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April 5, 2016

Apr 05 05:18

FBI won’t tell Apple how it hacked the iPhone, but vows to help local police

"Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints."

Just as privacy and civil liberties experts warned, the temporary truce between Apple and FBI hasn’t diffused the U.S. government’s efforts to fight encryption.

Apr 05 05:14

France ready to facilitate preparation of decision on lifting anti-Russian sanctions

France is ready to facilitate the preparation of a decision on lifting anti-Russian sanctions which will be discussed at EU’s summit at the end of June or beginning of July, French Senate Speaker Gerard Larcher said on Tuesday. "The EU summit will take place at the end of June or beginning of July. The European Commission is currently working on this issue, and it will then make relevant proposals," Larcher said in response to a TASS question. "We have to prepare now as there is no certainty in saying that sanctions should continue. It is necessary to look for other solutions".

Apr 05 05:12

Russia calls EU sanctions against Libyan politicians counterproductive

The European Union’s decision to introduce personal sanctions against a range of Libyan politicians shows that the EU seeks to act in a unilateral order bypassing the United Nations Security Council, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. "Moscow considers that the attempts to influence the situation in Libya by "punishing" Libyan politicians are counterproductive. Such an approach will hardly contribute to settling the Libyan domestic crisis," the ministry stressed. The move could lead to further differences and "deepening of the split on the Libyan political scene," the statement said.

Apr 05 05:11

Fighter jet that crashed near Aleppo belongs to Syrian Air Force

The fighter jet that crashed in Syria is a Su-22 of Syrian Air Force, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS on Tuesday. "The jet does not belong to Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. According to preliminary information, it was a Su-22 of Syrian Air Force," the source said. Videos were earlier posted to social networks that show a fighter jet crashing near Aleppo. Several media reported that Syrian opposition groups downed a fighter jet of Syrian Air Force when launching an offensive at government positions to the south of Aleppo. The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian military aviation did not perform any tasks near Aleppo where the jet was downed.

Apr 05 05:09

Armenia reports 20 killed in Karabakh clashes. Azerbaijani army lost 300 servicemen in killed

At least 20 people were killed in Azerbaijan’s Armenian-populated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh since the outbreak of combat clashes along the line of contact separating the Karabakh forces and the Azerbaijani army units, the Armenian Defense Ministry said quoting the Chief of Self-Defense Army Operations Staff, Col Viktor Arstamian. Another 72 people have been wounded and 26 are missing, he said. One of the dead is a child and three are peaceful civilians. Also, the Karabakh self-defense forces have lost seven tanks. According to the data provided by Col Arstamian, the Azerbaijani army lost 300 servicemen in killed. Karabakh self-defense units have destroyed eighteen tanks, two helicopters, three infantry combat vehicles, six drones, an engineering vehicle, and a Grad multiple launch system. Col Arstamian said the Azerbaijani side did not control a single populated locality in Nagorno-Karabakh at the moment.

Apr 05 05:04

Parties to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict reach agreement to cease hostilities

The parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have reached an agreement to cease hostilities starting 12:00 local time (11:00 Moscow time) on Tuesday, the Armenian Defense Ministry told TASS. Talks are currently underway on the details of the truce...
Azerbaijani Armed Forces delivered 126 strikes at Nagorno-Karabakh http://tass.ru/en/world/867256
Turkey pledges to back Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh issue http://tass.ru/en/world/867331

Apr 05 04:43


Some 600 Israeli companies and 850 Israeli shareholders are listed in the 11.5 million documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm detailing offshore dealings. The trove was published Sunday after a year-long investigation into the material. According to the probe by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and other media, including Haaretz, the leaked data from Mossack Fonseca, from 1975 to the end of last year, provides what the ICIJ described as a “never-before-seen view inside the offshore world.”

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

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Apr 05 02:12

Ryan on GOP nomination talk: ‘Get my name out of that’

(*What will it be if the Land Of The Free Installs A Reluctant Candidate ?
Oh wait; Ryan isn't really a candidate .
Anyway , do you get the gist of what I'm trying to say ?)

Apr 05 02:00

Wall Street opens lower as oil prices fall

U.S. stocks opened slightly lower as oil prices touched a month-low on Monday as investors expressed scepticism over top exporters reaching an agreement to limit production.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 18.08 points, or 0.1 percent, at 17,774.67,
The S&P 500 was down 1.55 points, or 0.07 percent, at 2,071.23
The Nasdaq composite was down 2.71 points, or 0.06 percent, at 4,911.83.

