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April 30, 2015

Apr 30 13:03

US Highway Patrol Trains Ukrainian Officers in Police Tactics

The California Highway Patrol collaborated over the past month with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior Affairs on a training course for 30 Ukrainian law enforcement officers. According to the US State Department, four American officers were sent to Kyiv for a period of four weeks to conduct training on car stops, handcuffing, and how to defend oneself against attacks.
All graduates of the course will now go on to instruct new Ukrainian recruits for the newly formed Patrol Police, to which more than 11,000 Ukrainians have already applied.
The first wave of the new force will consist of some 2,000 officers and will hit the streets of Kyiv starting in June. The new patrol is part of far-reaching reforms designed to replace the current road patrols and to bring the country’s law enforcement bodies into line with European standards.

Apr 30 13:02

With Friends Like These: German Spy Agency 'Helped US Target France'

Germany’s national intelligence agency, the BND, spied on top French officials and the EU’s headquarters on behalf of US intelligence, German media report.
The leaks from a secret BND report suggest that its monitoring station at Bad Aibling spied on France’s presidential palace and foreign ministry, and the European Commission.
The US National Security Agency also allegedly spied on some European firms.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere denies claims of a cover-up.
The BND reportedly collected information on European firms at Washington’s behest to check if they were breaking trade embargos.
According to the reports, the BND did not target German or US officials in the surveillance, as they are protected by a BND-NSA agreement signed in 2002.
However, it has emerged that the German government knew about NSA spying on European arms businesses as early as 2008. The government found “shortcomings” in the BND’s operations, German TV reports.

Apr 30 13:00

Former CIA Analyst Details How Romania Has Become a US/CIA Torture Facility in the Heart of Europe

Former CIA analyst Raymond McGovern told Sputnik News Agency that former Romanian President Ion Iliescu allowed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to operate torture sites within his country because he was the leader of a puppet state whose marching orders came from Washington.
The fact that Romania, an EU member state, is running CIA torture sites is alarming, to say the least. What is even more worrying is that Romania has graduated from being a US torture prison, to becoming a full on NATO whipping boy, placing the country and its citizens in immediate danger, should Vicky Nuland and her neo-con crazies get the hot war with Russia they so eagerly desire.
Once again we see EU values and human rights in action…torturing some folks, while making the Romanian President and all his cronies insanely wealthy.

Apr 30 12:58

Monsanto Secretly Gave Money to Farmer Caught Contaminating Organic Farms with GMOs

Natural Society reported on organic farmer Steve Marsh’s dilemma with GMO cross pollination of his organic farms a while back, but some shocking news has recently bubbled to the surface about Monsanto’s involvement.

One of the secrets of monopolizing Monsanto is that it contributed big bucks to the defense of the Australian farmer whose GMO canola crop infected Steve Marsh’s organic fields. If you aren’t privy, a ruling by the Supreme Court of Western Australia had no sympathy for Steve Marsh’s plight, and sided in favor of Michael Baxter and Monsanto.

Apr 30 12:57

Ukrainian Army Promo video, threatening to raze Donbass to the ground

Apr 30 12:56

US TOW anti-tank missiles found in Quneitra

The 'Quneitra Hawks' Brigade, a militant group siding with SAA, has found a cache of weapons near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights; included in the cache were BGM-71 TOW missiles, made by the US and spread throughout various opposition groups fighting the Syrian government. 4/20/2015

Apr 30 12:55

Confirmed: There Are Russian Troops in Ukraine -- At Kiev's Behest!

A total of 70 Russian officers have been working in Ukraine’s south-east since September 2014 under an agreement between the Russian and Ukrainian General Staffs of Armed Forces, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published on Thursday.
“They are from the representative office of Russia’s Defense Ministry in the Joint ceasefire control and coordination center and stabilization of contact line between the sides,” he said adding that the JCCC also comprises the representatives of Ukraine’s military and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
“And our officers are working there at the request of the Ukrainian side. But Kiev does not want to acknowledge this in public,” the official said. They are working directly in the security zone set up along the contact line of Ukraine’s units and armed groups of the LPR and DPR.

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Apr 30 12:39

US Poised to Expand ISIS Fight Worldwide

The war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria isn’t exactly making headway, indeed it seems destined to be the latest open-ended military boondoggle in a long line for the US in that region.

Still, that doesn’t mean the mess can’t get even bigger, and that’s exactly what’s likely to happen, according to officials familiar with the situation who say that the US is likely to agree to expand the ISIS war to include its assorted affiliates across the planet.

