April 30, 2014

Push for marijuana legalisation in Jamaica


Start 02:00 min.

Jamaica is the largest producer of marijuana in the Caribbean, but the drug is illegal in the country. But for many Jamaicans the drug is more than a product, rather, it is a religious right.

And as more states within the US legalise the drug, many say it is only a matter of time before this economically struggling nation follows suit.

Al Jazeera

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- US drug policy fuels push for legal ganja worldwide - Jamaica Observer
Legalizing medical marijuana doesn't increase use among adolescents, study says - ScienceDaily

Ganja alert! - Jamaica Observer
Monsanto plans to patent genetically modified marijuana brand in Uruguay - AllVoices

The US and Cuba: Obsession



After decades of tension and hostility between the two nations, has change finally come to US-Cuba relations?

Empire travels to Havana, Miami, and Washington DC to unravel the mysteries of Cuban-US relations. In the first televised debate of its kind by foreign media in Cuba, we explore the recent changes happening on the island nation.

Al Jazeera

RT criticized again by US State Dept. for 'false claims' & 'selective editing'



RT has fallen under the criticism of the State Department yet again; accusing the news agency of propagandizing the reports from Ukraine. Read more.

RT

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Who's really 'presenting lies as facts'? How State Dept. exposes itself to propaganda - RT
Eenzijdige berichtgeving Oekraïne bemoeilijkt politieke oplossing - De Wereld Morgen

Eenzijdige berichtgeving Oekraïne bemoeilijkt politieke oplossing

De toestand in Oekraïne is zeer ontvlambaar en kan snel afglijden naar een burgeroorlog. Nuchtere verslaggeving kan bijdragen tot een beter begrip van de wederzijdse standpunten en tot een vreedzame compromisoplossing. Dat is niet wat op dit ogenblik gebeurt.

Dat objectiviteit en neutraliteit ruim interpreteerbare begrippen zijn, blijkt uit de verslaggeving over Oekraïne. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Nazi EU verkiezingen: EU propaganda Maarten van Rossem



De Europese verkiezingen, 1 grote poppenkast. De informatie die wij via de main stream media krijgen over de EU is onjuist en onvolledig.

De EU is geen democratisch gezond opbouwend systeem/orgaan. Lees het boek of PDF: De Nazi Achtergronden van de EU te Brussel.

Locals of east Ukraine cities quit jobs, join protest for greater autonomy



Local administration building, prosecutors office and police headquarters of Ukraine's eastern city of Lugansk have been taken over. Protesters are demanding an amnesty for political prisoners and a referendum on self-determination.

RT's Paula Slier met those occupying the administration building in Donetsk, the hub of the pro-autonomy protests.

RT

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Separatists seize Horlivka city council building - Kyiv Post
Pro-Russian activists storm Lugansk govt HQ, police escape building (video) - RT

Kiev Says It's 'Helpless' to Restore Order in East - AP
Authorities do not control situation in Donetsk – Turchynov - UNIAN

Ukrainian army ‘on full alert’, president admits east is beyond control - RT
- Armed Forces of Ukraine is in high alert due to threat of attack of Russia – Turchynov - UNIAN

Too early to speak about deployment of UN peacekeepers in Ukraine , says acting foreign minister - Interfax

Despite trying to present a united front, U.S. and Europe still diverge on Russia policies

As the Obama administration and its European allies were toughening their sanctions against Russia this week, a somewhat different tone was being set in St. Petersburg, where Russian President Vladi­mir Putin was seen wrapping former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder in a bearhug.

A photo of the embrace — taken at a lavish 70th-birthday party for Schröder hosted by a subsidiary of the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom —.. Read more.

Washington Post

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Putin: Washington behind Ukraine events all along, though flying low - RT
Little Love for Sanctions: Ukraine Crisis A Tightrope Walk for German Businesses - Spiegel

Putin: Washington behind Ukraine events all along, though flying low

The US has been behind the Ukrainian crisis from the beginning, but was initially flying low, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. He added that if sanctions continue, Russia will have to reconsider who has access to key sectors of its economy.

“I think what is happening now shows us who really was mastering the process from the beginning. Read more.

RT

The Story of Venezuela's Protests May Be Different From What You Are Told

In reacting to the protests in Venezuela, the biggest Western media outlets have drafted a charmingly simple narrative of the situation there. According to this story, peaceful protesters have risen up against a government because of shortages, high inflation, and crime. They have taken to the streets and been met with brutal repression from a government that also controls the media.

It doesn't take much digging to take down this narrative. First, while there have been some peaceful opposition marches, the daily protests are anything but peaceful. Read more.

