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The Cartel: How BP Got Insider Tips Through a Secret Chat Room

December 30, 2014

By Michael Rivera (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

With revenue of almost $400 billion last year and operations in about 80 countries, BP trades large quantities of currency each day. Traders at the company regularly received valuable information from counterparts at some of the world’s biggest banks -- including tips about forthcoming trades, details of confidential client business and discussions of stop-losses, the trigger points for a flurry of buying or selling -- according to four traders with direct knowledge of the practice.
Read article at bloomberg.com

Secret Nazi nuclear bunker discovered in Austria by filmmaker

December 29, 2014

von FEMA News Photo (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A network of underground tunnels and bunkers used by the Nazis to develop an atomic bomb has been discovered in Austria by a filmmaker.
Read article in the Independent (UK)

Comment: As we describe in our book, “The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’”, the discovery that bombarding uranium atoms with neutrons results in them being split into two smaller atoms – releasing a vast amount of energy through nuclear fission – was made at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin, Germany, in 1938. What is not commonly known however is that research at this private institute was largely financed by the IG Farben Cartel – the very same corporate cartel that was simultaneously financing the rise of the Nazis to power and actively working with them towards a global military conquest.

Corruption, bribes and agendas in Wikipedia

December 29, 2014

It might not be news to everyone that Wikipedia — especially in the EN version — has issues with editors using Wiki articles to spread political propaganda and libeling innocents, sometimes being bribed to do so. Most of Wikipedia readers should have noticed that articles related to anything controversial are heavily biased if not purely propagandistic. This puts shame on the rest of Wikipedia, and on the work of honest editors who spend their free time making unbiased articles. Well, now there is compelling evidence proving Wikipedia has a problem with wild, biased, and even bribed editors.
Read article at medium.com

Comment: Under the cloaks of ‘democracy’, ‘free speech’ and ‘open society’, Wikipedia has been developed and is being used as a vehicle to influence and control public opinion worldwide. Consequently, any information you attempt to publish on it that threatens the interests of the Oil and Drug Cartel is carefully monitored and swiftly removed by the ‘gate keepers’ of these special interests. You can learn the facts about Wikipedia on our Wiki-Rath website.

Sony Emails, Seth Rogen Fuel Speculation of CIA Role Making The Interview

December 27, 2014

By Jenn Deering Davis (Seth Rogen) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Truth can definitely be stranger than fiction, especially if you believe what actor/director Seth Rogen recently said about the production behind his latest film, The Interview.
Read article at sputniknews.com

Comment: In a recent interview published in the New York Times, Rogen openly admitted that during the making of the film the producers “made relationships with certain people who work in the government as consultants, who I’m convinced are in the C.I.A.”

North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack according to multiple security experts who discredit FBI findings and reveal that a studio insider named 'Lena' may be responsible

December 25, 2014

Photo: Chief Photographer/MOD [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons

The FBI last week announced that they had discovered conclusive evidence proving the North Korean government was behind the Sony hack. President Obama then attacked the country for their behavior during a news conference, and informed them that the United States would retaliate. Now, the findings of the FBI are being called into question by many of the cybersecurity industry's leading experts. What's more, after an independent investigation, Norse has determined that they believe a woman named 'Lena' is responsible for the hack.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

New York plans to prohibit fracking

December 17, 2014

Fracking is out in New York. New York's health and environmental commissioners Wednesday rejected the prospect for "high-volume hydraulic fracturing" in New York -- better known as "fracking" -- saying that health risks, the potential of local bans and limited available land would outweigh the benefits of the controversial drilling technique.
Read article on the USA Today website

Torture: CIA “Enhanced Interrogations” Have a Long History

December 16, 2014

The public controversy surrounding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summary-report on detentions and interrogations continues to feed media headlines. But, as veteran intelligence correspondent Jeff Stein notes in his Newsweek column, there is one crucial aspect missing from the debate: historical precedent. Stein observes what many commentators have missed, namely a reference in the 500-page document to KUBARK. KUBARK is in fact a coded reference used by the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950s and 1960s to refer to itself.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Comment: With even United Nations officials now openly demanding prosecutions, the US Senate Intelligence Committee's shocking report on the CIA torture program clearly shows that the Complaint submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2003 by Dr. Rath and others was an important step towards bringing the perpetrators to justice. Accusing George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and others with causing injury, death, torture and other inhumane acts, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Complaint was submitted to the ICC’s then prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, with the request that it should be considered with the utmost urgency. Eleven years on, with the validity of these accusations having been demonstrated in graphic detail to the entire world, the time has come for the accused to finally be held accountable for their crimes.