Apr 30 12:38

The Silencing of Dorothy Thompson

This is the story of a famous, glamorous, pioneering female journalist and human rights advocate who was shunned and forgotten for criticizing the treatment of Palestinians in the creation of the Israeli state. A 90 minute documentary from Alternate Focus.

Apr 30 12:37

Vladimir Putin recalls how WWII affected life of his parents

Despite all of the horrors during the World War II, people of that generation did not feel hatred toward their enemy, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in his article for the Russky Pioner (Russian Pioneer) magazine recalling stories of his parents about the war.
"There was not a family not having someone killed [in the war]," Putin wrote. "There were of course sorrow, trouble, tragedy, but what is surprising they did not feel hatred toward their enemies. To tell you the truth, I still do not understand it completely."
Recalling his mother’s words, Putin writes: "My mother was very soft and kind… She used to say ‘What kind of hatred can be felt in regard to these soldiers? They are also simple people and also were killed in the war.’"

Apr 30 12:29

The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve the purchase from Russia already ordered the RD-180

The U.S. Department of defense requests the U.S. Congress to authorize the purchase of the RD-180 from Russia, which is already booked in 2014 but not paid for in full at the time, said Deborah Lee James.
She urged members of Congress to approve proposed by the Pentagon an amendment to a previously adopted law, which prohibits the air force to use the RD-180 from 2019. In its present form, this law carries the risk that "we will not be able to achieve the intended objective, namely to 2018" to begin to sign contracts for orbital launches using the new American engine, which will be set instead of the RD-180, recognized James, speaking at the hearings before the Committee on armed services of the Senate of the Congress.
At the same time she stressed that the Pentagon agrees with the legislators: "We should (in the future) to abandon the use of Russian rocket engines RD-180.

Apr 30 12:03

40 years after Vietnam, the military industrial complex continues its rampage of war crimes

It was 40 years ago today that the last troops from America's criminal war against the people of Vietnam scurried ignominiously onto a helicopter on the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and fled the country where US forces had killed some 3-4 million people in the name of "fighting Communism."

Apr 30 12:00

Henningsen: ‘If your goal is sectarian division – don’t allow in humanitarian help’

Choking off aid and supplies – will guarantee further instability and sectarian strife in Yemen.

Apr 30 11:58

Hacktivists post info pointing to security service’s hand in Ukraine journalist murder

Ukrainian hacktivists from Cyber Berkut, a group taking name from Ukraine’s special police force, put on the Web on Thursday materials, which they say prove involvement of the Ukrainian Security Service in the recent murder of opposition journalist Oles Buzina.
"We, Cyber Berkut, make available to the public materials confirming that physical liquidation of public and political activists in opposition to the Kiev junta, was sanctioned by the Ukrainian Security Service, supervised by Kharkiv political elites, while the very group of ‘assassins of free Ukraine’ territorially belongs to Kharkiv nationalist groups," runs a report on Cyber Berkut’s website.
Hacktivists say about a week ago they hacked a mail box of the acting deputy head of the Kharkiv region’s state administration, Vyacheslav Abbakumv, getting access to his service documents as well as his correspondence with an unidentified leader of a neo-Nazi group from the Kharkiv region.

Apr 30 11:55

Unidentified special forces fight against battalions of Ukrainian nationalists — Basurin

Unidentified special task forces are conducting a special operation in the area of the township of Avdeyevka in Donbas to render harmless a battalion of Ukrainian nationalists, Eduard Basurin, an official spokesman for the Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic said on Thursday.
"About 5 a.m., our reconnaissance registered a brief exchange of fire at the positions of the Ukrainian armed units," he said. "Our reconnaissance officers said in their reports that an unknown unit of commandoes had stormed and seized a platoon-level fortified strongpoint set up by punitive expeditioners from a nationalistic battalion."
The case in hand might be precisely targeted elimination of the freewheeling warlords in charge of nationalistic Ukrainian battalions by foreign mercenaries dispatched to the zone of the conflict, Basurin said.

Apr 30 11:52

Russia's national payment system reports failure in processing operations

National System of Payment Cards reported failure in processing operations in the night from Tuesday (April 28) to Wednesday.
"The NSPC confirms problems at 2:15 AM to 7:12 AM Moscow time. At 7:12 AM transactions processed in the normal mode," the company’s report said.
The company’s press service notes that the failure is not of systemic or program nature.
"Our software, NSPC Front-office, was working and was available. Some banks still kept working with the NSPC, operations were successful," the statement said.
The Company intends to analyze the causes of failure and later provide more information.

