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May 14, 2015

May 14 09:33

British Troops Could Be Deployed On The Ground In Libya

From the daily mail outlet:
British troops could be deployed in Libya in a military offensive to stop the flow of migrants headed for Europe.
Leaked EU papers yesterday revealed plans for an air and naval blitz on the people-smuggling networks responsible for putting migrants on boats making perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.
But the document also suggests ground operations might be needed to destroy the smugglers’ vessels and assets, such as fuel dumps.

The papers say: ‘The operation would require a broad range of air, maritime and land capabilities. These could include: intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; boarding teams; patrol units (air and maritime); amphibious assets; destruction air, land and sea, including Special Forces units.’

May 14 09:24

Girlfriend Staves Off and Shoots at Weapon-Wielding Home Invaders

American couples take note: as criminals everywhere become more desperate, and the motives of law enforcement become more questionable, it is more important than ever to take personal responsibility and be better empowered.

If the couple had tried to alert the police instead of the girlfriend taking quick responsibility, they might both be dead or at the very least robbed blind.

[WATCH]

May 14 09:23

Falsely jailed: ‘I swear, I was not around there at that time’

Awad didn’t know it at the time, but the agents did not have an arrest warrant. Also unbeknownst to him was what they did have: a video captured two years earlier by an undercover Albuquerque Police Department detective that showed someone selling a $5 packet of the substance to the detective from behind the counter at a Southeast Albuquerque smoke shop; and the business license for the shop, Curly and Moe’s, which showed Awad as the owner.

But it was not Awad selling the tiny container of suspected spice in the video, according to public records, interviews and a KRQE News 13 analysis of internal video.

“I swear, I was not around there at that time … the whole year,” Awad said in an interview with News 13 at his new home in Kennisaw, Ga., just outside Atlanta.



May 14 09:22

EU referendum should take place ‘as soon as necessary’ – Bank of England chief

The governor of the Bank of England has said a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) should take place “as soon as necessary.”

May 14 09:21

1,063 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste, Etc.

Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of. His campaign promises were so much better sounding than anyone else's – no lobbyists in his administration, waiting five days before signing all non-emergency bills so people would have time to read them, putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN, reading every bill line by line to make sure money isn't being wasted, prosecution of Wall St. criminals, ending raids against medical marijuana in states where it's legal, high levels of transparency. Obama's promises of these wonderful things sounded inspiring and sincere. They sounded so much better than the promises of any other President. So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.

May 14 09:21

Tell Congress to Stop Obama's Secret Trade Deals

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new "free trade" agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. Like other Free Trade Agreements, this one is basically a permanent power grab by corporations and financial companies that will make it impossible for the citizens of countries joining the TPP to choose what laws and rules they want to live under.

For Americans, it would lead to increased gas exports and increased imported foods, while undermining our domestic laws and increasing the financialization of nature.

TPP was started under George W. Bush but is being pushed — hard — by President Obama. In fact, a bill in Congress would give him "Fast Track" authority for the negotiating, meaning that he, and whoever comes after him, would be able to negotiate as desired without oversight by Congress. Isn't the reason our constitution created three federal branches — executive, judicial and legislative — to ensure checks and balances?

May 14 09:17

Greenspan: Get ready for another taper tantrum



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May 14 09:11

Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have to Change How the Media Reports’

For going on seven years we have learned three things about President Obama: 1) He loves the poor so much he continues to create more of them.

May 14 09:02

Building Russian-Chinese castles in the sky possible with lawyers' help

Russia and China are creating an investment fund for the development of the agricultural sector in the Amur region of Russia. The two countries also discuss the establishment of a special investment bank. It goes without saying that any form of cooperation is beneficial to all parties. However, Russian economists are cautious about cooperation with China in the Far East.
Russia and China will create a special fund to invest in agricultural projects. The parties involved in the project have agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of agriculture, farming, processing, customs clearance, logistics and food sales.
Reportedly, the investment fund is said to be worth nearly two billion dollars, with Russia playing a minority role. The fund will collect mostly Chinese money, including from those investors who have significant experience in investing in the agronomic sector.
There is also a preliminary agreement on the creation of a new Russian-Chinese Investment Bank.



May 14 09:01

US Spokesman Shrugs Off Responsibility for Riyadh's Cluster Bombs Use in Yemen

The Persian language Spokesman for the US State Department, Alan Eyre, said Saudi Arabia had promised not to use Washington-supplied cluster munitions against civilians, escaping responsibility as to why the US is not standing against Riyadh's use of such weapons.

May 14 09:00

NSA Chief: We May Retaliate for Cyberattacks With Real Weapons

The head of the US National Security Agency has clarified that the United States may use physical retaliation against the perpetrators of a cyberattack.

May 14 09:00

Pay big pharma to solve antibiotics crisis, says UK government review

Pharmaceutical companies should be given cash incentives of up to $3bn to find and develop new antibiotics desperately needed to keep infections at bay, according to a UK government review. Jim O’Neill, the economist and former chair of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, asked to find solutions to the global antibiotic crisis, said at the launch of his report that a fund worth between $16bn and $37bn per decade would be enough to incentivise drug companies to turn their attentions to antibiotics.



