The FBI on Monday confirmed they are investigating a hack into the Democratic National Committee, the first acknowledgment from the agency that they are probing the incident, which US officials suspect came from a Russian cyber attack. Fallout over the emails led DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation Sunday.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager continues to claim that Russian hackers are responsible for the leak of tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee despite evidence to the contrary and says that it is a deliberate attempt by the Kremlin to influence the US presidential election to favor the candidacy of Donald Trump.
At a lively Sunday march in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, chants of “lock her up,” “Hillary for Prison” signs and t-shirts and calls for indictment were common among the most ardent supporters of Mr. Sanders, who arrived in Philadelphia to make their voices heard to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention..
Following massive “migration” of Muslims to Europe, Austrians are building a massive wall to keep them out. Engineers in the central European state have finalised plans for the vast barrier, which would stretch along its entire southern border with Hungary. State officials have reached agreements with hundreds of landowners along the 100km stretch of border.
Republican White House nominee Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the United States could pull out of the World Trade Organization if he is elected president during a interview. has already threatened to renegotiate or rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement. He said he would slap punitive import taxes of up to 30 percent on firms that moved manufacturing activities abroad, citing NAFTA partner Mexico as an example. Said that French and German citizens could face “extreme” vetting at US borders in light of recent terror attacks in both countries.
Africa’s continental body, the African Union (AU) has announced that it has launched for the first time, a single passport for all citizens on the continent. The AU consists of 54 countries. The only country in Africa, which is not part of the Union, is Morocco.The common passport will grant visa-free access to all 54 member states of the Union, promoting freedom of movement, will increase trade and investment among countries in the Union.
The German government has called for EU-wide gun controls in the wake of the Munich shootings, as it emerged the teenage attacker bought a gun on the “dark web”.Police now believe he bought the gun on the so-called “dark web”, an area of the internet not accessible without special software, used by criminals and paedophile networks, according to Süddeustche Zeitung newspaper. Germany has relatively tough gun laws and there is no way the teen could legally have obtained the gun in his own country.
Donald Trump was right when he said Hillary Clinton wants “a 500 percent increase in Syrians refugees” in his Manchester, New Hampshire speech on Monday. During a Sept. 20 appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Clinton was asked if President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the number allowed into the United States to 10,000 was enough. (The United States had accepted about 2,000 in 2015.) “Look, we’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II, and I think the United States has to do more, and I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in,” Clinton said. “A jump to 65,000 would be a 550 percent increase.”
Democrats use media to disperse anti-Russian propaganda in a bid to bloody Trump’s campaign with far-fetched suggestions including that the billionaire real estate tycoon is conspiring with Putin to invade his wife’s hometown.
Turkey’s purge of Gulen supporters continued on Saturday with the closure of hundreds of private schools, charities and other institutions suspects of links with the US-based cleric. Ankara declared a state of emergency after a failed military coup.
Thousands of people have held protest rallies across Argentina against an increase in consumer utility prices ordered by the conservative government. President Mauricio Macri cut energy subsidies and raised energy rates after taking office late last year. He said frozen tariffs during the previous government had left Argentina’s economy on the brink of collapse.
Trump: "No longer will we enter into these massive deals, with many countries. Instead, I will make individual deals with individual countries," "enforce all trade violations" through the imposition of "taxes and tariffs, against any country that cheats" and to renegotiate trade agreements with individual states, particularly China.
President Barack Obama: "Any reports that we had any previous knowledge of a coup attempt, that there was any U.S. involvement in it, that we were anything other than entirely supportive of Turkish democracy are completely false, unequivocally false," Obama said, warning that such rumors threatened "a critical alliance and partnership between the United States and Turkey."
Medical marijuana will become available in Florida for the first time next week. Trulieve announced Wednesday it received final approval from the Florida Department of Health to begin selling a low-THC strain of medical marijuana used to treat children with severe epileptic seizures and cancer. The state legislature legalized this form of medical cannabis in 2014. Cannabis with higher levels of THC for treatment of terminally ill patients will become available in August, according to the company.