Apr 30 11:50

Russia to ban import of peanuts from US to Russia starting May 1

Russia's agriculture watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, will introduce a ban on import of peanuts from the United States starting May 1, 2015, the agency said on Thursday. The prohibition will be effective until the United States provides clarifications concerning the excessive content of cadmium in the US peanuts.
Peanuts from the United States prohibited for importation to Russia may be replaced by deliveries of such a commodity from India, Assistant Head of the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexei Alexeenko said on Thursday.
"Quite a lot of countries are producing peanuts. Large volumes are in India and certain other nations. We may select different countries," Alexeenko added. http://tass.ru/en/economy/792629

Apr 30 11:48

'Wounded': 12-part WWP series is on Netflix & YouTube

Unlike the previous seven times he'd gotten the shot, the vaccine triggered an overreaction of Wolff's autoimmune system, causing his own defenses to attack his central nervous system, including his spinal cord and brain. He was in a coma for more than a month.

"[When I woke up] I was told I would never walk, breathe on my own, eat or talk ever again. If I had had the ability to do it, I would have committed suicide," Wolff says in a 20-minute episode of a series now available for download on Netflix, "Wounded: The Battle Back Home."

Apr 30 11:47

Kiev continues shelling, pulls in rocket artillery to contact line — DPR defense ministry

Ukrainian forces continue shelling the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and pulling in rocket artillery to the contact line, DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin told a briefing on Thursday.
Over the last 24 hours, the Ukrainian forces shelled DPR 37 times, including four times from heavy artillery and 15 times from mortars, Basurin said. "Ukrainian force also continue harassing fire on our settlements near the contact line from tanks and IFVs [infantry fighting vehicles], and from firearms. Ukrainian commanders continue covertly pulling in rocket artillery systems to positions along the contact line," he added.

Apr 30 11:45

Ancient temple built by Barbarossa craftsmen found in central Russia

Ruins of a 12th century temple built by craftsmen of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa has been discovered by archaeologists in the Vladimir Region, cemtral Russia, the head of the expedition said on Wednesday.
The unique Roman temple built by Italian architects is decorated with "very beautiful white Roman carving" which combines both Russian and foreign patterns, Vladimir Sedov told TASS.
The temple's builders are believed to have been sent to Russia by Frederick I Barbarossa who ruled the Holy Roman Empire from 1155 until his death in 1190, he said.
The temple was discovered in the village of Bogolyubovo founded in 1158 by Grand Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky (God-Loving) of Vladimir and Suzdal.

Apr 30 11:45

JEWHAD AGAINST JEWS

For years there have been calls for on-the-ground opposition to the occupation. Now there are a growing number of Jewish platforms — and voices — seeking to make it happen.

Apr 30 11:44

RUSSIA’S ATTEMPT AT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Russian bookstores began removing a graphic novel about the Holocaust from their shelves due to the large swastika on its cover.

Apr 30 11:36

Chernobyl wildfire nearly extinguished: Ukraine

Firefighters have nearly extinguished a forest fire near Ukraine's Chernobyl plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986 and hope to put it out fully within two days, the emergency services said on Thursday.

Apr 30 11:35

US army exercise on preventing civil unrest spread to Tennessee

New videos have been released over the "riot control teams" for the last few weeks. National Guard along with police and US military forces undertake training exercises across the United States. Training is based under riot control and martial-law scenarios.

According to the officials, the 134th Air Refueling Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard and the Knoxville Police Department trainings take place once in a month. The troops take turns of being rioters, who throw objects and powder at each other.

"We use this training because we know that if we have to use it in the outside world or within a base then we're ready," National Guard official said.

The troops are to deal with civil unrest and domestic disorder.

The police officers are training the Guard troops, "in case they ever come in contact with a riot control situation," according to the official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious the government knows that some huge financial correction is going to hit the US and world economy, which could well plunge some portions of this country into chaos.

And as a Christian pacifist, who never advocates violence, I am urging Mike's readers and listeners NOT to give this government the war they are prepared to fight and win against you, as these exercises demonstrate.

Be calm, prepare, the best you can, and have patience.

The next major change in government will not be won with weapons, but with computer keyboards, sharing what you know with whom you know.

Apr 30 11:30

Turns Out, Organic Farming Proven to Dispel Global Warming Fears

Organic farming can reverse the agriculture ecosystem from a carbon source to a carbon sink.

Nothing in this article is meant to argue any of the nuances surrounding climate change/global warming. None. Of. The nuances. In fact, a handful of Chinese researchers went with the current climate change premise - and discovered pleasant results that can put many fears aside.

