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Cuba Asks U.S. to End “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics

Link: http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=1457978&CategoryId=14510

Wet foot, dry foot policy establishes that Cubans who manage to set foot on U.S. soil may remain in the country while those who are intercepted at sea must be returned to the communist-ruled island. Cuba claims that those policies stimulate illegal emigration.

French presidential address: A call for austerity and militarism

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/15/fren-j15.html

French President François Hollande gave three-hour press conference yesterday at Elysée presidential palace, trying to halt slide in support for his Socialist Party (PS) government. Trying to rally support in the ruling class, pledging draconian social cuts justified with militarist,anti-immigrant rhetoric.

George Osborne lays down ultimatum: reform EU or Britain quit

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/

Warning to Britain’s European partners that the UK will leave the EU unless it embarks on whole-scale economic and political reform. 95 MPs signed a letter calling for the dismantling of the core principles of the EU. Simple choice for Europe: reform or decline.

Britain to assume all UK debt to stave off fear of Scottish independence default

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/

British government has pledged that it will assume all U.K. government debt in the event Scotland votes for independence. U.K. government will honour the contractual terms of the debt if Scotland votes to break away in a Sept. 18 referendum. And independent Scotland would still need to pay its “fair share.

Iranian team in Beirut to investigate embassy attacks

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Science

Link: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1555386

Iranian legal and judicial delegation has arrived in Lebanon to investigate the circumstances behind the bomb attacks outside the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, last November. November 19, 2013, 25 people dead, including six Iranian nationals, wounded over 150 others.

New wave of terrorist attacks kill 52 in Iraq

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1555316

Half a dozen car bombs exploded across Iraqi capital Wednesday, kills 52 wounding 71 .Al-Qaeda-linked militants campaign of attacks, directed at state targets, civilians loyal to the government. Half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003.

Turkey Tightens Its Grip on the Internet -Video

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Turkey_Tightens_Its_Grip_on_the_Internet/32022/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Turkey jails more reporters than any other country. proposal would give the country’s transport minister and its communications agency the right to shut down a website without even having to take the issue to court. Internet service providers would have to block a site within four hours of being ordered to do so.

The FDA wants to 'monitor (spy) online sentiment'

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_FDA_wants_to_%27monitor_%28spy%29_online_sentiment%27/32033/0/0/0/Y/M.html

The FDA would like to know what you're thinking. Seeking bids from contractors to provide agency with monitoring online sentiment, social media, blogs, forums, Twitter, social networking, photos, audio, video, e-commerce sites, Amazon. FDA's focus should be regulating, not spying on Americans.

Things cannot be dumbed down any further, warn experts

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Things_cannot_be_dumbed_down_any_further%2C_warn_experts/32035/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Won't be long before all movie scripts use only monosyllabic words, many studios already do so. Most television about cooking, poor people having arguments. News is just opinions. Impossible to dumb down news, entertainment media any further. Human intelligence on downward trajectory, can't get stupider.

Tennessee sheriff’s deputy fired and arrested for raping woman during traffic stop

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Tennessee_sheriff%E2%80%99s_deputy_fired_and_arrested_for_raping_woman_during_traffic_stop/32041/0/0/0/Y/M.html

A former sheriff’s deputy in Tennessee arrested for allegedly forcing a woman to perform oral sex on him during traffic stop. Former Hamilton County sheriff’s deputy Willie Marshay Greer, 33, was charged with aggravated rape and official misconduct last Thursday. He was out on $50,000 bond the next day.

TSA Granting Expedited Security Checks To Entire Lines Of Travelers Undercuts Everything About Its Security Theater

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/TSA_Granting_Expedited_Security_Checks_To_Entire_Lines_Of_Travelers_Undercuts_Everything_About_Its_Security_Theater/32040/0/0/0/Y/M.html

PreCheck program,sold travelers' rights back to them for small fee now being applied randomly to people waiting in line. Didn’t need to take off our shoes, remove laptops from their bags, and the other perks of being a PreCheck traveler.

The US Border Patrol Conveniently 'Misplaced' the Records for 200 Predator Drone Flights

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_US_Border_Patrol_Conveniently_%27Misplaced%27_the_Records_for_200_Predator_Drone_Flights/32039/0/0/0/Y/M.html

U.S. Border Patrol had lent out its Predator drones 700 times over the past three years. new records also show that CBP lent its drones out to previously unnamed agencies such as the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Drug Task Force.

Milwaukee voucher school disappears after getting $2 million in taxpayer money

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014698167

A voucher-funded Milwaukee school that had gotten more than $2 million in taxpayer money disappeared “in the dead of the night” last month. LifeSkills Academy had already received over $200,000 as a part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program this year before vacating the premises around Dec. 12.

