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January 2, 2016

Jan 02 18:07

California's Porter Ranch gas leak produces pollution equivalent of 4.3 million cars per day, has been leaking for 3 months

Because the methane leak has become one of the worst environmental disasters in the US in recent history, the California’s Porter Ranch gas leak will be investigated by the EPA severely. The leak has been present since October, forcing the evacuation of over 2,000 families, but only in December has the owner of the factory, SoCal Gas, acknowledged that the leak was detected.

Jan 02 17:57

What Are the Chances for Peace in 2016?

Each year more than one trillion dollars goes up in smoke. More accurately,
it is stolen from the middle and working classes and shipped off to the one
percent. I am talking about the massive yearly bill to maintain the US empire.
Washington’s warmongers have sold the lie that the military budget has
been gutted under President Obama, but even when the “Sequester” was
in effect military spending continued to increase. Only the pace of increase
was reduced, not actual spending.

Jan 02 17:47

Not the Way Banksters Do It

Jan 02 17:19

BORDER RESIDENT FUMES: NOTHING DONE TO SECURE! Illegals 'climb over fence'... 'Amount of drugs coming through phenomenal'



Jan 02 16:27

EU renegotiation talks open up “civil war” in UK Tory government

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s negotiations over the terms of Britain’s European Union (EU) membership threaten the breakup of his governing Conservative Party.

To appease the sizable Eurosceptic wing of his party, Cameron pledged in the Tories’ general election manifesto to hold an “in-out” referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017--following a renegotiation of the UK’s terms of membership.

Jan 02 14:50

Tories ‘plotting to silence critics’ – Lord Kerslake

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government is plotting to silence critics by diminishing trade unions and limiting journalists from scrutinizing its practices, the former civil service chief has claimed.

Lord Kerslake has accused Cameron of taking an “authoritarian approach” and trying to weaken anyone with “the temerity to take a different view.”

Jan 02 14:38

2016: Russian Documentary Aims to Avert Nuclear War - Western Media Still Busy Demonizing Putin

If ‘World Order’ is a piece of propaganda, it is sophisticated and serves certain higher values, not the interests of individuals or power for power’s sake. In effect, it is a wake-up call to avert nuclear war by reining in exceptionalism and safeguarding the principles of the UN Charter. The Russian documentary World Order, released by the state broadcaster Pervy Kanal on Sunday, 20 December and posted on youtube, received some attention in Western mainstream media, which is not always the case with news generated in Moscow... Thus, one might ask why interpretation of the film was positive and interpretation of the doctrine is negative. With this arbitrariness and unimaginable superficiality driving the news that Western elites, not to mention the general public, take in with their morning coffee is it any wonder that we hear repeatedly that Russian state behavior is unpredictable?

Jan 02 14:31

UK veterans may be prosecuted over Iraq 'war crimes' as claims grow tenfold

Allegations of unlawful killings and torture committed by British troops in Iraq have multiplied tenfold over the past five years, with the head of the unit established to investigate the cases saying the soldiers may face prosecution.

Jan 02 14:18

The Biggest Lie of 2015: US Brought Peace to Syria!

The United States government can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but it cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

Jan 02 14:15

World Muslims Rise to Condemn Execution of Sheikh Nimr by S. Arabia

Sunni and Shiite Muslims from across the world rushed to condemn the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr by the Riyadh government, vowing revenge. Saudi Arabia announced Saturday that it has executed the prominent Shiite Muslim cleric. After the declaration, thousands of Bahraini people poured to the streets and chanted "death to the al-Saud" slogans. The Bahrainis who also carried some placards to show their support for Sheikh Nimr warned Riyadh that shedding the cleric's blood will not remain unanswered...

Jan 02 14:13

Saudi Arabia & ISIL

A look at the track record of Saudi policies and moves in recent years leaves no doubt about the profound bonds between Riyadh and ISIL [PHOTO]

Iran's Deputy FM: Saudi Arabia Main Sponsor of Terrorism, Extremism in Region http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941012001488

Iranian Commander Describes ISIL as US, Israel Proxy, Fighting with Saudi, Qatari, Turkish Funding http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941012000540

Jan 02 14:09

Iran Furious at Saudi Arabia for Execution of Nimr Baqr al-Nimr

Iranian in a protest gathering in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday expressed their anger over the execution of the prominent Shiite Cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, by the Riyadh government.
Iran Summons Saudi Charge d'Affaires over Execution of Sheikh Nimr http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941012001407
The police in Bahrain fired tear gas at several dozen people protesting al-Nimr's execution and carrying pictures of the cleric in a standoff in the Shiite Muslim village of Abu-Saiba, West of the capital Manama [PHOTOS] http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13941012001168
Hundreds of people poured into the streets of the Saudi city of Qatif to express anger at the Riyadh government over the execution of prominent Shiite Cleric Nimr Baqr al-Nimr [PHOTOS] http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13941012001252



Jan 02 14:04

Damascus: Terrorists Losing War in Jobar

Saturday reports from the sensitive Homs province said the Syrian army and popular forces have inflicted large casualties on the terrorists in persistent attacks on the concentration centers of ISIL and al-Nusra Front in the North, Northwest and Southeast of the province. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941012000975
Syrian fighter jets tracked and targeted a long convoy of ISIL terrorists' military vehicles Southwest of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) on Saturday. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941012000820
The Syrian army won control over a strategic village in the Eastern part of Hama province on Saturday. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941012001308

Jan 02 13:53

Saudi Arabia's Oil Depots in Asir Province Destroyed in Yemen's Ballistic Missile Attack

The Yemeni army and popular forces destroyed Saudi Arabia's strategic oil reservoirs in the Southern province of Asir with a Qaher-I ballistic missile. Military sources said that the missile hit large crude stockpiles in Abha region of Asir province with high precision and "caused heavy damage". Smoke spiraling above the reservoirs can be seen from kilometers away, local witnesses said. It was the 11th Qaher-I ballistic missile fired at the Saudi targets in the past 20 days, meaning that Yemen targeted its enemy with one ballistic missile every other day, they added. On Thursday, the Yemeni forces also targeted Saudi Arabia's strategic Abha airport in Asir province with a Qaher-I ballistic missile. Wednesday reports also said that the Yemeni army and popular forces launched a fresh round of attacks on the Saudi forces' positions in the province of Jizan in the Southern part of the kingdom with their upgraded ballistic missiles.

Jan 02 13:51

How False Stories of Iran Arming Houthis Were Used to Justify War in Yemen

Peace talks between the Saudi-supported government of Yemen and the Houthi rebels ended in late December without any agreement to end the bombing campaign started by Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies with US support last March. The rationale for the Saudi-led war on Houthis in Yemen has been that the Houthis are merely proxies of Iran, and the main alleged evidence for that conclusion is that Iran has been arming the Houthis for years...



