February 28, 2014

Argentina & The Emerging Market Crisis

James Henry: Facing a surging public deficit, Argentina has devalued its currency in response to the Fed's tapering of quantitative easing and China's slowed purchasing of imports


Tokyo bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy, significant amount of virtual currency missing

The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 28 and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for.

The exchange's CEO Mark Karpeles appeared before Japanese TV news cameras, bowing deeply for several minutes. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy Protection (video) - WSJ
Mt. Gox Seeks Bankruptcy After $480 Million Bitcoin Loss - Bloomberg

Bitcoin most regulated currency in the world! (video) - RT

Mt. Gox: alle bitcoins gestolen (video) - NOS
Mt. Gox down, maar "bitcoin wordt sterker" - NOS

First Colorado county reports marijuana taxes

DENVER — A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores is the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry.

Pueblo County says Tuesday that its two shops had about $1 million in total sales in January, producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes. Read more.


Colorado lawmakers cautious on marijuana tax revenue proposals - Denver Post
Marijuana Taxes: Time Will Tell - Huff Post

- The Lazarus Weed: The rise, fall and rise again of legalized pot (video) - Washington Post
Russian drugs boss rules out marijuana legalization - RT

"Politietop tegen regulering wietteelt" (audio) - NOS
'Legale wietkwekerijen doelwit van extreem geweld' - Volkskrant

Drilling Deeper: West slams Russian exercises, glossing over NATO's war games

NATO has expressed concern over snap military drills being staged by Russia. 

There has been widespread speculation in Western media that Moscow could intervene in Ukraine - despite Russia insisting the exercises were pre-planned and nothing to do with the situation across the border.


Art of drills: 10 NATO war games that almost started armed conflicts - RT
Ukraine accuses Russia of invading Crimea (video) - Al Jazeera

Ousted Yanukovich talks to press in Russia

Conference starts at 9:30.

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich pledges to fight for Ukraine. He addressed a press conference in southern Russia, appearing in public for the first time since he fled Kiev amid bloody riots. Read more.


Ukraine accuses Russia of invading Crimea (video) - Al Jazeera

Greece: Protesting civil servants, unionist, detained after trying to storm ministry

A demonstration on Friday morning outside the Administrative Reform Ministry by teachers, school guards and cleaners turned tense after a group of protesters tried to storm the premises, leading police to detain 17 people temporarily.

The employees, who are protesting the induction of.. Read more.


Sterke groei bijstand

Stijging van 33 duizend in 2013

Eind december 2013 ontvingen 413 duizend personen bijstand. Dit waren er 10 duizend meer dan een kwartaal eerder. Lees meer.

Chokwe Lumumba, Dead at 66, Leaves Behind Revolutionary Legacy

Tolu Olorunda and Rosa Clemente discuss the tremendous revolutionary legacy of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, which included internationalism and a model of electoral politics for liberation movements


Chokwe Lumumba: Remembering "America's Most Revolutionary Mayor" (Part 1/2) (video) -Democracy Now
Chokwe Lumumba: Remembering "America's Most Revolutionary Mayor" (Part 2/2) (video) - Democracy Now

Cuban Hero Fernando Gonzalez Released from U.S. Prison

Havana, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban hero Fernando Gonzalez was released today from a U.S. prison after serving his full, unjust and long sentence.

Fernando was transferred from the Federal penitentiary of Safford,.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Cuban antiterrorist Fernando González released in the U.S. (video) - teleSUR
Anti-terrorist fighter Fernando Gonzalez arrived in Cuba (video) - teleSUR

Cuban President Meets National Hero Fernando Gonzalez - Prensa Latina

Cuban Five P1 (video) Documentary - PressTV
Cuban Five P2 (video) Documentary - PressTV
Cuban Five P3 (video) Documentary - PressTV

The Trial: The Untold Story of the Cuban Five (video) - Documentary

US and Iran Send Positive Signals - Saudis and Israelis Not Pleased

Gareth Porter: Very contentious issues remain in Iran nuclear negotiations


Battle against al-Qaeda continues in Iraq Anbar province

Fighting still continues in Iraq's Anbar province. The fighting has created turmoil across the country as armed gunmen escape the conflict and carry out roadside and car bomb attacks throughout Iraq.

Some analysts say it’s an attempt by the al-Qaeda-linked group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in retaliation for their losses in the Anbar province. Read more.


Wave of bombings kills at least 53 in Iraq - RT

Syria says 175 fighters killed near Damascus

Syrian army troops have killed 175 opposition fighters, many of them linked to al-Qaeda-linked groups, in an ambush described as one of the deadliest attacks by government forces near Damascus, according to state media.

An opposition group alleged that Wednesday dawn's ambush was carried out by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, which has been instrumental in helping President Bashar al-Assad's regime push back rebels entrenched in the suburbs of the Syrian capital.

