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Mar 25 17:50

Russia's 'junk' bonds paying off handsomely

Investment banks from Goldman Sachs to Bank of America, as well as Russia’s own VTB and Rosbank, are all bullish on Russian bonds. After a disastrous 2014 they may finally be heading for a revival.

Bondholders in Russia are making out like bandits in 2015, with corporate bondholders seeing a 7.3 percent return this year, according to Bloomberg data.

“It’s very simple advice. Bonds are much more attractive than a year ago. Risks related to the ruble have subsided, inflation is likely to moderate, the BoP (Balance of Payments) and budget situation look reasonably strong and that is why the outlook is quite favorable,” Vladimir Kolychev, Chief Economist for Russia at VTB Capital, told RT.

Mar 25 17:49

Russian economy revives despite sanctions - media

The Russian economy has seen a notable rebound with businesses recovering despite a year of contraction caused by Western sanctions. Fluctuations in the domestic currency have narrowed, which brought investors back into the market.

Global investors appear to be optimistic about the future of Russian corporations, as the country’s economic performance provides evidence to recovery, says Bloomberg analyst Matthew Winkler in his article.

Mar 25 17:48

Russian ruble hits all-time 2015 high

The Russian currency is seemingly making a comeback, improving more than 3.6 percent in 2 days to bring the ruble to a 3-month high. The climb is attributed to a slight increase in oil prices as well as the approaching tax season.

At 5:05pm in Moscow, the ruble had gained 1.8 percent against the dollar at 56.78, and 1.35 percent stronger at 62.24 versus the euro. On Tuesday the ruble gained 2 percent against the dollar, closing at 57.70.The last time that the ruble strengthened to 57 against the dollar was December 30 of last year. In 2015, it has gained 5.2 percent against the dollar.



Mar 25 17:46

Russia to build Jordan’s first $10bn nuclear power plant

Russia has signed a $10 billion agreement with Jordan for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant. Jordan currently lacks local energy sources and struggles to meet its growing electricity demand.

The agreement between Russia's state-run Rosatom and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission was signed on Tuesday in Amman. The contract is for the construction of a two-unit 2,000 megawatt power plant in the north of the country by 2022.

Mar 25 17:31

Another Middle East War Breaks Out: US-Supported Saudi Arabia Begins Bombing Yemen

UPDATE: US providing support to Saudi Arabia - US Official (so US weapons are being used on both sides)

Earlier today we reported that, on very short notice, Saudi Arabia had moved heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, "raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict." In other words, Saudi Arabia was preparing for war. Moments ago all these warnings were borne out when Al-Arabiya reported that the latest middle-east war is now official after Saudi Arabia and Arab Gulf States had launched a bombing campaign against Yemen.

Mar 25 16:40

VIDEO: Military Helicopters Descend over Central Texas for Mass Civil Unrest Drill

We've been told there's a mass civil unrest drill going on here that involves 3,000+ soldiers... What do you think the government knows that we don’t?



Mar 25 16:21

Dollar drops below 57 to Ruble.

Mar 25 15:59

“Special Relationship” No More

Imagine if an American presidential candidate made a plea to his supporters on election day with the following statement: “The Republican administration is in danger. Black voters are going en masse to the polls. Liberal NGOs are bringing them on buses.”

Mar 25 15:46

‘Why NOT vaccinating my kids was the best decision I ever made’: Mother of EIGHT had six of her babies vaccinated but refused to immunise her two youngest… and says they’re the only ones without chronic health problems

Out of our six vaccinated children, our 16, 12 and 10-year-old have moderate to severe Autism, our 25-year-old has ADHD, our 14-year-old has a severe language disorder, and our 20-year-old has severe mood swings.

They also suffered from chronic ear infections, bronchiolitis, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, urinary infections, gastrointestinal and autoimmune disorders, allergies, chemical sensitivities and intolerances.



Mar 25 15:41

Greece's Debt Problem Explained in Five Charts

Mar 25 15:35

Canada police attack students at anti-austerity rally

Police have attacked thousands of student demonstrators protesting against education cuts in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Mar 25 15:32

Ron Paul: "A War Based On Lies Cannot Be Fixed With Another War"

If the US intervention in Iraq created the “unintended consequences” of ISIS and al-Qaeda, how is it that more US intervention can solve the problem? A war based on lies cannot be fixed by launching another war. We must just march home. And stay home.

Mar 25 15:32

Republican Jason Villalba Wants Teachers to Diagnose Mental Health, Force Students to Undergo Psychological Screening

Dallas Republican State Representative Jason Villalba continues his Orwellian ways, after his bill to do away with conscientious and religious exemptions to vaccinate school children with HB 2006, he comes out with House Bill 985. This proposed bill gives teachers and other school officials the power to diagnose a student as having mental health issues and enacting a 30 day warning to the parents to seek psychological screenings within that time frame.

Mar 25 15:28

Private army in Kiev: Why oil stand-off in Ukraine shows oligarchs won Maidan revolution

Whatever the outcome of the stand-off between President Petro Poroshenko and his subordinate Igor Kolomoysky may be, their conflict over Ukrainian oil giant Ukrnafta reveals realities about post-Maidan Ukraine which mainstream media manages to circumvent.



Mar 25 15:18

Israel “Spied On the United States” During Iran Nuclear Negotiations

The intelligence services of Israel have allegedly been spying on American officials during their closed-door negotiations with the government of Iran over its nuclear program. The Wall Street Journal said the spy operation forms part of a broader campaign by Tel Aviv to sabotage the talks, which are aimed at bridging the differences between the Islamic Republic and a group of nations that have come to be known as P5+1, representing the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany.

