May 31, 2014

Police use tear gas, water cannons on tense Gezi anniversary

Istanbul police closed Gezi Park, Taksim Square and İstiklal Avenue on May 31, detaining several people, before using tear gas at 7 p.m against demonstrators who mark the anniversary of last year's massive protests that shook Turkey.

Clashes occur in Ankara and Adana, too. Read more.

Hürriyet

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Edin Mujagic over inflatie, geldmoord, centrale banken, goud en bitcoin



Paul Buitink praat met monetair econoom Edin Mujagic, oud-redacteur macro-economie bij het voormalige zakenweekblad FEM Business en onder meer bekend van zijn columns in dagblad Metro en zijn laatste boek “Geldmoord, hoe centrale banken ons geld vernietigen“. Edin legt uit hoe centrale banken de waarde van ons geld uithollen.

Voor de creatie van de FED in 1913 was de inflatie gemiddeld 0 procent en daarna 2500%. Lees meer.

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Bilderberg 60 jaar oud maar nog altijd trekpleister machtigen der aarde

In het Marriot Hotel in Kopenhagen buigen de groten der aarde zich tot zondag over thema's als privacy en de toekomst van Europa, het Midden Oosten en China. De Bilderberggroep viert zijn 60ste verjaardag. 

Echt geheim zijn de conferenties niet meer in tijden van internet en sociale media. Maar ze lokken nog altijd heel wat leden uit de wereldelite zoals de toplui van Google en Shell, leden van de Europese Commissie en de NAVO-baas. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Why We Must Oppose Bilderberg



As the Bilderbergers gather in Denmark to discuss this year's agenda, James Corbett presents "Why We Must Oppose Bilderberg" to the We The People Anti-Bilderberg Conference taking place in Copenhagen.

Learn more about the history, aims, and goals of the Bilderberg Group, why they must be opposed, and how best to do it on this special edition of The Corbett Report podcast. Read more.

Corbett Report

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'Japan, US struggle to contain China at any cost'



Japan's Prime-minister has pledged his country's support to South-East Asian nations in their disputes with China. Shinzo Abe said Japan will help the countries in the region control their borders - and keep their sea and air routes open.

Political blogger Ryan Dawson thinks Japan's involvement is not about working towards stability but rather about selling more arms.

RT

Kids evacuated from Slavyansk, E.Ukraine to escape Kiev's shelling



Some 200 children are evacuated to Russia's Crimea from the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk as Kiev's shellings persist. Read more.

RT

Russians Invade Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine – It’s no longer about amateurs. There is a full-scale war going on, and it’s fought by professionals. The Russians are here – and they’re making a grab for power in eastern Ukraine.

If there was ever any doubt, it was quashed this week when separatist leaders and fighters here opened up to journalists about their Russian roots. Read more + video.

Kyiv Post

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The Opinion-Makers: How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War

With the help of news services like RT and Ruptly, the Kremlin is seeking to reshape the way the world thinks about Russia.

And it has been highly successful: Vladimir Putin has won the propaganda war over Ukraine and the West is divided. Read more.

Spiegel

Welcome to Nulandistan: Propaganda and the Crisis in Ukraine



This full length GRTV documentary produced by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya examines the fictitious land of “Nulandistan” (named after Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland)  that has been constructed out of Ukraine.

It depicts how the realities of crimes against humanity and political oppression involving terrorist mobs are casually replaced by a World of fiction, in which real “Western style democracy” prevails. Read more.

Global Research

#NewWorldNextWeek: Bilderberg 2014



Story #1: Bilderberg Agenda Revealed: Elite Desperate to Rescue Unipolar World
Story #2: Edward Snowden: I Was a Spy 'At All Levels'
Story #3: U.S. Activist Cynthia McKinney Seeks New Trial for Denis Rancourt
Read more.

Corbett Report & Media Monarchy

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Wat zoekt Samsom dit weekend bij Bilderberg?

Ergens in Denemarken komen dit weekend de mensen achter de schermen bij elkaar, en spoeden de favorieten onder hun lakeien zich derwaarts, om hun orders te ontvangen.

Vreemd dat daarvoor deze keer ook de has-been Samsom wordt uitgenodigd, dus die zullen we binnenkort wel ergens in een heel andere rol aantreffen. Lees meer.