May 14 08:55

Nearly half of Americans concerned government takes tougher control over several states

A new Rasmussen Poll shows that while 65% of U.S. voters favor the U.S. military conducting training exercises in their state. At the same time, "45% of voters are concerned that the government will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states, with 19% who are very concerned."
It goes about tens of millions of Americans who think the U.S. military could be used to subdue states' rights.

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May 14 08:53

A Summer of War or Peace

This summer, the U.S. Senate will choose between war and peace with Iran. If the right decision is made, President Barack Obama’s pending nuclear deal with Iran will be sustained and both a war and an Iranian nuclear bomb will be avoided.

If the wrong vote is cast, diplomacy will collapse and the U.S. and Iran will once again be on a path towards a disastrous war that will make the Iraq war look like the cake-walk it was promised to be.

May 14 08:53

A List of Obama’s Constitutional Violations

“I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” Barrack Hussein Obama.

May 14 08:52

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Proving Systemic Sexual Abuse by TSA Workers at Airports Nationwide

Abuse by TSA agents is a recurring theme. Yes, the people supposedly “protecting you from terrorists” are often just sexual predators in a cheap blue costume.

May 14 08:51

Free Trade and Economic Growth instead of Democracy and Ecology

The transatlantic trade agreement TTIP is a concrete litmus test for democracy. Fortunately there are strong public protests against this deal.

The EU now suffers under a deficiency in democracy. For example, the EU parliament has no right to propose laws and guidelines. The European commission that has this right of initiative wants to completely amputate the parliament through economic associations.



May 14 08:51

‘I Lied About Toxic Chemicals for Exxon, DuPont, and Their Lobbyists’

The chemical industry’s powerful trade group, the American Chemistry Council, has long maintained that it had nothing to do with an enormously successful but deceitful lobbying effort in state capitals to defend the use of potentially ineffective and toxic flame retardants in furniture.

Now, in a rare breaking of ranks, a top industry consultant is discrediting that story—and in so doing providing a window into the shadowy world of corporate advocacy and its use of front groups that aren’t what they appear.

After a Chicago Tribune investigation in 2012 exposed Citizens for Fire Safety as an industry group masquerading as a coalition of firefighters, educators, community activists, doctors and others, the chemistry council disavowed any affiliation with or support for the group.

May 14 08:49

The American Dream: Designed by War Planners

"It is wrong to believe that postwar American suburbanization prevailed because the public chose it...Suburbanization prevailed because of the decisions of large operators and powerful economic institutions supported by federal government programmes...ordinary consumers had little real choice in the basic pattern that resulted...Essentially city planners saw the atomic threat as a means to accelerate the trend of suburbanization. Plans to circle American cities with open spaces, highways and circumferential life belts was long overdue...The federal government played a more effective role in reducing urban vulnerability [to atomic attack] in future residential development by working through the Federal Housing Administration [FHA], The Housing and Home Finance Agency and the Federal National Mortgage Association [FNMA].



May 14 08:48

The FBI violated its own rules in surveillance of anti-Keystone XL pipeline activists

More than eighty pages of internal FBI documents dated from November 2012 to June 2014, obtained by the Guardian and Earth Island Journal after a request under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that the FBI breached its own investigation rules when it spied on protesters opposing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The rules, detailed in the agency’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, dictate that special care should be taken over sensitive investigations such as those targeting elected officials, journalists, and political organizations. FBI work on “sensitive investigative matters” requires prior approval of the chief division counsel (CDC) and the special agent in charge (SAC), both of whom are supposed to consider the severity of the threat and the consequences of “adverse impact on civil liberties and public confidence” should the investigation be made public.

May 14 08:48

California senators approve ban on grand jury investigations into police deaths

Grand juries would be prohibited from investigating police shootings and cases where an individual dies from excessive force during an arrest under a bill passed Thursday by the California state Senate.

Protests sprouted up nationwide last fall after grand juries in Missouri and New York declined to indict white police officers who had killed unarmed black men during confrontations. The system, in which a jury of citizens weighs the evidence to decide whether to bring charges, came under fire for its secrecy.

May 14 08:47

House Rules Committee Thwarts Effort to Add Privacy Protections to NSA “Reform”

Last night the Rules Committee in the House of Representatives voted 8-3 along party lines against proposals to allow the full House to consider amendments to the USA Freedom Act. The House is now scheduled to vote on the bill this afternoon under rules that forbid any changes.

May 14 08:47

September 11, 2001: The Crimes of War Committed “In the Name of 9/11?

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 constitute a fundamental landmark in American history, a decisive watershed, a breaking point.

Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of 9/11.



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May 14 08:46

Capitalism is the West's Dominant Religion

David R. Loy, a professor of international studies at Bunkyo University in Japan and a Zen Buddhist teacher, offers us a compelling viewpoint on why we ought to understand our present economic system as the West’s dominant religion.

May 14 08:42

KFOX14 exclusive: video obtained of Fort Bliss soldier shows moments before his death while in custody

An active-duty Fort Bliss soldier self-reported for a two day DWI sentence at the El Paso County Jail in 2012 but died before he saw the light of day or his family again.

In July 2012, KFOX14 anchor Erika Castillo reported on the story of the mysterious circumstances surrounded the death of Sgt. James Brown while he was in jail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are all now living through the Stanford Prison Experiment!

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May 14 08:38

Australia to begin implementing global-elitist economic system by directly confiscating citizens' savings

The globalists' war on cash is continuing as Australia is set to actually begin taxing physical monetary holdings - in other words, savings.

