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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.

Lord Rothschild: 'Investors face a geopolitical situation as dangerous as any since WW2'

March 5th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Lord_Rothschild%3A_%27Investors_face_a_geopolitical_situation_as_dangerous_as_any_since_WW2%27/42369/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Jacob Rothschild, banker and chairman of RIT Capital Partners :on top of a "difficult economic background" investors face "a geopolitical situation perhaps as dangerous as any we have faced since World WarII".result of "chaos and extremism in the Middle East, Russian aggression and expansion, weakened Europe threatened by unemployment, caused by failure to tackle structural reforms in the European Union".

Republicans’ “Internet Freedom Act” would wipe out net neutrality

March 5th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/03/republicans-internet-freedom-act-would-wipe-out-net-neutrality/?utm_source=Ars+Technica+Newsletter&utm_campaign=61ab8bb9ed-September_02_2011_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0adf3ee3d9-61ab8bb9ed-62312225

US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) this week filed legislation she calls the "Internet Freedom Act" to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's new network neutrality rules. , Blackburn received $25,000 from an AT&T political action committee (PAC), $20,000 from a Comcast PAC, $20,000 from a cable industry association PAC, and $15,000 from a Verizon PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Jewish protesters in anti-Netanyahu rally outside AIPAC

March 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/americas/2015/03/jewish-protesters-voice-anger-aipac-conference-150303044436010.html

Hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday, those who were leaving the venue for the night were greeted by dozens of chanting protesters. Some of the protesters said they were of Palestinian descent, but others were Jewish.

China Just Sided With Russia Over The Ukraine Conflict

March 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.givebackourfreedom.com/china-just-sided-with-russia-over-the-ukraine-conflict/

Qu Xing, China’s ambassador to Belgium, was quoted as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to “abandon the zero-sum mentality” with Russia, said that Western powers should take into consideration Russia’s legitimate security concerns over Ukraine.

Ukrainian Economic Reforms are Humiliation for Populace — Putin

March 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150303/1019017343.html

The Ukrainian government's economic reforms, including the six-fold hike of natural gas prices for consumers, looks like the right thing to do, but amounts to a humiliation of Ukraine's citizens; Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia may sanction French companies over Mistral non-delivery – media

March 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/237109-russia-sanctions-france-mistral/

Russia’s communications minister has reportedly called for sectoral sanctions against French-based communication companies in reply to the scuttled delivery of Mistral warships.

China and Russia vs. the United States?

March 2nd, 2015
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://thediplomat.com/2015/03/china-and-russia-vs-the-united-states/

The rising tensions between Russia and the West, especially the United States, over Ukraine provide a constant reminder of the Cold War, when the two superpowers fought proxy conflicts for spheres of influence.

Report from protests against Netanyahu: 'Public opinion about Israel is changing irreversibly'

March 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.answercoalition.org/why_we_must_protest_in_d_c_against_war_criminal_netanyahu

Public opinion about Israel is changing irreversibly in the United States. The negative impression of Israel will grow because of Netanyahu's arrogant speech, increasingly opposed to U.S. support for Israeli aggression. This dramatic shift is also registering very profoundly among Jewish-Americans, who are increasingly outspoken in opposition to Israeli policies.

Wisconsin Governor Walker, American workers and terrorism

March 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/03/02/pers-m02.html

Walker cited his experience in pushing through anti-worker legislation as proof of his fitness for the presidency. “If I could take on 100,000 protesters, I could do the same across the world,” he boasted, effectively comparing throngs of state workers and students to ISIS terrorists.

US moves to deport 150 Bosnians for war crimes against Muslims: Report

March 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/03/01/399662/US-to-deport-150-Bosnians-for-genocide--

US immigration officials are moving to deport scores of Bosnians who fled to the United States in the 1990s, concealing their involvement in war crimes and ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the former Yugoslavia.

Venezuela imposes mandatory visas for all US citizens, bans for Bush & Cheney

March 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/236541-venezuela-imposes-visas-usa/

“ Maduro: In order to protect our country...I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela, We have captured some US citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast.