A homeowner in Finland has been sentenced to four years in jail and a fine totaling €21,000 (US$23,000) after fighting off three intruders who attempted to rob his house. The thieves got lesser prison terms and are to be paid damages by their victim. Three strangers rushed in and launched at him, toting baseball bats and a gun. The man retreated to the kitchen, where he found a knife and was able to overpower the intruders, two men and one woman. The homeowner convicted of “excessive self-defense and attempted manslaughter. The attackers were convicted for felony home invasion and assault, received one-year-and-two-month conditional sentences, similar to probation or house arrest in Finland, also ordered to pay the homeowner damages, their combined fine ruled to be €3,000 (US$3,300).
The United States will sell the United Arab Emirates $785 million worth of bombs. UAE will receive 14,640 bombs and guidance kits, which turn unguided bombs into precision munitions with navigation systems, along with other munitions. The UAE is a key US ally in the region in the so-called fight against Daesh and the country’s Al Dhafra Air Base hosts about 3,500 US troops and fighter and reconnaissance aircraft used against the Takfiri terrorists.
Erdogan's historic purge of dissidents and adversaries - many in the country's educational system - continues, according to the latest count, a 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country; has spooked Turkish investors sending local markets and the currency sliding on concerns Erdogan is going to far with his retribution.Turkey said it would announce emergency measures on Wednesday to try "to shore up stability and prevent damage to the economy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the recent coup attempt may not yet be fully over;
may be more plans” are yet to come,,foreign countries may have been involved in the attempt.
Civil asset forfeiture officially ends in Nebraska as reforms to asset forfeiture laws passed in the spring go into effect. Under the new law, the state can no longer take property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.
US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly warned Turkey of losing its NATO membership. “NATO also has a requirement with respect to democracy and NATO will indeed measure very carefully what is happening,” Kerry told journalists in Brussels on Monday. Previously, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini had warned Turkey against reinstating the death penalty for those alleged to be responsible for the coup, insisting countries that applied the death penalty could not be EU members.
British PM Theresa May today insisted she would have no hesitation in ordering nuclear strikes abroad that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians. parliament agreed to spend upward of $40 billion modernizing their nuclear weapons arsenal..
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill legalizing the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes in the state, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice. U.S. market for hemp is around $600 million per year; as many as 25,000 uses for industrial hemp, including food, cosmetics, plastics and bio-fuel. The U.S. is currently the world’s #1 importer of hemp fiber for various products, with China and Canada acting as the top two exporters.
It is inconceivable that the Turkish officers would have dared launch the coup without support and encouragement from the American and German sides. Tensions between the government of President Erdogan and both Washington and Berlin have intensified in recent weeks—over the Kurdish question, the Syrian war and rapprochement between Turkey the second-largest NATO military, and Russia.
Hossein Sheikholeslam, international affairs advisor to the speaker of Iran's parliament: "one of the reasons for the attempted military coup in Turkey was Ankara's decision to begin changing its position on Syria and to start cooperating with the Syrian government." " Western countries saw it as a priority to support the terrorists in Syria via Turkey, their intelligence services, together with those of Israel, planned and attempted to carry out this coup.
U.S. Department of Agriculture says removing DNA from a crop is not the same as adding genes from another organism, corn injected with outside DNA is technically considered a GMO, but canola that can tolerate herbicide because scientists removed a gene is not; this regulatory gap allows American consumers to be duped into purchasing gene-edited products that are actually labeled non-GMO.
The party platform approved at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland offers official support for reinstating the Glass-Steagall law, which separates riskier securities trading from traditional commercial banking. The move would require busting up the six largest banks in America.“We support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investment,” the platform reads. The GOP platform language is an economic policy earthquake. Republicans have long opposed financial regulation in any form.
Obama: "There are legitimate issues that have been raised, and there’s data and evidence to back up the concerns that are being expressed by these protesters. "And if police departments acknowledge that there’s a problem and there’s an issue, then that, too, is going to contribute to real solutions, that is what’s going to ultimately make the job of being a cop a lot safer. It is in the interest of police officers their communities trust them andthe kind of rancor and suspicion that exists right now is alleviated."
Russia has delivered the missile part of S-300 surface-to-air defence system to Iran, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, moving to finish the delivery of all divisions of the system to Tehran by the end of this year. Russia’s agreement to provide Iran with S-300 has sparked concern in Israel.
A minority of #NeverTrumpers were defeated on Monday, with a proposed convention rule change shot down. A group of Republicans opposed to the nomination of presumptive candidate Donald Trump attempted to change convention rules. The attempt was defeated, however, leading to shouts from both supporters and opponents. Seven state delegations were needed to force a roll call, Trump opponents only managed to secure six.
