4th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/211283-putin-president-address-assembly/

President Putin: 4.5 million additional schools required, Special certification to be required for healthcare professionals. “The core of economic development is having trained, skilled professionals,” outlines measures to reform education in engineering, Technological development needs particular focus. Businesses in this sector need to outline their needs to the government.

'Ban Apple!' MP warns lawmakers iPhones can be bugged

December 2nd, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/210675-russian-parliament-iphone-ban/

Russian lawmaker has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services.

'Ban Apple!' MP warns lawmakers iPhones can be bugged

December 2nd, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/210675-russian-parliament-iphone-ban/

Russian lawmaker Dmitry Gorovtsov has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services, applied primarily to politicians who had access to classified information.

Netanyahu to Call Early Israel Vote, Fire Ministers

December 2nd, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014956101

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will call early elections and fire his finance and justice ministers for opposing the administration’s policies. The government has been teetering on the brink of collapse as Israel grapples with a slowing economy and escalating violence.

French MPs Vote To Recognize Palestine As A State

December 2nd, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014956098

French lawmakers have voted to call on the government to recognize Palestine as a state. This is the latest in a series of efforts from European countries to push forward peace efforts between Israel and Palestine.

Obama proposes buying 50,000 police body cameras

December 1st, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/210547-obama-police-body-cameras/

​President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will seek $263 million in order to better train police officers ? and a large chunk of that money will fund the purchase of roughly 50,000 body cameras.

Dmitry Orlov: Russia’s Patience Is Wearing Thin

December 1st, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2014/12/01/dmitry-orlov-russia-s-patience#more25071

So there’s just this incredible level of disgust with their, as they say, partners in the west in Moscow and the result is they’re not really eager to talk anymore. They’re far more interested in acting. So, what we’ll probably see is a constant stream of surprises coming from Russia that will be completely unannounced and not predicted by anyone.

Would you like a health plan with your bargains? Obamacare is pushed at Black Friday as malls across America let civil servants in to hand out fliers for troubled scheme

November 28th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2853221/Healthcare-navigators-targeting-mall-goers-Obamacare-sign-information-Black-Friday.html

The Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Westfield Shopping Centers this weekend to provide deal-seekers with information on health insurance ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline for Americans without coverage to purchase it or pay a fine.

US Senator John McCain rejects all-out war with Russia over Ukraine

November 28th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/11/28/387931/john-mccain-rejects-us-war-with-russia/

Republican Senator John McCain has rejected a possible conflict between the United States and Russia due to the escalating tensions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Arizona senator, however, criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Poroshenko aims to change laws to allow foreigners into Ukrainian govt

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/209563-ukraine-foreigners-government-posts/

Ukraine’s president has announced plans to change the nation's legislation to make it possible to appoint foreigners to top government positions. This has been dubbed “unprecedented,” and may indicate that the country is being governed “from outside.”

3,415 New Federal Regulations To Be Implemented While We’re All Looking Over In That Other Direction

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/3415-new-federal-regulations-to-be-implemented-while-were-all-looking-over-in-that-other-direction/

White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda, the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.

MPs suggest restricting activities of 'undesirable foreign groups' in Russia

November 27th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/209335-russia-foreign-undesirable-ngo/

Two opposition lawmakers want an official list of “undesirable foreign organizations” and criminal responsibility for Russians who assist the activities of these entities inside the country, to prevent any foreign groups to harm the “basic values of the Russian state.”

The Emperor’s New Gruber: Obama says Americans are great because “we don’t have real long memories” - Video

November 26th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_Emperor%E2%80%99s_New_Gruber%3A_Obama_says_Americans_are_great_because_%E2%80%9Cwe_don%E2%80%99t_have_real_long_memories%E2%80%9D/39404/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber: Americans are too stupid to realize that Obamacare traps them into higher taxes, Obama praised Americans for having memories too short to hold Democrats accountable in the next Presidential election.

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