June 30, 2014

Suriname’s abolition efforts called a regional boost against death penalty

PARAMARIBO — News that Suriname is pushing a bill to its National Assembly to abolish the death penalty has been welcomed as a boost by regional abolitionists who met recently in Puerto Rico.

“Suriname will soon abolish the death penalty in its criminal code,” National Assembly vice-chair Ruth Wijdenbosch told the annual general meeting of the World Coalition Against the death Penalty in San Juan last week. Read more.

DevSur

Latin America and Caribbean Close Ranks with Argentina

Washington, Jun 30 (Prensa LatinaL) Latin America and the Caribbean supported Argentina today, faced with the attacks by the so-called vulture funds and warned about the dangerous consequences of those speculative capitals for the region.

During an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in this capital,.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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Eurobonds holders ask Griesa for an exemption on funds block - Buenos Aires Herald
Nobel laureate Pérez Esquivel urges Griesa to 'reflect on the debt' - Buenos Aires Herald

Cleaning Workers Victims of Police and Austerity in Greece



Some workers remain hospitalized as they await a final court order regarding the future of their jobs

TRNN

Greek banks show strongest monthly drop in gov't debt holdings in 13 years

(Reuters) - Greek banks showed the strongest monthly decline in government debt holdings in 13 years in May, data from the European Central Bank showed on Monday.

Greek banks sold 4.840 billion euros ($6.60 billion) in government debt in May after selling 256 million euros in April, marking the largest decline since August 2001. Read more.

Reuters

Eurozone inflation still in 'danger zone' in June

Annual inflation in the 18-member eurozone has remained at levels far too low to disperse protracted deflation worries in the bloc.

Adjusted ECB forecasts see the problem lingering on for years. Read more.

DW

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Cleaning up Bangladesh's textile industry

Western and local organizations have been working together for a year to help make the Bangladeshi textile industry safer.

But the process isn't always running smoothly, especially when it comes to payments for workers. Read more.

DW

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The Fashion Victims of Cambodia



Rebecca Henschke reports on garment workers killed by riot police when striking for pay rise

TRNN

En daar gaan we weer – De angstmachine van de Overheid komt lekker op stoom

Zo bleek vandaag weer dat de AIVD, ons aller geheime dienst die toen het nog BVD heette van knulligheid overliep en meerdere malen in het nieuws kwam toen haar medewerkers betrapt werden bij het openmaken van vuilniszakken en het naar brieven hengelen in brievenbussen van verdachten, de angstmachine weer een tandje hoger heeft gezet, aldus een bericht in de krant van bruin Nederland.

We dienen dus nu bang te zijn voor serieuze dreiging van aanslagen door Jihadisten. Lees meer.

Krapuul

Sunni rebels declare new 'Islamic caliphate'



Armed group ISIL changes name to Islamic State, and says its empire extends from Diyala in Iraq to Syria's Aleppo.

A Sunni armed group which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria has announced the establishment of a "caliphate" straddling the two countries, urging other groups to pledge allegiance. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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London protesters slam S Arabia for backing Takfiri militants (video) - PressTV

'US fighting alongside ISIS': Direct American role in strengthening jihadists?



ISIS proclaimed Islamic order on territories they captured both in Iraq and Syria. The area they now hold contains economically vital oil sites. Where does ISIS get the funding it needs to snatch power in the region?

Even Washington has played its role in the rise of ISIS - as RT's Marina Portnaya explains.

RT

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Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater

WASHINGTON — Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq.

But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and.. Read more.

NY Times

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Pope says communists are closet Christians

(Reuters) - Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.

The 77-year-old pontiff gave an interview to Il Messaggero, Rome's local newspaper, to mark the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Roman holiday. Read more.

Reuters

June 29, 2014

The Truthseeker: Ukraine Gangster State Calls for 'Nuclear Strikes'



Parliament moves to quit Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; Nazis 'regular reconnaissance visits to nuclear power stations'; Billionaire governor, whose Privatbank is top recipient of new IMF bailout, being placed on international wanted list for 'banned methods of warfare and aggravated murder'.

Seek truth from facts with intelligence expert William Engdahl; economist Professor Michael Hudson; former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard; and the prosecutor who put Yulia Timoshenko's partner behind bars, Martha Boersch.