8,777 public personnel were discarded from their official positions one provincial governor and 29 governors of towns were among the dismissed officials. Turkey has been engaged in a sweeping crackdown on those believed to have played a role in the coup, more than 200 people killed. 7,500, most of them soldiers, have been detained, over 750 judges and prosecutors among the suspects.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said plotters will pay a "heavy price;" blamed US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers for orchestrating the coup.
The coup this weekend that rocked Turkey was a particularly spectacular geopolitical development. The most significant of these actions is President Erdogan’s own accusations against the United States for having engineered the coup. Tensions between Turkey and the US have escalated following the attempted coup against the Erdogan administration, with the country’s leader demanding the extradition of a US-based cleric accused of orchestrating the violence. Another senior official has directly blamed the United States.
An even higher percentage–nearly 88–stated their conviction that “any vetted citizen” should be able to purchase a gun “for sport or self-defense.”When asked if “any vetted citizen” should be able to buy a gun “for sport or self-defense,” only “9 percent” said “no.
Marijuana opponents in Colorado abandoned a plan to ask voters about requiring less-potent pot and telling pot consumers that cannabis can cause brain damage and paranoia, saying they didn’t have enough money to advertise it. Initiative 139, would have limited the amount of THC contained in products sold by several hundred legal marijuana retailers in the state, would have blocked customers from purchasing any marijuana product that contained more than 16% of the plant’s psychoactive ingredient.
In a bid to limit needless government spending, the Russian Ministry of Finance has proposed putting a cap on the price civil servants can pay to purchase software, as well as on the power of cars that they are allowed to rent.
China is “strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to” the US statement, “The US statement endorsed a ruling that is illegal and invalid,” Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said such actions go “against the spirit of the rule of law, international law and basic norms governing international relations.”China’s Foreign Ministry urged the US to “stop advertising the illegal arbitration and meddling with the South China Sea issue, cease undermining China’s sovereignty and security interests and escalating regional tensions.”
Spain will hold a tax reform, particularly in the area of corporations' income, to reduce the budget deficit, acting Spanish Minister for Economy and Competitiveness Luis de Guindos said Tuesday. "We will propose measures in the field of tax on corporations' income. This reform will help to collect the taxes in the amount of 6 billion euros [$6.6. billion],"
A $1 billion fighter jet package to Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait raises a host of concerns that known systematic violators of human rights may turn weapons against their own population or that the weapons may ultimately find their way into the hands of Daesh. Bahrain, specifically, has shown a willingness to turn US provided weapons against peaceful Shiite majority demonstrators who demand the repressive Sunni King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa open the country to democratic reforms.
The Russian public chamber has proposed a nationwide program in which civil servants, politicians and even civil activists undergo universal polygraph tests to detect and purge those previously engaged in corruption schemes.
Chairman of the foreign policy committee in the upper house of Russian parliament, Konstantin Kosachov: "It's like building a dam in the desert sands where it will protect against non-existent risks," Kosachov wrote. "It's not the soldiers that scare us, it's the politicians who deceive millions of people while being perfectly aware of the absence of any threats from Russia," he said. "The Warsaw summit is a summit of deception. "It's like building a dam in the desert sands where it will protect against non-existent risks.
Smith & Wesson stock opened near an all-time high on Friday after five police officers were killed and seven were injured in a shooting in Dallas. The gunmaker’s stock opened at $29.75 a share. Stocks for Smith & Wesson rose about 3% on Friday while stocks for fellow firearm manufacturer Sturm Ruger went up by 5%. The shares surged in anticipation of higher gun sales due to fears of stricter gun control policies following the worst mass shooting of police in US history.
Meeting in Orlando Saturday ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month, the party's platform drafting committee dropped a moderate marijuana plank it had adopted days earlier, replaced it with language calling for rescheduling pot and creating "a reasoned pathway to future legalization."
50 days before the Games begin; financial crisis is preventing the city from honoring its commitments to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The governor said crisis is so severe it could result in “a total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility, and environmental management. UN Assistant Secretary-General Jean-Paul Laborde said July 5 the risk of terrorist attacks at the Rio Olympics is still high .Rio’s police warned people heading to the Games won’t be protected because officers aren’t being paid. 200 scientists signed a letter stating 2016 Games in Brazil puts the world at risk for a global Zika outbreak. Drug-resistant bacteria discovered growing off of the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches where Olympic sailors are scheduled to compete.
