The downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighters this week dramatically escalated global tensions and posed point blank the danger of a conflict between nuclear-armed powers. Yet even as the US-led war in the Middle East was placing the world on a knife-edge, President Barack Obama spent last week ramping up the confrontation with China over its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Russia would suspend its visa-free regime with Turkey from January 1, 2016. "Some 69,000 [Turkish] citizens indicated ‘tourism’ as the purpose of their arrival [in Russia], about 31,000 arrived on business trips, whereas others came on personal visits.
Turkey's annual revenues from Russian tourists stood at $10 bln, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) Oleg Safonov, the country will "obviously not be receiving those funds anymore." Russia’s Su-24 warplane was downed by an air-to-air missile launched from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.
Bolivian President Evo Morales: Western powers create terrorism in an attempt to unseat governments which are against imperialism, warning, however, that such a policy would backfire.
Western states create terror threats and provide financial support to terrorists, who serve as their proxies, in a bid to depose anti-imperialism heads of state and governments.
Turkish president declaring his military will shoot down any new intruder. Russian Defense Ministry prepared to destroy any aerial target that may threaten its warplanes, announced severance of all military ties with Turkey. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered sanctions against Turkey, bans on products. Russia was biggest source of Turkish imports last year, worth $25 billion, largest destination for Turkish exports, mostly textiles and food, confiscation of large quantities of Turkish food imports.
Russian state hi-tech corporation Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov announced Russia had signed a contract with China on the delivery of 24 Su-35 multifunctional fighter jets to China.
The Italian government makes efforts to broaden the international coalition against the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group by including Russia; Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Vladimir Putin emphasized that Turkey’s air forces hitting the Russian plane contradicted “common sense and international law [as] the plane was shot down over Syrian territory.” “I have to say that we find absolutely inexplicable the treacherous stabs in our back dealt by those we thought to be our partners and allies in the anti-terrorist struggle.
French President Francois Hollande told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday that world powers must create a "grand coalition" to combat Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Germany, to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and a warship to help in the fight against ISIL.
The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years; Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, Pentagon Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
RUSSIANS have been warned to stay AWAY from Turkey as flights to tourist parts of the country have been cancelled following the downing of a Russian jet. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan: Russia’s response to downing of its fighter plane near the Syrian border was "unfitting" after Russia suggested some projects could be cancelled; accused Russia of slander after it said Turkey was the main buyer of oil and gas from Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria.
A national association of state lawmakers has announced that it will investigate a burgeoning effort to let companies opt out of workers’ compensation insurance and write their own plans for how they’ll care for injured workers.
Russia’s largest tour operators are terminating their business with Turkey in response to the Kremlin's travel warning. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov canceled his visit to Istanbul over the jet incident, recommended Russians not visit Turkey in the near future. Three million tourists from Russia visited the country last year, could cost Turkey $30 billion a year. Putin warned downing of the Russian warplane will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey.
The massive rise came thanks to bumper profits from the Crown Estate, which owns 350,000 acres of land across Britain . It also owns a sprawl of London's plush West End including Regent Street, where rents have exploded since the financial crisis. 15% of those profits are handed to the Queen as a sovereign grant,up 19% in three years, part of the annual cost of the Royal family, at £334m." Dozens of people have been kicked out of Crown Estate homes after being told they would have to buy them at inflated prices .
Federal customs service said that customs officers gave the order of 100% screening of cargo from Turkey, and then to leave them at the warehouse of temporary storage.
Turkey’s claim that the SU-24 was in Turkey’s airspace for 17 seconds but only traveled 1.15 miles means that the SU-24 was flying at stall speed! The entire Western media was too incompetent to do the basic math! Do not expect any truth from any Western government or from any Western media. Governments and media know that the Western populations are uneducated, unaware, and can be relied upon to accept any preposterous story.
Russia’s state-owned gas giant, Gazprom, has announced halting natural gas supply to Ukraine after Kiev failed to make upfront payments for more supplies.
Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian bomber involved in an anti-terror mission against the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group means that Ankara has effectively sided with IS. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Turkey’s role in the terrorist group’s illegal oil trade.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Moscow isn't planning any war on Turkey. "We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards the Turkish people has not changed," the minister said. "We have questions only to the Turkish leadership."
Russia's State Duma’s International Affairs Committee deputy head Leonid Kalashnikov following the downing of the Russian Su-24 warplane in Syria. "We should immediately freeze economic relations with Turkey, diplomatic ties may be halted as well.
According to Russian missile cruiser Moskva equipped with the Fort air defense system similar to S-300 will be stationed off the coast of Syria's western province of Latakia. "We warn that every target posing a potential threat will be destroyed,” lieutenant general Sergey Rudskoy; Russian General Staff. Russia announced it will halt all military cooperation with Turkey following the attack. “All military contacts with Turkey will be suspended.”Turkish warplanes downed a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian-Turkish border.
French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron met in Paris yesterday at the Élysée Palace, as both seek to respond to the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris by escalating the war in Syria.
New law expected to take effect in January, the State Department will block Americans with “seriously delinquent” tax debt from receiving new passports and will be allowed to rescind existing passports of people who fall into that category. The list of affected taxpayers will be compiled by the Internal Revenue Service using a threshold of $50,000 of unpaid federal taxes.
ISIS fighters hop back and forth over the Turkish border with impunity, there are “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members”, and more than $800,000,000 worth of ISIS oil has been sold in Turkey.
Oregon, where marijuana was recently legalized, a government agency has rejected food donations for the holidays because the donations came on the behalf of a marijuana-related organization. A group called Women Leaders in Cannabis was able to raise considerable food donations for people in need and initially their contributions were accepted by Oregon’s Department of Human Services.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: U.S. actions in the Middle East helped Islamic State to gain influence. The strengthening of Islamic State “became possible partly due to irresponsible U.S. politics” that focused on fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad instead of joining efforts to root out terrorism.
France pushed through legislation that includes a plan to censor the internet. Specifically the Minister of the Interior will be given the power to block any website that is deemed to be "promoting terrorism or inciting terrorist acts.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to arrived in Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Monday and meet with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during the visit, the Kremlin says. The two sides will discuss "issues in bilateral relations, including atomic energy, oil and gas, and military-technical cooperation.
Local officials in Britain have responded to the growth of social destitution resulting from continued mass unemployment and cuts to social spending with sweeping efforts to crack down on the homeless population. Labour Party-led Manchester City Council banned homeless people from setting up any form of temporary accommodation anywhere in the centre of the city.
After a meeting with administration officials on Friday, Maine legislative leaders looked unlikely to acquiesce to Gov. Paul LePage’s demand for more funding to hire drug agents or else he would activate the National Guard to deal with the state’s drug crisis.
The United Nations security council has unanimously approved France's resolution to take "all necessary measures" against the Islamic State (ISIS) and urged all able member states to join in the fight.
Medical marijuana patients and supporters gathered today at DEA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to hand in more than 100,000 petition signatures demanding the resignation or firing of DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg after he called medical marijuana "a joke."It was signed by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Sam Farr (D-CA)Jim McDermott (D-WA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Blumenauer took to the House floor to echo the call for Rosenberg's resignation or firing.
Following Paris attacks, French National Assembly voted to extend the nation's state of emergency for a further three months. The state of emergency bill has alarmed civil liberties campaigners, who are concerned about several measures they deem "authoritarian", particularly the expansive powers police have been granted to conduct computer searches, net censorship, and curtail the freedom of association.
The National Assembly, the lower house of France’s parliament, voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a three-month extension of the state of emergency declared by French President François Hollande in the wake of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. The legislation enables warrantless searches and seizures, detention of individuals without an indictment, and bans on demonstrations and protests, and suspends freedom of association.
