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Feb 10 10:18

Talking Points For Doctor-Politicians Who Threaten Choice

By Rosanne Lindsay

Every day another politician decides to practice medicine without a license by proposing new medical mandates or the removal of vaccine exemptions that dictate healthcare choices for individuals, parents, and families.

Such maneuvers are attempts to test the resolve of the people. When that happens, its time to stand our sacred ground...

Feb 10 10:16

A smartphone application aimed at helping users avoid morality police units in Iran’s capital city, which became an instant hit just hours after its release yesterday, has been blocked in Iran.

The Gershad app allows users to mark spots on the Tehran city map where the Gasht-e-Ershad (or Guidance Patrol, commonly known as the “morality police”) units are located, in order to help potential targets avoid those areas.

Feb 10 10:15


London offers every possible service to individuals wanting to launder money, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik. London and New York are both popular destinations for money laundering because they are major international financial centers that offer sophisticated financial products and well-versed legal and accountancy services, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik.

Feb 10 10:14


HSBC Holdings PLC has been sued by families of American citizens killed in Mexico, who alleged that the bank helped drug cartels launder money to run their businesses and thus, can be held responsible for the deaths, reports said Tuesday. The bank paid a $1.9 billion fine in 2012 to settle a criminal probe into whether it laundered at least $881 million on behalf of drug cartels.

Feb 10 10:09

Rosneft CEO: Decision on oil prices are made by robots on currency markets

"Today the financial technology implies that decisions are often made by robots on trading floors and by the software that manages them and impersonally responds to any instantaneous changes of the situation, which changes in the course of the trading, or information about the movement of oil reserves. We should admit that we underestimated the fact that financial participants of the market know no limitations in settlement of their own purely financial tasks and are ready to "test" any price levels - $27 in January and down to $10 per barrel, as it was recently announced by one respectable investor. This is nothing but an invitation to play an irresponsible game with an unlimited price decline?" - Sechin said. Taking into account that specific capital expenditures that increased manifold the current oil prices are the lowest since 1973, Sechin said. He added that he does not rule out further oil price fluctuations.

Feb 10 10:09

Hillary Clinton & the “Mass Incarceration Machine”: A Debate on Her Support of 1994 Crime Bill

Scholar Michelle Alexander made headlines last week when she wrote a critical post about Hillary Clinton’s record on criminal justice issues.

Feb 10 10:03

Washington to open Pandora’s box in case of deploying weapons in space — diplomat

"The United States expresses certain comments that the Russian-Chinese suggestions on refraining from being the first to deploy weapons into outer space do not stipulate verification measures. This is trickery," the diplomat said. "If the United States believes that verification is necessary, what prevents it from filling this gap? When such opportunities arise, the United States will not stop at nothing to deploy weapons in space. This will be something similar to the missile defense system in terms of its effects. This will be something that will change the rules of the game. This will open Pandora’s box, and other countries that have such capabilities will follow the same path. We will have an uncontrolled arms race".

Feb 10 10:00

NATO will continue deployment of Patriot batteries in Turkey — Stoltenberg

"At the end of last year, we agreed assurance measures for Turkey - with AWACS surveillance planes, air policing, an increased naval presence in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea and we decided to continue the deployment of our Patriot batteries to augment the air defenses of Turkey," Stoltenberg said at the meeting of NATO defense ministers. NATO’s aviation and naval expansion in Turkey is taking place against the backdrop of sharp deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara.

Feb 10 09:58

Girl who cried UVa. gang rape pretended to be her rapist to win a boy, lawyers say: Three and a half years after an alleged brutal gang rape by fraternity members at the University of Virginia, detailed in Rolling Stone magazine, lawyers say a crush over

Readers were horrified by "A Rape on Campus" when it published online in November 2014, and the article created upheaval at the university.

The 9,000-word article -- with almost as many comments at the time it was taken offline -- described how an UVa first-year student named Jackie was sexually assaulted by seven attackers during a fraternity party, and how the university failed to adequately respond.

Feb 10 09:57

Syrian Kurds plan opening missions in US, EU

"Turkey continues warfare against its nationals, Kurds, punitive operations against civilians are carried out with extreme cruelty," Senam Mohamed said at the ceremony to unveil the mission of Syrian Kurdistan in Moscow. As an example she mentioned the developments in the Kurdish populated city of Jizra in Turkey. "Many civilians have died there, women and children among them," she said, urging reaction to the developments on the border. Syrian Kurds are planning to open missions in the United States and some European countries, Senam Mohamed said on Wednesday. "We are planning to open missions in the US, Germany, France and Sweden in the near future," she told an opening ceremony of the Moscow office.

