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Greece threatens to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Angela Merkel does not agree to pay compensation for WWII occupation

March 12th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2989746/Greece-threatens-seize-property-land-businesses-belonging-Germany-Angela-Merkel-does-not-agree-pay-compensation-WWII-occupation.html

Greece threatening to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Berlin does not agree to compensate it for Nazi occupation of the Second World War. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras demanded Germany pay £112billion in reparations, said previous payments did not cover destroyed infrastructure, compensation for war crimes, return of a forced loan to the Nazis.

'Phantom' Menace: New Russia Sanctions Based on 'Classified' Evidence

March 12th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150311/1019367922.html

Unspecified classified information demonstrating Moscow's violation of international agreements in Ukraine has resulted in the latest US round of sanctions against Russia, US Democratic Senator Ben Cardin told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Texas Bill Would Effectively Nullify Marijuana Prohibition

March 11th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Texas_Bill_Would_Effectively_Nullify_Marijuana_Prohibition/42529/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Introduced by Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview), House Bill 2165 (HB2165) repeals current provisions under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the Health and Safety Code, and Tax Code to end the state-level prohibition on marijuana. Since FBI statistics show that approximately 99 of 100 arrests for marijuana are done under state and not federal law.

US Applies Pressure to States Opposing Anti-Russian Sanctions - Nuland

March 10th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150310/1019308000.html

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.

Is It Possible? Netanyahu claims ‘worldwide’ effort to ensure he loses Israeli elections

March 10th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/is-it-possible-netanyahu-claims-worldwide-effort-to-ensure-he-loses-israeli-elections/

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.

History in the Making: Three Prominent US Senators Roll Out Legislation to Legalize Marijuana

March 10th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/us-senators-file-medical-marijuana-legalization-bill-tomorrow

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.

Report: Florida Banned State Workers From Saying "Climate Change"

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/03/florida-climate-change

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).

Obama declares Venezuela a threat to US national security

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/obama-declares-venezuela-a-threat-to-us-national-security/

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.

UK Slams EU President for Proposing Anti-Russian European Army

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150309/1019266848.html

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?”

Greece warns against rejection of reforms

March 8th, 2015
Categories: Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/08/400907/Greece-warns-against-rejection-of-reforms

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.

Germany Has Had Enough With US Neocons: Berlin "Stunned" At US Desire For War In Ukraine

March 7th, 2015
Categories: War, Politics

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-07/whos-isolated-now-germany-warns-washington-over-nato-commanders-dangerous-propaganda

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.

Small Washington town opens first ever government-run pot shop

March 7th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/small-washington-town-opens-first-ever-government-run-pot-shop/

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 Shows Little Appetite For More Russia Sanctions

March 7th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141032474

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.

H.R.1013 - Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act114th Congress (2015-2016)

March 7th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1013

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.

Why Italy is looking to break Russia’s isolation from the West

March 7th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.russia-direct.org/analysis/why-italy-looking-break-russia%E2%80%99s-isolation-west

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.

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