RT

California governor signs bill to bring bitcoin and other currency into fold

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill that clears away possible state-level obstacles to alternative currencies such as bitcoin.

The legislation repeals what backers said was an outdated California law prohibiting commerce using anything but U.S. currency. Read more.

Reuters

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

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 

Israeli forces stormed Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child and an old man, were killed, and 14 others, including 4 children and journalist, were wounded. Read more.

PCHR

IAF strikes 9 additional sites in Gaza after rocket attacks on southern Israel

For the second time since a rocket attack from Gaza destroyed a Sderot factory and injured three people, the Israel Air Force carries out retaliatory strike on terror sites in Gaza; nine sites targeted, accurately hit.

The Israel Air Force carried out an additional air strike in Gaza.. Read more.

JPost

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Who's benefiting from a never-ending Mideast peace 'process?'

The time has come to ask ourselves who the true stakeholders are in the Middle East peace 'process,' where their true interests lie and who the current status quo serves.

“The peace process is about to be frozen for years,”.. Read more.

Haaretz

Vegetarian diets produce fewer greenhouse gases and increase longevity, say new studies

Consuming a plant-based diet results in a more sustainable environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, while improving longevity, according to new research.

Based on findings that identified food systems as a significant contributor to global warming, the study focuses on the dietary patterns of vegetarians, semi-vegetarians and non-vegetarians to quantify and compare greenhouse gas emissions, as well as assess total mortality. Read more.

ScienceDaily

June 28, 2014

Poor households pay more taxes than the super-wealthy

Most people in the UK wrongly assume that the richer you are, the more tax you pay. A new study has helped to break down that myth and reveals that in actual fact, the truth is just the opposite.

The less you earn, the greater proportion of your income in tax you pay. Sounds fair right? Right? Read more.

Akashic Times

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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist.

I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Read more.

Politico

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Keiser Report: Russell Brand talks revolution with Max & Stacy



In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are joined in the first half by Russell Brand to talk about the austerity headlines.

They chat about the UK government's expanding debt and growing deficit, despite the alleged austerity and GDP expanding thanks to heroin addiction and prostitution. Russell learns about the water cannons bought for use against anti-austerity protests which the government itself will stoke.

Finally, they talk about the people revolting as they must do when the social contract has been broken: and crypto currencies are one of the most visible revolts. In the second half, Max interviews Russell Brand further about his independent media outlet - The Trews; they discuss revolution and spiritual journeys.

RT

Graham Hancock Breaks the Set on TED Censorship, Lost Civilizations & War on Consciousness



Abby Martin interviews author and philosopher, Graham Hancock, about the mysteries of ancient civilization, hidden societies from the past, censorship by TED Talks and the difficulty in getting these ideas accepted by mainstream archaeologists and historians.

RT

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Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street




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U.S. Economy Shrank in First Quarter by Most in Five Years

The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter by the most since the depths of the last recession as consumer spending cooled.

Gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annualized rate,.. Read more + video.

Bloomberg

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China plans investment bank to break World Bank dominance

China is moving forward with a plan to create its own version of the World Bank, which will rival institutions that are under the sway of the US and the West.

The bank will start with $100 billion in capital. Read more.

RT

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U.S. Judge Says Payment Should Be Returned to Argentina

A federal judge on Friday delivered a stern warning to Argentina after the country deposited $539 million with the Bank of New York Mellon for the purpose of paying its main class of bondholders.

The judge, Thomas P. Griesa of the Federal District Court in Manhattan, said he would enter an order to nullify the “purported payment.” Read more.

NY Times

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- US Judge Griesa says bank should return Argentine bond payment; urges to go back to negotiating table - Buenos Aires herald

- Judge Griesa calls Argentina and hedge funds for a hearing on Friday - MercoPress
- US vulture fund ruling pushes Argentina towards second bankruptcy - Guardian

- US court blocks Argentina debt payout - Al Jazeera
- Argentina Tests U.S. Court Order by Posting Interest Payment - Bloomberg

US anti-Argentina ruling in Vulture Funds case draws intl. criticism (video) - PressTV
- Verzet tegen aasgierfondsen groeit - De Wereld Morgen

June 27, 2014

Verzet tegen aasgierfondsen groeit

De Latijns-Amerikaanse organisaties CELAC, Mercosur en UNASUR verklaren zich solidair met Argentinië tegen het vonnis van het Amerikaanse gerecht over de aasgierfondsen.