Jan 02 13:47

What are the Chances of China Deploying Troops to Syria?

On Thursday, commenting on China's new counterterrorism law, and specifically its provision allowing the People's Liberation Army to participate in anti-terrorism operations overseas, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujin emphasized that China has a "proactive" attitude when it comes to international cooperation against terrorism, Sputnik reported...

Jan 02 13:45

Erdogan's Ego Could Push NATO 'to Go to War against Russia'

Turkey, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, remains one of Europe's biggest problems amid the ongoing migrant crisis, and with players in the Middle East combating the terrorist group Daesh, according to journalist Michael Goldfarb, writing for Politico, Sputnik News reported. Goldfarb focuses primarily on Turkey's assault on the predominantly Kurdish town of Cizre, where the government is embroiled in an operation against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militias using tactics that resemble the collective punishment of the population. According to Goldfarb, turning a blind eye to this, and bigger trends such as Turkey's shootdown of the Russian plane in November, could push NATO into a war with Russia. "Why are EU leaders tolerating the Turkish government going to war against the one group that has been successful at fighting ISIL on the ground?" Goldfarb wrote, referring to Turkey's operations against Kurds.

Jan 02 13:42

US Lacks Experts Capable of Predicting Russia’s Actions

The US has had a hard time trying to predict Moscow’s moves due to a lack of experts on Russia. US government officials and experts believe that the Washington’s apparent lack of understanding regarding Russia may pose a serious national security risk, according to the Washington Post. During the Cold War, the US national security machine was staffed with experienced specialists on Russia, who were consulted at the highest levels of decision-making. However, at the present time, it now relies on a "looser regime of more junior experts who lack the reach to directly influence policy," the newspaper points out. As a result, the US has essentially failed to predict Russia’s most recent moves. "We’ve been surprised at every turn," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain told the Post. "We were surprised when they went into Crimea, we were surprised when they went into Syria"...



Jan 02 13:39

The First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: Is Erdogan After New Crimean War?

The Crimean War was one of the most absurd conflicts in modern history, according to geopolitical expert F. William Engdahl; however, the escalating conflict being incited by Turkey’s would-be new Sultan, Recep Erdogan, by provoking Russia again and again, is more of a farce, he said, recalling Karl Marx’s remark on how tragedies repeat themselves. “As if it weren’t enough to satisfy his macho by shooting down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet in Syrian airspace, an act of war by a NATO country, and murdering the Russian pilot, using his Turkish Grey Wolves terrorists, in violation of every precept of civilized nations, now the hot-headed Erdogan is openly stirring conflict in the Russian region of Crimea,” F. William Engdahl writes in his article for the magazine New Eastern Outlook.

Jan 02 13:10

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza

Jan 02 12:50

Getting Murdered for Telling the Truth About the Israeli Masterminded 9/11 False Flag

On March 13, 2013, Boncore [Splitting the Sky] was found dead near his home on the Adams Lake Indian Reserve near Chase, BC. Media reports indicate he is believed to have died on March 12, 2013, after falling on cement steps and possibly suffering a blow to the head. The coroner's office dismissed foul play before a planned autopsy was conducted.
If an autopsy had not been done, how could the authorities know STS was died murdered on March 12?

Jan 02 12:31

Ex-Nato Secretary General Explains Why Turkey Will Have To Make Amends With Russia

Former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, who chaired the Alliance between 1995 and 1999, in his article for Project Syndicate, explained why Ankara cannot give up the opportunity to make peace with Russia in the future. According to him, for the European Union, which started negotiations with Ankara because of the refugee crisis, the fight against IS remains a key priority. This struggle will require interaction with Moscow, which the member countries of the EU have already recognized. "After the November terrorist attacks in Paris, attempts were made to strengthen the cooperation between the countries in combating terrorism, including between France and Russia. If Turkey wants its relations with the EU to improve, it will have to join," writes Solana.

Jan 02 12:28

Naftogaz Suggests To Gazprom New Prices For Gas Transit

"Naftogaz of Ukraine" has suggested to Gazprom to hold negotiations in connection with the adoption of new pricing rules for services in gas transportation in Ukraine. This was stated in a message published on the website of the Ukrainian company...


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Jan 02 12:19

Former Leader Of Right Sector Disappeared From Interpol List

The former head of the Ukrainian organization "Right sector", Dmitry Yarosh, has disappeared from the open database of the Interpol wanted list, TASS reported. Searching his name on the organization's website does not provide results. A working hyperlink to a page about him leads to a blank page. Interpol has not commented on this information. The Prosecutor General's office sent to Interpol materials for the international tracing of Yarosh in April 2014. Dmitry Yarosh had resigned of the leader "Right sector" in November 2015 and announced the creation of a new nationalist organization. Nationalists in "Right sector" participated in all the radical actions in Ukraine after the Maidan. In July 2015, fighters of "Right sector", not dividing spheres of influence, started an internecine fight in the Transcarpathian city of Mukachevo, who then opened fire on the policemen, killing four people. In the fall of 2015 "Right sector" staged a food blockade of the Crimea.

Jan 02 12:16

RT Joins Syrian Arab Army In Southern Daraa Province (VIDEO)

Fort Russ - 2nd January, 2016

Jan 02 12:14

New politporn roles for the "I am Ukrainian" star: "I Am an OSCE Observer"

The new Ukrainian government is already in talks with US advisors about the future use of armored vehicles and snipers in unmarked uniforms on pro-Russian demonstrations, as in Ferguson. Then one could also blame the dead victims on Putin, as military equipment without markings has to come from the Russians. Marushevska harped publicly on the low-budget production levels, as being a far cry from US standards. Also many more people would have to be imprisoned. Here again, the United States shows the way, as it holds 25% of the world's prison population. In her most recent video, Marushevska plays a young Ukrainian woman who [...] gets a promotion to OSCE observer. In this role, she uncovers numerous crimes in eastern Ukraine, among other things, how the separatists are throwing helpless infants from incubators, eating grilled Ukrainian fetuses raw, and hiding the children in bunkers and basements before their destruction by democratically legitimized freedom bombers.



Jan 02 12:08

Re-branding Dissent

Jan 02 12:07

Clinton's Emails Sheds Light On The Attitude Of Merkel To Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was skeptical in relation to Barack Obama when he was elected US President in 2009. This is evidenced by emails from personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wrote The Guardian... In one of the declassified emails, dated 30th September 2009, addressed to Clinton, her adviser Sidney Blumenthal reports the comments of former US Ambassador to Berlin, John Kornblum, about the foreign policy of Germany. "Kornblum strongly recommends you to try to establish good personal relations with Merkel," he wrote. "He says that she doesn't like the atmosphere surrounding the phenomenon of Barack Obama. It is contrary to her understanding of politics and how to behave". In another email, from 2009, Blumenthal, also citing Kornblum, called the visit of the Director of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers, to Berlin "disastrous".

