Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis: Greece will not be swayed by pressure from The White House: We will not submit to the interests and wishes of any third country. Greece is nobody’s property. We move based on the interests of our people and our national interests. The country must become a development hub for Europe’s energy supply."
“Researchers have found up to 4,000 chemicals and pesticides inside cigarettes. insecticide and herbicide products which are routinely applied to tobacco contain GMOs. Herbicides like Roundup used as desiccants to dry out the crop before harvest.
Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law. Israel’s report highlights efforts by the IDF to avoid harm to civilians and presents the operation as an “imperative necessity” in response to incessant rocket fire from Gaza and the threat of Hamas infiltrating through its tunnels.
G7 a rich-man's club that consists of Western major powers, aims to maintain the collective hegemony of the US-led West. It used to focus on the world's economic issues, and then extended to political and security affairs. IMF and World Bank under control of G7 members.
Russian Energy Minister Sergei Donskoi: Japanese companies are exploring opportunities of cooperating with Russia in natural gas projects; European companies also became more active on the Russian fuel and energy market in conditions of sanctions.
Tel Aviv seeks to prevent release of findings of UN investigation into Israeli war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza. Netanyahu claimed that “whoever wants a baseless automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.”
South Dakotans for Responsible Lending is gathering signatures to put a question on the November 2016 South Dakota ballot that would limit the interest charged by payday loan outfits to 36% per year. Payday lenders crying foul, saying rates that low would force them out of business. Average interest rate on a South Dakota payday loan now around 574%.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Palestinian-led campaign to boycott Israeli goods was reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s campaign against Jews. What was done to the Jewish people then is being done to the Jewish state now.”
Colorado Supreme Court: Employers have right to fire workers over pot use, even though legal in the state. To qualify for protection under employment law, a behavior has to be legal under federal law, the court said. Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who used medical marijuana to control muscle spasms, was fired by Dish Network in 2010, after failing a random drug test.
Russia has developed super-high-frequency gun capable of deactivating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and the warheads of precision weapons at an impact range of ten kilometers which ensures 360 degrees of perimeter defense.
Greece and its creditors hardened their stances after collapse of talks aimed at preventing default, possible euro exit, Germany's EU commissioner:time had come to prepare for a "state of emergency". Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: his government would resist demands for further pension cuts.
Just like the Branch Davidian bloodbath and Oklahoma City bombing, the ATF and FBI intimidate non-conforming fringe groups Agents Provocateurs Used to Manufacture Fake Feud Between the Two Biker Groups
Israeli military announced Thursday it has exonerated itself for killing four children on a beach in Gaza during last summer's seven-week military assault on the besieged strip, prompting outrage from family members and international journalists who witnessed the attack. The children were struck and killed by Israeli explosives while they played soccer on Gaza City's beach. In addition three people aged 11 to 21 severely wounded.
Poland and Lithuania are discussing plans for permanent stationing of US army equipment, officials from the two countries say. If approved, the move would mark the first time since the Cold War that the US is stationing heavy military equipment in the region.
French President Hollande is stating a Greek deal is in the works. Auto sales reach ten year high on subprime borrowing and extended loan terms to those not qualified. Bail-ins coming world wide; 11 EU countries must enact Bail-in rules in two months or be charged. FBI wants congress to pass law allowing them to obtain tech companies method and key to break any encryption.
Bolivian President Evo Morales: European countries should free themselves from US political dominance, dictates of International Monetary Fund (IMF); we gained political independence, significant economic growth. US no longer governs our country doesn’t make decisions for us. Unemployment in Europe is why Europeans coming to Latin America and Caribbean countries; is growing.”
Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham suggested over the weekend that he would fire military leaders who did not support his plan to send 10,000 troops back to Iraq.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Minsk agreements could not be fulfilled if Ukrainian army is weak, Kiev asks non-lethal weapons from the United States. "We are asking defensive, not offensive weapons," "We pledge we are trying to solve the (Donbass) problem solely by diplomatic means… but diplomats need help."
The demonstrations took place in Nicaragua's city of Juigalpa on Saturday. The protesters, mainly farmers from local villages, through which the construction will pass, feared that the construction will have huge environmental impact and force thousands off their land as authorities plan to seize rural properties
Despite the state of the Ukrainian economy, IMF said it will continue to lend money to Ukraine, so Kiev can complete economic restructuring. "In the event that a negotiated settlement with private creditors is not reached and the country determines that it cannot service its debt, the Fund can lend to Ukraine consistent with its Lending-into-Arrears Policy," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Named Person scheme, allow health workers to “monitor” youngsters; flagging parents who refuse vaccinations. Network will join with another NHS database containing medical records of everybody north of the Border, the Community Health Index (CHI). Target start date of August 2016, cost of £32million. Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie called for parliamentary debate on the plans, “fuel concerns” Scotland is moving closer to ID cards.
