Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon: Sweden's foreign minister is "not welcome" in Israel after she called for an investigation into the deaths of Palestinians involved in a four-months' spate of deadly attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers.
. Obama evaded the real issues that affect tens of millions of working people in America. He painted a ludicrous picture of economic recovery and social progress; “how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations.” The so-called “recovery” has been a bonanza for corporate profits, stock prices, and the wealth and income of the super-rich. For the working people who are the vast majority of the population, it has been a disaster.
Swiss canton of Zug is asking its citizens to delay paying their taxes for as long as possible. Why? Negative interest rates. The cantonal government doesn’t want to take in a pile of cash, only to end up paying the bank interest on all the tax revenue. So if a bank is paying interest to hold funds with the central bank, eventually they’re going to pass that cost on to the governent. According to the Financial Times, the cantonal government of Zug estimates that they will save $2.5 million in negative interest rate charges by delaying tax receipts.
Biden: the Second Amendment says you can limit who can own a gun. That people who are criminals shouldn’t have guns. People who are schizophrenic and have mental illnesses shouldn’t have guns. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Nowhere in the Second Amendment does it give government the authority to limit who can own a gun.
Gov. Rick Snyder's statement raises questions about the speed and scope of the state's response since Oct. 1 and why state officials did not immediately instruct Flint residents on Oct. 1 not to drink the water without a filter. Snyder said the state was making water filters and water testing available to Flint residents, but did not include a warning not to drink the water without a filter. Michigan State Police and other state officials delivering bottled water and water filters door-to-door in Flint. Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint and Genesee County over the water issue Jan. 5.
National Assembly of Venezuela, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system. It promotes agroecological production methods – that’s a form of farming that works with nature and avoids chemicals, pesticides and monocultures. It aims to make the county independent of international food markets; outlaws the privatization of seeds and promotes instead small and medium scale farming and biodiversity.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by Nestle SA, the world's largest food maker, and two other companies to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the use of child slaves to harvest cocoa in Ivory Coast.The high court left in place a December 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Nestle, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co and Cargill Inc filed by former victims of child slavery.
Through a unanimous vote by its City Council, the city of Berkeley, California has decided to hold Monsanto legally liable for polluting the land and water with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). PCB’s were first manufactured in 1929 by the Swann Corporation, which later became part of Monsanto Chemical Company. Environmental destruction was so obvious Congress had to outlaw them.
EPA’s draft study—released in June to solicit input from advisers and the public—found that fracking has already contaminated drinking water, stating in the report,: found specific instances where one or more mechanisms led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells…
Security authorities are growing increasingly concerned by the rising number of sex attacks by gangs of migrants which appear to be spreading across Europe. Finland and Sweden latest European countries to issue warnings to women to be wary of the threat of sex attacks;police chief adviced women not to go outside alone in Vienna.Dozens of arrests have been. Germany investigating 150 cases in five German cities, women attacked by ‘organised Arab or North African gangs. German gun-shop owner Katja Triebe sales in pepper spray had shot up since the attacks in Cologne.
Catalonia’s regional parliament has approved a plan to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of repeated calls by the central government in Madrid, which has branded the secessionist campaign as totally illegal.
German police have used water cannons to disperse PEGIDA demonstrators in Cologne. The anti-immigration movement were rallying against a rash of assaults on women, blamed on migrants in the city on New Year’s Eve. Over a thousand supporters of the far-right movement took part in the protest in the center of the western German city on Saturday. They chanted “expulsion,” while waving German flags and other banners inscribed with slogans such as “Rapefugees not welcome.
Migrants who commit crimes should lose their right to asylum, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, toughening her tone as thousands of people faced off in competing protests in Cologne over the country’s refugee policy and mass assaults on women on New Year's Eve. Merkel's conservative party said it wanted to reduce and control migration to Germany, send those refused asylum home promptly.
Six major food manufacturers – including Nestle, PepsiCo, and Mexican baking company Grupo Bimbo – have been slapped with fines by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, which alleges the companies failed to include labels indicating the use of genetically modified ingredients. The fines range from $277,400 to just over $1 million, for an estimated total of $3 million.