Mar 25 15:15

Poroshenko dismisses Dnipropetrovsk Governor Kolomoisky

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has dismissed Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, the official website of the Ukrainian president said on Wednesday.

Mar 25 15:15

Russia: Capital amnesty to come into effect two months later than planned - Putin



Mar 25 15:15

Ted Cruz’s website poses unnecessary security risks for donors

As it turns out, the website does use SSL when users actually submit their credit card information. But there are two big problems with the way this is implemented. One is that the lack of SSL protection for the donation page as a whole means that the user is vulnerable to a "man in the middle" attack, where someone impersonates the Cruz website and directs the user to a malicious site instead.

Second, there's no way for ordinary users to know if their credit card details are encrypted or not. For more than a decade, users have been trained to look for that lock icon before submitting personal information. The way Cruz built his website encourages users to do something dangerous: submit personal credit card information without knowing if it's secure or not.

Mar 25 15:07

F-35 pilots are seeing double, but it's the plane that's drunk

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be stealthy, powerful and expensive, but the plane's greatest threat isn't the enemy. Instead, engineers have discovered a software glitch that gives these new super fighters the technological equivalent of double vision. F-35s are equipped with Advanced Sensor Fusion, a system that's designed to collate sensor data from all of the planes and combine them into one big picture. If you have 10 jets zooming around, all of the allied pilots and commanders will, theoretically, be able to see everything that's going on.

Unfortunately, when two planes look at the same object, they do so from different angles, and the sensors can't combine that data into a single cohesive image. That means that pilots are stuck with tactical displays that offer a vague sense of where the enemy is, but not if there's one combatant or several.

Mar 25 15:05

Android flaw puts personal data at risk for millions

Nearly half of Android devices are vulnerable to an attack that could replace a legitimate app with malicious software that can collect sensitive data from a phone.

Google, Samsung, and Amazon have released patches for their devices, but 49.5 percent of Android users are still vulnerable, according to Palo Alto Networks, which discovered the problem.

Mar 25 15:04

Ted Cruz rails against ‘crony capitalism’ — and praises wife’s Goldman Sachs career

Ted Cruz is sounding off against Wall Street and financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, where his wife, Heidi, works as a managing director in Houston.

Asked whether Goldman Sachs is a positive or negative force in society, the Texas senator and recently declared Republican presidential candidate told Bloomberg Politics on Tuesday that there’s a little bit of both.


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Mar 25 15:03

Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

Hackers Luca Carettoni and Mauro Gentile found a badly-applied four-year-old Adobe patch allows attackers to steal information and commandeer accounts for three of the world's top ten websites and 'many' others.

The LinkedIn and Minded Security researchers say the indirect Same-Origin-Policy Request Forgery and Cross-Site Request Forgery bypasses relates to a failed patch (CVE-2011-2461) issued in 2011. It is intended to fix Adobe Shockwave files that are vulnerable when built through the company's Flex software development kit compiler.

Mar 25 14:58

RadioShack's Bankruptcy Could Give Your Customer Data to the Highest Bidder

The remnants of RadioShack’s retail empire went on the auction block on Monday, giving bidders the first chance to snap up the company’s trademarks, patents, leases—and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of millions of RadioShack customers.


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Mar 25 14:56

CISA Isn't Cybersecurity, It's Cyber-Surveillance

Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA) by a 14–1 vote. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) stood alone against the bill, saying in a statement March 13 that it "does not include adequate privacy protections" and is simply another "surveillance bill by another name."

Mar 25 14:53

House effort would completely dismantle Patriot Act

Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on Tuesday unveiled their Surveillance State Repeal Act, which would overhaul American spying powers unlike any other effort to reform the National Security Agency.

“This isn’t just tinkering around the edges,” Pocan said during a Capitol Hill briefing on the legislation. “This is a meaningful overhaul of the system, getting rid of essentially all parameters of the Patriot Act.”

The bill would completely repeal the Patriot Act, the sweeping national security law passed in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, another spying law that the NSA has used to justify collecting vast swaths of people's communications through the Internet.

Mar 25 14:44

Heads up on Cruz. His wife was a member of this NAU-enabling CFR task force:

CFR website:

Task Force Report Building a North American Community http://www.cfr.org/canada/building-north-american-community/p8102 Task Force Members

HEIDI S. CRUZ is an energy investment banker with Merrill Lynch in Houston, Texas. She served in the Bush White House under Dr. Condoleezza Rice [ Condo Rice – member of the New World Order’s Council on Foreign Relations ] as the Economic Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council, as the Director of the Latin America Office at the U.S. Treasury Department, and as Special Assistant to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to government service, Ms. Cruz was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York City.

Cruz’s Wife, Heidi, CFR/North American Union Task Force Member! http://www.dailypaul.com/300709/cruzs-wife-heidi-outed-as-cfr-task-for...

Mar 25 14:33

Russian Duma may reauthorize Putin to send the Russian Army into Ukraine

“The Russian Parliament ought to once again give the President of the Russian Federation to use armed force in Ukraine if the US decides to send sizable arms supplies to that country.” This announcement was made by the First Deputy Chairman of the “Just Russia” faction, Mikhail Emelyanov.

The US House of Representatives adopted a resolution on Tuesday recommending the US president to approve arms supplies to Ukraine. The resolution calls on the president to “use the authority provided by Congress to furnish Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons.” According to the authors of the resolution, this measure would “increase the Ukrainian nation’s ability to defend its sovereignty.” The authors of the resolution also exclusively blame Russia for the deaths suffered during the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. At the same time, they ignore the fact that a significant portion of the refugees is in Russia.



