President Vladimir Putin: Sanctions against Russia will backfire and actually benefit the economy. “Over-reliance can lead to a loss of sovereignty,” economic sanctions is already helping boost domestic businesses, bringing more offshore funds back to Russia.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Russia will work to boost the capacities of the Lebanese Army adding that his country respects the democratic process in Lebanon. Russia will enhance military cooperation with Lebanon, mainly by reinforcing the defense capabilities of the Lebanese Army and security forces,”
Poverty is killing us. According to a new study from the Brookings Institute, wealthy Americans are living considerably longer lives than Americans who are struggling with poverty.
Germany stopped selling arms to Russia due to current “political situation”. Sale of military equipment to Russia by German firms criticized by country’s Nato allies. Germany granted 450 arms export licenses to Russia for military equipment worth €40 million in 2012.
David Novak is the chief executive of Yum! Brands, the parent company that runs Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC. Last year, while Yum! Brands and other restaurant companies lobbied against raising the minimum wage, Novak made at least $22 million—more than 1,000 times what the average fast-food worker makes in a year. In return for paying him so much, Yum! got a tax break.
Does Washington want a war with Russia? A review of recent US actions surrounding the crisis in Ukraine clearly poses what would have once seemed an unthinkable question. The Obama administration is playing a very dangerous game of Russian Roulette.
Police today smashed a “fake Californian gold” fraud racket being run from offices in the heart of the Square Mile. Fifteen smartly dressed office workers were arrested at computer terminals in rented offices in connection with the alleged “boiler room” swindle.
Obama:US is fully committed to supporting Japan in any military conflict with China over disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in East China Sea, within the scope of Article 5 of US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. Oppose attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands.”
Russian president Putin told a media conference in St Petersburg that America's overseas espionage agency had originally set up the internet and was continuing to develop it, he wants a Russian-run alternative. Idea of breaking up internet has gained ground in Germany, Brazil, and round the world.
Protesters guarding entrance to Volodarsky salt mine, holds underground collection of a million firearms from first world war machine guns to Kalashnikovs, say they are there to prevent new government from using the weapons against them, officials worry pro-Russia militias could seize the guns.
Actions of Kiev government towards the people living in southeastern regions of Ukraine are a crime against own people, MP Oleh Tsaryov, who is running for presidency in the May 25 election. Kiev authorities fail to comply with provisions of the Geneva accord on resolving the Ukrainian crisis,
ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s authorities must stop immediately the use of Army units for the suppression of protests in the east of the country, Mykhailo Dobkin, a candidate for the post of president in the May 25 election representing the Party of Region.
Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum over sovereignt simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region. 3.5 million people can vote in Donetsk region. The minimal turnout is expected at 60% of all regional residents entitled to vote. No Russian troops are staying in Donetsk.
Vermont is being hailed as a national leader following its passage of a law requiring foods that contain genetically-modified food to be labeled, the first "no-strings-attached" legislation passed in the United States, signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine that there will be consequences for decision makers following their use of force against pro-Russian protesters. Also said Kiev’s use of force means it is actually a junta. Pro-Russian activists demanding local referendums on independence.
United States is using the Ukrainian unrest as an “excuse to expand military operations” near Russia with the ultimate goal of “balkanizing” the Russian Federation, an analyst tells Press TV. “The US is continuing, along with its NATO partners, to encircle Russia. American troops arrive in Poland.
Five anti-government protesters reportedly killed, one injured in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk after Kiev authorities sent tanks and armored vehicles against the local population. Russian President Vladimir Putin: Kiev’s crackdown on anti-government protesters “a very serious crime.
Bolivian President Evo Morales: Washington is pushing Venezuela towards a “civil war” because it wants access to the country’s rich oil reserves. The Venezuelan government has also accused the US of fomenting a coup d’état.
Arctic University of Norway has detected “extreme levels” of the biotech giant’s RoundUp herbicide in our food, researchers found high levels of RoundUp on 70 percent of genetically engineered soy plants. Studies have proven there are ‘anti-nutrients’ in GM food.