Cheney’s scary pile of garbage: Why his torture defense is even worse than you think
The former VP went on Fox News to defend his beloved torture program with smoothly delivered lies and obfuscations

December 12, 2014

If you’re looking for a spokesman for torture – that is, someone who will happily go in front of a television camera and earnestly defend a policy of deliberately inflicting pain upon a prisoner for the purposes of extracting information – you can’t do better than Dick Cheney. You also can’t do worse.
Read article at salon.com (USA)

US Torture Report Exposes European Powers’ Involvement in CIA Crimes

December 12, 2014

The publication of the US Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture has exposed the European powers’ complicity in ghastly crimes of US intelligence. Even though European states’ complicity in CIA torture and rendition operations has been documented for nearly a decade, no European officials have been held accountable.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

US To Shift Nuclear Missiles in Europe in Anticipation of War Vs Putin

December 12, 2014

By U.S. Navy photo (http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=7460) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A day after it alleged Russia to have violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty or INF, the United States is thinking of stationing its nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in anticipation of the other country's war tactics.
Read article on the International Business Time website

Comment: With the people of the world increasingly becoming aware of the extent to which their health and lives are controlled by the pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical cartel, this development provides a timely reminder that its political stakeholders are prepared to defend its financial interests – whatever the cost to mankind.

‘Like Walmart afloat’: Over 260,000 tons of plastic waste in oceans, study shows

December 11, 2014

By Kurniasan (Taken in Kampung Titingan, Tawau) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Over a quarter of a million tons of plastic waste are bobbing around the world’s oceans, a new study suggests. This challenges previous much lower estimates. To obtain the data, scientists from four continents basically fished for plastic for six years.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

UN Officials Demand Prosecutions for US Torture

December 10, 2014

All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.
Read AP news report on the ABC News website (USA)

Luxembourg tax files: Juncker ‘solved problems’ for Amazon move

December 10, 2014

By European People's Party (EPP Election night 2014) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Pressure is mounting on Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, after fresh allegations emerged outlining the tactics he used when he was prime minister of Luxembourg to promote the country as the destination for multinational corporations.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

The Rise of German Imperialism and the Phony “Russian Threat”

December 6, 2014

By Antoniorosset (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Just as the Soviets turned the tide of war in Stalingrad, the Russian people, past the first two years of a bootstrap operation will survive, thrive and become once again a beacon of hope to all people looking to get from under the tyranny of US-NATO militarism and German-EU economic dictates.
Read article at veteransnewsnow.com (USA)

How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

December 4, 2014

In March 2011, two weeks before the Western intervention in Libya, a secret message was delivered to the National Security Agency. An intelligence unit within the U.S. military’s Africa Command needed help to hack into Libya’s cellphone networks and monitor text messages. For the NSA, the task was easy. The agency had already obtained technical information about the cellphone carriers’ internal systems by spying on documents sent among company employees, and these details would provide the perfect blueprint to help the military break into the networks.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Solar to be cheaper than gas by 2018

December 2, 2014

Britain’s solar power will be cheaper than gas by 2018, according to new industry analysis from the Solar Trade Association (STA).
Read article at farminguk.com

California flips the switch on the world's largest solar power farm

November 28, 2014

By Pacific Southwest Region from Sacramento, US (Solar Panels at Topaz Solar 5) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The first 500-plus megawatt solar power plant is now up and running in the US. Topaz, as it’s being called, is located in San Luis Obispo County on California’s Carrizo Plain and is the result of two years of hard work.
Read article at techspot.com

Fracking toxins may be as dangerous as tobacco, asbestos & thalidomide – UK chief scientist

November 28, 2014

By Loadmaster (David R. Tribble) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The effects of fracking could be as dangerous as asbestos, thalidomide, or tobacco toxins, the UK’s leading scientist has warned, claiming the government has adopted the process without considering the side effects.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Juncker survives no confidence vote over tax allegations

November 27, 2014

von European People's Party (EPP Brussels Summit; Mar. 2014) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has survived a vote of no confidence in his leadership. MEPs backing the motion said Mr Juncker was unfit to hold office, alleging he presided over tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg while he was prime minister.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

ASEAN Economic Community – Why, For What, and By Whom

November 26, 2014

On TV, upon the magazine rack, in schools, and on billboards around the country, the coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is being heralded everywhere across Southeast Asia.
Read article on the New Eastern Outlook website (Russia)

Comment: Aided by cooperation and finance from the Brussels EU, the development of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is being driven by the same corporate interests that are already wreaking havoc upon the lives and wellbeing of over half a billion people in Europe. It is therefore essential that the people of South East Asia learn from the experiences of their counterparts in Europe and vigorously oppose the development of ASEAN.