1999, a Federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by an applicant to the New London, Connecticut police department who was barred from being hired after successfully taking the intelligence portion of the police examinations. The disqualification came because he had scored “too high” on the test. The New London Police Department made it clear that they did not want the “bottom of the barrel” when it came to intelligence, but they also didn’t want anyone who was “too smart” either.
Tehran has severed its commercial ties with Riyadh, its government announced on Thursday. The move comes amid a diplomatic rift between the two nations following the execution of a prominent Shia cleric by Saudi authorities.
Bethany Koval, a 16-year-old Israeli Jew, said on Wednesday that she was called to the principal’s office at Fair Lawn High School and reprimanded for making tweets criticizing Israel and mentioning that a pro-Israel classmate had unfollowed her on Twitter. Administrators warned her that she could face legal consequences for her actions, New Jersey has some of the strictest anti-bullying legislation in the country. Under the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, which only came into force in 2011, she could be suspended or expelled.
Russian sanctions have severely disrupted Turkish exports to Central Asia. The transit route via the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan cannot sustain exports to the Central Asian market. Amid falling oil prices and the resumption of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis Azerbaijan cannot be considered a reliable partner. In addition, Ankara has concerns about new Russian weapons deployed to the Caspian Sea.
Calls for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's ouster and arrest grow; internal emails showed his staff aware of lead poisoning in Flint's public water supply six months before emergency declared; cut off clean, fresh glacial water of Lake Huron, fiscal austerity switch to the Flint River to source water where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories dumped for a hundred years, put chemical in this water to "clean" it stripping lead off of Flint's aging water pipes, placing lead in the water. Resignation of Michigan's top environmental official; Department of Justice investigation.
Following North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on Wednesday, the US and South Korea are reportedly discussing, at the highest levels, the deployment of “strategic assets” to the Korean Peninsula. The stationing of nuclear weapons and associated delivery systems would be a major escalation of the US military build-up in Asia, which is directed primarily against China, not North Korea.
Gov. Jerry Brown, declared a state of emergency on Wednesday for the neighborhood at the edge of the San Fernando Valley. Residents demanding to know why the Southern California Gas Company cannot fix the leak to its natural gas storage well, and whether the company will compensate them for their lost property values and health problems
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned 3 carcinogenic chemicals found in pizza boxes, popcorn bags, and other food packaging over concerns of “chemical migration” from packaging to food, packaging to repel water and oil from paper and paperboard. The chemicals come into contact with aqueous and fatty foods
Submission of governments to corporate interests accelerating — particularly in Brussels, now home to almost as many lobbying groups as DC. Europe’s local level, opposition to TTIP continues to grow, some parts of some countries might benefit handsomely, others stand to lose out enormously, resulting in widening economic imbalances across Europe’s regions.” European populace has never been able to block the dictates of the EU, especially on trade issues. The Corporatist will strengthen their strangle hold on international trade.
At the request of the Ethiopian government, the United States has stopped flying drones from southern Ethiopia in its campaign against militants in Somalia and Yemen, officials said. On Tuesday, US officials confirmed that drone activities had ceased at an airfield in the town of Arba Minch, which had been used to launch Reaper drones that can carry Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs.
The FDA will soon grant a license to GW Pharmaceuticals for treating patients with multiple sclerosis with a drug called Epidiolex. Similar cannabis-based formulations created by GW Pharmaceuticals and other drug companies are expected to treat autism, muscular dystrophy, glioma, ovarian and pancreatic cancer and schizophrenia, as well as epileptics.
Putin signed an official document updating Russia’s national security posture on Thursday. “The buildup of the military potential of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and vesting it with global functions implemented in violations of norms of international law, boosting military activity of the bloc’s countries, further expansion of the alliance, the approach of its military infrastructure to Russian borders create a threat to the national security.” “The independent domestic and foreign policy conducted by Russia triggers counteraction from the US and their allies seeking to keep up their domination in global affairs,
The candidate for US presidency from the Republican party, Donald trump, stated that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have created the group "Islamic State".Clinton, who earlier held the post of Secretary of State, which is the most likely presidential candidate of the Democratic party, and Trump continuously exchange attacks against each other.
