US Senator John McCain: US not providing Ukraine with weapons for its armed conflict "one of the most shameful chapters in American history. Called for Iraq invasion in 2003, more than half of Americans views as a huge mistake. America founded in 1776, spent 214 out of 235 years at war, has never gone a decade without war.
North Korea in a severe drought, Much of Korean Peninsula had unusually dry weather in recent weeks, crucial time for rice farming when seedlings are transplanted. Rice is a staple for both Koreas. Crop production in the North could fall 20 percent from last year if drought continues.
Gazprom is planning to construct two threads of a new gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. Shell, E.On and OMV have been invited to participate, said the company. This could double direct supplies of Russian gas to Europe.
An Arlington fracking company leeched 48,000 gallons of benzene solvent into the city's water supply, doesn't call 911. It takes 24 hours and 4 attempts to plug the well, while hundreds of residents are evacuated. The EPA says water supplies are now as safe as fracking.
Russian President Putin: The government understands need to maintain the dollar value against the ruble at certain level, "exchange rate difference is more potent and works more efficiently than budget support" for the real, export oriented production.
US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher ,California: House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing; Ukrainian military, one-third made up of people not in the military, on the payroll of some oligarch.” “If that coup, meaning violent overthrow of an elected government, had not happened, we would not be in this situation and the Ukrainians would have been spared this.”
The call by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, comes after Europe adopted controversial legislation enabling member states to opt-out of the cultivation of GMOs approved at the EU level, urging Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) to implement a Germany-wide ban on cultivation.
American president Barack Obama, currently presiding over a record level of debt of $18 trillion for his nation, urged Putin to consider the economic wrongheadedness of pursuing an interventionist foreign policy.
The most outrageous aspect of case is that 13 different law enforcement agencies in two states want a cut of his money, even though 11 of them weren’t involved. It’s part of a program called equitable sharing. Anybody carrying cash can become a target.
Threat in Florida’s waters; deadly flesh-eating bacteria. Florida state health department report 32 cases past 12 months. Number of infections increases May through October, the bacterium thrives when water is warmest. It can also infect those who eat raw shellfish or mishandle raw oysters.
Russian Foreign Ministry said it had summoned “Belgian Ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen on June 18,” adding that the diplomat “was told that Russia considers such action by the Belgian authorities as an openly hostile act.” Belgian authorities seized the Kremlin’s assets in a bid to secure the repayment of a contested Russian debt to the former shareholders of the country's now defunct Yukos Oil Company.
The Federal Communications Commission hit AT&T with a $100 million fine, largest it ever levied, for slowing down the internet speeds of customers with “unlimited” data plans. The company said it will fight the fine. Thousands of AT&T customers complained to FCC when they used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the web, AT&T “throttled” their internet speeds so they were much slower than normal. Millions of AT&T customers affected.
French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal: the weed killer Round Up should not be sold in garden shops since it is potentially harmful to human beings. Sri Lanka president, Maithripala Sirisena: glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
President Putin pushes for laws to encourage local software development and convince more firms to abandon foreign apps. Microsoft, Oracle, software companies doing business in Russia having a hard time more local organizations switch to software developed locally because of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union.
"The Ansarullah fighters backed by the Yemeni army hit Amir Khalid airbase in Khamees al-Mushait region in Southern Saudi Arabia with a scud missile and several Najm al-Saqeb (Striking Star) missiles last week, killing over 20 senior Israeli officers and 63 Saudi military men and capturing 35 others," Mehdi Nasser al-Bashi told FNA on Wednesday.
Owen Paterson former Environment Minister for the UK: talks about Greenpeace being put on trial for “crimes against humanity” GMOs can save millions of lives. It’s the environmentalists who are doing real harm.”
Tuesday it was announced that Russia and China are expected to use the ruble and yuan in payments for gas supplied using the western Altai pipeline. The proposed pipeline will export 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year from Russia’s Western Siberia to North-Western China.Gazprom Export CEO Elena Burmistrova: Currency of payment has not yet been determined,” possibility of paying in yuan and rubles.”
Households with more than a million (US) dollars in private wealth projected to own 46 percent of global private wealth in 2019 according to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Only includes cash, savings, money market funds and listed securities, leaves out businesses, residences and luxury goods, which comprise a substantial portion of net worth.
