The United States government is applying pressure to European countries that oppose sanctions against Russia, US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland said at a US Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Netanyahu:“It is a very tight race,” “Nothing is guaranteed because there is a huge, worldwide effort to topple the Likud government.” Political parties in Israel not allowed to accept money from foreign donors, nonprofit organizations can accept money from overseas. US consultants advised candidates in Israeli elections for years.
A bipartisan trio of senators will introduce historic legislation to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) are set to file the bill today.
Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, issued directives in 2011 barring thousands of employees from using the phrases "climate change" and "global warming," according to a bombshell report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR).
President Barack Obama issued executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat, sanctioning seven individuals, expressing concern about Venezuelan government’s treatment of political opponents. “We are deeply concerned by Venezuelan government efforts to escalate intimidation of its political opponents.
European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker: European Union should establish its own army to counter Russia. Mike Hookam, Defense spokesman for UK Independence Party: “A European army would be a tragedy for the UK,” Mike Hookam,“We have seen the mess the EU has made of the Eurozone economy, how can we think of trusting them with this island’s defense?”
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: Eurozone ministers must accept Greece’s proposal of seven major reforms to secure the country’s next tranche of bailout or “there could be problems,” warns the country may hold early elections or a referendum if the eurozone does not agree to its bailout plans.
The German government is alarmed, False claims and exaggerated accounts, warned a top German official during a recent meeting on Ukraine, have put NATO -- and by extension, the entire West -- in danger of losing its credibility.
A small town in southern Washington on Saturday opened the state’s first recreational marijuana store that is both owned and operated by the local government. Cannabis Corner in North Bonneville, home to about 1,000 people on the Columbia River Gorge, will sell a range of marijuana products with all profits going back to the local community.
EU foreign ministers showed little appetite on Saturday for stepping up pressure on Russia over Ukraine, preferring to give a fragile ceasefire a chance before deciding whether to apply more sanctions or even to extend existing ones.
Directs the Attorney General to issue final order that removes marijuana in any form from all schedules of controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.; revise the definition of "felony drug offense" to exclude conduct relating to marijuana; and (4) eliminate marijuana from provisions setting forth penalties applicable to prohibited conduct under such Act.
Visit of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Moscow indicates significance Italian government attaches to relations with Russia. Trade between the two countries very high:(approximately $52 billion) per year. Italy second largest consumer of Russian exports.
Jacob Rothschild, banker and chairman of RIT Capital Partners :on top of a "difficult economic background" investors face "a geopolitical situation perhaps as dangerous as any we have faced since World WarII".result of "chaos and extremism in the Middle East, Russian aggression and expansion, weakened Europe threatened by unemployment, caused by failure to tackle structural reforms in the European Union".
US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) this week filed legislation she calls the "Internet Freedom Act" to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's new network neutrality rules. , Blackburn received $25,000 from an AT&T political action committee (PAC), $20,000 from a Comcast PAC, $20,000 from a cable industry association PAC, and $15,000 from a Verizon PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday, those who were leaving the venue for the night were greeted by dozens of chanting protesters. Some of the protesters said they were of Palestinian descent, but others were Jewish.
Qu Xing, China’s ambassador to Belgium, was quoted as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to “abandon the zero-sum mentality” with Russia, said that Western powers should take into consideration Russia’s legitimate security concerns over Ukraine.
The Ukrainian government's economic reforms, including the six-fold hike of natural gas prices for consumers, looks like the right thing to do, but amounts to a humiliation of Ukraine's citizens; Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia’s communications minister has reportedly called for sectoral sanctions against French-based communication companies in reply to the scuttled delivery of Mistral warships.
The rising tensions between Russia and the West, especially the United States, over Ukraine provide a constant reminder of the Cold War, when the two superpowers fought proxy conflicts for spheres of influence.
Public opinion about Israel is changing irreversibly in the United States. The negative impression of Israel will grow because of Netanyahu's arrogant speech, increasingly opposed to U.S. support for Israeli aggression. This dramatic shift is also registering very profoundly among Jewish-Americans, who are increasingly outspoken in opposition to Israeli policies.