Mainstream media is trying to re-brand GMOs so that the public thinks the food creations are completely safe, calling it re-wilding, precision breeding.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday signed a law hiking the city’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020, an increase that will affect hundreds of thousands of workers. Garcetti, speaking in English and Spanish, told a crowd of hundreds at the signing event he wanted to lift city’s lowest-paid workers out of poverty.
Under new guidelines, patients can choose to take the medicine in whatever form they see fit, from smoking, baking it in brownies, or using in teas and oils. Court explained banning non-dried forms of marijuana "contrary to principles of fundamental justice because they are arbitrary; effects of prohibition contradict the objective of protecting health and safety."
Netanyahuaccused activists who launched boycotts of Israeli products of ‘hypocrisy’. “they boycott Israel but they refuse to boycott Isis. That tells you everything you want to know about the [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement.”Called for a boycott of products made and sold by the Islamist militant group Isis. Not clear which products Netanyahu is referring to. ISIS not known for their manufacturing capabilities.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thanked the West for the sanctions it has imposed on the country, saying the bans have encouraged Moscow to improve ties with its Asian partners.“In economic terms, of course, all the sanctions that have been placed on us have inspired us to cooperate more actively with Asian countries. Thank you very much to all those states that have adopted them.”
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Pentagon preparing to develop a network of new US military bases in strategic areas of Iraq, “We’re looking all the time at whether there might be additional sites necessary.”
State officials seized six children because they were temporarily living in tents, for nine days. Family was near a state park, purchased a pass to shower there, also had a generator. Parents won a court ruling based on the mother and children eligible for enrollment in Tlingit Native American tribe. Federal Indian Child Welfare Act makes it more difficult for state officials to separate Native American families.
Study by University of Crete estimated number of homeless in Athens at 17,720 people, many of them sleeping on the street or in their cars. Huge task confronting state services as the humanitarian problem was constantly mounting.
Thousands of Syrian refugees trying to enter Turkey repelled by Turkish border guards as clashes flare up between Syrian Kurds and the ISIL Takfiri terrorists over control of a town on Syrian-Turkish border. Turkish forces used water cannon, fired warning shots to disperse massing refugees.
Applying military assets to defeat a failed drug policy to protect the public from a plant legalized in multiple states for medical and recreational use. U.S. has largest prison population in the world, 2.3 million behind bars. More than half a million incarcerated for a drug law violation.
Eric Wilson on his way home from his job at Lighthouse for the Blind, stopped by two Little Rock Police officers alleging he “fit the description” of a suspect. Wilson complied with the officers. One of the officers jumped on his back and slammed him to the ground, went to the hospital, diagnosed with a strained lumbar. According to police report, officers feared for their safety.
President Vladimir Putin: Russia is interested in further expanding of cooperation with Azerbaijan’s businesses, including in the food market. In 2014, trade turnover between Russia and Azerbaijan grew by over 12%, first quarter of the current year growth was 6%. I would like to stress, we are happy about it," Putin said, if this cooperation expands, it would be even better, we are interested in it.
Breakthrough in the fight against Islamic State seizing Syria and Iraq is impossible without a ground operation. History will show that al-Qaeda in Iraq was defeated, after he decided to send more troops to the Middle East country instead of withdrawing them during US invasion in 2003; former US President George W. Bush said in an interview with Israel Hayom newspaper Friday.
Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation; “Handgun Trigger Safety Act” demand “anyone selling a handgun must retrofit it with personalization technology before that sale can be completed.” Operate with fingerprint technology, password recognition, or being in range of an electronic bracelet or ring.
Iceland suffered a heavy hit in the 2008-2009 financial crisis, which resulted in convictions, jail terms for top banking executives. IMF says the country managed to achieve economic recovery“without compromising its welfare model, includes universal healthcare and education. Iceland to “surpass its pre-crisis peak of economic output proving bailing out “too big to fail” banks wasn’t the way to go.
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,
New Jersey Gov. and Republican presidential contender Chris Christie; proposed “a system where we all need to take personal responsibility to grasp the opportunities in higher education, but also one where we can get a leg up when we need it.”Debt-free college, Christie said, is not the answer.“That is a typical liberal approach. It is wrong,.”
While a majority of Americans asked by a US journalist to support President Obama's "plan" to nuke Russia signed a fake petition to do so, RT decided to conduct its own poll on the streets of Moscow. Most people said no to striking America. Earlier this week, US journalist Mark Dice offered people in San Diego, California to sign a petition calling for a nuclear strike against Russia, to "maintain America's superiority." The majority of beachgoers signed the fake petition.
Major supermarkets Safeway, Target, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s refuse GM salmon, mega store Costco planning on selling genetically modified fish. Costco announced it will become one of the largest sellers of organic products in US.
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