Joost Niemoller

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Spain boosts cops' powers, non-violent protesters get hefty jail terms



Protesters in Barcelona angry at the eviction of a squat have clashed with police. 

And the violence is getting worse as the stand-off drags on into a fourth day. Authorities however say they use force only when they're pushed to extremes.

RT

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May 30, 2014

Spanish court makes first conviction of bankers since start of crisis

But ex-heads of bailed-out lender Caixa Penedès may avoid jail by returning retirement checks

For the first time since the economic crisis began, a group of bankers has been found guilty of financial crimes in Spain. Read more.

El País

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'National disaster': Spain sees 500% rise in ‘very long-term unemployment’

Over one million people in Spain - the eurozone's fourth largest economy - haven't had a job since 2010, according to a report by Spain's National Statistics Institute. Although this number continues to rise, the government says it's witnessing recovery.

The numbers, published on May 23, show that “very long-term unemployment” in the country has risen by.. Read more.

RT

IMF calls on Spain to raise VAT and lower corporate taxes

Higher consumer taxes, lower corporate rates and few changes to income tax. Those were the proposals for the Spanish economy presented by the International Monetary Fund in Madrid on Tuesday, in the latest report issued by its mission in the country.

“There is room for increasing indirect revenues,” the report reads. Read more.

El País

IMF clears tranche of 3.4 billion euros for Greece

The International Monetary Fund agreed on Friday to disburse a new loan of 4.6 billion dollars (3.41 billion euros) to Greece and suggested that the government would not have to adopt any new austerity measures this year.

Friday was the first time that the IMF’s executive board had convened to discuss Greece since July 2013,.. Read more.

eKathinerini

Debt reduction 'unavoidable' says Visco

(ANSA) - Rome, May 30 - Cutting Italy's huge debt is "unavoidable", said Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco in a general meeting in Rome on Friday.

"The reduction in the ratio of debt to GDP remains.. Read more.

ANSA

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Statistics show poverty on the rise in Italy



Official reports show that about two million Italian households have suffered economic hardships in the past two years, Press TV reports.

A new report by Italy’s national statistical agency (ISTAT) revealed that more than.. Read more.

PressTV

Syria militants fighting in southeast Ukraine: Russian source



Ukrainian mercenaries, who have fought alongside the militants in Syria, are now participating in operations against pro-Russia protesters in southeastern Ukraine, a Russian source says.

A source in the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces told ITAR-TASS news agency on Thursday that about 300 militants.. Read more.

PressTV

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Russian-led rebels dig in for Ukraine attack

Vostok Battalion takes over Donetsk government HQ, removing rebel administration and preparing defences against attack.

Donetsk, Ukraine - Russian-led paramilitaries are fortifying Donetsk’s provincial government building after kicking out separatist administrators,.. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

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Up to 500 Kadyrovites in Donbas, Kavkaz Center writes - Ukrinform

Defence Ministry: Terrorists want to use chemical weapons in Sloviansk - Ukrinform
24,000 modern bullet-proof vests purchased for army, Turchynov says - Ukrinform

Ukrainian casualties mount with 12 killed on May 29 - Kyiv Post
More than 20 Ukrainian military men die during ATO in east of Ukraine – Koval - UNIAN

Military op to continue in E. Ukraine until 'stability' restored - defense minister - RT

DPR terrorists send 34 bodies of killed militants to Russia

KYIV, May 30 /Ukrinform/. Bodies of 34 citizens of Russia have been sent home from Donetsk.

Overall, in the battles for the Donetsk airport Ukrainian troops killed 60 militias, Russian political scientist Aleksandr Boroday, who in the terrorist organization "Donetsk People's Republic" is considered "prime minister", told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. Read more.

Ukrinform

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US deploys first advanced drones to Japan

United States deploys first advanced drones to Japan, with eye on North Korea and China.

The US Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Maya Angelou's Poem "On the Pulse of Morning"



This is video footage of Maya Angelou reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural. This footage is official public record produced by the White House Television (WHTV) crew.

Date: January 20, 1993, Location: US Capitol. Washington, DC

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May 29, 2014

Slavyansk: Forbidden video to show in social networks. Shelling civilians. The city won't give up.



"The Kiev Junta" offense. A war crime. Neo-Nazi crimes against humanity.