David Cameron: Taxes will have to rise unless officials are given new powers to raid people's bank accounts, The Treasury select committee warned that allowing HM Revenue and Customs to remove cash from bank accounts without court orders is "very concerning" because of its history of mistakes.The committee said that taxpayers could suffer “serious detriment” if officials are able, either by mistake or through an “abuse” of power, to take money from people who have done no wrong.
Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis and the cost of endless and expanding war. Last year was marked by significant initial expressions of growing opposition among workers internationally.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen: Denmark has imposed controls at its border with Germany to limit the flow of refugees entering the country hours after the Swedish government announced controls on a major bridge-and-tunnel link with Denmark to limit the number of refugees arriving from Denmark. Stockholm said the move came as it could not cope with the flow of refugees.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order for law enforcement to force the state’s homeless population into shelters when the temperature drops below freezing, will allow for individuals to be taken against their will by law enforcement. Many people do not feel safe in shelters and prefer to stay outdoors. Supporters of people’s rights to be able to make their own decisions are arguing that the new regulations may not be constitutional.
Russia and China agreed to join forces militarily in the fight against ISIS and terrorism, as the Chinese National People’s Congress passed the “On Combating Terrorism” law on December 27. Russian Foreign Ministryannounced, “We proceed from the fact that the Chinese partners have taken an important step towards the creation of a solid legal framework to effectively combat terrorism in all its forms.
As of January 1, 2016, all European banks will be subject to "Bail Ins"; a procedure whereby a failed or failing bank can convert some of your bank deposits into the stock of the failing bank. Money in your bank account can be taken by the bank and converted so that you would now own stock in what had been a failing bank. Once you deposit money in a bank it is no longer yours. It belongs to the bank. You are what is called an "unsecured creditor" of the bank. FDIC (along with the Bank of England) issued a paper on December 10, 2012 on how Bail In procedures will be implemented in the U.S. and in England.
Supreme Court in Venezuela barred four incoming lawmakers from taking office, effectively blocking the two-thirds majority that the opposition won in recent legislative elections in response to a legal challenge filed by supporters of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela against vote irregularities.
California and Massachusetts are highest among the states, both increasing from $9 to $10 an hour, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures. At the low end is Arkansas, where the minimum wage is increasing from $7.50 to $8. The smallest increase, a nickel, comes in South Dakota, where the hourly minimum is now $8.55. The increases come in the wake of a series of "living wage" protests across the country,
Israeli prosecutors will file charges Sunday against four Jews for their involvement in "severe terror against Arabs and their property", the justice ministry said. Security officials told AFP Saturday night the charges are linked to the July firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, which resulted in the death of three members of the Dawabsha family.
Poland’s conservative government has introduced a bill to reform the country’s public broadcasters, effectively giving the government power to appoint or dismiss their media executives. That power would give the country’s national media council, which is closely tied with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, significantly more influence over the operations of television broadcaster TVP and Polish Radio,
When it comes to national priorities, it emphasizes strengthening the country’s defenses, protecting its constitutional system, sovereignty and territorial integrity, strengthening the national consensus, raising the quality of life, preserving and developing culture, improving economic competitiveness, and other principles of national security.
Governor Robert Bentley figured it could fix the mansion with money from the settlement BP paid after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster; expects to spend upwards of $1.8 million of the BP funds on the construction. Bentley’s administration claimed earlier this year that it had no money to keep DMV offices open in some of Alabama’s poorer counties. The DMV offices are the primary place voters can obtain the identification required to vote under the state’s new laws.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that obliges all private owners of unmanned aircraft weighing over 250 grams to register them with the Federal Air Transport Agency; comes into force at the end of March 2016, people or companies who own and use unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones) must also appoint a crew and a commander responsible for flight safety.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey and Israel must improve their relations, "Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region. And we too must accept that we need Israel. This is a reality in the region," Erdogan added that normalization of ties between Turkey and Israel would take place “if mutual steps are implemented based on sincerity.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the country's Defense Ministry to expand Iran’s program for production of "various types of missile" needed to improve the defense capabilities of the country. Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned alleged US plans to impose additional sanctions against Tehran calling them "illegal."