Chilean riot police have used tear gas and water cannon as they clashed with hundreds of university students protesting at the new education policies being pushed forward by the government.
California new vaccine mandate barring new students from entering or seventh graders from advancing in school, unless they have a list of shots required by the state. The new law is pushing some parents to move out of the State. They want to "keep us safe from diseases," yet they have open borders allowing the state to be flooded with unscreened disease carriers from the Third World. Gov. Jerry Brown signs six gun control measures;”prohibit magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, background checks on people purchasing ammunition.
A Chinese court has sentenced an aide to former president, Hu Jintao, to life in jail for corruption, abuse of power. illegally, obtaining state secrets and receiving bribes. The court said Ling, his wife and son received bribes worth a total of 77.1 million yuan (USD 11.6 million) when the politician was in office. The court's statement said the bribes Ling took were “exceptionally enormous.
Tens of thousands have rallied in central Paris Tuesday afternoon against the controversial labor reforms bill. Unions called for demonstrations across France after the Socialist government invoked a special article in the Constitution that allowed it to force contentious labor reforms through the National Assembly despite opposition from its own party members.
Prominent businessman Gerry Harvey has bewailed the outcome of last Saturday’s election in Australia and suggested the formation of a dictatorship in order to resolve the political crisis and impose anti-working class economic “reform” measures. "The only cure we’ve got is to have a dictator like in China or something like that. Our democracy at the moment is not working.”
Russell Pearce, a former state senator: “You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations…Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”
Hundreds of workers in Bolivia clashed with riot police while protesting against recent mass lay-offs at a state-owned company. 300 workers from the Bolivian Workers’ Center (COB) staged a rally in Cochabamba, in central Bolivia, on Wednesday, on the first day of a 72-hour strike called by the COB in protest at the firing of around 900 workers from Enatex, the largest state-run textile firm in the country.
Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee member Mark Winslow announced he was resigning.“My state political party is beyond salvage. “Oh, sure, we’re drifting along on inertia, collecting PAC checks and distributing the money to favored candidates or using the money to pay staffers to take out those who are not favored; the state party “is really nothing more than a small corrupt core group who view our party as their private club and personal piggy bank.” “Money is passed around, doled out to friends, handed to favored consultants and staffers who ignore bylaws or common sense.“Rules are arrogantly and routinely broken by officers and staff with no consequence of accountability.”
A report released on behalf of the Brazilian Senate shows that there are no grounds to impeach the democratically elected leader, but the slow-motion coup continues despite repeatedly being exposed. A report by independent auditors on behalf of Brazil’s Senate indicates that the impeachment effort against democratically elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is without basis nearly two months after the official was suspended from office for 180 days pending a final vote by legislators.
Two hundred and forty years ago today, representatives of the thirteen colonies that would form the United States of America signed the Declaration of Independence proclaiming their separation from the British Empire and monarchy. Before the American Revolution, society for nearly 2,000 years had been based on the principles of the “great chain of being,” rule by an aristocracy, and the divine right of kings. The Revolution created a society in which hereditary titles of nobility were banned, monarchy outlawed and the separation of church and state established.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlawed GMO food in Russia, making it a criminal offence to import or produce it in the country. Citizens violating the new law will have to pay a fine of between 10,000 and 50,000 rubles ($155 – $770) and companies will be fined a much harsher 100,000 and 500,000 rubles ($1550 – $7700).
Lord Rothschild has urged the British public to steer clear of a Brexit vote and remain part of the European Union, in a threatening open letter for The Times. Rothschild said we live in a time when “international order based on co-operation is crucial to prosperity and security”.
AUSTRIA will turn its back on the crumbling European Union if Turkey is successful in its controversial bid for membership, the country’s anti-immigration party leader has vowed. Far-right party leader Norbert Hofer said Turkey joining the bloc could be the game changer that forces Austrians to call for an EU referendum in a bid to break away.
The newly elected Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, urged a crowd of about 500 people on Thursday to kill drug addicts, according to the Guardian.
In the wake of last week’s vote in Britain to exit the European Union (EU), the Chinese government, like its counterparts around the world, is grappling with the far-reaching economic and geo-political implications of the referendum outcome. Britain’s exit from the EU has undermined China’s trade and investment strategy towards Europe, which sought to develop the UK as a European base of operations.