Huff Post

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Protesten Venezuela heel anders dan wat ons hier wordt verteld - De Wereld Morgen

Renowned Venezuelan Revolutionary Murdered in Caracas

Santa Elena de Uairen, April 29th 2014. (Venezuelanalysis.com) - On Saturday, renowned Chavista revolutionary Eliecer Otaiza, 49, was found dead in the municipality of Baruta in Caracas. His body, struck by multiple bullet wounds, was identified yesterday afternoon.

Otaiza’s vehicle was also discovered with bullet marks in another part of Baruta,.. Read more.

Venezuelanalysis

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Venezuelan ex-intelligence chief Eliecer Otaiza killed - BBC

Venezuela: President Maduro launches Economic Offensive's second phase



The second phase of the "economic offensive" was launched this Monday in Venezuela, with which the government intends to boost the economy. 

President Nicolas Maduro stated that this phase focuses on economic growth and the incorporation of the homeland's productive force.

teleSUR

Ecuador expels all Pentagon employees from US embassy



All Department of Defense employees at the US Embassy in Ecuador are being expelled from the country. Beginning in January, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has repeatedly made public statements alleging the US military had infiltrated "all sectors" in the country, and followed through on threats to expel DOD employees on April 7, according to a new document obtained by the Associated Press.

The relations between the two countries are already sour due to foreign policy differences and Ecuador's decision to give asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy.

RT's Ameera David speaks about the Latin American country's move with Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

RT

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American military group will leave Ecuador this week - Ecuador Times
Ecuador orders US military group to leave - AP

Diabetes duration, severity associated with brain atrophy

Type 2 diabetes may be associated with brain degeneration, according to a new multicenter study published online in the journal Radiology.

The study also found that, contrary to common clinical belief, diabetes may not be directly associated with small vessel ischemic disease, where the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood. Read more.

ScienceDaily

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Diet can predict cognitive decline, researchers say - ScienceDaily

Road to fountain of youth paved with fast food ... and sneakers? Exercise may prevent or delay fundamental process of aging

We all know that too much food combined with too little exercise can add up to poor health and disease. But overeating and inactivity also speed up the aging process, right down to our cells.

At the end of a cell's lifespan, a process called senescence kicks in -- cells lose the ability to divide and begin to secrete substances that damage the surrounding cells. Read more.

ScienceDaily

April 29, 2014

Stel dat logo’s de andere kant zouden vertellen

Over logo’s wordt door producenten goed nagedacht. Ze moeten eenvoudig en duidelijk zijn en weergeven wat het bedrijf graag wil uitstralen. En dat is vooral bedoeld om de producten te verkopen, ze hoeven niet objectief te zijn.

Dat zijn de logo’s van grafisch designer Viktor Hertz ook niet. Ze geven in elk geval weer hoe hij denkt over de producten en bedrijven en dat zal ongetwijfeld herkenbaar zijn. Meer logo's.

Lijn 17

Bitcoin, Anarchy and Freedom with Roger Ver



Money is the common denominator in our current financial system, the currency that facilitates all of our daily interactions. We take its existence for granted, and while the debate in recent years has grown to include whether or not the government should "print more of it" or "print less of it," the lack of comprehension about how dollars, Euros, yen, pesos and other government regulated national currencies are themselves the very root of the problem, conceived in iniquity and born as debt owed to the commercial banking system itself has prevented the conversation from moving past this infantile debate.

In recent years, mathematicians, cryptologists, computer programmers and others have been working quietly on the problem of how to create a system of exchange that bypasses the central banks and allows for instantaneous, pseudonymous, free transactions between individuals anywhere on the globe. Their answer: cryptocurrency, with its most well-known representative, Bitcoin.

Learn more about BItcoin, how it works, and where it's going from here in this week's edition of The Eyeopener.

Corbett Report & BFP

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'Number of Bitcoins limited, can't be 'printed' like paper money' - entrepreneur (video) - RT

Iraq Campaign Carnage: 900 die in a month as key election nears



A series of blasts in Iraq on Monday killed at least 50 people. More than 9 hundred civilians have been killed in the country this month alone - making it the deadliest April in 6 years.

The carnage comes as the country prepares to vote in its first general election since the 2011 pullout of US troops. RT's Lucy Kafanov shares her experience of covering elections in Iraq.

RT

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Iraq elections unlikely to bridge sectarian divide - Al Jazeera
- Before Iraq election, Shi'ite militias unleashed in war on Sunni insurgents - Reuters

As Iraq violence grows, U.S. sends more intelligence officers - Reuters
Oil exports from southern oilfields of Iraq back in track in the month of April - Iraq Directory

Word Apartheid: 'Why can't John Kerry stand behind his statement on Israel?'



US Secretary of State, John Kerry is in damage control mode after some behind-closed-door comments. Kerry apparently warned Israel it was headed to an 'apartheid state'. He issued a strong statement apologizing and said he wished he had chosen a different word.