Al Jazeera

Army's sweeping blows continue to hit terrorism everyhwere in Syria - SANA
Terrorist attacks claim lives of 6 citizens in Homs, Damascus - SANA

Al-Moallem: Syria committed to eliminating chemical weapons - SANA
NATO, Russia moving ahead with talks on Syria chemical arms mission-U.S - Reuters

Minister: Higher relief committee keen on cooperation with international organizations - SANA

Unemployment rate hits record high in France

New figures show unemployment rate has hit a new record high in France, as the number of new job-seekers reached 3.31 million in January.

The data released by the Labour Ministry on Wednesday indicted that.. Read more.


France Consumer Confidence Eases On Unemployment Worries - RTT

February 27, 2014

Cyprus: Arrests made at anti-privatisation protest

Arrests were made outside the Cypriot parliament in Nicosia as hundreds protested against a bill for a planned state-utility sell-off on Thursday.

An evening vote saw the Cypriot Parliament turn down the bill to privatise the Cyprus Ports Authority, Cyprus telecoms firm Cyta and the electricity authority EAC. The terms of the legislation now face renegotiation. A sell-off of the state assets was part of the terms imposed on Cyprus by its international lenders.

Around 200 riot police set up barricades near the protesters, who brandished banners with slogans such as "hands off."


Protest at parliament noisy but peaceful - Cyprus Mail
Minister: we’re shooting ourselves in the foot - Cyprus Mail

Christian de Kok met update over Clevercoin en het Mt. Gox drama

Paul Buitink praat met Christian de Kok, directeur van Clevercoin over wanneer deze nieuwe Nederlandse exchange live gaat. Ze gaan uitgebreid in op de onderhandelingen met de banken en de overheid. Ook bespreken ze de fees, de features en veel meer.

Verder ook aandacht voor Mt. Gox en wat we hiervan als gemeenschap kunnen leren.


Bitcoinspot.nl te gast bij BNR digitaal (audio) - BitcoinSpot
CITI: Bitcoin Now Faces 3 Risks - Business Insider

- Senator calls for bitcoin ban - Business Insider
Sen. Joe Manchin calls for a Bitcoin ban as regulators seek ‘accelerated push’ - Washington Post

'Bitcoin is more than digital gold' – expert - Voice of Russia
'Bitcoin had short lifespan, like anything artificial and speculative' - expert - Voice of Russia

Bitcoin users caught between hackers and regulators (video) - France24
Doubts hang over Bitcoin's future (video) - Al Jazeera

Roundup Weedkiller Linked To Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease

The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world's most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health proposes a link between the herbicide known as Roundup.. Read more + video.


Mystery in the Fields (video)
A Cycle of Death (video)

“Diarrhea, Skin Rashes, Depression, Thyroid Disease, Kidney Failure, Cancer”: Monsanto Roundup Linked to Global Boom in Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance - Global Research
Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds - GreenMedInfo

Climate engineering: Minor potential, major risk of side-effects?

Researchers have studied with computer simulations the long-term global consequences of several 'climate engineering' methods. 

They show that all the proposed methods would either be unable to significantly reduce global warming if CO2 emissions remain high, or they could not be stopped without causing dangerous climate disruption. Read more.


Iceland: More Protests Planned Today

Protests are expected outside Iceland’s parliament for the fourth day in a row later today, following plans by the government to withdraw Iceland from EU membership talks.

The group ‘Við viljum kjósa #vor14’ (‘We want to vote #spring14’) has invited people to protest from 5 pm, visir.is reports. Read more.

Iceland Review

Parliamentary Fight Over EU Talks - Reykjavík Grapevine
Ten Percent of Icelanders Sign EU Referendum Petition - Iceland Review

Icelanders Protest Government’s Plans to Stop EU Talks - Iceland Review
Government Parties Vote for Withdrawing from EU Talks - Iceland Review

Armed men storm government buildings in Crimea; two dead, 30 injured during confrontations

Ukraine’s Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov put police and security forces on alert after buildings of the Crimean parliament and administration were seized just before dawn on Feb. 27 by an unknown armed group.

Two persons were killed and more than.. Read more.

Kyiv Post

Armed Men Seize Crimea Parliament, Raising Tensions in Ukraine - RIA Novosti
Lavrov, Kerry call for practical steps to support conflict settlement in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Media warmongering hype links Russia regular drill to Ukraine, Crimea tension (video) - RT

Yanukovich in Russia, to hold press-conference in Rostov-on-Don Friday - source - RT
Russia agrees to grant political asylum to Viktor Yanukovych (video) - Pravda

Bank of Greece governor warns against political, social instability

Greece’s central bank governor, George Provopoulos, warned that political and social instability threaten to derail the country’s projected economic recovery this year.

While indicators suggest that 2013 was the last year of recession,.. Read more.


Greek dock workers, farmers protest austerity (video) - PressTV
Greece's lenders accept lower capital ratio for bank health test - eKathimerini

Griekenland kan schuld nooit meer terugbetalen - Biflatie

Scottish independence referendum: bad for Spain, good for Catalonia?

In an interview with the BBC last week, President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, said it would be, ‘very difficult, if not impossible’, for an independent Scotland to continue as a member of the European Union citing Spain as one of the main obstacles for Scotland’s reentry into the EU as an independent state.