Ook bij andere internationale samenwerkingsverbanden neemt de verontwaardiging toe. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

Inflation hits 32-year high; jobless rate falls to 17-year low

TOKYO — Inflation hit a three-decade high and unemployment dipped further in Japan, data showed Friday, as the government’s bid to jumpstart the economy takes hold, even as analysts warned it was too early for celebrations.

Japanese consumer inflation, stripping out volatile fresh food prices, rose 3.4% year-on-year in May,.. Read more.

Japan Today

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TEPCO 'breaks vow,' refuses more compensation for Fukushima nuclear victims

The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has rejected requests for additional compensation from residents forced to evacuate because of the nuclear disaster, defying a government mediation center, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.

Prompted by a request from 15,000 residents of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture,.. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

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What truce? Kiev 'National Guard' lose 20 in attack on Slavyansk during ceasefire



Ukraine's President and the self-proclaimed eastern republics have extended the ceasefire until Monday - just hours before it was set to expire.

Meanwhile overnight exchanges of fire near the city of Slavyansk have left casualties on both sides of the conflict. Read more.

RT

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- Poroshenko: Decision on cease-fire regime to be made today - UNIAN
- Pro-Russian rebels release four of eight OSCE monitors held hostage in eastern Ukraine - Kyiv Post

- US congratulates Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova on signing EU Association Agreements - Kyiv Post
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- EU vows to impose tough sanctions on Russia if it does not meet four conditions - Ukrinform
- European Union leaders prepare but delay imposing tougher sanctions on Russia - DW

Obama requests $500 mn to aid Syrian rebels



The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad. Read more.

RT

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June 26, 2014

Iraq's al-Sadr calls for emergency government



Leader of powerful Shia group Mahdi Army says "new faces" needed to tackle ISIL-led Sunni rebellion in country's north.

Moqtada al-Sadr, a powerful Iraqi Shia religious leader, has called for a national emergency government,.. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Vulture funds affect the international financial system: Argentina



The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina stated that a letter signed by 134 countries had been sent to the Supreme Court of the United States expressing concern over the vulture funds issue.

teleSUR

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Barclays accused of 'dark pool' fraud

A fraud lawsuit against Barclays in the United States has been filed by the New York attorney general.

The lawsuit alleges the bank falsified documents and misrepresented benefits it was offering to big institutional clients, including pension funds. Read more.

BBC

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Ukraine: Fascism as it is



Ordinary Fascism - FASCISM AS IT IS film by Andrey Karaulov - Today in Moscow held a presentation of the film famous Russian TV journalist, author and host of the "Moment of Truth" Andrei Karaulov "Ukrainian fascism." The film is dedicated to the tragic events in Ukraine.

The film's title refers to the classic tape Mikhail Romm's "Ordinary Fascism." In an interview with IA "Tatar-Inform" Andrei Karaulov said that work on the movie began 10 days ago.

"It turns out, there is still no documentary in our country, which would gather together at least some of the crimes that occurred in the south-east of Ukraine in April, May and June this year. Here we have done the job. And the most important thing in this film, of course, no questions asked Karaulova, and the testimony of those witnesses (over 10 people), who found the courage and strength to tell the truth, having gone through hell in Mariupol, Odessa, etc. "- he said.

The film is intended for Europe, United States, United Nations. "I talked with the Foreign Minister of the country, and asked him for help - to make it look the ambassadors of all countries in the UN. Those ambassadors who have a conscience and a genuine interest in the events that are currently taking place in the People's Republic of Donetsk "- said the journalist.

On Monday, June 23 disc with pictures will be on the table at the UN Secretary General. Andrei Karaulov also able to contact the Chief of Staff to Barack Obama and to deliver a letter and drive to U.S. President saw the movie and voiced his opinion on it. A similar request by the picture appealed to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

"All Western media accredited in Moscow, ignored not only the picture, but that came to the show specifically leader Donetsk Republic, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the DNI Dennis Pushilin. Afraid to look! "- Said Andrei Sentries.

