by Stephen Lendman
Bush and Obama administrations murdered Yemenis for years - through drone terror-bombings and internal subversion killing mostly civilians.
Yemen is the region's poorest country. Its people suffer horrifically. US imperial policy exacerbates conditions greatly.
Before leaving to participate in Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov highlighted Washington's typical double standard hypocrisy.
On the one hand, it ousted Ukraine's democratically President Viktor Yanukovych - replacing him with putschist Nazi thugs.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) (3/25/15) headlined: ‘Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks with the US”. The article goes on to detail the way in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the confidential information to sabotage the talks, including ‘playing them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy’.
The WSJ report of this incident tries to play down the serious implications of Israel’s espionage by claiming that Israeli spying of US diplomatic negotiations is ‘normal even among allies’; that ‘both sides do it’; that the US ‘tolerates’ Israeli spying; that the ‘Israelis have not directly spied on the US’ but use sympathetic US agents . . . and several other excuses for Israel’s behavior.
By Gilad Atzmon
Fear of wisdom is one of the notable characteristics of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement. I often find myself flabbergasted by the indignation solidarity enthusiasts direct against creative minds, scholars, thinkers and wisdom in general. But the solidarity movement is consistent, coherent and determined on at least one front- it is united in its battle against ‘anti-Semitism.’ Not surprising, given that the movement has long been dominated by Jewish progressive organisations and funded by liberal Zionists such as George Soros and his Open Society Institute.
As many of us learn to accept that the solidarity movement has been largely reduced into a controlled opposition apparatus, it is reassuring to find out that Palestinians in general and Hamas in particular are more determined than ever to fight Israel and bring their on going plight to an end. In fact, the Palestinians are not alone. More and more solidarity supporters are awakening to the covert transformation in the movement. Increasingly, voices of dissent grasp that the solidarity discourse has taken an unfortunate turn.
by Stephen Lendman
Negotiators on both sides in Lausanne indicated talks may continue past midnight into April 1.
Senior Iranian negotiator Hamid Baidinejad said "Iran does not want a nuclear deal just for the sake of having a deal, and a final deal should guarantee the Iranian nation's nuclear rights."
"We will continue the talks until we reach an agreement over disputed issues."
Un unnamed US official close to talks said "(w)e will, of course, keep working if we are continuing to make progress, including into tomorrow, if it's useful to do so."
"At this time, no decisions have been made about our travel schedule."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left talks on Monday - saying he'd return if a deal was immanent.
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
The principled stance by Hamas on the ongoing Yemeni crisis is politically sound and morally correct. It may raise some eyebrows and draw criticism in some quarters.
However, a contextual examination of Hamas's position in this regard should vindicate the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement of any wrongdoing or charges of ingratitude towards Iran, as some Shiite circles might argue.
In the final analysis, Hamas cannot sell its principles for money from any quarters, Arab or non-Arab alike.
The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction found that men who ate the largest amount of fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue had a 49 percent lower sperm count and a 32 percent lower percentage of normally-formed sperm than men who consumed the least amount of produce with pesticides.
Power is expected to be restored to most customers by Monday evening, but the damage varies by home. A power surge left thousands without power in Stockton on Monday after smart meters on their homes exploded. The explosions started at around 8:30 a.m. after a truck crashed into a utility pole, causing a surge.
2013 survey, 76% of polled physicians said they would prescribe cannabis (if legalized) to aid their patients. Results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine May 30. Responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries, 56 states and provinces in North America were recorded.
China’s finance ministry: government of Denmark announcing its intention to join the AIIB as a founding member. Earlier, Russia announced its decision to join the AIIB a day after Brazil accepted an invitation from China. The Netherlands and Australia also announced their intent to become members.
There are currently 41 million Americans who collectively have about $1.1 Trillion in loans outstanding. That means about 13.5 million Americans are currently delinquent on roughly $350 billion in student loan debt.
Global warming caused the northern tip of Antarctica to nearly reach room temperature last week, with a record-breaking high of 63.5 F (17.5 C) being recorded at Argentina's Esperanza Base on Tuesday. The weather there was warmer than in the UK, where British Summer Time has just begun.