Barroso said that member states seeking to prevent.. Read more.

El País

Bank of Spain says wage devaluation much greater than official figure

Supervisor estimates salaries fell by over two percent in 2012

The Bank of Spain has estimated that wages in Spain have fallen by double the amount indicated by official statistics as the massive loss of lower-quality, poorly paid jobs inflated the weight of higher-quality, better-paid work in the calculations. Read more.

El País

Brussels doubles its growth forecast for Spain for this year - El País

PLO negotiator rejects US moves to extend peace talks

RAMALLAH (AFP) -- A senior Palestinian official on Thursday rejected US moves to extend an April deadline for nine months of talks with Israel to culminate in a framework peace deal.

"There is no meaning to prolonging the negotiation,.. Read more.


Kerry Asks Abbas to Extend Peace Talks With Israel - Alresalah
Palestine rejects peace talks beyond April as IDF kills 22-yr-old in West Bank raid - Al Bawaba

Report: Obama to Press PM to Take Kerry Deal - Arutz Sheva
Shrugging Off Past Setbacks, Obama Plans Personal Role in Middle East Peace Bid - NY Times

Report: Kerry offered Beit Hanina as Palestinian capital - Ynet
- PM: Jordan will not  be a substitute homeland for Palestinians - Petra

Abbas: Efforts to determine peace talks framework are failing - Al Bawaba
Israel acts in holy city threaten peace treaty — gov’t - Jordan Times

Ashrawi to American Delegation: "Israel is Behaving as a Crusader State, Enslaving the Palestinian People" - PNN

Jordan Threatens to Revoke Peace Treaty Over Temple Mount

Move follows majority of Jordanian MPs vote to expel Israel's ambassador as 'retaliation' for Knesset discussing religious freedom on Mount.

Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur warned on Wednesday that Jordan might review a 1994 peace treaty with.. Read more.

Arutz Sheva

Jordanian MPs Vote to Expel Israeli Ambassador, Recall Jordan’s Diplomat - PNN

Israel acts in holy city threaten peace treaty — gov’t - Jordan Times
PMO: Israel will not change status quo on the Temple Mount - JPost

Arab League discusses filing UN complaint on Al-Aqsa violations - Ma'an
Israeli police attack Aqsa protesters ahead of annexation debate - Ma'an

Amnesty: Some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes

Israeli military dismisses allegations, says forces faced with spike in Palestinian violence.

Israeli forces are using excessive, reckless violence in the occupied West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians.. Read more.


Israel and occupied Palestinian territories: Trigger-Happy: Israel's use of excessive force in the West Bank - Amnesty International

Report: Israeli army using excessive force (video) - Al Jazeera
War Crimes? Israel uses brute force across Palestinian territories - report (video) - RT

Amnesty International to US, EU: Suspend all arms transfers to Israel - JPost
Amnesty: Israël doodt moedwillig Palestijnen - Volkskrant

Despite political rift, Germany boosts military aid to Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, whose government says it will pay one-third of the cost of Israel's sixth German-built submarine.

The two leaders met during a two-day visit by Merkel and most of her Cabinet for a joint cabinet session that took place amid growing strains between the two countries,.. Read more.


Amnesty International to US, EU: Suspend all arms transfers to Israel - JPost
Israel and occupied Palestinian territories: Trigger-Happy: Israel's use of excessive force in the West Bank - Amnesty International

Germany displays highest wealth inequality in eurozone

A study by a leading economic think tank has shown worsening financial inequality in Germany in recent years.

In no other eurozone nation are there such big differences between the rich and many poor. Read more + video.


Bank of Spain says wage devaluation much greater than official figure - El País
Bank of Greece governor warns against political, social instability - eKathimerini

Ewald Engelen over ongelijkheid, belastingparadijzen, schaduwbankieren en de rol van Nederland

De Broker Dag op 31 januari 2013 in Den Haag stond in het teken van ongelijkheid. Professor Ewald Engelen hield een scherpe rede over de oorzaken van de financiële crisis en de rol van het Nederlandse schaduwbankstelsel in het creëren en bestendigen van mondiale ongelijkheid.

The Group of Thirty, Financial Crisis Kingpins - Blacklisted News
- The Global power Project - Occupy.com

These Corporations are the Real Welfare Queens | Weapons of Mass Distraction (video) - RT

How the CIA Recruited Nazis & Adopted Their Propaganda Methods | Interview with Christopher Simpson

Abby Martin speaks with American University Professor and Author of 'Blowback: The First Full Account of America's Recruitment of Nazis, Chris Simpson, about the cooperation between US intelligence and military agencies and Nazi espionage and propaganda experts in the years following World War II.


These 5 Corporations Helped Carry Out the Holocaust | Brainwash Update (video) - RT
BMW: The Silence of the Quandts (video) - Documentary

BMW: The Silence of the Quandts

"The Quandt family is the silent might, behind one of the world's largest and most profitable automakers, BMW. Yet the family has a dark past. 

Its businesses profited from forced labour during the Third Reich, and the patriarchs, who were intimately involved with the Nazi regime, managed to escape prosecution and keep those profits when the war ended, profits with which they could buy and rescue BMW.