According to Martin Armstrong of financial advisory firm Armstrong Economics, the compulsory savings tax to be implemented by the continent Down Under is part of what he and others have described as the "new age of Economic Totalitarianism."

May 14 08:38

Time to call Sturgeon's bluff, Cameron urged: Senior Tories tell PM to give Scotland complete financial independence

Senior Conservatives are urging David Cameron to ‘call the SNP’s bluff’ by giving Scotland complete financial independence.

Cabinet sources say the newly re-elected Prime Minister should hand Nicola Sturgeon the full control of tax and spending that she insists she wants.

Miss Sturgeon, whose party won a landslide victory north of the border, appeared to be taken aback in a TV interview at the weekend when it was suggested Scotland might rapidly be handed ‘full fiscal autonomy’.



May 14 08:37

School District Arrests Kids For Throwing Skittles

In Jefferson Parish School District, 1,629 students were arrested in one year alone, many for swearing, having a cell phone or a Skittles fight on the bus

May 14 08:37

Aipac Wants Congress to Criminalize BDS

Of all the lame-brained, lumpen-brained, hare-brained schemes emanating from Aipac’s lobby shop, this is one of the truly lamest. As Israel forms the most dangerous, aggressive, racist government in its history, Aipac thought this was a good time to remind the American people of that by conniving to amend an already contentious fast-track trade bill with a new amendment that would criminalize BDS in the U.S.

May 14 08:36

Blow for Cameron as Germany REJECTS demand for EU treaty change in first Brussels talks since the election

David Cameron's bid to overhaul Britain's relationship with Brussels suffered a major blow today after Germany rejected the prospect of EU treaty change.

The Prime Minister has promised to introduce new rules to ban EU migrants claiming benefits for four years and allow the government to deport jobless Europeans after six months.

Mr Cameron has also vowed to introduce a ban on people claiming child benefit for children in foreign countries

May 14 08:35

Obama’s Retreat from Green Electronics

Take President Obama’s recent signing of Executive Order 13691—“Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” The title certainly sounds impressive and unobjectionable: Who could be against “sustainability”? The Order does indeed call for environmentally-sound energy and water use, which is all to the good. And it calls for the purchase of sustainable electronics, which also sounds good.

But buried in its language is a serious weakening of efforts to ensure that the federal government buys electronic gadgets—computers, printers, cell phones and the like—that do minimal damage to the environment. In watering down this mandate, President Obama has apparently bowed to industry demands, despite a long-standing commitment to the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, established in 1993.



May 14 08:34

Ministers want to make it more difficult to expose what they're up to behind closed doors

Ministers could be given stronger powers to block scrutiny of public bodies under government transparency law, Downing Street has said.

Speaking ahead of the expected release of documents detailing Prince Charles’s correspondence with ministers, Number 10 argued that there was a “strong case” for beefing up the ministerial veto on freedom of information requests.

“Our view remains – as the government has argued in the lengthy legal proceedings [regarding the Prince’s correspondence] – that there is a strong case for there being the ability to exercise a ministerial veto,” he told a briefing of journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the government gets to watch you, but you don't get to watch the government!

May 14 08:32

Storm to bring wind, rain, snow to Southern Nevada

Another storm system is expected to roll through the Las Vegas Valley this week, bringing snow to the mountains on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

May 14 08:32

New UK Law Could Criminalize ‘Politically Incorrect’ Opinions, Targets Radicalisation

Preparing to introduce a new counter-terrorism bill later this month, Cameron laid the groundwork for the measures by remarking that the state not interfering with people’s lives if they “obey the law” was a “failed approach.”

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach,” Cameron stated.

According to BBC News, the new anti-radicalization laws could even ensnare those who voice politically incorrect opinions.

May 14 08:31

Mr. John Kerry, freedom of expression and improving relations

It is reported that the United States Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry handed President Putin a list of quotes in the Russian media which were hostile to the position defended by Washington in international affairs, yet another clear display of pig-faced insolence from one who is supposed to be his country's leading diplomat.



May 14 08:31

“Free Trade” Run Amok: Canada Challenges U.S. Laws Reining In Banks

Under the TPP, could the US government be sued and be held liable if it decided to stop issuing Treasury debt and financed deficit spending in some other way (perhaps by quantitative easing or by issuing trillion dollar coins)? Why not, since some private companies would lose profits as a result?

Under the TPP or the TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership under negotiation with the European Union), would the Federal Reserve be sued if it failed to bail out banks that were too big to fail?

May 14 08:26

Closing the Door on Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.

What happened to the torture program? Nothing.

May 14 08:23

US/Iranian Relations: Back to Square One?

US concerns about Iran’s well-known peaceful nuclear program were always red herring cover for its real aim – regime change, replacing Iranian sovereignty with stooge governance Washington controls.

However P5+1 one talks conclude by around end of June, US business as usual remains unchanged.



May 14 08:21

Sanctions against Israel a necessity: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed Ian Williams, with Foreign Policy in Focus, from New York, to discuss European Eminent Persons Group’s letter calling for Israel to be held accountable for its crimes.

May 14 08:20

Monsanto knew of glyphosate / cancer link 35 years ago

According to evidence unearthed from the archives of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the United States, it has been established that Monsanto was fully aware of the potential of glyphosate to cause cancer in mammals as long ago as 1981.