Jan 02 12:01

Russia bans imports of farm produce, raw foods from Ukraine

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on December 21 he had signed a resolution on the application of counter-sanctions to Ukraine as of the beginning of 2016. "A ban on the import of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in Ukraine will be introduced as of January 1, 2016," an interpretive note appended to document said. It also indicated that the Prime Minister's decision aimed to ramify the special reciprocal measures on Ukraine.
Ukraine bans Russian food imports from January 10 in tit-for-tat war: Specifically, it bans the imports of bread and bakery products, cookies, chocolates, cattle meat, fish, roasted coffee, black tea, baby food, cigarettes with filter, vodka, and some other commodities http://tass.ru/en/economy/848194 http://tass.ru/en/economy/848194

Jan 02 11:44

Trump: Jeb Bush is 'a low energy stiff' who 'has no chance, is a total embarrassment to himself and his family'

Donald Trump, in his hilarious trademark style, has boldly mocked presidential hopeful Jeb Bush as "a low energy "stiff" who "has no chance!" Trump added that Bush is "A total embarrassment to both himself and his family."

Jan 02 11:34

SOME IN TRUTH MOVEMENT ARE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT “REBEKAH ROTH”

When Rebekah Roth’s Methodical Illusion appeared a year ago, I rejoiced. A flight attendant joining the Truth Movement! I heard her impressively interviewed on the Hagmann and Hagmann Report. I personally commended her for her book (to which she cordially replied), gave it a 5-star Amazon review, linked to her from this website, and recommended her to radio hosts I knew.

I was therefore surprised in August to receive an unpleasant email from Roth, directed against myself. Since the email was private, I kept my reply, factually debunking her allegations, private also. However, I resolved that if she took her accusations public, I would also go public, so people could see precisely what had been said, and decide the matter for themselves. I did not hear back from her.

I did, however, do something I’d never done with anyone before: removed Roth from this website’s “links” page. Incidentally, Roth’s website links to nobody.

Jan 02 11:31

Deadly Sarin Gas Delivered to Syria Was Provided by Certain Western Countries

The following is very good coverage by Spiro: A treason investigation has been launched against a Turkish MP who alleged in an exclusive interview with RT that Islamic State jihadists delivered deadly sarin gas to Syria through Turkey.



Jan 02 11:31

Why NO Clinton Should Ever Be in the White House Again: 2016 Hint to Hillary!

Some of the videos that are provided here are long documentaries, but considering this inept dangerous self serving couple could potentially invade the white house again, they are very much worth the watch. I urge all to save the article and watch when you can so you can take in all the information given. After all, the American people have a right to know, and I feel if given the facts, they will know how to vote in the polls.

Jan 02 11:29

Dubai hotel fire: New photos show extent of damage

Photographs released by the Dubai government show the extent to which the Address Downtown hotel was damaged by fire overnight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But it is still standing!

Jan 02 11:28

NEW TOON ~~ NETANYAHU’S ‘FRIEND OF THE YEAR’

If Netanyahu can say Hitler didn’t want to exterminate Jews, Erdogan can also say Nazi Germany is example of efficient presidency!

Jan 02 11:27

ISRAELI RESTRICTIONS ON PALESTINE’S TELECOM INDUSTRY

Israeli restrictions on the telecom industry have hobbled Palestine’s already beleaguered economy



Jan 02 10:52

Watch Hillary cackle about how she tied Sen. McCain in a vodka drinking contest

Hillary sent this video out on her official Twitter account. In it, she claims she went head-to-head against Senator John McCain in a vodka drinking contest.

Jan 02 10:47

HOW CLINTON AND COMPANY AND THE BANKERS PLUNDERED RUSSIA IN THE '90S

If America were a free and democratic country, with a free press and independent publishing houses (and assuming, of course, that Americans were a literate people), Williamson's book would topple the Clinton regime, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the rest of the criminal cabal that inhabits the world of modern corporate statism faster than you could say "Jonathan Hay."

Jan 02 10:39

I Was Wrong: Big Banks Actually Were Exactly Like Counterfeiters

In a recent post about the new movie The Big Short, I argued that it’s not actually necessary to decipher the abstruse jargon of the 2008 financial crisis — i.e., credit default swaps, mezzanine tranches, synthetic collateralized debt obligations, etc. — in order to understand what happened. What the big banks did during the housing bubble of the mid-2000s was in essence straightforward counterfeiting. The difference between what they did and regular counterfeiting was simply the kind of fake paper; regular counterfeiters print fake, valueless cash, while the banks were printing fake, valueless bonds.
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Jan 02 10:35

Gun sales surge in Switzerland as Army Chief warns “arm yourselves”

It would appear the people of Switzerland have been listening to their military leaders. Having recently been warned by the Swiss army chief of growing social unrest, SwissInfo reports applications for gun permits in Switzerland increased by 20% between 2014 and 2015, according to a survey conducted in 12 cantons

Jan 02 10:16

What Influence Does Wall Street Have Over Candidates Clinton and Sanders?

Will Tucker and former financial regulator Bill Black respond to Hillary Clinton’s comments on her ties to Wall Street

Jan 02 10:12

Saudi-led coalition ends Yemen ceasefire – state media

The break in fighting between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi anti-government forces had been regularly broken by both sides over the last couple of weeks.

"The leadership of the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen announces the end of the truce in Yemen beginning at 1400 (1100 GMT) on Saturday," the Saudi Press Agency said, as cited by Reuters.

The agency added that the decision had been taken to call off the ceasefire because of continuous rebel "attacks on the kingdom's territories by firing ballistic missiles towards Saudi cities, targeting Saudi border posts, and hampering aid operations.”

The Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which started in March, has been slammed by human rights organizations, while the UN said on December 23 that the kingdom should do more to try and implement the ceasefire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Saudi Arabian leadership actually thought that there would be no blow back from the Yemenite people attacking Saudi Arabia?!?

Apparently, they guessed wrong, and wound up paying for it.

Jan 02 10:09

NYC Plans to Turn 7,500 Payphones Into WiFi Hot Spots Despite Health and Privacy Risks

By Kevin Samson

When New York City signs on to pervasive WiFi, we really should pay attention.

The city already has erected one 9-foot-tall structure that is an indication of the rollout of 7,500 WiFi hot spots, which are slated to go online early in 2016. It is part of the LinkNYC program (“Faster Than a New York Minute,” har har) which proclaims to become “the fastest and largest municipal WiFi network in the world.”

Even if you don’t believe having a permanent WiFi signal radiating across the city is a danger to your health, another aspect of pervasive WiFi may be of concern: privacy and surveillance...

