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Syria: Germany leaving the ranks of the US-alliance against Russia

September 14th, 2015
Categories: World, War, Politics

Link: http://southfront.org/syria-germany-leaving-the-ranks-of-the-us-alliance-against-russia/?COLLCC=746065532

In a surprise move Germany left the anti-Putin-alliance formed by the USA: Germany is now officially welcoming Moscow’s readiness to act in Syria and is starting an initiative together with the Russians and French to bring an end to the war. This is to stop the constant stream of refugees. Germany has ordered thousands of soldiers into readiness.

Moldova: Huge anti-corruption protest in Chisinau - video

September 13th, 2015
Categories: World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34237078

Thousands of people are taking part in another large anti-corruption protest in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau. There have been reports of clashes between rival groups. Protesters demand the government's resignation and early elections over a $1bn (£655m) bank fraud.

A world convulsed by crises

September 12th, 2015
Categories: World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/09/12/pers-s12.html

Over the past month, the world has been gripped by a proliferation of crises—economic, geopolitical, social—erupting on a daily basis. Rule, both right and “left,” are collapsing under the pressure of unprecedented levels of social inequality and mounting popular anger and discontent.

Lawmaker: Russia will not abandon Syria after Ukraine closes airspace

September 12th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://tass.ru/en/politics/820254

Russia will not leave Syria in the lurch and it will continue to provide assistance to Damascus although Ukraine has closed its airspace to Russian aircraft, the chairman of the State Duma’s defence committee, Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov told TASS on Thursday.

30% of Americans support military coup against US government: Poll

September 12th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/09/12/428872/US-coup-government-YouGov--poll

Nearly one third of Americans could imagine supporting a military coup d'état against their own government in the United States, according to a new survey. The YouGov poll found that 29 percent of people in the US could imagine supporting the overthrow of the American government. The survey also showed that 43 percent of Republicans would support a military overthrow, while 20 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of independents would.

Florida Jew arrested for posing as online jihadist, encouraging terrorism

September 11th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.timesofisrael.com/florida-jew-arrested-for-posing-as-online-jihadist-encouraging-terrorism/

The FBI arrested a 20-year-old American Jewish man for posing as an Islamic State extremist, calling for terrorist attacks, claiming to be planning attacks in Australia and the United States, and providing information on bomb construction to a second party.

EDITORIAL: Each Fukushima water leak weakens faith in Japan's food safety

September 7th, 2015
Categories: Environment, World, Politics, Health

Link: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201509070016

South Korea banned imports of some marine products caught in waters off Fukushima. The Japanese government responded to the move by criticizing the measure for “lacking a scientific basis.”Tokyo has been demanding that the measure be withdrawn.

Russia-China relations at ‘historic peak’ despite ‘illegitimate Western restrictions’ - Putin

September 1st, 2015
Categories: World, Economic, Politics

With all the differences between Russia and China, the countries face common development targets, such as changing the structure of the economy to favor high-technology sectors, Vladimir Putin said in an interview to Chinese and Russian media.

NRC Rejects Recommendation to Require Nuclear Plant Owners to Establish Plans to Address a Core-Melt Accident

August 28th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/NRC-Rejects-Requiring-Core-Melt-Plans-0522#.VeTSm5cQJOa

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has rejected the recommendation of the high-level task force it convened after the March 2011 Fukushima disaster to require nuclear plant owners to develop and maintain plans for coping with a core-melt accident.

China’s economic downturn raises concerns about political instability

August 28th, 2015
Categories: World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/28/chin-a28.html

The Chinese regime is under international pressure to accelerate its pro-market reform agenda, including privatisation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and the further liberalisation of the financial sector to open up new profit opportunities for foreign investors. Such measures heighten the social gulf between rich and poor and provoke wider social unrest.

US lawmaker asks military aid to ‘Israel’ be halted

August 25th, 2015
Categories: World, Zionism, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.daysofpalestine.com/news/us-lawmaker-asks-military-aid-israel-halted/

US congresswoman Representative Betty McCollum urged State Department officials to determine whether the killing of the teens was in violation of the Leahy Act a US human rights law that prohibits the State and Defence departments from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.

Western Democracy Is An Endangered Species On Its Way To Extinction — Paul Craig Roberts

August 25th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/08/25/western-democracy-endangered-species-way-extinction-paul-craig-roberts/

Western civilization, despite the injustices, reforms were possible that improved life for the lower classes. Reforms were possible that restricted the rapaciousness of the rich and powerful. Today Washington pushes its allies to commit crimes against humanity.

Debtageddon: US to Hit Debt Limit by Mid-November

August 25th, 2015
Categories: Economic, Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150825/1026190471.html

United States is set to exceed its $18.1 trillion debt limit by mid-November or early December. “If the debt limit is not increased, the Treasury will not be authorized to issue additional debt that increases the amount outstanding. That restriction would ultimately lead to delays of payments for government activities, a default on the government’s debt obligations, or both,” the Congressional Budget Office reported.