May 14 08:17

Burundi president overthrown: Top general

Amid escalating tensions in the African state of Burundi, a top general announces the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

The announcement, which was made during a radio broadcast by Major General Godefroid Niyombare on Wednesday, followed weeks of violent protests against the head of state's bid to stand for a third term.

May 14 08:16

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

This kind of “lawfare,” as it is sometimes called, is nothing new (nor, one can add, is the notion, also discussed at this meeting, of bolstering surveillance of pro-BDS organizations by military intelligence, the Shin Bet Security Service, and the Mossad). It’s also evident that the pro-Israel lobby has been active in mobilizing politicians in the “friendly capitals” of Washington, Ottawa, and Canberra for many years.

Recent fruits of that labour have included, in Canberra, threats made in June 2013 by Julie Bishop, a senior member of Julia Gillard’s incoming Australian government, that “supporters of an academic boycott of Israel” would have their “access to public research funds summarily cut off.”6 In Washington, a bipartisan “Protect Academic Freedom Act” that would deny federal funding “to colleges and universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars”7 has been brought before Congress.

May 14 08:15

Fox News host dumbfounded when anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller compares herself to Rosa Parks

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller compared herself to civil rights hero Rosa Parks in a combative Fox News appearance.

Two gunmen were killed by police Sunday after opening fire at an anti-Islamic art show organized by Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, and the controversial blogger has made numerous media appearances to proclaim herself an embattled champion of free speech.
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Geller appeared Tuesday morning on Fox News, where she slapped back at Donald Trump for his criticism that she had prompted the shootings – which wounded a private security guard – by taunting Muslims with offensive artwork, reported Mediaite.

“What would he have said about Rosa Parks?” Geller said. “Rosa Parks should never have gone to the front of the bus — she’s taunting people.”

Host Martha MacCallum was dumbfounded, shaking her head and rejecting the comparison.

May 14 08:14

Psychiatric drugs kill 500,000 elderly people in the West annually

According to researchers, doctors overprescribe antipsychotic drugs to many dementia patients in a bid to calm agitated behavior.
Peter Gotzsche said that psychiatric drugs kill patients almost every year while causing few positive effects. Half a million elderly people living in the Western world die annually after taking these drugs.
"Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm," the professor wrote.
Drug trials funded by big pharmaceutical companies tend to produce biased results because many patients took other medication prior to the tests.

May 14 08:09

China’s Secret Space Weapons Targeting U.S. : “Soon Every Satellite Will Be at Risk”

A new Pentagon report to Congress claims that China is pursuing a secret space weapons program to disable U.S. satellites, GPS and communication systems.

The United States is concerned that the Chinese regime’s “continued development of destructive space technologies” is a “threat to all peaceful space-faring nations,” states the Pentagon’s 2015 annual report to Congress on the Chinese regime’s military and security developments.

The report is particularly concerned with China’s use of directed-energy weapons, satellite jammers and other technology that can be used to take out the communications grid and weaken U.S. military positions.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

May 14 07:57

Northwestern Student Files Complaint Over Israel 'Checkpoint' Protest

An unnamed male sophomore undergraduate filed a harassment and verbal assault complaint for the event’s “bias against race and religion,” the Daily Northwestern reported.

The male student videotaped part of the event as an observer. After refusing a pamphlet from one of the event’s participants, he said that he was going to send the video to his friend in the IDF.

May 14 07:56

Why Do Bankers Wage War to Stop National Banks?

By Brandon Turbeville

Earlier in May, 2015, I wrote an article detailing the fact that the fledgling Donetsk People’s Republic, under fire from Western-backed Kiev fascists and economic hardship resulting from warfare and blockade, has taken the extraordinary step of nationalizing its banks and beginning the process of using those nationalized banks for the benefit of the people of the DPR.

As one might suspect, such a move has drawn the ire of the Western banking cartels and NATO governments...

May 14 07:55

Auschwitz Guide Unleashes Anti-Israel Diatribe

Belgian anti-racism groups condemned a public broadcaster’s airing of a video showing a guide at Auschwitz telling visiting youths that she is pro-Palestinian and anti-Semitic because of Israel.

The video was aired by the Flemish VRT network on May 8 as part of the program Terzake. It was about a trip organized by the “Trein der 1000” nongovernmental group for 1,000 teenagers from Belgium to the former Nazi death camp in Poland. The program is meant to teach adolescents about the Holocaust in order to educate them about the dangers of racism.
Note: Educate no....brainwash yes.

May 14 07:49

Proceedings launched against man for Holocaust denial

The district prosecutor's office in Gyöngyös, in North-east Hungary, has launched a criminal suit against a 33-year-old man for the public denial of the Holocaust, the Heves County chief prosecutor said. The prosecutor suspended charges for two years, during which the man will be put under supervision, and ordered him to visit the Holocaust Memorial Center. The man posted an image online ridiculing and indicating the denial of the Holocaust in September last year.
Note: More holocau$t punishment for not believing!