The European Union has formally extended economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2017, the EU Council announced in a statement on Friday. The sanctions limit access to EU capital markets for a number of Russian financial institutions, as well as energy and defense firms. Restrictions on arms trading and certain types of oil production technology will also be extended.
The latest EU foreign policy document, titled “A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign And Security Policy“, calls for an extension of the Union's influence in regions as far as Central Asia and Central Africa; speaks of transforming the current EU system and commits to the deliverance of a global governing body. Several European politicians have recently voiced support for the creation of an EU army.
A new poll indicates that 13% of American voters would prefer a giant meteor causing an apocalyptic firestorm over the planet over supporting either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president. This means that a flying space rock is more likely reach the 15% threshold to participate in general election debates than Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Today, a new Tennessee law setting the foundation to stop enforcement of gun control imposed by international law or treaty goes into effect.House Bill 2389 (HB2389) was introduced by Rep. John Windle (D-Livingston) in January. It prohibits law enforcement officers from enforcing provisions of international law and treaties that limit gun rights as specified in Article I, Section 26 of the Tennessee State Constitution.
Strict rules in place during next month’s Republican National Convention ban Coke cans, glass bottles, tennis balls and “any projectile launcher,” specifically BB guns, paintball guns and water guns from a broad swath of downtown Cleveland. But actual guns are allowed in public areas of the restrictive 1.7 square mile event zone.
Jamaica is contemplating giving tourists arriving in the country the chance to get high as soon as they clear customs. Talks are underway on installing cannabis kiosks at airports and seaports, which Jamaica believes could boost government revenues.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to start the process of normalizing trade ties with Turkey, seven months after Ankara-Moscow relations went into a downward spiral following Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet last year.
Two days before a potential historical default, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla made it clear that the commonwealth won’t pay bondholders even as Congress votes on a bill allowing the island to restructure its $70 billion in debt.“On July 1, 2016, Puerto Rico will default on more than $1 billion in general obligation bonds, the island’s senior credits protected by a constitutional lien on revenues,”said the commonwealth couldn’t raise enough to cover what’s owed to bondholders even if he shut down the government. The island has $2 billion in principal and interest payments due Friday.
A broadly-backed initiative to legalize marijuana in the country's most populous state will be on the California ballot in November. The secretary of state's office made it official Tuesday afternoon, certifying that a random sample of more than 600,000 signatures turned in showed there were enough valid signatures to qualify the measure..
Computer scientist Dr. Hany Farid claims to have developed an algorithm that can permanently remove extremist content from the Web — before it has a chance to go viral. identifying extremist images and videos on the Internet by searching for that contents’ unique digital markers, appears to be nothing standing in the way of programmers using the technology to target things like political speech.
Trump told supporters, “we got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism, focusing on what’s good for America’s middle class, to a policy of globalism — focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move their wealth and workers to foreign countries, all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy itself.”
The demonstration in the French capital attracted at least 55,000 participants, according to the organizers. More than 2,500 officers were deployed. Similar demonstrations have taken place across the country.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met in Berlin to discuss Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, they pushed for a rapid exit by Britain and a massive build-up of EU military and police operations. Brexit vote has unleashed a series of financial and political crises with vast global ramifications. EU is trying to integrate its remaining 27 member states on the basis of a further shift to the right, increased austerity and a militarist foreign policy; sets the stage for an escalation of attacks on the working class, explosive international conflicts, including with Washington.
A former president of the U.N. General Assembly John Ashe awaiting trial in a bribery scandal died in a weightlifting accident when a barbell he was lifting from a bench dropped on his neck, an autopsy revealed Thursday. Ashe was due in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, who is charged with smuggling $4.5 million into the US since 2013 and lying that it was to buy art and casino chips. Ng was identified in a 1998 Senate report as the source of hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally funneled through an Arkansas restaurant owner, Charlie Trie, to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration.
Food prices are expected to rise after the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU), because of the country’s dependence on imports and devaluation of the pound. British farmers get about £3 billion in subsidies from the EU annually.
"Citizens of Great Britain have decided to refuse the diktat from Brussels. Now eight more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU – France, Holland, Italy, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovakia all could leave. Italian ministers warned on Saturday that the European Union MUST change course or risk total collapse after Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.
The government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group announced they had reached a definitive ceasefire agreement, putting an end to the decades-long conflict. The Colombian government and FARC have been engaged in peace talks since November 2012 and have reached a number of important agreements including on landmine removal, land reform, transitional justice and an end to illegal drug trafficking. FARC was formed in 1964 as the military wing of Colombia's Communist Party.