Pravda

NATO pledges new funding for Ukrainian military

NATO has endorsed new funding for Ukraine's defense in the form of “trust funds” to help with logistics and cyber defense, as well as command and control, according to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The funding is aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian military, though no specific amounts have been allocated yet. Read more.

RT

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ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS.

ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less. Read more.

RT

'Sack Blair from Middle East peace envoy and try him at the Hague'



Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is feeling the heat again; Not on dragging the UK into a costly war in Iraq on a false pretext -- but his current position as Middle East Peace Envoy's senior figure. A group of former diplomats have written to demand Blair be fired.

Retired British ambassador, Oliver Miles joins RT for more.

RT

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Why Bush and Blair Should be Prosecuted for War Crimes - CounterPunch

800 militants launch attacks in various districts of Helmand

According to local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, clashes in southern Helmand provinces have spread to three other districts.

Provincial governor spokesman, Omar Zwak said the clashes have spread to Mosa Qala, Kajaki and Nawzad districts. Read more.

Khaama Press

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Three dead and 17 injured in Benghazi clashes

The deaths of three security security forces members and 17 wounded have been reported in Benghazi after Ansar Al-Sharia forces opened fire on a Benghazi Joint Security Room (BJSR) convoy as it moved to protect polling stations.

The spokesperson for Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC) told the Libya Herald that of the 17 wounded.. Read more.

Libya Herald

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U.S. Renews Aid to Sisi-led Egypt Despite Ongoing Political Repression



Sherief Gaber says the U.S. has renewed support for the Sisi-headed government in Egypt in spite of its unprecedented crackdown on press and human rights

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Egypt-Saudi company to invest $245 million in housing units - Aswat Masriya

Mid-East In Depth: Did the US "Engineer" the ISIS Attack on Iraq from Syria?



Media around the world talks about ISIS, portraying it as a result of a sectarian divide in Iraq. Mahdi Nazemroaya writes for Russia Today, arguing that it is a U.S. plan for the Middle East.

Carl talks to Revd. Frank Gelli to get his thoughts on the above bold argument.

Levant TV

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US-Sponsored Terrorism in Iraq and “Constructive Chaos” in the Middle East - Global Research

June 25, 2014

Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids 'impossible to deny'

Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species and are a key factor in the decline of bees, say scientists.

Researchers, who have carried out a four-year review of the literature, say the evidence of damage is now "conclusive". Read more.

BBC

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Syngenta shares jump on report of Monsanto takeover talks - Reuters

Syngenta shares jump on report of Monsanto takeover talks

(Reuters) - Syngenta's (SYNN.VX) shares jumped on Tuesday after a media report that the Swiss crop chemical maker had been in talks about a $40 billion (23.57 billion pounds)takeover by U.S. rival Monsanto Co (MON.N) to create the world's largest agrochemical company.

Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, and Syngenta had held preliminary talks.. Read more.

Reuters

IAF strikes 7 Gaza terror sites in response to rocket fire on Israel

Air force carries out retaliatory strike in Strip after terrorists in Gaza fire volley of rockets toward Israel; Iron Dome intercepts 2 rockets near Ashkelons, 1 lands in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

The Israel Air Force struck seven terror sites in the Gaza Strip.. Read more.

JPost

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Brute Force: Israel destroys 'terrorists'' homes amid search for missing teens (video) - RT

U.S. House votes to increase funding for IDF missile defense system

The House's Defense Appropriations Bill gives the Iron Dome anti-missile system $131 million more than funding in the previous fiscal year provided.

The U.S. House of Representatives increased funding for Israel’s missile defense systems. Read more.

Haaretz

June 24, 2014

Lex Hoogduin heeft zorgen bij strategie centrale banken, vindt Bitcoin interessant



Paul Buitink praat met oud DNB directeur Lex Hoogduin, tevens hoogleraar monetaire economie. Paul en Lex bespreken de volatiliteit van Bitcoin en indien dit kan worden ondervangen door een algoritme, dit centrale banken wellicht overbodig zou maken.

