The city of Seattle now adds its name to 5 other major US cities that are suing Monsanto over PCBs. Monsanto was a producer of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) for commercial use in the U.S. from 1935 to 1977. The company has made millions from selling PCBs, all the while knowing that natural environments were suffering,
Robert Gates, former CIA director, Pentagon chief under President Obama, George W. Bush :“The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler. “People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable. Either they really believe what they’re saying or they’re cynical and opportunistic and, in a way, you hope it’s the latter because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they’re saying.”
, Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday suggested the state bring back the use of guillotines to publicly execute drug traffickers' after he made racially charged remarks at a town hall event, warning residents of out-of-state drug dealers with names like "D-Money" and "Smoothie come to Maine to sell narcotics and to impregnate young white women. LePage dismissed accusations his comments were racist,blamed the media for the backlash..
U.S. businesses will have more freedom to sell products and services directly to the Cuban government under a new set of regulations the U.S. government unveiled Tuesday,. made it easier for U.S. companies to sell items directly to Cuban entrepreneurs.
Taxi drivers in France are blockading roads with burning tires in protest at the low-cost Uber app, resulting in at least 20 arrests. Air traffic controllers are also staging a demonstration, leading to dozens of canceled flights. Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned the “unacceptable” violence during the protests."There is a right to protest... even during a state of emergency," he said on Tuesday. "But violence is unacceptable." Valls announcedt a government mediator will be appointed to resolve the economic crisis that has hit the sector..
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the ideas of socialism were good – equality, fraternity, happiness, but the practical implementation of those ideas in Russia and the Soviet Union was far from what the socialists-utopists envisioned..
Iran and Italy have signed multi-billion dollar contracts covering various sectors including health, transportation, agriculture and energy. Reuters reported that a pipeline contract worth between 3.6-4.6 billion euros (USD 4-5 billion) for Italian oil services group Saipem was among the deals. The company’s shares surged 18.5 percent on Monday. Italian steel firm Danieli said it would sign commercial agreements worth up to 5.7 billion euros (USD 6.1 billion) with Iran.
Following a damning investigation into the group's complicity in US torture, the American Psychological Association demanded the government remove military psychologists from interrogations. The U.S. Department of Defense is asking the American Psychological Association (APA) to place its ethical considerations aside and reconsider its ban prohibiting psychologists from participating in torture at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere.
"Give a small number of people the power to enrich themselves beyond everyone's wildest dreams, a philosophical rationale to explain all the damage they're causing, and they will not stop until they've run the world economy off a cliff.""Wall Street is not being made a scapegoat for this crisis: they really did this."It has become a machine for transferring income, wealth, ownership, and power to the top..
Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has chaired a meeting on import substitution in the defence industry and aircraft engine building held in St Petersburg. "The meeting focused on prospects for national sovereignty in the manufacturing of current and perspective aircraft along with issues related to an unhindered operation of state-run aviation in the Russian Federation," the Security Council’s press service said.
The National Guard sent 70 more troops to deal with a contaminated water situation in Flint, Michigan, that has led angry crowds to assemble in front of Gov. Rick Snyder’s apartment in downtown Ann Arbor and demand his resignation and arrest. Members of the Guard first ordered to the scene mostly to distribute bottled water, filters and test kits where it was recently discovered that drinking water had been contaminated by lead. President Obama declared a state of emergency in the city, ordered Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to the scene.
The political situation in the world is changing dramatically thanks to increasingly close collaborations of Russia, China and Iran with the signing of the 17 trade agreements (between Iran and China. — RT) to the amount of $600 billion; markets in the UK and USA did not bring enough revenue to China, because these countries have been faced with many challenges.,
Hundreds of tractors could be seen by drone-camera, as they gathered at the Greek side of the Greek-Bulgarian border, near the town of Serres, Friday., …
The city’s government continues to charge people for the poison water, threatening to foreclose their home or take their children if they refuse to pay. Michigan law states parents are neglectful if they do not have running water in their home, and if they chose not to pay for water they can’t drink anyway, then they could be guilty of child endangerment. Flint residents have recently filed two class action lawsuits calling for all water bills since April of 2014 to be considered null and void because of the fact that the water was poisonous.“Essentially, residents have been getting billed for water they cannot use. Estimates it could take 15 years, $60 million to fix the problem, Despite the fact that the issue is obviously the government’s responsibility, they have made it illegal for people to sell their homes because they are known to carry contaminated water. Residents left to purchase bottled water on their own, in addition to paying their water bill.
