China has already made its aim to establish the renminbi as a global currency, possibly even replacing the American dollar as the world’s reserve currency, has set up direct currency swapping agreements with Brazil, the US,Japan. Massive reserves will allow China to regulate prices even in open markets.
Once FDA finalizes its GMO labeling guidance, industry uses the FDA guidance to preempt state laws requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs. Currently, states have the right to enact GMO labeling laws precisely because the FDA has not formally ruled on GMO labeling.
Two staffers at Al Jazeera's Egyptian channel Al Jazeera Mubashr Misr have been detained for allegedly possessing illegal transmission equipment "unlicensed"equipment, accused of possessing and operating wireless equipment and broadcasting audiovisual content without required licenses.
overwhelming majority of Republicans may in fact be open to a “clean” bill that does not attempt to delay or defund Obamacare. Byron York of the Washington Examiner reports that just 30 radical House Republicans are responsible for keeping the doomed Obamacare fight alive.
U.S. Department of Justice will file a lawsuit Monday to stop North Carolina’s new voter ID law,
Attorney General Eric Holder, said he will fight state voting laws he sees as discriminatory,Critics said the law will disenfranchise African-American and elderly voters, while the Republican-led General Assembly in Raleigh said the law will protect the state’s voters from potential fraud.
A top police officer said class A drugs,cocaine, heroin should be legalised.Durham chief constable Mike Barton: best way to tackle the problem of drugs,criminal gangs who control them, would be to decriminalisehard substances.Would also avoidspread of HIV and hepatitis C among needle users.
Greek police have arrested the leader, several MPs and dozens of members of ultra-right Golden Dawn party on charges of leading a “criminal organization.” The party promised to respond with mass rallies of its supporters.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says the crisis in the country could end within weeks if the states backing militants halted their support. "Many countries speak about supporting political solution. They need to stop financing, terrorist groups. Especially Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar.
People have taken to the streets of Bahrain to hold an anti-regime demonstration in solidarity with the mother of an activist killed by the regime. Aradi, 19, was killed after being chased by police, which made his car crash. Aradi’s brother sentenced to 15 years in jail as part of the crackdown on dissent.
Friday thousands protested against military rule in Egypt. Protesters marched in Cairo, Port Said, Assiut, Alexandria, Mansoura, other Egyptian cities. Protests were called by the National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy,coalition of Islamist parties led by the MB.
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced plan to freeze the city’s pension system, wipe out benefits for all unvested workers—a significant section of the workforce. Eliminate retiree health care benefits workers whose pensions plans not yet vested.Will shift to 401(k) plan with no accrued benefits.
An amendment dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act,” which currently allows large agriculture and biotech corporations to ignore court orders involving the safety of genetically modified seeds, has been stripped from Senate’s spending bill that could be voted on as early as Wednesday afternoon.
Americans believe Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the most effective world leader in steering geo-political affairs during the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, according to an Economist/YouGov survey. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said Putin deserves the most credit for how he handled events.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says US assassination drone strikes are counter-productive and a violation of the country’s sovereignty, international law. Calling on Washington to end attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas.Strikes cause “casualties of innocent civilians.
Russia has denounced the Western countries’ double-standards by supporting militants in one country and fighting them in another. Lavrov criticized the West for accusing Assad of using chemical weapons on its own people without proof, warned against rising extremism.
Our fanatically Keynesian President Barack Obama believes that governments should spend money they don’t have and put the country into debt. So he is whining to Republicans to continue raising the debt ceiling so the federal government can continue on its wild spending spree.
Rep. Neil Combee filed a billwould let people defend themselves without fear of arrest. as a response to Marissa Alexander and others, would exempt someone from Florida's "10-20-Life" law if they show their gun or fires a warning shot at an attacker.
US Secretary of State John Kerry,Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met Thursday in the highest-level talks between the two countries since 1979 Iranian revolution. Tensions generated by decades of US-led economic sanctions against Iran, assassination of Iranian scientists.
A bipartisan group of US senators trying to ban NSA’s blanket surveillance program. Diane Feinstein would sanction more snooping on US citizens. NSA director Keith Alexander: I believe it is in the nation's best interest to put all the phone records into a lockbox that we could search when the nation needs to do it.