April 4, 2016

Apr 04 20:24

The Broken BBC From Public Service to Corporate Power

Where, then, did the resources of public service broadcasting go, and what happened at the end of the 1990s? In 1997, the BBC invested heavily in the newly created News24 Channel. In No News Is Bad News: Radio, Television and the Public (2014) Michael Bromley notes the corporation “was heavily criticized for the development and subsequent cost of BBC News 24, which is available 24 hours a day,” and which diverted funds and resources away from other, established channels and programs.2 But the cost and burden to the rest of the network is not the only issue. The evidence increasingly suggests that this investment signaled the BBC’s metamorphosis from a rounded, albeit unaccountable, public service provider, to a full-blown corporate state broadcaster and propagandist.

Apr 04 17:40

Panama Papers: Obama, Clinton Pushed Trade Deal Amid Warnings It Would Make Money Laundering, Tax Evasion Worse

Years before more than a hundred media outlets around the world released stories Sunday exposing a massive network of global tax evasion detailed in the so-called Panama Papers, U.S. President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed for a Bush administration-negotiated free trade agreement that watchdogs warned would only make the situation worse.

Apr 04 17:40

SR 761 New Poll Trump Leads In Wisconsin

Apr 04 16:56

On the Brink of Nuclear War: A Conversation with F. William Engdahl

Top geopolitical analyst breaks down the current chaotic conditions across the Middle East and Russia's recent decision to pull out of Syria in the fight against ISIS.

Apr 04 16:46

Hawaii considering decriminalizing all recreational drugs for personal use

It’s a bold move, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in recent United States history: The state of Hawaii is on the cusp of decriminalizing ALL recreational drugs. If the resolution passes, Hawaii would become the first state to investigate alternative solutions for treating drug addiction other than just locking people up.

Apr 04 16:41

Bernie Sanders: Breadlines are a Good Thing


Apr 04 15:48

American Democracy at Its Worst

In all its activities AIPAC functions as a “foreign agent” working for the interests of the government of another country. Due to the fact that Zionist Jewish billionaires, not Israeli government, are financing AIPAC, this lobby was able to escape the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 and avoid registering as a foreign agent.

Apr 04 15:45

Hillary Clinton Says She Is Unaware Of Big Money That Oil And Gas Companies Have Given Her And Family Foundation

Hillary Clinton expressed surprise Wednesday when a voter at a town hall in Iowa demanded she stop taking money from the fossil fuel companies. “Well, I don't know that I ever have,” Clinton said. “I'm not exactly one of their favorites.”

The former secretary of state — who had been pressed on the same topic at an event this summer — made those comments despite her long history of accepting millions of dollars of campaign and philanthropic money from energy companies and lobbyists and in spite of her concurrent moves as a government official to help the fossil fuel industry. Indeed, while Clinton asserted this week in Iowa that she is “not in favor of drilling off our coasts,” as a senator, she broke with Democrats such as then-Sen. Barack Obama to vote to expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Apr 04 15:44

Hillary Clinton Campaign Fraud EXPOSED!

Apr 04 15:43

BEX ALERT - Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin

Though the president’s name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern – his friends have earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage.

Apr 04 15:32

Facebook bans users from promoting posts with the word ‘Scunthorpe’ in them

Facebook bans its users from promoting posts with the word Scunthorpe in it.

The company’s profanity algorithm appears to be banning all posts with the word in it from being promoted, because of the swear word buried in the middle of it. That has left residents of the Lincolnshire town unable to advertise their services on the site, and bands and other pages unable to post about visiting there.

Apr 04 15:31

Eggs Fly in Iceland as Panama Papers Spark Populist Anger in the Streets

Capitalism could face crisis of credibility as leaked documents illuminate global rules rigged for the rich and powerful

Apr 04 15:31


A federal judge ruled that the nation's largest chocolate companies have no duty to disclose that their cocoa suppliers use child slave labor.

Apr 04 15:23

How Süddeutsche Zeitung got the Panama leaks story

In an approach that echoed that of the whistleblower Edward Snowden, the source approached Süddeutsche Zeitung anonymously on the Internet with a vague, tantalizing promise of vast amounts of data.

The source insisted on using encrypted communications and that there be no meeting. The source’s life was in danger. “I want to make these crimes public,” the source said, when asked why they had come forward.

Over a period of months, the source provided 2.6 terabytes of data from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, providing a rare and extensive insight into the secretive world of offshore finance.

