Head of the German party UNITY (EINHEIT) Dimitri Rempel said on Monday.“Germany has lost over a million jobs due to the sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation. A great number of companies have gone bankrupt, gone out of business or had to move out resulting in the loss of many jobs and financial losses too,”
Russia’s safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has officially announced on Wednesday that American producers have failed to meet Russian biological standards, and that their corn and soybeans are “unfit for human consumption”.“Since the products shipped from the United States pose a real threat to Russia, and the US guarantees are not valid, we reserve the right to introduce temporary restrictions on imports of US corn and soybeans,”
Opponents of Canada’s $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia are taking Ottawa to court in an attempt to block shipments of the combat vehicles, a move that could force the governing Liberals to explain how they justify the sale to a human-rights pariah under weapon-export restrictions.
Russia said on Saturday a ceasefire deal for Syria agreed by major powers was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by further Russian airstrikes gained more ground against rebels near Aleppo. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time.
The success of the ongoing Russian airborne campaign in Syria has prompted Washington to launch an information war against Moscow. Moscow proposed that all warring sides in Syria declare a ceasefire starting March 1. US claiming that Moscow is stalling in order to allow the Syrian army to complete its ongoing offensive. February 10 US warplanes carried out an airstrike against the Syrian city of Aleppo, with Washington immediately blaming Russia for the deed.. "The fact that these statements are easy to refute matters little for the US leadership because its goal is to create an information phantom for the electorate. They’re well versed in the art of fooling the masses; the creed of their propaganda is ‘the more terrifying the lie is, the more people believe in it’."
A recent drinking water contamination in Okinawa may have been caused by a series of accidents at Kadena Air Base, which led to the release of a minimum 21,000 liters of fire extinguishing agents over the period of 15 years. Chemicals were allowed to flow into nearby waterways and the ocean, U.S. military officials chose not to report the incident to Japanese authorities, or the affected residents.
Russia warned of “a new world war" starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground forces. Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, staged their own intervention, saying they were committed to sending ground troops to the country.
Two puppeteers were arrested and charged with glorifying terrorism after staging a show called, “The Witch and Don Cristobal”, as part of Madrid’s carnival celebrations on Saturday. They were released today, but charges have been filed against them. The 2 men have to make daily appearances in court, not allowed to leave the country. .None of the characters encourage terrorism. Hundreds of people took the streets of Madrid to demand the release of the two puppeteers, demonstrations across the entire country.
A Minnesota city is asking a court for a warrant to enter a rental home in order to check to see if the place is clean. If the city wins the case, inspectors would be able to enter such a building anytime they wish.The renters and tenants say they have nothing to hide but are opposing the city’s move based on principle. No allegations that ordinances have been violated; city arguedt no evidence of wrongdoing is required for the issuance of an administrative warrant..
Only four days after his public defense of torture and “a hell of a lot worse” in US military-intelligence interrogations, billionaire Donald Trump added assassination to his foreign policy arsenal as well. Speaking Wednesday on the “CBS This Morning” program, Trump said that his solution to the US conflict with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program would be to eliminate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un; “I would get China to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly.”
NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will expand its military infrastructure in Eastern Europe, deploy thousands of additional troops to areas bordering Russia. NATO officials agreed to various measures to enhance military positions in Eastern Europe, including more bases, pre-positioned military equipment, thousands of additional combat troops, and stepped up preparations for cyber and asymmetric war.
Emails obtained by the Flint Journalt hrough the Freedom of Information Act, suggest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told state officials to suppress lead testing results, both from local health officials and the community, while they figured out how to present the information to the public.
The Feds want to close down the automotive aftermarket parts business. NHTSA/EPA introduced proposal that would prohibit any changes to an automobile's engine or exhaust after it leaves the factory forcing car owners to use 'original equipment manufacturer' (OEM) parts and not aftermarket parts. The aftermarket community is a multi-billion dollar market.."'Major auto companies have turned to the International Trade Commission to sanction a novel use of design patents on individual repair parts to shut out aftermarket competition even if they are used solely for competition or become nonroad vehicles or engines,"
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that if Arab forces entered the Syrian war they could spark a "new world war" and urged ceasefire talks instead.. Asked about proposals by some Arab countries to enter the conflict under a US command, Medvedev said, "that would be bad because ground offensives usually lead to wars becoming permanent".