Shamukh al-Islam website, used by al Qaeda members to communicate, issue statements, started its first Twitter account. new account expected to be intelligence target for governments tracking al Qaeda. Unlike the closed website, Shamukh’s Twitter postings, members are public.
A judge rejected Alexander’s Stand Your Ground argument that she was justified in firing the warning shot to protect herself. She was then convicted by a jury of aggravated assault, and sentenced to Florida’s mandatory minimum 20-year prison term for that offense. She is serving that sentence now.
1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”2. Those that advocate for states’ rights3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.
Protests broke out September 23 following a government decision to lift fuel subsidies to raise revenue. Sudan plagued by inflation and a weakening currency since it lost billions of dollars in oil revenues after South Sudan gained independence two years ago, taking with it some 75 percent of crude production.
The US Air Force tested a nuclear-capable Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) hours before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said no nation should possess nuclear weapons. 1961 US Air Force accidentally dropped two hydrogen bombs over North Carolina, failed to detonate.
Newly declassified material revealed National Security Agency secretly tapped into overseas phone calls of prominent critics of the Vietnam War, including Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, two actively serving US senators, Democrat Frank Church, Howard Baker, Republican, supporter of Vietnam war.
A former CIA gun runner revealed that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in order to cover up the U.S. State Department’s direct arm shipments to al-Qaeda.
Coordinated assault against local government and police buildings in northern Iraq and other attacks across the country killed 43 people, injured dozens more, according to security and hospital sources. Incidents occurred day after 25 people were killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq.
Pope Francis: an economic system that has at its centre an idol which is called money,""To defend this economic culture, a throwaway culture has been installed. We throw away young people.We want a just system that helps everyone,"predecessor Benedict also called for changes to economic systems.
Louisiana man was sentenced to twenty years in prison in New Orleans criminal court for possessing 15 grams, .529 of an ounce, of marijuana. Corey Ladd, 27, had prior drug convictions and was sentenced September 4, 2013 as a “multiple offender to 20 years hard labor at the Department of Corrections.
I have spent time with mass killers, warlords and death squad leaders as a reporter in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Some are psychopaths who relish acts of sadism, torture and murder. But others, maybe most, see killing as a job, a profession, good for their careers and status.
. US is insisting that Syria’s gas stocks must be gone or destroyed within the next eight and a half months. US itself says it needs over a quarter of a century to destroy its own chemical arsenal.
Obama administration is engaged in a new round of bullying to force Russia and China to agree to a UN Security Council resolution that would give the green light for US military action against Syria.
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Opens the door for a wider crackdown.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites, but cautioned in an interview broadcast Monday that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.
Monsanto’s genetically modified alfalfa ended up contaminating a ‘GMO-free’ crop harvest, the USDA went on record in declaring that the genetic contamination was perfectly normal and not any of their concern. Says that it’s really a ‘marketplace’ issue.
Western countries are more focused on exercising their political dominance than finding a solution to Syria’s chemical weapons crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russia’s Channel One TV.
As he has demonstrated by his bellicose rhetoric on Syria, John Kerry has made complete his 180-degree transition from an anti-war Vietnam veteran who in 1971 threw his navy medals back onto the White House lawn and who testified to Congress on the immorality of war, to a belligerent warrior without a cause.
Plausible deniability, questionable “legal authority” cleverly inserted and obfuscated in appropriations bills and the like, lawmakers who are more interested in their own political well being, a terrified, disinterested, apolitical and pliable populace and a media that they fully control...
Saudis view fighting in Syria as a conflict with wide and serious repercussions that will shape the political trajectory of the Middle East for years to come .Syrian war presents the Saudis with a chance to hit three birds with one stone:Iran, its rival for regional dominance, Tehran’s ally Assad, and Hezbollah supporters.
Turkish government hiring 6,000 young social media users to post propaganda in attempt to counter greed and corruption, shed negative public image. China, Vietnam, employ similar tactics ,doing it for years. Turkish government arrested over 30 people for tweeting “misleading information” or “propaganda.”
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