Greek debt crisis: Alexis Tsipras 'to resign' and call snap election for September

August 20th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/greek-debt-crisis-alexis-tsipras-resign-call-snap-election-september-1516367

Greek leader Alexis Tsipras will make an announcement on 20 August where he will call snap elections towards the end of September and unconfirmed reports say he will resign to re-establish confidence in his Syriza party.

Meet the Nation's First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals

August 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/19/meet-nations-first-school-district-serve-100-organic-meals

When schools in California's Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) accompanied by nutrition and gardening education. 2010 Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act required schools in the U.S. to update their meal provisions to meet new USDA nutritional standards and offer more whole wheat products, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins to children who receive subsidized school lunches.

East Ukraine's Donetsk Republic Will Hold Referendum To Join Russia

August 19th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-19/east-ukraines-donetsk-republic-will-hold-referendum-join-russia

Leaders of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" are planning to hold a referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia, the Donetsk-based Ostrov news agency reported Wednesday. The referendum is scheduled to take place some in early to mid Novembe.

Capitalism and the new "Brown scare"

August 18th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2015/08/18/capitalism-and-the-new-brown-scare

THE SPECTACLE of candidate Donald Trump casting aspersions on Mexicans in the United States as "criminals" and "rapists" cannot be fully understood as just the noxious ranting of a self-entitled bigot.

Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Cut $250 Million from Wisconsin Education Budget—Used it Instead to Fund Stadium for Milwaukee Bucks

August 18th, 2015
Categories: Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/presidential-candidate-scott-walker-cut-250-million-from-wisconsin-education-budgetused-it-instead-to-fund-stadium-for-milwaukee-bucks-150818?news=857224

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, seeking the Republican nomination for president, is receiving some criticism for his decision to support a new basketball arena after cutting funds for the state’s university system.

6 Creative New Techniques Republicans Have Developed for Torturing the Poor

August 10th, 2015
Categories: Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/6-creative-new-techniques-republicans-have-developed-torturing-poor

Limits on ATM Withdrawals for Welfare Recipients in Kansas. Revocation of Driver’s License in Iowa For Missing Student Loan Payments;Tennessee will revoke nursing license of a nurse who fails to make student loan payments. Arkansas Arrests and Prosecutes People for Missing Rent Payments; in many cases, a sentence of jail time. Using the Poor as ATMs: Harsh Financial Penalties for Minor Infractions and Traffic Violations. The Return of Debtors’ Prisons. Voter Identification Requirements Suppress Poor People’s Votes.

US uses ASEAN summit to escalate confrontation with Beijing

August 6th, 2015
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/06/asea-a06.html

Washington’s provocative accusations against China over the South China Sea heighten the danger of war between the two nuclear-armed powers, whether by deliberate provocation or miscalculation.

Rests behind your border Erdogan !…

August 4th, 2015
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article23422

The territorial right (International law) will always protest : ➣ against the military treason (war crimes)… Strike Kurds on the other side of the Turkish border instead of the daesh.

Washington’s Fifth Columns Inside Russia and China Paul Craig Roberts

August 3rd, 2015
Categories: News, World, War, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/08/03/washingtons-fifth-columns-inside-russia-china-paul-craig-roberts/

It took two decades for Russia and China to understand that “pro-democracy” and “human rights” organizations operating within their countries were subversive organizations funded by the US Department of State and a collection of private American foundations organized by Washington. The real purpose of these non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is to advance Washington’s hegemony by destabilizing the two countries capable of resisting US hegemony.

Fifty years on: Medicare under assault

July 31st, 2015
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/07/31/pers-j31.html

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare, the national health insurance program for Americans 65 years of age and older, into law on July 30, 1965. Medicare and the accompanying Medicaid health program for the poor were the last major social reforms enacted in the US and came at a time of intense crisis for American capitalism.

Women Are at the Forefront of the Zapatista Revolution

July 30th, 2015
Categories: News, World, War, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/32089-women-are-at-the-forefront-of-the-zapatista-revolution

After centuries of oppression, a few indigenous voices of dissent in Chiapas, Mexico, rose up to became a force of thousands - the Zapatistas. Hilary Klein's Compañeras relays the stories of the Zapatista women who have overcome hardship to strengthen their communities and build a movement with global influence. Click here to order your copy of this inspiring book today!

64 Nations Say No to GMO, Yet US Govt Nears Illegal GMO Labeling Why don't we have the right to know?

July 30th, 2015
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Politics, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/64-nations-say-no-to-gmo-yet-us-govt-nears-illegal-gmo-labeling/

The WHO has already declared that five of the major chemical herbicides used to grow GMO crops are either likely or definitely cancerous, yet the USA still makes secret trade deals that would allow biotech to push their genetically modified ‘food’ on Americans who don’t want to eat it.