Every day Slavyansk exposed mortar and artillery fire. It's impossible to get used to it. Every day there're new victims. Many local residents are in a state of nervous breakdown. Children intimidated. Increasingly, the Ukrainian military bomb residential areas and dormitories.

ANNA News

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Ukrainian helicopter shot down in Sloviansk, 14 killed - Ukrinform
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'Eurasian Economic Union a huge wake-up call for US and its power'



Russia has secured another huge economic deal, by bringing together some of its neighbours, to create the largest common market on Post-Soviet territory. It's hoped the new union - with Belarus and Kazakhstan - will compete with the economic powerhouses of the EU and the US.

Patrick Young, an expert in global financial markets, joins RT to discuss this deal. Read more.

RT

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Ironic: Kerry Calls Snowden A Coward and a Traitor - Accuses him of Violating his Oath

Who's the traitor? It seems that those running the U.S. government still haven't learned their lesson on the NSA spying scandal.

The U.S. government cannot win the debate on the NSA's spying, especially not by demonizing those who exposed it. Read more + video.

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CIA-linked rogue general stirs three-front militia war in Libya



The US is urging all of its citizens to leave the country, where a CIA-linked rogue general has launched an uprising against the elected government.

RT

Barcelona sees third night of violence over eviction of squatter community

Over 1,000 protestors clashed with riot police on the streets of Barcelona for the third night on Wednesday over the eviction of a community of squatters.

The protests also extended in more peaceful form to the four Catalan provinces,.. Read more.

El País

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World Cup opponents march for homeless

Several thousand demonstrators marched peacefully in Sao Paulo today to demand more low income housing for residents they say were displaced to make way for a World Cup stadium.

Protests and strikes have become an almost daily occurrence in Brazil just over two weeks from the opening match. Read more.

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Attacks on Venezuela & Cuba, Palestinian Crisis Focus NAM Event

Algiers, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The blockade to Cuba, attacks against Venezuela by the United States, and the crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory focus the foreign ministers'' meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, started here today.

The Cuban delegation will present again the case of the U.S. economic blockade rejected dozens of times by the UN,.. Read more.

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Russia to help Kiev establish dialogue with southeast if it ends military op – UN envoy

Russia will assist Ukraine in establishing dialogue with the southeast if Kiev stops its military offensive there, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.

“Stop this military operation, and then we will help you with establishing dialogue,”.. Read more.

RT

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May 28, 2014

'Very bad news for dollar': Bucks slipping as world's reserve currency



The biggest energy deal in history could be the catalyst that leads to the greenback losing its place as the world's reserve currency. That's the opinion of a range of economists commenting on Russia and China's 400 billion dollar natural gas agreement.

James G. Rickards, senior managing director at Tangent Capital, joins RT to discuss this issue.

RT

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Bilderberg 2014: List of Participants: Mingling of Military-Intel, Politicians, Finance, Oil, Media, Academia and Neocon Think Tanks

The Bilderberg group has published a list of participants for its meeting this week in Copenhagen. We find, among the attendees:

- Several state officials, politicians and monarchs such as the Queen of Spain and the Princess of the Netherlands;.. Read more.

Global Research

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Poetin brengt “New World Order” in gevaar - Gewoon Nieuws

Schietpartij in Brussel gelinkt aan Israelische geheime dienst?

27/05 BUITENLAND Myriam en Emanuel Riva werden zaterdag neergeschoten voor het Joods Museum in Brussel.

Het koppel vijftigers zou banden hebben met de Israelische inlichtingendienst Mossad. Lees meer.

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Belgian police look into assassination theory in Jewish museum killings - Guardian

Livni threatens to pull out of coalition if Israel were to annex West Bank

Housing Minister Uri Ariel said at a Jerusalem Day ceremony there won't be construction freezes in Jerusalem or the West Bank, and that Jerusalem will never be divided.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni threatened Wednesday to pull her Hatnuah party out of.. Read more.

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European Commission proposes plan to cut foreign energy reliance

The European Commission has proposed a plan to cut the EU's reliance on foreign energy, particularly from Russia.

The strategy follows Moscow's threats to halt gas supplies to Ukraine, a key transit point for Europe. Read more.