A tariff dispute between China and the US could drive a wedge between the nations, triggering a high-stakes trade war..The Norwegian company REC Silicon, one of the world's largest polysilicon producers, stated on Monday that it was temporarily closing its operations in Moses Lake, Washington due to the ongoing conflict between the US and China over solar panels. For the state, which is largely dependent on trade exports to Beijing, the announcement has come as an unwelcome surprise.
President of the Portuguese Medical Association, José Manuel Silva, is calling for a worldwide ban on Big Ag’s most used herbicide, glyphosate. World Health Organization’s Cancer research arm, the IARC, called glyphosate ‘probably carcinogenic; State of California move to force Monsanto to label Round Up bottles with a carcinogen warning..
Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa came under fire Tuesday for what opposition lawmakers called an insensitive gaffe that appeared to ridicule the fears of people in Fukushima Prefecture over radiation exposure:“There are always those ‘anti-radiation’ people, as you may call them, who are worried about radiation no matter how low the levels are; went on to attack the government’s official goal of reducing contamination near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant to an annual dose of 1 millisievert, calling it a “scientifically groundless” figure decided by her Democratic Party of Japan predecessor.
The Russian foreign minister has censured Turkey’s plan to establish a buffer zone in Syria, saying such a proposal contradicts the international law and will heighten tensions in the region.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday announced his intention to “surround the entire State of Israel with a fence,” including sealing off openings in the West Bank security barrier, said the extensive project would also address the potential threat of cross-border tunnels into Israeli territory.
General Motors went to Gov. Snyder him and complained the Flint River water was causing their car parts to corrode when being washed on the assembly line so he spent $440,000 to hook GM back up to the Lake Huron water, while keeping the rest of Flint on the Flint River lead-filled water.
Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said that Russia is planning to substitute imports of soybeans from the United States with deliveries from the Latin American countries as the US produce does not meet Russian food safety standards.
Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said that Russia is planning to substitute imports of soybeans from the United States with deliveries from the Latin American countries as the US produce does not meet Russian food safety standards.
Starting February 15, corn and soybeans from the US will no longer be welcome in Russia, announced the country's food and safety watchdog on Wednesday,. failed to meet Russian biological standards. The US exported 300,000 tons of soybeans to Russia from January to October last year.
JPM Quant is now saying the market is going to fall further and the Tech bubble has just popped. Russia will become the biggest exporter of wheat. Venezuela now selling the rest of its gold. Germany and France want an Eur zone finance ministry to take more control of the countries. Iran says it will not use the dollar for oil trade. The number of US citizens renouncing their citizenship surges. Obama asks congress for 1.8 billion to fight the Zika virus
A senior Kremlin official rejected a statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel Russia's campaign in Syria is causing the suffering of civilians. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there has been no credible evidence of civilian deaths as a result of the ongoing Russian airstrikes in Syria.
Turkish police fired tear gas at thousands of people protesting in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey demonstrating against the continuation of a crackdown on Kurdish activists by Turkish police. As a sign of protest, shops and schools were closed in the city. A representative of the Democratic Societies Congress said that the demonstration would last for three days before residents decide to continue protests or bring them to a halt.
During a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded from Brussels €30 billion to resolve the European migrant crisis a leaked document revealed, said Turkey would put refugees on buses to Europe.
Monsanto Co (MON.N) will pay $80 million to settle civil accounting violations after it allegedly misstated its earnings in connection with its top-selling Roundup product, U.S. securities regulators said on Tuesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission also said that three accounting and sales executives have also agreed to settle charges in connection with the case.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will meet his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday to discuss the prospects of lifting the ban on French food imports, says Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll. The former prime minister of France Francois Fillon described anti-Russian sanctions as a mistake, called for their removal as soon as possible. .2014, France accounted for 20 percent of EU’s crop output, 15.5 percent of livestock.