Obama Administration War Against Apple and Google Just Got Uglier

July 30th, 2015
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/30/obama-administration-war-apple-google-just-got-uglier/

The Obama administration’s central strategy against strong encryption seems to be waging war on the companies that are providing and popularizing it: most notably Apple and Google. The intimidation campaign got a boost Thursday when a blog that frequently promotes the interests of the national security establishment raised the prospect of Apple being found liable for providing material support to a terrorist.

Senator Lindsey Graham’s Pro-War Super PAC Bankrolled by Defense Contractors

July 30th, 2015
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/30/senator-lindsey-grahams-pro-war-super-pac-bankrolled-defense-contractors/

The Super PAC supporting the presidential campaign of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., raised $2.9 million through the end of June, a significant portion of which came from defense contractors that stand to gain from Graham’s advocacy for greater military intervention around the world and increased defense spending.

Ted Cruz believes Captain Kirk was Republican; William Shatner responds

July 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/national-govt-politics/ted-cruz-believes-captain-kirk-was-republican-will/nm6f2/

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz a big “Star Trek” fan claimed in an interview Kirk is a Republican, Picard is a Democrat.” “Kirk is working class; Picard an aristocrat. Kirk a passionate fighter for justice; Picard a cerebral philosopher.” Shatner claims “Star Trek” was not political, such labels on interstellar characters is “silly.”

Jeb Bush Wants to Eliminate All Energy Subsidies

July 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/07/jeb-bush-wants-elimate-all-energy-subsidies

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush calling for an end to all energy subsidies, including for wind, solar, all renewables and oil and gas. "I think we should phase out, through tax reform, tax credits for wind, for solar, for the oil and gas sector, for all that stuff."

Turkey in danger

July 29th, 2015
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.voltairenet.org/article188307.html

While the Western Press salutes the authorisation given by Turkey to the United States, allowing the US to use its military bases in order to fight Daesh, Thierry Meyssan looks at the nation’s internal tensions. In his view, maintaining Mr. Erdoğan in power, as well as the lack of a new majority during the next general elections, will rapidly lead to civil war.

Billionaire Brothers Give Ted Cruz Super PAC 15 Million (Fracking Tech $$ )

July 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141157839

Two low-profile Texas brothers Farris and Dan Wilks, billionaires who made their fortunes in West Texas fracking boom, donated $15 million to support Sen. Ted Cruz, record-setting contribution, largest known donation so far in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Hilary Clinton: “The Sight of a Black Man in a Hoodie is Scary” Even to “Open-Minded Whites” - Video

July 24th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/hilary-clinton-the-sight-black-man-hoodie-scary-open-minded-whites/

In a campaign speech Thursday, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hilary Clinton has let the world know that even “open-minded” white people get scared when they see a black man wearing a hoodie. “If we’re honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded, white people, the site of a young black man in a hoodie, still evokes a twinge of fear,”said Clinton.

Jeb Bush pushes to ‘phase out’ Medicare

July 24th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027002452

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush at a New Hampshire event sponsored by the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity; comments on the future of Medicare. We need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that are receiving the benefits. But we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something – because they’re not going to have anything.”

Victory! Pro-Social Security Activists and Senators Halt GOP Plan To Kick 200,000 Off Benefits for Having Arrest Warrants

July 23rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/pro-social-security-activists-and-senators-stop-plan-kick-200000-benefits-having-arrest

Protests by Social Security advocates and objections by Democratic U.S senators who support increasing its payments stopped an amendment to kick 200,000 people off retirement and disability benefits if those individuals had outstanding felony arrest warrants.

Senators given under 60 minutes to read 1000+ page bill before vote - Video

July 23rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.policestateusa.com/2015/senate-rush-vote-highway-bill/

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT): We received this bill at 3:07 p.m. The bill is 1,033 pages long. We’re being called on to vote on it at 4 o’clock. We’re only up to page 500 in printing it off. Hard to read whole bill in its entirety, understand it in 30 minutes between now and when we have to vote on the bill.

U.S. House passes anti-GMO labeling Law

July 23rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141155103

U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed a measure that blocks mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, pre-empting a state law to take effect next year in Vermont. Dubbed Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by supporters, "Deny Americans the Right to Know" or DARK Act, by opponents, approved 275-150 with 45 Democrats voting for the bill.

Iran deal with US brings thousands to Times Square protest

July 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics, Iran

Link: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ef4dff14db4942ecadc2781525a313ca/iran-deal-us-brings-thousands-times-square-protest

Thousands of protesters packed into Times Square Wednesday to demand Congress vote down U.S. deal with Iran, which would lift economic sanctions against Iran in return for measures to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. President Obama: U.S. considers Iran an adversary whose activities will be closely monitored.