For more on this RT is joined by Haaretz newspaper columnist Gideon Levy.

RT

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John Kerry apologises for Israel 'apartheid' remarks - Guardian
Erekat: Israel actively sabotaged peace talks, trying to consolidate apartheid regime - JPost

Kerry: Israel risks becoming apartheid state (video) - Al Jazeera
Bennett: ‘We’ll annex Area C and offer the Palestinians autonomy on steroids’ (video) - JPost

Israeli forces demolish West Bank mosque as peace talks deadline passes - Reuters
Livni: 'Price Tag' perpetrators are not part of my nation - JPost

Bennett: ‘We’ll annex Area C and offer the Palestinians autonomy on steroids’

Bayit Yehudi leader says Israel "will be gradually attempting to apply Israeli law on Israeli controlled areas of Judea and Samaria."

Israel will gradually annex Area C of the West Bank now that the negotiations with the Palestinians have failed, Economic Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday afternoon. Read more + video.

JPost

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Peace Now: Israel issued tenders for thousands of settler homes during talks - JPost

Peace Now: Israel issued tenders for thousands of settler homes during talks

Out of a total of 4,868 tenders, 46% - or 2,248 - units were in West Bank settlements and 54% - 2,620 units - were in east Jerusalem, according to settlement watchdog.

Tenders were issued for 4,868 new homes over the pre-1967 lines during the nine-month negotiating process with the Palestinians which ends today, according to a report published by the non-governmental group Peace Now. Read more.

JPost

Blast strikes protest boat docked in Gaza, activists say Israel to blame

'Gaza's Ark,' set to sail to Europe to protest Israel's blockade of Gaza, was hit by a blast early Tuesday; IDF: We don't respond to such reports.

Activists in the Gaza Strip said Tuesday that the Israeli military was behind the overnight explosion that rocked a boat set to sail to Europe in protest of Israel's blockade of the enclave. Read more.

Haaretz

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"Gaza’s Ark" Boat about to leave Gaza Attacked - IMEMC

Greece’s Nature Providing Medication for Treating Diseases

The Greek countryside is considered to be of the most diverse and rich regions around Europe, with hundreds of different species of indigenous vegetation growing wildly on the country’s mountains and fields.

Throughout the years, researchers have studied many different species that are said to have beneficial attributes for the human body,.. Read more.

Greek Reporter

Tsipras receives invitation to visit Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has extended an official invitation to Greece's leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras to visit Russia, Skai reported Tuesday.

Tsipras has been invited to visit the country in the first half of May, the report said.

eKathimerini

Spain Q1 unemployment rate inches up to 25.9 percent

(Reuters) - Spain's unemployment rate edged higher in the first quarter, data showed on Tuesday, as a slow economic recovery failed to offset a traditionally bad three months for job creation in the tourism-dependent country.

The rate rose to 25.9 percent, according to the National Statistics Institute, up from a revised 25.7 percent in the previous quarter. Read more.

Reuters

The Breakdown of Democracy



Rob Johnson: Unregulated campaign financing and central bank policies have contributed to the decline of democratic institutions

TRNN

Former New York-based Barclays staff charged over Libor-rigging

Serious Fraud Office charges against New York staff brings total number of former Barclays bankers facing trial over Libor-rigging to six

Three former New York-based employees of Barclays have been charged by the Serious Fraud Office over allegations they were involved in Libor rigging. Read more.

Telegraph

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Libor Fix Scandal: SFO Charges Three Ex-Barclays Traders Jay Merchant, Alex Pabon and Ryan Reich - IBT

U.S. Announces More Sanctions Against Russia

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday imposed additional sanctions against Russian government officials, businessmen and companies deemed close to President Vladimir V. Putin, accusing Moscow of failing to live up to its agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

The Obama administration ordered travel bans and asset freezes for seven Russian individuals,.. Read more + video.

NY Times

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Sanctions Round 3: Fresh batch targets Russian politics, energy & aviation players (video) - RT

Russia targeted with more US sanctions (video) - RT
U.S. Said to Sanction Seven Russians, 17 Companies - Bloomberg

US unilateral sanctions against Russia unlawful - ITAR-TASS
Western sanctions against Russia not to affect rouble, economy - Kremlin aide - ITAR-TASS

End of defense imports to Russia would be catastrophe for Ukraine – Putin - RT
'Hurt Russia by helping Ukraine' - DW

April 28, 2014

In the long run, wars make us safer and richer

Norman Angell, the Paris editor of Britain’s Daily Mail, was a man who expected to be listened to. Yet even he was astonished by the success of his book “The Great Illusion,” in which he announced that war had put itself out of business. “The day for progress by force has passed,” he explained. From now on, “it will be progress by ideas or not at all.”