Dutch had euro-exit plan at height of crisis

November 21, 2014

Details have emerged indicating that both the Dutch and German governments were preparing emergency plans for a return to their national currencies at the height of the euro crisis.
Read article at euobserver.com

Comment: Despite the claims of the Brussels EU and its stakeholders, the euro currency essentially fulfils only one function; namely, as a chain to enslave millions of Europeans to economic dictatorship. Until this chain is broken via the dismantling of the Brussels EU and the reintroduction of countries’ national currencies, financial recovery and social peace for the people of Europe will not be possible.

‘Diabolical & absurd’: Outrage as Save the Children gives Tony Blair Global Legacy Award

November 20, 2014

By Chatham House [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A decision by UK charity Save the Children to give Tony Blair its annual Global Legacy Award has unleashed a torrent of criticism highlighting the former PM’s role in Britain’s 2003 Iraq war and his controversial business dealings in the Middle East.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

New tool for spy victims to detect government surveillance

November 20, 2014

A new tool to enable journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for known surveillance spyware has been released today by Amnesty International and a coalition of human rights and technology organizations. Detekt is the first tool to be made available to the public that detects major known surveillance spyware, some of which is used by governments, in computers.
Read article on the Amnesty International website

Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA surveillance

November 17, 2014

A coalition of the biggest names in consumer technology have backed a US bill that would limit surveillance and prevent bulk email collection.
Read article on the Guardian website (UK)

Small Balkan scandal
The EU’s mission in Kosovo is ensnared by corruption claims

November 15, 2014

Kosovo is agog and Brussels horrified. Allegations have been made that a judge was bribed in a murder case and the European Union’s police and justice mission, Eulex, failed to investigate properly. Maria Bamieh, the former British investigator behind the allegations, accuses Eulex of fabricating evidence against her and dispensing “Milosevic-style justice”.
Read article in The Economist

European Commission's Juncker under fresh pressure on tax role

November 14, 2014

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came under fresh criticism on Saturday over his involvement in driving tax reform in Europe, a position described as like "putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank".
Read news report at reuters.com

Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE): Mass Resistance to Shale Gas Fracking across America

November 10, 2014

Did you hear about the blockades in the corporate, mass media? The blockades were just a driveway’s distance from CNN, just around the corner from NPR and in a mass media center, Washington, DC. Do you wonder why they did not report that there were blockades outside of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)?
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Controversies Surrounding Facebook

November 10, 2014

Facebook has been at the center of several recent controversies that are increasingly leaving users disillusioned and in search of alternatives. At the center of these controversies is Facebook’s “news feed” feature. Ideally, news feed would work by showing on your timeline updates from those individuals and organizations you follow. There are two options for news feed – “most recent” and “top stories.” Facebook has decided to upend this feature by insidiously controlling what appears on your news feed regardless of which option you select.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Jean-Claude Juncker Needs to Go

November 9, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, was always a bad choice for the job, foisted on the bloc's 28 national governments by a European Parliament eager to expand its powers. It's becoming clear now just how poor a decision that appointment was.
Read article at bloombergview.com

Comment: Only days after he was installed as President of the Brussels EU Commission, and having already been forced into an embarrassing u-turn over his plan to put the interests of the drug industry at the heart of European health policy decisions, pressure is mounting on Jean-Claude Juncker to resign. In the face of damaging leaks regarding tax avoidance schemes for multinational corporations in Luxembourg introduced while he was Prime Minister there, his position as head of the very European body now supposedly investigating these practices – the Brussels EU Commission – is clearly deeply compromised.

Commission presidential race only interested 5% of European electorate

November 3, 2014

Choosing the future President of the European Commission only motivated 5% of voters in the May 2014 elections. Germany, Luxembourg and Austria were the only countries to show slightly more interest in the presidential race between the two main candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz. 
Read article at euractiv.com

Comment: Given this statistic, Juncker’s claim that he has “the democratic support of European citizens” is both laughable and delusional.