May 14 07:47

The Oil Goes to Israel

Under a 1975 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the US guaranteed all Israel's oil needs in the event of a crisis. The MoU, which has been quietly renewed every five years, also committed the USA to construct and stock a supplementary strategic reserve for Israel, equivalent to some US $3 billion in 2002. Special legislation was enacted to exempt Israel from restrictions on oil exports from the USA. Moreover, the USA agreed to divert oil from its home market, even if that entailed domestic shortages, and guaranteed delivery of the promised oil in its own tankers if commercial shippers were unwilling or not available to carry the crude to Israel. All of this adds up to a potentially massive financial commitment.

May 14 07:46

Mandatory Vaccination Bill Introduced in Congress

Government is force. When it finds that soft force doesn’t work, it becomes more aggressive.

Having found itself unable to scare and/or coerce all Americans into “voluntary” vaccination compliance, now Congress has before it a bill titled the “Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015.” Of course this requirement is being done “in the public interest” and “for the greater good.”

May 14 07:46

Germany's Dilemma: Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance Against Israel

... In Berlin a debate is unfolding over whether the old rules still apply in dealing with Israel, only this time it is not being led by right-wing firebrands or errant left-wingers, who have always viewed Israel as a satellite of American imperialism. Instead, these issues are being raised by outspoken friends of Israel ... Still, this is precisely what puts [Chancellor] Merkel in a dilemma: On the one hand, she is losing patience with a stubborn prime minister and Israeli policies that, Berlin is convinced, pose a risk to the actual security interests of the Jewish state. On the other hand, Merkel doesn't want to call into question the old rule: When in doubt, favor Israel. Every German chancellor has adhered to this unwritten policy ...

May 14 07:45

Tory scheme to trash Human Rights Act labelled 'appalling'

The proposed scrapping of the Human Rights Act by the Conservatives has been condemned by the Scottish Government, which said the “appalling” move was likely to harm the country’s most vulnerable people.

May 14 07:40

Bin Laden died in Afghanistan in 2001, not in 2011 in Pakistan

An American scholar says the whole Osama bin Laden issue was an “elaborate charade,” adding that the al-Qaeda leader died in December 2001 in Afghanistan, not in May 2011 in Pakistan.

May 14 07:39

Former IRGC chief blasts Saudi aggression on Yemen as 'silly'

A former chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has slammed the ongoing military aggression by Saudi Arabia on Yemen as uncalculated, saying Riyadh’s military campaign against Yemen is a war on the basic needs of the people in the impoverished Arab country.

May 14 07:39

Germany eyes lucrative Iranian aviation market

Germany set its sights on the profitable Iranian aviation market as the Islamic Republic seeks to refurbish its aging fleet, said German Deputy Economic Minister Brigitte Zypries in Berlin on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another nation breaks ranks with the US sanctions agenda!

May 14 07:38

Allow Israel to kill more civilians, says British colonel

Former British army officer Colonel Richard Kemp was described by a leading anti-Palestinian lawyer as “one of the Jewish state’s greatest allies” at a conference in Jerusalem last week.

At that conference, Kemp argued for Israeli impunity from war crimes accusations. He also descried himself as a “thug” who liked to fight and had disobeyed army rules of engagement.

He argued that the laws of wars and the rules of engagement for “democratic armies” should be loosened to allow “maximum possible freedom of action.”

May 14 07:37

Kasich says U.S. shouldn’t have attacked Iraq

Dealing with a question that tripped up Jeb Bush, Gov. John Kasich says the U.S. never should have gone to war with Iraq, knowing what we know now.

“There’s a lot of people who lost limbs and lives over there, OK?” the governor told The Dispatch this week. “But if the question is, if there were not weapons of mass destruction should we have gone, the answer would’ve been no.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 2003 invasion of Iraq was never about weapons of mass destruction. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was about Iraq starting to sell their oil for Euros instead of dollars in 2002. Since the end of WW2 the United States has dominated the global financial system, first through Bretton-Woods and more recently with the petrodollar. Iraq's selling oil for the Euro threatened the dollar's hegemony, and that was th real reason for the invasion, to install a puppet regime in Iraq that would put Iraq's oil on the world market, but only for US dollars. That was also the reason for the invasion of Libya, following Gaddafi's establishment of the Gold Dinar and his announcement that Libya's oil was for sale only for the Gold Dinar.

May 14 07:24

Derailed Amtrak train lacked latest U.S. safety controls

The commuter rail route where an Amtrak train left the track on Tuesday was not governed by an advanced safety technology meant to prevent high-speed derailments, investigators said on Wednesday.

A system called "positive train control" (PTC) automatically slows or even halts trains that are moving too fast or heading into a danger zone. Under current law, the rail industry must adopt the technology by the end of this year.

The investigation into the cause of Tuesday's crash, in which seven people were killed, has only just begun but initial examination of the train's data recorders determined the train was traveling 106 miles per hour (171 km per hour) in a 50-mph (80-kph) zone.

It would have been impossible for a train to reach such speeds if PTC had been in place, officials said.

May 14 07:21

One Day After Sentencing, CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Tells His Side of the Story

One day after a federal court sentenced the former CIA officer to 42 months in prison for allegedly blowing the whistle on a botched CIA mission, Jeffrey Sterling is sharing his side of the story.

In The Invisible Man: Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, a short documentary released Tuesday, Sterling describes how his experience with racial discrimination within the CIA took him from working as an Agency case manager, to living out of his car, to years later facing charges under the Espionage Act for supposedly leaking national intelligence secrets toNew York Times journalist James Risen.