Kerry confirms proposed AUMF would allow for boots-on-the-ground in fight against the Islamic State

February 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.givebackourfreedom.com/obama-wants-authority-to-deploy-ground-troops-in-iraq-and-syria-u-s-secretary-of-state-kerry-makes-it-clear/

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed on Tuesday that the Obama administration is, in fact, seeking approval for the deployment of ground troops to participate in combat operations against Islamic State forces.

Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

February 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141024304

Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana.The legislation forbids the smoking of marijuana, but allows businesses to grow marijuana and sell pot-infused products such as brownies, candy and lozenges.

Why is Congress Turning over Public Lands to Foreign Copper Mine Companies?

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Why_is_Congress_Turning_over_Public_Lands_to_Foreign_Copper_Mine_Companies%3F/42196/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Nearly 2,500 acres of public lands in Arizona has been handed over to two foreign mining companies that plan to excavate $130 billion in copper from an area considered sacred to Native Americans, got permission to create the mine after Arizona’s two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, slipped a provision into the Defense Reauthorization.

Legal pot arrives in District of Columbia despite threats from Republicans

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/legal-pot-arrives-in-district-of-columbia-despite-threats-from-republicans/

The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use, The law allows adults to possess up to 2 ounces (56 grams) of marijuana and to grow six plants, three of them mature. Sales are barred but transfers of up to 1 ounce (26 grams) is legal.

Call GM food something else to ease public fears, say MPs: Report says label is 'lightning rod' for fears of designer crops

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2969566/Call-GM-food-ease-public-fears-say-MPs-Report-says-label-lightning-rod-fears-designer-crops.html

The term ‘GM food’ should be abandoned, say politicians who are calling for an extraordinary rebranding exercise. MPs on the science and technology select committee has demanded a ‘reframing of the public conversation’ about genetically modified food, says the GM label has become a ‘lightning rod’ for fears about designer crops.

Obama Administration Intensifies Criticism Of Israel's Netanyahu - Video

February 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/25/388948678/netanyahus-talk-destructive-to-u-s-israel-ties-susan-rice-says

Secretary of State John Kerry sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "judgment" on talks with Iran on its nuclear program. Susan Rice, President Obama's national security adviser: House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Israel's prime minister — and Netanyahu's acceptance of it — have "injected a degree of partisanship" that is "destructive to the fabric of the relationship" between Israel and the U.S.

Netanyahu row with Obama administration deepens

February 25th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/31626875

A row between the US and Benjamin Netanyahu has deepened, with the Israeli leader accusing America and others of "giving up" on trying to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

US Supreme Court appears in favour of headscarf claim

February 25th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31626957

A majority of US Supreme Court justices appear to be supportive of an argument that Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim teenager.

ISIS in America

February 25th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/isis-american-politics-by-christopher-r-hill-2015-02

DENVER – While the fight between the Islamic State and the forces arrayed against it rages in the Middle East, another brutal battle is brewing in the United States over who is winning the war. In the US these days, all issues – whatever and wherever – soon fall into the maw of the country's polarized domestic politics.

More sanctions on Russia if Minsk II fails: EU

February 25th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/26/399211/EU-threatens-Moscow-with-new-sanctions

"Additional sanctions remain on the table. We should be ready for any development — good or bad," European Council President Donald Tusk.

High on the Hill? House bills want to legalize, tax recreational marijuana

February 21st, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/234295-house-bills-legalize-marijuana/

Two newly introduced bills in the US House of Representatives are looking to legalize the use of recreational marijuana and tax it like other drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.

USA and Turkey agree to strike Syria

February 19th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/19-02-2015/129854-usa_turkey_syria-0/

The United States and Turkey have reached preliminary agreement to train and moderate Syrian rebels and provide them with equipment.According to officials from both countries, the decision to send more than 400 troops, including special forces, to work with opposition forces is consistent.

What weapons does USA ship to Europe for war in Ukraine?

February 19th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/19-02-2015/129863-usa_europe_ukraine-0/

Germany is unable to stop arms shipments to Ukraine, including from the US and Canada, Karl-Georg Wellmann, a member of the Christian Democratic Union stated in Bundestag, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to Bloomberg.

Putin Is Better Than Brezhnev

February 17th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/buchanan/putin-is-better-than-brezhnev/

Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold. For nothing good, but much evil, could come of broadening and lengthening this war that has cost the lives of 5,400 Ukrainians.