Apr 30 11:21

CA SB277 ON VACCINES MOVES TOWARD DISASTROUS PASSAGE

California Senate Bill 277 has passed through the Judiciary Committee, and needs another Committee’s rubber stamp before it arrives on the Senate floor for debate—and what looks like a ride into law.

Governor Brown will sign the Bill. Brown has become a standard fool. He’s worn out. Whatever interesting ideas he may have entertained in his former “moonbeam” incarnation are gone in the wind.

Bill277 eliminates the personal belief and religious exemptions from vaccination. It also states that children cannot attend public or private school unless they are vaccinated according to the State’s schedule.

Medical exemptions are still allowed, but these won’t be easy to come by, because physicians who grant them will be scrutinized and harassed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if this is going to cause a huge explosion in home schooling in California, and potentially other states, if unvaccinated kids cannot attend either public or private schools.

Apr 30 11:15

America’s Police Will Fight the Next Riot With These Stink Bombs

As protesters and police officers clash on the streets of divided cities such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are stockpiling a highly controversial weapon to control civil unrest.

It’s called Skunk, a type of “malodorant,” or in plainer language, a foul-smelling liquid. Technically nontoxic but incredibly disgusting, it has been described as a cross between “dead animal and human excrement.” Untreated, the smell lingers for weeks.

The Israeli Defense Forces developed Skunk in 2008 as a crowd-control weapon for use against Palestinians. Now Mistral, a company out of Bethesda, Maryland, is providing it to police departments in the United States, including the Ferguson PD.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

JUST great: instead of dealing with the situations which led to the protests in first place (like police brutality, which is a national embarrassment here in the US), police departments are going to control crowds with stink bombs developed to be used by Israelis against Palestinians; and then to address any issues the Palestinian people have with them constructively.

Apr 30 11:14

Airbus to sue in US, German spying row

Aviation giant Airbus says it will file a criminal complaint over allegations that German intelligence helped the US carry out industrial espionage.

Apr 30 11:13

POLICE Trained by ISRAEL / Torture / Murder / Terror

Apr 30 11:11

Baltimore police cite missteps in arrest of Freddie Gray; Hogan asks for calm

Top officials here acknowledged Friday that Freddie Gray was not treated properly when he was arrested nearly two weeks ago but said they are still investigating the severe spinal injury that appears to have led to his death.

Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Gray was not seat-belted after being placed in a transport van, a violation of department policy. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said that Gray was not offered medical attention despite several requests and that officers should have called for an ambulance when they arrested him.

Apr 30 11:02

THE DAY AFTER DAMASCUS FALLS

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic, writes Robert Parry.

BY ROBERT PARRY

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the same fate as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, much of Official Washington would rush out to some chic watering hole to celebrate – one more “bad guy” down, one more “regime change” notch on the belt. But the day after Damascus falls could mark the beginning of the end for the American Republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can no longer believe anything the government, or their presstitutes, attempt to tell me.

Successive American governments which cannot learn from their mistakes (and we can definitely start with Vietnam on this) is a dangerous, sociopathic actor on the international stage, and one which cannot be trusted at all, either by friend or alleged foe.

Apr 30 10:54

CAVING IN TO CORPORATISM: ENDGAME FOR SECRET “TRADE” PACT NEGOTIATIONS

Two game-changing trade agreements — the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its sister pact, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — are perilously close to completion. Their basic aims are three-fold: to elevate the rights of “investors,” that is of corporations, above the rights of citizens; to transfer sovereignty from the seats of national government to the corporate HQs of the world’s largest multinationals; and to cement Western domination of the global economy for the foreseeable future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the last bitter step of corporations owning the world, setting legislation norms, and pretty much, in this country, completely ignoring the needs and concerns of American citizens.

Multinational corporations have pretty much owned the world for some time now; these pacts simply make it "official". That is why Obama won't even let Congress see the pertinent documents on these treaties.

Apr 30 10:53

SportsSheriff: ‘I Was Sick To My Stomach’ After Being Told To Stand Down

A Maryland sheriff who traveled to Baltimore to help law enforcement stop Monday’s riots told 105.7 The Fan that he was stunned when officers alerted him of the orders to stand down.

Michael Lewis is the Sheriff in Wicomico County, and was also a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police. He joined Ed Norris and Steve Davis on Thursday to talk about the controversial orders the police were given during the riots.

Lewis said it wasn’t his intention to come to Baltimore, a drive of about two hours, but he felt it was his duty to help.