Child Poverty Jumps by 2.6 Million in Developed World Since 2008, While Number of Global Billionaires Doubles

October 30, 2014

By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (Homes of Puerto Natales  Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Two headlines came across my screen today, which taken together pretty much sum up the effects of policy decisions made by Central Bankers and politicians since the financial crisis. The financial oligarchs got bailed out, and the rich got richer due to decisions made by “leaders” around the globe. As such, the entire planet has now been transformed into a neo-feudal tinderbox.
Read article at libertyblitzkrieg.com

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

October 29, 2014

By George Armstrong (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In 2012, two massive storms pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks. Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the suffering left behind by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. They believed the charity was up to the job. They were wrong.
Read article at propublica.org

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

October 26, 2014

In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: U.S. spy agencies were by no means alone in using Nazis during the 1950s. As we show in our book, “The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’”, the key architects of the so-called “European Union” were recruited from among the very same technocrats who had previously designed the plans for a post-WWII Europe under the control of the Nazis and the IG Farben Cartel.

The European Union’s Sham Democracy: EU Commission Instrument of Powerful Corporate Interests

October 23, 2014

The European Union’s sham democracy has again been laid bare as a result of the plenary vote of the European Parliament to approve the new Jean-Claude Juncker Commission. The previous Barroso Commission wholeheartedly served a corporate agenda. We may now expect more of the same.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Juncker u-turn puts pharma in health Commissioner's portfolio

October 22, 2014

By European People's Party (EPP Dublin Congress, 2014) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Pharmaceutical drugs, and medical technology, will remain under the department of health (DG Sanco) in the next Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect, confirmed on Wednesday (22 October).
Read article at euractiv.com

Comment: The Brussels EU Commission, the executive body of Europe, had been planning to remove responsibility for policing pharmaceutical drugs from its Health and Consumers department and give it instead to its department of Enterprise and Industry. This decision, taken by new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker – who, despite his claims to the contrary, was not elected into the post he holds – would have definitively placed the commercial, profit-driven interests of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical “business with disease” right at the heart of European health policy decisions. Many thanks are therefore due to everyone who supported our “Stop the Takeover of Europe by Big Pharma” campaign for putting pressure on Juncker to back down.

FBI Director Demands Unfettered Access to All Encrypted Phone Data

October 19, 2014

By US Federal Government (fbi.gov) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In a speech Thursday at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, titled “Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course?” Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey demanded that the major telecommunications corporations develop new “backdoor” access points in their encryption systems to facilitate the US government’s mass surveillance programs.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Why the eurozone’s woes have become the world’s problem

October 19, 2014

The explanation for the plunge on global financial markets comes down to one word: Europe.
Read article in The Observer (UK)

NASA confirms US's 2,500-square-mile methane cloud

October 18, 2014

Floating over the US Southwest is a cloud of methane the size of Delaware, writes Mike G - reflecting the release of almost 600,000 tonnes of the powerful greenhouse gas every year. Its origins? Coalbed gas production, fracking and horizontal drilling.
Read article on the Ecologist website (UK)

Richest one percent controls nearly half of global wealth

October 17, 2014

The richest one percent of the world’s population now controls 48.2 percent of global wealth, up from 46 percent last year, according to the most recent global wealth report issued by Credit Suisse, the Swiss-based financial services company. Hypothetically, if the growth of inequality were to proceed at last year’s rate, the richest one percent for all intents and purposes would control all the wealth on the planet within 23 years.
Read article on the World Socialist Web Site

Radiation Levels at Fukushima Rise to Record Highs After Typhoon

October 16, 2014

By SSGT FERNANDO SERNA (http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The amount of radioactive water near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has risen to record levels after a typhoon passed through Japan last week, state media outlet NHK reported on Wednesday. Specifically, levels of the radioactive isotope cesium are now at 251,000 becquerels per liter, three times higher than previously-recorded levels. Cesium, which is highly soluble and can spread easily, is known to be capable of causing cancer.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

“Pardon Us For Our Country’s Existence in the Middle of Your Military Bases” – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Speech at the UN

October 14, 2014

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In a courageous and brilliant speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pierced the veil of obfuscation that characterizes too many speeches at the United Nations, and delivered a scathing denunciation of Western imperialism, imperialism that can only be accurately described as global theft.  Lavrov, on behalf of the Russian Federation implicitly warned that US/NATO is risking global war in embarking on its campaign to seize and dominate huge territories, while inexorably and ruthlessly determined to conquer and subjugate Russia, having learned nothing from the historic reality that Napolean’s effort to dominate Russia led to the collapse of Napoleonic France, and Hitler’s attempt to subjugate Russia led to the obliteration of his Third Reich. 
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