Jeremy Corbyn has told Argentinian diplomats he wants a Northern Ireland-style power-sharing deal for the Falkland Islands, according to reports. Outgoing ambassador Alicia Castro said the Labour leader “shares our concerns; said Mr Corbyn had visited the Argentinian embassy in London saying that dialogue (is) possible and that attitudes are beginning to change,
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky. introduced a sweeping authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, that would give the president new authority to take action against the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL. It wouldn’t put any limits on the duration, geography or use of U.S. ground combat troops in the war, or on the means by which the U.S. military could act; allows the president to take military action against anyone, anywhere.
German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN): The Pentagon is "clearly frustrated by the lack of support from its Western coalition," with the US government threatening to resolve the Syrian crisis militarily.,US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called for a stronger involvement of the members of the international coalition against Daesh terrorists., According to Carter, many coalition members show insufficient commitment to the fight against terrorism in Syria..
France is going to assist in lifting sanctions imposed by the West on Russia by summer this year, Emmanuel Macron, France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, has announced. French economy minister is now in Moscow heading a French delegation attending a session of the French-Russian council on economy, finance, commerce and trade matters, which will take place on Monday, for the first time since 2013. The French embassy in Russia has said that the realization of a number of joint projects in energy, space, transport and other spheres is still to be discussed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the West to stop increasing the worthless money supply, saying that increasing the volume of money in circulation is “very dangerous. “Increasing the money supply infinitely and uncontrollably is very dangerous. This may lead to the effects that are not visible at first, but they will surely come if we act carelessly; regulatory authorities should promote conditions for normal business activities, instead of collecting fines..
Accused of assaulting a police officer, a homeless man was recently found not guilty after a jury reviewed the body cam video of the arresting officer. Instead of charging him with resisting arrest, the jury agreed that the unarmed man had a right to defend himself against an overzealous cop.
Michigan’s Republican governor on Friday blamed the water contamination crisis in the city of Flint on bureaucracy, citing a cultural problem with civil servants more focused on technicalities than common sense; switch to another water source that caused lead to contaminate the struggling city’s drinking water stemmed from the actions of a few government workers.
Mr Valls told the BBC Europe could not take all the refugees fleeing what he called terrible wars in Iraq or Syria. "Otherwise," he said, "our societies will be totally destabilised." More than a million migrants, mostly refugees, arrived in Europe last year.
Amid a crippling six-month-long state budget impasse and plans to lay off several thousand Chicago teachers, Illinois Republican leaders Christine Radogno and Jim Durkin announced plans Wednesday to introduce legislation that would permit Chicago and its school district to file for bankruptcy. The bills are backed by Republican governor of Illinois and hedge fund billionaire Bruce Rauner.
Asylum seekers in Bavaria must first transfer their assets to the regional government before they can become eligible for state support, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann confirmed in an interview published Thursday. According to the minister, the Bavarian authorities are entitled to seize any cash and property belonging to migrants in excess of 750 euros (some $820)..
3 GMO labeling bills are being put forth in Florida – Senate bills SB 1700 and SB 1708, and House bill HB 1369. Polls report that ‘9 of 10’ people in the U.S. want to know what’s in their food, while 64 other countries already require GMO labeling.
In addition to preventing Libya from breaking away from French monetary domination, Sarkozy wanted to “gain a greater share of Libya oil production,” increase French influence in North Africa and dash Gaddafi’s “long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in Francophone Africa.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder conceded in a Monday interview he’s made mistakes in his handling of the Flint water crisis, which he called “a disaster” that reflects badly on him and his administration. But he also blamed entrenched bureaucrats for the lead poisoning and rejected suggestions he resign. Snyder said the Flint water crisis is “clearly a negative on what we’ve accomplished since I’ve become governor..”
Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political and special interest sources in order to covertly sway public opinion. Blatant lies are often televised regarding terrorism, food, war, health, etc. They are fashioned to sway public opinion and condition viewers to accept what have become destructive societal norms; manipulating and controlling public opinion with distorted media messages has become so common that there is a whole industry formed around this.
Police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters demanding jobs in the impoverished Tunisian city of Kasserine on Wednesday, as smaller demonstrations broke out in the capital and at least eight other towns. Large crowds burned tyres and chanted "Work, freedom, dignity" during a second day of demonstrations that erupted in the central city after an unemployed man killed himself, apparently after he was rejected for a job.