The Russian prime minister has signed an order banning the use of all foreign produced software in state and municipal agencies. Exceptions are only allowed in cases when there are no Russian-made analogues to foreign computer programs.
In the fight against terrorism, Russia will act in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter. The article regulates the right to self-defense for a state, stated. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavro Putinv: Russia would be implementing the article by all means - military, diplomatic and financial.
Human Rights Watch: The United States should stop selling bombs to Saudi Arabia while the country is engaged in war on the neighboring Yemen; Saudi-led coalition’s indiscriminate air attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen since March.
Center of Public Integrity and Global Integrity researchers delved into the problems of public corruption, transparency and accountability at the state level. Using a standard A-F grading system, the center assigned 47 state governments a grade D or lower. Only Alaska (C grade), California and Connecticut (both C-) came out acceptably in the grading. 11 states flunked the 2015 State Integrity Investigation because their state governments lack systems to prevent and expose corruption.
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi views Russia's push for a "grand coalition" to defeat the Islamic State terror group as "a very right proposal," said he shares Russian President Vladimir Putin's urging that what is needed to combat IS is a grand coalition of countries.
Iran said switch to national currencies in transactions between Moscow and Tehran may be completed very quickly. Iran's Deputy Trade Minister Mojtaba Khosrowtaj told Russian media the two countries could start to trade in their national currencies within the next 2-3 weeks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: “All the forecasts made by our colleagues in the West and some other parties that the people would rise up and oust him never came true. This means one thing: Assad represents the interests of a significant part of Syrian society. So no peaceful solution can be found without his participation,
Landon Riddle of Colorado 3 years old, has acute lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow; given a few weeks to live after reacting badly to chemotherapy. His mother began to administer medical marijuana, chemo became unnecessary. Wasn’t legal in Utah, mother moved to Colorado. Began giving him THC, his red and white blood cell counts increased dramatically after a few doses. Landon’s cancer is now in full remission.
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday will ask Parliament to extend state-of-emergency powers — in effect since Friday’s attacks in Paris but legally limited to 12 days for three months. Such powers let the interior ministry order house arrest for people deemed dangerous, allow house searches without judicial approval. State-of-emergency powers would allow interior ministry to prohibit free movement of people or vehicles at any time. Police forces could order the closure of theaters and concert halls. Checkpoints could be set up outside public and private buildings.
Just as they did in the wake of 9/11, corporate media outlets—led by cable news networks—are spreading hysteria, fueling anti-immigrant sentiment, and beating the drum for war by providing "context-free coverage of terror. The 24/7 coverage of Friday's attacks in Paris and their aftermath, marked by speculation and sensationalism.
The measures proposed by French President François Hollande would give the president the right to exercise arbitrary powers, transfer public authority from civilian institutions to the military and suspend basic democratic rights.
Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov: "Russia’s position on [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad’s future is that no one can dictate whether Assad is to go or not. Assad’s future and the future of the Syrian government can be decided only by the Syrian people."
In Luis v. US federal government arguing it has the power to freeze all of a defendant’s assets, including those not earned through crime; financially cripple someone before convicted, had a trial and not allow them to use assets that are theirs to Sixth Amendment right to counsel by taking away money could use to hire a defense attorney. US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: “The principle the government, without proving guilt of any crime can take all of his money,” I’ve never heard of such a principle.”
Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the coordinated attacks in Paris, though immigration experts say under the Refugee Act of 1980 governors cannot legally block refugees from settling in their communities.
Although “the legislative environment is very hostile today,” the intelligence community’s top lawyer, Robert S. Litt, said to colleagues in an August e-mail obtained by The Post, “it could turn in the event of a terrorist attack or criminal event where strong encryption can be shown to have hindered law enforcement.”
Some of the law’s biggest cheerleaders now admit the tsunami of higher monthly insurance premiums coupled with colossally higher deductions (which dramatically boost out-of-pocket expenses) are hurting Americans. Tennessee, state insurance commissioner approved a 36 percent rate increase. Minnesota, officials approved increases averaging 49 percent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Candidate Obama was promising his health reform plan would lower premiums by $2,500 a year.