Apr 30 10:51

Huge Explosion At Russian Military Base Near Ukraine

Apr 30 10:44

How Eric Snowden Changed Our World

It is now almost two years since whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the surveillance activities of the NSA and its allies in the GCHQ and other agencies around the world. Eighteen months later Laura Poitras' film Citizenfour about Snowden was released, and four months after that it won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Another film, this one a biopic directed by Oliver Stone entitled Snowden, is due out at the end of this year.

Apr 30 10:34

How U.S. Journalists Inflame Middle East Sectarianism

Sectarianism in the Middle East is regularly inflamed by the Sunni Salafi/Wahhabi groups and countries in the Middle East. It is directed against all other strains of Islam as well as against all other religions.

But as the "western" governments and media favor the Saudi Arabian side and often denigrate the "resistance" side, be it Shia, Sunni or whatever else, they insist that it is the Shia side that is preaching sectarianism. One can often experience this with reports on speeches of Hizbullah leader Nasrallah who is always very careful to not ever use sectarian language. When Nasrallah condemns Takfiri terrorists like AlQaeda and the Islamic State as non-Muslim and calls them the greatest danger to Sunnis, Shia and Christians alike the "western" media like to report that he warns of Sunnis in general and is thus spreading sectarianism.

Liz Sly in Baghdad (archive)

Apr 30 10:28

Is perseverance the key to children's intellectual growth?

By Clifton B. Parker

Passion, dedication and persistence count the most when children are cultivating their intelligence and talents, a Stanford scholar says.

Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor, said that when children are praised for the process they engage in – hard work, strategies, focus, persistence – they become better learners. The Stanford News Service recently interviewed Dweck on this topic...

Apr 30 10:18

Billionaire Hypocrisy: George Soros May Owe $7 Billion In Taxes

“You support President Obama’s proposal to increase taxes on the wealthy?” That was the question put to George Soros on CNN some three years ago. Here was his answer:

Yes, very much… the super bubble really resulted in creating a great increase in inequality, and now we have the after effect where you have slow growth, but if you could have better distribution of income, then the average American would actually be better off.

Apr 30 09:42

Big Pharma will never solve the world's health problems because it makes too much money off disease

One of the most fraudulent industries in America today, the pharmaceutical drug racket, has very little to do with actually healing people, and everything to do with generating obscene profits for corporate executives and their vast network of drug dispensers. After all, where would Big Pharma be financially if it developed real cures for sick patients who would naturally no longer need pharmaceuticals once they're healed?

It would be out of business, that's where -- hence the reason why a continuous drug "pipeline" regularly spews out new drugs to treat diseases but not actually cure any of them. It's common sense, really, from a business perspective. But it's something that many people fail to recognize in the vast, for-profit medicine model that dominates not only the West, but increasingly many nations in the developing world.

Apr 30 09:40

AMERICA’S POLICE WILL FIGHT THE NEXT RIOT WITH THESE STINK BOMBS

As protestors and police officers clash on the streets of divided cities such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are stockpiling a highly controversial weapon to control civil unrest.

Apr 30 09:37

The Climatistas Are Quaking

For the latest example of climate change fanaticism, look no further than Newsweek yesterday (how is Newsweek still a thing at all?), where we are solemnly told that . . . wait for it now . . . climate change caused the Nepal earthquake:

Apr 30 09:37

CNN reporter blames veterans for Baltimore riots

In a moment of what may have been unbelievable candor, a CNN host demonstrated why hers is one of the least-watched cable news channels on the air today.

Her name: Brooke Baldwin.

As reported by Breitbart News' media critic John Nolte, Baldwin made the outrageous insinuation that veterans, somehow, were responsible, at least in part, for the riots recently taking place in Baltimore.

"After more than a year of CNN pouring gasoline all over America with hysterical, and oftentimes phony, stories of American racism, the left-wing network's afternoon anchor Brooke Baldwin finally took it to the next level by blaming American veterans for the Baltimore riots."

Apr 30 09:33

US Vaporized Marshall Islands, Performed Human Experimentation on Natives

“Nuclear Savage” is a recent documentary film that explores American nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, 1946-1958, and particularly the secret Project 4.1: an American experiment in exposing Pacific Islanders to overdoses of radiation – deliberate human radiation poisoning – just to get better data on this method of maiming and killing people. The public broadcasting establishment has spent more that two years keeping this story off the air.

The preview reel of “Nuclear Savage” includes a clip with a stentorian newsreel announcer reporting on the American treatment of Marshall Islanders in April 1957, and explaining to his predominantly American audience:

“The Marshallese caught by fallout got 175 roentgens of radiation. These are fishing people, savages by our standards, so a cross-section was brought to Chicago for testing. The first was John, the mayor of Rongelap Atoll…. John, as we said, is a savage, but a happy, amenable savage.”