He wrote these words in 1910. One politician after another lined up to praise the book. Four years later, the same men started World War I. Read more.

Washington Post

35 jaar sancties tegen Iran op valse gronden: een droeve kroniek

Na de val van de Sovjet-Unie ontstond een unipolaire wereld: iedereen moest naar de pijpen van de VS dansen. Toen Iran een eigen koers bleef varen werd het land gedemoniseerd. Harde sancties moesten de dwarsligger in het gareel brengen. Het AngloZionistische verhaal over een Iraans kernwapenprogramma blijkt op flagrante leugens te berusten. De sancties zijn onwettig, crimineel en onmenselijk. De wereld moet de schuldigen ter verantwoording roepen.

In een omstandig artikel in American Diplomacy brengt gewezen landmachtkolonel Benjamin Landis de Amerikaanse vervolgingswaanzin in kaart. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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'Last thing US wants in the world is democracy. It wants control'



The crisis in Ukraine and the steadily dropping temperature in relations between Moscow and Washington made many talk about a new Cold War; and many others are worried it may turn 'hot'.

But there's another war going on right now: the information war. US Secretary of State Kerry has already attacked RT, calling it "Putin's propaganda machine." But Washington itself uses dubious evidence and fake facts.

What is the information war? What methods is America using? Sophie talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and veteran correspondent Chris Hedges.

RT

Blasts, fierce fighting in Donetsk between pro- and anti-Kiev demos

There's gunfire, explosions and brutal clashes in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine as fighting erupted between pro- and anti-govt protesters, RT’s stringer reports from the scene. 

Pro- and-anti-Kiev protest rallies took place simultaneously in the city. Read more (video & photos).

RT

Pro-Russian mayor of Kharkiv has been wounded by gunfire



The city hall says he's now fighting for his life after being shot in the back. Meantime, pro-Russian forces have seized the town of Kostyan-tynivka in the region.

The town has eighty-thousand inhabitants and is located mid-way between the flashpoint town of Slavyansk and the regional hub of Donetsk. The Interior Ministry says the activists have taken control of the city hall and police headquarters. They've also hoisted the flag of the Donetsk Republic.

Authorities are carrying out a military operation against pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

PressTV

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Mayor of Kharkov, Ukraine shot in back, hospitalized - press service - RT
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Neo-Nazi march video: Lvov remembers Ukrainian Waffen SS division



Members and supporters of the Svoboda party joined a march in Lvov on Sunday in commemoration of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, initially formed from Ukrainian volunteer fighters.

RT

Egypt court sentences 683 Morsi supporters to death

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie among 683 people sentenced to death by a court in Upper Egypt; court commutes 492 of 529 death sentences passed in an earlier trial

A court in Minya has passed death sentences on 683 supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi, including leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Read more.

Ahram

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Minya court sentences more than 700 Brotherhood members to death - Egypt Independent

Egypt court sentences 37 to death, 491 to life over violenc - Aswat Masriya
Egyptian court bans prominent youth movement April 6 - Aswat Masriya

U.S. rebukes Egypt’s decision to sentence 683 to death - Washington Post

Thousands March at ‘Reject and Protect’ Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline

Thousands of people joined the farmers, ranchers and tribal leaders of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance for a ceremonial procession along the National Mall to protest the Keystone XL pipeline yesterday.

The procession was the largest event yet of the five-day “Reject and Protect” encampment. Read more + photos.

EcoWatch

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April 27, 2014

U.S., Philippines to sign defense deal likely to stoke tensions with China

KUALA LUMPUR , Malaysia — The United States and the Philippines will sign a new, 10-year defense agreement Monday, White House officials confirmed Sunday, allowing American armed forces expanded access to bases in the region at a time when military tensions between China and its neighbors are rising.

The announcement — the most concrete policy achievement to come out of President Obama’s week-long trip to Asia —.. Read more.

Washington Post

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PH, US okay new deal - Manila Standard Today
U.S. and the Philippines Agree to a 10-Year Military Pact - NY Times

Phl, US to sign new 10-year defense deal - PhilStar
Ten-year defense deal to be signed just in time for Obama visit - GMA

UK secretly fanning flames of Syria war

When the Coalition Government was defeated in parliament over military intervention in Syria last summer many activists probably thought that was the end of the matter. After all Prime Minister David Cameron had conceded “the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly.”

What many people don’t realize is the UK was interfering in the Syria war before the vote – arming and training the Syrian insurgents fighting to overthrow the Assad Government. And although a US-UK military strike has been averted, the UK is continuing to support the insurgents. Read more.