New York Times made a rare admission that it submits to Israeli state gag orders, fueling charges from critics that the globally-influential publication plays fast-and-loose with journalistic ethics to give favorable coverage to Israel.
Boston: police security operation, massive surveillance. National Guard, police carried out warrantless house-to-house searches. Blanket order issued for all people to “shelter in place,” armored vehicles patrolled empty streets, helicopters buzzed overhead. Public transportation and institutions shut down.
A dentist pulled 28 healthy teeth from a 23-year-old man’s mouth for no good reason, and charged more than $5,000 to a credit card belonging to the man’s mother, according to a lawsuit. One of the teeth, the lower right first molar, had a treatable abscess.
State Representative Chris Broadwater: Louisiana making database to store information about residents who may represent a “risk to the state,” used in pinpointing “future criminals.” Permit state to “intervene” offer suggestions and guidance on factors such as mental and physical health.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: "If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,
Research from the Medical University of Graz and published in PLoS ONE: Vegetarians were Twice as likely to suffer from allergies, had 50 percent greater risk of heart attacks and cancer. higher incidence of chronic disease, impairment from disorders, and more anxiety and depression.
The juice is 99.4 percent apple and grape-derived, contains 0.3 percent pomegranate, 0.2 percent blueberry juice. Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice is 100 percent pomegranate. Food and Drug Administration allows food companies to name beverages according to flavor rather than content.
"Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed," Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York.
US fund managers have warned of risks shareholders could face from current or future Western sanctions against Russia, as Washington move to impose more sanctions on Moscow over their dispute on Ukraine, could result in depreciation of the Russian currency, Reuters reported Friday.
Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on New York's Common Core standardized English tests. Speculation it was product placement advertising. State education officials say the brand references just happened to be contained in previously published passages.
Vice President Joseph Biden began two-day trip to Ukraine Monday as the country continued to the edge of civil war. Tensions mounting over killings in eastern part of the country. Demonstrators calling for union with Russia or federalized system of government, seized control in ten cities.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: In 2011 and 2012, Internal Revenue Service awarded 1,146 employees $1 million in bonuses that had tax violations. Employees with back taxes received 10,582 hours of paid time, another 69 received permanent raises through a step increase.
A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has struck Slovenia southwest of the country’s capital, Ljubljana, at a depth of 12.4 kilometers, says USGS. The earthquake took place about 200 kilometers from a nuclear power plant at Krško, a town in eastern Slovenia.
US frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) has entered the Black Sea, according to the US Navy, as the Pentagon announces plans to dispatch some 600 troops to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for military exercises. US claims the ship’s entry is “to promote peace and stability in the region.”
Ukraine’s acting president has ordered the resumption of what he calls “anti-terror” operations in the east of the country. Kiev launched controversial "anti-terrorist" operation to root out pro-Russian protests, blamed deaths on “terrorists, who have taken the whole region hostage.”
First Russia, Tasmania, and Mexico say no to Monsanto and now, the Netherlands have passed a similar ban, determined to keep Glyphosate-laced herbicides away from the general public. Citizens of the Netherlands have been expressing their concern over glyphosate chemicals.
Defense Ministry on Tuesday requested the government invoke media regulations to shut down Geo, Pakistan’s largest television news station. The ministry accused Geo of running a “vicious campaign” against the military’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate.
The Russian government will postpone the introduction of certifying genetically-modified seeds for another three years, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday during his annual report before the country's lower house of parliament.
A Transcript of the Interview with Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman conducted by journalist Bill Moyers,
Paul Krugman: Piketty is telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy. A society of inherited wealth.
Thousands of people flooded the streets of Canadian cities in protest calling for legalization of marijuana. inspired by government promises and easing of cannabis policy in Uruguay and some US states. Rallies, dubbed ‘420’, annual day of celebrating cannabis culture – April 20.
Puerto Rico contemplating more than a hundred different proposals to jumpstart its sagging economy including legal prostitution and marijuana use. Proposals range from eliminating various government agencies to cutting down the number of public holidays.
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