Jan 02 10:08

Pope Francis: Media's "duty is first and foremost to serve the truth, and not particular interests"

In his message on how to 'Overcome Indifference and Win Peace,' issued January 1st, Pope Francis spoke of the role of the media and those who shape public opinion in the information age. "Sadly, it must be said that today's information explosion does not of itself lead to an increased concern for other people's problems, which demands openness and a sense of solidarity. Indeed, the information glut can numb people’s sensibilities...Communicators also have a responsibility for education and formation, especially nowadays, when the means of information and communication are so widespread. Their duty is first and foremost to serve the truth, and not particular interests.

Jan 02 10:04

Erdogan's Anti-Kurdish Campaign Threatens to Engulf Turkey in Civil War

Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan's unquenchable thirst to concentrate political power in his hands, together with his ever-broadening campaign against the Kurds, both at home and in neighboring Syria, threatens to take the country "to the brink of a fully-fledged civil war," warns Pakistani political analyst Salman Rafi Sheikh.

In his latest analysis for the internet-based foreign policy journal New Eastern Outlook, Sheikh, a freelance journalist and political analyst who covers international relations and Pakistani affairs, explained that the present Turkish leadership's intolerance toward the idea of sharing power with the Kurdish minority threatens to become a recipe for disaster.

Jan 02 09:55

Why Did The Pentagon Falsify Reports About Military Successes In Fight Against ISIS?

Despite the fact that the preliminary results of the investigation must b? submitted only in January, Rep Jackie Speier has confirmed that the falsifications which underestimate combat capabilities of ISIS took place indeed. As one of such examples is the May statement of General Thomas Weidle, which said ISIS “loses and remains in the defense”. However, immediately after his speech, terrorists has captured the Central quarter of Ramadi, the administrative center of Anbar province. If American leadership possessed a clear picture of what is happening, it could take emergency measures and even prevent the ingress of arms, military equipment and ammunition to the hands of militants. The value of US arms and military equipment captured by jihadists equals hundreds of million dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has been one of the most epic flusterclucks in US military history, and mechanisms must be put into place to assure that it never happens again.

Jan 02 09:50

Stunning Drone Footage Of The Midwest Flooding Wreaking Havoc On US Oil

After the first deadly winter storm this season, now come the floods: the near-record water level across the U.S. Midwest has disrupted everything from oil to agriculture, forcing pipelines, terminals and grain elevators to close. This is the worst flood in the region since May 2011, when rising water on the Mississippi and its tributaries deluged cities, slowed barge traffic and threatened refinery and chemical operations and is just shy of the worst flood of breaking 30-year records.

According to Bloomberg, the floods have killed at least 20 people and shut hundreds of roads across Missouri and Illinois, according to AccuWeather Inc. Rain-swollen rivers will set records in the Mississippi River basin through much of January. Fifty miles (80 kilometers) of the Illinois River remain closed, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as five miles of the Mississippi River.

Jan 02 09:49

Political Discourse is Getting Dangerously Anti-Intellectual

Having attended a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire earlier this week, Scot Lehigh of the Boston Globe was not terribly impressed(link is external)with the candidate, the message, or the supporters. “After listening to Trump for more than an hour,” Lehigh reported, “I came away struck by one thing: how little of substance he’d actually uttered.” Instead, the Globecolumnist observed, Trump’s message was “a populist stew of braggadocio, bluster, and bombast, seasoned with resentments he and his backers share.

Jan 02 09:41

Alabama Uses BP Oil Spill Money to Repair a Governor’s Mansion

An Alabama governor’s mansion that has sat abandoned and boarded up for nearly 20 years is getting renovated thanks to money from the BP oil spill. The mansion, built in the 1960s near the Gulf coast, was damaged in 1997 by Hurricane Danny. From that point it sat unused and vacant because succeeding gubernatorial administrations were reluctant to spend taxpayer money on repairing the two-story, 7,500-square-foot home.

Jan 02 09:41

$100 Billion in Tax Revenue Lost Every Year Due to Loopholes for Multinationals

On 60 minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cook says accusations of tax avoidance schemes are ‘total political crap’, but economist James Henry says it’s unfair for corporations to simply wash their hands of having to share the costs of government

Jan 02 09:34

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter Sy Hersh: Benghazi Is a HUGE Scandal … But Not For the Reason You Think

A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdo?an administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer.

Jan 02 09:27

U.S. Slides Back into War in Iraq, Joining Conflict President Once Opposed

More U.S. military personnel have been sent to Iraq and Syria. Trainers, Special Forces, and airstrikes haven't been enough. The administration continues its slow progression to renewed ground combat. President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize grows more tarnished by the day.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter informed Congress last month that a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" would be sent to Iraq on top of the 3500 personnel already there, with the authority to operate in Syria too. This mix of Special Forces "will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders," explained Carter. Where greater opportunities appear to work with local forces, he added, "We are prepared to expand it."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about controlling the oil in the region, and insuring that the oil is only sold in US dollars.

Look for the carnage to continue, in Iraq and Syria, unabated in 2016.

Jan 02 09:18

A look at the gorgeous, antiquated technology running the NYC Subway

They may look like museum exhibits, or props in a World War II-era film - but these clunking, dusty devices are in fact all that keeps the New York subway system from falling in chaos.

Jan 02 09:18

“It appears that Mr. Trump is getting nervous that working families are catching on that his policies represent the interests of the billionaire class against almost everyone else." - Bernie Sanders

Quoting Donald Trump’s assertion that wages in the United States are “too high,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said Trump’s attempt to back away from his own words shows that the Republican front-runner is “getting nervous that working families are catching on” to his views.

Webmaster addition: Bernie Sanders spends all of his time attacking Trump while ignoring the scandals of his supposed rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton. We may thus conclude that Sanders is planning on being Hillary's VP.

Jan 02 09:17

NextSaudi Arabia's execution of 47 'terrorists' in one day including top Shiite cleric triggers wave of protests across Middle East and around the world

Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people convicted of 'terrorism' today, including a prominent Shiite cleric behind anti-government protests, according to the interior ministry.
Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a 56-year-old cleric was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the Sunni-ruled kingdom's east, where the Shiite minority complains of marginalisation.
Scores of Shi'ite Muslims marched through the Qatif district of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in protest at the execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr, an eyewitness said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just watch: not a PEEP will come out of the mouths of Obama's spokes-slugs in the coming days about this mass of executions, because of our "special relationship" with Saudi Arabia, in light of the fact that it buys our weapons, and does our dirty work by proxy in the Middle East, like murdering Yemenites for having had the gall of overthrowing our puppet there, Al- Hadi

Jan 02 09:11

‘Mental’ people reported by family will be forced to “have a time out, surrender their weapons”

Careful not to seem too angry next time you argue with your spouse

Jan 02 09:10

US corporate elite pick Clinton as next figurehead: American writer

American writer and activist Mickey Z. says it seems more obvious each day that the US corporate elite have chosen former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as their next figurehead.