Israeli and Zionist officials terrorist bombings in Paris, for which the ISIS took responsibility, justified Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian resistance against Jewish colonialism, especially Israel’s lebensraum policies in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Paris bombings should make France and other countries understand Israel’s war on Palestinian terror.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain, after a Spanish judge effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group, their actions could see a case against them regarding the Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010.
President Vladimir Putin: "There were no problems back then, neither are any now, although relations [a year ago] were more strained than today. But life goes on, things change, new problems, new threats, new challenges that cannot be tackled single-handedly spring up," "We must get united," did not share the view that Russia was in international isolation.
Putin: During the summit, “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them.”"I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products." “The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon."
Just as with 9/11, Charlie Hebdo and the Boston Marathon Bombing, the media was scripted with the story and ready to go the minute the happening was reported. There is no investigation, no questioning, just the media moving in lockstep with the scripted official story. Again the perpetrators conveniently leave their ID. Again the attack coincides with an official drill of the attack. No matter how transparent the false flag attack and the agendas served by it, patriotism whipped to a frenzy blinds people to the reality.
The two leaders exchanged ideas on the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine.
The United States, Russia and regional powers agreed a day earlier on the timetable of establishing a transition government in Syria and holding an election within 18 months, but failed to bridge gaps over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The two-day summit of the G20 taking place in Turkey has taken on a new urgency, with the Paris attacks in which over 130 people died pushing the fight against terrorism to the top of the agenda.
US-created ISIS destroys Russian civilian airliner. US sends F-15s to Turkey to engage Russian jets. Oil has dropped $80 a barrel as US attacks Russia’s main export, energy. US and its European allies have imposed sanctions against Russia. US sends new nuclear weapons to Germany. US keeps dropping ammunition to Syrian rebels to better engage the Russians. Putin has been demonized as an insane mass-murderer by the free and fair press of the West. So who is threatening whom?
Recently, a 17-year old has won a legal battle in New Jersey to consume cannabis oil during her school lunch period following New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s signing of a bill that supports Genny Barbour’s right to treat her epileptic condition.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders want to clinch a €3-billion deal with Ankara to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming to Europe from Africa and the Mideast. The EU wants Turkey to beef up its border patrols with Greece in return.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière declared this week that refugees arriving on the German border will be deported back to the first European Union country they entered, in a reversal of policies that have been in place since August.
A labor strike in the Greek capital has turned violent, with demonstrators hurling Molotov cocktails at police. Officers have responded with tear gas. The protesters are rallying against government austerity measures.
US Senator Tim Kaine: when the President said Assad must go it was probably a mistake. Washington was also involved in the regime change in other Arab countries, including Iraq, Libya and Egypt. Russia and Syria have common interests in restoring stability in the country.
Russia said on Wednesday that it has prepared a series of agreements to promote cooperation with Iran in various areas, will concern animal husbandry, agriculture, mining, banking, and visa and customs regulations among other areas. Oil, gas and petrochemicals as well as construction of power plants and railways are some of the other areas reserved for discussion.
Fox’s Neil Cavuto, asked if the billionaire businessman was supportive of a $15-an-hour minimum wage. “I can't be, Neil,” said Trump, who, after mentioning his “tremendous” tax plan, added, “wages are too high.” The partisan audience burst into applause.
“Neuropolitics” is the attempt to read your mind by scanning facial expressions and feeding them into an algorithm. Biofeedback—including heart rate, eye movements and skin conditions—can also be captured and used for political and government purposes, could analyze facial expressions and tweak their message. The technology has been used by politicians in several countries, including Mexico, Poland, Colombia, and Turkey.
