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U.S. Senate and CIA agree torture program was mismanaged

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Police State

Link: http://refreshingnews99.blogspot.in/2014/12/us-senate-and-cia-agree-torture-program.html

CIA agrees in its official response that "the agency made serious missteps in the management and operation of the program." said the breakdowns came in the program's early days and that internal changes corrected much of the disarray before President George W. Bush ordered the "black site" prisons emptied in 2006.

Unions launch recruiting push for immigrants protected by Obama actions

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/12/25/unions-launch-recruiting-push-for-immigrants-protected-by-obama-actions/

Labor leaders reportedly are launching a new recruiting push by reaching out to those immigrants affected by Obama's immigration announcement last month. Union leaders are keen on signing them up. Unions say they can help protect immigrants against abuses such as wage theft and discrimination.

Organic food sales skyrocket across Australia, while GMOs lose traction

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Health

Link: https://www.intellihub.com/organic-food-sales-skyrocket-across-australia-gmos-lose-traction/

Australia’s organic sales over 15 percent each year. Organic industry one of the fastest growing industries in Australia. Australia’s organic exports DOUBLED between 2012 and 2014. Australia home to largest number of certified organically farmed hectares in the world, with 22.69 million hectares.

Russia Says Ukraine's NATO Ambitions Are Dangerous For Europe

December 25th, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-says-ukraine-s-nato-ambitions-are-dangerous-for-europe/513868.html

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

Monsanto’s Pesticide May Kill $2 Billion Wine Industry

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-pesticide-may-kill-2-billion-wine-industry/

Due to the prevalence of superweeds created by Monsanto’s RoundUp, farmers are trying to eradicate them with new chemicals, 2,4-D and dicamba that create pesticide drift, often mutating vines on neighboring vineyards for multiple seasons of wine growing.

US firm blames Sony hacking on insiders not North Korea

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Science

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/25/391797/sony-hacking-inside-job-us-experts/

Despite claims by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) blaming Pyongyang for the destructive cyber intrusion, one such expert from the California-based Norse cyber-security corporation said on Wednesday that not a North Korean, but a former Sony employee identified only as “Lena” was chiefly involved in the hack.

Two dozen Israeli officials arrested over graft case

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Zionism

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/25/391784/massive-corruption-case-hits-israel/

Israeli police announced Thursday it has detained 24 senior officials in a corruption probe which hit Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party. Described by local media as one of the most important anti-graft operations in the history of Israel. Officials accused of transferring millions of shekels from public funds to an institution close to the party. Arrests include a deputy interior minister.

UK police misuse pre-charge bail to ban activists from protesting – report

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Police State

Link: http://rt.com/uk/217623-uk-police-bail-protesters/

UK police forces are misusing pre-charge bail by banning hundreds of protestors from attending lawful demonstrations, The Guardian newspaper has revealed. Of all bailed protesters, eighty-five percent are never charged with any crime.

'Offended' Israel not to support publicly the US-Cuba breakthrough - report

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/217595-israel-us-cuba-embargo/

Last week’s announcement of US and Cuba reconciliation came as a surprise for Israel, whose government ministers first heard the news from media reports. Israel was one of the few states in the UN Assembly that consistently voted with the United States against legislation to end the embargo.

Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to bribery charges, faces 17-year prison sentence

December 25th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://rt.com/usa/217463-fbi-agent-bribery-guilty/

A former FBI agent pleaded guilty on Tuesday to bribery charges, conspiracy to commit fraud, and theft of government property in which he and a confidant attempted to offer someone confidential information about a Bangladeshi politician in exchange for cash.

Obama administration accelerates transfers of Guantanamo detainees

December 25th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://rt.com/usa/217515-pentagon-transfers-prisoners-guantanamo/

Dozens of innocent men still held at the Guantanamo Bay prison complex in Cuba can expect to be transferred in next six months Obama talks with leaders from a wide range of potential host countries in the hope that they will accept all 64 detainees now approved for transfer. Four men were transferred to Afghanistan last week after being held in the prison for over a decade without charge.

Israeli serviceman shoots 5yo Palestinian in the face (GRAPHIC IMAGES) - Video

December 25th, 2014
Categories: Palestine

Link: http://rt.com/news/217559-israel-shot-palestinian-child/

Israeli police have fired a rubber bullet at a five-year-old Palestinian boy’s face as he was getting out of a school bus on his way home, the child’s family told Palestinian media. He sustained a skull fracture under his eye.

Monsanto/Bayer's GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban

December 25th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/breaking-monsantobayers-gm-plants-contaminate-europe-despite-ban-1

Despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.

Can the Bankster Elites Take Down Russia?

December 25th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.silverdoctors.com/can-the-bankster-elites-take-down-russia/

What most people refuse to understand, if not even acknowledge, is the extent to which the elites have an utter stranglehold on the world’s financial system, and by world we do not mean just the Western world.