Apr 30 09:32

Police Start A Fire In Baltimore And Then Blame It On 'Criminals'

Fire beside Pratt library was not caused by Molotov cocktail. The teargas grenade landed on trash and its sparks set the fire. Watched it.

Apr 30 09:22

French soldiers 'raped boys in C.Africa'

A damning United Nations report leaked to the Guardian newspaper has alleged that French soldiers deployed as peacekeepers in Central African Republic have been sexually abusing the children they are supposed to be protecting. France has launched an investigation.

Apr 30 09:22

Swedish UN worker in French troop abuse row

A senior Swedish aid worker has been suspended from his job at the United Nations for allegedly leaking an internal report claiming that French soldiers deployed in the Central African Republic have been abusing children.

Apr 30 09:21

Nicaragua approves Russian 'alternative GPS' satellite system

Nicaragua has approved the implementation of an agreement with Russia that authorizes the establishment of satellite ground stations in the Central American country.

The agreement, approved by Nicaragua’s legislature on Tuesday, would allow Moscow to place the satellite land bases, which are part of an operating system similar to the Global Positioning System (GPS), for peaceful purposes such as mitigating the effects of natural disasters.

The system, known as GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), is managed by Russia’s Federal Space Agency, and works as an alternative to the GPS, which is created and maintained by the US government.

Apr 30 09:21

Netanyahu moves for greater share of power in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is busy making attempts for a greater share of power in Israel.

On Wednesday, the premier’s Likud party signed agreements with two Israeli parties, which would give him control of 46 seats out of the parliament's 120, Israeli media outlets reported.

The agreements were signed with the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) and the center-right Kulanu parties.

Apr 30 09:20

Baltimore: Violent demonstrations or demonstrations against violence and injustice?

I know what the anti-RT brigade in the corporate media are expecting here. They imagine I’ll take great satisfaction from current events in Baltimore. No, I don’t. There’s nothing good about watching a nation or city fragment along ethnic or racial lines.

Just as there’s no joy in Ukraine’s current predicament, where the State Department stoked festering ethnic tensions and destroyed a country. Nor was there anything positive about the civil war that raged in Ireland’s north-east corner when I was growing up a couple of hundred miles south.

Apr 30 09:19

More than 60 arrested as hundreds in NYC, DC rally for Baltimore’s Freddie Gray

New York City police arrested more than 60 people Wednesday as protesters marched in solidarity with those in Baltimore, where demonstrations and riots were sparked by Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.

Apr 30 09:19

The Great Unwind Begins: US Dollar Plunges To 2-Month Lows

Just when you thought it was safe to pile all your money (at maximum leverage) into USD-denominated assets, the greenback plunges... The last 4 days have seen the 2nd biggest drop in 6 years. This has very significant consequences for a world that has become entirely consensus-based across at least 5 major themes... This poses a problem for talking-heads: if USD strength as indicative of US economic strength... what does a plunging USD imply?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be good for US exporters! Bad for people buying imported products in the US!

Apr 30 09:18

Lawmakers Trying To Pass Bill Exempting Politicians From Arrest And Prosecution For Corruption

Taking payoffs, breaking the law and pushing through unconstitutional legislation as special favors to corporate interests has long been par for the course in politics. But now Representative Kevin Calvey (R – Oklahoma City) wants to make it official and make it illegal to arrest any state officials accused of a public offense.

Representative Calvey has introduced House Bill 2206, which would prohibit Oklahoma’s district attorneys from prosecuting state officials, granting that power exclusively to the state’s Attorney General. This would exempt lawmakers from prosecution of nearly any crimes that are normally handled at the local level.

Apr 30 09:15

Public School “Child Nutrition Supervisor” Served Students Reeking, Six-Year-Old Pork

(Nutritional Anarchy) Stories continually coming out of public schools illustrate time and again that our school lunches are “bad,” but this story makes Michelle Obama’s school lunch program look like a fancy dinner at a four-star restaurant.

After a determination made by someone given the title “Child Nutrition Supervisor” and the school’s cafeteria managers who performed “tests,” a decision was made to serve school children six-year-old pork in Hawkins County, Tennessee.

First of all… if you have to perform tests before you serve something obviously questionable enough to warrant tests to hundreds of trusting, innocent children…

Here’s an actual quote about the meat from local news outlet WBIR:

“The actual woman making a stink about it said it smelled so bad they made gravy to put over the meat to give it a smell and give it a better taste,” said [Hawkins County Commissioner Michael] Herrell.