Glyphosate residues cannot be removed by washing, not broken down by cooking. Remains in food for a year or more, even if foods are frozen, dried or processed. Eating strictly organic doesn't protect you. Present in the air, water and rain. Even at levels barely measurable, Roundup shown to promote proliferation of cancer cells.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed parliament last night, making clear his readiness to implement austerity measures dictated by the country’s international creditors, Debt Syriza inherited from the New Democracy/PASOK government larger than had been presented. It was now time to face the truth, ready to make an “honest compromise” with creditors.
A garlic-based "potion" listed in a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon manuscript has been found to kill off MRSA superbug. Recipe of cow bile, oxgall, wine and two species of Allium - garlic and onion or leek originally concocted as a treatment for eye infections, was spotted in a copy of Bald's Leechbook. Tests shows that the mixture kills up to 90% of MRSA bacteria,
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: country’s relations with Germany over its latest bailout have declined into a state of “open hostility.”“This toxic game only benefits Europe’s enemies. It has to stop.” Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis to fly to Moscow March 30 to negotiate lower gas prices for his country and find ways of increasing Greek exports to the Russian Federation, despite EU sanctions
Nashville’s district attorney recently banned his staff from using invasive surgery as a bargaining chip, local attorneys had been using sterilization as part of plea bargains. Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk: “I have let my office know that is not an appropriate condition of a plea. It is now policy that sterilization will never be a condition of deal-making in the district attorney's office."
Ukraine is expected to import around 300 million cubic meters of Russian gas and transfer $105 million for it. Last week Gazprom said the latest tranche worth $15 million would be sufficient for gas supplies till the end of the month or April 1.
About 21,000 recruits will be drafted into the regular army in April-May, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry announced in a statement Tuesday, adding that new draftees would not serve in conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that many Ukrainians are dodging mobilization by entering Russia to avoid being sent to the conflict zone as "cannon fodder."
Residents of a dozen US states received a scare when an ominous message rolled across their TV screens announcing an ‘emergency alert’ with the names of their states – without any explanation or further information. A test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) began shortly before noon Monday, seen by millions of television viewers. EAS is a special department run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS).
Monsanto is facing major financial downturn amid the backlash from consumers over their GMO creations and international rejection of various GMO exports. 1. 96% Want Their GMOs Labeled. 2. Fast Food is Failing. 3. The Spread of Information. 4. GMO Labeling. 5. International Agencies Declare Monsanto’s Products as Poison.
Greece’s energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis is visiting Moscow on Monday in a bid to arrange more favourable terms for imports of Russian gas, according to a report in Germany’s Spiegel Online.
The visit comes at a time when Athens is scrambling to strike a deal with its creditors for the release of the next tranche of bailout funds
The Pentagon is considering how to attract and retain the best and the brightest people in areas like cyber-technology, even if that means easing recruitment standards and hiring older people or offering incentives like student loan repayment.
The UK labour union said that the staff at the Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle residence may take the first industrial action ever, after workers vote over a pay dispute next month.
A father sent his 6th grade child's homework from Science class. It asks (and then answers) the question: Are genetically modified foods safe to eat? The sheet pretends to ask if GMOs are safe to eat, but never offers any info contrary to the answer - yes. Whether the student's answers are right or wrong, the message is clear - GMO vaccine-foods are a healthy part of a complete breakfast.
Chicago police stopped a quarter of a million people over a four-month period in 2014 without arresting them, surpassing New York City, where years of protest against stop-and-frisk forced the policy of racial profiling into national spotlight, led a federal judge to declare in 2013 that the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk violated the constitutional rights of Black and Latino New Yorkers who were targeted.