The Obama administration is pushing ahead with its plans to slash pension benefits for up to one million participants in “underfunded” multiemployer pension funds as part of its drive to make defined-benefit pensions a thing of the past for all US workers.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon is demanding a "fundamental change" in how the international community responds to conflict—one that prioritizes political solutions and a preservation of humanity above all else; call for "global leaders to place concern for the dignity, safety and well-being of our citizens—at the forefront of all policies, strategies, and decision-making."
President Nicolas Maduro called the owner of Venezuela’s largest privately-held company a “thief” and a “traitor” Thursday, blaming him for the country’s economic woes;. accused Lorenzo Mendoza, head of food giant Empresas Polar SA, of conspiring against his socialist government and meeting with his political opponents outside Venezuela’s borders. Polar’s billionaire owner this week has criticized the government’s stewardship of the economy and called on the Maduro administration to provide private businesses with much-needed foreign currency for imports.
Stated plan to route the Silk Road rail infrastructure to assist the mining of new gold for currency backing of the Eurasian member states, including now Iran with its significant own unexploited gold.,
Police in Peru have fired tear gas at demonstrators protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), a controversial US-led free trade pact signed by 12 countries. Demonstrations were held in the capital Lima on Friday, with the protesters saying the pact threatens healthcare by potentially increasing the prices of medical drugs.
Since 2008, the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship has increased 18 fold, making 2015 the third record-breaking year in a row.. U.S. taxes its citizens on all income, no matter where it’s earned or where they live. For Americans living abroad, that results in a mountain of paperwork so complex that they are often forced to seek professional help, forking out high fees for accountants and lawyers.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for a federal criminal investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder and his administration after it was revealed that the Snyder administration knew of a potential link between a Legionnaires' disease outbreak and the water in Flint, Michigan.
Protesters from the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) marched in cities across Europe today. Nationalist groups in Europe have been galvanized by the unprecedented influx of refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East last year. Some marchers held signs saying 'Trump is right', referring to the US presidential candidate's anti-Muslim rhetoric.
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that he could legalize waterboarding — and even harsher forms of torture — simply by declassifying the tactics. Trump’s plan to bring back interrogations techniques that were “worse than waterboarding.
Governor Christie signed a controversial bill Thursday that will make it easier for towns to sell their aging drinking water systems to for-profit companies by eliminating a public vote on such sales.
The extension of the anti-Russian sanctions was a mistake, Horst Seehofer, the prime minister of the German federal land of Bavaria, said on Thursday. "We need to take into account the current situation, we cannot lift the sanctions immediately," he told reporters. "We should seek the cancellation of sanctions by political means.""We should continue dialogue,""Many problems, including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, cannot be resolved without Russia."
China’s purchase of 24 new Russian Su-35 aircraft is essential for Beijing. The Chinese Air Force will not only get new jets that could affect the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait, but may also allow the Chinese military to assess the progress and development of J-11.. The purchase of 24 in the amount of about $2 billion is the second largest transaction between the Russian and Chinese militaries.
Germany's wealthiest federal state is interested in strengthening economic ties with Russia, according to Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer at a meeting with President Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Seehofer said his visit concentrated primarily on improving the economic interests of local businesses in his state. The Bavarian leader stressed that it was his duty to represent interests of the region, as 20 percent of Russian-German trade is with Bavaria..
Maryland is the only state in the country that taxes the amount of rain that falls. HB 987 or the Stormwater Management-Watershed and Restoration Program, the “rain tax” – passed by the state legislature and signed into law on May 2, 2012 – was in response to a 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate aimed towards reducing the pollution levels in the Chesapeake Bay. This tax is an annual fee on impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, sidewalks, garages, any other surface that could create drainage problems and water contamination situated on property owned by an individual or a business
NYPD’s enforcement of a little-known law allows the department to kick people out of their apartments without charging them with a crime or even arresting them. The process, known as nuisance abatement, is used almost exclusively against people of color: police can take civil action to shut down the use of places they believe are being used to commit crimes, using as little as affidavits from anonymous confidential informants as evidence...