Ew.

(Continued...)

Apr 30 09:12

"Purge" Night 3: Protests Spread Across Nation, Over 60 Arrested In New York City - Live Feed

In Los Angeles, six people protesting against police brutality were arrested Monday night when they failed to disperse, reported CNN affiliate KABC. About 50 people marched, KABC said.

In Chicago, hundreds of protesters marched Tuesday from police headquarters at 35th and Michigan through the Southside, CNN affiliate WGN reported. Police made one arrest, for reckless conduct.

About 100 people marched Monday night in Oakland in support of Baltimore protesters, reported CNN affiliate KABC.

Apr 30 09:12

The way "journalists" demand Black people condemn violent protests is how they should question US officials on their wars. But they won't.

Apr 30 09:11

In Closed Door Meeting, Police Commissioner Says No New Evidence of Force Related Injuries to Freddie Gray

According to State Delegate Jill Carter who attended the meeting, emotions ran high as the Commissioner gave a limited briefing on the few details related to the case. Carter told The Real News Network the Commissioner said after several weeks of investigation there is still no evidence of injuries caused by use of force. The only injuries thus far are to his spine.

We contacted the police who confirmed that the Commissioner told the delegation there is no other evidence of use of force found thus far, but they declined to reveal exactly how the spinal injuries were caused.

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The Baltimore police have announced that their report will not be released to the public, however someone is trying to plant the story in the media that Freddie Grey intentionally broke his own neck!

Apr 30 09:11

Going out in the sun can PROTECT against one of the deadliest forms of cancer, scientists reveal

‘If you’re living at a high latitude or in a place with a lot of heavy cloud cover, you can’t make vitamin D most of the year, which results in a higher-than-normal risk of getting pancreatic cancer,’ said lead author Cedric Garland, a professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

‘People who live in sunny counties near the equator have only one sixth of the age-adjusted incidence rate of pancreatic cancer as those who live far from it.

‘The importance of sunlight deficiency strongly suggests – but does not prove – that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the risk of pancreatic cancer.’

Apr 30 09:04

213 Teachers Injured By Police

Brazilian police forces have clashed with teachers protesting over pension reforms in the southern city of Curitiba, leaving nearly 213 of them injured.

Apr 30 08:59

Economic growth? Obama shoots himself in the foot

The world’s biggest economy ground to a standstill in the first quarter of 2015 wracked by massive job losses in the oil sector, falling personal consumption, weak exports and droopy fixed investment. Real gross domestic product (GDP), the value of the production of goods and services in the US, increased at an abysmal annual rate of just 0.2 percent in Q1 ’15 according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis demonstrating conclusively that 6 years of zero rates and Large-Scale Asset Purchases (LSAP)– which have enriched stock speculators, inflated the largest asset-price bubble in history, and exacerbated inequality to levels not seen since the Gilded Age– have done nothing to improve the real economy, boost demand or reduce unemployment. As the BEA data illustrates, the US economy is basically DOA, a victim of criminal congressional negligence and Central Bank chicanery.

Apr 30 08:57

Fury rises at Disney over use of foreign workers

At the end of October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called, one-by-one, into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs. Multiple conference rooms had been set aside for this purpose, and in each room an executive read from a script informing the worker that their last day would be Jan. 30, 2015.
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Some workers left the rooms crying; others appeared shocked. This went on all day. As each employee received a call to go to a conference room, others in the office looked up sometimes with pained expressions. One IT worker recalls a co-worker mouthing "no" as he walked by on the way to a conference room.

Apr 30 08:48

State threatening anti-Common Core parents with jail?

Parents in South Carolina who are part of a nationwide revolt against Common Core say they are being threatened with “criminal accountability” if they prevent their children from taking the tests required by the controversial educational-standards program.

Tamra Hood, a member of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, said the state Education Department’s Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Carpentier, warned parents could spend 30 days in jail if even a single day of testing is missed, Breitbart News reported.

Apr 30 08:39

FBI slammed on Capitol Hill for 'stupid' ideas about encryption

Amy Hess, the FBI's executive assistant director for science and technology, reiterated to the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform the bureau’s decades-old fear of “going dark” because encryption, which makes it will make criminal investigations more difficult.

“We’re certainly not going to go dark,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) responded. “And in many ways we’ve never been brighter.”

"Creating a technological backdoor just for good guys is technologically stupid," said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a Stanford University computer science graduate. "That's just stupid."