Snowden joins Ellsberg, Greenwald on new Freedom of the Press board

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/usa/snowden-joins-freedom-board-602/

Edward Snowden will join the likes of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and journalist Glenn Greenwald on the executive board of the non-profit Freedom of the Press Foundation, goal of helping support and defend public interest journalism.

'Toothless!' WikiLeaks reveals secret draft of TPP environment chapter

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://rt.com/news/tpp-envirnoment-criticism-wikileaks-643/

WikiLeaks: environment protection provisions in the draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement will not be enforceable, lacked any mechanism to enforce it or any sanctions for violating it, impact would be global. TPP would impose on some of world’s biggest economies.

Mexico vigilante groups refuse to lay down arms

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345827/mexico-vigilantes-refuse-disarming/

Mexican federal forces, vigilante groups failed to strike deal on disarming in Mexico’s western Michoacan state. Government officials met with “self-defense” groups, offering police jobs to qualified members of the self-defense forces. Michoacan state is farming area, major producer of limes, avocados and mangos.

Somalia Shabab imposes ban on Internet

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/09/344550/somalia-shabab-bans-internet/

Al-Shabab fighters announced ban on Internet in areas under their control, gave 15-day ultimatum to all communication companies providing web services to end operations. "Any company or individual found ignoring the call will be considered to be working with the enemy.

US deployment of military advisors to Somalia exposed -Video

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/11/344941/us-military-advisors-in-somalia/

United States has deployed a group of military advisers to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for the first time since early 1990s Previously unrevealed deployment is in contravention of an earlier US policy that prohibited military “boots on the ground” in the African country.

Britons suffer highest food prices in Western Europe

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345812/britons-suffer-eus-highest-food-prices/

In terms of people’s affordability to eat, UK is the worst place in Western Europe, Britain is the world’s sixth richest country, yet British people are increasingly relying on food banks because of the coalition government’s austerity policies. Energy prices are higher too in relation to income.

US, Israeli 'dirty hands' behind conflicts in Africa -Video

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/14/345628/us-israel-dirty-hands-stir-africa-clashes/

Press TV: political analyst Stephen Lendman; “dirty hands” of the United States and Israeli regime are behind the ongoing conflicts in South Sudan and the entire African continent, US government and its allies were the main reason behind the separation of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011.

1000s of African migrants hold demos in Tel Aviv

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345825/1000s-of-migrants-protest-in-tel-aviv/

Thousands of African migrants have held demonstrations in Tel Aviv to express their anger at Israel's refugee policies, demanding that Israel grant them refugee status, not to send them to “open detention facilities.”Tel Aviv claims they are “economic migrants, turned a blind eye to their rights for refugee status.

Final day of constitution referendum underway in Egypt -Video

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345792/final-day-of-voting-underway-in-egypt/

The second and final day of voting on Egypt’s new constitution is underway as anti-government protesters hold rallies in the capital, Cairo. Clashes have reportedly erupted between supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and security forces. Muslim Brotherhood has boycotted the vote on the constitution.

Israel, Pentagon 'big winners' in US spending bill

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345768/israel-pentagon-winners-in-us-bill/

Spending bill authorizes $173 million in added funding for Israel’s missile systems, including nearly $34 million to improve the Arrow weapon system and $117.2 million for development of the David's Sling short-range ballistic missile system and $22 million for an upper-tier interceptor.

KSA Wahhabism threatens whole world: Syrian president Video

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/15/345793/ksa-ideology-threatens-world-assad/

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:threat posed by Wahhabi thinking to all the world, not just to the region, everyone must contribute to the confrontation against it and to eradicating it from the root." Called on Syrians and other people in the region to confront Wahhabism which jeopardizes the entire region.

NSA reportedly using radio waves to snoop on offline computers worldwide -Video

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/15/nsa-maps-pathway-into-computers-report-says/

New York Times: The National Security Agency placed software on 100,000 computers around the world allows U.S. to conduct surveillance using radio frequency technology, allows access to computers other countries have tried to protect from spying or cyberattacks, even if they aren't connected to the Internet,

Gold, liquor, and houses: new details emerge of disgraced general Gu Junshan's graft loot

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1406027/new-details-emerge-disgraced-general-gu-junshans-graft-loot

It took 20 paramilitary officers two nights to seize possessions enough to fill four trucks from one of the ancestral home of a disgraced deputy military logistics chief, as new details emerged about investigation, biggest People’s Liberation Army graft case in recent years. Pure gold statue, gold wash basin.

