U.S. government dealt setbacks in five of the seven Islamic countries its military has attacked or invaded; Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen. Pakistan and Somalia, situation remains extremely unstable. Hezbollah, al Qaeda, or ISIS rarely attack for no reason.During the Cold War, United States fueled Islamist jihadism to battle communism. Interventions made things worse through unintended consequences, American targets for retaliatory attacks.
Israel killed and injured more civilians with explosive weapons than any other state in the world in 2014 due to its military assault on Gaza according to report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), organization that tracks global impact of explosive weapons on civilians.
In Athens’ main Syntagma Square, 10,000 people gathered to call for “Yes” vote in Sunday’s referendum on EU austerity in Greece. Many demonstrators carried European Union and Greek flags, pro-EU placards. Those attending mainly affluent class; professionals, managerial, public sector, executive and business types. Size of protest boosted by workers compelled to attend. Those who refused threatened with immediate dismissal.
On third day of capital controls, pensioners lined up at Athens branch of the National Bank of Greece. They were to receive a maximum of 120 euros ($133), compared with average monthly payment of 600 euros. Many left with nothing; manager said only those with last names starting with letters A through K would get paid.
Saudi warplanes launched airstrikes in several locations in the western province of Hajjah, nearby al-Haz, principal town of Jawf province, also bombarded by Saudi fighter jets. Dhaher district of Sa'ada province, a Yemeni civilian reportedly killed, a number of others injured by Saudi artillery shells.
The site 24/7 Wall St. compiled annual list of worst companies to work for in U.S., rankings determined based on employee ratings. 10. Dollar General Corp. 9. Ross Stores, 8. DISH Network Corp, 7. AECOM, 6. Sears, 5. Xerox, 4. Forever 21, 3. Kmart, 2. Dillard’s, 1. Express Scripts’ worst-rated company on 24/7 Wall St.’s list; employees complain of being overworked, constant fear of firings.
Spanish company Vortex Bladeless: aerodynamic effect occurs when wind breaks against a solid structure; Vortex structure starts to oscillate and captures the energy that produced. No gears, linkages, moving parts in contact; very few things that can break, less down time, maintaining costs are low.
Police say last week's massive raid in Northern California's rugged Emerald Triangle by county law enforcement with no help from the DEA targeted private landowners not because they were growing pot, because they were illegally sucking 500,000 gallons of water a day from a section of the nearby Eel river.
Austin Regional Clinic, largest healthcare provider network in Central Texas region serving close to half a million residents issued new guidelines their facilities will no longer take children as patients if they have not been vaccinated.
global shadow banking system 75 trillion dollars, largely unregulated, governments hesitant to crack down on them because these nonbank lenders helped fuel economic growth. Shadow banking system financial institutions of non-depository banks investment banks, structured investment vehicles (SIVs), hedge funds, non-bank financial institutions, money market funds. Highly leveraged; behaving very recklessly. Played major role in financial crisis of 2008.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: Greek government remains at the negotiating table and will stay there until the end, will also be there Monday immediately after referendum, with better conditions for the Greek side," the people’s mandate is always stronger than the desire of any government."
Facebook’s algorithms can accurately identify an individual user from among 800 million pictures—in less than five seconds—98% of the time. “If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?”
chemicals that we’re exposed to in our daily lives are often approved by the government under the assumption that they’re safe in small doses, even over a long period of time. Agricultural workers, farmers and surrounding communities are exposed to a mix of chemicals, the combined, or “synergistic,” effects at a more extreme level.
TransferWise, a UK-based money transfer service, surveyed 2,090 American adults; asked their long-term residency plans. A third, 35%, would consider leaving US, living in foreign country, 14% open to doing so in next five years. Those between ages of 18-34, 55% would consider expatriation.
bitter attacks on Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, whose brinkmanship has gone further than anyone believed possible and left the eurozone’s leaders reeling. Athens insists what is at stake in the referendum, will mean either staying in the euro on their tough terms or returning to the drachma.
Barack Obama: for the American people, this is not something we believe will have a major shock to the system, but obviously it’s very painful for the Greek people, and it can have a significant effect on growth rates in Europe,” which can “have a dampening effect” on global economy.
Even if Greece accepted all of the austerity measures demanded by its main creditors, the Troika, it still would not be able to make ends meet by 2030, according to IMF estimates revealed in documents obtained by a German newspaper. Greece would face an unsustainable debt in 2030 if it agreed to tax increases and spending cuts proposed by European Central Bank and IMF in exchange for a five-month €15.5bn loan from its creditors.
A new scientific review has found that there’s no real evidence linking water fluoridation with cavity prevention. This research was published in a federal government medical journal; Environmental Health Perspectives. Harvard researchers: “The children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas.”