Lex benadrukt dat het moeilijk is het aanbod van een geldsoort aan te laten sluiten bij de vraag. Lees meer.

deBitcoin

Sensitive? Emotional? Empathetic? It could be in your genes

Do you jump to help the less fortunate or cry during sad movie scenes? If yes, you may be among the 20 percent of our population that is genetically pre-disposed to empathy, according to a study.

The results provide further evidence that highly sensitive people are generally highly tuned into their environment, and provide evidence that especially high levels of awareness and emotional responsiveness are fundamental features of humans characterized as HSPs. Read more.

ScienceDaily

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Attacks threaten Ukraine's peace negotiations

Fighting has not slowed as the Ukrainian army has encircled the breakaway provinces.

Starovarvarivka, Ukraine - The Ukrainian artillery started its thumping rhythm again, pounding civilian and rebel targets.. Read more + photos.

Al Jazeera

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Militants may attack Kharkiv and Odesa - Hrytsenko - Ukrinform
Two more Ukrainian servicemen killed despite truce, three wounded on June 24 - Kyiv Post

Putin: Seven days of truce in Ukraine enough if substantial talks start - ITAR-TASS
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ISIS captures biggest oil refinery in Iraq - reports



In Iraq, Sunni militants from ISIS have reportedly seized the country's largest oil refinery, in the town of Baiji.

Two weeks ago they launched a ruthless insurgency campaign, capturing key cities and large swathes of land. They still have Baghdad in their sights.

RT

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ISIS rapidly accumulating cash, weapons, U.S. intelligence officials say - Washington Post

Plea for power-sharing in Iraq

The US secretary of state has urged Iraq's prime minister to give more power to political opponents during a crisis meeting in Baghdad.

John Kerry visited as Iraqi security forces lost control of the border with Jordan. Read more + video.

DW

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Donetsk self-defense forces agree to ceasefire

 

The leader of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire in the region until 10 a.m. local time on Friday.

He stressed that the self-defense force's ceasefire will come only as a reciprocal move. Read more.

RT

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Santos re-election sends “clear message” that Colombia has moved away from Uribe politics: FARC

President Juan Manuel Santos’s re-election sends a “clear message” that Colombia has moved away from hardline militaristic politics, according to the FARC rebel group, the country’s largest.

Santos beat right-wing candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga in runoff elections on June 15. Read more.

Colombia Reports

The Silence On The Curacao Gold Smuggling Case Is Deafening

Can the authorities say what the latest status is on the vessel that was seized and detained in Curaçao with 10,000 ounces of gold with a street value of US$12 million?

We all know that the owner of the vessel is one of the prominent and wealthy businessmen in Georgetown. What about the investigation? Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

Argentina takes its differences with Judge Griesa to the US main journals

Argentina on Sunday took its battle against paying hedge fund investors in its defaulted bonds to the US media, placing adverts in major newspapers demanding US courts help foster “fair and balanced” negotiations.

The full-page ad -- which appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and.. Read more.

MercoPress

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Strong warning to Argentina from Griesa regarding payment of bondholders - MercoPress

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Cristina Fernandez calls for negotiations: “we want to pay 100% of creditors” - MercoPress

Evo Morales Denounces Financial Plot against Argentina - Prensa Latina

French Bank Will Pay Fine and Comply with US Sanctions

Paris, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) BNP Paribas will have to pay a nine-billion-dollar fine, suspend transactions and fire executives in compliance with impositions by the United States, which accused that institution of violating the blockade that Washington has imposed on several countries, it was reported here on Monday.

A Wall Street Journal report published by.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

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June 23, 2014

ISIS & Goldman Sachs: Spot the difference!



RT

Syria hands over 100% of declared chem weapons stockpile



The last of Syria's declared chemical weapons have been handed over. "All declared chemical weapons have left Syria," OPCW Director General Ahmet Üzümcü told reporters at a press conference Monday. Read more.

RT

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Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Ukraine to keep to its own ceasefire – but there are conflicting accounts of who is firing at whom. More video.