Man sent back to prison for getting job that started too early in the morning

December 24th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/23/man-prison-job-too-early-morning

A prisoner who was released on licence is spending Christmas back in jail after he was punished for taking a job which started at 6.15 in the morning, 45 minutes before his night-time curfew expired. His parole was supervised by a private company.

Elf on Shelf Toy Teaches Kids to Love Surveillance Society

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Police State

Link: http://truthstreammedia.com/elf-on-shelf-toy-teaches-kids-to-love-surveillance-society/

A new Christmas “tradition” has emerged that not only has Santa making a list of who’s naughty and nice, a personal “elf” to watch over children, spy on them in every room and “report” back to the North Pole ahead of Christmas, toy makers promise that parents have found it to be useful “behavior modification” tool, kids acting different when they believe someone is watching their every move.

Russia plans more aircraft, helicopters and S-300 systems in Belarus

December 24th, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/russia-plans-more-aircraft-helicopters-and-s-300-systems-in-belarus/

Russia plans to increase the number of aircraft and helicopters at the airbase in Belarus in an effort to strengthen joint air space; Russian Defense Minister Sergey the establishment and deployment of the airbase in Belarus, increase in the number of aircraft and helicopters.

50 Numbers From 2014 That Sound Fake But That Are Actually Real

December 24th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/50_Numbers_From_2014_That_Sound_Fake_But_That_Are_Actually_Real/40280/0/38/38/Y/M.html

20 percent of American families on food stamps, average age when a man in America first gets married 29.0 years. 31.1 percent of U.S. young adults living with parents. One-third of Americans have file in FBI’s criminal database. 48 percent of Americans can immediately come up with $400 in emergency cash without borrowing or selling something. 59 percent of Americans in favor of torturing prisoners. 52 percent of Americans made less than $30,000 last year. In 1980, 3,000 SWAT raids in United States, today, 80,000 SWAT raids per year. 49 million Americans face food insecurity. Student loan debt 1.2 trillion dollars. One-third of of United States (110 million people) has sexually transmitted disease. $18,031,021,541,347.52 U.S. national debt.

Angry protests broke out in Berkeley - Video

December 24th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/25/391715/angry-protests-broke-out-in-berkeley/

Angry Americans took to streets in Berkeley, Missouri on Wednesday after police shot and killed another black teenager Tuesday night. 18-year-old Antonio Martin was shot dead by a police officer near a gas station in Berkeley. Police say Martin pointed a gun at officers.

Eurasian Economic Union is open for new partners - Putin

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://rt.com/politics/217359-putin-russia-allies-eurasia/

Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union has huge potential to expand open to cooperation with partners in the East and West. President Vladimir Putin: “The increase in the number of members is beneficial to the union itself. It boosts its market capacity and contributes to the strengthening of trade and economic ties, and to the launching of new investment projects.

Walmart forced to increase minimum wage at 33% of US stores

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://rt.com/usa/217491-walmart-increase-minimum-wage/

Walmart, America’s largest private employer, forced to raise its minimum wage payments for workers. 21 states have adopted minimum wage increases via legislative pressure or ballot initiatives, Walmart mustadjust base salaries at a third of its locations wage hikes are due to come into effect on January 1

St. Louis police release footage of fatal Berkeley shooting - Video

December 24th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://rt.com/usa/217383-police-fatal-shooting-newser/

Police say an 18-year-old teenager who was shot dead by officers in the St. Louis area was armed and had a violent criminal past, identified as 18-year-old Antonio Martin, shot once after an officer discharged his weapon three times during altercation at Mobile Gas station, reportedly armed at the time of the shooting, not believed to have fired his weapon.

Israel approves over 350 new settlements in occupied Jerusalem

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/217459-israel-approve-settlements-jerusalem/

Jerusalem City Council has approved the construction of almost 400 new settlements in two districts of the city and its southern part, including annexed areas situated beyond the Green Line.

Radical protesters throw ‘old regime’ official into dumpster in E. Ukraine (VIDEO)

December 24th, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://rt.com/news/217471-ukraine-official-trash-throw/

The city council in Kharkov, eastern Ukraine, became the scene of radical action as protesters carrying Right Sector flags attacked official Vladimir Skorobagach, throwing him into a dumpster and pouring green paint on his face.

Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS after jet downed over Syria

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Middle East

Link: http://rt.com/news/217331-isis-jordan-warplane-down/

Militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) have captured a Jordanian jet pilot, whose warplane was reportedly shot down over the jihadists’ stronghold in the eastern Syrian province of Raqqa.

Ukraine Briefly Cuts Power to Crimea Amid Dispute With Russia Over NATO

December 24th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014973088

Ukraine on Wednesday briefly severed electricity to the Crimean peninsula, nine months after it was annexed by Russia, in a pointed reminder of the territory’s reliance on Ukrainian energy sources.