The film was directed by Judith Erlich, whose past works include the Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

May 14 07:20

Wholesale Deflation Strikes US Economy: April PPI Has Biggest Annual Drop In 5 Years

Something funny happened on the way to the global reflation (telegraphed so loudly by the recent surge in 10Y yields to the highest level of 2015): PPI just crumbled by a sequential 0.4% in the month of April, despite expectations it would rise by 0.1% and continue the 0.2% monthly increase seen in March. This was a -1.3% drop in PPI - the fastest fall in 5 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Austrian economists have long known that 100 year fed/bank/gov't sponsored credit binges always lead to deflationary collapse:

May 14 07:19

Hillary Clinton Slams House for Passing Bill to Protect Babies From Late-Term Abortions

No sooner did the House of Representatives pass a bill to protect babies from late-term abortions and ban them after 20 weeks than Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fired off a statement slamming them for doing so.

May 14 07:18

House Votes to End N.S.A.’s Bulk Phone Data Collection

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records, exerting enormous pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, who insists that dragnet sweeps continue in defiance of many of those in his Republican Party.

Under the bipartisan bill, which passed 338 to 88, the Patriot Act would be changed to prohibit bulk collection by the National Security Agency of metadata charting telephone calls made by Americans. However, while the House version of the bill would take the government out of the collection business, it would not deny it access to the information. It would be in the hands of the private sector — almost certainly telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, which already keep the records for billing purposes and hold on to them from 18 months to five years.

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In other words, your privacy is still being invaded; they just changed the signs on the doors.

May 14 07:10

Up to 90% of world's electronic waste is illegally dumped, says UN

Up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly $19bn (£12bn), is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to the UN Environment Programme (Unep).

Computers and smart phones are among the ditched items contributing to this 41m tonne e-waste mountain, which could top 50m tonnes by 2017, Unep says in a new report launched today in Geneva.

It follows last month’s UN University report, which outlined how 42m tonnes of electronic waste were thrown out in 2014 at a cost of $52bn to the global economy.

May 14 07:09

Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

hieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app.

May 14 07:08

Democrats’ Cave-In on TPP and TTIP. Good-Bye Democracy.

On Wednesday afternoon, May 13th, a catastrophic failure became clear to the few honest Democrats who were determined to stop Obama’s disastrous ’trade deals’ which are actually going to transfer regulatory sovereignty away from elected government officials as at present (who are answerable to voters), and instead move these powers into the hands of international corporate cartels, which will have the final say over the safety of our air, water, automobiles, and other products, and of the environment, and of workers’ rights (and which regulations will become answerable instead to the controlling stockholders in those mega-corporations).

May 14 07:08

Guess who caused more damage to Baltimore, protesters or banksters?

The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore is not just a story of police brutality or the lack of socioeconomic mobility for the urban poor. It’s also a story of how deregulation allowed corporate banks to strip middle-class families of their financial stability and walk away, leaving behind payday lenders and check-cashing stores to plunder low-income and minority communities.

May 14 07:05

TWO CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN LOOTING A 7-11 DURING THE BALTIMORE RIOTS SURROUNDING THE IN-CUSTODY DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY

Two correctional officers have been suspended without pay for their involvement in looting during the Baltimore riots surrounding the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. The correctional officers, 29-year-old Tamika Cobb and 28-year-old Kendra Richard, were charged on Wednesday with theft and burglary and are being processed at Central Booking following an investigation

May 14 07:01

Why Are Exchange-Traded Funds Preparing For A ‘Liquidity Crisis’ And A ‘Market Meltdown’?

Some really weird things are happening in the financial world right now. If you go back to 2008, there was lots of turmoil bubbling just underneath the surface during the months leading up to the great stock market crash in the second half of that year. When Lehman Brothers finally did collapse, it was a total shock to most of the planet, but we later learned that their problems had been growing for a long time.

May 14 07:01

Trade Embargo Denies Western Cancer Patients Access To Life Saving Drugs

American researchers are about to be given access for the first time to a breakthrough lung cancer vaccine developed in Cuba, in what could be one of the most significant benefits to the US of improving relations with the Communist state.

May 14 05:14

10% of Adults are “Invisible” to Creditors

The research found that about 26 million American adults have no histories with national credit reporting agencies such as Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

May 14 04:07

Russia refused to forgive the debts of Ukraine

Russia will not participate in debt restructuring Ukraine. This was announced by Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak, reports TASS.
Earlier, on 10 April, the Committee of private creditors of Ukraine, which unites the owners of securities to $ 10 billion, also refused to write off debts.
External debt of Ukraine in March of 2015 grew by 8.3 percent, or $ 2.4 billion. Its size has reached 32.8 billion dollars. The national Bank predicts that the total debt will reach 93 percent of GDP at year-end.

May 14 01:38

Mistral deal cancellation may cost France up to 5 billion euros — reports

The cancellation of a deal on delivering Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia may cost France some 2 billion or 5 billion euros, the French weekly Le Point reported on Thursday.
"Instead of bringing the French shipyards corporation DCNS the profit of 1.2 billion euros and its contractors some 890 million euros, the cancellation of the deal may cost France approximately 2-5 billion euros due to non-performance of the contract," the report says.
According to the report, now the French and Russian sides "have significant differences in regard to compensational payments" in case of the non-performance of the contract. "France is trying to return Russia the sum less than 890 million euros that has already been paid earlier," it says.
On May 16, the period of force majeure circumstances that allowed a temporary delay in the handover ends and Russia will get the full right to demand compensations for the non-performance of the contract, the report says.