The Russian government is thinking of adding palm oil, soda and potato chips to the list of excisable goods: part of a plan to get Russians eating a healthier diet as well as boost tax revenues, supported by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.The list could also include any goods with an excessive fat or sugar content. "Such measures are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the ways to fight against overconsumption of sugar and diseases linked to it.
LANSING School and local government officials have filed a federal lawsuit to block a new Michigan law that restricts them from informing voters about ballot issues. Republican-backed law was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder; prohibits public money or resources from being used to disseminate information about local ballot measures through TV and radio ads, mass mailings or robocalls in the 60 days before an election.
High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show. When he disclosed the spike in Legionnaires' cases on Jan. 13, Snyder said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by Progress Michigan through public-records requests show Snyder's own office was aware of the outbreak since last March.
Denmark has publicly acknowledged for the first time that in June 2013 a US plane was waiting in a Copenhagen airport to extradite NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US. At the time he was stranded in a Moscow airport.
A federal judge ruled last week that the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) will be forced to share a report on its business practices with the public — a decision both the bank and the Department of Justice (DOJ) fought in court to prevent. The report is based on the findings of an ongoing government audit of the bank initiated amid revelations in 2012, that it laundered money for drug cartels and terrorist organizations.
Israel has threatened to annul press credentials of journalists and editors who use ‘contrary to reality’ headlines for their articles. The move comes in response to a publication from US broadcaster CBS after a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday. CBS reacted to the terrorist attack which claimed the life of a 19-year-old female officer with a post titled “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” triggering outrage among Israeli officials.
Sanders helped to pass legislation that protects family-owned farms, with the Farm Bill in 2014. He also supports allowing states to require labels on foods containing “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) based on the consumer’s right-to-know
The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire,. also said the United States should no longer act as the "policeman" for the rest of the world. Revealed that pressure had been put on him to denounce President Vladimir Putin after the Russian leader publicly praised him. But Trump did not identify the source of the pressure, and added that he has refused to comply..
President Eisenhower was issuing warnings about our own military-industrial complex; regardless of the protestations of high-ranking military officers, no cost-overrun, no matter how egregious, went unpaid. The Cold War was a profitable business that served many, that is why it lasted so long. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the “Soviet threat” was replaced with the “Muslim threat,” “War on Terror” took over from the Cold War. The charge, “conspiracy theory,” is used to prevent investigation. False flag attacks are used by governments in order to pursue secret agendas that they cannot publicly acknowledge.
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee is pushing for fresh sanctions against Iran over what senators described as Tehran’s aggressive non-nuclear activities. Senator Bob Corker, the committee’s Republican chairman working to introduce a new package of Iran-related bills to address everything from the Islamic Republic’s recent ballistic missile tests to its alleged human rights violations.
Just days after a Bernie Sanders campaign ad singled out Goldman Sachs as "one of the Wall Street banks that triggered the financial meltdown," the head of the global investment banking firm said such criticism is "dangerous."
Public Space Protection Order” will place a fine of £1000 on homeless activities. The order has been met with numerous criticisms, with many pointing out that the new laws effectively outlaw homelessness.
Putin and Kissinger have had long relations and they speak constantly with one another by discussing current issues of world politics and exchanging opinions on the perspectives of the developing situation in the future,”
A lawmaker representing the parliamentary majority party United Russia is preparing a bill that, if passed, would ban members of political parties from receiving money from foreign sponsors, under the threat of lengthy prison sentences.
When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility. Football and politics encourage zealous devotion among their followers, create manufactured divisions that alienate one group of devotees from another, andresult in a tunnel vision that leaves the viewer oblivious to anything else going on around them apart from the “big game.”