Walker cited his experience in pushing through anti-worker legislation as proof of his fitness for the presidency. “If I could take on 100,000 protesters, I could do the same across the world,” he boasted, effectively comparing throngs of state workers and students to ISIS terrorists.
US immigration officials are moving to deport scores of Bosnians who fled to the United States in the 1990s, concealing their involvement in war crimes and ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the former Yugoslavia.
“ Maduro: In order to protect our country...I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela, We have captured some US citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed on Tuesday that the Obama administration is, in fact, seeking approval for the deployment of ground troops to participate in combat operations against Islamic State forces.
Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana.The legislation forbids the smoking of marijuana, but allows businesses to grow marijuana and sell pot-infused products such as brownies, candy and lozenges.
Nearly 2,500 acres of public lands in Arizona has been handed over to two foreign mining companies that plan to excavate $130 billion in copper from an area considered sacred to Native Americans, got permission to create the mine after Arizona’s two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, slipped a provision into the Defense Reauthorization.
The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use, The law allows adults to possess up to 2 ounces (56 grams) of marijuana and to grow six plants, three of them mature. Sales are barred but transfers of up to 1 ounce (26 grams) is legal.
The term ‘GM food’ should be abandoned, say politicians who are calling for an extraordinary rebranding exercise. MPs on the science and technology select committee has demanded a ‘reframing of the public conversation’ about genetically modified food, says the GM label has become a ‘lightning rod’ for fears about designer crops.
Secretary of State John Kerry sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "judgment" on talks with Iran on its nuclear program. Susan Rice, President Obama's national security adviser: House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Israel's prime minister — and Netanyahu's acceptance of it — have "injected a degree of partisanship" that is "destructive to the fabric of the relationship" between Israel and the U.S.
A row between the US and Benjamin Netanyahu has deepened, with the Israeli leader accusing America and others of "giving up" on trying to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.
A majority of US Supreme Court justices appear to be supportive of an argument that Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim teenager.
DENVER – While the fight between the Islamic State and the forces arrayed against it rages in the Middle East, another brutal battle is brewing in the United States over who is winning the war. In the US these days, all issues – whatever and wherever – soon fall into the maw of the country's polarized domestic politics.
"Additional sanctions remain on the table. We should be ready for any development — good or bad," European Council President Donald Tusk.
Two newly introduced bills in the US House of Representatives are looking to legalize the use of recreational marijuana and tax it like other drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.
The United States and Turkey have reached preliminary agreement to train and moderate Syrian rebels and provide them with equipment.According to officials from both countries, the decision to send more than 400 troops, including special forces, to work with opposition forces is consistent.
Germany is unable to stop arms shipments to Ukraine, including from the US and Canada, Karl-Georg Wellmann, a member of the Christian Democratic Union stated in Bundestag, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to Bloomberg.
Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold. For nothing good, but much evil, could come of broadening and lengthening this war that has cost the lives of 5,400 Ukrainians.
Vladimir Putin said that he would not allow the West to achieve military superiority over Russia. Russia will continue strengthening the nuclear potential, develop space forces, navy and long-range aviation. The Russian Navy plans to commission two new nuclear submarines. However, Russia lacks a developed system of bases that had been lost after the collapse of the USSR. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tried to fill the gap during his tour of Latin America on February 11-14.
Former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: “The U.S. demonization of Russia and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has resulted in alienating those Russians who were supportive of the West and the United States. The constant demonization of Russia and Putin has galvanized the Russian people behind their president.
The signing of the Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation Agreement on January 20 has led to speculation, fuelled by rhetoric from Moscow and Tehran, that the two states are working to secure Iran from any future military intervention to stop its nuclear program whilst securing an economically hard-pressed Russia a lucrative market for its arms exports.