Bill Levin, founder of the First Church of Cannabis, Inc., filed paperwork this week with the Indiana Secretary of State to register his group as a non-profit organization. Although marijuana is illegal in Indiana for medical and recreational use, Levin’s filing was made on the same day Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration act—a bill which aims to prevent the government from forcing citizens to do something that violates religious beliefs
Capitalists use the environment as a cost-free dumping ground, the accumulating costs threaten everyone. Oceans are “common property.” No one owns them, so no one can protect them. In capitalism there is no thought for the future of the planet and humanity, only short-term profits. Social costs are ignored, humans will destroy everything that sustains life if they can raise their incomes.
John Boehner Calls Barack Obama An ‘Anti-War President’ Who Won’t Lead
“The world is starving for American leadership. But America has an anti-war president,” the Ohio Republican told reporters. “We have no strategy, overarching strategy, to deal with the growing terrorist threat. And it’s not just ISIS or Al-Qaeda or all of their affiliates. We’ve got a serious problem facing the world and America, by and large, is sitting on the sidelines.”
The top financial contributors to Congress during the 2013-2014 session, according to OpenSecrets.org, include Pfizer Inc., Amgen Inc., Merck & Co., Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca PLC, Eli Lilly & Co., Sanofi, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, United Therapeutics, Novartis AG, Genentech Inc., Novo Nordisk and Allergan Inc. — all companies that produce drugs and vaccines.
Albuquerque Journal: 2.3% of kids in Los Alamos public schools don’t get vaccinated. Their parents have received exemptions, highest rate of non-vaccination in the state. We’re talking about parents who work at the US Los Alamos Labs, with advanced degrees in science.
Mainland China could soon implement a full-scale economic stimulus due to the threats of deflation and stagnation, adding to the piles of cash being printed by Japanese and European mints, rendering monetary equivalent less valuable and investment less powerful across the globe.
Ex-Monsanto employee Richard Goodman has been removed from the Editorial Board of the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.
US hedge fund billionaire George Soros said he will invest $1 billion in Ukraine provided the West improves investment conditions, and warned there is no such thing as a ‘benevolent investor’. This must generate a profit.
United States is outraged by China’s proposed restrictions on US-made information technology in the banking sector s a reaction to the disclosure of secret documents by former NSA contractor Edwards Snowden. China argued the move is a way to foster much-needed “secure and controllable” banking technology, a phrase whose murky definition puts US officials on edge.
Social Costs Of Capitalism Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life Food polluted with herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. World Health Organization: glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup, herbicide sprayed on GMO food crops, likely causes of cancer, believed to be exterminating honey bees and Monarch butterflies. California with one year’s supply of water, from severe drought, fossil-fuel fracking industry polluting remaining surface and ground water. Fukushima radiation pollution.
Capitalism’s pursuit of profit is destroying life on earth.
New study reveals the massive cost of war. Through its campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the US may be responsible for the deaths of millions. The study, conducted by the Nobel Prize-winning NGO Physicians for Social Responsibility, found that war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million."
Spice industry is growing mid to single digit rates— 3-5 percent — whereas packaged food are barely growing or are slightly negative. McCormick & Company (the most popular spice brand in the U.S. with $4.2 billion in annual sales), has benefitted from the nutritionally conscious consumer. Sales grew 6 percent over previous year, is projected to rise.
The Pentagon lost track of sensitive equipment from a $750 million program to help U.S. soldiers spot roadside bombs and some of it wound up for sale on eBay, Craigslist and other websites, according to a Navy intelligence document obtained by The Intercept. The missing equipment includes thermal optic imaging and night vision devices.
Robert Jeffrey Taylor Jr., 45, who worked for the York Police Department as a corporal arrested for abusing his 3-month-old baby so badly that he is not expected to survive. The infant’s mother, Audrey Schurig, 36, also a police officer arrested as well and charged with unlawful neglect of a child, leaving the baby in his father’s care despite allegedly knowing about the abuse and failing to protect her child.
An undercover video taped in 2012 showed Idaho dairy workers beating cows, prompting criminal convictions. State lawmakers responded -- by banning undercover videos.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued orders for Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.
Report by Colombian government and FARC rebels concluded U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007, cites one case where 53 girls in town of Melgar were targeted by contractors who filmed the abuse and sold the films as pornography. In another case, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly drugged and raped by a U.S. Army sergeant and a contractor. Under immunity agreements, none of the alleged abusers were ever punished.