Money is main threat to democracy says Russian elections chief

July 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rt.com/politics/310282-money-is-main-threat-to/

Vladimir Churov, head of the Russian Central Elections Commission says big money is jeopardizing real democracy across the world and governments should ensure people have equality in politics. Lack of government regulation on the financing of political parties in any country could allow people to buy political influence and at the same time undermine society’s trust in elections as a truly democratic procedure.

Suburban Governments Were Just Nationalized by the Federal Government

July 20th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=22318

HUD announced enforcement of new 377-page rule; the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, allows them to move people from poor crime-ridden areas into “wealthy” suburbs forcing class integration. Federal monies will be withheld, lawsuits accusing residents of racism will be filed. Any town that takes federal funds will be transformed. Neighborhoods will be diversified according to income levels. HUD will have control of zoning, transportation,education and, in the end, politics.

Senior diplomat vows ‘harsh prevention’ of attempts to influence Russian internal politics

July 19th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rt.com/politics/310010-senior-diplomat-vows-harsh-prevention/

Konstantin Dolgov The Foreign Ministry’s special representative for human rights says Russian authorities will thwart any attempts to sponsor intervention in domestic politics, but strictly through legal and political mechanisms. “Of course we will cut short efforts to pay for interference in our internal affairs. This will be done through political and legal means, but harshly and without doubts.”

House Backs Monsanto and BANS GMO Labeling

July 17th, 2015
Categories: Politics, Health

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/07/house-backs-monsanto-and-bans-gmo.html

House Agricultural Committee approved measure that bans mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, prevents cities and counties from banning GMO crops in their jurisdictions. Several counties in California and Oregon already have bans in place, threatens those restrictions. Paves way to preventing companies from telling you their food is GMO free.

Jeb Bush accuses Obama of creating ‘chaos’ in the world by using too many big words

July 11th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/jeb-bush-accuses-obama-of-creating-chaos-in-the-world-by-using-too-many-big-words/

Jeb Bush: Obama uses too many big words and wastes his time at conferences with world leaders. “Big syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings; We’re not leading. That creates chaos. It creates a more dangerous world, said the president seemed to have a bad personal relationship with Netanyahu.

Greece Submits Debt Plan to Creditors

July 9th, 2015
Categories: Economic, Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150709/1024431649.html

Greek government submitted proposals for economic reforms to international creditorsto avoid bankruptcy. Greek government offering to overhaul pension system. For corporations, taxes could increase from 26% to 28%, rent payments could see a tax increase. May cut defense spending, cut early retirement.

Greece debt crisis: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande issue Athens with 24-hour ultimatum to avoid crashing out of the euro

July 7th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/greece-debt-crisis-live-angela-merkel-and-francois-hollande-issue-athens-with-24hour-ultimatum-to-avoid-crashing-out-of-the-euro-10370344.html

Dutch Prime Minister tellS Athens to accept reforms or "it's over", eurozone’s two most powerful politicians told Athens it has one last chance today to offer a new plan to get its economy in order. Tsipras, telephoned the Russian President to discuss the consequences of the referendum. Putin “expressed support for the Greek people in overcoming difficulties facing their country,” discussed further development of Russian-Greek co-operation”.

Ted Cruz Calls For US To Quit UN Human Rights Council After Vote Condemning Israel

July 4th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141136239

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Friday for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), after the body voted to condemn Israel's conduct during the 2014 war in Gaza. The U.S. was the only country to vote against the resolution put before the council Friday, with 41 voting in favor, and five countries abstaining. The resolution condemned Israel's targeting of innocent civilians during the conflict.

Republicans seek to drastically diminish public scrutiny of lawmakers

July 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://journaltimes.com/news/local/republicans-seek-to-drastically-diminish-public-scrutiny-of-lawmakers/article_8e7fca7b-0648-5b97-9ece-21d8efe4cd03.html

Wisconsin Legislative Republicans unveiled sweeping changes to the state’s open records law that would dramatically curtail the kind of information available to the public about the work of lawmakers.
Proposal would block the public from reviewing nearly all records made by state lawmakers and their aides, including communications and the drafting files of legislation. Democratics “deeply concerned”fear the move will “breed corruption.”

AMA to Gag Doctors Practicing Alternative Medicine

July 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/ama-to-gag-doctors-practicing-alternative-medicine/

American Medical Association are calling many MDs ‘quacks,’ suppressing natural alternatives and gagging doctors with stiff penalties.