Mar 25 14:16

The Gig Is Up: Money, the Federal Reserve and You

Populist lawyer, Gary Fielder, presents “The Gig Is Up: Money, the Federal Reserve and You. Live from Wolfe Hall at The University of Colorado School of Law, on December 4, 2008, Mr. Fielder, a criminal and constitutional lawyer from Denver, Colorado, presents a power point and video presentation on the creation of money with an historical analysis of our current banking system. With quotes from Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich and many others, Fielder makes his case to abolish the Federal Reserve and return to a sound and honest money system. Fractional Reserve Banking. Currency. Amero. World Government. International Banking.

Mar 25 13:58

Must Watch: AMERICANS ARE BROKE & UNPREPARED

Mar 25 13:44

Bizarre Federal Ultimatum Could Land Innocent Woman Behind Bars

Doreen Hendrickson is a mild-mannered and demure mother of two. She seems more like someone you would see at a church picnic rather than in a jail house.

Thanks to the dirty tricks and heavy hands of the authoritarian federal government, she may be incarcerated very soon. Denied her basic rights in the court of law, Doreen Hendrickson was convicted of contempt of court on July 25, 2014.

Her tale is certainly unusual.

Doreen Hendrickson, along with her husband Pete, are libertarian activists who file tax returns in an unconventional way and encourage others to do the same. Because of this, Doreen was charged by the federal government with defying two court orders.



Mar 25 13:19

America Is No Longer A Republic Or A Democracy

Last week was bad for the dollar, but good for US stocks. On Friday, the greenback capped its worst five days of trading in four years. The Dow rose another 168 points – or nearly 1%.

This took place after Madame Yellen, proprietress of the House of the Rising Stock Market, said she would neither be patient nor impatient about raising rates.

Investors drew the obvious conclusion: She has no idea what she is doing. Until she finds a clue, or is startled out of her paralysis by events, it is business as usual.

The piano player will keep his head down. The bartender will keep the liquor flowing. The cardsharps will keep pulling aces out of their sleeves. And the girls upstairs will continue plying their trade.

Mar 25 13:19

Apple Wants You to Get Accustomed to Real-Time Tracking

Tech giant Apple is not coy about it. They want you to get used to real-time tracking. That’s why they are changing Find My Friends to Track My Friends.

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Mar 25 13:18

World’s top tech companies ask Congress to relax NSA spying laws

Global technology giants like Google and Microsoft have teamed up with civil liberties groups to get Congress to change the country’s spying laws. Tech companies say they’re potentially losing billions in sales following Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.

Mar 25 12:53

FLASHBACK - Terrorists Supported by America: U.S. Helicopter Delivering Weapons to the Islamic State (ISIS), Shot Down by Iraqi “Popular Forces”

A group of Iraqi popular forces known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi shot down the US Army helicopter that was carrying weapons for the ISIL in the western parts of Al-Baqdadi region in Al-Anbar province on Thursday.

Mar 25 12:51

Israel-Palestine coverage is difficult, admits BBC chief amid accusations of bias

BBC Director-General Lord Hall has admitted that reporting on the Israel-Palestine conflict is “tough,” but insists the corporation aims to be balanced in its coverage.

The BBC chief added that the broadcaster is committed to its coverage of the Middle East, including Israel and Palestine.

Mar 25 12:46

Regional Banks Say Regulation Costs Too High

Senator Elizabeth Warren challenges attempt to exempt regional banks with less than $250 billion from Dodd-Frank regulation



Mar 25 12:34

France Enacts Strict Crackdown on Cash Payments Because Charlie Hebdo Attackers Used Cash

Following reports that the terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks purchased some of their equipment with cash, France has enacted a strict crackdown on the use of cash by citizens and foreign travelers, including bans on cash payments over certain amounts.

Mar 25 12:33

How The US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc.

Paul Craig Roberts
RINF Alternative News

Andrew Cockburn has written a must-read book. The title is Kill Chain: The Rise Of The High-Tech Assassins. The title could just as well be: How the US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc.

Mar 25 12:21

Dow drops 200 points as economy shows cracks

Wall Street is no longer cheering bad economic news.

For weeks the stock market rallied on every economic speed bump. Investors figured the growing pains would force the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates extremely low for longer and longer.

That annoying and somewhat perverse trend ended on Wednesday, at least temporarily. The Dow slid 200 points and the Nasdaq tumbled nearly 1.6% after the latest in a long line of alarming economic reports. The S&P 500 declined almost 1%.

Mar 25 12:13

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

Because Netanyahu’s Likud party won the largest number of seats (30) in the new Israeli parliament (120 total), he will play the major role in organizing the next government.

Even liberal Zionist Thomas Friedman had to acknowledge that Netanyahu won with “dirty” politics and the use of “dog-whistle” language. Friedman wrote in his New York Times column that “You cannot win that dirty and just walk away like nothing has happened”.

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 25 12:10

De-Extinction: Harvard Researchers Have Brought Back The Woolly Mammoth

According to Popular Science, the DNA of the Woolly Mammoth, which went extinct over 4,000 years ago, has been spliced with that of the Asian elephant. “We now have functioning elephant cells with mammoth DNA in them,” says Harvard genetics professor George Church.

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Mar 25 12:03

Chris Christie Privatizes New Jersey's Water

Mar 25 12:01

Now MOSSAD weighs into Iran sanctions row at secret meeting with senators: Israeli spy chief warned about ‘throwing a grenade’ into nuclear talks.