DW

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Russia Supports Efforts Towards Nationwide Dialogue in Ukraine - Lavrov - RIA Novosti
EU may impose more sanctions on Russia, if it does not take effort for peace in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Over 40 Children Killed Amid Clashes in Battle-Stricken Eastern Ukraine - RIA Novosti
Reports about 40 children killed in Donetsk region during hostilities untrue - authorities - Interfax

Kiev puppet government commits crimes in Ukraine on orders from Washington (video) - Pravda

Polish foreign minister says country's alliance with US worthless

According to a transcript of recordings obtained by Wprost, Radislaw Sikorski said 'we gave the US a blow job'

A Polish news magazine said on Sunday it had obtained a secret recording of Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski,.. Read more.

Guardian

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New recordings revealed in wire-tapping scandal - Warsaw Voice
More tapes, more problems for the government - WBJ

PM Tusk: Wiretapping scandal may force early parliamentary elections - Warsaw Voice
Obscene Vision: Polish FM left red faced after tape leak (video) - RT

Afgeluisterde Poolse minister: 'Bondgenootschap met VS is schadelijk' - AD

Ten killed in Israeli strike on Syrian military targets

Strike follows cross-border missile attack which killed Israeli boy and wounded three civilians.

Ten people were killed in when the Israel Air Force struck several military targets in neighboring Syria early on Monday,.. Read more.

Haaretz

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Israel hits Syrian army positions in Golan from air, ground (video) - PressTV
Ironic - Israel Helps ISIS with Airstrikes Against the Syrian Government - SCG News

Israel to renew demolition of terrorists’ homes

Sources say government will resume practice which was discontinued in 2005 amid findings that it was not having a deterrent effect, and was instead stirring up more hatred; Passover terror attack suspect's home to be first.

Israel will renew its controversial policy – discontinued in 2005 – of destroying the homes of terrorists as a deterrence measure, diplomatic sources said Monday. Read more.

JPost

RT office in Ramallah raided by Israeli forces



Israeli defence forces have raided RT's office in the West Bank - destroying equipment and confiscating records.

This comes as part of a series of similar IDF raids on media centres amid a military campaign against the Palestinian authorities, whom Israel accuses of kidnapping three Israeli students. Read more.

RT

June 22, 2014

Cancer Patients Awaiting Treatment for Months

Due to the economic crisis, cancer patients choose to be treated in public hospitals, as they can’t afford the treatment in private health clinics.

The waiting list, in state hospitals, for cancer treatments is long,.. Read more.

Greek Reporter

Rap News: The World Coup - THIEFA vs Brazil



THE WORLD COUP! [Juice Rap News S02:E06]. All eyes are on Brazil as it endures... errr.... *hosts* the 2014 soccer World Coup - the most watched sporting event on the planet. 

Join Robert Foster as he investigates why many Brazilians are protesting against THIEFA, the shady organisation that runs the World Cup, and the rather fascist policies it has introduced to their country "for the good of the game".

But Brazil is not the only country to get shafted in this epic episode, which features exclusive interviews with captains of the strongest teams in the running for the notorious WORLD COUP. So, click play and find out why they really call it "The World Game."

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

Juice Media

Israeli troops raid Hebron, El Bireh

IDF operations in West Bank continue, nine days after kidnapping of three Israeli teens

As Operation Brother's Keeper entered its ninth day Saturday, Palestinian sources reported an escalation in violence between Israeli security forces and West Bank residents. Read more.

Haaretz

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14-year-old Killed in Search for Missing Israelis - IMEMC
Ongoing arrest campaign brings total Palestinians in jail to 5,700 - Ma'an

June 21, 2014

Thousands of Sadr supporters in show of force



Imran Khan reports from Baghdad where supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have been holding military rallies vowing to protect their religious sites and the capital from Sunni rebels led by ISIL. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Sunni militant infighting kills 17 in Iraq's Kirkuk - Ma'an

Zionists, imperialists seek divided Iraq for oil: Analyst (video) - PressTV
ISIL Saudi creation trained by Western agents: Analyst (video) - PressTV

Activists ask 'what NATO's smoking' as general raves over green plot



A conspiracy theory put forward by the head of NATO has left the eco-warriors at Greenpeace to question whether he might have a love of certain plants himself. Anders Fog Rasmussen suggested Russia is plotting with environmental groups in Europe to campaign against fracking.