May 14 01:36

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s convoy delivers humanitarian aid to Donbas

More than 1,100 tons of humanitarian aid was delivered to Donbas today. The trucks are being unloaded at storehouses in Donetsk and Luhansk.
This is the 26th Russian Emergencies Ministry’s humanitarian convoy to Donbass. Since August 2014, around 33,000 tons of aid was delivered to Donbas.

A plane of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has airlifted to Moscow 18 seriously ill children from Ukraine’s troubled Donbass, the ministry’s press service told Tass.
The patients, the youngest of whom aged less than one-year-old, have different diagnoses, but all of them need highly-qualified aid that cannot be offered at local clinics in the war-torn region. http://tass.ru/en/russia/794561

May 14 01:34

Kiev forces violate ceasefire regime 43 times over last 24 hours — DPR defense ministry

"[Ukrainian forces] mainly fired from mortars - 17 times. They used artillery six times, tanks - eight times, anti-aircraft guns - two times, APC [armored personnel carrier] - one time, ATGM [anti-tank guided missiles] - four times. They fired from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms five times," the Donetsk News Agency quoted a DPR defense ministry spokesman as saying.
The information about civilian casualties and infrastructure damage is being verified. "[Ukrainian forces] shelled the settlements of Krasny Oktyabr, Zaychenko, Shirokino, Zheleznaya Balka, Grigorovka, Spartak, Kalinovka, Novaya Maryevka, Zhabichevo, along with the territory of the Volvo Center, airport and Oktyabrskaya mine in Donetsk," the DPR defense ministry said.
Self-defense forces did not open response fire, and "DPR servicemen did not react to [Ukrainian] forces’ provocations," the ministry added.

May 14 01:30

Japan’s ruling coalition endorses bills allowing military to fight overseas

Japan’s ruling coalition on Thursday signed off on a package of bills allowing the country’s military to take part in fighting abroad for the first time since Tokyo’s surrender in World War II.
Later in the day, the documents will be approved at the meeting of the cabinet of ministers and then be ready to be presented to the parliament.
The new bills give Japan the right to use the "minimum allowed" force in case of aggression against the country with which it maintains close relations. These states have not been specified.
The use of armed forces will now not be limited to geography. Earlier, this was only possible in case of emergency situations on the territory of Japan and adjacent areas.
The bills also allow the country’s armed forces to provide logistic support, including by ammunition, to the armies of other countries as part of operations approved by the United Nations.

May 14 01:17

John McCain says he never agreed to join Ukraine’s reform council

John McCain has told BuzzFeed News he never accepted a proposal of participating in Ukraine’s council for reforms.
"I was asked to do it both by Ukraine and [former Georgian leader Mikhail] Saakashvili and I said I would be inclined to do it but I said I needed to look at all the nuances of it, whether it’s legal under our ethics and all that kind of stuff," he said.
"I of course would love do anything I can to help Ukraine, but I’ve got to make sure it’s ok under Senate rules," said McCain, who also chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.
A decree of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday listed McCain as one of eight foreign members of the council headed by Saakashvili. Several former ministers of EU countries and a European Parliament member, Jacek Emil Saryusz-Wolski, are also named as the council members. The international council for reforms is an advisory body to the Ukrainian president.

May 14 01:15

Expert says US will unlikely expand NATO by absorbing Ukraine, Georgia

U.S. will unlikely continue pressing forward with the idea of Ukraine and Georgia’s absorption into NATO but the expansion of the North-Atlantic pact may occur through the incorporation of Balkan and, quite possibly, Central Asian countries, a leading Russian expert said on Wednesday.
Dr. Zolotaryov believes NATO’s expansion might spread to other regions, including the Balkans. "The prospect there is unambiguous, since the Balkan nations will seek to get NATO membership," he said.
He sees a number of objective reasons for this.
"All of them (Balkan nations - TASS) are small enough state but they will have to care for their defence and security," Dr. Zolotaryov said. "Membership of NATO will enable them to minimize these expenses. Recall that European countries spend less than 2% of their GDP for defense."
He believes Central Asia is one more region where NATO’s expansion might spread to.

May 14 00:46

Russian cosmonaut may be sent to space instead of British singer Sarah Brightman

Earlier this week, Brightman announced that she had to delay her flight to the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for September for "personal family reasons."
The singer expressed her gratitude to Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Energia, GCTC [Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center], Star City, NASA and all the cosmonauts and astronauts, "for their support during this exciting time in her life".
"The Space Adventures company has just several days or a week left to find another tourist. Otherwise, anyone of young cosmonauts who have not traveled into space will be sent on flight," the source said.
Another source told TASS that the vacant seat in Soyuz should not be occupied due to the loss of Progress M-27M cargo ship in late April. This will allow delivering to the orbit and then taking back to the Earth some 100 kilograms of cargo.

May 13, 2015

May 13 23:16

Sands: The Theme Of The Sanctions Was Addressed In Sochi On The Initiative Of The United States

In Sochi, U.S.-Russia Negotiations Remain Inconclusive

Vladimir Putin and John Kerry at the meeting touched on the subject of sanctions, but it is not raised by the Russian side, said a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov. “This issue is still not an issue on our agenda”, – he added.

http://whatisusa.info/sands-the-theme-of-the-sanctions-was-addressed-i...