Hundreds of angry protesters broke through police lines and entered Moldova's legislature on Wednesday evening following the parliament's approval of the cabinet of the new government, to be led by pro-EU former communications minister Pavel Filip.
Mike Pitts, a Republican State House member ’ bill would establish a “responsible journalism registry” to be operated by the South Carolina Secretary of State;. would “establish requirements for persons before working as a journalist for a media outlet and for media outlets before hiring a journalist” as well as establish penalties, fines, and jail sentences for violations; including, but not limited to, a criminal record background check, an affidavit from the media outlet attesting to the applicant’s journalistic competence, and an application fee in an amount determined by the office. A registration is valid for two years and must be renewed within thirty days of expiration...
In the midst of growing anger over the poisoning of residents of Flint, Michigan and the exposure of criminal actions by state and local authorities, Governor Rick Snyder gave a State of the State address Tuesday night in which he insisted that neither he nor any other top official should be held accountable.acknowledging that various officials had made “mistakes.”
The penalties will range from a minimum of $700 for an individual to as much as $10,000 for a family of four, depending on income. The average penalty in 2016 will be $969. That’s a 47 percent increase from last year.,The penalties are either 2.5 percent of household income (up to a cap) or $695 a person and $347.50 per child, whichever is higher.
Human Rights Watch has called on companies to end their businesses in illegal Israeli settlements and not to facilitate Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law..The New York-based group said in a report released on Tuesday that businesses should stop operating in, financing, servicing, or trading with settlement-related “activities that contribute to and benefit from an inherently unlawful and abusive system that violates the rights of Palestinians.
In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it. Washington is behind the current destruction of Yemen, enabled and financed the Israeli destruction of Palestine. Washington operated militarily within Pakistan without declaring war, murdering many women, children, under the guise of “combating terrorism.” Washington’s war crimes rival those of any country in history.
institutions of global governance, especially the ones that have actual power, have historically been controlled by the United States – this bank marks a departure from that trend.
Heads of International affairs of Iranian banks have gathered in Iran’s Central Bank building. They discussed actions they have to take after the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal to be able to show a proper response to an expected surge of foreign banks that are going to start cooperation with the Islamic Republic.
Newly appointed economy czar, Luis Salas, outlined an economic decree from exiting President Nicolas Maduro. The decree would provide Maduro with powers to dictate economic measures, which he says will help the country from “speculation” and “fictitious” pricing. Some of them include increasing gas prices and perhaps modifying its fixed currency rates soon.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to key countries of the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran - due in late January. During the visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, the Chinese leader will be accompanied by the economic delegation that will include around 100 heads of state corporations linked to natural resources..Iran wants to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to become part of this Eurasian organization where China and Russia play a key role.
Ukraine has threatened to punish Israeli citizens and commercial entities which are engaged in business activities in Crimea that haven't been authorized by Kiev.. Ukrainian embassy in Tel Aviv said they received information about Israeli citizens visiting Crimea 'in violation of Ukrainian laws' and engaging in commercial activity there 'without authorization from the Ukrainian government.,'
French President Francois Hollande has announced what he called "a state of economic and social emergency" involving a €2 billion plan to revive hiring and catch up with the world’s economy, Hollande announced plans for training half a million jobless workers, greater use of apprenticeships, and €2,000 aid for small businesses that hire young workers...
Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017. Added to the current total national debt of more than $18.15 trillion, the red ink will likely be crowding the $20 trillion mark right around the time Mr. Obama leaves the White House.
Amid a crisis that has poisoned the water supply of an entire city, authorities in Flint, Michigan are under renewed fire on Friday for sending out shut-off notices to residents who are behind on paying their water bills. The move was immediately met with outrage among city and state residents, who say the people of Flint should not have to pay for the water that may have exposed them and their loved ones to irreversible lead poisoning.
Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted unanimously to increase a monthly fee on solar customers by 40% while reducing the amount they get paid for excess power sold to the grid, made the rate changes retroactive, sabotaging consumer investments in solar energy; will effectively kill the solar industry in Nevada, protect the profits of Nevada’s public utility company, NV Energy..
Austria will deploy its army on their southern border to stop all refugees who don’t intend to settle in Germany Officials with the governments of Germany and Slovenia have also expressed their intent to deploy soldiers along their borders.. Roughly 200 migrants are being sent back to Austria every day.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will co-ordinate all disaster relief efforts to "alleviate hardship and suffering" of residents. FEMA authorized to provide water, filters, cartridges and other items for 90 days. Governor Rick Snyder asked the president to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster saying needs "far exceed state's capability,".The tap water in Flint,, became contaminated after the city switched from Detroit water system to the Flint River.