Lieu blamed the NSA's vast surveillance apparatus, saying the agency "violated the Fourth Amendment rights of every American for years" and has caused a vast public reaction.

"Our founders understood that an Orwellian overreaching government is one of the most dangerous things this world could have," Lieu said.

Apr 30 08:37

Pakistan allows CIA officials to get away with murder and conspiracy

Pakistani police say they have dropped charges of murder, conspiracy, waging war and terrorism against a former CIA station chief and a former agency lawyer over a 2009 drone strike that killed two people.

Apr 30 08:36

PM Abbott Backflipped When Murdoch Media Keeps Pushing “Jab”

November 2006: Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott has said that he would not be rushing to have his own daughters vaccinated against cervical cancer. “I won’t be rushing out to get my daughters vaccinated, maybe that’s because I’m a cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard but, look, I won’t be,” Mr Abbott said on Southern Cross radio (report here).

April 2015: Prime Minister Tony ­Abbott and Social Services Minister Scott Morrison (appointed Dec 14) announce the historic “no jab, no play” reforms, which mean parents who fail to immunise their children will no longer be paid the $200-a-week childcare benefit, the $7500-a-year childcare rebate or the $726 Family Tax Benefit A annual supplement. This could risk up to $30,000 a year for a family with two young children. The changes will come into effect from January 1, 2016 (report here).

Apr 30 08:36

16 Signs That The Economy Has Stalled Out And The Next Economic Downturn Is Here

If U.S. economic growth falls any lower, we are officially going to be in recession territory. On Wednesday, we learned that U.S. GDP grew at a 0.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2015.

Apr 30 08:35

Would you do this?

No you wouldn’t do this.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America"

YOU JUST DID!!

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Apr 30 08:34

FBI ‘facilitated ransom to al-Qaeda’

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly helped facilitate a ransom payment to al-Qaeda in 2012 by the family of dead American hostage Warren Weinstein in an unsuccessful attempt to free him.

Apr 30 08:33

Evaluating NASA’s Futuristic EM Drive

A group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum – a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising several competing research teams. Thrust measurements of the EM Drive defy classical physics’ expectations that such a closed (microwave) cavity should be unusable for space propulsion because of the law of conservation of momentum.

Apr 30 08:24

Protests Spread To Other Cities, 100 Arrested In New York Over The Death Of Freddie Gray

Protests spread to other cities, 100 Arrested in New York

Dissents over the demise of Freddie Gray extended across the nation late Wednesday, with a large number of individuals the nation over energizing for the 25-year-old Baltimore man who kicked the bucket in the wake of torment a spinal line harm in police authority.

http://whatisusa.info/growing-protests-over-the-death-of-freddie-gray/

Apr 30 08:24

I may quiz Janner myself, says head of abuse inquiry: New experts to decide on his dementia

Suspected paedophile peer Lord Janner faces questions by the judge leading the national inquiry into historic child sex abuse.

Justice Lowell Goddard said she will take personal responsibility for examining the actions of the former Labour MP, and will bring in her own medical experts to determine whether it is possible to confront the 86-year-old over the avalanche of allegations against him.

The announcement is a shot across the bows of Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, who ruled this month that Janner should not be charged.

Apr 30 08:23

Some French soldiers in CAR abuse probe identified - source

French authorities have identified some of their troops accused of sexually abusing children in Central African Republic while there on peacekeeping duties, a French judicial source said on Thursday.

The matter, which risks damaging the reputation of France's military operations in Africa, came to light this week when Britain's Guardian newspaper published an internal U.N. report that raised allegations of the rape of boys by French troops.

The source said an initial reading of that report suggested 14 soldiers were involved in the alleged abuse, which took place between December 2013 and June 2014. Subsequent French inquiries had identified some of them, the source said, adding that no soldiers had been questioned yet.

Apr 30 08:22

Wynn share loss wipes out $2.2 billion in stock market value

The steep drop in value followed Wynn Resorts’ Tuesday earnings report. The company reported a first-quarter loss of $44.6 million, or 44 cents a share, on revenue of $1.09 billion. Sales fell 28 percent year over year, and the company missed analysts’ consensus estimates on earnings per share by nearly 50 percent.

The results were tied to a slump in Macau, where gaming activity has fallen as government officials have cracked down on corruption and curbed junkets to the market.

New restrictions on travel from mainland China to the island haven’t helped, either.

Apr 30 08:22

Citizen arrested for recording pervy cop

For years, the New York City Police Department has publicly acknowledged that they recognize citizens have the legal right to record them in public.

And for years, the NYPD has continually violated the rights of citizens to record them in public.

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