Feb 10 09:54

Judge bars Chicago police from testifying after they claim to have lost all videos of arrest due to multiple technical difficulties

A motorist accused of drunk driving walked away after cops in Chicago, Illinois refused to hand over video evidence of the incident. In a ruling last month, the Illinois Appellate Court said Richard Moravec was entitled not just to any dashcam videos of his arrest, but also relevant footage from the city's network of surveillance devices known as "police observational devices" or POD cameras.

Feb 10 09:52

Zika: What Went Wrong With The Mosquitoes?

How many readers know that there was an English (UK)-American (USA) biology technology project regarding the release of bioengineered mosquitoes to “fight” dengue fever in tropical countries? And, that the gene manipulation project called “Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal” (RIDL) apparently is now backfiring? Could it involve the Zika…

Feb 10 09:51

How To Cook A Wolf – A Classic Culinary Compendium

A wise man always eat well. -Chinese Proverb How To Cook A Wolf, by MFK Fisher, is a hidden gem. Written during WW2, “Wolf” deftly derides the “war machine”, and the “slick magazines” that ridiculously promote “balanced meals”, at the expense of the individual; so that they are the same from “schools…

Feb 10 09:49

Ex-NAACP Head Ben Jealous: Sanders is Most Consistent Candidate Tackling Racism, Militarism & Greed

Likening him to Jesse Jackson in the 1980s, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous praises Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for consistently addressing the issues that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as the "giant triplets of evil".

Feb 10 09:49

Part of Schengen agreements cancelled de facto - Chizhov

"There is also an opinion that the [Schengen] agreement was drawn up incorrectly straight from start and therefore should be re-written... The Schengen system is not just an agreement but a package of subsequent decisions, including the Dublin Regulation, which vests the first country of entry with the right to grant asylum". According to Chizhov, it looks a bit strange when refugees swim into Greece, which is part of the Schengen zone, from Turkey. "Then, they cross the country and head further for, say, Macedonia, which is neither an EU member nor a signatory to the Schengen agreement. After Macedonia they go to Serbia and it’s only from there that they get into Hungary and return to the Schengen zone. In short, the migrants cross this barrier several times. So, the Dublin Regulation is no longer applied in practice and for the moment has been cancelled de facto. Though nothing else has been invented to replace it so far, they have started pondering the issue already...

Feb 10 09:49

Professor Who Exposed Flint Crisis Says Greed Has Killed Public Science

“Academic research and scientists in this country are no longer deserving of the public trust,” declared Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech civil engineering professor who helped expose the Flint water crisis. In an interview published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, Edwards explained how the pressures put on academics to…

Feb 10 09:48

You Won’t Believe Which Retailer Is Using Your Donations To Fund Vaccines

These fundraising efforts - up to $257 million dollars - seem to be aimed at vaccines for children across the United States.

Feb 10 09:46

Bayer And US Govt Knowingly Gave HIV To Thousands Of Children

What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the…

Feb 10 09:39

Russia’s government delegation heading for talks to Iraq

Russia’s government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin sets off on Wednesday for a two-day visit to Iraq, a spokesperson from his office has told TASS. In Baghdad, Rogozin will take part in the meeting of the Russian-Iraqi intergovernmental commission and hold talks with Iraq’s political leadership - President Fuad Masum, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who co-chairs the commission. This is the first trip of such a major Russian delegation to Iraq over the past years. The delegation consists of 90 people, including high-ranking officials and business representatives. A source in the delegation told TASS among them are five deputy ministers from Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Transport Ministry and Energy Ministry and heads of large companies, including Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov. Representatives of private Russian security companies also fly to Baghdad.

Feb 10 09:35

Moscow urges Seoul to refute rumors of Russian components in North Korea’s missile

"I was outraged when I read media reports about the insinuations of the South Korean intelligence service, which accused Russia of supplying components for North Korea’s missiles," Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Mikhail Ulyanov said. "This statement is irresponsible and unprofessional. One cannot come forward with such accusations without having clear evidence. If the Korean side, the Korean media have grounds to suspect us of supplying the components, the evidence should be presented. If there is no such evidence, I urge (Seoul) to officially disavow these insinuations and apologize, preferably in public."
Washington is using North Korea’s policy aimed at developing the country’s nuclear and missile programs as a pretext for deploying its missile defense system to South Korea, such plans may have an adverse impact on the international security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.