PressTV

Poland’s Role in Destabilizing Ukraine: Polish Military Trained Neo-Nazi Militants for EuroMaidan Protests

Polish media outlet Nie has published a bombshell account about direct Polish involvement in Ukraine’s destabilization. Its source alleges that the Polish Foreign Ministry had invited Ukrainian militants into the country and trained them outside of Warsaw in September 2013.

Considering the destructive actions and fatalities they would later be responsible for during the EuroMaidan riots, such a connection would directly link Warsaw to the pandemonium. It would also implicate Poland in being the “Slavic Turkey” of NATO in Eastern Europe. Read more.

Global Research

Obama: US doesn't want to go it alone in sanctions against Russia

Editor's Note: The following are excerpts of an April 27 press conference U.S. President Barack Obama gave in Malaysia regarding Russia's war against Ukraine.

Q: Mr. President, on the situation in Ukraine and the Russian sanctions that I know the United States and others may be announcing on Monday -- I guess my question is why wait on sectoral sanctions, as far as the United States is concerned? Why not do that on your own, now and sooner, rather than wait for the Europeans to get on board on this? Read more.

Kyiv Post

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Russia sanctions 'price worth paying,' says William Hague - BBC
Russia Sanctions to Be Extension of Existing Measures-UK's Hague - NY Times

US failing to push economic sanctions against Russia through EU allies - RT
European Firms Seek to Minimize Russia Sanctions - NY Times

Ukraine so to speak asking for it: Webster Tarpley (video) - PressTV

Supporters of Ukraine’s federalization in Lugansk deliver ultimatum to Kiev authorities

The protesters urge to amnesty all participants in the protest movement in Ukraine’s eastern regions, to grant the Russian language the status of a state language, and to organize a referendum

KIEV, April 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Supporters of federalization in the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have delivered an ultimatum to the Kiev authorities.. Read more.

ITAR-TASS

Protesters seize broadcaster in Donetsk

Pro-Russian protestors occupied the building of the regional state broadcasting company on April 27 after a rally on holding an independence referendum on May 11.

Although the building was defended by about thirty law enforcement officers, .. Read more.

Kyiv Post

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Three Ukraine elite Alpha group agents captured in Donetsk region

Three members of Ukraine’s special anti-terrorist unit Alpha have been detained during a covert mission in Donetsk region, amid the buildup of Kiev’s military near the cities controlled by pro-federalization forces.

Commander of the “Donetsk Republic” self-defense forces, Igor Strelkov, has confirmed reports.. Read more + video.

RT

Ukraine separatists parade seized observers

Eight monitors held in eastern Ukraine shown to journalists as separatist mayor prepares to negotiate their release.

A group of eight European military observers being held prisoner by pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine have appeared in public.. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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- Slavyansk self-defense presents detained OSCE team to media - Voice of Russia
- Observers Held in Ukraine Say in Good Health, Want to Go Home - Reuters

One of 8 Observers Is Freed by Pro-Russian Forces in Eastern Ukraine - NY Times

April 26, 2014

Heli-dropped gunmen attack checkpoint in Donetsk region, aim at arms depot



According to a self-defence representative, unidentified gunmen who were dropped in by helicopter have attacked a checkpoint guarded by local militiamen in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Read more.

RT

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‘Tanks, APCs, 15,000 troops’: Satellite images show Kiev forces build-up near Slavyansk - RT

Russian planes have not entered Ukrainian airspace - Moscow - RT
Koval: Russian troops do not violate Ukrainian border, Kyiv ready to repel aggression - Kyiv Post

Should peacemakers be deployed in Ukraine? (video) - Pravda

Should peacemakers be deployed in Ukraine?



Ukraine continues to use weapons against militiamen in the south-east of the country. Kiev thus violates the terms of the agreement that was achieved in Geneva.

Despite this, the West continues to threaten Russia with sanctions, but the current government of Ukraine is not going to stop.

Pravda

Neo-Nazis clash with police in Berlin, march prevented by activists



About a hundred neo-fascists were only allowed to march 300 meters from their gathering point as left-wingers, trade unions and ordinary Berliners joined forces to stop a neo-Nazi march.

Clashes between the groups led to some injuries and arrests. Read more + photos.

RT

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Fashionable Fascism? Fury as Nazi clothing shop opens in London



Nazism, along with its infamous symbols, has been condemned all across world, but it doesn't stop some venturers from trying to make huge profits through selling the forbidden fruit - and sparking huge controversy.

RT's Polly Boiko looks at one such enterprise in London.