DW

Putin Orders Consideration of Further Energy Cooperation if Kiev Pays Gas Debts

MOSCOW, May 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday to study the possibilities of future energy cooperation with Ukraine if the country repays its gas debts.

“If the conditions, which you are currently agreeing with the partners, will be fulfilled, if payments of agreed sums begin,.. Read more.

RIA Novosti

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Commissioner Oettinger: Ukraine should sue Russia for stolen energy assets - Ukrinform

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EU puts third round sanctions against Russia on pause - RT

Growing skepticism about the elections in Ukraine



Amid the government's military offensive, Ukrainian and Russian analysts are skeptical of the results of the recent presidential elections in the country.

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'Civil war metastasizing in Ukraine, US silent on civilian casualties'



Despite dozens of bodies being taken to the morgue in Donetsk, the Ukrainian government is denying that innocent locals are among the casualties in the army operation. The army's supporters in the US also deny that government troops are to blame.

RT asked Globalist Research Center analyst, Martin Sieff, why the US is keeping so quiet about the civilian cost of Ukraine's military operation. He said it's because Washington has been caught off guard.

RT

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Right Sector militants ask Kiev to arm them with heavy weapons - Voice of Russia

Kiev resumes call-up for compulsory military service - ITAR-TASS
Poroshenko promises to raise Ukrainian army pay to $83 a day (video) - Kyiv Post

Ukraine’s Poroshenko says he wants direct U.S. military aid - Washington Post
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Russia Offers Humanitarian Aid to East Ukraine - RIA Novosti

Syria: Arming the Rebels

WASHINGTON — With reports indicating that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad are gaining ground in that country’s brutal civil war, moderate Syrian rebels have told a visiting journalist that the United States is arranging their training in Qatar.

In a documentary to be aired Tuesday night, the rebels describe their clandestine journey from the Syrian battlefield to meet with their American handlers in Turkey and then travel on to Qatar,.. Read more + short documentary.

PBS

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Non-Aligned Movement ratifies Venezuelan government democratic nature



Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno stated that, during a meeting prior to the Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, the member states ratified the democratic and legitimate nature of the Venezuelan government and condemned US interference in that country's internal affairs.

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Thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan



President Obama outlines pullout plan that will leave almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Obama close to authorizing military training of militants in Syria: Report

US President Barack Obama is likely to agree with the training and arming of foreign-backed militants who are fighting against government troops in Syria, a report says.

According to the report published by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, US troops will train selected insurgents of the so-called Free Syrian Army. Read more + video.

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Keiser Report: Bitcoin's nefarious cousin Darkcoin



In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss bitcoin converts and the dual risk of deflation and inflation for holders of euros.

Max asks "how is the euro a store of value when the ECB can just TAKE it from you during a 'bail-in?' In the second half, Max interviews Peter Todd, Chief Scientist & Architect of Dark Wallet and ZeroCash to discuss Dark Wallet, cryptocurrencies and a government sponsored 51% attack on the bitcoin community.

RT

May 27, 2014

Areas of Benghazi still Ansar Al-Sharia strongholds: Hifter spokesman

A number of Benghazi districts remain Ansar Al-Sharia strongholds the spokesman for General Khalifa Hifter has said.

Mohammed Hijazi told the Libya Herald that Hifter’s forces were resolved to put an end to the presence of armed Islamist groups.. Read more.

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Obama says US war in Afghanistan to be over by end of 2014



The US reluctance to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan is part of a scheme to expand its hegemony across the Middle East in an attempt to protect Israel’s interests, a former American official tells Press TV.

Rodney Martin, a former US congressional staffer, made the comments in response to US President Barack Obama’s recent remarks about the likelihood of Washington’s continued military presence in Afghanistan. Read more.

PressTV

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West supports extremist groups covertly: Analyst



Press TV has conducted an interview with Michel Chossudovsky with the Center for Research on Globalization, about a statement by Vladimir Putin that the US-led world order has failed.  

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May 26, 2014

Poroshenko to dance to the tune of the West



Petro Poroshenko has become the new President of Ukraine. The Central Electoral Committee of Ukraine has not announced the final results of the voting, but his victory does not raise any doubts. Poroshenko has won the support of more than a half of the Ukrainian citizens, who took part in the vote.

Will he be able to unite Ukraine and take it out of the economic, political and mental crisis? Or will he be removed as a result of another revolution?