Armenian government to cover electricity price rise from off-budget sources

June 30th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://tass.ru/en/world/805031

The Armenian government will cover the electricity price rise by off-budget means until an independent audit of the Electricity Network of Armenia distribution company is completed. Riots in Armenia erupted after the State Regulatory Commission had agreed to raise public electricity tariffs by 16%.

Oregon Legalizes Pot this Week — But Thanks to the Liquor Control Commission, You Can’t Buy It

June 30th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/oregon-legalizes-pot-week-thanks-liquor-control-commission-you-cant-buy-it

All residents 21 and older will legally be allowed to possess and use recreational reefer. There is, however, a catch, no one can sell it or buy it Oregon Liquor Control Commission has the authority to tax, license and regulate recreational marijuana grown, sold or processed for commercial purposes. OLCC won’t begin taking applications for commercial growers until January of next year. Pot shops aren’t to be expected until fall of 2016.

Greek PM Tsipras to call referendum on bailout deal-Skai TV

June 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141128962

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will call a referendum on the proposed bailout accord with foreign creditors, Greece's Skai TV reported on Friday.
Tsipras, who called an urgent cabinet meeting earlier on Friday, is due to speak to reporters shortly.

'A Great Day for Corporate America': US Senate Passes Fast Track

June 23rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/23/great-day-corporate-america-us-senate-passes-fast-track

In a win for multinational corporations and the global one percent, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly advanced Fast Track, or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) —ensuring for all practical purposes the continued rubber-stamping of clandestine trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Obama urged to impose sanctions on China over hacking allegation

June 23rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/obama-urged-impose-sanctions-china-hacking-allegation/

Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has called on US President Barack Obama to stop rhetoric against China and impose sanctions on the country over the hacking allegation.

The Bill to Ban GMO Labeling Has Just Been Reintroduced

June 20th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/mike-pompeo-does-it-again-reintroduces-monsanto-bill/

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) reintroduced another bill, “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599). If it passes, it will mean states can no longer pass GMO labeling bills. It would also prohibit states or counties from banning or regulating GMOs in any way.

House Rejects Obama's Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal In Stunning Defeat

June 13th, 2015
Categories: Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/house-rejects-obamas-corporate-friendly-trade-deal-stunning-defeat

U.S. House of Representatives rejected Trade Adjustment Assistance provision of TPP, first in a series of trade bills designed to lessen the blow of potential negative effects resulting from broader Trans-Pacific Trade deal. Number of Democrats broke ranks, voted against party leadership,

Senate Committee Defunds DEA and DOJ Efforts to Undermine State Medical Marijuana Laws

June 12th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/06/senate-committee-defunds-dea-and-doj.html

Senate Appropriations Committee voted today by 21 to 9 to approve an amendment offered by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration. The amendment mirrors one that passed the House last week 242-186.

Russian lawmaker says prospects of resuming G8 format "unclear"

June 11th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://tass.ru/en/russia/800345

Russian State Duma’s Committee of International Affairs head Alexey Pushkov: "We see the G8 format no longer exists, prospects of resuming it in my opinion, very unclear," useless to take part in association that is not for dialogue but rather "an organization for pressuring" Russia. The value of G7 has decreased, now looks like "the club of US’ friends."

Canadian prime minister backs right-wing regime in Ukraine

June 8th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/08/canu-j08.html

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Kiev, Saturday to reaffirm Ottawa’s support for Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist, pro-western regime and US-led drive against Russia. Flew to Germany for G-7 summit, promised to advocate for Ukrainian regim, join Washington in pressing for no let-up in economic sanctions, aggressive NATO military deployments, and war threats against Russia.

Santorum Says Pope Francis, Who Has a Masters in Chemistry, Should 'Leave the Science to the Scientists'

June 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/belief/santorum-says-pope-francis-who-has-masters-chemistry-should-leave-science-scientists

Rick Santorum: “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists.”Pope Francis has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.

Rand Paul Wants Classified Docs Exposing Saudi Connection to 9/11 Released

June 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/news/20150603/1022878371.html

Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has joined a group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are pushing for the publication of 28 pages from the official report on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 which have remained classified for more than a decade.

US defense secretary signs joint military statement with Hanoi

June 2nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/06/02/viet-j02.html

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Vietnamese government signed a Joint Vision Statement, underscoring the alignment of Hanoi’s military interests with those of Washington. Providing Vietnam with $18 million for patrol boats. Vietnam currently buys 90 percent of its defense materiel from Russia.

Marx Was Right

June 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/01/marx-was-right

The final stages of capitalism, Marx wrote, would be marked by developments familiar to most of us. Unable to expand and generate profits at past levels, the capitalist system would begin to consume the structures that sustained it. It would prey upon the working class and the poor, driving them ever deeper into debt and poverty and diminishing the capacity of the state to serve the needs of ordinary citizens. Politics in the late stages of capitalism become subordinate to economics.