This documentary shows the victims, and asks the question, "Why are the Quandts silent?"

Arseniy Yatseniuk nominated to lead new government as Ukraine prime minister

Leaders of the EuroMaidan revolution that toppled Viktor Yanukovych as president took the stage of Kyiv's Independence Square on Feb. 26 and proposed candidates for prime minister and Cabinet of Ministers.

Tens of thousands of people crowded to hear the choices, who face confirmation votes in parliament on Feb. 27. Read more.

Kyiv Post

Maidan nominates Yatseniuk for prime minister - Interfax
Centrale bankier wordt minister president Oekraïne (video) - Gewoon Nieuws

Russia Seeks Several Military Bases Abroad – Defense Minister

MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

Shoigu said the list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela,.. Read more.

RIA Novosti

Putin orders ‘combat readiness’ tests for western, central Russian troops

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an urgent military drill to test the combat readiness of the armed forces across western and central Russia. The drill included troops dealing with mock security and terrorist threats.

“The drills are not connected with events in Ukraine at all,”.. Read more.


Russian Navy Boosting Security in Crimea – Defense Minister - RIA Novosti
Surprise drills of Russian army not related to situation in Ukraine – minister - ITAR-TASS

Statement by NATO Defence Ministers on Ukraine - NATO
Russia informs NATO on ad hoc military exercise, fulfills transparency conditions - ITAR-TASS

NATO Urges Intact Ukraine as Russia Holds Army Exercise - Bloomberg
Putin Drills Ground Troops at Ukraine’s Doorstep as U.S. Warns Against Intervention (video) - NY Times

John Kerry on Ukraine: Not ‘Rocky IV’ (video) - Politico

Focus turns to Ukraine’s Crimea, where loyalties to Russia run deep - Washington Post
Tensions in Ukraine Grow Amid Russian Military Drills - Moscow Times

Will Russia take Crimean Peninsula back from Ukraine?

The Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine could not stay away from the events that shook the country in recent weeks. The Mayor of Yalta, a member of the Party of Regions, Sergei Ilash has resigned and was replaced by secretary of the city council Sergei Karnaukh. Now the city council asks the Verkhovna Rada to give Yalta a new mayor.

On Monday, the head of the Sevastopol city administration, Vladimir Yatsuba, resigned as well. The official left the Party of Regions too. On February 23, local residents of the city elected the new head, Russian businessman Alexey Chaly.

City prosecutor Igor Pilat appealed to residents of Sevastopol not to respond to calls for separatism. The prosecutor said that law-enforcement agencies were on the side of those people, who realize that crime entails punishment.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Russian State Duma arrived in the Crimea. According to local journalists, the first statements were the following: Russia introduces a simplified procedure to issue passports, and if the Crimea asks for accession, the request will be considered within the shortest possible period of time.


Soros is now betting against the U.S. stock market - That should tell you something

Soros is now betting against the U.S. stock market to the tune of 1.3 billion dollars.

We are not in a recovery. What we are witnessing right now is the creation of a speculative bubble of epic proportions and that bubble is going to burst. Read more.


The Group of Thirty, Financial Crisis Kingpins

Following parts one, two and three of the Global Power Project's Group of Thirty series, this fourth and final installment focuses on a few of the G30 members who have played outsized roles both in creating and managing various financial crises, providing a window on to the ideas, institutions and individuals who help steer this powerful global group.

The Assassin of Argentina
Prior to 2008, one of the most notable examples of a highly destructive financial crisis.. Read more.

Blacklisted News

Global Power Project: The Group of Thirthy and the 'Good Discussion' They're Still Having - Occupy.com
Global Power Project: The Group of Thirthy and its Methods of Financial Governance - Occupy.com

Global Power Project: The Group of Thirthy, Architects of Austerity - Occupy.com
The Global power Project - Occupy.com

These Corporations are the Real Welfare Queens | Weapons of Mass Distraction


Gold Prices Cause More Economic Uncertainty

London, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) The price of gold reached today its maximum level in four months, exceeding $1,340 USD, due to continuous worries about the economic situation of several important markets in the world.

Experts say investors returned to gold, the price of which has increased 11 percent since January,.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

Las Tunas and Nordelta: Two Neighbourhoods, One Reality

At 30,000 each, both communities share the same number of residents. Both, also, follow a specific urban model: those on the outside work for those on the inside. A gated wall separates them, with 200 cameras that, in the name of security, protect private neighbourhoods where, just recently, police arrested powerful drug traffickers. 

Such contrasts reveal in black and white just one of the main problems urban suburbs encounter: how to live so close in such violently different contexts. Read more.

Argentina Independent

February 26, 2014

FARC-EP Requires Dismantling of Drug-Paramilitary Structures

Havana, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) The FARC-EP guerrillas requested in this capital today the dismantling of drug and paramilitary structures, entrenched in the Colombian State, also described as criminals.

Such position was expressed by Jesus Santrich, of the FARC-EP delegation that has held.. Read more.