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Moscow Ready to Expand Dialogue With Kiev, Western Mediation Not Needed – Lavrov

MOSCOW, May 26 (RIA Novosti) – Direct contacts between Moscow and Kiev have never ceased, and Russia is ready to establish pragmatic and equal dialogue following the recent presidential election, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

“Direct ties between Moscow and Kiev exist,.. Read more.

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Russia ready to continue talks on price of gas supplied to Ukraine - energy minister

Russia and Ukraine have agreed that Kiev will partly pay its gas bills from November to April, inclusively, and from June to May

BERLIN, May 26, 22:20 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is ready to continue talks on the price of gas being supplied to Ukraine, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said after three-party gas talks in Berlin. Read more.

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Scores killed in Donetsk as grenade hits truck carrying wounded - reports

Self-defense of Donetsk says that at least 35 people have been killed when a rocket propelled grenade hit their truck transporting the wounded from the airport area where the Kiev troops are waging an ‘anti-terror operation.’

People’s governor of Donestk Region, Pavel Gubarev said in a post on Facebook the truck carrying the wounded.. Read more.

RT

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'Are they mad?' Slavyansk 'shocked' as Ukraine army shells residential area (video) - RT

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GRAPHIC: Death and despair in Slavyansk after Ukraine army shelling



At least 2 civilians dead, houses damaged as mortars hit residential area in Slavyansk, one of shells reportedly falls near teachers college. Read more.

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Colombia: Zuluaga and Santos, plus allies, will decide on the peace dialogue on 15 June

Right-wing opposition candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga won most votes in Colombia's presidential election on Sunday but fell short of a first-round victory and will face President Juan Manuel Santos in a close runoff on 15 June.

Zuluaga, who has fiercely opposed Santos' peace talks with Marxist guerrilla leaders,.. Read more.

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UNASUR Rejects Intended US Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) late on Friday rejected a legislative initiative which is being processed in the United States in order to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials in connection with the protests facing the South American country in the last three months.

Unasur foreign ministers and officials -gathered at the Ecuadoran Galápagos Islands- signed a statement remarking that the intended sanctions violate.. Read more.

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Gunfire, airstrikes leave Donetsk Intl airport up in smoke

Donetsk self-defense forces claim on Twitter to have regained control over the international airport in the eastern city after Ukrainian troops launched a military operation there, deploying fighter jets and helicopters.

“The people’s army has the airport in Donetsk back under control. Read more + video.

RT

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Too Big to Audit? Pentagon multi-trillion budget under congressional fire



There are fresh calls in Washington for the Pentagon to come clean about how it's been spending trillions of taxpayer dollars. 

The Department of Defence has not audited a single budget in more than 20 years, despite demands from Congress. Megan Lopez reports.

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French PM Valls promises more tax cuts after far-right poll win

Following victory by France's far-right National Front at the weekend's EU polls, the country's Prime Minister has wasted no time to promise more tax cuts for low earners. He admitted the burden had become unbearable.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (pictured right) said Monday there would be further tax cuts.. Read more + video.

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Eurosceptics make big gains in EU polls



Far-right and anti-EU parties in France and the UK have made sweeping gains in the European Parliament elections. The majority of almost 388m eligible voters across 21 of the 28 member states, including Germany, France and Spain, cast their ballots on Sunday at polling stations across the EU.

The other seven countries, including the UK and the Netherlands, in the bloc had already voted. The European Parliament's own projections early on Monday showed the extent of the anti-EU breakthrough, with those parties set to win around 140 seats in the 751-seat assembly. Al Jazeera's Simon McGregor-Wood reports. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Empire: The Rise of the Oligarchs



Empire with Marwan Bishara examines the rise and role of the new oligarchs and the decline of democracy in the United States and beyond.

Al Jazeera

May 25, 2014

Presidential Elections in Ukraine Will Usher in Direct Rule of Oligarchs



Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says there will be little difference between a Poroshenko presidency and that of ousted president Yanukovich, and that the political rebellion in the Eastern regions is dominated by Russian separatists with widespread support there - not by an independent workers movement.

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Exit polls: Poroshenko wins in landslide

Petro Poroshenko wins Ukraine's presidency in the first round, according to the results of two national exit polls, with approximately 56 percent of the vote.