A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report last month predicted 500,000 to 1 million people would be cut off of SNAP benefits in 2016 due to the return in many areas of a three-month limit on benefits for unem
Biotech lobbyists are staging a "below-the-radar attack" on European regulations, attempting to have new genetic modification (GM) techniques excluded from rules that impact the environment, food safety, and consumer choice, according to a new report from the Brussels-based Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). Corporations like Bayer, BASF, Dow Agrosciences, and Monsanto, are essentially trying to circumvent Europe's relatively strict regulation of GM organisms, which includes a mandated assessment of health and environmental risks, as well as labeling
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov :“Concerning the statements from London and other Western capitals claiming that our Air Force operations in Syria are not contributing to the resolution of the conflict – we are used to such statements. They are completely groundless,”
Two Long Island medical marijuana dispensaries have opened to the public on Friday.. New York recently joined 22 other states, as well as Washington, D.C., that will allow patients to legally have access to medical marijuana. Tightly-regulated dispensaries are cropping up across the state, but it has been a slow process.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will visit Washington this week to update President Barack Obama on peace negotiations just weeks before Santos is supposed to sign an agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the leftist guerrilla group that has waged a five-decade-long war against the Colombian government. Colombia currently receives $300 million a year in U.S. aid to combat the drug trade and reduce poverty. Santos is expected to ask Obama and Congress to ramp that spending to around $500 million a year.
Sergei Naryshkin, the Chairman of the Russian Parliamen: growing tensions in international relations result from Washington’s lack of morals and violations of international law: “American exceptionalism” often used by many US politicians was against not only the legal principle of equality of all nations and peoples, but also contradicted basic human morality. The Duma speaker also said that at the moment he considered Russia as the key protector of the basic foundations of international law; urged European politicians to stop heeding advice from the United States, start working on common economic interests with Russia.
The German Interior Ministry has rejected the populist party’s call for giving power to police officers to use firearms against refugees. Frauke Petry, head of the Alternative for Germany party, said on Saturday German police should shoot “if necessary” at refugees who try to enter the country illegally.
For the first time in her more than ten years in government, the position of Chancellor Angela Merkel is under serious threat. The dispute in the coalition of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) mainly revolves around refugee policy, major conflicts on the direction of future foreign policy.
The proposal on Friday by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for an international peace conference; said that if the French plan did not break the deadlock Paris would recognize a Palestinian state. Such a step would raise concern in Israel that other European countries would follow.
400 hotels for sale in the tourist capital Antalya, Turkey facing shortfall of 4.5 million Russian tourists this year, tourism industry to miss out on $4.5 billion in lost revenues. European tourists, mainly from Germany, have changed their preferences to Greek resorts. Relations between Ankara and Moscow deteriorated after Turkey downed a Russian Su-24 jet deployed in an anti-terrorist operation in Syria
Generally recognized as safe” was the basis for a federal judge’s decision on January 29 to order Greek yogurt-maker Chobani to stop airing ads that insinuated that competitors’ products were “unsafe or harmful” and contained chemicals used to kill bugs or clean swimming pools. Judge David Hurd, U.S. District Court for Northern New York called the ads “misleading ordering Chobani cease advertising implying that Dannon products “are unhealthy because they contain chlorine and that Chobani products, including Chobani Simply 100 Greek, are healthy because they do not contain chlorine.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the Syrian government and opposition to seize the opportunity presented by the peace talks to achieve a ceasefire in Syria, insisting that there is “no military solution” to the conflict.
Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer's plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow caused outrage among German politicians, German newspaper Die Welt reported. Seehofer has repeatedly made critical statements about Merkel's 'open doors' policy on refugees, was accused by his colleagues of playing into Putin's hands after he stressed the negative impact of anti-Russian sanctions on the German economy.
Eighty Swiss banks have agreed to pay the US fines totaling $1.36 billion in order to avoid court prosecution, according to the US Justice Department..