Jan 02 09:08

OREGON RANCHING CASE SPARKS ANTI-GOVERNMENT SENTIMENT

The decision to again imprison the Hammonds has generated controversy in a rural part of the state. It's also playing into a long-simmering conflict between ranchers and the U.S. government over the use of federal land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AP is not allowing comments or I would remind them that there is no federal land, it is PUBLIC land. The Enclave Clause in the Constitution forbids the Federal Government from owning land other than under Federal Buildings or federally built infrastructure such as airports, harbors, or military bases. The Federal Government is prohibited from simply grabbing a chunk of open range and declaring it to be their property!

Jan 02 09:07

Britain’s New Holy War Doctrine

The sudden emergence of a holy theme entering British politics is not only surprising but should be regarded as deeply suspicious. For a start, it is endorsed by a prime minister who advocates the illegal extra-judicial murder of British citizens, the bombing and killing of innocent civilians, isolation and blame culture towards the ‘undeserving poor’ and suspicion of war-torn refugees – hardly christian traits of any sort.

Jesus, who famously taught, “blessed are the peacemakers” would have abhorred people like David Cameron, Francoise Hollande and Barrack Obama for their actions. Perceived as a political dissident and threat to government power with anti-government views, Jesus would have been arrested by these leaders and labelled a domestic extremist. The key thrown away.

Jan 02 09:05

Sierra snowpack is above normal

Our dreams of a "white" holiday season for California have come true, at least in the Sierra Nevada.

State officials say the water content of the snowpack there for drought-stricken California was 136 percent of normal during a manual survey done this week.

Jan 02 09:04

Winter storm leaves 1-2 feet of snow in northern Utah

According to the Cheyenne, Wyo., National Weather Service Forecast Office, the entire Nebraska Panhandle is under a winter storm warning scheduled until 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Jan 02 09:04

Turkey's east hit by snow, cold

A cold snap and snowfall have hit the eastern part of Turkey, disrupting daily life in most of the provinces.

Jan 02 09:02

'Crimeans reject Kiev's electricity - it shows they don't want Poroshenko'

Crimeans’ vote against an electricity contract with Ukraine was a positive step that demonstrated to the West that the peninsula doesn’t want to be part of the Kiev regime and feels a greater affinity with Russia, says author James Petras, a professor at Binghamton University.

Jan 02 09:02

Woman Shoots, Kills Home Invasion Suspect In Trotwood

A home invasion turns deadly when the homeowner takes the safety of her family into her own hands.

One of three home invasion suspect was shot and killed during the incident, and has been identified by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office as Azikiwe Presley, 29, of Dayton.

Trotwood Police were called to a home at the dead end of Atlas Road around 6:00 Monday morning.

Police tell FOX 45 three masked men armed with firearms forcibly entered and attempted to rob the homeowner.

"Any time you have a homicide or a home invasion of this magnitude it's unusual unless they're looking for something specific," said Trotwood Police Capt. John Porter.

Porter said the homeowner called 9-1-1.

"I got my gun and I started shooting and they ran," the female caller told dispatchers.

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Good!

Jan 02 08:53

Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President of the United States; The meaning of "Natural Born."

"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States." -- Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, clause 5

Jan 02 08:52

Turkey Sees Economic Downturn Over Russian Sanctions, Fears to Lose $ 10 Bn

In Turkey, economists and businesspeople unanimously agree that Russian sanctions will cause an in economic slowdown in the country.

Moscow is ready to scrap Russian-Turkish business projects and abandon military cooperation with Ankara due to the downing of its Su-24 bomber, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersan
© SPUTNIK/ ALEXEY KUDENKO
Getting Tough on Turkey: Kremlin Vows to Punish Ankara for Downed Jet
The Syrian civil war has split former economic partners Moscow and Ankara, and the latter is projected to dramatically lose tourism, construction, food and clothing export revenue due to Russian sanctions.
The Russian government's reaction to Turkey shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syrian airspace in November gave the world a look at what it feels like to worsen relations with the country and its president, Vladimir Putin.

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Erdogan should have thought of this BEFORE ordering the shoot-down of that Russian fighter.

It is very unfortunate for the Turkish people that there is no such thing as a "snap election" possible in this country; Erdogan's popularity is so negatively off the charts that he would never get elected again.

Jan 02 08:52

The Drug War is Such a Violent Failure, the Surgeon General is Speaking Up for the First Time Ever

By Justin Gardner

It’s a new year and, finally, a new voice will be added to the drug war debate. The federal government will actually get scientific input on drugs, and it will make prohibition look all that much more absurd.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the nation’s top public health official, will be “presenting the state of the science on substance use, addiction and health,” in the first-ever report from that office...

Jan 02 08:52

New Trump Tweet: If Israel can Build A Wall, So Can We!

Donald Trump has called Hillary Clinton out on her hypocrisy, tweeting "Hillary Clinton said that it is O.K. to ban Muslims from Israel by building a WALL, but not O.K. to do so in the U.S. We must be vigilant!"

Jan 02 08:52

Carson campaign overhauls after 5 staffers quit

Trying to minimize the fallout from five campaign departures, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is changing his approach.

Carson's campaign leadership resigned Thursday, leaving the candidate a month to regroup before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.

Retired Major Gen. Robert Dees, the new campaign chairman, told CNN Friday that a more aggressive strategy is on the way.

Jan 02 08:51

Fake Brooklyn Charity Admits Israel 'Research Lab' Was Sham

Until early last year, the website of a Brooklyn-based charity called the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation boasted that the organization had its own “biomedical cancer research center” where “leading scientists” were working on cancer treatments. A PowerPoint slide that the group’s founder, Zvi Shor, used in a presentation showed an office building where the research center was said to be located, with the words “Biomedical Cancer Research Center” across the side of the building.

Shor has now admitted that the group had no research center, nor any of its own scientists. A half-million dollar grant to an organization controlled by Shor’s sister in Israel had bought space in a building in Petah Tikva, Israel, but no lab was built there. The picture on the PowerPoint slide? A Photoshopped fake.

Jan 02 08:47

The slow strangulation of Yemen

Often overshadowed by the proxy war being fought in Syria, is the nine month old regional conflict in Yemen which ostensibly pits Sunni Saudi Arabia against Shia Iran. British-made ‘smart’ bombs dropped from British-built aircraft both of which continue to be sold in vast numbers to the Saudi’s have contributed to thousands of civilian deaths in Yemen.

Jeremy Corbyn’s peace narrative predicated on his public denunciations of the governments’ shady dealings with the Saudi Arabian regime have helped expose British involvement in Yemen even though the UK Government insists that it is not taking an active part in the military campaign in the country. However, it has issued more than 100 licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia since the State began bombing Yemen in March 2015.

