.US Congressmen presented the US House of Representatives a bill recognizing Ukraine's main US ally out of NATO, as well as providing the country direct military assistance. The non-NATO ally status would entitle Kiev to broad financial aid from Washington to buy military equipment and weapons.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper appeared before Congress and lied about the program. He later said that he gave the least untruthful statement he could think of. But it was nevertheless untrue and potentially a crime for which he could be prosecuted.
The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen starts on Monday, with the couple charged with selling political favors for a loan, gifts and vacations.
West Virginia State Supreme Court settlement: Monsanto to pay $93 million to the town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals, to clean dioxin contaminated dust from 4500 homes. Citizens will be monitored for such poisoning for 30 years.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered its foreign intelligence service, the BND, to monitor British and US activities on its territory will now use the same counter-espionage procedures on allies that are used for countries regarded as non-allies.
The proposal by the Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, being considered in Congress, would allow the United States Postal Service to provide payday loans, check cashing, prepaid cards and other financial services in “low-income communities, including rural and inner-city areas.”
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has resigned, amid political and economic crises in the Balkan state. Oresharski handed in the resignation of his government on Wednesday ahead of snap elections aimed at ending months of political turmoil in the European Union (EU)’s poorest country.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has handed in his resignation to protest the disbanding of the ruling coalition party, said the parliament was no longer capable of doing its work or passing necessary laws.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk: “Ukraine will introduce sanctions against every individual with a Russian passport” who sides with the pro-Russians, accused Moscow of funding and supporting the forces, a claim Russia denies. Sanctions imposed on those who helped Crimean integration into Russia,
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin: US remarks over the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine resemble Washington’s hasty conclusions on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. US has established the guilty party "even before the investigation of the Boeing accident.
Foreign ministers from the European Union will introduce additional measures to restrict trade and investment in Crimea and Sevastopol, according to the statement issued after the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after meeting with the Russian leader at the Kremlin in 2011, “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul,’” Biden said. “He looked back at me, smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’”
Following the US imposition of further sanctions on Russia last week, specifically the import of Kalashnikov firearms, gun stores across the US are experiencing a run on AK-47s. Among the companies sanctioned this week was Kalashnikov Concern, the maker of the automatic weapon.
Following a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip. No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days.
Before any investigation had been carried out, leading US politicians and media outlets seized upon yesterday’s terrible crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in east Ukraine, which cost 295 lives, to legitimize stepped-up threats against Russia, posing the danger of all-out war.
US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona): Washington should “impose harshest possible sanctions on [Russian President] Vladimir Putin and Russia That's just for openers, Washington should take actions if it can prove Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine.
The three traits that define Washington – arrogance, hubris, and corruption – make Washington a slow learner. Arrogant people wallowing in hubris are incapable of learning. When they encounter resistance they respond with bribes, threats, and coercion. Diplomacy requires learning ability, but Washington left diplomacy years ago and relies on force.
And while Jewmerica is eating its heart out trying to isolate Russia with its laughable slogan, ‘mobilizing the international community,’ Putin continues to straddle the world stage…this time in Jewmerica’s own backyard in Latin America.
Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a leader of the Moral Mondays movement, recently pronounced: "We're in a time where corporations are treated like people and people are treated like things."
T Federal Migration Service: Ukrainian citizens will be allowed to prolong their 90-day visa stay by 180 days, number of refugees from Ukrainian regions could reach half a million, would not punish Ukrainians for violating visa regime, agency would monitor the situation in Ukraine.
A Dispatch from Andre Vltchek & Crista Priscilla. The good light in which the US is perceived today by many Filipinos is the result of extremely successful propaganda comparing the US with Spanish imperialism…and the ignorance and short memory of most people. Now the old imperialist is back,
The Federal Chancellery of Germany has instructed the Defense Ministry and intelligence services to minimize cooperation with their US partners, the Bild tabloid reported Friday. The move comes against the backdrop of a major spy scandal.
Thousands of people of Lisbon protest against government’s austerity measures, proposed changes to the country’s Labor Code. Cuts to wages, pensions and welfare benefits have affected millions. Spending cuts and tax rises required by terms of international bailout loan.
Russian Foreign Ministry expressed strong protest over the firing of Russian checkpoint "Gukovo" by Ukrainian military forces on the Russian-Ukrainian border on July, 10. Stressed that a repetition of such cases the responsibility for the consequences of attacks will be on the Kiev authorities.
Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich: Russia agrees to international monitoring of its border with Ukraine, possible only when a sustainable truce and ceasefire is reached in southeastern Ukraine.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: "Ukraine has right to take legitimate actions in defense of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and citizens, preserve law and order within its borders while maintaining a measured approach, in particular protecting civilian lives,
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere: Germany to step up counter-espionage efforts following arrest of an intelligence service employee suspected of spying for the United States, emphasized that the country urgently needs a “360 degree vision” of all intelligence-gathering operations in Germany.
Ukraine's Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey says Kiev will not hold talks with pro-Russian forces in the east unless they “irrevocably lay down their arms. Kiev has been placed under strong European pressure to establish direct talks with pro-Russian fighters on a possible ceasefire.
Russia’s Central Bank stopped all operation with offices of four Ukrainian banks in Crimea. “The decision to stop the activity of the structural branches of the Ukrainian banks was done for protecting the interests of investors and clients, whose legal rights were breached,
Ukraineto use weapons with an intent to kill any intruders who violate its state border in the Sea of Azov, which is divided between Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine’s National Security Council: Ukraine would shoot down Russian helicopters in case they violated the country’s airspace.
Russia trying to secure support of Belarus and Kazakhstan in introducing measures against Ukrainian goods. Moscow failed to convince its Eurasian partners that Kyiv’s Association Agreement would pose a threat to their economies, taking unilateral action for raising customs duties on goods from Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry urged the 28-nation bloc to slam the deaths of civilians during the Ukrainian army’s shelling of the country’s restive east, denounce the criminal policy of the Kiev authorities.
Legal weed sales are about to start in Washington State as retailers have received their first electronic retail marijuana licenses. 20 stores received permits to sell cannabis, Store owners are allowed to sell marijuana from 8 am Tuesday, but which of the stores will be up and running then is not yet clear.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin: NATO is sending Ukraine arms and military equipment from East European countries which is in the interest of US military-industrial complex. Ukraine presented NATO a list of military equipment, needed by the country.
Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabeordered the nation’s remaining white farmers booted off their farms, land be given to black Zimbabweans, country close to bankruptcy, whites may no longer own any land in Zimbabwe, would still be allowed to own businesses and urban apartments.
Russia's parliament passed a law on Friday to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see an attack on social networks.
Russia Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin: NATO’s newest Eastern European members are handing over their Soviet arms stockpiles to the Ukrainian army, the alliance is in danger of pouring gasoline on the flames of that country’s civil war.
Japanese cabinet to endorse “reinterpreting”country’s constitution to authorise “collective self-defence” Under pretext of coming to aid other nations, step toward ending constitutional restraints on use of military force, allow Japan to forge new military ties, wage wars of aggression in concert with its allies.
The US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki: "In terms of events of what’s happening on the ground, our view is that the Ukrainian security forces' operations have been moderate and measured; they’ve been taking steps to maintain calm within their own country.
Hillary Clinton backed GMOs and Big Ag, endorsement of GMO seeds when she served as Secretary of State. Fears that current subsidies, tax breaks aren't enough,“I don’t want to see biotech or pharma companies moving out of our country simply because of some tax advantage somewhere else.
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