RT

De leugens van schedelmeter Asscher andermaal ontmaskerd

Terwijl de verzameling racistisch geteisem dat zo hecht aan tradities en minder, minder, minder Marokkanen zich vandaag laaft aan een orgie van imbeciele persoonsverheerlijking jegens ‘s lands ergste parasiet en dat op een manier ook nog waar Kim Jong-un de vingers bij af zou likken, houden wij van Krapuul dat gedeelte van het land dat nog wel enigszins oog heeft voor hoe de wereld werkelijk in elkaar steekt op de hoogte van wat echt belangrijk is.

U herinnert zich ongetwijfeld nog hoe de gewetenloze racist en schedelmeter van het tweede bruine regime sinds.. Lees meer.

Krapuul

Het economisch zelfbedrog van Nederland

Meer dan vijftig jaar heeft Nederland ver boven zijn stand geleefd. We hadden met zijn allen niets in de gaten. We voelden ons als een van de modernste en beschaafdste landen van de wereld en meenden iedereen te moeten vertellen hoe het moest. Nederland als Gidsland.

Sinds de crisis in 2008 dringt het langzaam tot ons door dat er iets niet klopt, dat het fundament onder onze samenleving niet zo stevig is als gedacht. Lees meer.

CitaReg

Dutch MP Against Loan For Curacao

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch MP for the coalition party VVD, Andre Bosman was adamant about his opinion whether Curacao should receive a loan from the Dutch government or not. 

Bosman said that the Minister of Finance, Jeroen Dijsselbloem,.. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Startup Investing Using Bitcoin Now Possible On Startup Stock Exchange

WILLEMSTAD – Today, The Startup Stock Exchange (SSX) a regulated global marketplace for startup investing and funding, becomes the first investment platform to allow investors of any size to purchase publicly trading shares in Startups using Bitcoins.

Owners of Bitcoins can fund their SSX Investor Account using the GoCoin payment processor.. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Luigi F. Supplied Murder Weapon Helmin Wiels

WILLEMSTAD – Luigi F. Lorenzo, the deceased murder suspect who was arrested last year in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, would have supplied the murder weapon with which the Curaçao politician Helmin Wiels was shot.

This was reported by the Dutch radio West Omroep based on statements made by several people to the police and the Public Prosecution. Read more.

Activists march to end privatized water code, make resource public

Demonstration in Santiago this Saturday, while Bachelet reinitiates bill to overturn dictatorship-era legislation and nationalize Chile’s water supplies.

Thousands of demonstrators are set to march in Santiago this Saturday and submit a petition to the president calling on her to step up efforts to scrap Chile’s water regulations, which allows for the privatization of the resource. Read more.

Santiago Times

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World Bank's Takeover of Water (video) - RT

World Bank's Takeover of Water



Abby Martin reports on the World Bank's absurd plans to address the global water crisis through privatizing this valuable resource.

RT

Hitler Debate Heats Up As New Evidence is Presented About His Escape to Argentina

Mainstream accepted history tells us that on April 30, 1945, deep inside a Berlin bunker, the infamous Nazi leader Adolph Hitler took his own life and that of his wife Eva Braun.

That piece of history is now being serious challenged, but not without its share of controversy. Read more + video.

21st Century Wire

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Hitler's Escape documentary (video) - History Channel

Colombia will reduce security for Uribe by over 50%

Colombia will reduce the government provided security for former President and Senator-elect Alvaro Uribe and his family by 55% in the coming weeks, according to local media.

Currently, Colombia’s National Protection Unit (UNP) provides about 330 security guards for the entire family.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

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Chiquita asks US to dismiss mass lawsuit over 4,000 killings in Colombia

The multinational fruit and vegetable company, Chiquita Brands International, has asked a US Federal Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by families of victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia, reported national media.

Chiquita Brands in 2007 was fined $25 million after being found guilty of.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Uruguayans don't approve the marihuana bill, but are prepared to give it a chance, says poll

A majority of Uruguayans (64%) are against the bill that legalizes growing and selling marihuana, but 51% are willing to wait and see if the system works before having it rejected, according to the latest public opinion poll released on Thursday.

The bill was passed in parliament last December but only.. Read more.

MercoPress

Argentina's industrial production and trade surplus falls point to recession

Argentina's industrial production contracted 6% in March from the same month last year, the government said on Friday, marking the sixth consecutive monthly loss in factory output due in part to weakness in the auto-making sector.

In another report released on Friday Argentina's trade surplus contracted dramatically, indicating the country could be effectively heading for a recession. Read more.

MercoPress

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IMF report: Further adjustments needed in Argentina - Buenos Aires Herald

Venezuelan Government-Opposition Dialogue Produces Results, Army Moves on Barricades



Edinburgh, 25th April 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The third dialogue talk between the Venezuelan government and opposition has produced more results, while the armed forces have largely “liberated” another city from militant opposition street barricades.

During last night’s peace talk between prominent members of the government and the opposition’s Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition,.. Read more.