Prensa Latina

FARC wants Colombia to treat drug use as public health issue - Colombia Reports

ELN condemns assassination attempt on Colombia presidential candidate

Colombia’s ELN rebel group condemned Sunday’s failed assassination attempt on left-wing presidential candidate Aida Avella, in a statement released Tuesday.

Despite Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon’s allegations that.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Leftist Colombian presidential candidate unharmed after assassination attempt - Colombia Reports

Colombiaans militair: president Uribe beval moordaanslagen

Een kapitein van het Colombiaans leger stelt dat president Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010) zelf rechtstreeks bevelen gaf voor moordaanslagen door uiterst rechtse paramilitaire organisaties. Uribe wordt al jaren verdacht van directe betrokkenheid bij grove schendingen van de mensenrechten tijdens zijn twee presidentiële mandaten.

Kapitein Adolfo Enrique Guevara Cantillo bevestigt in een interview.. Lees meer.

Obama's Next Assassination Target


Jets pound militant hideouts in North Waziristan, more than 25 killed

MIRANSHAH: Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters bombarded hideouts of Taliban militants in the troubled northwest on Tuesday killing more than 25 militants, officials said.

The early morning attack on hideouts in the North and South Waziristan.. Read more.


TTP rejects govt’s call for unconditional ceasefire - Dawn
Senior Taliban commander gunned down in NWA - PakTribune

Surgical strikes, peace talks to go side by side: Cabinet - PakTribune
Govt responsible for deadlock in talks: Taliban committee - PakTribune

Scuffles as pro- and anti-Russian crowds protest in Ukraine's Crimea

Thousands of pro- and anti-Russian protesters are rallying in front of the parliament building in Simferpol, the capital of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region.

The rival groups are protesting for and against the new national authorities in Kiev. Read more + video.


Ukraine: Scuffles in Crimea (Live Stream) - RT
Crimean Tatars, pro-Russia supporters approach Crimean parliament building - Interfax

US experts arrive in Kyiv to help Ukraine conduct economic reforms - Burns - Interfax
Business New Europe: Paper trail leads to massive corruption at heart of Ukrainian banking - Kyiv Post

Washingtons role in the Ukrainian coup how it may spin out of control - SCG News
Going To Extremes: Role of far-right in Ukraine upheaval stokes neo-Nazism rise fears (video) - RT

Washingtons role in the Ukrainian coup how it may spin out of control

Washington may have bitten off more than it can chew in Ukraine, and there is a very real danger that the crisis could escalate into something far more serious.

Tinkering with the affairs of other nations is a dangerous and unpredictable game. You've probably heard about the leaked audio where the Victoria Nuland.. Read more.

SCG News

Ukraine: Coup Staged, New Order Established, First Steps Taken, Tendencies Taking Shape - SCF
Going To Extremes: Role of far-right in Ukraine upheaval stokes neo-Nazism rise fears (video) - RT

Popular Uprising, Foreign Manipulation and Rising Fascism in Ukraine (video) - TRNN
Right Sector a threat to Ukraine – Sergey Belous (audio) - Voice of Russia

Max Blumenthal: Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine? - Alternet
Exposed: Viral “I am a Ukrainian Video” Produced by PR Company Linked to ‘Regime Change’ NGO (video) - Global Research

Who is behind regime change? "Revolution Business" ngo supported by Wall Street and US intelligence - Blacklisted News

Rule from the Shadows: The Psychology of Power

Part 1 - It has always been in the interest of the ruling class to cultivate illusions which obscure the true nature of the game. Time to look behind the curtain.

The quest for power is the primary driving force of history, always has been, always will be. Those who fail to recognize this principle are not spared in the grand chess game, but rather are moved and manipulated by forces that they do not understand. Read more.


Making sense of the chaos in Venezuela

The chaos in Venezuela has been escalating over the past several weeks and vultures on all sides are swooping in to use the situation to further their agendas. Let's take a step back and look at the bigger picture to make sense of this mess.

There are multiple variables at play which distort the way that the current crisis in Venezuela is being interpreted and described, and which make it very difficult to separate fact from fiction (if one is honest enough to even try). Read more.

SCG News

U.S. expels Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat move over unrest

(Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday ordered three Venezuelan diplomats to leave in reprisal for President Nicolas Maduro's expulsion of three American embassy staff accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at least 13 people.

Students and others opposed to Maduro want him to quit over.. Read more.


US expels three Venezuelan diplomats (video) - teleSUR
Venezuela proposes Maximilian Arvelaéz as ambassador to the US - El Universal

Less than 2000 people staging violent protests: Interior Minister (video) - teleSUR
Outbreaks of violence are substantially reduced in the country - AVN

Maduro claims fair prices law detonated coup d'etat attempt (video) - teleSUR
Young man killed amid looting of supermarket in north Venezuela - El Universal

CANTV workers begin their march for peace - AVN
Closure of roads causes eastern Caracas to collapse (photos) - El Universal

Opposition governors want dialogue with President Maduro (video) - teleSUR
NGOs Condemn U.S. Complicity with Opposition in Venezuela - Prensa Latina

- Making sense of the chaos in Venezuela - SCG News

Obama orders Pentagon to prepare for complete withdrawal from Afghanistan

President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to begin preparing for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced.