The head of Israeli's intelligence agency, MOSSAD, held a secret meeting with a group of U.S. senators last week, the Prime Minister's Office said today.
And he did in fact bring up the possibility of purposefully 'throwing a grenade' into nuclear talks with Iran in order to get a better deal in the long run while speaking to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2922069/Now-MOSSAD-weighs-Iran...
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Mar 25 11:59

Vinegar Weed Killer: Grandma'sRecipe For Fast Weed Control

Yes, it is a fact that you can kill weeds with vinegar. That sounds great, doesn’t it! People hate to spend money for a product to get rid of weeds, and vinegar is cheap. Many people would like to avoid chemical sprays, and vinegar is all natural. Sounds like the best of both worlds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Certainly better than Roundup!

Mar 25 11:55

Ted Cruz Expected to Headline Event With A Man Who Compared All Muslims to Nazis

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announced his candidacy for President on Monday via Twitter, is expected to speak at the Young America's Foundation's "New England Freedom Conference" in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday.

Mar 25 11:54

ISIS Releases City ‘Kill List': Most Towns Included Make Sense to No One

Sorry to be so flippant, but is this the waiting list for DHS funding or…?

Most of these places we’ve never even heard of to be honest. Some make sense, like well known cities such as Seattle, Washington or Reno, Nevada or Colorado Military-Industrial Complex Springs, Colorado. Ft. Hood, Texas has a large military base. I could maybe even see Dearborn Heights, Michigan with its vast Muslim population…but…

New Braunfels, Texas? Really? Do the terrorists hate water parks and kolaches?

Mar 25 11:47

U.S. Won’t Rule Out Using U.N. to Create Palestine

Obama is saying bilateral talks are out of the question, as between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and that he refuses to pretend otherwise. But he does have the policy goal of seeing a Palestinian state established. It may well by the the UN Security Council is the forum where that could be pursued.

Mar 25 11:40

Police Use Tear Gas, Rubber bullets, Detain Dozens of Protesters in Canada

Police fired tear gas and reportedly deployed rubber bullets and sound bombs at hundreds of students protesting austerity measures in Montrel, and also arrested dozens of anti-austerity protesters during a demonstration in Quebec City.

Mar 25 11:40

Riot Police Arrest Canadian Protesters

Around 30 people were arrested at a Montreal protest that was deemed illegal by the local police. Riot police encircled the protesters and detained most of them. The students were protesting cuts to education by the liberals.

Mar 25 11:36

Monsanto Demands Retraction for WHO's Glyphosate Cancer Connection

Even though Europe is set to re-approve glyphosate use next year, Monsanto company is "outraged" at the finding and its publicity.

It is using the technique "deny, deny, deny" and is demanding a retraction...

Mar 25 11:26

Stand Up - Claire Rivero's latest song!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obamacare is now five years old, millions are still uninsured, and the Obamacare-compliant policies are more expensive and provide less coverage!

Mar 25 11:23

FLASHBACK - The Israeli Spy Ring

"Israel does not spy on the United States of America."
-- Mark Regev, a spokesman at the Israeli embassy in Washington

Prior to 9/11, the FBI had discovered the presence of a massive spy ring inside the United States run by the government of Israel. This seems a harsh gratitude from a nation which obtains 10% of its annual budget from the American taxpayer, $3+ billion a year. Over the years, American taxpayers have been required to send Israel more than four times what the US spent to go to the moon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In response to accusations that Israel has been spying on the P5+1 negotiations in order to sabotage them, Israel once again is claiming that they never spy on their good friends the United States.

Of course, this is just another Israeli lie!

Mar 25 11:23

FLASHBACK - Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals

So here is the mother of all scandals.

For two years, the FBI has suspected AIPAC of spying for a foreign country, and for those two years (and for decades before) that group suspected of spying for Israel has been reshaping the US Congress for the benefit of a foreign government.

And THAT is the mother of all scandals.

Mar 25 11:17

STUDY: U.S. "WAR ON TERROR" HAS LEFT OVER 1 MILLION DEAD IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN

The U.S.-led Multinational Force (MNA) in Iraq, the NATO International Securi-ty Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and the U.S. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF-A), also in Afghanistan, have carefully kept a running total of fatalities they have suffered. However, the military’s only interest has been in counting “their” bodies: 4,804 MNA soldiers have died in Iraq between March 2003 and February 2012, the date when the U.S. body counting stopped. As of early June 2013, 3,323 ISAF and OEF soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan since 2001.

Mar 25 11:16

US Torture Program: A Terrifying Reality That Cannot Go Unpunished

According to human rights organizations, civil liberty groups, and international lawyers, disclosure of the records is critical for US government accountability. The concealed photographs were taken by US military service members and collected during investigations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some could be on par with, or worse than, those released from Abu Ghraib prison.

The White House has fought to keep these photographs suppressed, and even collaborated with Congress to change law to enable the concealment. They claim the release of records relating to torture and extrajudicial killings of prisoners since 2003 would endanger Americans. It is indeed yet another illegitimate attempt to give Washington sweeping power to suppress evidence of its own misconduct and act above international law.

Mar 25 11:13

WEALTHY ELITES PAID $40 MILLION FOR EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO GROW MARIJUANA IN OHIO

It appears that momentum is building in Ohio to make it the fifth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. However, the proposed amendment to legalize the plant is shrouded in controversy, as many pro-marijuana advocates are outraged over benefits the investors behind the amendment are set to receive if it passes in this November.

Mar 25 11:12

Comcast pushes back closing for Time Warner Cable merger

Cable giant Comcast Corp. said Wednesday it expects its merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. to close in the middle of the year, a delay from its earlier guidance that it would be completed in early 2015.