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to seek a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and ‘green cards’ – the paperwork that authorizes immigrants to live and work in the United States – as the White House prepares to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
Obama administration spied on Israeli government. This news sparked a denunciation by Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio a long-time defender of the NSA’s mass surveillance. “There is no evidence that these programs have been systematically abused,” he said in 2014, decrying what he described as “paranoia” around surveillance programs.The previous year, he defended spying on foreign government officials, saying that “everybody spies on everybody.
“It is amazing that people who think that we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medications think we can somehow afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medications, and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” Even relatively healthy individuals are paying over 15 percent of their income for ObamaCare health insurance plans.
The amendments would change Russian civil and arbitration codes by introducing the principle of limited legal immunity for a foreign state. They detail the procedure of initiating a lawsuit against a foreign nation and serving court warrants to its representatives. The document also prescribes the role of various Russian state agencies in court cases against foreign states.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed recently by Congress sent the pro-medical marijuana movement a step forward by included several drug reform provisions.The bill includes language that blocks the Justice Department (JD) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from dedicating resources to interfere with state medical marijuana laws or hemp research projects
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is proposing a temporary surtax to pay for the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS);. said Congress has taken steps to pay for every major conflict, often through new taxes, since the War of 1812.. The Iraq War would eventually cost $1.64 trillion and the Afghanistan War $715 billion..Coons said those costs would include an additional $6 trillion if long-term care for injured veterans were factored in..
President Woodrow Wilson—who brought us into World War I, arrested Americans for singing German beer hall songs in public, campaigned for the federal income tax by promising it would never exceed 3 percent of income, helped to create the cash-printing Federal Reserve, laid the groundwork for Prohibition, and kept Jim Crow going—borrowed $30 billion to pay for World War I. The $30 billion that Wilson borrowed was repaid by the feds with borrowed dollars. Federal government still owes $30 billion that Wilson borrowed,to different lenders from those who originally financed the Great War. It has paid more than $15 billion in interest payments on that $30 billion.
Russia’s primary sanctions against Turkey came four days after the Turkish military on November 24 brought down a Russian Sukhoi aircraft, which as Ankara claimed, violated the Turkish airspace near the Syrian border. .The sanctions included a ban on the employment of Turkish citizens by Russian employers, restricted imports of certain Turkish goods such as vegetables and fruits, ban on charter flights between the two countries and suspension of travel package sale to Turkey. According to the new presidential order, there will be a ban imposed on the operations of several organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey as well as a limitation of Turkish organizations’ activities in Russia.
U.S. national debt has risen from $10,626,877,048,913.08 on January 20th, 2009 to $18,795,033,928,275.59 on December 21st, 2015. That means that the debt that we are passing on to future generations has increased by 8.16 trillion dollars since Barack Obama was inaugurated.
January 1st, 2016, a new bail-in system will go into effect for all European banks. This new system is based on the Cyprus bank bail-ins a few years ago. Money was grabbed from anyone that had more than 100,000 euros in their bank accounts in order to bail out the banks. Now the exact same principles that were used in Cyprus are going to apply to all of Europe.
Italian pensioner hanged himself after his entire €100,000 savings were confiscated in a bank “rescue” scheme. He left a suicide note blaming the bank, where he had been a customer for 50 years and had invested in bank-issued bonds. EU is tightening the rules on bank rescues – they will force losses on depositors holding more than €100,000, as well as bank shareholders and bondholders.
In the next week, a potential ballot measure, submitted to the Office of the Attorney General in October, is expected to receive title and summary for the 2016 election, meaning its advocates will be able to collect signatures in order to secure its official place on the ballot. The proposed law would require legislators and candidates to sport the emblems of groups that donate money to their campaigns. Imagine a California Senator. wearing Chevron, Shell, and BP logos on his jacket.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law regulating legal protection of a foreign state and its property in the Russian Federation, The law for the first time sets the limits of immunity for foreign states and their property in the Russian Federation and defines cases when the state and its property do not enjoy jurisdictional immunity.
While Turkey has dreams to re-establish itself as the Ottoman Empire by grabbing Syrian territories, US warhawks are planning to balkanize Syria into different "buffer zones;" however, Moscow has upset both Washington and Ankara's applecart.