Russia works hard to undermine USA's exceptionalism. Russia winning Latin America back
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has recently paid visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. The details of his negotiations with Raul Castro remain undisclosed. It was said, though, that in Nicaragua, Minister Shoigu signed an intergovernmental agreement on a simplified procedure for naval ships to enter Nicaraguan ports. The Russian minister also signed a memorandum on cooperation in the naval area.
Icelandic Foreign Minister Jon Hannibalsson: the far left, the right and also the right of the centre were all against joining the bloc, noting that these were the parties that traditionally speak for Iceland’s farmers’ association and ship-owners’ lobby – the “special interest groups” with the most power in the country.
An agreement has been brokered in Minsk to stop hostilities in Ukraine from Sunday. The deal was reached after marathon talks between the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, and signed by the Ukrainian rebels.
Obama considering authorizing dispatch of advanced weapons to US- and NATO-backed regime in Kiev, to be used against pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Indicated he would wait to see results of talks in Minsk, between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel before making a decision.
former Italian PM Mario Monti, who warned that Europe must not be viewed merely as “tool” of US global interests, arming Ukraine risk of the conflict in spilling over. “For now it’s a limited war, creating among Europeans a climate of mistrust that could take us too far.
Kremlin: ultimatum issued by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Vladimir Putin; issuing such demands is no way to talk to the Russian president, about the tone of the negotiations; Nobody has ever talked to the president (Putin) in the tone of an ultimatum – and couldn’t do so even if they wanted to," Dmitry Peskov, Russian presidential press-secretary. Merkel vowed more sanctions if Russia finds new peace proposals by France and Germany unsatisfactory.
Leader of France’s rightwing Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen: Brussels “American lackeys” over EU's Ukraine policy. accused Washington of attempting to start a “war in Europe” and expand NATO towards Russia’s borders.
President Barack Obama emphasized Monday that the American-Israeli relationship should not become partisan, as tensions escalate over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress, repeated he wouldn't meet with Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C., because of Israeli elections two weeks after the March 3 speech.
US Vice President Joe Biden has called on European countries to show unity when it comes to sanctions against Russia, labeling the dissenting voices “inappropriate and annoying”, reported ‘Der Spiegel’, quoting the participants of the Brussels meeting.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Moscow on Friday evening for talks on the Ukrainian crisis with President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors. Thursday, Hollande and Merkel held a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: There will be no "boycott" of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress next month. She downplayed reports of an organized protest, suggested some lawmakers might just be too busy to attend. At least two Democrats have already decided they won't be on hand.
The president’s budget prohibits the use of “federal” funds from being used to enact any “law, rule, or regulation to legalize” marijuana. This means that the District of Columbia can fund itself in the creation of weed laws.
After the Islamic State released a video Tuesday showing ISIS militants lighting pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh on fire as he stood in a cage, Obama contrasted the death and destruction of ISIS with the “benefits” of Obamacare, which he claimed makes “people healthier” and “their lives better. “We’re here to talk about how to make people healthier and make their lives better, and this organization appears only interested in death and destruction,” he said.
New Greek Defense Minister has received an invitation to visit Moscow to discuss military cooperation, in December 2013, the two countries signed intergovernmental agreement on defense cooperation relating to the supply of arms and military hardware.
Possession of hashish may be legalized in Germany if it is used for medical purposes. In summer 2014, a Cologne court allowed three pain patients to grow cannabis at home and use it as a painkiller.
Deputy White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes: "We still think that the best way to influence Russia's calculus is through those economic sanctions that are biting deep into the Russian economy, "We don't think the answer to the crisis in Ukraine is simply to inject more weapons."
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Richard Klass, called Netanyahu’s scheduled congressional appearance “a new level of chutzpah” argued it raised the question of “whether Israel is becoming a strategic liability for America.
Georgios Katrougkalos, now deputy minister for administrative reform, confirmed his parliament would not ratify the trade deal. Greeks could issue a veto, thereby threatening to block the deal.
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili confirmed on Monday that he is ready to fight for the post of Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau chief. Saakashvili said corruption is one of the main enemies of Ukraine and he could introduce an action plan based on Georgia’s experience of fighting against corruption.