Mar 25 11:12

Clinton family facing RICO racketeering case filed in federal court in Florida

A former Department of Justice prosecutor, now heading a public-interest watchdog group, filed a RICO-related civil lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and their lucrative family foundation. The lawsuit filed on March 24 before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleges that the Clintons and their foundation committed criminal violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Mar 25 11:11

FBI Manipulates Mass Shooting Data to Help Obama’s Democrats – NGO Chief

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) misinterpreted statistics on gun shooting in the country, which could be President Barack Obama's attempt to gain support for stricter gun control regulations, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Mar 25 11:07

Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border with chaos-stricken Yemen

Saudi Arabia is deploying a significant task force to the border with neighboring Yemen, where Houthi Shiite rebels allegedly forced the president to leave the country. President Hadi has been asking the UN to approve the use of foreign forces in Yemen.

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Mar 25 11:06

Germanwings A320 plane crash: 'Explosion and smoke' before Airbus plunged into French Alps

Witnesses told the French Air Force they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming out of the doomed Germanwings' A320 passenger plane shortly before it crashed into the mountains near Digne, southern France, IBTimes UK can reveal.

A helicopter pilot in the French Air Force based in Orange, 30 minutes away from the site of the crash, told IBTimes UK witnesses in the crash investigation told him "they had heard an explosion and seen smoke".

While the French authorities have not confirmed these accounts, the pilot confirms the French Air Force has received a number of corroborating witness testimonies.

The pilot also confirmed that debris was found upstream from the crash site - which he said confirmed the fact that the piece of fuselage had "been detached from the aircraft before impact".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the "ISIS shot it down so your kids have to invade Iran/Syria/Libya/Yemen/China/Russia/etc."

UPDATE: As of this moment, claims of an explosion and smoke prior to the actual crash have not been confirmed by any other source.

Mar 25 11:04

Conflict in Ukraine wipes out 25% of country's economy

Ukraine’s economy has contracted by a quarter due to the conflict in the south east of the country as hundreds of facilities are closed, said Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk.

“We’ve lost a quarter of the Ukrainian economy. Hundreds of facilities were closed because of war...” Yatsenyuk said on Tuesday in a conference call to regional governors over budget fulfillment.

Mar 25 11:04

Real unemployment is double the ‘official’ unemployment rate

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Much more than "double."

Mar 25 11:03

More States Added to ‘Jade Helm’ Military Exercise

The US military has quietly added more states to its eight-week Jade Helm joint training drill, originally designated to take place in seven southwestern states.

Speaking of the exercise at the Brazos County Commissioners Court in Texas last month, Jade Helm Operations Planner and retired Green Beret Thomas Mead told an audience that the drill, which will run from July 15 to September 15, will now include the states Mississippi and Florida.

“The exercise is actually an eight-week exercise taking place across seven states,” Mead explains. “As you can see right there, it spans the whole southwest of the United States. We’ve also added Mississippi and we have a group also working out of Florida.”

“We’ll have Navy Seals that’ll be conducting targets and training down in the Mississippi area,” Mead also says.

Mar 25 11:02

Obama Will Keep 9,800 Troops In Afghanistan Through 2015

The US government announced Tuesday that slow withdrawal of of its troops from Afghanistan and remains in that country to 9,800 soldiers by the end of 2015, rather than reduce that number by half, as originally planned.

The White House said changing the timing through a statement, shortly before the joint press conference between President Barack Obama and his counterpart from Afghanistan, Ashraf Gani, who is visiting Washington. During the meeting, President Obama confirmed the news and explained that the number of troops remain there in 2016 will be decided later this year.

http://whatisusa.info/obama-will-keep-9800-troops-in-afghanistan-throu...

Mar 25 11:00

SURVEILLANCE STATE REPEAL ACT

Introduced on Tuesday by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc), the Surveillance State Repeal Act would completely dismantle the Patriot Act, as well as the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The bill also calls for amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, which set up the FISA court, the secret judicial entity which has been the ultimate rubber-stamp since 2001.

Mar 25 11:00

America’s Post World War II Global Dominance Has Just Ended

On March 22nd, I headlined “Why the Western Alliance Is Ending,” and I listed the recent events which indicate that the Western Alliance doesn’t have much longer to go. And, now, it has actually already ended. The handwriting is on the wall, for everyone to see; it’s so out-in-the-open, as of today.

Here is what has just happened (as reported in German Economic News, and translated by me), which virtually brings down the curtains on America’s dominance of the world — a dominance that started when World War II ended in 1945:

March 21: “GEOPOLITICS: Washington nervous: China, Japan and South Korea forge an Alliance.” This news story reports:

Mar 25 10:59

Did De-Dollarization Just Reach Escape Velocity? China's New Silk Road & Putin's Eurasian Trade Network

Westward Ho On China's Eurasia BRIC Road

“…it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger (to the U.S.)

emerges capable of dominating Eurasia

and thus also of challenging America”

Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard, 1997

What’s in a name, rather an ideogram? Everything. A single Chinese character – jie (for “between”) – graphically illustrates the key foreign policy initiative of the new Chinese dream.

Mar 25 10:54

German Airbus crash in France ‘inexplicable’

The German flag carrier, Lufthansa, says the crash of its ill-fated Airbus A320 passenger aircraft in the southern French Alps, with all 150 people on board presumed dead, is “inexplicable.”

Lufthansa’s Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spor said on Wednesday, it was “inexplicable for us, how an airplane in good mechanical condition, with two experienced, Lufthansa-trained pilots, could encounter such a tragedy from cruising altitude.” . . .

. . . Hours after the deadly accident, the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that a black box belonging to the aircraft had been found.