Monsanto is trying to evict a bevy of protesters who have gathered in an agricultural province of Cordoba, Argentina. The protesters aim to stop a massive GMO seed plant which would spew vast clouds of toxic fumes and leave regular spills of the neonics, fungicides, and numerous other poisons that would be applied as seed coatings. A Monsanto-friendly judge armed the monopolizing company with permission to evict the group
Iceland just sentenced their 26th banker to prison for his part in the 2008 economic collapse. The charges ranged from breach of fiduciary duties to market manipulation to embezzlement.
The US has backed itself into a corner by insisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from power before the Obama administration will work with Russia and Iran to fight the Islamic State group “We have allowed ourselves to get caught and paralyzed on our Syrian policy by the statement that ‘Assad must go,’”;former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
No one wants to be audited, so knowing how long your tax return can be attacked is important. The statute of limitations on taxes is a fundamental rule allowing taxpayers to eventually cut off their exposure, an expansion of the IRS's power to audit for extra years.
The government has to substantially reduce costs, scrap a series of projects and perform staff downsizing; Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the meeting on 2016 federal budget. "We will look at expenses that should be slashed and decide what projects we will have to abandon or postpone. I tasked all ministries and departments to make such proposals — on reduction of costs and downsizing," urges to mobilize budget revenues, particularly in privatization. Dramatic movement of oil prices creates serious risks for budget performance
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek has called for greater military involvement of Germany's armed forces in Syria. Otherwise, the influx of refugees to Europe could become even worse than before, the politician told German newspaper Die Welt.
International sanctions against Iran are due to be lifted Saturday, according to Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The move will take effect when the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued its final report concerning Iran’s nuclear program.
Scale of the malfunctions exceeded anything Blue Cross officials had expected, customers worry the insurance giant’s miscues could leave them uninsured for weeks until the situation is resolved. The difficulties have become so widespread that this week the N.C. Department of Justice sent Blue Cross a letter asking it to explain what went wrong, how many customers were affected and how it plans to rectify the billing errors that were made in recent weeks. Of the estimated 25,000 customers who didn’t get the health insurance policy they had selected, about 17,000 remained to be processed Thursday, Blue Cross officials said Thursday. The company’s goal is to activate coverage retroactively to Jan. 1 for customers who made their first payment to Blue Cross.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he has been seeking assistance from the United States and European Union for reclaiming the strategic Black Sea Crimea peninsula from Russia. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of secession.
Michigan residents who say they've suffered injury from drinking lead-contaminated water have filed a class-action lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder, the state, and the city of Flint. State was forced to admit it was responsible for poisoning the water, the State knowingly made false statements concerning the drinkability of the water. Investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as a separate class action lawsuit against the city, state and county,
Russia, China, India and other emerging powers are pushing for a multipolar world; meanwhile the United States, a former hegemon, is unable to stop them as it is losing its political power and is “de-facto bankrupt,” Russia, China and other emerging economies are beginning to reduce their dependency on the US dollar. Russia plans to trade oil using rubles by undermining the current US oil price monopoly.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it will withdraw its approval for 3 chemicals used to make grease, stain, and water-repelling food packaging. The agency is also considering banning 7 other food additives used in both “artificial” and “natural” flavors
Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri was approved to serve as Israel’s interior minister more than two decades after resigning from the same position over corruption charges to succeed Silvan Shalom, who resigned from the post and the Knesset last month in the wake of sexual misconduct accusations. Deri spent nearly two years in jail for bribery, fraud and breach of trust,
President Xi Jinping said his signature anti-corruption campaign will not be eased and he’s determined to make China this year a place where "nobody dares to be corrupt, ”will expand efforts to hunt down "economic fugitives" who have fled overseas, the official Xinhua News Agency said, The campaign has targeted government officials, state-owned enterprises and the military, wealthy Chinese cut back on conspicuous spending to avoid attracting suspicion.
US President Barack Obama said at his last State of the Nation address on Wednesday. "If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL [Islamic State.
United Methodist Church pension fund blocked five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio to weed out companies that profit from abuse of human rights. Also sold holdings in Israeli real estate and construction company Shikun & Binui, barred the company from the pension group's investment portfolio; identified Israel among countries or regions with "a pattern of human rights abuses." Other countries on the list include Saudi Arabia, Central African Republic and North Korea. The Methodist church largest mainline Protestant group in the United States.
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.
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