Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Friday for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), after the body voted to condemn Israel's conduct during the 2014 war in Gaza. The U.S. was the only country to vote against the resolution put before the council Friday, with 41 voting in favor, and five countries abstaining. The resolution condemned Israel's targeting of innocent civilians during the conflict.
Wisconsin Legislative Republicans unveiled sweeping changes to the state’s open records law that would dramatically curtail the kind of information available to the public about the work of lawmakers.
Proposal would block the public from reviewing nearly all records made by state lawmakers and their aides, including communications and the drafting files of legislation. Democratics “deeply concerned”fear the move will “breed corruption.”
American Medical Association are calling many MDs ‘quacks,’ suppressing natural alternatives and gagging doctors with stiff penalties.
The Armenian government will cover the electricity price rise by off-budget means until an independent audit of the Electricity Network of Armenia distribution company is completed. Riots in Armenia erupted after the State Regulatory Commission had agreed to raise public electricity tariffs by 16%.
All residents 21 and older will legally be allowed to possess and use recreational reefer. There is, however, a catch, no one can sell it or buy it Oregon Liquor Control Commission has the authority to tax, license and regulate recreational marijuana grown, sold or processed for commercial purposes. OLCC won’t begin taking applications for commercial growers until January of next year. Pot shops aren’t to be expected until fall of 2016.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will call a referendum on the proposed bailout accord with foreign creditors, Greece's Skai TV reported on Friday.
Tsipras, who called an urgent cabinet meeting earlier on Friday, is due to speak to reporters shortly.
In a win for multinational corporations and the global one percent, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly advanced Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) —ensuring for all practical purposes the continued rubber-stamping of clandestine trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has called on US President Barack Obama to stop rhetoric against China and impose sanctions on the country over the hacking allegation.
Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) reintroduced another bill, “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599). If it passes, it will mean states can no longer pass GMO labeling bills. It would also prohibit states or counties from banning or regulating GMOs in any way.
U.S. House of Representatives rejected Trade Adjustment Assistance provision of TPP, first in a series of trade bills designed to lessen the blow of potential negative effects resulting from broader Trans-Pacific Trade deal. Number of Democrats broke ranks, voted against party leadership,
Senate Appropriations Committee voted today by 21 to 9 to approve an amendment offered by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration. The amendment mirrors one that passed the House last week 242-186.
Russian State Duma’s Committee of International Affairs head Alexey Pushkov: "We see the G8 format no longer exists, prospects of resuming it in my opinion, very unclear," useless to take part in association that is not for dialogue but rather "an organization for pressuring" Russia. The value of G7 has decreased, now looks like "the club of US’ friends."
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Kiev, Saturday to reaffirm Ottawa’s support for Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist, pro-western regime and US-led drive against Russia. Flew to Germany for G-7 summit, promised to advocate for Ukrainian regim, join Washington in pressing for no let-up in economic sanctions, aggressive NATO military deployments, and war threats against Russia.
Rick Santorum: “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists.”Pope Francis has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.
Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has joined a group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are pushing for the publication of 28 pages from the official report on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 which have remained classified for more than a decade.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Vietnamese government signed a Joint Vision Statement, underscoring the alignment of Hanoi’s military interests with those of Washington. Providing Vietnam with $18 million for patrol boats. Vietnam currently buys 90 percent of its defense materiel from Russia.
The final stages of capitalism, Marx wrote, would be marked by developments familiar to most of us. Unable to expand and generate profits at past levels, the capitalist system would begin to consume the structures that sustained it. It would prey upon the working class and the poor, driving them ever deeper into debt and poverty and diminishing the capacity of the state to serve the needs of ordinary citizens. Politics in the late stages of capitalism become subordinate to economics.
Possible US presidential candidate Wisconsin governor Scott Walker accused the administration of President Barack Obama of not supporting Israel enough and making “bad deals” with Iran. “The current administration is not giving Israel the support it needs,”criticized President Obama for nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Instead of allowing Americans to collect full benefits at age 65, the former Florida governor and likely GOP presidential candidate suggested on Sunday that it should be pushed back to 68 or 70.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico called for cancelation of European Union’s anti-Russian sanctions. "The sanctions have not produced the expected effect. They have harmed both Europe and Russia. I don’t know who may be happy with that reciprocal damage." if sanctions harm both the European Union and Russian Federation, what is their sense?
Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), intends to suspend NATO training of Syrian anti-government forces in the country, in the event of an election victory; the party’s leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. We shall put an end to the policy of the constant interference with Syria’s internal affairs.
Gregor Gysi, the parliamentary leader of Germany's Die Linke (The Left) party: "I have clearly expressed my criticism of Putin; however, sanctions were the wrong action to take," Germany needs to cooperate with Russia, because it is "the largest and most powerful country militarily in Europe. We can achieve peace only with Russia's help, regardless of who is president."
Institute for Economics and Peace: strong statistical evidence that high and rising levels of corruption, fraud and bribery can undermine security, only small increases can cause civil unrest; critical factors for political instability, undermining social cohesion.
The United States has formally removed Cuba from the list of its state sponsors of terrorism. President Barack Obama announced he would work toward normalizing relations with Cuba. US trade embargo against Cuba still remains in place.
Bush-era House Speaker Denny Hastert, was indicted yesterday, for two alleged felonies: 1) withdrawing cash from his bank accounts in amounts and patterns designed to hide the payments; and 2) lying to the FBI about the purpose of those withdraws once they detected them and then inquired with him. faces five years in federal prison on each count.
Israel is playing a greater role in the Republican presidential race than perhaps ever before. The past year has seen an effective merger between Republican Party and Israel's right-wing Likud Party. This is particularly explicit with regards to the presidential race, where contenders are courting pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who could instantly unleash tens of millions of dollars to bolster their candidacies.
Swiss activists have held a protest against a deal between Switzerland and the Tel Aviv regime for the purchase of Israeli drones. The activists called on the members of parliament to reject the deal, which has been approved by the government.
Fair Russia MPs claim that night phone calls and messages from creditors can be considered intimidation and should be outlawed. The new bill would ban night phone calls and messages both for banks and for debt collecting agencies to clients with overdue mortgage payments.
A number of Russian MPs have suggested altering the current legislation and introducing criminal responsibility for illegal trade in GMO products. The idea is to mete out prison terms of up to two years for repeated offenders.
Incoming DEA chief says the agency will no longer focus on marijuana. Chuck Rosenberg, former administrator at the FBI: instead of attacking marijuana users and sellers, he wants to “improve the DEA’s procedures on classifying, declassifying and reclassifying drugs,” as the new chief of the DEA.
Spanish voters punished the governing Popular Party in regional and municipal elections, throwing significant support to two upstart parties that capitalized on anger over high unemployment, cuts in public spending and corruption. Wake up call from Spanish society to a party that has enjoyed a hegemony in parts of the country.
Senator John McCain on Sunday attacked the president for citing climate change as a threat to national security, suggesting that the Obama administration’s focus on environmental issues was detracting from the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
State continues to wither under heat and drought. Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency. California is responsible for the bulk of food and produce grown in the U.S.
Upon completing his visit to Tokyo, Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that Japanese politicians acknowledge that their country has joined the anti-Russian campaign under US pressure and understand the importance of future dialogue with Russia.
The West is growing disappointed with Ukraine and that was the reason why Kiev has failed to achieve progress on a path of European integration at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga,Russian lawmaker and political analyst, Vyacheslav Nikonov.
Britain, France, several eastern European states opposed the idea. European Commission argues quotas essential to solving the problem Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta bearing the brunt of influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty in Africa and Middle East.
The embargo on supplies of US food to Russia causes problems in supply of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), says a quarterly report by the Energia rocket and space corporation posted on the agency’s website. "The list of goods prohibited for import includes foodstuffs that are part of the parcels for the crew and food containers delivered from the United States and intended for delivery to the ISS by Russian spacecraft.
The Russian Foreign Minister has said it is “absolutely necessary” to avoid steps that could further harm the ailing relations between Russia and the US. He spoke at a media briefing following lengthy talks with his US counterpart.
Starting Monday, United States' human rights record will be subject to international scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a regular examination of human rights records of all 193 U.N. member countries, second review of its kind for the U.S. since 2010. The review comes at a critical time when the U.S. human rights record criticized for falling short of meeting international human rights standards.
Russia Foreign Ministry: "In the dialogue with the US we have been stressing that we are open for cooperation on the basis of equal rights, non-interference with home affairs and necessary respect for Russian interests, where attempts of pressing us are fully rejected," regarding upcoming visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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