Süddeutsche Zeitung said it received 11.5 million documents dating back to the 1970s, made up of e-mails, PDF files, photographs and excerpts from an internal Mossack Fonseca database.

It was a trove that no newsroom on its own would be equipped to handle.

Apr 04 15:19

MLK ASSASSINATED BY US GOVT: King Family civil trial verdict

Martin Luther King assassinated by US Govt: King Family civil trial verdict

Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

Apr 04 15:16

How Hillary Clinton Bought the Loyalty of 33 State Democratic Parties

Collusion between the Clinton campaign and the DNC allowed Hillary Clinton to buy the loyalty of 33 state Democratic parties last summer. Montana was one of those states. It sold itself for $64,100.

The Super Delegates now defying democracy with their insistent refusal to change their votes to Sanders in spite of a handful of overwhelming Clinton primary losses in their own states, were arguably part of that deal.

In August 2015, at the Democratic Party convention in Minneapolis, 33 democratic state parties made deals with the Hillary Clinton campaign and a joint fundraising entity called The Hillary Victory Fund. The deal allowed many of her core billionaire and inner circle individual donors to run the maximum amounts of money allowed through those state parties to the Hillary Victory Fund in New York and the DNC in Washington.

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Hillary is buying the White House.

Apr 04 15:15

David Cameron 'could lose EU referendum over handling of steel crisis'

In campaigners say EU is being wrongly blamed for Port Talbot situation, as Brexit supporters target affected communities

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Apr 04 15:09

BP oil spill: judge grants final approval for $20bn settlement

The settlement, first announced in July, will cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments, paid out over 16 years

Apr 04 15:08

Not A Drop To Drink: Ontario Concerned About Diverting Great Lakes Water

Waukesha, Wisconsin needs water and would like to borrow some from its Canadian neighbors. However, Ontario is concerned that allowing the town to divert water from Lake Michigan will set a troubling precedent for the Great Lakes.

Apr 04 15:06

Tory donors’ links to offshore firms revealed in leaked Panama Papers

Three former Conservative MPs and six peers have connections to offshore companies, despite PM’s calls for reform

Apr 04 15:03

Follow the money: inside the world's tax havens

Do you celebrate Christmas? If you do (or even if you do not), did you buy any gifts on Amazon last December? If so, then your goods were quite likely to have been routed through a byzantine world hosted – only on paper, you understand – by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, where Amazon has located its European headquarters, slashing its tax bills around the world. In 2011, Amazon revealed that the US Internal Revenue Service was chasing it for $1.5bn in back taxes. More recently, Amazon has said it will stop routing its UK sales through Luxembourg.

Perhaps you shun Amazon. You buy only local products: good for you. But did you search for any gifts online? Did a company called Google play any role in this? In 2011, Google shuffled four-fifths of its profits through a subsidiary in the tax haven of Bermuda, cutting its worldwide tax rate in half and its tax rate in some countries to nearly zero.

Apr 04 15:03

Illinois on the Brink of Bankruptcy

Apr 04 15:02

Is The Next Taxpayer Bailout The Coal Industry?

Eight years after we bailed the big banks to the tune of $14 trillion, US taxpayers could soon be on the hook again — this time to help out the coal industry.

Just a few years ago, Big Coal was riding high on the crest of a nice little boom. Energy prices were high, as was demand from China’s rising economy.

Apr 04 14:59

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca 'helped firms subject to sanctions'

The Panama legal firm at the heart of a massive data leak kept clients who were subject to international sanctions, documents show.

Mossack Fonseca worked with 33 individuals or companies who have been placed under sanctions by the US Treasury, including companies based in Iran, Zimbabwe and North Korea.

One had links to North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Apr 04 14:58

Icelandic PM faces no confidence vote over Panama Papers disclosures

Protests outside parliament after documents show Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s wife owned offshore firm with large claim on collapsed banks

Apr 04 14:50

'Catastrophe Waiting To Happen': Sanders Wants To Close Nuclear Plant 25 Mi. From NYC

The continued operation of the “decaying” 40-year-old Indian Point nuclear power plant up the Hudson River from New York City “makes no sense,” said Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders two weeks before the New York State presidential primary.

Apr 04 14:43

Ministry Of Truth? BBC To Erect George Orwell Statue Outside London HQ

Despite his resignation from the BBC in 1943, when he grew tired of “pushing propaganda,” a statue of George Orwell, author of the dystopian ‘1984’, will soon be erected outside the broadcaster’s London HQ.