Russian armed forces returning to Latin America

February 17th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/17-02-2015/129844-russia_returning_latin_america-0/

Vladimir Putin said that he would not allow the West to achieve military superiority over Russia. Russia will continue strengthening the nuclear potential, develop space forces, navy and long-range aviation. The Russian Navy plans to commission two new nuclear submarines. However, Russia lacks a developed system of bases that had been lost after the collapse of the USSR. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tried to fill the gap during his tour of Latin America on February 11-14.

Paul Craig Roberts – Putin Just Warned The West It Faces These Terrifying Consequences

February 17th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://kingworldnews.com/paul-craig-roberts-putin-just-warned-west-faces-terrifying-consequences/

Former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: “The U.S. demonization of Russia and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has resulted in alienating those Russians who were supportive of the West and the United States. The constant demonization of Russia and Putin has galvanized the Russian people behind their president.

The Russian-Iranian Military Agreement: Another Perspective

February 16th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/the-russian-iranian-military-cooperation-agreement-another-perspective/

The signing of the Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation Agreement on January 20 has led to speculation, fuelled by rhetoric from Moscow and Tehran, that the two states are working to secure Iran from any future military intervention to stop its nuclear program whilst securing an economically hard-pressed Russia a lucrative market for its arms exports.

Russia works hard to undermine USA's exceptionalism

February 16th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/16-02-2015/129836-russia_latin_america-0/

Russia works hard to undermine USA's exceptionalism. Russia winning Latin America back
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has recently paid visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. The details of his negotiations with Raul Castro remain undisclosed. It was said, though, that in Nicaragua, Minister Shoigu signed an intergovernmental agreement on a simplified procedure for naval ships to enter Nicaraguan ports. The Russian minister also signed a memorandum on cooperation in the naval area.

Iceland reiterates that it will not be joining EU eu/

February 15th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/iceland-reiterates-that-it-will-not-be-joining-eu/

Icelandic Foreign Minister Jon Hannibalsson: the far left, the right and also the right of the centre were all against joining the bloc, noting that these were the parties that traditionally speak for Iceland’s farmers’ association and ship-owners’ lobby – the “special interest groups” with the most power in the country.

Ukraine peace deal: Ceasefire starting February 15, removal of heavy weapons - Video

February 13th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/231571-putin-minsk-ukraine-deal/

An agreement has been brokered in Minsk to stop hostilities in Ukraine from Sunday. The deal was reached after marathon talks between the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, and signed by the Ukrainian rebels.

Obama refuses to rule out arming Kiev following talks with Merkel

February 10th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/10/merk-f10.html

Obama considering authorizing dispatch of advanced weapons to US- and NATO-backed regime in Kiev, to be used against pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Indicated he would wait to see results of talks in Minsk, between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel before making a decision.

Ex-Italian PM Monti: Europe can’t appear to be ‘tool of US interests’

February 10th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/230891-monti-us-ukraine-tool/

former Italian PM Mario Monti, who warned that Europe must not be viewed merely as “tool” of US global interests, arming Ukraine risk of the conflict in spilling over. “For now it’s a limited war, creating among Europeans a climate of mistrust that could take us too far.

Giving ultimatums isn’t the way to talk to President Putin – Kremlin

February 9th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/230683-merkel-putin-ultimatum-ukraine/

Kremlin: ultimatum issued by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Vladimir Putin; issuing such demands is no way to talk to the Russian president, about the tone of the negotiations; Nobody has ever talked to the president (Putin) in the tone of an ultimatum – and couldn’t do so even if they wanted to," Dmitry Peskov, Russian presidential press-secretary. Merkel vowed more sanctions if Russia finds new peace proposals by France and Germany unsatisfactory.

Le Pen says Washington attempting to start ‘war in Europe’

February 9th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/230503-le-pen-us-lackey/

Leader of France’s rightwing Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen: Brussels “American lackeys” over EU's Ukraine policy. accused Washington of attempting to start a “war in Europe” and expand NATO towards Russia’s borders.

Obama On Bibi Speech: US-Israel Relationship 'Extends Beyond Parties'

February 9th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141010268

President Barack Obama emphasized Monday that the American-Israeli relationship should not become partisan, as tensions escalate over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress, repeated he wouldn't meet with Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C., because of Israeli elections two weeks after the March 3 speech.