Antisémitox & French Survival Instinct

December 24th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2014/12/24/antismitox-french-survival-instinct

A lack of self-reflection is embedded in Jewish culture, ideology and politics. This elementary observation helps to explain why many Jews regard anti-Semitism as strictly a collective psychosis or general disease of the Goyim.

Vodka prices: Putin calls for cap amid economic crisis

December 24th, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30599341

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to curb rising vodka prices. Mr Putin, who has been hit by increasing economic woes, said that high prices encouraged the consumption of illegal and possibly unsafe alcohol, government should fight against the illegal trafficking of alcohol. The country's former finance minister warned that Russia would enter recession next year.

Visiting The Nation’s Largest Solar Airpor

December 24th, 2014
Categories: Science

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/going-green-indianapolis-becomes-nations-largest-solar-airport/

Chicago’s O’hare Airport has an enormous, vertical, indoor organic garden with 44 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Indianapolis International Airport (IIA) has the nation’s largest airport-based solar farm. 86 acres of solar panels installed at the IIA,

Good will to all men? Shop worker disperses homeless with freezing water, witness says

December 24th, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://rt.com/uk/217291-shop-worker-hoses-homeless/

A Wilkinsons shop worker allegedly hosed homeless people seeking shelter outside a shop front with ice cold water to prevent them sleeping there. Police investigated the incident after a local woman reported the alleged assault on social media. Wilkinsons deny the worker was ousting the homeless, maintaining they were simply cleaning the shop front.

Iran’s new radar ‘detects drugs, explosives & people’

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: Iran

Link: http://rt.com/news/217187-iran-radar-drugs-explosives/

The inventor of the device told Mehr news agency that it can identify humans, both alive and deceased. The radar can spot drug addicts from a distance of 1,500 meters and determine the amount of forbidden substances in their bodies.

Russia to import food products from Iran: Official

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/23/391455/russia-to-import-iranian-food-products/

Moscow plans to import foods, meat and fish, 20,000 tons of high-quality trout 3,000 tons of shrimps from Iran in 2015. transactions will not be done in US dollars. Tehran and Moscow signed projects worth 70 billion euros to develop trade ties. Russia ready to export products and services to Iran.

Hungarian premier accuses US of meddling in Central Europe - Video

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/24/391563/hungary-accuses-us-of-meddling-in-europe/

Prime Minister Viktor Orban:“The United States does not simply interfere, but is an active participant in internal political life of Central European countries,” Washington seeks to have influence in Hungary. “They want to draw us into a conflict that we cannot come out of well, We have to stay out of it.

Ruble at 2-wk high as Central Bank pulls out big financial tools - Video

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://rt.com/business/216971-russia-ruble-recovery-cbr/

The Russian ruble improved to 53 in early day trading, a more than 33 percent increase since 1 week ago when it hit 80 against the US dollar. The Russian government and the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) have made a significant effort in the last couple of days to stop the ruble’ s free fall.

Russia can export up to 30 mln tonnes of grain - Russian agriculture ministry

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/economy/768839

Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov: Russia can “painlessly” export about 30 million tonnes of grain, there is no threat to Russia’s food security. Domestic demand will be satisfied 100%.

Russian parliament speaker thanks Serbia for its refusal to join anti-Russian sanctions

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: Politics

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/768826

Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house Valentina Matviyenko on Tuesday thanked Serbia for its principled position and refusal to join the anti-Russian sanctions despite all the pressure from outside. Russia is ready to develop relations with Serbia in the energy sphere. There are a lot of projects and proposals we plan to realize.”

Israeli bank to pay $400 mn in fines to US over tax-evasion

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: World

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/23/391435/israeli-bank-fined-over-taxevasion/

US State Department: “Bank Leumi employees engaged in a series of egregious schemes – including creating complex, sham loan arrangements – to help its US clients shirk their responsibility to pay taxes.”

Parents of US toddler injured in SWAT raid face $1 million in medical bills

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/23/geor-d23.html

The parents of 18-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh Jr., known affectionately as "Bou-Bou," told ABC’s 20-20 news program last week that they owe $1 million in medical expenses after their son was nearly killed by a flash-bang grenade during a late night SWAT team raid on a relative’s home in rural Georgia. The county government has refused to compensate them, claiming that it would be a violation of state law.

Unemployment in France Hits Record Level

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: Economic

Link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20141224/1016198825.html

The number of people in France without a job rose in November to the highest level yet, rise of 27,400 people on the jobless queue compared to the previous month.

FBI To Train 30,000 Officers For Active Shooter Situations At Stadiums, Businesses, Schools

December 23rd, 2014
Categories: Police State

Link: http://patriotrising.com/2014/12/23/fbi-train-30000-officers-active-shooter-situations-stadiums-businesses-schools/

The FBI will hold active shooter training drills at sports stadiums as part of a massive program to prepare for what the agency says is a growing concern for law enforcement.

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