The statue of Orwell – real name Eric Blair – will be accompanied by a plaque that reads: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,” the Guardian reported on Monday.

Apr 04 14:30


In February, activist Michael Best took a novel approach to filing a mass of Freedom of Information Act requests at once: he wrote a script to automatically ask for the files of just under 7,000 dead FBI officials.

The FBI has replied, and it is not happy. The agency has decided to not accept any of Best's related requests, and may have also blocked or otherwise filtered further emails sent to the agency's FOIA department by him. The episode shows that the way FOIAs are processed is very much an antiquated practice, and that perhaps US government agencies should think of new ways to handle requests.

Apr 04 14:29

Leona Helmsley Quotes

"We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes." -- Leona Helmsley

Apr 04 14:26

Population, Not Voters: SCOTUS Upholds Minority-Friendly Districting Practice

The US Supreme Court has upheld the practice of creating voting districts based on the total population, throwing out a challenge that would have seen them redrawn based on eligible voters instead. The decision is seen as a boon to the Democrats.

Apr 04 14:21

Who Makes The Ruling That Someone Is Not Qualified For The Office Of President Of The United States?

According to the original intent of our Constitution, Ted Cruz & Marco Rubio are not eligible to be President because their fathers weren’t US citizens at the times they were born. So they are not “natural born citizens”.

Apr 04 14:20

BEX ALERT - BE DEUTSCH! [Achtung! Germans on the rise!] | NEO MAGAZIN ROYALE mit Jan Böhmermann - ZDFneo

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Shameless video by the German government telling the German people they must accept the immigrants because of the Holocaust!



Apr 04 13:39

Fear And Loathing In Ukraine

The overnight train from Kiev to Slavyansk gives a passenger, if nothing else, ample time to read and think. On a return trip to war-torn eastern Ukraine in March, I took the opportunity the 13-hour journey afforded to re-read Judith Shklar’s seminal essay, The Liberalism of Fear.

Apr 04 13:31

Does HIV Exist? An Explosive Interview

The interview, conducted by excellent freelance journalist, Christine Johnson, delves into these questions: How should researchers prove that a particular virus exists? How should they isolate it? What are the correct procedures?

Apr 04 13:20

David Gregory’s Wife Is The Attorney For Hillary’s Ex-Aides

The wife of CNN political analyst David Gregory is the attorney representing Hillary Clinton’s ex-aides in the FBI’s investigation into her private server usage, raising concerns of a possible conflict of interest.

Apr 04 13:20

What I Learned From the Panama Papers

Apr 04 13:18

The Strange Case Of A Nazi Who Became An Israeli Hitman

On September 11, 1962, a German scientist vanished. The basic facts were simple: Heinz Krug had been at his office, and he never came home.

The only other salient detail known to police in Munich was that Krug commuted to Cairo frequently. He was one of dozens of Nazi rocket experts who had been hired by Egypt to develop advanced weapons for that country.

Apr 04 13:17

Israel tears down seven Palestinian homes in 24 hours

Israel halted the punitive practice it regularly uses against Palestinians in 2005 after an internal commission found that it did not deter attacks. But the policy was revived last year despite the recommendations, and slammed by rights groups as a form of collective punishment.
Note: Israel our best friend and the only democracy?

Apr 04 13:17

Retail job cuts spike 41% in Q1

Apr 04 13:06

30% of bank jobs are under threat

Apr 04 12:53

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

Raphael & Eleanor Cruz emigrated to Canada sometime in the early 1960s and in 1968 Mr. Cruz became a naturalized Canadian Citizen. It appears that Eleanor by virtue of her marriage also attained Citizenship one year later and Raphael Eduardo (Ted) Cruz was born December 22, 1970, to two parents who had lived in Canada, and had applied for and received Canadian citizenship under Canadian Immigration and Naturalization Laws. U.S. statutes would have voided the prior "green card" status which requires among other things, permanent residency within the United States and obviously, not becoming a citizen of another country during the time frame of the U.S. green card. In 1970, Canada did not recognize the concept of dual citizen. Hence Cruz is Canadian by birth, ONLY Canadian by birth, despite his parents' lineage! The fact that Ted Cruz claims to have renounced his Canadian citizenship proves this!

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Apr 04 12:52

Fresno Police Department Denied Funding for Social Media Monitoring Tool

By Derrick Broze

The Fresno Police Department has lost a controversial tool that has been used to mine social media for information and assign a “threat score” to individuals based on an unknown set of criteria.