Bernard Noble, an individual serving 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints applied for clemency and was recently denied. The reason behind the denial was he had not yet served 10 years in prison. Gov. Jindal and his administration refuses to show compassion.
Agribusiness giant Monsanto - best known for their genetically modified soybeans and "probably carcinogenic" herbicide - has supplied the US government with white phosphorous used in incendiary weapons for at least 20 years, and some of that made its way to Israel for use in Operation Cast Lead.
Russia’s arms trading firm Rosoboronexport is negotiating military-technological cooperation with delegations of over 20 countries attending the Army-2015 International Military Technological Forum, including Uruguay, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, Thailand, Malaysia and several African states," market of military-technological cooperation will keep growing."
World’s largest underground aquifers, a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides detailed picture of vital water reserves under the Earth’s surface. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers from India, China, United States and France passed their sustainability tipping points, more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study.
After a decade of negotiations China and Australia have sealed a free trade agreement which is expected to deliver a $20 billion boost to mutual trade by 2035. Currently trade between the two stands at almost $160 billion annually. A wide range of Australian manufactured goods will see tariff cuts, completes a trio of trade agreements with Australia’s top export markets, China, Japan and Korea.
Speaker of the Greek parliament said she had established a new "Truth Committee on Public Debt" to "investigate how much of the debt is “illegal.” Greece does not have the ability to pay this debt, should not pay this debt because the debt emerging from the Troika’s arrangements is a direct infringement on the fundamental human rights of the residents of Greece. We came to the conclusion that Greece should not pay this debt because it is illegal, illegitimate, and odious.
Pope Francis: The spread of (GM) crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production, affects the present and future of regional economies. In several countries there is a trend in the development of oligopolies in the production of seeds and other products needed for cultivation, the dependence deepens when you consider the production of sterile seeds, which end up forcing farmers to buy (seeds) from producers.”“It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.”
Italy threatened to hand out temporary visas to asylum seekers that would permit them to enter other European Union countries, if no agreement is made to share the burden. The moves come in response to a chronic influx of tens of thousands of refugees, crossing the Mediterranean sea in fishing boats, in the hope of a better life in Europe. Greece and Italy the predominant landing targets for the vessels, Rome looking to force other EU members to shoulder responsibility of the situation.
Russian financial authorities, energy companies, state-controlled banks stepping up use of China's yuan currency. Western sanctions spur diversification away from U.S. dollar. Major Russian institutions announce moves to use the yuan, will likely emerge as challenger to global dollar supremacy. Financial institutions nervous of violating U.S. rules, prodding Russia to embrace other currencies.
Israel provoked the outrage of journalists and human rights campaigners when its foreign ministry released a short, animated video mocking foreign correspondents reporting from Gaza. Critics say the video is especially offensive given Israel's history of repressing, harassing, and killing journalists, particularly in last summer's 50-day military assault on Gaza.
Russian President Putin: "If someone puts some of our territories under threat, that means we will have to direct our armed forces at those territories, from where the threat emanates," "It's NATO that is coming to our borders and not us moving somewhere." Observers should not "blow anything out of proportion" in relation to perceived NATO threats."It's all more political signals aimed towards Russia or its allies." Putin announced Russia to boost its nuclear arsenal, adding 40 intercontinental missiles.
Vatican scheduled to release Pope Francis’ letter on climate change to the world. One of the speakers who will present the letter is Professor John Schnellnhuber, director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Has stated the world is overpopulated by 6 billion people. Put forth “Master Plan” for a world government; an earth constitution, a global council and a planetary court.
IMF dismisses concept of "trickle down" economics, suggests poorest 20% of citizens should make more money. “Raising the income share of the poor is actually good for growth," the report reads. IMF's conclusions contradict some of its actual policies. In Greece, the organization prescribed a diet of austerity and strategies that further erode the rights of workers.
Chinese online retailer JD.com (Jingdong Mall) chose Russia as first overseas market for its expansion. Plan to launch Russian-language website on June 18. "We plan to provide Russian consumers with the best Chinese goods; later we want to present Russian goods to the Chinese and other markets.
Greece cannot repay the debts. The West wants to loot Greece. Greece gets new loans with which to repay existing loans. If the Greek government had any sense, it would simply default. Greece can go from a heavily indebted country to a debt-free, could accept Russian offer, leave the EU and NATO. Unravelling of Washington’s empire would begin.
Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land.
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.”
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