Ukrainians elected Petro Poroshenko to be their fifth president in a vote that was dubbed "the second independence referendum." Read more.

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Pope Francis calls for two-state solution, stops at Israeli apartheid wall

Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at Israel's towering West Bank apartheid wall in Bethlehem Sunday after calling for an end to the "increasingly unacceptable" Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The pope has said his three-day visit to the Middle East, which began in Jordan Saturday, has "purely religious" motives, but.. Read more.

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

In excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian children in the West Bank. 9 civilians, including 3 children and a photojournalist, were wounded.

Israeli forces continued to open fire in the border areas of the Gaza Strip. Read more.

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Ukraine votes for new president as military offensive, tensions persist



Ukrainians go to the polls to elect a new president, three months after the previous one was deposed in an armed coup. Live updates.

RT

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Global March: Protests around world against Monsanto



People across the world are marching today against Monsanto - the world's leading producer of genetically-modified foods. 

Protests against GM products are planned in over 50 countries. Read more.

RT

#NewWorldNextWeek: Nazi-Supporting Royal Compares Putin to Hitler



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May 24, 2014

Putin: Prince Charles' Hitler remark unacceptable, unroyal behavior



Russian President Vladimir Putin accused UK Prince Charles of unacceptable and unroyal behaviour by comparing him with Adolf Hitler.

Earlier Moscow demanded an official explanation from the UK over reported comments in which Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, compared Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the run up to World War II.

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Shell and Exxon Mobil 'Eager to Work in Russia' Despite Sanctions Threat

Russian energy minister Alexander Novak has insisted that oil majors Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell are committed to their work in Russia, despite Western sanctions on the country over the Ukraine crisis.

"[They're] eager to continue work on projects in Russia," Novak told the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. Read more.

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Clashes across Egypt leave at least four people dead

At least four people have been killed and dozens more injured after Egyptian security forces attacked anti-government protesters in yet another day of violence across the country.

Security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters.. Read more + video.

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How the US is Supporting Egypt's Unelected Mass Death Sentencing Regime



Abby Martin talks about new revelations that the US continues to provide military aid to Egypt despite promises to cut it off after the military took over the country in a coup which has led to thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters being sentenced to death.

RT

Syrian troops make fresh advances in Aleppo

The Syrian army makes more gains in battles against foreign-backed Takfiri militant groups near the country’s northern city of Aleppo.

On Friday, the army retook control of a factory and several other buildings near Aleppo’s main prison. Read more + video.

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Russia, China veto U.N. bid to refer Syria to international court

(Reuters) - Russia and China vetoed on Thursday a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country's three-year civil war.

This was the fourth time Russia - a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government - and China.. Read more.

Reuters

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Bahrainis hold anti-government demo

The streets of Bahrain have become the scene of more protest rallies against the ruling Al Khalifa regime as the crackdown on dissent continues.

On Friday, the village of Diraz, west of Manama, was the scene of an anti-regime demonstration.. Read more + video.

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Liberman rejects probe of killings as IDF probes killings

Israel’s foreign minister would be well served by a beginner’s course in using Google to search the Internet before accusing the international community of hypocrisy.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman rejected calls for an investigation into the killings of two Palestinian teenagers. Read more.

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Netanyahu open to exploring alternatives if direct talks prove impossible

Israel remains committed to talks with the Palestinians, but it refuses to negotiate with Fatah as long as it honors its unity deal with Hamas.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is open to discussion with his coalition partners about alternatives to direct negotiations.. Read more.

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May 23, 2014

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Japan's Fukushima operator begins groundwater release to ocean

(Reuters) - The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant began releasing groundwater that it said is within legal radiation safety limits into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, in a bid to manage huge amounts of radioactive water built up at the site.

Tokyo Electric Power, or Tepco, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water.. Read more.

Reuters

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Nago mayor takes anti-base case to U.S.

WASHINGTON — The mayor of an Okinawan town set to host a major U.S. base is taking his case to the United States, hoping to persuade Americans that the decision violates democracy.

Susumu Inamine, the mayor of Nago, was re-elected in February on a platform to oppose the base despite support for the plan from both Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama. Read more.