On March 31, the Fresno City Council voted 5 to 0 against entering a five-year, $132,000 contract with Intrado Inc., effectively ending funding for the controversial Beware program. Beware was first exposed in January 2016 in a report from the Washington Post which outlined a number of surveillance tools at the Fresno PD’s disposal. The tools are part of Fresno’s Real Time Crime Center, which the Post described as “a cutting-edge $600,000 nerve center” which “has become the model for high-tech policing nationwide. Similar centers have opened in New York, Houston and Seattle over the past decade.”...

Apr 04 12:50

Top 10 Banks Named In Offshoring Leak

Apr 04 12:50

Thousands Rally for Sanders Ahead of Critical Wisconsin Primary

TRNN speaks to some of the thousands who attended a Bernie Sanders rally, two days before voters head to the polls in Wisconsin

Apr 04 12:49

President Poroshenko’s Offshore Tax Haven: Ukraine’s Largest Candy Business Moved to the British Virgin Islands

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ran for the top office in 2014, he promised voters he would sell Roshen, Ukraine’s largest candy business, so he could devote his full attention to running the country.

“If I get elected, I will wipe the slate clean and sell the Roshen concern. As President of Ukraine I plan and commit to focus exclusively on welfare of the nation,” Poroshenko told the German newspaper Bild less than two months before the election.

Instead, actions by his financial advisers and Poroshenko himself, who is worth an estimated US$ 858 million, make it appear that the candy magnate was more concerned about his own welfare than his country’s – going so far as to arguably violate the law twice, misrepresent information and deprive his country of badly needed tax dollars during a time of war.

Apr 04 12:40

Kidnappers & Pedophiles Could Steal Smartphone Movement Data – Report

Phone tracking software used by hundreds of thousands of people is being sold on for profit and could make its way into the hands of criminals if there is a significant data breach, privacy campaigners have warned.

Apr 04 12:16

BREAKING: Ted Cruz National Enquirer Cheating Scandal Enters New Phase

Radar has learned The National ENQUIRER will this week report its findings of yet another exhaustive and investigative probe that will quote journalist detectives who claim the mystery candidate almost certainly “has to be Cruz.”

Investigator Wayne Madsen, who was on a team of reporters hired by Hustler Magazine’s boisterous owner Larry Flynt to investigate the madam, told The ENQUIRER that Cruz should be concerned!

“If Montgomery Sibley has what he says he has, it has to be Cruz,” he said in an interview — an advance copy of which was provided to Radar.

PHOTOS: Blac Chyna’s Latest Instagram Diss To Kylie Jenner Is The Worst Yet – Proof Tyga Is Cheating!

“Going on what I know about the other male candidates still in the race, it isn’t any of them, and Palfrey didn’t provide call boys, so it wasn’t Hillary.”

Apr 04 12:15

Hancock Fabrics stores closing nationwide

Hancock Fabrics stores will close its remaining 185 stores nationwide after filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

Apr 04 12:14

New Ad Shows Clinton Is A Harbinger Of Scandal

While the Republican primary blood sports continue, American Crossroads released a new ad trying to touch upon one of the many themes this election, which is that wherever the Clintons walk, a scandal is never too far behind. Scandals and violation of ethical practices seem to be hallmark characteristics of the power couple, and as Cortney noted last week, Crossroads was able to put together a timeline of the most notorious in this ad that features the sound bite of the former first lady saying how she’s the most transparent figure in public life, while Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, the Lincoln Bedroom, Chinagate, Benghazi, and Emailgate are featured in succession.

Apr 04 12:14

April showers bring ... snow flurries?

Hey, Mother Nature.

Enough with the jokes, April Fool's Day is over.

Whether you love it or hate it, more springtime snow -- about an inch -- is on the way to metro Detroit this evening into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service, who said the wintry conditions could create slick road conditions.

Apr 04 11:51

D.C. Madam's Attorney Says Election Bombshell Already Online

The colorful litigator who represented the late “D.C. madam” Deborah Palfrey and threatened this week to release call logs of his former client that he says are “very relevant” to the 2016 presidential election tells U.S. News those records already are digitized and posted online.

Montgomery Blair Sibley says the records will become public if he fails to reset a 72-hour countdown clock, which could cut short his soft two-week ultimatum for federal courts to consider lifting a 2007 gag order that covers the records, lest he deem that order void.

The countdown clock is a safeguard, Sibley says, that ensures that if he disappears the records will be published. Inevitable release, he says, may also disincentivize violent acts against him to prevent their disclosure.