Palestinians apologize for Prague weapons cache

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Politics

Link: http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-apologize-for-prague-weapons-cache/

PA relations with the Czech Republic have deteriorated since illegal arms were found after blast killed ambassador at embassy. Palestinians promised to prevent such occurrences in the future.Czech police: 12 illegal weapons found at the Palestinian Embassy complex, including pistols and submachine guns,

Rise of white right-wing extremism biggest threat to Europe - EU commissioner

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_15/Rise-of-white-right-wing-extremism-biggest-threat-to-Europe-EU-commissioner-9426/

EU commissioner Cecelia Malmstrom: threat from Europeans returning home after fighting in Syria adopting extremist ideologies. EU to create programs to coax extremists out of ideological environments train police, social workers to recognize, help young people under extremist influences.

Vigilantes Take Control of 2 More Towns in Western Mexico

January 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=1470723&CategoryId=14091

Community self-defense groups occupied two more towns in western Mexican state of Michoacan, where shootouts, roadblocks, torchings of vehicles taking place for past week. Paracuaro is one of one dozen cities, towns where self-defense groups formed to fight the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel.

Venezuelan Military Downs Suspected Smuggling Plane

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=1482051&CategoryId=10717

Venezuela’s armed forces reported Tuesday that it intercepted a Cessna 210 aircraft arriving from Central America after its crew ignored orders to land. No information has yet been released about the fate of the Cessna’s crew or about it cargo. 30 aircraft suspected of ties to drug trafficking have been shot down.

Iran to seek S-300 substitute in Russia

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics, Science, Iran

Link: http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/iran-to-seek-s-300-substitute-in-russia/

Iran said it is sending officials to Russia to choose a substitute for the sophisticated long-range S-300 air defense missile system, which Russia said it would not deliver to Tehran. One possible substitute Antei-2500 system, does not fall under sanctions imposed on Tehran, geared for use by ground forces.

Wisconsin Republicans propose 7-day work week at behest of business lobby

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/14/wisconsin-republicans-propose-7-day-work-week-at-behest-of-business-lobby/

Republican legislators in Wisconsin are circulating a draft of a bill on behalf of the state’s largest anti-union business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce would allow 7-day work week for state’s workers. Opponents say employers would use law to erase weekends force employees to work longer.

Inside Israel’s Vast Network of Animal Spies

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Inside_Israel%E2%80%99s_Vast_Network_of_Animal_Spies/32009/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Animal spies, suspicious stork, shark attacking swimmers linked to Mossad plot. Egyptian muppet-type character, forced to go on national television to deny her appearance in phone commercial was coded message to outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Said to have trained gerbils for use in airport security

Chile: special forces storm San Antonio port to break strike

January 14th, 2014
Categories: World, War, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Chile%3A_special_forces_storm_San_Antonio_port_to_break_strike/32014/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Response to strikes that began on Jan. 3 which have paralyzed trade from the major port, particularly for the fruit industry. “A night of repression from the police special forces was experienced. People from STI don’t want to go to work but they are forced to, This is war. There is nothing else to do.

North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires A Tax Cut, Raised Taxes On The Poorest 900,000 Working Families

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/01/14/3161521/north-carolinas-eitc-tax-hike-poor/

Poorest working families in North Carolina just got another tax hike A person who earns a million dollars per year will get a roughly $10,000 tax cut, bottom 80 percent of the income distribution will see their taxes rise. Four out of five taxpayers in the state were going to pay more next year.

Russia, Hungary sign agreement on construction of two units at Paks Nuclear Power Plant

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_14/Russia-Hungary-sign-agreement-on-construction-of-two-units-at-Paks-Nuclear-Power-Plant-3623/

An agreement on cooperation in utilizing nuclear power for civilian purposes signed following negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian President Viktor Orban on Tuesday envisions the building of two new power-generating units at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant.

Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/news/supreme-court-hands-monsanto-victory-over-farmers-gmo-seed-patents-ability-sue

US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials.

Germans abandon hope of US 'no-spy' treaty

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/news/germans-abandon-hope-us-no-spy-treaty

Germany has given up on securing "no-spy" treaty with the USA in wake of the NSA scandal. Although talks between Germany’s security agencies and American counterparts are officially ongoing, German government has little hope of a bilateral treaty which would stop the US spying on German government.

Protests continue over UK fracking decision -Video

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Science, Health

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/video/tom-sullivan/protests-continue-over-uk-fracking-decision

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced financial incentives for shale gas extraction, controversial energy source known as 'fracking'. Local authorities now be allowed to keep one hundred percent of their local tax on fracking sites, twice as much as for other businesses. Caused an uproar.

Officers caught on video beating California homeless man to death acquitted of all charges

January 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/14/thom-j14.html

Jurors exonerated both defendants despite repeated viewings of the graphic video, which shows multiple punches, kicks, chest compressions and tasings over a nine-minute period. Medical examiner: death caused when four to six police officers piled onto his chest, profuse bleeding, cut off oxygen to his brain.

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