May 13 22:04

Hell Unleashed

American police apply the same gratuitous violence to the American population that the American military applies to foreign populations. Abroad the violence has swelled the ranks of those Washington sought to quell. Within the US police violence is turning Americans themselves into enemies. Defeat abroad and at home could be Washington’s future. Violence begets violence.

May 13 22:00

Israel's New Knesset Mainstreams Fascist Rhetoric

The era of Israel enjoying a reputation of a vibrant, cosmopolitan, progressive fortress besieged by backward and regressive peoples and nations is coming to an end.

May 13 21:57

France's Hollande - Salesman Extraordinaire

French President Francois Hollande touched down in Havana this week proclaiming it a historic moment as the first Western leader to visit isolated Communist Cuba.

May 13 21:54

UK Election Aftermath - Cameron Will Continue Waging War on Working People

Today in the UK, people are waking up to their first week of a five-year rule under a Conservative majority government. It’s been the first time the Tories have managed to form such a government since 1992. Only 37 percent of those who bothered to vote actually voted Conservative. In fact, the current administration is in government with 24 percent of support from all those who were eligible to vote.

May 13 21:51

In Wake of Horrific Crash, House GOP Panel Slashes Amtrak Budget

In the same day the nation's eyes were focused on a deadly Amtrak derailment in Pennsylvania, the Republican majority in the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday slashed nearly $260 million from a bill funding the federally-supported railway service.

May 13 21:45

Russia invites Greece to join BRICS bank

Greece has been invited by Russia to become the sixth member of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). The $100 billion NDB is expected to compete with Western dominance and become one of the key lending institutions.

May 13 19:15

Dr. David Duke on ALJAZEERA America

Another interview exposing Zionist power in America.

May 13 18:47

Seizing an alternative: Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015.

Paper title:

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful wars, bankster looting, lying corporate media
I’ve divided the paper into sections:

Recognizing The Emperor’s New Clothes as THE STORY of today (1 of 7)

Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

Bankster looting: fundamental fraud that “debt” is “money” (5 of 7)

Lying corporate media: required propaganda trying to hide naked empire (6 of 7)

Integrity for the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (7 of 7)

This section is: Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

**

https://vimeo.com/5341730

May 13 18:29

Nazism of Ukraine’s Western-Backed Government Is Hidden by Western ‘News’ Media

The pro-Nazi core of the Ukrainian government that was installed by the U.S. in February 2014 is too well-documented to be denied, and so the West’s major propaganda media (self-styled as being ‘news’ media) instead simply hide it — most don’t report any of it, but a few report snippets along with excuses to make individual events seem like aberrations, not the core, which they actually are.

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May 13 17:39

Fidel Castro’s Remarks on the 70th Anniversary of Russia’s Great Patriotic War Victory

Fidel is a living legend - bigger than life, remarkable by any standard, a hero to Cubans and millions worldwide.

He recovered from serious illness that nearly took him. His inner strength and redoubtable spirit saved him. He's an inspiration to us all.

In August, he'll reach age 89. His intellect and spirit remain strong. The flesh isn't what it used to be - nor for most anyone after 80 years.

May 13 17:33

GOP presidential candidate to lash out at Russia, China, Iran

US Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is set to lash out at, Russia, China and Iran in the first major foreign policy address of his White House campaign.

The 43-year-old Florida senator is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

May 13 15:23

Iran, US Navies Exchange Threats Over Iranian Cargo Ship Bearing Aid To Huthis

An Iranian ship purportedly carrying aid to Yemen should change course and head to Djibouti where the United Nations is overseeing humanitarian deliveries, US officials demanded Tuesday.

The US military is tracking the ship after Tehran reportedly said it would send warships to escort the vessel to Yemen, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

The ship, the Iran Shahed, had moved through the Strait of Hormuz and was now in the Gulf of Oman, according to the marinetraffic.com site. But the vessel was not under any naval escort at the moment, Warren said.

May 13 15:20

Frost advisory in effect tonight - Detroit

The advisory goes into effect at midnight and is scheduled to expire at 8 a.m. Thursday.

May 13 15:19

Frost Advisory in effect tonight

A Frost Advisory has been issued for Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, and Tuscola counties until 8 AM on Thursday. If you have any sensitive plants, be sure to cover them up tonight to protect them from getting damaged.

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May 13 15:06

Ukraine Makes John McCain A Presidential Advisor — Without Telling Him First

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was to take up an official part-time government post in Kiev on Wednesday — apparently without clearing it with McCain, who says he never signed off on the gig.

A decree published on Poroshenko’s website on Wednesday lists McCain as one of eight foreign members of a presidential advisory group headed by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian leader who has found a new lease of life in Ukraine as a political gadfly and government aide.

McCain told BuzzFeed News, however, that he never agreed to do it. “I was asked to do it both by Ukraine and Saakashvili and I said I would be inclined to do it but I said I needed to look at all the nuances of it, whether it’s legal under our ethics and all that kind of stuff,” he told BuzzFeed News. “I of course would love do anything I can to help Ukraine, but I’ve got to make sure it’s ok under Senate rules.”

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