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Bump to the top.

The guy is smart. He knows his client did not commit suicide.

Apr 04 11:50

Flashback : Mike Rivero Interviews the DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey

UPDATE: In an almost uncanny development, as soon as this article started to go viral on the Internet, Time Magazine released a story claiming that Palfrey told author Dan Moldea that she would rather commit suicide than go to jail. What a funny coincidence!

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Bump to the top

Apr 04 11:42

South Ossetia Might Hold Referendum on Joining Russia

According to the statement of South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov, the possibility of a referendum was discussed during his recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The referendum, which would allow the South Ossetian President to send Moscow an official request to join the Russian Federation, will be held in the near future, Tibilov said at a press conference on Monday.

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"There are ISIS in South Ossetia! We attack within the hour!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 04 11:41

Why US Neocons Consider Azerbaijan 'as Important' as Ukraine for Russia

After the fighting, both sides reported numerous victims and accused each other of breaking the ceasefire. However, who really stands behind the escalation of the frozen conflict, remains unclear.

The newspaper referred to US political expert Zbigniew Brzezinski who said the fate of Azerbaijan is closely connected with the fate of Russia. New violent clashes in the disputed regions could prove dangerous for Moscow especially given the fact that important oil and natural gas pipelines run through the region.

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Which suggests a third party might have fired the first few shots that broke the cease-fire.

Apr 04 11:39

Baku Threatens to Launch 'Powerful' Strikes Against Karabakh Capital

The Azeri defense minister will order artillery shelling of the capital of the self-proclaimed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Hankendi (Stepanakert), if the Armenian army continues to carry out artillery strikes against settlements of the territory of Azerbaijan, the Azeri Defense Ministry said Monday.

Apr 04 11:39

No compromise with US over fate of Syria President Assad - senior Russian diplomat

The main demand of US side in Syria talks – the ousting of President Bashar Assad – is absolutely unacceptable for Russia as it destroys the prospects of a political settlement, Russia’s deputy foreign minister says.

“We will never agree with our colleagues in Washington, as well as in a number of other capitals, who maintain that the whole task should be tuned by the well-known phrase reading ‘Assad must leave’,” Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

He went on to explain that in Moscow’s view such an approach contradicts not only the Russian foreign policy doctrine, which does not accept any attempts to change political regimes in sovereign countries from abroad (so-called ‘color revolutions’), but also due to the fact that such demands deprive the political process of any prospects for success.

Apr 04 11:36

Pentagon's Food Parcels Discovered in ISIL Trenches in Beiji

Food parcels belonging to the US Pentagon were discovered in Beiji oil refinery in Salahuddin province in Northern Iraq after the refinery and the nearby city were taken back from the ISIL terrorist group in mid-October.

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More proof that ISIL/ISIS/IS was created and supported by the US!

Apr 04 11:34

Bernie Sanders rally draws thousands to SD Convention Center

Phrases such as “Feel the bern,” “Si se puede” and “Yuuuge” were shouted in support for Senator Bernie Sanders as he took the stage in the “A Future to Believe in” rally on March 22 at the San Diego Convention Center.

More than 10,000 San Diegans from all demographics stood in line for hours to participate, forcing the addition of two overflow rooms in order to accommodate more people.

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Yet Hillary's rallies are in small rooms that are less than full. If Sanders is getting the huge crowds, then how does one explain Hillary's vote "victories" other than as more evidence of fraud?

Apr 04 11:33

‘Paltry Bone-Throwing’: UN Insider Blasts Britain’s Libya Aid Efforts

Britain spent hundreds of millions of pounds on bombing Libya, but its post-war humanitarian efforts amount to “paltry bone-throwing,” a UN insider has claimed.

Apr 04 11:19

Saudis Retaliate To "Oil Freeze" Fallout: Ban Transport Of Iranian Crude In Territorial Waters

At first, when it announced the terms of its "oil freeze" agreement with Russia one month ago, Saudi Arabia seemed willing to grant Iran a temporary exemption from the supply freeze, at least until it recovers its pre-embargo production levels. That however changed on Friday when the country's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, shocked Saudi Arabia's Arab allies in the Persian Gulf, telling Bloomberg his country would only join the freeze curbe Iran - and all other OPEC member nations - also joined.

Following the Friday announcement, yesterday Iran's oil minister Zangadeh made it clear that the country rejects Saudi demands, and would continue ramping up production at will, in the process making the April 17 Doha meeting meaningless.