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This is a US-militarily-enabled, Saudi proxy war on the people of Yemen, who had the temerity to kick out their Western-imposed puppet, Al-Hadi, and try something approximating an actual democratic, free and fair, election; but of course, the governments of the US - and the UK - just couldn't stand to see that happen, so the people of Yemen are getting randomly blown up, shot at, killed, and maimed for life for their effrontery.

And when it comes to killing innocent people, the governments of the US, UK, and Saudi Arabia are truly experts in this field!!

Jan 02 08:39

Putin declares NATO ‘threat’ to Russian security

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new defense strategy document that declares the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) a threat to Russia’s national security.

The document, which was signed by Putin this week, considers NATO’s military buildup in various countries as a major foreign threat against Russian national security.

Jan 02 08:39

Anger as Shiite cleric among 47 in mass Saudi terrorism execution

Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric and dozens of al-Qaeda members Saturday, signalling it would not tolerate attacks by either Sunni extremists or minority Shiites seeking equality, but stirring sectarian anger across the region.

Jan 02 08:39

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [January 2, 2016]

Jan 02 08:38

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsRussia Security Paper: NATO Expansion a Security Threat

The latest Russian National Security Strategy paper, newly revised because of the regime change in Ukraine two years ago, has been released and signed by President Vladimir Putin. Though Ukraine is obviously a big change, the focus as ever is on NATO.

The strategy paper sees NATO as taking “counter-action” against Russian attempts to maintain an independent domestic and foreign policy, and sees NATO’s continued eastward expansion as turning it into a growing “external threat” to the Russian Federation.

NATO’s recent expansion has centered around the Balkans, with Albania and Croatia both joining in 2009. Russia’s bigger concerns are efforts by former Soviet states Georgia and Ukraine to seek membership status, which would add greatly to the common border between Russia and NATO member nations.

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Again, with all the troops and weapons being pre-positioned by NATO in Eastern European countries,coupled with all the military exercises which took place last year right on Russia's doorstep, can anyone in their right mind blame Russia for its concern here?!?

Jan 02 08:36

FLASHBACK - A Message from H.M.Q. Hillary

During those difficult times we had to cut back when our only daughter Princess Leia was married. We only had three million dollars to spend on her wedding and I remember our hopes as she moved into her $10m Manhattan apartment that one day she would be able to move on from that humble abode to something more fitting. So as I travel across our land to meet you all I will be listening and sharing with you. Then when the time for the royal election comes I know you will crown me as your rightful monarch so that we can all live happily ever after.

Jan 02 08:31

Entire Florida Police Dept Busted Laundering Tens of Millions for International Drug Cartels

The Bal Harbour PD and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office set up a giant money laundering scheme with the purported goal of busting drug cartels and stemming the surge of drug dealing going on in the area. But it all fell apart when federal investigators and the Miami-Herald found strange things going on.

The two-year operation, which took in more than $55 million from criminal groups, resulted in zero arrests but netted $2.4 million for the police posing as money launderers. Members of the 12-person task force traveled far and wide to carry out their deals, from Los Angeles to New York to Puerto Rico.

Along the way, the small-town cops got a taste of luxury as they used the money for first-class flights, luxury hotels, Mac computers and submachine guns. Meanwhile, the Bal Harbour PD and Glades County Sheriffs were buying all sorts of fancy new equipment.

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Getting hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys around here!

Jan 02 08:30

Why the U.S. Spies on Netanyahu

The Wall Street Journal story revealing that the Barack Obama administration used the National Security Agency (NSA) to listen to phone calls made by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides is being spun in a number of different directions depending on one’s political proclivities. Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News that he was “appalled by it… you could see how it would stifle speech if you’re going to eavesdrop on congressmen and that it might stifle what they say or who they communicate with.”

Jan 02 08:26

New Year, new gun control: Obama to issue executive order on firearms

President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action on gun control, possibly as soon as next week, according to gun control advocates.

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Jan 02 08:26

For-Profit Colleges Are Scandal Machines

The nation’s for-profit, private college industry is a study in horror.

Start with the fact that it actually calls itself an “industry.” Excuse me, but education is a social investment — not an industrial product.

Jan 02 08:24

Millionaire tech guru dies in mysterious circumstances after tweeting series of astonishing police brutality allegations

A wealthy computer expert has been found dead following an encounter with police which left him hospitalised.

Ian Murdock, a millionaire software engineer famed for his work on a free operating system called Debian, took to Twitter before his death and published a number of astonishing police brutality allegations.

In a long series of social media posts, the 42-year-old father claimed "uneducated, evil, and sadistic" cops attacked him.

But the San Francisco Police Department said he was drunk at the time of his arrest, and was injured when he banged his head accidentally.

Jan 02 08:24

Up to 34 MILLION blank 'green cards' and work permits to be ordered ahead of Obama illegal immigrant 'amnesty' 

An online draft proposal from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will look for a vendor to supply the blank cards
At least 4 million per year for five years, including a possible 9 million in the early going
Document says the move is 'to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements'
Obama has pledged to unilaterally change US immigration policy this year, but recently pushed back his timetable until after November 4 elections

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Congrats, underemployed, low-skilled legally here Americans; with this act, President Obama has betrayed you, and thrown you under the bus of very cheap, formerly foreign labor, with which you cannot possibly compete in terms of lowering of salary.

Additionally he hopes to have these grateful "new citizens" voting Democratic for the rest of their lives.

Jan 02 08:22

Rand Paul and Ben Carson condemn NSA spying on Netanyahu

Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., attacked the Obama administration after reports the National Security Agency spied on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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But spying on ordinary law-abiding citizens, including members of members of Congress, is no big deal, to Ben and Rand!

Jan 02 08:17

Putin names United States among threats in new Russian security strategy

A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years.

The document, "About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation", was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed by then- President Dmitry Medvedev, the current prime minister, which mentioned neither the United States not NATO.

It says Russia has managed to heighten its role in solving global problems and international conflicts. That heightened role has caused a reaction by the West, it says.

"The strengthening of Russia happens against the background of new threats to the national security, which has complex and interrelated nature," the document says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all the crud the US and Europe have thrown at Russia, between invoking sanctions against Russia for something it didn't do (allegedly annexing Crimea, which, after Yanukovich's sacking in 2014,left Ukraine with no legitimate government, so Crimea voted to ask Russia to join the Russian Federation) to supporting, funding, and training ISIS, can you blame the Russian government for having stated the obvious?!?

Jan 02 08:15

The Nobel Laureate vs. the Dictator

The prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 has been awarded to my compatriot from Belarus, writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich. Many Belarusians pin their hopes on this prize. That’s why she started her Nobel Lecture at the Stockholm City Hall with the words: “I do not stand alone at this podium…There are voices around me, hundreds of voices.”

Jan 02 08:08

Senate votes against hr 4269 – U.N. weapons collection/disarming Americans

UPDATE ON HR 4269 – SENATE VOTES IT DOWN BY NARROW MARGIN!!!