Hong Kong is taking steps to intensify relations with its Asian neighbors has already signed Investment promotion and protection agreement (IPPA) with Myanmar and Bahrein and later this year will continue similar consultations with UAE and Russia.
American warplanes have been participating in war games in Poland as part of a training mission for a massive NATO military drill amid tensions between Washington and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
“Global experts in this field concluded that infertility and male reproductive dysfunctions, birth defects, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurobehavioral and learning disorders were among the conditions than can be attributed in part to exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).
America's war on drugs is rife with terrible tactics that succeed in exacerbating the very problems they purport to fix. But even in that rich field of wildly misguided policy, few things are as bad as the treatment of poor people struggling with addiction.
Justice Department Inspector General’s office: DEA agents had raucous sex parties with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, and Colombian police officers kept an eye on the DEA agents’ weapons and other property during the parties. Ten DEA agents admitted to attending the parties, handful of them received light suspensions – from two to 10 days.
President Vladimir Putin: Russia has the highest number of internet users in Europe and e-commerce makes up about 10 percent of the country’s GDP, with 60 million Internet users.
President of the Public Utilities Commission: Money collected from ratepayers earmarked for pipeline safety instead spent on executive pay raises by the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., months before a deadly pipeline explosion in 2010.
South Korea said on Thursday it has decided to seek to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), another key U.S. ally joining the China-led institution despite Washington's misgivings.
Dr. Patrick Moore shot down an offer to drink a glass of the herbicide after initially telling a French filmmaker that humans could “drink a whole quart of it” without seeing any harmful effects.
Three Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that a coalition of countries led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia will conduct a ground invasion into Yemen once the airstrikes have sufficiently diminished the Houthis and Saleh's forces. They said the assault will be by ground from Saudi Arabia and by landings on Yemen's Red and Arabian Sea coasts.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced he had sacked Igor Kolomoisky as governor of the eastern industrial region of Dnepropetrovsk. in the midst of an escalating confrontation between the two billionaire oligarchs over the control of two of Ukraine’s most profitable enterprises. Paramilitary forces loyal to Kolomoisky, carrying automatic weapons, stormed the headquarters of the two firms, the Ukrainian oil company Ukrnafta and the oil pipeline firm Ukrtransnafta.
Saudi Arabia and nine allied countries began airstrikes at 11 pm GMT, deploying a total of 70 fighter jets. WTI shot up more than 6.43 percent to $52.38 per barrel, and Brent climbed to $59.71, a 5.72 percent.
The UK has become the first country in Europe to open a yuan-denominated money market fund, cutting out the middle man for investing in China. The exchange-traded fund is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with trading available in pounds, euro, and yuan,
An Israeli publication has suggested that nuclear bombs should be launched at Iran and Germany—wiping out Tehran, Isfahan, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden, and Dortmund. “Twenty to thirty bombs,” Jewish writer Ben-Eliyahu raves, “will get the job done.” Times of Israel. — Right-wing media outlet Israel National News published an opinion piece Tuesday calling on Israel to launch nuclear bombs at Iran and Germany, only days after the outlet came under fire for publishing a piece accusing a war widow of killing her husband over her pro-peace views.
Authored by NASA Senior Water Scientist Jay Famiglietti, originally posted Op-Ed at The LA Times, Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well. As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek too. Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir.
For all the freedoms that North Korea lacks, it has one that most Western countries don't: Apparently, you can legally buy and smoke marijuana, doesn't have restrictions, such as for medical use only. marijuana in North Korea is not very strong, bags full roughly £0.50 each. In North Korea, the drug is apparently enjoyed by the country's working class for its medicinal effects and is also seen as a way to unwind and relax. Richter writes about how, with the help of a North Korean intelligence officer, he was about to get into a food market, which locals shop at but visitors are not allowed to see.