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Financial wars have a way of becoming shooting wars, and this could get ugly very quickly, particularly in light of the reality that no matter what the US government says, it wants to find an "excuse" for beginning a shooting war against Iran.

Apr 04 11:17

Top Republicans talking up Paul Ryan as nominee

On the eve of the Wisconsin primaries, top Republicans are becoming increasingly vocal about their long-held belief that Speaker Paul Ryan will wind up as the nominee, perhaps on the fourth ballot at a chaotic Cleveland convention.

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Apr 04 11:09

Stephen Miller Amazing Speech Racine Wisconsin Senior Policy Adviser for Donald Trump Tells about Ted Cruz

Apr 04 11:09

March Sees Record Gun Sales

Apr 04 11:08

Manufacturing Recession Deepens: Factory Orders Drop To Five Year Low; 16 Consecutive Declines

In 60 years, the US economy has not suffered a 16-month continuous YoY drop in Factory orders without being in recession. Moments ago the Department of Commerce confirmed that this is precisely what the US economy did, when factory orders not only dropped for the 16th consecutive month Y/Y, after declining 1.7% from last month...

... but at $454 billion for the headline number, this was the lowest print since the summer of 2011.

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These are lousy numbers, and this contraction is a dangerous direction for the US economy.

Apr 04 10:53

Ex-Iraqi Interpreter For US Army Abandoned, Stranded On Macedonia Border

Among thousands of refugees trapped on the Greek and Macedonian (FYROM) border there are some who qualify for asylum more than others.

Apr 04 10:43

A historian explains why Bernie Sanders is right about the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are talking tough about Wall Street reform. But only Bernie Sanders is advocating a reprise of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, specifically that section of the Depression-era act that had prohibited commercial banks and investment banks from operating under the same roof. Sanders believes that the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999 led to the formation of banks that became “too big to fail,” contributed to the financial crisis in 2008—and will lead to another crisis without corrective legislation.

Apr 04 10:42

Debbie Wasserman Schultz primary challenger raises $500,000

mocratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's primary challenger for her seat in Congress has raised more than half a million dollars in the first quarter of 2016, he announced Monday.

Apr 04 10:40

Trump Effect

Apr 04 10:27

Cameron's Dad, Senior Tories’ Offshore Asset Dealings Exposed & UK Media Still Focus On Putin

Sections of the British public have slammed their local media outlets for ignoring the fact Prime Minister David Cameron’s father was caught up in a massive data leak involving possible tax evasion.

Apr 04 10:20

Encirclement of Russia: the War for Ngorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Plan U.S.A.?

Is it because Armenia refused to become a NATO base? According to the NATO website*** dated March 10, 2016 Armenia would be a basis for the establishment of partnerships. NATO would, therefore, try to support Armenia in its intent to keep Nagorno-Karabakh and to infiltrate the lines of Russian diplomacy?

NATO has, in any case, the desire to open a new front against Russia, since, according Azernews article dated as of March 10, 2016, as on the NATO website, we clearly see NATO’s attempts to obtain agreements with Armenia and Azerbaijan to encircle Russia. Azerbaijan, which has been trying for years to distance itself from Russia has finally agreed to become the NATO base against Armenia since 10 March 2016. Azerbaijan, as an ally to Turkey including on the Armenian genocide issue and as a NATO partner, would attack Armenia to injure an ally to Russia, which refused to support NATO%?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The maps here absolutely tell the story....

Apr 04 10:12

US Air Force Deploys F-15 Jets to Iceland, Netherlands - Reports

A dozen F-15 fighters and some 350 air force personnel were sent to the region on Friday, set to support NATO surveillance missions and conduct training, the CNN reported.
Air force units from the Massachusetts' 131st Fighter Squadron and California's 194th Fighter Squadron have been stationed at an Iceland Cold War-era airbase that had been defunct since 2006, according to the broadcaster.
The move follows the February US Air Force announcement of plans to deploy six F-15 fighters to Finland in spring. The jets, which are reportedly to be stationed some 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Russian border, have been deployed as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve in response to alleged Russian interference in the Ukrainian conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT "...alleged Russian interference in the Ukrainian conflict."?!?!?

Where is the proof?!?

And the short answer here is, there is no proof of these allegations; otherwise, the US government would be shouting from the rooftops with (non-photoshopped) pictures of this alleged behaviour.

These allegations have nothing to do with Russia, and everything to do with justifying pre-positioning more US military hardware in and around Europe for a coming war against Russia.