U.N. weapons collection/disarming Americans

The 2nd Amendment Saved .. 53-46 vote!

Jan 02 08:06

Donald Trump featured in terrorist recruitment video

A newly released video from the terrorist group Al-Shabaab uses footage of Donald Trump to recruit new members.

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How very kind of ISIS to get Hillary off of the hook just days after she embarrassed herself claiming that ISIS was using Trump as a recruiting tool! I guess we can expect to see terrorists with ISIS flags and Hillary 2016 t-shirts any day now! :)

Jan 02 08:05

It’s an ‘epidemic’: Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths

Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police officers in 2015, according to the findings of a Guardian study that recorded a final tally of 1,134 deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers this year.

Related: The Guardian view on US killings by police: why we must keep counting

Despite making up only 2% of the total US population, African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all deaths logged this year by an ongoing investigation into the use of deadly force by police. Their rate of police-involved deaths was five times higher than for white men of the same age.

Paired with official government mortality data, this new finding indicates that about one in every 65 deaths of a young African American man in the US is a killing by police.

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This is insane, and can no longer be tolerated by civil society.

Jan 02 08:02

FLASHBACK - Under The New World Order

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We made this video back in 2012. It is interesting how many of these predictions are now coming true, especially the "stack and pack" 260 square foot micro--apartments now going for $3000 a month in New York!

Jan 02 08:00

Sugar found in ketchup and Coke linked to breast cancer

A common sugar found in drinks such as Coke and food like ketchup, cereal bars and biscuits could be driving breast cancer, scientists warn.
The high-sugar Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and the potential for that cancer to spread to the lungs, the new study suggests.
Researchers found that when mice were given a sucrose-rich diet, similar to our own diet in the West, the mice showed increased levels of tumour growth and metastasis, when the cancer spreads.
• One drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer by 15 per cent
They also found that fructose in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup found in a range of foods and drinks could be driving the disease.
Scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Centre gave groups of mice one of four different diets and found that at six months old, 30 per cent of those raised on starch-controlled diets had measurable tumours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you have not already done so, please make the switch from sugared colas to fruit juice with no sugar added.

Food manufacturers are actually listening to consumers on this, and there is a broad array of juices which do not contain these products.

Jan 02 07:54

A Media Bill in Poland Sparks Concern Over Press Freedom

Poland’s conservative government has introduced a bill to reform the country’s public broadcasters, effectively giving the government power to appoint or dismiss their media executives.

That power would give the country’s national media council, which is closely tied with the ruling Law and Justice party, significantly more influence over the operations of television broadcaster TVP and Polish Radio, the BBC says.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) reports that TVP reaches over 90% of the Polish population weekly, according to the BBC.

Poland’s lower house of parliament, the Sejm, already approved the media law on Wednesday, according to Polish press agency PAP.

Press freedom bodies have already panned the move. The European Federation of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and EBU released a statement on Wednesday criticizing the bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This swing toward the radical right in many countries (Europe and Eastern Europe) is alarming, and this legislation is a manifestation of that move.

But thinking that this will control what people think, in the age of the internet, is misplaced in the extreme by the Polish government;. This is 1950s thinking in 2016, and ultimately will not have the desired effect on how news is disseminated.

Hopefully, the independent media in Poland will survive, because it has to right now, as a voice of clarity and logic.

Jan 02 07:46

IMF HEAD WARNS OF SLOW GROWTH AND ECONOMIC “SHOCKS” IN 2016

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde offered a bleak economic forecast for 2016 and beyond in a guest column published Wednesday in the German financial newspaper Handelsblatt.
The IMF head wrote that global economic growth next year would be “disappointing” and the outlook for the medium term had also deteriorated. Lagarde pointed to the continuing slowdown in China and the prospect of rising interest rates in the US as major factors leading to a continued slowdown in world growth rates and the potential for financial shocks.

Lagarde also noted the substantial decline in the growth of world trade, the ongoing fall in oil and other commodity prices, and the worsening economic and financial crisis in so-called “emerging market” and “developing” countries whose economies are heavily dependent on commodity exports and expanding trade.

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Translation: we are at the start of another Great Depression.

Jan 02 07:04

Kosher-Certified Marijuana Products Are Hitting the Market in 2016

“Being certified kosher by the OU will not only help us serve the dietary needs of the largest Jewish community in the United States, but also combat unfortunate stigmas associated with medical cannabis,”

Jan 02 06:49

'Where White People Meet' Dating Site Deluged With New Sign-Ups After PC Media Hit Piece

A dating website which was dubbed 'controversial' for the name 'Where White People Meet' has been inundated with so many new members that its' website could not handle all the new sign-ups, according to a company tweet earlier today. The site WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com was featured in several corporate news outlets including FOX, ABC and Salt Lake Tribune after erecting their billboard featuring a smiling white couple along a busy Utah highway.

Jan 02 05:12

Fear of US recession is crippling the world

The number eight is regarded in China as a absolute lucky number. Among Economists, the Western world these days, however, more likely fear and terror. America in 2016, in the eighth year of its economic upswing. It normally takes a cycle of only five years, and it follows on from the upturn of the downturn. The longest expansion phase in U.S. history took us a good nine years... And the pessimists have good arguments on their side. To Omen is the Baltic Dry Schifffahrtsindex, shortly before the end of the year, a historical low marked. The Barometer measures the cost of the Shipload for bulk materials of all child – from iron ore and coal to wheat and is regarded as a Seismograph of the global economy. Especially the significant slowdown in growth, China has the Index in the depth button, the most recent crash could be a collapse in America's signal. Investmentlegende Marc Faber lake black for the US economy.

Jan 02 05:06

Here Are the Best- and Worst-Performing Assets of 2015

Here they are, in glorious and sometimes excruciating detail.

January 1, 2016

Jan 01 20:35

A Baby is Born but BombsRUs Cameron's Christmas is Mercy Mild

Bush and Blair, the psychopathic pair, with many thousands sharing the same very dangerous personality trait, then focused on that cradle of civilization, a fine irony. It was in April 2002 when the blood brothers sealed the fate of Iraq in Crawford, Texas. (5) As always there was a pretext, 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'. Vilification of Saddam Hussein ran parallel.

Jan 01 19:57

NHS hospital bosses given pay rises worth more than a nurse's annual salary

Some hospital chief executives have been given pay rises of up to £35,000

Jan 01 19:56

Washington cops allow drunk deputy to drive home, claiming no “probable cause” to arrest him

Two Poulspo police officers refused to arrest Kitsap County sheriff Jim Porter for DUI because he was a fellow law enforcement officer.