He believes the move is aimed at forcing them to buy gas from Moscow. That left a Greenpeace spokesperson to wonder "what they've been smoking over at NATO HQ". Journalist John Wight joins RT to discuss this.

RT

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Pentagon Pain: F-35 stealth fighter jet 'one of worst planes we've ever designed'



F-35 stealth fighter jet is America's most advanced and most expensive warplane, and it's just been given yet another boost in a new defence spending bill.

That's despite the Pentagon having already shelled out nearly 4 hundred billion dollars on its development. And to cover the costs, the plane's now being touted to foreign buyers, as RT's Marina Portnaya explains.

RT

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Lockheed F-35 Bulkhead Cracks Solution Proposed - Bloomberg
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Nigerian fishermen reject Shell’s $50 million

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Lawyers say thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for “some of the largest oil spills in history.”

The offer comes as a British court Friday ruled the oil company.. Read more.

Reporting Nigeria

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UN chief seeks arms embargo in Syria conflict

Ban Ki-moon calls on Security Council "to stem the flow of arms" to Syria, that he called "increasingly a failed state".

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria, describing foreign powers and groups as "irresponsible" for giving military support to the warring parties in the three-year conflict. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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New York, 20 June 2014 - Secretary-General's address at The Asia Society: "Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat" - UN
Churkin: Russia doesn't support imposing embargo on supplying weapons to Syria - SANA

34 civilians killed, 50 injured in car bomb blast in Hama countryside - SANA
Del Ponte: Terrorist acts of extremist groups and foreign mercenaries in Syria cause massive suffering - SANA

Mideast crises West bid to protect Israel interests: Jaafari (video) - PressTV

Chaos in ME part of West's plan to secure Israel's interests: Syria's ambassador to UN



Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Ja’afari says the current tumult in the Middle East, including the crisis in his country, is a scheme by the West to safeguard Israel's interests, Press TV reports.

“This is a geopolitical plan that is not only targeting Syria exclusively,.. Read more.

PressTV

Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together


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Poroshenko unveils peace plan during visit to Ukraine's restive east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko officially unveiled on June 20 his 15-point peace plan for de-escalation of the conflict in the country’s east, amid intensified clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government forces.

It comes during an unpublicized visit by the president to the Donetsk region.. Read more.

Kyiv Post

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Operation on blocking of border is almost completed – Turchynov - UNIAN
Russian checkpoint on Ukraine border comes under fire (video) - RT

Non-Conventional Warfare and the “Geopolitical Reshaping” of Ukraine - 4th Media

June 20, 2014

Broken Lives: 5yo boy dies after 30 head wounds as Kiev shells Slavyansk



A five-year-old boy died in eastern Ukraine of multiple head wounds Friday from a Ukrainian mortar shell, despite a 5-hour-long operation by doctors to save his life, Russian media report.

His mother died on the spot in the same mortar shelling. Read more.

RT

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The U.N. Says 257 civilians Have Been Killed in East Ukraine but Refuses to Condemn the Ongoing Bombardment - SCG News
38,000 people leave Crimea and eastern Ukraine - UN - Ukrinform

US fired depleted uranium at civilian areas in 2003 Iraq war, report finds

Dutch peace group Pax says findings show US was in breach of official advice meant to prevent suffering in conflicts

US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found. Read more.

Guardian

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Report: U.S. fired depleted uranium ammunition at live Iraqi targets in 2003 - UPI
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June 19, 2014

The Fall of Iraq - What You're Not Being Told



Iraq is descending into chaos, but not for the reasons you're being fed by the politicians and the mainstream media.

In June of 2014 the world watched in shock as an Islamic militant group operating under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS),.. Read more.

SCG News

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U.S. seeking alternatives to Maliki, officials say - Washington Post
Iraq's Break Up is the Real "Mission Accomplished" - #NewWorldNextWeek (video) - Corbett Report

Battle rages for Iraq's largest oil refinery - Al Jazeera
Maliki: Saudi and Qatar at war against Iraq (video) - Al Jazeera

The U.N. Says 257 civilians Have Been Killed in East Ukraine but Refuses to Condemn the Ongoing Bombardment

The ongoing airstrikes in east Ukraine are killing mostly civilians, but the U.N. still refuses to even assign the blame where it belongs, much less condemn the perpetrators

According to a recent report by the U.N. 356 people have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Read more.