Biden calls Europeans questioning sanctions against Russia ‘inappropriate and annoying’ – Der Spiegel

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/230143-biden-sanctions-europe-russia/

US Vice President Joe Biden has called on European countries to show unity when it comes to sanctions against Russia, labeling the dissenting voices “inappropriate and annoying”, reported ‘Der Spiegel’, quoting the participants of the Brussels meeting.

Putin meets Merkel, Hollande behind closed doors in Moscow - Video

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/229999-merkel-putin-hollande-moscow/

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Moscow on Friday evening for talks on the Ukrainian crisis with President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors. Thursday, Hollande and Merkel held a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.

Pelosi: Members Won't 'Boycott' Netanyahu Speech. But They Might Be too Busy to Go.

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141007179

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: There will be no "boycott" of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress next month. She downplayed reports of an organized protest, suggested some lawmakers might just be too busy to attend. At least two Democrats have already decided they won't be on hand.

Obama Budget Allows for Pot Legalization in Washington DC

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150204/1017737665.html

The president’s budget prohibits the use of “federal” funds from being used to enact any “law, rule, or regulation to legalize” marijuana. This means that the District of Columbia can fund itself in the creation of weed laws.

Obama Responds to ISIS Burning Pilot Alive – by Promoting Obamacare! - Video

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Obama_Responds_to_ISIS_Burning_Pilot_Alive_%E2%80%93_by_Promoting_Obamacare!/41479/0/38/38/Y/M.html

After the Islamic State released a video Tuesday showing ISIS militants lighting pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh on fire as he stood in a cage, Obama contrasted the death and destruction of ISIS with the “benefits” of Obamacare, which he claimed makes “people healthier” and “their lives better. “We’re here to talk about how to make people healthier and make their lives better, and this organization appears only interested in death and destruction,” he said.

Greek Defense Minister Invited to Discuss Military Cooperation in Moscow

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150203/1017712639.html

New Greek Defense Minister has received an invitation to visit Moscow to discuss military cooperation, in December 2013, the two countries signed intergovernmental agreement on defense cooperation relating to the supply of arms and military hardware.

Hashish May Become Legal in Germany

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150203/1017711840.html

Possession of hashish may be legalized in Germany if it is used for medical purposes. In summer 2014, a Cologne court allowed three pain patients to grow cannabis at home and use it as a painkiller.

White House Adviser: More Weapons Not The Answer To Ukraine Crisis

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141004282

Deputy White House national security adviser Ben Rhodes: "We still think that the best way to influence Russia's calculus is through those economic sanctions that are biting deep into the Russian economy, "We don't think the answer to the crisis in Ukraine is simply to inject more weapons."

Netanyahu’s Congress invitation raises eyebrows among some US generals

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/2/netanyahu-visit-concerns-american-generals.html

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Richard Klass, called Netanyahu’s scheduled congressional appearance “a new level of chutzpah” argued it raised the question of “whether Israel is becoming a strategic liability for America.

TTIP: Syriza Official Vows to Kill EU-US Trade Deal as 'Gift to All European People'

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/TTIP%3A_Syriza_Official_Vows_to_Kill_EU-US_Trade_Deal_as_%27Gift_to_All_European_People%27/41438/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Georgios Katrougkalos, now deputy minister for administrative reform, confirmed his parliament would not ratify the trade deal. Greeks could issue a veto, thereby threatening to block the deal.

Georgia's ex-president Saakashvili seeks to become Ukraine’s anti-corruption chief

February 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/774852

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili confirmed on Monday that he is ready to fight for the post of Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau chief. Saakashvili said corruption is one of the main enemies of Ukraine and he could introduce an action plan based on Georgia’s experience of fighting against corruption.

Delusional America

February 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/01/395669/Delusional-America

CEOs seldom know everything going on in the company, too many people, too many programs representing too many agendas. For presidents of countries there is more going on than a president has time to learn about even if he could get accurate information, have to focus on fund raising for reelection and their party. Time and energy used up with formalities and meetings with dignitaries.

Greece goes ‘cold turkey’ on loans: France to support debt relief, no chance of write-off

February 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/228403-greece-france-varoufakis-sapin/

Paris will assist Greece with “anything” to lessen its debt burden, except for writing it off. Anything that can alleviate the Greek debt burden will be welcome; France's finance minister Michel Sapin told Syriza-appointed Yanis Varoufakis.