Cazeneuve added that the black box recovered from the crash site has been damaged but is believed to be “useable.”

Later on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande said the case for the plane’s second black box has been found without its contents, promising that French investigators would do everything to determine the cause of the crash.

Mar 25 10:39

Federal Government Prepares to Track Unvaccinated Adults

During the National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s (NVAC) February meeting, American adults were put on notice by Big Brother that non-compliance with federal vaccine recommendations will not be tolerated. Public health officials have unveiled a new plan to launch a massive nationwide vaccination promotion campaign involving private business and non-profit organizations to pressure all adults to comply with the adult vaccination schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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Mar 25 10:38

Facebook Reveals its Master Plan – Control All News Flow

In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.

And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.

Mar 25 10:37

YEMEN’S PRESIDENT FLEES AS REBELS ADVANCE

Yemen’s embattled president fled his palace in the southern port city of Aden for an undisclosed location on Wednesday as Shiite rebels offered a bounty for his capture and arrested his defense minister.

Hours later, the rebels launched airstrikes targeting presidential forces guarding the palace.

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I guess they got sick of their US puppet ruler!

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Mar 25 10:32

Our Nation Depends on Restoring Product Liability

At the height of its power, ancient Rome created many new technologies which allowed it to become the supreme power over their portion of the world. These accomplishments included the invention of concrete, improved metallurgy, medicine, hygiene, plumbing, and sewage. As each of these were developed, Rome came to be dependent on them. As Rome went into decline, their ability to maintain their technologies started to fade. Aqueducts stopped delivery water. Public health failed. Metal rusted. Concrete cracked. Eventually the failure of those systems on which Rome was dependent hastened its eventual fall.

As Mark Twain said, History doesn't repeat, but occasionally it rhymes, and we are seeing in the United States and indeed the entire world many repeats of that same recipe for decline and fall.

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Mar 25 10:31

FLASHBACK - VIKING, LIFE ON MARS, AND DR. GILBERT LEVIN

I wrote this article in response to a news report that appeared the other day in the UK Independent. There just might be life on Mars....Nasa Curiosity rover picks up mysterious methane 'burps' that could possibly be coming from alien organisms

The gist of the story is that Curiosity has been detecting sudden bursts of methane erupting from small areas on the surface of Mars. These methane bursts are not explainable by geological processes, which tend to result in methane flowing steadily from large areas. But colonies of bacteria just under the surface would generate methane, which would accumulate until there was enough pressure for a "burp" to pop up through the overhead dust. Curiosity is going to perform more tests to try to confirm biological activity, and when they do, we can count on the present day NASA management to claim credit for what will truly be an Earth-shaking discovery.

but...

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WE are seeing more and more announcements from NASA dancing around the issue of life on Mars, with "Could be", "May have", and other not-quite-committing to the idea, as if the slowly introduce the possibility to the public before a definitive announcement is made, in order to reduce the potential for drastic social upheaval (see comments about Marco Polo in the original article.)

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Mar 25 10:21

Boehner ‘baffled’ by reports that Israel spied on US/Iran talks

ed note–every elected official in DC, from the President to every member of Congress (including and especially the House Speaker) has a team of interns whose job is to scour the newspapers EVERY DAY for ANYTHING that can impact on them personally/professionally in any fashion, given that in the world of politics, ‘surprises’ can have dire results.

Therefore, Boehner’s assertion that he was not ‘aware’ of a story such as this originating in the Wall Street Journal is an out-and -out LIE, and especially given the fact that by implication, he would have been one of those on the receiving end of this classified information being supplied by a foreign government that is actively working to undermine the OFFICIAL business of the Executive Branch in negotiating with another nation.

Mar 25 10:20

7 surprising things the government spends more money on than space exploration

Read enough about space exploration and you detect a common theme: the universe contains all sorts of wonders, but we don't have enough money to properly explore them.
We've discovered liquid oceans on several different moons in our solar system, but cuts to NASA's planetary science budget (the money it can spend on exploring other planets and moons) mean we won't be sending probes to them for at least a decade. Congress has directed NASA to develop the biggest rocket ever, but it's unclear whether there will be money to actually use it once it's finished.

Mar 25 10:19

ISIS Takes Tatooine As Tourists Warned Away From 'Star Wars' Locations In Tunisia

"Star Wars" fans are being warned away from several locations in Tunisia linked to the movies due to reported jihadist activity.
Tataouine, which inspired the name of Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine,has become a way-station for terrorists looking to enter Libya to join ISIS, CNN reported.

Mar 25 10:02

Breaking News - Yemen army units allied with Ansarullah take over Aden intl. airport

Yemen army forces allied with Houthi movement's Ansarullah fighters have taken over international airport of the southern port city of Aden, Yemeni officials say.

The development came as unnamed officials told AP on Wednesday that Yemen's president has left the country by sea, on a boat from Aden.

Mar 25 10:00

WHO admits Monsanto’s glyphosate ‘probably’ causes cancer; chemical found in 75% of air and rain samples

Kidney cancer, skin tumors just a few health problems caused by glyphosate

Mar 25 09:57

Bibi’s back, feat. Norman Finkelstein

On the back of an election victory Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. What will his legacy be: a talented politician who polarized society, isolated Israel in the world, and refused to make peace with the Palestinians, and eventually made war with Iran?

Mar 25 09:57

Doing the Zombie Tango in the Black Mirror of the Abyss.