The order, Hagel said in a statement, came after Obama “determined that.. Read more.

Washington Post

US may pull out all troops from Afghanistan (video) - Al Jazeera
Endless War? US plans to leave 3,000 troops in Afghanistan after deadline (video) - RT

Options open on post-2014 mission, Obama tells Karzai - Pajhwok
NATO defense ministers to reaffirm plans for post-2014 Afghan mission - Khaama Press

Obama dreigt Karzai met aftocht - NOS

Bahrain government forces attack mosque in Saar village

Bahrain continues to crack down on its majority Shia Muslim population as the regime forces attacked a mosque in Saar village near the capital, Manama.

According to reports, the incident took place during a funeral procession on Tuesday after Bahraini security forces fired tear gas and deliberately targeted people inside a mosque. Read more + video.


Bahrainis hold anti-regime protests nationwide (video) - PressTV

Saudi Arabia's Domestic and Foreign Intelligence Challenges

A fatal shootout involving security forces and Shiites coincides with a change in the kingdom's intelligence leadership.

Yesterday, two Saudi police officers were killed and two injured in a gunfight while trying to detain "armed troublemakers" in the Eastern Province town of al-Awamiyah. Read more.

Washington Institute

Gunmen target police officers in Saudi Arabia - Al Arabiya

Russia condemns rumored Saudi plans to arm Syrian rebels with anti-air missiles

The Russian foreign ministry has expressed “deep concern” at reports from anonymous sources that Saudi Arabia is planning to supply Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile launchers to “turn the tide” in the three-year conflict.

“There is a chance that if these powerful weapons.. Read more.


US, KSA, Jordan helping rebels plan Syria attack (video) - PressTV
U.S., allies agree on standards for which opposition groups in Syria will receive aid - Washington Post

Al-Nusra Front threatens rival ISIL over Syria

Armed group's leader gives rival ISIL five days to stop attacks.

ISTANBUL - The al-Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra Front's leader announced Tuesday that rival Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has five days to end their "unjust attacks." Read more.


- Syria al-Qaeda leader gives rivals ultimatum - Al Jazeera

Thousands of Turks protest deepening corruption, call on gov't to resign

Outraged by the latest round of voice recordings which allegedly feature Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan instructing his son to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid an ongoing corruption operation, thousands of Turks turned out into the streets in a number of provinces on Tuesday.. Read more.

Today's Zaman

PM insists voice recordings fake as opposition calls on gov’t to resign - Today's Zaman
Turkish PM Erdoğan dubs wiretap incriminating him of corruption a 'vile attack’ - Hürriyet

Turkish judge probes PM 'cash stash' calls - Al Jazeera
Alleged illegal wiretap targets Turkey's government officials - AA

February 25, 2014

Nazificering Nederland 73 jaar na Februaristaking bijna voltooid

Vrijdag treedt de wet ‘Verruiming bevoegdheden vreemdelingentoezicht‘ van Schreibtischmörder en mensenjager Teeven in werking.

Deze nazi-wet is een nieuw onderdeel in de meedogenloze jacht op, criminalisering en uitsluiting van mensen en maakt het mogelijk dat de politie geen toestemming meer nodig is van de bewoner om iemands huis te betreden en te doorzoeken. Lees meer.


Teeven breidt mogelijkheden vreemdelingentoezicht uit - Rijksoverheid
Slob dreigt met intrekken steun (video) - NOS

'La-La Land': 'EU doesn't have political capital to spend on Ukraine'

Meanwhile with Ukraine's economy balancing on the verge of default, the country's new leadership is welcoming Western diplomats in the hope of getting urgent aid. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has promised support and Washington said it will weigh in too, in addition to an IMF package.

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EU, U.S. Scramble to Pull Together Aid for Ukraine - FT
Ukraine wants $35 billion in aid: US, UK, EU, IMF pledge support - All Voices

EU’s Unfulfilled Arab Spring Pledges Cast Doubt on Ukraine Help - Bloomberg
US$25 billion aid for Ukraine not enough: Analyst - AA

Hryvnia falls to all-time low - Kyiv Post
Business New Europe: Paper trail leads to massive corruption at heart of Ukrainian banking - Kyiv Post

Merkel: Boycott not an option, settlement labeling acceptable

German Chancellor says that while she cannot judge framework agreement, she agrees that Palestinian recognition of Israel as Jewish is "critical."

A boycott against Israel is not an option but it is acceptable to label products produced in West Bank settlements,.. Read more.


Germany opposes boycotts against Israel for settlement policies (video) - DW
Despite political rift, Germany boosts military aid to Israel - UPI

Europe governments awakened to Israel racism: Analyst (video) - PressTV
UN report condemns Israel's apartheid policy in Palestinian territories (video) - PressTV

Activists mark Israeli Apartheid Week worldwide (video) - PressTV

Israel To Demolish Entire Neighbourhood Near Jerusalem - Electronic Resistance
Israeli police attack Aqsa protesters ahead of annexation debate - Ma'an

Pupajim - Business of war

Israel bombs Hezbollah target on Lebanon-Syria border

Baalbek — Israel bombarded a Hezbollah position on the Lebanon-Syria border on Monday, a Lebanese security source and a Syrian NGO said.