China has censured the United States for sending a warship very close to one of the country’s artificial islands to the South China Sea. The USS Curtis Wilbur, a missile destroyer, passed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, which is part of the Paracel Islands, on Friday, a move apparently designed to increase tensions with Beijing. Chinese Ministry of Defense issued a statement, saying the US action “severely violated the law.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "We need… to say to people that this is a temporary residential status and we expect that, once there is peace in Syria again, once IS has been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained," Merkel has been slammed for her policy of open doors as the growing influx of refugees raised security concerns among the local population.
The Republican governor released some staff emails on Jan. 20, showing that he was well aware that Flint citizens were slowly being poisoned following a decision by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to force them to live with lead-tainted water including one dated over two years ago completely blacked out by the governor’s advisers over both pages.
Swiss residents are to vote on a countrywide referendum about a radical plan to pay every single adult a guaranteed income of around $2500 per month could make the country the first in the world to pay all of its citizens a monthly basic income regardless if they work or not.
Moscow has denied Turkey’s accusation that a Russian Su-34 bomber violated its airspace on Friday. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that Ankara couldn’t have determined which country the jet belonged to under the circumstances they described. “There have been no Turkish airspace violations by the aircraft of the Russian airborne tactical formation [acting] in the Syrian Arab Republic. The statements from the Turkish side concerning the alleged air incursion by a Russian Su-34 are proof-less propaganda,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Iror Konashenkov..
Nineteen Democrats and two Republicans, including Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada, a physician and Army Reserve brigadier general who chairs the House Armed Services personnel panel, want a new policy that “removes barriers that would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship” in states where medical marijuana is legal.
The Swedish government has announced its intention to deport 80,000 refugees whose asylum applications have been rejected in the coming months. The head of Sweden’s border police, Patrick Engström, stated that collaboration between the border police and immigration authorities would be intensified in order to strictly enforce deportations
Russia is in talks with no one on Crimea’s returning back to Ukraine as Crimea is a Russian territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. "There is nothing to return, we are in talks with no one on Crimea’s return. Crimea is Russian territory in full conformity with the expression of will of Crimea’s peoples,"
For the first time the four emerging market economies Brazil, Russia, India and China have entered the International Monetary Fund's top 10 biggest members. The IMF’s 2010 quota and governance reforms have finally come into force. China will have the third largest IMF quota and voting share after the United States with 16.74 percent and Japan with 6.23 percent. Russia's Deputy Finance Minister and BRICS Bank Russia director Sergey Storchak; Moscow will work to get the veto right for the five major emerging economies.
As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to occupy national headlines in the United States, scientists and environmental officials have revealed a dirty secret of American life: the poisoning of drinking water with toxic chemicals is not unique to Flint, Michigan, but takes place all over the country. Counties in Louisiana and Texas, as well as the cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts all reported that substantial numbers of children have been exposed to elevated lead levels, largely through municipal drinking water..
Speaking at the UN Security Council, Mr Ban said it was human nature for oppressed peoples to react to occupation, adding that a recent wave of attacks was driven by a "profound sense of alienation and despair" among some Palestinians. "Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process," he said. "As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.".Netanyahu; “the comments of the UN Secretary General encourage terror..
EU ministers met yesterday in a bid to get a grip on the migrant crisis. Belgium called for 'closed facilities' to be set up in Greece. Commission boss Juncker backed a new 'second line of defence' for EU. Czech president has called for troops from every country to patrol borders. EU leaders announced teams of border guards will be deployed to stop migrants leaving Greece for the rest of the EU, cutting the country off from the rest of the continent.
Canada says it will move to quickly normalize relations with Iran and lift the sanctions it has imposed against Tehran in order not to miss the business opportunities that have arisen following the recent implementation of Tehran’s landmark nuclear agreement with six world powers.
Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown) introduced House Bill 2428 (HB2428) on Jan. 21. Sen. Mae Beavers sponsors the companion bill in the Senate (SB2272). The legislation would reform Tennessee law by requiring a criminal conviction before prosecutors could proceed with asset forfeiture. Under current law, the state can seize assets even if a person is never found guilty of a crime, or even arrested. The bills would also require funds procured through asset forfeiture to be deposited into the state general fun instead of going to law enforcement agencies. This provision curbs the policing for profit motive inherent in the current law.