Yesterday or so, The Rope A Pope blessed a vial of blood because of what was called a (drum roll) “semi miracle'. In other places, people are killing their 3 month olds because of 'demons'. Others are killing their children for various reasons. None of them are being called a 'semi miracle'. Arguably, the popes have killed far, far more children than any of these small time operators and they often have sex with them first. In a smaller but no less powerful farce of a religion they also eat them, which I presume means they killed them too. I don't know about the sexual end but I think for the latter, the killing of them provides that experience. Am I being facetious? No. Is there documentation for this sort of thing? Most certainly there is. A large amount of people would scoff and say, “That is offensive and outrageous and patently untrue”. These are the sort of people who have NO historical awareness except what is force fed into their heads by the people who do these things.

Mar 25 09:56

List Activists_protesters Detained or Disappeard, NDAA

Mar 25 09:55

Aftermath of Israeli Offensive in Gaza: Disabled Gazans Strive to Live

There are 50,000 disabled people in Gaza. Due to several rounds of Israeli military campaigns against the strip, there are more disabled people in the coastal enclave than ever before.

Mar 25 09:54

Brazilian cities battling dengue fever epidemic

The potentially-deadly dengue fever has reached epidemic proportions in one in 10 cities across Brazil, according to the Ministry of Health, with São Paulo state the worst affected.Over 500 municipalities have registered a high number of cases, some of them significantly above levels defined as epidemic by the World Health Organization.

Mar 25 09:54

Britain to spend £280mn on renewing Malvinas defenses

Britain has unveiled plans to bolster defenses on the Malvinas Island to counter what it calls possible threats from Argentina.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the parliament that London will spend £280mn over the next decade on renewing its military arrangements on the Malvinas Island.

“The principle threat to the islands remains…I am confident that, following this review, we have the right deployment,” he was quoted as saying by the British media.

Mar 25 09:53

Time for Obama to shake things up, 'declare Israel nuclear state'

Following reports of Israel’s espionage against US-Iran nuclear talks, it is time for the Obama administration to “declare Israel a nuclear state”, says Jim W. Dean, a columnist and political commentator based in Atlanta.

Current and former American officials told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday the spying operation was part of a campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.”

Dean told Press TV in a phone interview that “this comes as no surprise,” as Tel Aviv has been engaged in spy activities in the United States in other different areas including “industrial espionage to steal trade secrets”.

“Israel is a kind of parasite on the West. They have the right to just steal and take anything possible.”

Mar 25 09:53

Lock and Load: Russian Military Drills in Stavropol

Battalion-level military drills were conducted on March 19, 2015 by Russian Armed Forces at the Sernovodsky training range in Stavropol Territory, Russia.

Mar 25 09:52

The War on Yugoslavia: The Real Face of American ‘Diplomacy’

The US has long trumpeted itself as the only paragon of virtue and ‘defender of freedom’ in the world, going into overdrive with this message in the years following the Cold War. Millions of people were duped during this time, but their illusions were quickly dispelled after the 1999 War on Yugoslavia.

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Mar 25 09:51

US Halts Drawdown of Troops from Afghanistan

Following a request from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the US has decided it will effectively stop it's proposed withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan during 2015. Ghani made the request despite the fact that the long military campaign has placed an undue burden on the Afghan people.

Mar 25 09:49

Obama Snubs NATO Chief as Crisis Rages

President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won't see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.

Mar 25 09:48

WHAT NETANYAHU’S ‘APLOLOGY’ MEANS TO THE CHILDREN OF PALESTINE ~~ IN VIDEOS

Netanyahu ‘apologised’ to the ‘Arabs’ in Israel for the racist remarks he made on Election Day.

He was worried that the ‘Arabs were voting in droves’ to unseat him. The following two videos might explain why they wanted him unseated …

Where is the apology to these children?

Mar 25 09:48

GROWING SUPPORT FOR BDS AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES

Student union at McMaster University in Hamilton votes to support the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Mar 25 09:36

Disabled Vet Has ALL His Guns Taken Away For This BOGUS Reason

In Arizona two neighbors have had an ongoing dispute over landscaping. Apparently the dispute has lasted for months but it took a turn for the worse recently and as a result the outrageous has occurred.

Mar 25 09:33

Rafah buffer zone to extend 1,000 more meters into Egypt

People in the restive Sinai Peninsula have been informed of a third phase of evacuations to be made as part of government plans to create a 2,000-meter buffer zone along the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

People in Rafah said they have been notified that the third phase of evacuations will begin in early April. The first two phases involved the evacuation of 3,350 families from land that extended 1,000 meters into Egypt along the 14 km-long border.

Mar 25 09:32

Speeding Cop Kills Man, Only Gets Ticket. Prosecutors Magically Forgot to Tell Judge Someone Died

Interestingly, nobody informed the judge that the deputy’s actions lead to a loss of life. Pearce was therefore sentenced only to attending a defensive driving class, against Arizona state law, after admitting responsibility for a criminal traffic speeding ticket only.

Mar 25 09:31

Iain Duncan Smith refuses to meet with food bank charity about poverty – then meets with investment bankers about it instead

Iain Duncan Smith has refused to meet with Britain’s biggest food bank charity for over a year – but has instead held discussions with an American investment bank about tackling child poverty.

The Trussell Trust confirmed again today that its chairman Chris Mould had still not been granted a meeting with Iain Duncan Smith, despite reports as far back as 2013 that he had requested one.

But this week the Department for Work and Pensions disclosed under government transparency rules that Mr Duncan Smith had held a meeting about child poverty with the US investment bank JP Morgan Chase.

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"So, how do we make money off of poor children? Sex slavery? Organ trade? Fertilizer?"