The wealthy have used their influence to steadily whittle away at the government’s ability to tax them," to create a private tax system, catering to only several thousand Americans. The income-shielding maneuvers, range from organizing one's business as a partnership to capitalizing on "a range of esoteric and customized tax deductions that go far beyond writing off a home office or dinner with a client," are largely unavailable to the average taxpayer, due to cost and complexity.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: Ankara hopes to recover relations with Moscow after the aggravation following the incident with the Russian Su-24 bomber crash near the Syria-Turkey border; said Turkey did not know whose plane was crossing the border. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the plane was downed by an air-to-air missile launched by a Turkish F-16 fighter.
Tax by mile will put a box in your car that will track your every movement and tax you for it. The state will know where you are at all times and will have the ability to ticket you every time you inch over the speed limit.
Nuclear war can only be avoided in two ways. One way is for Russia and China to surrender and accept Washington’s hegemony. The other way is for an independent leader in Germany, the UK, or France to rise to office and withdraw from NATO. That would begin a stampede to leave NATO, which is Washington’s prime tool for causing conflict with Russia and, thereby, is the most dangerous force on earth to every European country and to the entire world. If NATO continues to exist, NATO together with the neoconservative ideology of American hegemony will make nuclear war inevitable.
95 percent of all retail sales in Sweden are cashless; government of Denmark has a stated goal of “eradicating cash” by the year 2030. In Sweden, hundreds of bank branches no longer accept or dispense cash, thousands of ATM machines permanently removed. Parishioners text tithes to their churches. Homeless street vendors carry mobile credit-card readers. Bills and coins account for 2 percent of Swedish economy, many stores no longer take cash at all.
One in 10 Obamacare customers who earn between just two and five times the federal poverty level will have coverage costs that exceed 21 percent of their incomes. Median Obamacare customer spends more than 10 percent of their income on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket health expenses.
Everywhere in Europe, the ruling elites are moving sharply to the right. They are boosting military spending, taking part in the imperialist wars in the Middle East and Africa, sealing up borders and inciting xenophobic sentiments against refugees. They are developing authoritarian forms of rule and building up a police state in order to suppress growing social tensions.
Attacks on opponents of GM are designed to whip up emotive, populist sentiment and denigrate critics; portrays those who question GM as heretics clinging to faith and relying on an “army of quacks and pseudo-environmentalists waging a leftist war on science. Described critics of GM as a ‘ anti-science Luddites implying that critics have a political agenda;.say that GM is probably safer than traditional foods, which it clearly isn’t.
For years, many homeless people have spent the night in airports. .People sleeping in airports has grown. . One individual, according to Bloomberg , has lived in LaGuardia for 20 years. Officials are now cracking down on that arrangement, .arrest violators..
There were no working organic farmers called to the table to participate in this discussion. Vilsack is a enthusiastic supporter of corn and soy-based biofuels, which use as much or more fossil fuel energy to produce them as they generate, while driving up world food prices under heavily government subsidized funding; promoted agricultural biotechnology, including pharma crops, plants genetically engineered to produce pharmaceuticals.
Initiative to strip private banks of their power to “create money” and make it exclusively a central bank privilege has gathered enough support for the Swiss government to announce a referendum on the issue. A vote in favor may result in a return to 100 percent reserve banking. “Banks won’t be able to create money for themselves anymore, they’ll only be able to lend money that they have from savers or other banks, or even, if necessary, money that the Swiss National Bank has provided them.”
It is critically important for Ukraine to get a third tranche from the International Monetary Fund under the revised cooperation program; Finance Minister Natalie Jareskol. "Getting the tranche is a prerequisite for a US loan of one billion dollars and pre-requisites for European loans."
Officials in Washington have argued the law, combined with new draft banking and insurance rules and a slew of anti-trust investigations, amounts to unfair regulatory pressure targeting foreign companies. China's national security law adopted in July requires all key network infrastructure and information systems to be "secure and controllable.
According to a new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 30% of Republicans are in favor of bombing the city of Agrabah, a fictitious town from the Disney animated film, Aladdin; it doesn’t exist.