Obama does not support Israel enough: Gov. Walker

June 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/05/27/413051/Obama-Israel-Gov-Walker

Possible US presidential candidate Wisconsin governor Scott Walker accused the administration of President Barack Obama of not supporting Israel enough and making “bad deals” with Iran. “The current administration is not giving Israel the support it needs,”criticized President Obama for nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Bush: Retirement Age Should Be Phased In To 68 Or 70

June 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://govtslaves.info/bush-retirement-age-should-be-phased-in-to-68-or-70/

Instead of allowing Americans to collect full benefits at age 65, the former Florida governor and likely GOP presidential candidate suggested on Sunday that it should be pushed back to 68 or 70.

Slovak PM calls for cancelation of anti-Russian sanctions

June 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://tass.ru/en/world/798020

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico called for cancelation of European Union’s anti-Russian sanctions. "The sanctions have not produced the expected effect. They have harmed both Europe and Russia. I don’t know who may be happy with that reciprocal damage." if sanctions harm both the European Union and Russian Federation, what is their sense?

Turkish Opposition Party Vows to Stop Hosting US Training of Syrian Rebels

June 1st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150601/1022815174.html

Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), intends to suspend NATO training of Syrian anti-government forces in the country, in the event of an election victory; the party’s leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. We shall put an end to the policy of the constant interference with Syria’s internal affairs.

Germany Needs Russia to Ensure Peace Regardless Who's in Charge -Politician

May 31st, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150531/1022774529.html

Gregor Gysi, the parliamentary leader of Germany's Die Linke (The Left) party: "I have clearly expressed my criticism of Putin; however, sanctions were the wrong action to take," Germany needs to cooperate with Russia, because it is "the largest and most powerful country militarily in Europe. We can achieve peace only with Russia's help, regardless of who is president."

Corruption is leading indicator for political unrest, study finds

May 30th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/28/us-corruption-peace-index-idUSKBN0OD23X20150528

Institute for Economics and Peace: strong statistical evidence that high and rising levels of corruption, fraud and bribery can undermine security, only small increases can cause civil unrest; critical factors for political instability, undermining social cohesion.

US removes Cuba from list of terrorism sponsors

May 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/05/29/413424/US-removes-Cuba-terrorism-sponsor-list-

The United States has formally removed Cuba from the list of its state sponsors of terrorism. President Barack Obama announced he would work toward normalizing relations with Cuba. US trade embargo against Cuba still remains in place.

Denny Hastert: A Highly Unsympathetic Face of America’s Over-Criminalization Pathology

May 29th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Denny_Hastert%3A_A_Highly_Unsympathetic_Face_of_America%E2%80%99s_Over-Criminalization_Pathology/44217/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Bush-era House Speaker Denny Hastert, was indicted yesterday, for two alleged felonies: 1) withdrawing cash from his bank accounts in amounts and patterns designed to hide the payments; and 2) lying to the FBI about the purpose of those withdraws once they detected them and then inquired with him. faces five years in federal prison on each count.

GOP Presidential Candidates Go to Israel and Return With Fairy Tales

May 28th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/gop-presidential-candidates-go-israel-and-return-fairy-tales

Israel is playing a greater role in the Republican presidential race than perhaps ever before. The past year has seen an effective merger between Republican Party and Israel's right-wing Likud Party. This is particularly explicit with regards to the presidential race, where contenders are courting pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who could instantly unleash tens of millions of dollars to bolster their candidacies.

Protesters in Switzerland slam drone deal with Israeli regime

May 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/05/27/413133/Switzerland-Israeli-drones-Hermes-demonstration

Swiss activists have held a protest against a deal between Switzerland and the Tel Aviv regime for the purchase of Israeli drones. The activists called on the members of parliament to reject the deal, which has been approved by the government.

Ban night calls from debt collectors, leftists say in draft bill

May 27th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/262449-russia-collectors-night-calls/

Fair Russia MPs claim that night phone calls and messages from creditors can be considered intimidation and should be outlawed. The new bill would ban night phone calls and messages both for banks and for debt collecting agencies to clients with overdue mortgage payments.

Nationalists Ponder Prison Sentences For Selling Unmarked GMO Products

May 26th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://govtslaves.info/nationalists-ponder-prison-sentences-for-selling-unmarked-gmo-products/

A number of Russian MPs have suggested altering the current legislation and introducing criminal responsibility for illegal trade in GMO products. The idea is to mete out prison terms of up to two years for repeated offenders.

New DEA Chief Retreats On War Against Weed, Says DEA Will No Longer Focus On Marijuana

May 25th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/New_DEA_Chief_Retreats_On_War_Against_Weed%2C_Says_DEA_Will_No_Longer_Focus_On_Marijuana/44134/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Incoming DEA chief says the agency will no longer focus on marijuana. Chuck Rosenberg, former administrator at the FBI: instead of attacking marijuana users and sellers, he wants to “improve the DEA’s procedures on classifying, declassifying and reclassifying drugs,” as the new chief of the DEA.