In the wake of Britain's unprecedented vote to leave the European Union on Thursday, reaction was tumultuous: Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, global financial markets were plunged into volatility, various nations consider their next moves; nationalist parties in Sweden, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark demand their countries also hold referendums on whether to leave or remain in the EU.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: "A referendum on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has taken place," the prime minister said. "Certainly I would like to note this is a internal affair of the Britons. However, it’s obvious the results of this referendum are important not merely for the UK citizens and the European Union but for the global economy on the whole," it is important to analyze Brexit consequences now and the Russian government will decide on measures for the national economy.
UK is unlikely to immediately leave the European market and stop financing the EU funds. At the same, they are likely to immediately cancel control of the European Supreme Court over their national security as well as undertake decisive measures to limit immigration. To leave the EU, the UK also needs to undergo a number of procedures. In particular, it must inform the European Council about its intention to withdraw from the Union. The European Council will then decide on the principles on the basis of which the UK's withdrawal will be discussed.
Stock markets from Tokyo to London collapsed on Friday as Britons voted to leave the European Union and David Cameron announced plans to resign as prime minister. The British pound suffered its biggest plunge since 1985, while the euro saw its biggest fall ever. More than £100 billion was wiped off the FTSE 100 as the index plunged almost eight percent at the start of trade in London. It was the biggest market fall in UK history. Germany's DAX and the CAC 40 in Paris were down as much as eight percent.
Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) in yesterday’s referendum by a narrow margin—51.9 percent to 48.1 percent on a turnout of 72 percent. In response, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he was standing down, but not until the Conservative Party conference in October. The referendum result has sent a seismic shock, not only through Britain but Europe and the world. It confounded the expectations of the financial markets, hedge funds, bookmakers and the political establishment. The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world and the second largest in Europe.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: "We could not help being surprised and shocked by the fact that employees of the US Department of State signed a letter that a military scenario of an attack on Syria, a military scenario of solving the Syrian problem should be implemented," "We were shocked by this, because it was signed by diplomats, that is, the people who should deal with the peaceful political settlement."
Massachusetts’ top court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a homeless man who had been found guilty of criminal trespassing for sleeping in a mixed-use building during the winter of 2014, ruling he had a legal right to argue that there was no safer alternative.weather conditions on the dates of the offenses in February and March presented a ‘clear and imminent danger’ to a homeless person;,the town regularly had temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 C).
A new bill in the Russian Duma, the country's lower legislative house, proposes to make cryptographic backdoors mandatory in all messaging apps in the country so the Federal Security Service -- the successor to the KGB -- can obtain special access to all communications within the country; recommended new anti-terrorism measures requiring telecommunications operators to store phone and Internet records for three years. Russian Attorney General Yuri Chaika proposed granting regional prosecutors authority to block websites without any judicial oversight, if the websites spread information about preparations for unsanctioned political demonstrations and calls to mass unrest.
Trump: "Here is my promise to the American voter," said. "If I am elected President, I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C." "The other candidate in this race has spent her entire life making money for special interests – and taking money from special interests."She ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund – doing favors for oppressive regimes, and many others, in exchange for cash."Together, she and Bill made $153 million giving speeches to lobbyists, CEOs, and foreign governments in the years since 2001."The choice in this election is a choice between taking our government back from the special interests, or surrendering our last scrap of independence to their total and complete control.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country faces a greater threat of war from Hillary Clinton becoming US President, as opposed to Donald Trump.Earlier, during a meeting with Aerospace Defense Forces (ADF) commanders, Putin gave a grim prediction about the US presidential elections: “If it’s Hillary Clinton, it’s war”, Putin’s decision to launch early missile warning system satellites from the Plesetsk Spaceport by the end of December, ahead of a new US president taking office in January, 2017, is in direct response to the Obama regimes activation of missile defense shields on the Russian periphery, including in Romania and Poland.
On the eve of Thursday’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union (EU), an event that threatens to substantially destabilize the world economy, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has warned that protectionism is on the rise as world trade stagnates. The threat by Britain to leave the EU is only the most visible expression of growing tendencies toward economic nationalism and autarchy, expressed in the rise of right-wing nationalist politicians such as Donald Trump in the United States, Nigel Farage in Britain, Marine Le Pen in France, and similar figures in other countries.