Jan 01 19:55

Turbulent FTSE in worst year since 2011

Market volatility wipes £80bn off country’s top firms

Jan 01 19:54

EU calls time on 'too big to fail' with bank bail-in laws

Senior bondholders and depositors over €100,000 will be in line to be "bailed-in" if a bank goes bust, a departure from the mass government-funded rescues seen in Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece in the wake of the financial crisis.

Brussels' tough new Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) will require creditors to incur losses of at least 8pc of their total liabilities before receiving official sector aid. Britain will not be subject to the rules.

Jan 01 19:51

Dubai hotel fire: Inferno at 63-storey Address Downtown hotel near New Year's Eve fireworks display

The fire at The Address hotel is the third major skyscraper fire in the emirate since 2012 and raises some very serious safety questions for British tourists and business visitors to Dubai.

Until Dubai changed its building regulations in 2013, many of the city’s tallest buildings were clad in an aluminium-polyurethane panelling that is highly flammable when exposed to flame or even extreme heat.

In February 2015 the 86-storey skyscraper The Torch went up in flames, with the exterior of the building burning rapidly, and the interior being left largely undamaged.

This followed the November 2012 fire in the Tamweel Tower located in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers complex, with flames leaping up the exterior of the building as the aluminium cladding ignited. Fortunately, in both cases no lives were lost.

Jan 01 19:18

Turkey's President Erdogan cites 'Hitler's Germany' as example of effective government

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has defended his push for a presidential system of government by citing "Hitler's Germany" as an historic example.

The President has pushed ahead with efforts to increase the stature of his own position, despite fears it would split the country's seat of power in two.

Jan 01 19:17

The Vermont senator, who is running as a Democrat, says Wall Street's "recklessness" destroyed the economy with the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007. For this reason he says big financial institutions should help pay for free college education in the U.S.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stumped at Northstar Elementary School in Knoxville on New Year's Eve morning.

The Vermont senator, who is running as a Democrat, says Wall Street's "recklessness" destroyed the economy with the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007. For this reason he says big financial institutions should help pay for free college education in the U.S. through a tax on speculation, or high-risk trading.

Jan 01 18:49

Polish govt to restrict the freedom of the press

Poland’s conservative government has introduced a bill to reform the country’s public broadcasters, effectively giving the government power to appoint or dismiss their media executives. That power would give the country’s national media council, which is closely tied with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, significantly more influence over the operations of television broadcaster TVP and Polish Radio, the BBC says.

Jan 01 18:16

The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

For the most part, there were no surprises: Donald Trump railed against Muslims, Chris Christie lamented that the NSA can’t intercept Americans’ phone calls and emails as easily as it used to, Ben Carson remained confused about foreign policy, and Carly Fiorina yelled loudly that nobody was paying any attention to her.

Jan 01 18:14

Probing Bernie Sanders’s Identity

Every time I write about a book about Bernie Sanders, somebody sends me a better one. If this keeps up, by the time his campaign is over I should be reading the best book ever written and be completely out of touch with reality. The latest is The Bern Identity by Will Bunch.

Jan 01 17:27

Enstrictly Speaking, 2016 Could Be a Trailrazer

My 9-year-old daughter hunkers down for hours with the Warriors books. She’s on her fifth run through the dozens of tomes in this series that our local libraries keep handy about clans of cats who want nothing to do with people. Poring over them does wonders for my daughter’s vocabulary, but I could do without the occasional hissing and other feline habits she’s acquired.

Jan 01 17:09

When New Year’s Meant Freedom

When the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect Jan. 1, 1863, African-Americans had been fighting the Confederacy near the South Carolina Islands for months. These soldiers assembled with their families to celebrate. Their commander, Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, had been a militant Abolitionist minister who together with black people in Boston had stormed jails to free captured people of color.

Jan 01 17:06

Scientists reprogram the brains of ants to change their behaviour - and the technique could one day be used to control HUMANS

In order to reprogram the ants, a team of scientists led by Professor Shelley Berger at the University of Pennsylvania, zeroed in on the 'epigenetic' controls, which switch genes on and off without permanent changes their DNA.

They found that manipulating this layer of genetic control made it possible to reprogram the ants to change their foraging behaviour.

Jan 01 17:00

Speaker John Bercow accused of hiding drunken excesses of MPs, peers and their staff at Westminster

John Bercow was today accused of trying to suppress details of drinking problems among politicians and their staff at Westminster.

The Commons Speaker has used a loophole in the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to hold back reports of drunken excesses in Parliament's subsidised bars.

Mr Bercow blocked the release of information demanded follows a series of drunken incidents, including assaults, involving MPs, peers and their staff.

Jan 01 16:58

There would have been “something wrong” if the US had not bugged Netanyahu

Alan Hart says collusion between Israeli Premier Netanyahu and traitors in the US Congress, and the risk of Netanyahu mounting a false flag operation to scupper the nuclear agreement with Iran, are what prompted President Obama to authorise bugging the Israeli premier.

Jan 01 16:54

Bank customers warned over new 'number spoofing' con: 95% rise in telephone banking thefts as fraudsters are impersonating firms on caller ID to steal millions from accounts

The scam involves criminals copying the telephone number of a genuine organisation so that it appears on the victim's caller ID display, enabling them to immediately gain their trust.

The fraudsters then pose as bank staff or police officers to persuade the victim to hand over details like their PIN or passwords.

Some even convince customers to transfer money directly into their accounts by pretending there has been a security breach that has left their cash vulnerable.

To add an extra layer of authenticity, the scammer will sometimes send a text to the victim's mobile phone which also shows up on phone display as having come from the bank and can appear within a group of genuine messages from the company.

Jan 01 16:46

NatWest customers locked out again as bank suffers New Year’s Day glitch

NatWest customers were unable to use their debit cards across many stores on Friday, as the bank admitted that account holders had yet again run into trouble.

Customers reported that they were unable to pay for shopping at Tesco, among other stores, in the latest of a string of glitches to hit the high street bank.

Jan 01 16:41

Entire Florida Police Dept Busted Laundering Tens of Millions For International Drug Cartels

The village of Bal Harbour, population 2,513, may have a tiny footprint on the northern tip of Miami Beach, but its police department had grand aspirations of going after international drug traffickers, and making a few million dollars while they were at it. The Bal Harbour PD and the Glades County Sheriff's Office set up a giant money laundering scheme with the purported goal of busting drug cartels and stemming the surge of drug dealing going on in the area. But it all fell apart when federal investigators and the Miami-Herald found strange things going on.

Jan 01 16:18

Islamic State behind New Year's Eve attack plot in Germany - police

German police had been unable to find the Islamic State suspects behind an alleged attack plot in Munich that prompted evacuations and the closure of train stations shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Police were not even sure if the suspects existed or were in the country, the Munich police chief said on Friday.

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"At this point, we don't know if these names are correct, if these people even exist, or where they might be. If we knew this we would be a clear step further. We have no information that these people are in Munich or in Germany," he added.

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