"Two Israeli raids hit a Hezbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria," the source said. Read more.


Netanyahu on alleged airstrikes: We will do everything necessary to protect our citizens - JPost

Israel To Demolish Entire Neighbourhood Near Jerusalem

Israeli occupation authorities distributed on Sunday evacuation orders to the Palestinian residents of Al-Baba Mountain neighbourhood near village to the east of occupied Jerusalem.

A spokesperson of the Popular Resistance Committees, Hani Halabiya, said that.. Read more.

Electronic Resistance

Israel Issues Eviction Orders to 40 Bedouin Families Near Jerusalem - MenaFN
Israeli police attack Aqsa protesters ahead of annexation debate - Ma'an

Farrakhan: 'I don’t hate Jewish people - I hate evil'

Nation of Islam leader denies being anti-Semitic; says Satan controls Hollywood.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan denied he is anti-Semitic during an address to the group’s annual convention on Sunday. Read more.


Panda Dub - Crazy World

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox disappears in blow to virtual currency

(Reuters) - Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, looked to have essentially disappeared on Tuesday, with its website down, its founder unaccounted for and a Tokyo office empty bar a handful of protesters saying they had lost money investing in the virtual currency.

The digital marketplace operator, which began as a venue for trading cards,.. Read more.


Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World (video) - NY Times

Bitcoin-exchange MTgox waarschijnlijk failliet na miljoenenfraude - Bitcoinspot
Bitcoinspot.nl legt uit: MTgox en de malleabality-bug die geen bug is. - Bitcoinspot

Germany achieves budget surplus as recovery continues

German public finances are in the black for a second consecutive year, posting a small surplus in 2013.

The balanced budget came as the country’s economic revival gathered momentum. Read more + video.


Dwindling inflation puts pressure on ECB

Never a hot-bed of monetary policy activism, the European Central Bank may soon find itself forced into an uncomfortable period of experimentation.

At issue is inflation, or rather its increasing scarcity:.. Read more.


Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.8% (pdf) - Eurostat
European Commission report sees euro-area economy lagging behind competitors - eKathimerini

Bartering resumes between gov't and the troika

Government officials resumed stalled negotiations with troika envoys on Monday in a bid to reach an agreement on the economic reforms that Greece must implement to secure further rescue funding.

But, despite the insistence of government officials that a deal with the troika is near,.. Read more.


IMF using old data for Greek banks capital requirements, sources say - eKathimerini
Christine Lagarde thinks the troika got it wrong on Greece? If only she knew - Guardian

A Lethal Cocktail Made in Athens: Austerity and Addiction

On Iasonos Street in downtown Athens, a popular hangout for drug addicts, 27-year-old Michalis is looking for his dealer to buy his fix.

Like most of Athens’ drug users, he is constantly under pressure from police who, since last year, have tried to push drug users and sex workers out of the city centre. “Police and authorities treat us worse than animals,” Michalis claims. Read more.

Greek Reporter

Anti-govt. protests continue in Sarajevo

Protests continue in Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, government buildings have been set on fire in the biggest unrest since the end of the 1990s civil war.

Weeks after violent anti-government protests hit several cities,.. Read more.


Protests continue in Bosnia and Herzegovina - AA
Determined and united in the western Balkans - Balkanist

U.S. GMO crops show mix of benefits, concerns - USDA report

Feb 24 (Reuters) - After more than 15 years of using genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environmental and on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"We are not characterizing them (GMO crops) as bad or good. Read more.


USDA Policy Fails to Address GMO Contamination of Organic Crops - EcoWatch
Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States - USDA

New Mexico admits nuclear plant leaking radiation

Federal officials confirmed a local nuclear plant in southern New Mexico is leaking waste and releasing radiation into the surrounding area. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad was leaking for days before state officials were notified. While health officials insist there is no risk to the public, it could take weeks before crews can reach the leak to figure out how it happened.

The plant is the first underground nuclear repository in the US. In the meantime, Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster is back in the news: The country is planning to lift part of the nearly three-year-old evacuation order around the damaged nuclear plant, even as a new radioactive leak was discovered there.

RT's Meghan Lopez discusses all things nuclear with Paul Gunter, director of Beyond Nuclear's Reactor Oversight Project.


NM Nuclear Dump Officials Say Environment Is Safe - ABC
Plutonium detected half-mile outside New Mexico nuclear waste facility - Al Jazeera

Government to lift Fukushima evacuation order for 1st time

For the first time since the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant three years ago, the government is lifting an evacuation order in a restricted area, allowing residents to return to their homes.