Greek "Anti-Austerity" Wave Spreads In Dramatic Loss For Spanish Status Quo

May 25th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-25/greek-anti-austerity-wave-spreads-dramatic-loss-spanish-status-quo

Spanish voters punished the governing Popular Party in regional and municipal elections, throwing significant support to two upstart parties that capitalized on anger over high unemployment, cuts in public spending and corruption. Wake up call from Spanish society to a party that has enjoyed a hegemony in parts of the country.

John McCain mocks Obama for calling climate change a threat as ISIS advances

May 25th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/john-mccain-mocks-obama-for-calling-climate-change-a-threat-as-isis-advances/

Senator John McCain on Sunday attacked the president for citing climate change as a threat to national security, suggesting that the Obama administration’s focus on environmental issues was detracting from the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Breaking: California's new water legislation held under top secret status; no one's allowed to know the details

May 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://12160.info/forum/topics/breaking-california-s-new-water-legislation-held-under-top-secret

State continues to wither under heat and drought. Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency. California is responsible for the bulk of food and produce grown in the U.S.

Japan admits US pressure behind anti-Russian sanctions – Duma speaker

May 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/politics/261113-naryshkin-japan-us-pressure/

Upon completing his visit to Tokyo, Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that Japanese politicians acknowledge that their country has joined the anti-Russian campaign under US pressure and understand the importance of future dialogue with Russia.

Russian lawmaker: West is growing disappointed with Ukraine

May 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

The West is growing disappointed with Ukraine and that was the reason why Kiev has failed to achieve progress on a path of European integration at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga,Russian lawmaker and political analyst, Vyacheslav Nikonov.

Spain rejects EU migrant quota plan

May 19th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.thelocal.es/20150518/spain-rejects-eu-migrant-quota-plan

Britain, France, several eastern European states opposed the idea. European Commission argues quotas essential to solving the problem Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta bearing the brunt of influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty in Africa and Middle East.

Food sanctions against US raise difficulties in supplying ISS crew

May 15th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://tass.ru/en/russia/794945

The embargo on supplies of US food to Russia causes problems in supply of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), says a quarterly report by the Energia rocket and space corporation posted on the agency’s website. "The list of goods prohibited for import includes foodstuffs that are part of the parcels for the crew and food containers delivered from the United States and intended for delivery to the ISS by Russian spacecraft.

Avoiding further harm to US-Russia relations ‘absolutely necessary’ – Lavrov

May 12th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/257953-lavrov-kerry-sochi-talks/

The Russian Foreign Minister has said it is “absolutely necessary” to avoid steps that could further harm the ailing relations between Russia and the US. He spoke at a media briefing following lengthy talks with his US counterpart.

The U.S. Considers Itself a Human Rights Champion -- The Rest of the World Begs to Differ

May 11th, 2015
Categories: World, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/us-considers-itself-human-rights-champion-rest-world-begs-differ

Starting Monday, United States' human rights record will be subject to international scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a regular examination of human rights records of all 193 U.N. member countries, second review of its kind for the U.S. since 2010. The review comes at a critical time when the U.S. human rights record criticized for falling short of meeting international human rights standards.

Moscow says it's ready for dialogue with US on condition of no attempts of pressure

May 11th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://tass.ru/en/russia/794076

Russia Foreign Ministry: "In the dialogue with the US we have been stressing that we are open for cooperation on the basis of equal rights, non-interference with home affairs and necessary respect for Russian interests, where attempts of pressing us are fully rejected," regarding upcoming visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

EU MPs demand ending partnership pacts with Israel

May 10th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/eu-mps-demand-ending-partnership-pacts-with-israel/

A group of European lawmakers demand the abolition of partnership agreements with the Israeli regime citing its persisting aggression against the Palestinian population.

Russia, China agree to integrate Eurasian Union, Silk Road, sign deals

May 9th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/business/256877-russia-china-deals-cooperation/

Russia and China have signed a number of energy, trade and finance deals on Friday aimed at strengthening economic ties. The two countries have multiple mutual projects which “achieved a unity of views on a wide range of issues.”

Another Brazen Challenge to the Federal Govt's Insane Marijuana Laws -- From the Most Unlikely of Places

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/pen-stroke-puerto-rico-governor-legalizes-medical-marijuana

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. Under the order, the Puerto Rico Health Department is enabled to authorize the use of marijuana and its derivatives for health reasons. The order directs the secretary of health to produce a report laying out rules and regulations for the new system within 90 days.