Venenzuelanalysis

Ecuador Citizenship Revolution



Intimate secrets of the revolution an citizen Ecuatoriana

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Ecuador expels US military staff

All 20 Department of Defense employees at US embassy in Quito ordered to leave by the end of the month

Ecuador has ordered all 20 Defense Department employees in the US embassy's military group to leave the country by month's end, the Associated Press has learned. Read more.

Guardian

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G7 leaders agree on new Russia sanctions

Move comes as group holding 13 mililary observers in the eastern city of Ukraine dubs them 'NATO spies'.

US President Barack Obama and top European leaders are moving ahead on a new round of sanctions against Russia, US officials have said. Read more.

AL Jazeera

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US collapsing, becoming Casino Gulag state



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Fake facts in US media affecting White House policies



US media coverage has been running hand in hand with the revolutionary ideology of Kiev's interim leaders. And brushing aside contradictions to its reasoning, the White House is relying on verified data. Or, as Anastasia Churkina finds out, their interpretation of that

RT

Boeing Builds the Navy an F-35C Exit Strategy

A rival aircraft manufacturer has worked not so quietly this past year to offer the Navy an escape hatch from the costly Joint Strike Fighter program.

The Navy's decision to reduce its F-35C five-year acquisition plan from 69 to 36 aircraft.. Read more.

FOX News

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April 25, 2014

30,000 Chinese Factory Workers Strike Against Maker of Nike Sneakers



Editor Michelle Chen and instructor Xiaoming Chai discuss the workers' demands and whether the rise of strikes in signal a decline of cheap labor in China

TRNN

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U.S.: Abbas told Kerry unity government will recognize Israel

State Department spokeswoman says Palestinian president spoke to Kerry and promised that new government with Hamas will represent his polices, calling it 'a positive thing.'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the new government that will be formed.. Read more.

Haaretz

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Report: Netanyahu agreed to talk borders, settlement freeze prior to Hamas-Fatah deal - JPost

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Juice Rap News: Israel vs Palestine



Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere. But do not lose hope just yet: join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas.

We investigate the key arguments, counter-arguments and ad-hominems from both sides. But the picture would not be complete without a thorough discussion of "America's last taboo", as Edward Said once referred to it: the USA's role as Israel's best (and only) buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia).

Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land.

The Juice Media

Putin warns of "consequences" if Ukraine military continues crackdown



Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday warned of "consequences" if the authorities in Kiev keep up with their military action in eastern Ukraine. 

The remark was prompted by Ukrainian military units attacking a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian gunmen outside the city of Slavyansk. At least five of what the country's Interior Minister called "terrorists" were killed. Putin has repeatedly chastised the government in Kiev for using military force against its own citizens.

RT's Alexey Yaroshevsky has more on this latest announcement by Putin.

RT

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Fears rise of war in Ukraine (video) - DW

Self-defense forces detain intl military observers in eastern Ukraine - RT
Connection with OSCE mission in Donetsk Oblast is lost, they might be seized by terrorists – MFA - UNIAN

NATO military response 'almost unthinkable' - DW
'No military solution' to Ukraine-Russia conflict - DW

Soviet Yearnings: Hopes Rise in Transnistria of a Russian Annexation

Transnistria is the only place in Europe that still uses the hammer and sickle on its flag. Now that Russia has annexed Crimea and is eyeing eastern Ukraine, many in the breakaway Moldovan republic hope that they are next on Moscow's agenda.

His homeland is recognized by nobody except the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. Read more.

Spiegel

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Black clouds over Ukraine

Writing for DW, Elliott Morss predicts three possible economic scenarios for Ukraine as the turmoil there continues. None of them, he says, are particularly appealing.

In earlier postings, I have speculated on what a bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would be Ukraine's economy and people. Read more.

DW

Corruption risks very high in EU institutions, report says



The European Commission said on Thursday that it is “one of the most open, transparent and scrutinised institutions in the whole world', as Transparency International recently published a report stating that there still are high risks of corruption within the EU institutions.

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Weapon of Last Resort: ECB Considers Possible Deflation Measures

Though the European Central Bank continues to play down deflation concerns, it is preparing measures to combat falling prices in the event of an emergency. Are the growing fears warranted?

One of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's most important duties is watching his mouth. Read more.

Spiegel

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Revolutionary Struggle claims car bomb outside Bank of Greece

The guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle has claimed responsibility for a bomb that exploded outside the Bank of Greece on April 10, causing serious damage but no injuries, saying that the attack was planned to coincide with the country's return to international bond markets.

In a proclamation posted on the anti-establishment website Indymedia.. Read more.

eKathimerini

Greek debt far too high

The European Commission has urged Greece to redouble its efforts to bring down the country's massive debt load faster.