Residents of an eastern strip of the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, are being allowed to return as of April 1,.. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

Fukushima takes new approach to ease fears of radiation in food - Asahi Shimbun

'Witch hunt' on for ousted Ukrainian president

On Sunday, the Ukrainian Parliament declared President Viktor Yanukovich deposed on the grounds that he is not conducting his presidential duties. The new Ukrainian authorities placed the missing Yanukovich on the wanted list on suspicion of involvement in mass killings during the riots in Kiev.

He was reportedly last seen at his residence in Crimea. Yanukovich's downfall came after three months of mishandling the political crisis, during which he failed either to meet enough opposition demands to ensure the deflation of the tension or act decisively to restore public order.

RT's Egor Piskunov has the latest on the changing situation in Kiev.


Ukraine parliament votes to try ousted President Yanukovich & others in ICC - RT

Ukraine: Coup Staged, New Order Established, First Steps Taken, Tendencies Taking Shape

The coup in Ukraine has taken place. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian Parliament) has voted to set early presidential elections for May 25 and done so in violation of Constitution and established order. The former President escaped from Kiev having betrayed his voters, the party, those who stood on guard of law and order and the people. Kiev and a larger part of Ukraine, including Volyn and Galicia regions, have moved under the control of rebels.

The south-eastern part of Ukraine and the Republic of Crimea,.. Read more.


Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine? - Alternet

Nicolas Maduro says the US is planning a coup in Venezuela

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, gave an interview to a limited number of national and foreign journalists at the Miraflores Palace on Sunday. Mr. Maduro said the violence in Venezuela is a coup planned by the opposition and the US.


Same coup d'etat recipe applied against Ukraine and Venezuela (video) - teleSUR
Venezuela: Reports Arrest of Arab Mercenary in Aragua State - Prensa Latina

Venezuela protests flare anew, death toll rises - Buenos Aires Herald
Venezuela’s Maduro Proposes “Peace Conference” to Resolve Opposition Protests - Venezuelanalysis

Santos, Colombia ‘can count on Venezuela for anything’: Maduro - Colombia Reports
Editorial: A Change of Strategy by Venezuela’s Opposition - Argentina Independent

February 24, 2014

Philip K. Dick - The Penultimate Truth

This in-depth program explores Philip K. Dick`s world, a universe full of mysteries and intrigues

Philip K. Dick - Wikipedia
- Philip K. Dick - IMDB

Anthony Peake: Philip K Dick - The Man Who Remembered the Future (audio) - Red Ice Radio
Philip K Dick: 1981 Interview - Philosophy and Theology (audio)
In this rare audio, Greg Rickman Interviews Philip K Dick about his studies and thoughts on philosophy and theology and about Dick's works. Some topics include simulated reality, causality's non-existence, the illuminati as god and as benign conspiracy theory, friendship with Robert Anton Wilson, Rosicrucianism and Parmenides, Jung and psychological projection, Dick's exegesis, the dream state and the unconscious, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, entropy and the will to survive, Greek myth and the god Pan, the works Ubik, Valis, Maze of Death, and a lot more.

Dalí’s last laugh from the grave

Artist’s final act of theater caused resentment among his fellow Catalans as he cheated them of his legacy

On January 30, 1989, eight days after Salvador Dalí died in Figueres at age 84, the same kind of controversy that had accompanied him throughout life broke out in death:.. Read more.

El País

Technique allows for radiation-free detection of tumors, study finds

A way to scan young cancer patients' bodies for tumors without exposing them to radiation has been developed. The technique could reduce patients' risk of developing secondary cancers later in life.

The new method is a modification of magnetic resonance imaging that employs a novel contrast agent to find tumors. Read more.


1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Madrid

Thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets of the capital Madrid to protest against the government's tough austerity measures.

The protest took place on Sunday in the city where demonstrators chanted anti-austerity slogans. Read more.


Citizens protest in Madrid against repressive Spanish reform (photos) - Demotix
Duizenden Spanjaarden betogen tegen "staatsgreep tegen de democratie" - De Morgen

Thai police clash with protesters, leaving 4 dead

In Thailand, another child dies of her injuries sustained in a bomb blast, bringing the number of fatalities over the weekend to four.

The six-year-old girl was the last of the three victims of a bomb blast at an anti-government rally outside a shopping mall in the capital Bangkok. Earlier her four-year-old brother and a woman died of their injuries. Another 5-year-old girl was also killed on Saturday night by a stray bullet when attackers opened fire on an anti-government demonstration in the eastern province of Trat.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawat has condemned the attacks on her opponents as terrorist acts for political gains. She also said the perpetrators will be prosecuted without exception. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has slammed the violence in Thailand, calling for an immediate end to the bloodshed there.


Death toll rises to three in bomb blast - Bangkok Post
Five Year Old Shot And Killed, 30 Wounded At Protest Rally In Trat - Chiang Rai Times

Thai premier snubs calls for resignation amid violence - PressTV
Prayuth: Talks, no tanks - Bangkok Post

Is Bangkok Safe? What’s Happening On The Ground And Why - Chiang Rai Times

US Backing the Destabilization of Venezuela

Keane Bhatt: Elite forces in Venezuela and the US are determined to undermine the accomplishments of the Bolivarian revolution