CEOs seldom know everything going on in the company, too many people, too many programs representing too many agendas. For presidents of countries there is more going on than a president has time to learn about even if he could get accurate information, have to focus on fund raising for reelection and their party. Time and energy used up with formalities and meetings with dignitaries.
Paris will assist Greece with “anything” to lessen its debt burden, except for writing it off. Anything that can alleviate the Greek debt burden will be welcome; France's finance minister Michel Sapin told Syriza-appointed Yanis Varoufakis.
France's Socialist government offered support Sunday for Greece's efforts to renegotiate debt for its huge bailout plan, a victory for Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis amid renewed fears about Europe's economic stability. German government angry at the new Greek government's position.
Ukrainian ambassador to the UN told Fox News he plans to submit a draft resolution asking the UN General Assembly to formally label “Russia as a sponsor of terrorism." Meanwhile, artillery fire killed 12 civilians in rebel stronghold of Donetsk Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops.
Czech Republic interested in bolstering economic cooperation with Russia, but recognizes it must adhere to European Union anti-Russia sanctions; Czech Union of Industry and Transpor. "Strengthening cooperation with Russia corresponds directly to interests of Czech Republic. But we are part of European Union, have to obey common solutions to a certain extent."
Responding to a question posed by ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz argued the US can swap prisoners with the Taliban because the group is not a terrorist organization but “an armed insurgency.”
THE AIM is clear: The big European powers, led by Germany, want to sabotage Greece's new government, led by the radical left party SYRIZA, by insisting that it continue to repay its crushing $336 billion debt to foreign lenders--thereby depriving it of resources to fund its aggressive reform program.
Washington disagrees with former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev that the United States is in another Cold war with Russia, which might turn into a "hot" one; spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki, stressing that the United States continues to work with Russia on various issues including Iran, Syria, and Ukrainian conflict.
Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, asked Congress to throw out spending cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control, proposed $74 billion in added spendingabout 7 percent split about evenly between defense programs and domestic side of the budget.
“I do not support legalization of marijuana; it’s not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization, nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general;” Lynch.
Among the reforms announced: scrapping planned privatizations, scrapping fees in public hospitals and prescriptions, restore “the 13th pension” for low-pensioners, scrapping the 5-euro fee at public hospitals and 1-euro fee per prescription, reductions in the patients’ economic participation on drugs. : a stop in pension cuts, restore the “13th pension” for pensioners receiving below €700 per month. “Uninsured farmers will receive again the €360 per month, minimum wage will be raised to €751 gross, collective bargains will be restored. Re-hiring of those laid-off from public sector.
Varoufakis: The Troika is trying to suffocate us and to put pressure on the democratic choice by telling us: either you follow our requirements, or you will be cast into hell, trying to terrorize Greek voters. Death is preferable. “The real deficit in Greece is a dignity deficit.
The Greek government disagrees with the EU’s sanctions against Russia, which are affecting the economy of Greece and other countries, Greece’s First Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Nikos Chountis. Greece intends to raise this issue at an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers on Thursday.
Nuland:'You must install the six border command centers around Ukraine as soon as possible, NATO should become' spearhead that will allow us to move quickly to areas of conflict.
Varoufakis has been unrelenting in his insistence that painful cuts to social spending, tax avoidance by the rich, the privatization of key industries, and enormous debt payments should be supplanted by a new economic paradigm that will put the Greek people ahead of foreign creditors and elite interests.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro: "We will always defend co-operation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, including our political opponents, "I don't trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts.
The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.
.Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs: “All you have to do is look at RT’s tiny, tiny audience in the United States to understand what happens when you broadcast untruths in a media space that is full of dynamic, truthful opinion.
Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambassador to Washington, has called on Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress about Iran. Amos Yadlin, a former military intelligence chief who frequently briefed the Israeli prime minister on security matters, denounced the event as “irresponsible.” Criticized their former boss for politicizing a vital Israeli interest.