Over the July 4th weekend, 82 people were shot in Chicago, including a 16 year-old boy shot by police. Fourteen people were killed. In late May in Tampa Bay, Florida, police shot dead a 29 year-old man in his own home over $2 worth of pot. Acting in accordance with the insane logic of the war on drugs, that alleged drug sale led to a militaristic raid on the young man’s home, which ended in his untimely, violent death. Meanwhile, some of the nation’s most powerful companies—pharmaceutical firms that manufacture opiates like OxyContin and Vicodin—are funding efforts to prohibit the legalization of marijuana. From a must-read investigative report by The Nation’s Lee Fang: [The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA)] and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies.
Much of what we know about this practice of outsourcing torture is from the harrowing accounts of its victims and survivors who have bravely come forward to tell their stories. One of them is Ahmed Agiza, an Egyptian citizen who lived with his wife and young family in Sweden, where they were seeking refugee status. In December 2001, Ahmed and a friend were apprehended by Swedish police, who turned them over to the CIA. In what was reportedly the Bush administration's first rendition operation, Ahmed and his friend were sent to Egypt, where they were, interrogated, and mercilessly tortured.
On this video from Fox 'News':
At 3:30, Lou Dobbs asks the Fox Noise military analyst: “What do you expect” in Ukraine?
At 3:35 he answers: “In the Ukraine, the only way that the United States can have any effect in this region and turn the tide is to start killing Russians … killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the motherland in body bags.”
Well, anyway, there is a Republican ‘news’ operation: “Start killing Russians.” They hate Russians so much the hate practically bleeds from them, even in public. Democratic Party ‘news’ operatives are so much more subtle about it, such as “A military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming.” But they too demonize Russians and portray Putin as the super-demon. They’re just more subtle about their war-mongering and promotion of the international aristocracy, than Republicans are.
German Economic News | Published: 03/17/15 00:02 clock [translation and notes by Eric Zuesse] http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/03/17/stratfor-usa-wollen-deutsch-russische-allianz-verhindern/
The head of the private intelligence agency Stratfor has for the first time publicly said that the US government considers to be its overriding strategic objective the prevention of a German-Russian alliance. Blocking that alliance is the only way to prevent an alternative world power capable of challenging extension of the American position of being the world’s lone superpower. [In this video, he says that the U.S. will fail in that overriding objective; German technology and capital will combine with Russian natural resources and “land-power,” to produce a truly bipolar world: U.S. v. Eurasia. So: he sees the U.S. strategy as being to block that, by weakening both Germany and Russia. That strategy would explain what Obama is doing in Ukraine, and the sanctions that are hurting both Russia and Germany, but Friedman thinks that nothing can work.]
The Unthinkable: Possible Nuclear War with Russia
by Stephen Lendman
China Warns U.S. to Stop Its Ukrainian Proxy War Against Russia
Je Suis Chavez!
by Stephen Lendman
More Kiev Minsk Violations
by Stephen Lendman
Fifty Years of Imperial Wars: Results and Perspectives
EU Increasingly Abandons Obama on Ukraine
The Scourge of US-Installed Fascism in Europe's Heartland
by Stephen Lendman
The Entire Case for Sanctions Against Russia Is Pure Lies
Obama's Neocon Infested Administration
by Stephen Lendman
The 'Democrat' Brzezinski Says Russia's Putin Wants to Invade NATO
In this most powerful expose yet on Zionist crimes in Palestine, Dr. David Duke exposes the horrific Zionist terror in Gaza and proves how Zionist influenced media around the world lies to us! Not only must we free Palestine, we must free the West and the whole world from Zionist Globalist tyranny! Contact Your Senators and ask them to stop supporting the mass murder of Palestinian men, women, and children by Israel.
In what the New York Times describes as “a net neutrality turnaround” the Obama administration’s new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing rules that will create an Internet for the wealthy. The new plan to create a pay to play Internet came to light in the Wall Street Journal. Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Now Wheeler is set to propose what the industry has wanted, an end to net neutrality, that will allow them to charge us more for service and create financial barriers that will prevent new services from challenging their domination of the Internet. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants. If you want an open Internet, We can stop this – but we must act now.
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