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.
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 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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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