Constitutional protections have been diminished by hegemonic political ambitions. Indefinite detention, torture, and murder are now acknowledged practices of the United States government. Power is the horse ridden by evil. In the 20th century the horse was ridden hard, and the 21st century shows an increase in pace. Millions of people were exterminated in the 20th century. Washington’s drive for hegemony over US citizens and the rest of the world is based entirely on the exercise of force. Western civilization, the product of thousands of years of striving, hangs in the balance.
, Dalene Bowden was fired from her job last week as a food service worker at Irving Middle School in Pocatello, Idaho after she gave a hungry student with no money a free lunch. The total cost of the food was $1.70. Letter, signed by Susan Petit, Director of Human Resources of Pocatello School District 25, stated: “The reason of your termination is due to your theft-stealing [sic] school district or another’s property and inaccurate transactions when ordering, receiving, and serving food.” Never written up or reprimanded for her job performance. She did, however, receive a verbal warning for giving a student a free cookie. Bowden offered to pay for the $1.70 lunch but was rejected.
The government in Taiwan recently passed legislation that would effectively prohibit any food containing genetically modified ingredients from being served to children in school meals. The decision was made primarily due to potential health and environmental hazards revolving around genetically modified foods, as stated by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Shu-fen, one of the amendments’ sponsors.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders: U.S. incarceration ratean "international embarrassment," outlined his plan for criminal justice reform, a platform that includes ending for-profit prisons, removing marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, eliminating the death penalty, and ending mandatory minimum sentencing.
A senior executive with the second-largest for-profit prison company in America assured investment bankers last summer that despite talk of drug policy and criminal justice reform, the country will continue to “attract crime,” generating new “correctional needs.” Pivate prison firms pushed for tougher sentencing laws at the state level and have been tied to efforts in recent years to compel local law enforcement officers to enforce immigration laws.
Panama's top court on Monday ordered the arrest of former President Ricardo Martinelli who is alleged to have used public money to spy on more than 150 people illegally, allegations of corruption. He now faces half a dozen different investigations including into alleged misuse of public funds, financial crimes, taking bribes and giving illegal pardons.
The country of Venezuela, through its National Assembly, has approved a law that will ban GMOs and prohibit seed-patenting to promote sustainable agriculture and real food security
Pakistan will participate in a Sunni-only anti-terror coalition led by Saudi Arabia, according to the country’s foreign affairs office. Saudi Arabia announced the creation of an "Islamic coalition against terrorism" on Tuesday. The coalition includes 34 nations from across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and will be coordinated from a command center in Riyadh.
As a Palestinian uprising across the West Bank, Israel and the Gaza Strip stretches into its third month, Palestinian and solidarity activists say a quieter struggle is taking places on campuses and in communities across the United States as Israel supporters seek to silence them. Palestine advocates say the university's attempt to selectively restrict Palestinian speech fits into a broader pattern unfolding throughout the country.
Swiss oil traders might have gotten themselves into some trouble after it was revealed that they regularly imported oil from terminals in Turkey, where Daesh, also known as ISIL/ISIS, sold their illegal oil supply, the Swiss newspaper Le Matin reported.
A Russian destroyer had to open warning fire as a Turkish fishing vessel sailed on a collision course towards them and didn’t respond to calls from the warship, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. Following the incident, the Russian Defense Ministry warned the Turkish military attaché about “the possible harmful consequences of the reckless actions by Ankara against the Russian military contingent, involved in tackling international terrorism in Syria."
Officials from more than 190 countries swept aside monumental differences and agreed to an unprecedented global deal to tackle climate change. The historic accord, known as the Paris Agreement, includes emissions-slashing commitments from individual countries and promises to help poorer nations adapt to the damaging effects of a warming world. Negotiators also agreed on measures to revise, strengthen, and scrutinize countries' contributions going forward.
The United States has reportedly asked Germany for more military help in the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group. American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sent a letter asking for a bigger military contribution from Germany. The German mission currently includes six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 troops.
Despite a mounting civilian death toll and increased opposition from civil liberties activists, the US Air Force has announced that it plans to double its number of drone squadrons.
