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China Looking To Reposition Renminbi As Global Currency

September 30th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/15713

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.

Senators Angle for Monsanto-Friendly FDA Voluntary GMO Labeling "Guidance"

September 30th, 2013
Categories: Nature, Environment, Politics, Science, Health

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Senators_Angle_for_Monsanto-Friendly_FDA_Voluntary_GMO_Labeling_%22Guidance%22/29248/0/0/0/Y/M.html

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 more Al Jazeera staff arrested in Egypt

September 30th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1518653

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.

Just 30 Out Of 233 House Republicans Actually Want The Shutdown Fight

September 30th, 2013
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/09/30/2706201/30-republicans-shutdown/

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. Justice Department suit aims to stop NC voter ID law

September 30th, 2013
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014606469

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.

Police chief: Class A drugs should be legalised to take control away from gangs

September 29th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Politics, Science

Link: http://metro.co.uk/2013/09/29/police-chief-class-a-drugs-should-be-legalised-to-take-control-away-from-gangs-4127021/

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 govt cracks down on neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, arrests leader

September 29th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/news/greece-golden-dawn-leader-arrest-481/

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.

Syria crisis can end if West drops support for militants: FM

September 28th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/28/326602/backing-militants-fuels-syria-war-fm/

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.

Bahrainis hold anti-regime rally in memory of activist

September 28th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/29/326619/bahrainis-stage-antiregime-protest/

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.

Thousands protest military rule in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood ban

September 28th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/28/egy-s28.html

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 to freeze city pensions

September 28th, 2013
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/28/detr-s28.html

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.

Anti-GMO Campaigners Claim Victory as ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ killed by Senate

September 27th, 2013
Categories: Environment, Politics, Science, Health

Link: http://www.undergroundhealth.com/anti-gmo-campaigners-claim-victory-as-monsanto-protection-act-killed-by-senate/

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 say Putin, not Obama, was most effective during Syrian crisis - survey

September 27th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/line/2013-09-27/#51249

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.

US drones violate Pakistan’s sovereignty: Sharif

September 27th, 2013
Categories: Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/28/326418/rein-in-terror-drones-pakistan-tells-us/

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 slams West's hypocrisy on Syria militants

September 27th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/27/326412/russia-raps-doublestandards-on-syria/

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.

Keynesianism: Policies of Selfishness, Irresponsibility and Immediate Gratification

September 27th, 2013
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/09/scott-lazarowitz/promoting-selfishness-irresponsibility-and-immediate-gratification/

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.

Fla. legislator wants to allow warning shots

September 27th, 2013
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.wftv.com/ap/ap/florida/fla-legislator-wants-to-allow-warning-shots/nZ8wf/

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, Iran meet in nuclear talks

September 27th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/27/iran-s27.html

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.

Feinstein's NSA 'reform' bill would expand snooping powers

September 27th, 2013
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/usa/nsa-snooping-senators-feinstein-439/

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.

Al Qaeda Opens First Official Twitter Account

September 27th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://freebeacon.com/al-qaeda-opens-first-official-twitter-account/

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.

Florida Court Grants New Trial To Woman Serving 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot

September 26th, 2013
Categories: Politics

Link: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/09/26/2685251/florida-court-grants-new-trial-to-woman-serving-20-years-for-firing-warning-shot/

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.

72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents

September 26th, 2013
Categories: Politics

Link: http://thetruthwins.com/archives/72-types-of-americans-that-are-considered-potential-terrorists-in-official-government-documents

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.

Death toll from Sudan demos nears 30

September 26th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/26/326087/death-toll-from-sudan-demos-nears-30/

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.

US tests nuclear-capable missile as Iran urges disarmament

September 26th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics, Science, Iran

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/26/326167/us-tests-nuke-as-iran-urges-disarmament/

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.

Declassified NSA files show agency spied on Muhammad Ali and MLK

September 26th, 2013
Categories: News, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/26/nsa-surveillance-anti-vietnam-muhammad-ali-mlk

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.

BREAKING: Whistleblower Reveals U.S. State Dept. Ships Arms Directly to al-Qaeda

September 25th, 2013
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Politics

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.

43 die: Iraq's days of carnage drag on

September 25th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/25/326023/43-die-iraqs-days-of-carnage-drag-on/

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 Says The Financial World Must Stop Worshiping A 'God Called Money'

September 24th, 2013
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-pope-says-the-world-worships-a-god-called-money-2013-9

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.

Reefer Madness Continues: Half Ounce of Pot Gets Louisiana Man Twenty Years in Prison

September 23rd, 2013
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/23-8

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.

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The Act of Killing

September 23rd, 2013
Categories: News, World, War, Politics

Link: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_act_of_killing_20130923

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 Demands Syria Destroy Chemical Weapons Lickety-Split, But Says It Needs Decades to Safely Eliminate Its Own Chem

September 23rd, 2013
Categories: Middle East, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_Demands_Syria_Destroy_Chemical_Weapons_Lickety-Split%2C_But_Says_It_Needs_Decades_to_Safely_Eliminate_Its_Own_Chems/29073/0/0/0/Y/M.html

. 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.

US presses for UN resolution to justify war on Syria

September 23rd, 2013
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/23/syri-s23.html

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.

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood group

September 23rd, 2013
Categories: World, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/egypt-bans-muslim-brotherhood-group

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.

Assad: Syria will allow access to chemical sites

September 23rd, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/al-qaida-branch-announces-leaders-death-syria

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.

USDA Now Considers GMO Contamination ‘Normal’

September 22nd, 2013
Categories: Nature, Environment, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/usda-now-considers-gmo-contamination-normal/

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 blinded by ‘Assad must go’ mentality - Lavrov

September 22nd, 2013
Categories: News, World, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/official-word/west-assad-lavrov-syria-210/

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.

What Happened to John Kerry? From Anti-War Vietnam to Bellicose Rhetoric on Syria

September 21st, 2013
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2013/09/happened-john-kerry-anti-war-vietnam-bellicose-rhetoric-syria/

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.

Syria: Al-Qaeda as the black operations wing of the US

September 21st, 2013
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_09_19/Syria-Al-Qaeda-as-the-black-operations-wing-of-the-US-2104/

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...

Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War in Syria to Maintain Oil, Gas & the Dollar's Reserve Status

September 21st, 2013
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Economic, Politics

Link: http://12160.info/forum/topics/saudi-arabia-s-proxy-war-in-syria-to-maintain-oil-gas-the-dollar

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.

Turkey Is Looking To Hire 6,000 Twitter Users To Spew Propaganda On Social Media

September 21st, 2013
Categories: Middle East, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/turkey-is-looking-to-hire-6000-twitter-users-to-spew-propaganda-on-social-media/

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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