Japan Today

'Afghanis deserve to know NSA is violating their rights' - Wikileaks



Afghanistan is the 2nd country, where all domestic and international calls are being monitored by the NSA.

The newest revelation was made by Julian Assange and Wikileaks -- though not all of the whistleblowing community is happy about it. Kristinn Hrafnsson, Wikileaks spokesman and RT's Polly Boyko explain more.

RT

Clashes in İstanbul kill two as Gezi anniversary nears

A second person died on Friday after clashes between Turkish police and protesters in a working-class district of Istanbul, stirring fears of further unrest as the anniversary of last year's anti-government demonstrations approaches.

Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu called for calm "for the security of the nation" after protesters.. Read more + video.

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De Week van Bitcoin #28: speciale gast Rutger van Zuidam



In De Week van Bitcoin #28 is Rutger van Zuidam te gast. Samen met Tuur Demeester en Paul Buitink beantwoorden ze vragen van kijkers waarvan sommigen aanwezig zijn in de uitzending.

Ze spreken over de recente conferenties, de prijsuitbraak van deze week, Litecoin, Ethereum en meer. Omdat er nog gexperimenteerd wordt met Google Hangout On Air, zit de uitzending vol verrassingen.

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Pro-Ukraine forces clash with separatists, at least two dead

(Reuters) - Armed pro-Russian separatists clashed with Ukrainian self-defense fighters near the eastern city of Donetsk on Friday, two days before the presidential election, and at least two people were killed, a Reuters witness and militia sources said.

A leader of a Ukrainian militia group said his men had been on a reconnaissance mission near the rural settlement of Karlovka,.. Read more.

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Lavrov: West's regime-change practices greatly damage intl security



The Ukrainian crisis is a natural result of the West's expansion of its influence eastwards at the expense of Russian interests, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at 3d Security Conference in Moscow. Read more.

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℠2014 - During an event honoring the 223rd anniversary of Poland's constitution last night -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said we are seeing a new 21st century world order being built and although there are conflict and complications, there's still hope.

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May 22, 2014

New York holds worldwide protest against Chevron



Residents of New York on Wednesday joined the worldwide protest against U.S. oil company Chevron, which has caused large-scale environmental damage in Ecuador.

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Oxfam: 'Big 10' food companies causing major damage to environment



The leading charity Oxfam has released a new report which says that the world’s largest food companies are having a huge impact on global climate change.

The report, entitled ‘Standing On The Sidelines’, says that the so called ‘Big Ten’ food producers together produced nearly 264 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 – more than Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway combined. Read more.

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The Barcelona cannabis clubs who are now plugging their wares online

The 400 marijuana associations in Catalonia are reporting a boom in drug tourism in the region

All it takes is internet access and a Google search for the keywords “marijuana Barcelona.” A list of options of where to buy the drug immediately comes up, and all in English too, because the clubs that advertise online are after what is already being termed “cannabis tourism.” Read more.

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IMF set to release 3.5 bln euros for Greece in late May, says Rice

The International Monetary Fund is poised to release about 3.5 billion euros ($4.8 billion) in bailout funds to Greece in late May, an IMF spokesman said Thursday.

The IMF executive board, representing the global crisis lender's 188 member states,.. Read more.

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Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, cancels US tour amid 'legal' wrangles

The rapper, who now lives in South Africa, has decided not to come back to his native US for 'immigration/legal' reasons

The rapper Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, has cancelled an upcoming tour of the United States, with promoters citing "legal" issues. Read more.

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US unemployment aid applications rise to 326,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.

Applications rose 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Read more.

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Suicide rate linked to foreclosures



An increase in suicides may be tied to an increase in the number of foreclosures, according to a newly released study from leading reserachers. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Purdue, Dartmouth and other universities, shows a correlation between suicide and foreclosures rates between 2005 and 2010.

Those who are middle-aged and have the "most to lose" were most likely to have committed suicide as a result of losing their home. Although not able to prove a direct cause and effect relationship, the study raises troubling questions about the effects of the economy on individuals.

RT's Lindsay France discussed these findings with a co-author of the report, Purdue University Professor Michael Light.

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Clashes in Ukraine leave 9 soldiers dead

At least nine Ukrainian troops have been killed during clashes with pro-Russia protesters near the country's eastern region of Donetsk.

According to reports eight Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 17 more were injured on Thursday,.. Read more.

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