Left-wing British politician Ken Livingstone said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia, not Russia, poses a serious security threat to the UK. According to the politician, the radical Islamic course – which has been largely financed by Saudi Arabia, the UK’s close ally — represents a real threat to Western countries, while the alleged threat from Russia promoted in the West does not exist.
50,000 people rallied in the Polish capital Warsaw on Saturday to denounce what they see as threats to democracy by the newly elected government. The conservative, Jaroslaw Kaczynski-led Law and Justice Party, which gained power in October, "has forced out the head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, limited the opposition's oversight of secret services and outlined plans to overhaul public media, raising concerns about the system of checks and balances, guaranteed by the constitution."
Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing: Illegal oil revenues are one of the main sources of income for the terrorists in Syria. According to some reports, they make about $2 billion a year on illegal oil trade. Turkey is the main destination for the oil stolen from its legitimate owners, which are Syria and Iraq. Turkey resells this oil, country’s top political leadership involved in the illegal business — President Erdogan and his family.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu: “About 200 US nuclear bombs are currently deployed in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey. “We also observe the gradual expansion of the NATO bloc. Russian President Vladimir Putin: if NATO threatens Russia, Moscow will respond to the threat accordingly.
Fighting broke out in parliament among members of Ukraine's ruling coalition on Friday after a member of President Petro Poroshenko's bloc physically picked up Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk and pulled him from the podium.
HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud daughter of King Saud. She described the ongoing geoengineering program as a weapon of mass destruction; a method of slow poisoning which threatens all life on Earth. The Princess is an activist, advocates for reform in Saudi Arabia. She travels the world attending social issue conferences.
Turkey's Erdogan has become a global danger, as he prefers fighting Kurds and engages in double-dealing with ISIL, according to retired French general and analyst Vincent Desportes.
Ben Carson sought to reinvigorate his presidential campaign late on Wednesday by rolling out a proposed healthcare overhaul that would eventually increase the Medicare eligibility age to 70. “We don’t want a bunch of bureaucrats dictating to people what they ought to do,” Carson said.
Government is going after another part of the government for its refusal to stop taking stuff without securing a conviction. Two New Mexico state senators Lisa Torraco and Daniel Ivey-Soto are suing Albuquerque after the city has refused to stop seizing residents’ cars, despite a law passed earlier this year ending the practice of civil asset forfeiture; said Albuquerque is defying the new law and “has continued to take property using civil forfeiture without requiring that anyone be convicted of a crime.”
A defense lawyer says former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is being held in solitary in the federal prison where he's serving time on corruption charges. Siegelman claims that he's innocent and a political prisoner. The Democrat blames Republicans for his prosecution.
Kim mentioned that North Korea was a “powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty”, the North’s official KCNA news agency said Thursday. North Korea has already tested three atom bombs, which rely on nuclear fission. A hydrogen, or thermonuclear device, uses fusion in a chain reaction that results in a far more powerful explosion.
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla pleaded with Congress to help his government emerge from a deepening fiscal crisis, saying the federal spending bill may be the best chance for the island to secure aid before bond payments come due next month. Democrats in the Senate failed in an effort to unanimously push through a bill that would allow some of Puerto Rico’s agencies to file for municipal bankruptcy, one of the island’s top priorities, lack of support among Republicans who control Congress.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Finance Ministry to take Ukraine to court for failure to pay debt on bonds. "File a suit then," Putin told Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, when speaking at a meeting with cabinet members.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN)Vitaly Churkin; “We believe that Turkey has acted recklessly and inexplicably, carrying out additional deployments on the territory of Iraq without the consent of the Iraqi government.”
US invasion and occupation of Iraq made the problem of terrorism worse by creating a new generation of terrorists. Counter-terrorism authorities such as General Stanley McChrystal, General Mike Flynn and George W. Bush’s counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke say that drone strikes in particular are creating more terrorists than they’re killing.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: Ankara gave Moscow ground for war, but Russia has refused to respond 'symmetrically' answering the question on Russian Su-24 downing by Turkish F-16 over Syria. "Naturally, war is the worst option. Turkey violated all international legal standards, they committed an act of aggression against us and gave ground for war. However we decided against a tit-for-tat response."
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