Mar 25 09:29

MPs attack BBC for its 'biased EU reporting': Corporation accused of 'falling down severely' in its obligation to provide impartial coverage

The BBC has a ‘deeply concerning’ pro-European bias and has ‘fallen down severely’ in its obligation to provide impartial coverage of the issue, MPs say today.

The European Scrutiny Committee says the corporation does not give enough airtime to those who believe Britain should leave the European Union or that there should be a referendum on membership.

The MPs also criticised the BBC’s director-general, Lord Hall, for failing in his role as the corporation’s editor-in-chief, after he turned down an invitation to give evidence to the committee in Parliament four times.

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Mar 25 09:26

CERN mega-magnet “short circuits” today — operations now postponed

Scientists at Europe’s CERN research centre have had to postpone the imminent relaunch of their refitted ‘Big Bang’ machine, the Large Hadron Collider, because of a short-circuit in the wiring of one of the vital magnets.

“Current indications suggest a delay of between a few days and several weeks,” a statement from the world’s leading particle physics research centre said on Tuesday.

Mar 25 09:25

33 Strange Facts About America That Most Americans Would Be Shocked To Learn

In 2014, police in the United States killed 1,100 people. During that same year, police in Canada killed 14 people, police in China killed 12 people and police in Germany didn’t kill anyone at all.

Mar 25 09:25

THE MILLIONS IN EU FUNDING THE BBC TRIED TO HIDE

Over the last three years the BBC has secretly obtained millions of pounds in grants from the European Union. Licence fee payers might assume that the Corporation would have been compelled to disclose the source of this money in its annual reports, but they bear no trace of it specifically. In the latest set of accounts, for example, these funds are simply referred to as ‘other grant income’.

Mar 25 09:23

Russia warns US over deploying missile system in S Korea

Moscow has warned Washington against plans to deploy a ballistic missile system in South Korea, saying it may further complicate the situation of the volatile Korean Peninsula.

Mar 25 09:23

Israel sentences Palestinian to 15.5 years in prison

An Israeli court has handed down a 15.5-year prison term to a Palestinian man for defending the Gaza Strip during the Tel Aviv regime’s 50-day military offensive against the blockaded sliver last summer.

According to reports on Tuesday, the Beersheba district court convicted 24-year-old Mohammed Abu Zaraj for allegedly trying to attack the Israeli soldiers last year.

Mar 25 09:22

Israel, settlers grabbing Palestine land: UK minister

The Israeli regime with the assistance of a “radical” settler group has been grabbing Palestinian land under the pretext of providing protection for historic archaeological sites, a British minister says.

"We are aware of the link between the Elad (settler) group and the Israel Antiquities Authority. We are concerned that this link has led to Israel Antiquities Authority's support of radical settler activities in and around the Old City under the guise of tourism and protection of Jewish history,” UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said.

The settler group is infamous for colonizing Palestinian land by driving Palestinian residents out of their dwellings.

Mar 25 09:22

Toronto’s Plan to Push Outthe Homeless

The agenda of the developers with regard to the central part of Toronto is to complete the creation of an interwoven hive of business, commerce, upscale recreation and high end housing. Standing in the way of this are enduring pockets of housed poverty and a considerable and growing homeless population. Those without housing, very understandably, have tended to gravitate toward the centre of the city and, over many years, shelters and other services have developed in this area. This situation is resented by those working for upscale redevelopment and not only because visible destitution impacts property values and ‘quality of life’ for those with the money to pay for it. It is also the case that the shelters, drop-ins and service agencies that homeless people turn to are located in areas that the forces of gentrification are laying claim to.

Mar 25 09:21

Monsanto Hit With Fine for ‘Genetically Contaminating Wheat Supply’

After paying an original sum of $2.4 million to reimburse farmers for contaminating their fields with genetically modified wheat that had not even yet been approved for farming, Monsanto has been forced to pay another $350,000 in order to settle a class action lawsuit brought upon by numerous farmers from over seven different states.

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For a company like Monsanto, $3 million is pocket change!

Mar 25 09:20

Arizona Wants to Hide Names of Police Who Kill People

GOP lawmakers in Arizona are reacting to the recent media attention to police brutality cases by attempting to scale back transparency. Arizona Senate Bill 1445 would prohibit law enforcement agencies from releasing the names of officers “involved in a use of deadly physical force incident that results in death or serious physical injury" for 60 days after the confrontation.

Mar 25 09:20

Georgia Women Arrested Protesting Bill That Would Let Employers Fire Women Who've Had An Abortion

In several states, Republican lawmakers are sponsoring bills that would allow employers to use “religious liberty” as an excuse to do whatever they want – including discriminate against customers or employees on the basis of religion.

Georgia's version of this religious liberty bill has already passed the state senate, but is running into trouble in the house, where even the speaker, a Republican, has expressed skepticism about the legislation.

Mar 25 09:20

DENMARK LOST BILLIONS TO GOLDMAN SACHS ON DONG DEAL

Denmark lost out on billions of kroner when it sold partial ownership of Dong Energy to American investment firm Goldman Sachs in January 2013, Politiken reported Wednesday. When the Danish government sold an 18 percent stake of Dong to Goldman Sachs, the Finance Ministry calculated the company’s value at 31.5 billion kroner ($4.6 billion).

Mar 25 09:19

GM soybeans transfer mutated DNA to milk and decrease birth weight of newborn goats

the dangers of GM soybeans have once again been brought to light, this time in a study titled, "Genetically modified soybean in a goat diet: Influence on kid performance." Published in Small Ruminant Research, the official journal of the International Goat Association, the study details how the DNA of otherwise healthy goats was altered and passed on to their kids when they were fed genetically modified soybeans. As a result, the kids were found to have a lower birth weight.

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