France Offers Support for Greece Amid Bailout Tensions

February 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141003302

France's Socialist government offered support Sunday for Greece's efforts to renegotiate debt for its huge bailout plan, a victory for Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis amid renewed fears about Europe's economic stability. German government angry at the new Greek government's position.

Ukraine wants UN to label Russia as a sponsor of terrorism

January 31st, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/31/ukraine-wants-un-to-label-russia-as-sponsor-terrorism/?intcmp=latestnews

Ukrainian ambassador to the UN told Fox News he plans to submit a draft resolution asking the UN General Assembly to formally label “Russia as a sponsor of terrorism." Meanwhile, artillery fire killed 12 civilians in rebel stronghold of Donetsk Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops.

Prague Interested in Deeper Ties With Moscow, Obliged to Follow EU Rules

January 31st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150130/1017556674.html

Czech Republic interested in bolstering economic cooperation with Russia, but recognizes it must adhere to European Union anti-Russia sanctions; Czech Union of Industry and Transpor. "Strengthening cooperation with Russia corresponds directly to interests of Czech Republic. But we are part of European Union, have to obey common solutions to a certain extent."

Taliban not a terrorist group? White House official says it’s ‘armed insurgency’ - Video

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/227487-white-house-taliban-terrorists/

Responding to a question posed by ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz argued the US can swap prisoners with the Taliban because the group is not a terrorist organization but “an armed insurgency.”

How will the EU strike back against SYRIZA?

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2015/01/29/how-will-the-eu-strike-back

THE AIM is clear: The big European powers, led by Germany, want to sabotage Greece's new government, led by the radical left party SYRIZA, by insisting that it continue to repay its crushing $336 billion debt to foreign lenders--thereby depriving it of resources to fund its aggressive reform program.

Psaki Says US Disagrees It Is in Cold War With Russia

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150130/1017532100.html

Washington disagrees with former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev that the United States is in another Cold war with Russia, which might turn into a "hot" one; spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki, stressing that the United States continues to work with Russia on various issues including Iran, Syria, and Ukrainian conflict.

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/fronts/HOME?SITE=AP

Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, asked Congress to throw out spending cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control, proposed $74 billion in added spendingabout 7 percent split about evenly between defense programs and domestic side of the budget.

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalization

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/attorney-general-nominee-loretta-lynch-opposes-marijuana-legalization/

“I do not support legalization of marijuana; it’s not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization, nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general;” Lynch.

"The Barricades Are Down" Syriza Is Already Rolling Back Austerity "Reforms"

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-28/barricades-are-down-syriza-already-rolling-back-austerity-reforms

Among the reforms announced: scrapping planned privatizations, scrapping fees in public hospitals and prescriptions, restore “the 13th pension” for low-pensioners, scrapping the 5-euro fee at public hospitals and 1-euro fee per prescription, reductions in the patients’ economic participation on drugs. : a stop in pension cuts, restore the “13th pension” for pensioners receiving below €700 per month. “Uninsured farmers will receive again the €360 per month, minimum wage will be raised to €751 gross, collective bargains will be restored. Re-hiring of those laid-off from public sector.

Greece's New FinMin Warns "We Are Going To Destroy The Greek Oligarchy System" - Video

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-25/greeces-new-finmin-warns-we-are-going-destroy-greek-oligarchy-system

Varoufakis: The Troika is trying to suffocate us and to put pressure on the democratic choice by telling us: either you follow our requirements, or you will be cast into hell, trying to terrorize Greek voters. Death is preferable. “The real deficit in Greece is a dignity deficit.

Greek government objects to EU’s sanctions against Russia — Foreign Ministry

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/773974

The Greek government disagrees with the EU’s sanctions against Russia, which are affecting the economy of Greece and other countries, Greece’s First Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Nikos Chountis. Greece intends to raise this issue at an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers on Thursday.

NATO must close ranks around Ukraine - Nuland

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/NATO_must_close_ranks_around_Ukraine_-_Nuland/41294/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Nuland:'You must install the six border command centers around Ukraine as soon as possible, NATO should become' spearhead that will allow us to move quickly to areas of conflict.