It said in a progress report the struggling eurozone nation appeared unable to meet agreed targets. Read more.

DW

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Spanish economy grew 0.4 percent in first quarter of 2014, says central bank

Consumer spending and business investment both up, while exports continue to boost GDP

The Spanish economy grew 0.4% in the first quarter of this year, up 0.2 percentage points from the final three-month period of 2013 (0.2%), the Bank of Spain announced on Thursday. Read more.

El País

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Banks save over €40 billion in capital thanks to government decree - El País

Banks save over €40 billion in capital thanks to government decree

The government’s latest move to help out the banking sector has ballooned beyond all expectations.

A November decree that transformed some of the banks’ deferred tax assets (DTAs) into state-guaranteed tax credits means that the sector may save as much as €40 billion. Read more.

El País

Amnesty International reports “abuse” in sanctions against street protestors

Fines are already acting as a deterrent against further demonstrations, says human rights group

When the government’s draft Citizen Safety Law goes into effect, it will put the finishing touches to a progressive “deterioration” of the right of assembly, association and expression in Spain. Read more.

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New York Police Department’s #myNYPD Twitter Callout Fails Miserably



Even cops have to be careful what they wish for. The New York Police department asked Twitter users to share pictures of themselves posing with police officers using the hashtag #myNYPD — only to have their feed flooded by pictures showing police roughing up protesters.

Pictures of happy citizens posing with cops were supplanted by a wave of negative photos starting with Occupy Wall Street’s image of cops fighting with demonstrators carrying the message “changing hearts and minds one baton at a time.”

TIME

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Escobar on RT: US fears opposing views are gaining strength



The top US diplomat John Kerry has accused Moscow of using RT International as a tool to distort reality. Pepe Escobar, a foreign affairs journalist, joins RT to talk more about Washington's attack.

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John Kerry attacks RT during Ukraine address



US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered statement on Ukraine late Thursday during which he took aim at RT (Russia Today) network which he called a "propaganda bullhorn."

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Russian news crew 'attacked and abducted' by 30 masked men in Donetsk - RT

Russian news crew 'attacked and abducted' by 30 masked men in Donetsk

Correspondents from Russia’s LifeNews media outlet have been attacked by an armed group and kidnapped while they were heading for an interview with an opposition leader.

Anti-Kiev protesters believe the seizure is a covert operation by Ukrainian security forces. Read more.

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April 24, 2014

Tony Blair's Islamist obsession is a smokescreen to defend 'blood for oil'

The ever-looming spectre of 'Them' distracts us from the deeper, systemic causes of the Crisis of Civilisation 

Yesterday morning, Tony Blair - former Prime Minister and current Middle East envoy for the UN, US, EU and Russia - delivered one of the most Orwellian speeches of his career at Bloomberg London HQ, on the subject of 'Why the Middle East matters': Read more.

Guardian

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David Cameron right on Christianity, says Welby - BBC
David Cameron 'fostering alienation and division' by calling Britain a 'Christian country' - Independent

War Crimes Bush Blair: International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis - Truthout

War Crimes Bush Blair: International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis

International lawyers and activists converged at a conference titled The Iraq Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, April 16 and 17, with the primary aim of bringing to justice government officials who are guilty of war crimes in Iraq.

“Within a few days of this, a lawless atmosphere developed within my unit,”.. Read more.

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We Cannot Be Silent: Obama's Lybian War Crime



This month's episode of We Cannot Be Silent with Phil Restino and Larry Pinkney will once again be broadcasting live on the Wolf Spirit Radio Network, "Remembering Obama's Libyan War Crime".

Our featured guests this month are James and JoAnne Moriarity of Libyan War The Truth, Americans doing business in Libya between 2007 and 2011 and on-the-ground eyewitnesses to the U.S./NATO destabilization of Libya, eventually leading to the overthrow and murder of its leader Ghadafi and the ongoing chaos that Libya has been experiencing ever since. Read more.

Wolf Spirit Radio

Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations including India for disarmament failure

(Reuters) - The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries including India on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

The Pacific country accused all nine nuclear-armed states of "flagrant violation of international law".. Read more.

Reuters

Chemical Weapons: Manipulation Vs Syria Hits Healines Again

United Nations, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Syria again tackles a crusade, unleashed by the West and its allies, on the use of chemical weapons in the conflict when the country is about to comply with its commitment of destroying or removing those arms.

Damascus removed or got out of the country nearly 90 percent of dangerous substances,.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Israel suspends peace talks over Palestinian unity deal

Government says it won’t negotiate with Palestinian government that includes Hamas; PM: ‘Whoever chooses Hamas’s terror does not want peace’

Israel on Thursday afternoon announced the suspension of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.. Read more.

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