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton linked the downfall of nearly two dozen counties in Arkansas to the climb in Social Security Disability Insurance. "Population continues to fall, and a downward spiral kicks in, driving once thriving communities into decline,"communities could begin to suffer other social plagues, such as heroin or meth addiction and associated crime. Businesses are forced out when employers struggle to find workers who have accepted disability payments. "It's bad for the communities affected, and it's worse for the disability recipients.
Saudi Arabia is pushing the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee to condemn Iranian and Russian intervention in Syria. The non-binding draft resolution, prepared by Saudi Arabia and co-sponsored by Qatar and other Arab nations, the United States, Britain, France and other Western powers.
The Woods Hole “Our Radioactive Ocean” project has erased years of Fukushima Pacific contamination data from their website. The website originally contained data from their 2011 monitoring voyage and data for each year up to 2015. As of today the website only contains data for 2013-2014 with some of the 2013 data near Hawaii now missing.
Gary, Indiana, political leaders are courting GEO Group to have the private prison company build a detention camp for undocumented immigrants, touted as a job-creator and a source of revenue. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson estimated the facility would generate $1 million in annual property taxes. “I can use that,” she noted. Councilwoman Linda Barnes-Caldwell:“I think it is a wonderful idea. It will bring revenue to the city and jobs. And I think it is an ideal location. GEO has faced hundred of lawsuits over conditions within its facilities.
The world is beginning to realize that a seachange in world affairs occured on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia can no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos engulfing the Middle East and Europe. Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began destruction of Islamic State forces.
China took another step to boost the yuan’s global usage, saying it will start direct trading with the Swiss franc, as the nation pushes its case for reserve-currency status at the International Monetary Fund, making the franc the seventh major currency that can bypass a conversion into the U.S. dollar and be directly exchanged for yuan
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday he opposes any eventual legalization of marijuana, five days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use. but said he was willing to listen to other opinions, welcomed a debate on the question, and invited doctors, sociologists and other academics to contribute."
Americans have a shrinking participation in the production of the goods and services that are marketed to them. Financialization is the process of removing any public presence in the economy and converting the economic surplus into interest payments to the financial sector. The Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Partnerships eliminate political sovereignty and turn governance over to global corporations.
European Commission is preparing to target people who hyperlink on the internet, forcing search engines and news portals to pay media companies for linking to their content; considering putting the simple act of linking to content under copyright protection. Each weblink would become a legal landmine, hold every single actor on the Internet liable.
US military plan to send more forces into Europe on a rotating basis.“It’s a US military occupation of these states which it feels it’s losing control over and it’s using Russia, the phantom menace of Russian aggression, as a pretext to continued military occupation of other sovereign states.”
Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”
Portugal on the brink of a political crisis as Costa’s Socialists move to align with the Communists and the Left Bloc in an effort to overthrow the government and roll back austerity, presaging a debt showdown with Brussels and Berlin. Catalonia’s parliament approved a resolution Monday to take steps to establish an independent republic, vowing it would begin ignoring Spanish institutions and setting up a potential standoff with the government in Madrid.
State law passed in 2001 and upheld by state Supreme Court in 2004, you can be arrested, tried and convicted for having marijuana in your system, even if you ingested it in another state or country (or Indian reservation). Someone who legally smokes marijuana in Colorado and then drives across the prairie to South Dakota can be charged with the crime of having smoked marijuana elsewhere; same for medical marijuana patients.
DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg: there is other stuff in our society that is dangerous that is perfectly legal. “There are pieces of marijuana—extracts or constituents or component parts—that have great promise” for medicinal use.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi; “We are certain that the US secretary of defense’s remarks are based on wrong information and the absence of correct perception of the regional issues;”strategy maintained by the United States and Israel to perpetuate insecurity, war, in the Middle East.
Although the US military “do not seek” a new Cold War, it is determined to oppose the rising global powers – Russia and China – in order to protect the US-dominated “international order,” US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said.