President Vladimir Putin: Fighting corruption is an extremely complicated task that requires time, but society must gradually fulfill it or face even bigger problems, “Any attempts of bribery of Russian or foreign civil servants by commercial structures committed on the territory of foreign states must be cut short.”
The city of Seattle now adds its name to 5 other major US cities that are suing Monsanto over PCBs. Monsanto was a producer of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) for commercial use in the U.S. from 1935 to 1977. The company has made millions from selling PCBs, all the while knowing that natural environments were suffering,
Robert Gates, former CIA director, Pentagon chief under President Obama, George W. Bush :“The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler. “People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable. Either they really believe what they’re saying or they’re cynical and opportunistic and, in a way, you hope it’s the latter because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they’re saying.”
, Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday suggested the state bring back the use of guillotines to publicly execute drug traffickers' after he made racially charged remarks at a town hall event, warning residents of out-of-state drug dealers with names like "D-Money" and "Smoothie come to Maine to sell narcotics and to impregnate young white women. LePage dismissed accusations his comments were racist,blamed the media for the backlash..
U.S. businesses will have more freedom to sell products and services directly to the Cuban government under a new set of regulations the U.S. government unveiled Tuesday,. made it easier for U.S. companies to sell items directly to Cuban entrepreneurs.
Taxi drivers in France are blockading roads with burning tires in protest at the low-cost Uber app, resulting in at least 20 arrests. Air traffic controllers are also staging a demonstration, leading to dozens of canceled flights. Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned the “unacceptable” violence during the protests."There is a right to protest... even during a state of emergency," he said on Tuesday. "But violence is unacceptable." Valls announcedt a government mediator will be appointed to resolve the economic crisis that has hit the sector..
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the ideas of socialism were good – equality, fraternity, happiness, but the practical implementation of those ideas in Russia and the Soviet Union was far from what the socialists-utopists envisioned..
Iran and Italy have signed multi-billion dollar contracts covering various sectors including health, transportation, agriculture and energy. Reuters reported that a pipeline contract worth between 3.6-4.6 billion euros (USD 4-5 billion) for Italian oil services group Saipem was among the deals. The company’s shares surged 18.5 percent on Monday. Italian steel firm Danieli said it would sign commercial agreements worth up to 5.7 billion euros (USD 6.1 billion) with Iran.
Following a damning investigation into the group's complicity in US torture, the American Psychological Association demanded the government remove military psychologists from interrogations. The U.S. Department of Defense is asking the American Psychological Association (APA) to place its ethical considerations aside and reconsider its ban prohibiting psychologists from participating in torture at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere.
"Give a small number of people the power to enrich themselves beyond everyone's wildest dreams, a philosophical rationale to explain all the damage they're causing, and they will not stop until they've run the world economy off a cliff.""Wall Street is not being made a scapegoat for this crisis: they really did this."It has become a machine for transferring income, wealth, ownership, and power to the top..
Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has chaired a meeting on import substitution in the defence industry and aircraft engine building held in St Petersburg. "The meeting focused on prospects for national sovereignty in the manufacturing of current and perspective aircraft along with issues related to an unhindered operation of state-run aviation in the Russian Federation," the Security Council’s press service said.
The National Guard sent 70 more troops to deal with a contaminated water situation in Flint, Michigan, that has led angry crowds to assemble in front of Gov. Rick Snyder’s apartment in downtown Ann Arbor and demand his resignation and arrest. Members of the Guard first ordered to the scene mostly to distribute bottled water, filters and test kits where it was recently discovered that drinking water had been contaminated by lead. President Obama declared a state of emergency in the city, ordered Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to the scene.
The political situation in the world is changing dramatically thanks to increasingly close collaborations of Russia, China and Iran with the signing of the 17 trade agreements (between Iran and China. — RT) to the amount of $600 billion; markets in the UK and USA did not bring enough revenue to China, because these countries have been faced with many challenges.,
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