Yanis Varoufakis – Who Called Austerity "Fiscal Waterboarding" – Appointed Greek Finance Minister

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Yanis_Varoufakis_%E2%80%93_Who_Called_Austerity_%22Fiscal_Waterboarding%22_%E2%80%93_Appointed_Greek_Finance_Minister/41288/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Varoufakis has been unrelenting in his insistence that painful cuts to social spending, tax avoidance by the rich, the privatization of key industries, and enormous debt payments should be supplanted by a new economic paradigm that will put the Greek people ahead of foreign creditors and elite interests.

Fidel Castro Says He Distrusts Washington Politics

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/latam/20150127/1017404784.html

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro: "We will always defend co-operation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, including our political opponents, "I don't trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts.

Koch Brothers to Spend Nearly a BILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 Presidential Election

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/koch-brothers-to-spend-nearly-a-billion-dollars-on-2016-presidential-election_012015

The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.

Victoria Nuland rebuts Russia Today's coverage of the Ukraine crisis and belittles the network's "tiny, tiny" audience in America.

January 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Victoria_Nuland_rebuts_Russia_Today%27s_coverage_of_the_Ukraine_crisis_and_belittles_the_network%27s_%22tiny%2C_tiny%22_audience_in_America./41286/0/38/38/Y/M.html

.Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs: “All you have to do is look at RT’s tiny, tiny audience in the United States to understand what happens when you broadcast untruths in a media space that is full of dynamic, truthful opinion.

Israeli Opposition Takes Aim at Netanyahu Over Planned Speech to Congress

January 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014999435

Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambassador to Washington, has called on Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress about Iran. Amos Yadlin, a former military intelligence chief who frequently briefed the Israeli prime minister on security matters, denounced the event as “irresponsible.” Criticized their former boss for politicizing a vital Israeli interest.

SYRIZA Delivers Blow To Illuminati Banksters

January 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: https://hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/syriza-delivers-blow-to-illuminati-banksters/

Greek Prime Minster Alexis Tsipras may be a watershed event signaling end of globalization, privatization, austerity, laisse faire monopoly capitalism and “Illuminati” hegemony worldwide. New finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: IMF austerity measures imposed upon his country “fiscal waterboarding,” Greek repayment of ill-gotten bankster debt will be conditional.

Putin Salutes Tsipras Win as He Courts Europe’s Upstart Parties

January 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-26/putin-salutes-tsipras-win-as-he-courts-europe-s-upstart-parties.html

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a congratulatory telegram after his party won national elections; public backlash against years of belt-tightening, job losses hardship, said the two countries will continue to cooperate in resolving European and global issues. Tsipras: priority is “for Greece and its people to regain their lost dignity,”

US Plans to Work With New Greek Government, Support Economic Recovery

January 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150126/1017377118.html

The United States plans to work closely with the newly elected government of Greece and support the country in coming out of its financial crisis; US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki.

State Dept. Says RT Not in Same Category of US Concerns as Terrorist Groups

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150124/1017285823.html

News media outlet Russia Today (RT) and terrorist organizations Islamic State (IS) and Boko Haram should not be labelled together as the main challenges that the United States faces; Department of State (DoS) spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Israel’s President Turns Down Invitation to Meet With Obama

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150126/1017338395.html

sraeli President Reuven Rivlin declined the invitation of the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama during his upcoming visit to the United States, Haaretz reported Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also does not plan to meet Obama during his visit to the United States in March.

Breaking: Florida City Unanimously Passes GMO Labeling Bill

January 23rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/breaking-florida-city-unanimously-passes-gmo-labeling-bill/

The city of Margate is the first in Florida to unanimously pass a bill that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), follows a trend of other Florida cities proposing similar bills.

Obama will not meet Israeli PM Netanyahu during U.S. visit

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/obama-will-not-meet-israeli-pm-netanyahu-during-u-s-visit/

The decision by Obama, whose relationship with Netanyahu has often been tense, might be interpreted as a snub because leaders from Israel, a staunch U.S. ally, are almost always afforded talks with the American president on trips to Washington. Netanyahu has accused Obama of making too many concessions to Iran for too little.