EU Should Not Return to Cold War Confrontation With Russia - Italian PM

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150504/1021704230.html

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi: "Regardless of the sanctions, the question of what kind of Europe we want to build, how we intend to build our relations with Russia in terms of a strategy, the fight against terrorism and dealing with a severe economic crisis in countries tied to Russia, such as Ukraine, should be the main issue of our discussions."

Religious Fanaticism is a Huge Factor in Americans’ Support for Israel

May 3rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/15/religious-fanaticism-huge-factor-americans-support-israel/

Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. Only a minority of Americans (47 percent) say that their country should pursue their own interests over supporting Israel’s when the two choices collide.

Hillary Clinton Hires Former Monsanto Lobbyist To Run Her Campaign

April 23rd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Hillary_Clinton_Hires_Former_Monsanto_Lobbyist_To_Run_Her_Campaign/43595/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Hillary Clinton recently announced she will be appointing long-time Monsanto lobbyist Jerry Crawford as adviser to her “Ready for Hillary” super PAC. Crawford has worked with Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, also put his support behind Republican candidates.

France Against Ukraine Becoming NATO Member – Politician

April 22nd, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150422/1021241769.html

Aymeric Chauprade, French politician and a member of the European Parliament, said that France does not want Ukraine to enter NATO. Chauprade stressed that the party understood the importance of France maintaining a strong relationship with Russia.

German foreign minister warns Russia against recognizing DPR, LPR independence

April 19th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://tass.ru/en/world/790380

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steimneier warned Russia against recognizing Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) as independent states. "It would dramatically complicate the process of Ukrainian settlement,"called on Russia to observe Ukraine’s territorial integrity as a fundamental basis of the Minsk agreement.

West Ukrainian Region Bans All Opposition Parties

April 19th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://russia-insider.com/en/ivano-frankivsk-regional-council-bans-activities-communist-party-regions-party-opposition-bloc/5818

Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council has banned the activities of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Party of Regions, the Opposition Bloc, and the Ukraine Development Party in the region.

A historic attack on Medicare

April 17th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/04/17/pers-a17.html

Obama signed into law on Thursday the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill expands means testing for Medicare and establishes a new payment system in which doctors will be rewarded for cutting costs while being punished for the volume and frequency of the health care services they provide.

US state Georgia legalizes medical marijuana

April 17th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141069515

The US state of Georgia became the 24th US state to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday, underscoring the increasing acceptance of the drug across America despite remaining an illegal substance under federal law. Georgia law decriminalizes marijuana possession in oil form used to alleviate suffering from diseases such as Parkinson's, cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

Head of the FBI’s Anthrax Investigation Says the Whole Thing Was a Sham... Agent In Charge of Amerithrax Investigation Blows the Whistle

April 17th, 2015
Categories: News, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/head-of-the-fbis-anthrax-investigation-says-the-whole-thing-was-a-sham/5443516

The FBI head agent in charge of the anthrax investigation – Richard Lambert – has just filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit calling the entire FBI investigation bulls**t:

Are You Scared Now? Congress Declares US Is Losing Media War With Russia

April 15th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150415/1020940966.html

Frustrated with the growing popularity of international media outlets, such as RT and Sputnik, the US Congress held the latest in a long list of hearings, trying to figure out why more and more Americans – and people around the world – turn to alternative news sources and abandon the mainstream media.

Moscow hits out as Finland and Sweden seek closer ties with NATO

April 13th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/249049-finland-sweden-russia-tensions/

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed its “special concern” after Finland and Sweden stated they want closer cooperation with NATO. Both Nordic countries are not members of the alliance and Moscow says the move could destabilize the region. Russia said it is not opposed to the countries trying to solve issues concerning security and defense saying it is “undoubtedly a sovereign right of every state.” However, Moscow sees their decision as a threat aimed against Russia.

BREAKING: New Mexico Gov. Signs Bill Abolishing Civil Asset Forfeiture

April 10th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://benswann.com/breaking-new-mexico-gov-signs-bill-abolishing-civil-forfeiture/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=nl

Civil asset forfeiture: police can seize your property and keep it even if they don’t convict or charge you with a crime. You must go through difficult,often unsuccessful process to get your property–whether it’s a vehicle, cash or your home–back from the police. New law: police can still take property from you for a short period, would need a conviction or a guilty plea to keep it. If police do get a guilty verdict and your property is forfeited, it goes to the state’s general fund rather than the police department’s budget, adds a layer of bureaucracy and oversight between police and the funds they seize.

Legalizing Marijuana Now More Popular Than All Political Candidates

April 9th, 2015
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/legalizing-marijuana-now-more-popular-than-all-political-candidates_042015

Survey found that over 80% of people in all states supported medical marijuana, with over 50% also supporting full legalized recreational marijuana.

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