City of Sacramento performed a water treatment experiment “to save money,” despite knowing that very process was creating carcinogens. The combination of excess chlorine and aluminum chlorohydrate ended up yielding carcinogenic toxins known as “DBPs” — disinfection byproducts.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the ubiquitous Trans Pacific Trade Partnership deal. It would affect your Internet privacy, your ability to choose whether or not to eat GM food, and could even force multiple countries’ citizens to lose their rights for free speech or a fair trial for commodities traded between corporations.
Televised screen shots taken Tuesday night of live election returns in Ohio provided by the Secretary of State's office showed hundreds of thousands of votes flipping from the "yes" to "no" column of Issue 3, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana.
‘Truth’ and the mainstream media don’t go together, the Internet will eventually take over as the primary source of finding out about current affairs. The internet allows us to come to our own conclusions by checking our own facts. We really can’t trust the traditional outlets to do it right or properly.
Marking an escalation of ongoing hostilities between the Indian government and Greenpeace India, the Tamil Nadu Registrar of Societies on Wednesday cancelled the environmental NGO's license to operate in the country—a move akin to kicking the group out altogether.
Mexico's Supreme Court ruled 4-to-1 Wednesday that outlawing the possession and use of the marijuana plant represents a violation of fundamental human rights.
Maldives' Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to impeach the country's vice president, who will be charged with terrorism for plotting to kill the president, a minister said. Ahmed Adeeb second vice president impeached in three months, allegedly planning to kill President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in an explosion on his speedboat, denied involvement in the blast.
At the first meeting of the New York State's Pollinator Task Force (Aug 6 2015), commercial beekeeper Jim Doan was flabbergasted to learn that state officials had appointed two representatives of the national pesticide industry to the 12-member panel. Bumblebee (Bombus affinis), once common in New York and the Northeastern US, is now a candidate for the endangered species act.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will update by year's end proposed guidelines for assessing the safe life span for nuclear reactors -- a central issue for the nuclear industry, the nation's future electric power supply and the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. The new guidance is linked to NRC's current judgment that there are as yet no "aging" issues with reactors' structures and components that would prevent current plants from being licensed out to 80 years of age.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his spokesman – officially appointed by himself – does not speak for him. Ran Baratz, recently appointed as his new chief of “public diplomacy,” has history of insulting American officials, said US Secretary of State John Kerry’s “mental age” no more than a 12-year-old.
Denmark rejected the appeal of Swedish authorities to Europe to redistribute a massive influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, local media reported. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven asked the European Commission to urge other EU states to participate in redistribution of refugees from Sweden, as the country “has long taken an unreasonably large responsibility in comparison with other countries.”
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter used a visit yesterday to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and an on-board press conference to deliver further provocative threats against China over disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea.
The European Union is set to issue guidelines for labeling Israeli products made in the occupied territories. Israel is trying hard to convince the E-U not to go ahead with its plan, describing it as a boycott against Tel Aviv. Israel’s deputy foreign minister is on tour to Spain, France, and Germany this week in an effort to make the bloc change its mind.
Mexico's Supreme Court has blocked a move by the nation's agriculture ministry to allow genetically modified soya seeds to be planted in two states.
More than 1,100 local, state, and tribal law enforcement departments responded to the 2015 National Drug Threat Survey. aCops do not perceive marijuana to be a threat. Drugs that cops are worried about are heroin and methamphetamine. Prince George’s County police blame recent spike in Maryland murders on decriminalization of marijuana – despite no evidence to back up their claim.
The Russian and Indian defense ministers signed a military-technical cooperation agreement in followup to the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC), the Russian Defense Ministry press service said Monday.
US Senator Lindsey Graham has said the US Congress is unlikely to reach an agreement on a war authorization against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Syria, where “the next 9/11 is coming from.”Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker, argued Tuesday that a new war bill was not needed.
Ireland’s State Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy announced Monday he would work to initiate the process of decriminalizing all drugs in the country. A main element of the plan seeks to create “injection centers” where addicts can safely consume their drugs and receive treatment.
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