SCG News

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U.S. Issues More Russia Sanctions Threats; Markets Yawn

The Obama administration's threat to further sanction Russia because of its meddling in Ukraine risks going stale, even as NATO warns that Moscow is not backing off.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday,.. Read more.

Foreign Policy

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Can Ukraine live without Donetsk and Luhansk? (video) - Pravda
Ukraine to sign EU economic deal next week amid NATO reports of Russian-troop build-up - DW

Can Ukraine live without Donetsk and Luhansk?



What will happen after Donetsk and Lugansk stop paying taxes to the treasury of Ukraine completely? Many experts are interested in this question, but it does not seem to be an issue for the new authorities of Ukraine.

For the time being, Kiev solves this problem by killing civilians, women and children and bombing the regions that are vital for the economy of the troubled country. In general, the Ukrainian economy is not going to collapse, but it stands on thin ice.

Pravda

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Putin Advisor Proposes "Anti-Dollar Alliance" To Halt US Aggression Abroad

It has been a while since both Ukraine, and the ongoing Russian response to western sanctions (which set off the great Eurasian axis in motion, pushing China and Russia close together, and accelerating the "Holy Grail" gas deal between the two countries) have made headlines.

It is still not clear just why the western media dropped Ukraine coverage like a hot potato,.. Read more.

ZeroHedge

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Officials: U.S. seeks to replace Maliki

The Obama administration has been actively seeking alternatives to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as Iraq approaches the formation of a new government following recent parliamentary elections, according to U.S. officials.

When the current crisis began last week, the administration told Maliki in no uncertain terms that.. Read more + video.

Washington Post

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Who finances ISIS? - DW

Who finances ISIS?

In the aftermath of its conquest of Mosul, the jihadi organization ISIS has been recognized as the richest terrorist organization in the world. Where does its money come from?

During its conquest of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS fighters looted more than.. Read more.

DW

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Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky



Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Professor Noam Chomsky about working-class resistance during the Industrial Revolution, propaganda, and the historical role played by intellectuals in times of war. View more.

TRNN

This Is Not Going As Planned: Iraq Prime Minister Defies US, Accuses Saudi Arabia Of "Genocide"

Shortly after the US revealed that, in addition to aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships it was also sending a few hundred "special forces" on the ground in Iraq, contrary to what Obama had stated previously, Washington made quite clear it wants Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Then something unexpected happened:.. Read more.

ZeroHedge

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Blowback! U.S. trained ISIS at secret Jordan base - WND

Timmermans ergert zich aan Iraakse premier Maliki (audio) - BNR

Dave Zirin: Abolish FIFA



Sports journalist Dave Zirin says bribery and corruption are endemic to FIFA, and discusses what could take its place in the world of soccer

TRNN

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Tensions escalate as Israeli force use live fire against Palestinian civilians



17 year old Palestinian Yazan Yacoub was shot in the chest and abdomen in Qalandya near Ramallah as the Israeli army continued taking punitive measures against Palestinians as a manhunt for 3 missing Israeli teenagers continue in the occupied West Bank.The army have further killed one man, injured dozens and arrested over 200 Palestinians.

Yazan Yacoub is now recovering from the bullet wounds. He claimed that he was unarmed and walking home from college when the Israeli army raided Qalandya.Hasan's family have been told that he will make a full recovery, however his father says the family no longer feel safe and worry for their children.

Professor of international law Hanna Issa says Israel's actions amount to war crimes and therefore they should be judged in international courts. Israeli forces arrested 41 people in the Nablus region last night, mostly members of Hamas.

The Palestinian national unity government says Israel is seeking to cut ties between Gaza and the West Bank.

PressTV

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Israel tightens West Bank grip as Abbas blasts kidnappers - Ma'an
Israel shuts major checkpoints south of Nablus - Ma'an

U.S. calls on Israelis, Palestinians to 'show restraint' - Haaretz
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Israeli bulldozers level Palestinian lands in Gaza - Ma'an