Greek Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras may be a watershed event signaling end of globalization, privatization, austerity, laisse faire monopoly capitalism and “Illuminati” hegemony worldwide. New finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: IMF austerity measures imposed upon his country “fiscal waterboarding,” Greek repayment of ill-gotten bankster debt will be conditional.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a congratulatory telegram after his party won national elections; public backlash against years of belt-tightening, job losses hardship, said the two countries will continue to cooperate in resolving European and global issues. Tsipras: priority is “for Greece and its people to regain their lost dignity,”
The United States plans to work closely with the newly elected government of Greece and support the country in coming out of its financial crisis; US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki.
News media outlet Russia Today (RT) and terrorist organizations Islamic State (IS) and Boko Haram should not be labelled together as the main challenges that the United States faces; Department of State (DoS) spokesperson Jen Psaki.
sraeli President Reuven Rivlin declined the invitation of the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama during his upcoming visit to the United States, Haaretz reported Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also does not plan to meet Obama during his visit to the United States in March.
The city of Margate is the first in Florida to unanimously pass a bill that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), follows a trend of other Florida cities proposing similar bills.
The decision by Obama, whose relationship with Netanyahu has often been tense, might be interpreted as a snub because leaders from Israel, a staunch U.S. ally, are almost always afforded talks with the American president on trips to Washington. Netanyahu has accused Obama of making too many concessions to Iran for too little.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, arrested on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks, taken into custody by FBI on federal conspiracy and bribery charges that carry up to 100 years in prison.
The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday—presenting an America of rising living standards and a booming economy, capped by his declaration that the “shadow of crisis has passed”—is perhaps matched only in its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: The implementation of Russia’s anti-crisis measures may require the preparation of about 60 bills and a series of presidential decrees. This is our top priority right now.”
President Putin signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law that anyone violating requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs be punished by law. Any individual breaking the law fined up to 50,000 rubles ($890), any business in violation fined up to 150,000 rubles (over $5,300).
America’s Apple Inc. has halted all product sales in Crimea in order to comply with US sanctions banning economic activity with the region, which the US still recognizes as Ukraine, not Russia. The sales ban will go into effect on the first of February.
The UK government may abolish a law dating from the medieval era that enables British lords to use private property located within their territories for hunting, resource extraction, and other activities.
The Senate set to vote on a bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline first voted on a couple amendments. One of these that climate change is "real and not a hoax." anti-environmentalist James Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted for it, first claiming the amendment affirmed climate change was a hoax, later arguing the hoax was not climate change itself, but whether it is caused by humans.
Yemen's President and Cabinet have resigned, Yemeni officials said Thursday -- moves that came a day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil.
French National Front Party leader bashed Prime Minister Manuel Valls' plan as "completely off the point". She proposed more rigid measures such as re-establishing national borders and curbing immigration levels.
The annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, bring together world’s top corporate executives, bankers, financiers, heads of state, finance, trade ministers, central bankers, policymakers from world’s largest economies; heads of all major international organizations; IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organization, UN, OECD, academics, economists, political scientists, journalists, cultural elites and occasional celebrities.
If a newly introduced bill in Washington D.C. passes, one won't even need to be a citizen in order to vote in local elections.
Most striking aspect of Obama’s hour-long address, riddled with tired clichés and empty rhetoric, was the sheer unreality of the picture he presented of America, totally at odds with the actual experience of tens of millions of working people: mounting social and economic crisis, escalating attacks on democratic rights and the growing danger of world war.
Russia will lift its embargo on food imports from the West only “if the West adjusts its anti-Russia sanctions”, Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fyodorov.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under intense domestic pressure to take Berlin away from the US policy on Russia. European countries… are hurting financially because of the sanctions and are looking for a reason to start backing off on them.”
Fox Business News host Stuart Varney called the Obama proposal guaranteeing workers one week of paid sick leave each year a “giveaway,” all about politics. He knows the Republicans will say ‘No, that will make them look bad. He looks good.
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