Powerful New York politician arrested on bribery charges

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ef644fb6f7b548408187a94b1a36a8b9/ny-assembly-speaker-arrested-public-corruption-charges

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, arrested on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks, taken into custody by FBI on federal conspiracy and bribery charges that carry up to 100 years in prison.

Obama’s State of Delusion

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/22/pers-j22.html

The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday—presenting an America of rising living standards and a booming economy, capped by his declaration that the “shadow of crisis has passed”—is perhaps matched only in its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.

Medvedev Says Anti-Crisis Legislation is Russian Government's Top Priority

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150122/1017222593.html

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: The implementation of Russia’s anti-crisis measures may require the preparation of about 60 bills and a series of presidential decrees. This is our top priority right now.”

Russia Officially Punishes Those Breaking GMO Labeling Laws

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/russia-officially-punishes-breaking-gmo-labeling-laws/

President Putin signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law that anyone violating requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs be punished by law. Any individual breaking the law fined up to 50,000 rubles ($890), any business in violation fined up to 150,000 rubles (over $5,300).

Apple pulls switch on products in Crimea over US-Russia standoff

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/business/225127-apple-cancels-crimea-sales/

America’s Apple Inc. has halted all product sales in Crimea in order to comply with US sanctions banning economic activity with the region, which the US still recognizes as Ukraine, not Russia. The sales ban will go into effect on the first of February.

Serdom Throwback: UK May Review Law Enabling Lords to Exploit Other People's Lands

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Serdom_Throwback%3A_UK_May_Review_Law_Enabling_Lords_to_Exploit_Other_People%27s_Lands/41110/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The UK government may abolish a law dating from the medieval era that enables British lords to use private property located within their territories for hunting, resource extraction, and other activities.

Senate votes 98-1 that climate change is 'not a hoax'

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014994446

The Senate set to vote on a bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline first voted on a couple amendments. One of these that climate change is "real and not a hoax." anti-environmentalist James Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted for it, first claiming the amendment affirmed climate change was a hoax, later arguing the hoax was not climate change itself, but whether it is caused by humans.

Yemen's President, Cabinet resign

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014995288

Yemen's President and Cabinet have resigned, Yemeni officials said Thursday -- moves that came a day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil.

Marine Le Pen Slams Counterterrorism Plan Proposed by Prime Minister Valls

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150121/1017193108.html

French National Front Party leader bashed Prime Minister Manuel Valls' plan as "completely off the point". She proposed more rigid measures such as re-establishing national borders and curbing immigration levels.

World Economic Forum 2015: Global Governance In a World of Resistance

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/_World_Economic_Forum_2015%3A_Global_Governance_In_a_World_of_Resistance/41087/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, bring together world’s top corporate executives, bankers, financiers, heads of state, finance, trade ministers, central bankers, policymakers from world’s largest economies; heads of all major international organizations; IMF, World Bank, World Trade Organization, UN, OECD, academics, economists, political scientists, journalists, cultural elites and occasional celebrities.

Bill Proposed To Allow Voting Without US Citizenship

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/

If a newly introduced bill in Washington D.C. passes, one won't even need to be a citizen in order to vote in local elections.

Delusion and deception in Obama’s State of Union

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/01/21/sotu-j21.html

Most striking aspect of Obama’s hour-long address, riddled with tired clichés and empty rhetoric, was the sheer unreality of the picture he presented of America, totally at odds with the actual experience of tens of millions of working people: mounting social and economic crisis, escalating attacks on democratic rights and the growing danger of world war.

Russia says food import ban could end only if West lifts sanctions — minister

January 20th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/772183

Russia will lift its embargo on food imports from the West only “if the West adjusts its anti-Russia sanctions”, Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fyodorov.

Merkel under intense domestic pressure over anti-Russia policy: Expert - Video

January 17th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/01/17/393547/Merkel-under-pressure-to-distance-from-US

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under intense domestic pressure to take Berlin away from the US policy on Russia. European countries… are hurting financially because of the sanctions and are looking for a reason to start backing off on them.”

Fox News hosts outraged at the thought of letting sick workers stay home

January 16th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: /Fox News hosts outraged at the thought of letting sick workers stay home

Fox Business News host Stuart Varney called the Obama proposal guaranteeing workers one week of paid sick leave each year a “giveaway,” all about politics. He knows the Republicans will say ‘No, that will make them look bad. He looks good.

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