The International Monetary Fund is warning the United States to tackle poverty, downgrading its forecast for the country’s economy this year. IMF released an annual assessment of the US economy Wednesday, saying approximately one in seven Americans live in poverty. The US was urged to raise the minimum wage and offer women paid maternity leave in an effort to deal with poverty."Not only does poverty create significant social strains, it also eats into labor force participation, and undermines the ability to invest in education and improve health outcomes,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
"The State of Israel is proud to be the first in our region to receive and operate the plane," Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said during the ceremony, according to the Jerusalem Post. Liberman described the aircraft as "the most advanced in the world, and is the best selection by defense chiefs for safeguarding Israel’s aerial superiority."Israel has ordered 33 F-35As, the conventional takeoff and landing variant of the aircraft, and has an option to purchase 17 more
Thousands of Brits have rushed to buy foreign currency during the last week over fears the pound will drop more than 20 percent if the UK votes to leave the EU.The Post Office reports sales of currencies are 74 percent higher this week than they were during the same week last year while online purchases jumped by 381 percent. Royal Mint – which produces gold and silver coins – says its sales soared by a third in June.
Transnational corporations are wreaking havoc on financial, economic, social and ecological systems in a creeping colonisation of public life where just 147 organisations now controls 40 per cent of global trade..
Maine Gov. Paul LePage threatening to completely eliminate Maine’s entire food stamp program unless the United States Department of Agriculture allows the state to restrict food stamps from being used to buy sugary foods and drinks; state has cut more than 40,000 people from receiving SNAP benefits between 2014 and 2015
Last Tuesday, NATO agreed to deploy "four robust multinational battalions" that will serve in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland on a rotational basis. NATO continues to publicly accuse Russia of aggression. General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, has assured reporters that additional troops will not be needed, as Russia does not actually pose a threat. "It is not the aim of NATO to create a military barrier against broad-scale Russian aggression, because such aggression is not on the agenda and no intelligence assessment suggests such a thing."
Since June 1, a dozen members of the group Food Not Bombs. an international political organization that protests war, poverty and the destruction of the environment, have been arrested for violating a new Orlando city ordinance that prohibits sharing food with large groups in downtown parks more than twice a year. The mayor of Orlando branded them “food terrorists.”
What I see in Orlando is the same pattern as in the other events:, questionable shootings, crisis actors, an official story set at the moment of the event’s announcement, no conflicting testimony, investigation by media, just endless repetition of a set story. Governments lie in to serve their agendas:: the Gulf of Tonkin North Vietnamese attack on a US Navy ship, Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Iranian nukes, Russian invasion of Ukraine They resulted in wars that killed thousands of US soldiers and killed, maimed, and displaced millions of Vietnamese and Muslims, now overrunning Europe as refugees.. American people are too gullible to be capable of preserving liberty.
Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops, genetically modified foods are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.
Two US aircraft carriers along with their accompanying ships have been deployed in the Philippine Sea to conduct training drills near the disputed waters of the South China Sea, China claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea, which is also claimed in part by Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. The waters are believed to sit atop vast reserves of oil and gas.
Last week launch of NATO’s Anakonda-16 war games, The exercise consisted of 30,000 troops supported by several arsenals of vehicles, aircraft and ships will be deployed in one of the biggest exercises on NATO’s eastern flank since the end of the Cold War. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier: ”“Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken,” “We are well-advised to not create pretexts to renew an old confrontation. Rather than risk inflaming the already-volatile situation further “through saber-rattling and warmongering,” there needs to be more dialogue and cooperation with Moscow, Steinmeier said.
Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops. While we are continuously force fed genetically modified foods — since they are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.
Israeli marriage law makes it a two-year prison offence for any Jew marrying outside of the rabbinical authorities in that country, it has emerged after a failed attempt to overturn the rabbinate’s authority in the Israeli parliament.
British politician and Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being attacked in a local constituency, police have confirmed, drawing to a halt immense campaigning over the country’s future in the European Union (EU). Cox, an outspoken Remain campaigner, was reportedly shot and stabbed during a regular public meeting with constituents in Birstall, near Leeds in northern England on Thursday.
On Wednesday, following the broad mobilization of workers in Tuesday’s protest against the Socialist Party (PS) government’s regressive labor law, President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls threatened to impose an outright ban on further protests against the law.
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