Of particular interest to transnational corporation oligarchs is the ‘black earth’ of Ukraine. Black earth or ‘Chernozem’ found in two major zones on earth; encompasses sections of Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Black earth characterized by very high fertility, capacity for producing high agricultural output. International corporations utilizing loopholes to overturn Ukrainian moratorium on land sales to foreigners, anticipate goldmine of agricultural exploitation.
Small fraction of €240bn (£170bn) total bailout money Greece received in 2010 and 2012 to soften the blow of the 2008 financial crash and fund reform programmes. Most of the money went to banks that lent Greece funds before the crash. Unlike most of Europe, which ran up large budget deficits to protect pensioners Athens was forced to reduce its deficit by squeezing pensions and cutting the minimum wage.
Greece defaulted on a loan payment to International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday, just hours after eurozone finance ministers rejected a last-minute Greek appeal for an extension of its current bailout program. IMF representative confirmed it had not received the funds said Athens requested an extension on repayment, which IMF executive board would consider in "due course."
Yemeni troops fired Scud missiles into a missile base in district Saudi province of al-Sulayyil Monday, large group of people dead and injured, attack came in response to Saudi-backed terrorist attack; 20 Yemenis lost their lives after a car bomb detonated near military hospital in Yemeni capital, Sana’a, Monday. Monarchy's warplanes targeted residential areas in Sarwah district of Yemen’s central province of Ma'rib Monday 15 dead.
French economic situation was "worse than anyone [could] imagine and drastic measures [would] have to be taken in the next two years, situation is dire” voters turning to the rightwing National Front.
Puerto Rican governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla called for a moratorium that would postpone debt payments for years, allowing the country to catch up on payments while also investing in key areas like job creation, called for the U.S. to allow the country to file for bankruptcy to enable debt restructuring. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, not eligible to file for bankruptcy, an option only open to U.S. municipalities.
US will work together with its European colleagues to prevent Greece’s default and exit from the euro zone, the White House press service said on Monday after talks between US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Jose Vallim Guerreiro: setting a single currency for the BRICS member states is positive but the technical side of the issue needs to be ironed out first, would allow for the use of a single currency without any dependence on the currency market fluctuations.
With 80% of the vote, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ just divested from corporations that profit off the occupation. In the words of the UCC Palestine-Israel Network, "the days of praying for peace and paying for occupation are over."The backlash against the UCC is going to be intense.
Athens’ stock market closed to avoid a panic, bank holiday imposed to keep capital flight from Greece’s cash-starved banks triggering a complete collapse of the financial sector. Personal withdrawals limited to €60 per day, many retirees were blocked from receiving scheduled pension payments. Syriza-led government has imposed billions in additional cuts on the Greek working class while allowing the oligarchs to pull their money out of Greek banks and park it in offshore safe havens.
Big Food and Big Ag firms, spread misinformation about safety of industrial agriculture practices, discredit value of organic foods growing popular demand. Sale of organic products skyrocketed $35 billion in 2013. Industry PR professionals promoting messages to defend industry profits and win critical national policy battles, stem growing tide of consumers seeking healthier food.
China has started building its share of a gas pipeline, known as the Power of Siberia, which is expected to deliver up to 38 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas to its southern neighbor annually.
St. Louis Police Department’s SWAT team raid wrong address, tore the home of Leon Walker apart, man they were looking for lived two doors down. Police Department sent out a building inspector, issued the Walker family a citation for a window the SWAT team broke during the raid.
Test pilot’s report latest evidence of problems with the F-35; total program cost more than a trillion dollars, history’s most expensive weapon The stealth fighter too sluggish to reliably defeat the F-16, even with F-16 lugging extra fuel tanks; pilot couldn’t comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet’s cramped cockpit. New fighter jet America developing demonstrably inferior in a dogfight with F-16, which U.S. Air Force acquired in the 1970s.
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%.
Turkey's opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), called on the government to avoid military intervention in Syria, urged Ankara to hold talks with the Syrian government to find a peaceful solution to the armed conflict in the country.
A mother in Maine was arrested and charged with child endangerment, after letting her young daughter play in a park near her house. The playground was only a few hundred feet away, and could be seen from her front porch.
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.
The Greek government has asked for a new bailout program from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), that’ll cover all the country’s financial needs for the next two years, according to the government statement. The request also includes a restructuring plan for Greek debt to the European Financial Stability Facility that accounts for about 63 percent of the Greece's total debt.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 277, requires almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs.
Russia's home ownership rate is among the highest in the world, when communism collapsed, the governmentsimply gifted everyone the apartment where they were registered at the time, probably biggest transfer of wealth in history. Russia’s residential real estate business is surprisingly robust, demand remains “huge.”
A lot of Americans don’t have any money saved up for emergencies at all, wouldn’t have any reason to line up at ATMs. 29 percent of all Americans do not have a single penny in emergency savings, highest level ever recorded. 53 percent of Americans do not have three-day supply of food and water at home. If they were not able to resupply themselves at the stores, more than half the country would run out of food and water within days.
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