Apr 04 10:08

Why Are There 12 American Generals Leading the War in Iraq That Doesn’t Exist?

But we thought there weren't going to be any boots on the ground? So why are there not one but TWELVE generals there??

Apr 04 10:07

Hillary Clinton's absurd claim that she's the only candidate being attacked by Wall Street

As challenger Bernie Sanders continues to hit Hillary Clinton over her Wall Street ties in Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton noted that she and the financial sector are more enemies than friends.

Apr 04 10:07

Man on the Street: Lee Harvey Oswald Shot Jesus, So We Need More Gun Control

This is hilarious but scary as Hell. Times like this make you wonder how we even still have a Second Amendment at all in this country. (read more)

Apr 04 10:07

Tickets to the 2016 Olympics aren't selling, and Brazil is scrambling to boost demand

There could be quite a few empty seats at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.
With just half of tickets sold and only four months before kickoff, Brazil's new minister of sports, Ricardo Leyser, is looking into ways to boost ticket sales.

Apr 04 10:06

Growing Provocation: US to Hold New Military Drills Near South China Sea

The US Navy reportedly plans to hold naval exercises not far from the disputed islands in the South China Sea in early April.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still file image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy

This information appeared shortly after a conversation between Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, during which the Chinese leader warned other countries on the actions that could harm China's sovereignty.
Tensions continue to mount between the US and China with an escalation of aggressive posturing on both sides.

When exactly the military drills will begin and what ships will take part in it has yet to be reported. China has territorial disputes with countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government does appear to be hell-bent on provoking China into a war it cannot win.

And I say that, because at this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to possibly do is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Apr 04 10:02

Trump Sparks NATO Debate: ‘Obsolete’ Or ‘Tripwire That Could Lead To World War III’?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed NATO on the campaign trail this week, saying he can live with breaking up the military alliance, which he calls “obsolete.”

Apr 04 10:00

“Can we just remind ourselves that the Panama Papers are from just ONE law firm, in just ONE tax haven. Tip of the proverbial iceberg.”

Apr 04 09:54

No US Names in Panama Papers Leak- Why Not?

Making matters worse for Americans wanting to store their ill-gotten gains offshore, the 2010 United States—Panama Trade Promotion Agreement included a taxation clause that effectively shut down any chance of the rich in the US using Panama as a shelter.

Apr 04 09:52

Ceasefire Fails to Take Hold, Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Rages

Heavy fighting in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday night and into Saturday left at least 33 people dead, including 18 Armenian and 12 Azerbaijani soldiers. The fighting was the worst since 1994’s ceasefire, and despite Azeri calls for a unilateral truce, fighting is continuing throughout the weekend.

Both sides are blaming the other for starting this latest dust-up, with Azerbaijan reporting shelling from the region hitting their border villages, and Armenia claiming Azerbaijan just attacked for no reason. Either way, Azerbaijan fairly quickly gained some advantage, and took part of the region back under control.

This is complicating the ceasefire push, for while the international community is backing the notion of ending the battle, pro-Armenia forces within Nagorno-Karabakh are insisting they would only accept a ceasefire that returned all lost territory back to them.

Apr 04 09:52

UN Declares Israel As Having World’s Worst Human Rights

The U.N.’s top human rights body has officially declared Israel as the world’s worst human rights violator- beating Iran, North Korea, Russia and China for the number 1 spot.

Apr 04 09:51

Revered Indian Leader Joe Medicine Crow, Last Crow War Chief, Dies at 102

Joe Medicine Crow, the respected historian of Montana's Crow Tribe and the last surviving Plains Indian war chief, died Sunday at age 102, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said.

Apr 04 09:43

Poroshenko: US has reiterated commitment to extend $335mln to enhance Ukraine’s security

The United States has reiterated its commitment to extend a sum of 335 million U.S. dollars to Ukraine to enhance its defense and security system, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday.
"The sum of 335 million U.S. dollars will go to finance the defense and security sector, to purchase new equipment and weapons, to train personnel," he told Ukrainian journalists after his visit to Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight; at a point in time when the US government is drowning in debt (19 trillion dollars that we know of); when homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets, and the American infrastructure is crumbling, the US government is ready to shell out three hundred thirty five million dollars to this tin pot dictator, which will most assuredly line his, or his cronies' pockets, and not see one piece of good happen for the Ukrainian people?!?

IF in fact what Poroshenko is saying is true, it is yet one more assault on We the People by a US government gone collectively barking mad.

Apr 04 09:39

Avoid putting your money in these banks