US-Russia Nuclear War Could Wipe Out Humanity – Nuclear Physician Warns

October 13, 2014

By Federal government of the United States (http://sonicbomb.com/albums/album44/able_001.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A nuclear war that will deplete the ozone layer, emit radioactive pollution, form massive fire storms, and a nuclear winter could ignite between the United States and Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Helen Caldicott, an Australian physician, an advocate of citizen action to address nuclear and environmental crises, the founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a 1985 Nobel Prize nominee warns that the Cold War has returned and could escalate into a nuclear war between Russia and the United States.
Read article on the International Business Times website

Comment: With the world currently in a dangerous situation on several different fronts simultaneously, and the Ebola epidemic rapidly being instrumentalised by interest groups that have established a global trillion-dollar business with disease, it is notable that the mass media is essentially ignoring Caldicott’s timely warning here.

Anti-TTIP demonstrations seize European capitals

October 13, 2014

Some 400 activist groups marched all over Europe on Saturday (11 October) in protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as the EU-US trade deal crystallises opposition to a wide variety of issues – from shale gas to corporate finance.
Read article at euractiv.com

Comment: TTIP, also known as TAFTA, is being negotiated in clandestine between the Obama Administration and unelected bureaucrats of the Brussels EU. Across the United States, every member of the natural health community, every health food store and every citizen needs to be alerted that the implementation of TAFTA would destroy vitamin freedom. Similarly, every citizen in Europe needs to be alerted that TAFTA would flood Europe with GMOs, destroy environmental safeguards and threaten entire economies. If you live in the United States or Europe, please therefore support the “Say NO to TAFTA” campaign and share this information as widely as possible.

UKIP wins first parliament seat in landslide victory

October 10, 2014

Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party won its first elected seat in parliament on Friday by a huge margin and came a close second in another vote, proving it poses a threat to the country's two main parties in a national election next year.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: Following his successful election, Douglas Carswell, the new UKIP MP, notably quoted Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the words of John Wycliffe, a 14th Century dissident translator of the bible into English, saying he backed “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” He also specifically stated that “the governing can no longer presume to know what is right for the governed" and that "cosy cartel politics is not meaningful democracy.” Towards the goal of bringing positive change to Europe, we believe it is high time to create a broader public awareness regarding the fact that the key architects of the Brussels EU were recruited from among the same technocrats who designed the plans for a post-WWII Europe under the control of the Nazis and the IG Farben cartel. At the global level, until such time as the Brussels EU dictatorship is dismantled, neither true health, lasting peace nor real social justice will be possible.

Document Reveals EU Bullied Ecuador Into Trade Agreement

October 9, 2014

A ​document leaked today shows that Ecuador's government was threatened with isolation and a devastating loss to its trade if it didn't return to the negotiating table for the EU-Andean Trade agreement. The European Union twisted Ecuador's arm, threatening it with isolation and loss of its trade preferences if it didn't sign the EU-Andean Trade Agreement, it was revealed Thursday.
Read article at telesurtv.net (Venezuela)

Auschwitz marks 70 years since inmates' revolt

October 7, 2014

Commemorations were held at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Tuesday marking the 70th anniversary of a revolt by inmates.
Read article on the Polish Radio website

Turkish President Proclaims “I Am Increasingly Against the Internet Every Day”

October 6, 2014

By World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A very significant and dangerous trend has been accelerating in recent weeks. This trend consists of leaders throughout the globe coming out and blatantly calling for censorship and restrictions on free speech.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Solar power is growing so fast that older energy companies are trying to stop it

September 29, 2014

By Myself (Adrian Pingstone). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you ask the people who run America's electric utilities what keeps them up at night, a surprising number will say solar power. Specifically, rooftop solar.
Read article at vox.com (USA)

Mass default looms as world sinks beneath a sea of debt

September 29, 2014

As if the fast degenerating geo-political situation isn’t bad enough, here’s another lorry load of concerns to add to the pile. The UK and US economies may be on the mend at last, but that’s not the pattern elsewhere. On a global level, growth is being steadily drowned under a rising tide of debt, threatening renewed financial crisis, a continued squeeze to living standards, and eventual mass default.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: As we describe on the Movement of Life website, the root cause of this ongoing problem is the systematic drainage of the economies of the nations of the world by three dominating sectors: the pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical investment businesses. Towards the goal of bringing about a change of direction and liberating the world from this financial catastrophe, please take action and support the Movement of Life.

Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights to ensure greater privacy

September 28, 2014

By Silvio Tanaka (originally posted to Flickr as Tim Berners-Lee) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Web inventor says world needs an online ‘Magna Carta’ to combat growing government and corporate control.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Juncker rejects UK push for independent scrutiny of EU laws

September 26, 2014

By European People's Party (Jean-Claude Juncker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The new European Commission has rejected the UK Government's call to set up an independent body to scrutinise EU regulation and impact assessments before and after legislative proposals are adopted by the executive.
Read article at euractiv.com

Comment: With this decision Jean-Claude Juncker makes it crystal clear that, under his stewardship of the European Commission, the future of Europe will not be based on democracy but on outright dictatorship.

Rockefeller family sells out of fossil fuels and into clean energy

September 22, 2014

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The Rockefeller family, which made one of the world’s largest fortunes through its vast oil business, is to slash its investments in fossil fuels to less than 1pc and reinvest in clean energy. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which oversees $860m of investments, will divest its coal and tar sands assets “as quickly as possible”, it said in a statement.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: Given the history of the Rockefeller family and its well-documented role in the development of the corporate approach to medicine, we expect that many people will be hesitant to break out the champagne over this announcement. Significantly therefore, despite the Rockefeller family’s widely-published statements about the “moral imperative to preserve a healthy planet,” we note that no such public commitment has been made regarding their investments in the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.

Global population may reach 11 billion by 2100

September 19, 2014

By Ngô Trung (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The world’s population may reach 11 billion by 2100 - 2 billion more than previously anticipated - largely due to high birth rates on the African continent, according to a UN-led study. Can natural resources keep pace?
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Comment: The solution to the global population growth problem involves ending poverty and improving education. Towards these goals, we urge you to take action and support the Movement of Life.

The flattening forces of globalization continue to advance

September 16, 2014

My first trip to Europe was when I was a young boy and Kennedy was still president. Everything seemed so different there, from the public restrooms at the Brussels airport where the men’s and women’s entrances led into the exact same room to the frothy, thick, hot milk in an almost-too-big tasse that I happily slurped in a small Parisian café, leaving a warm, white smear on my face and in my throat. There were no McDonalds, Starbucks, or ubiquitous American sitcoms like Friends. Life, European life, was an alien bustle and blur that never quite lost its seductive grip on my soul.
Read article by Scott Tips, JD at newswithviews.com

The journalists who never sleep

September 12, 2014

‘Robot writers’ that can interpret data and generate stories are starting to appear in certain business and media sectors.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: Whatever you do, don’t delude yourself into thinking that the software running these ‘robots’ for Big Media will be programmed to tell us the truth about vitamin therapies. Instead, the best place to obtain the truth in this area will continue to be our Foundation’s website.

Comment: Outrage as EU blocks democratic challenge to US trade deal

September 12, 2014

There is something rotten in the state of Europe when an unelected, unaccountable EU body can glibly inform millions of us that we no longer have the right to question its most dangerous and unpopular policies.
Read article at politics.co.uk

Comment: Its utter contempt for democracy, as demonstrated here, tells us everything we need to know about the Brussels EU. With negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, also known as TAFTA, being conducted in clandestine, it is clear that this undemocratic construct has no intention whatsoever of listening to the voices of its citizens. The Brussels EU therefore needs to be dismantled as a matter of the utmost urgency and replaced with a Europe for the People, by the People.

An Economic Hit Man Speaks Out: John Perkins on How Greece Has Fallen Victim to "Economic Hit Men"

September 11, 2014

Justin Hoch [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, discusses how Greece and other eurozone countries have become the new victims of "economic hit men."
Read article at truth-out.org

European Union a Titanic Wreck in Waiting?

September 8, 2014

"Stöwer Titanic" by Willy Stöwer, died on 31st May 1931 - Magazine Die Gartenlaube, en:Die Gartenlaube and de:Die Gartenlaube. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

The European Union has been called the most ambitious political project in history, but it faces a very troubled future. And in politics, as in boxing, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Read article at cbn.com

Comment: With knowledge of its Nazi roots spreading ever more widely, the Brussels EU construct will inevitably collapse under the sheer weight of the lies on which it was built and is being run.

Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks

September 6, 2014

More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

BP 'grossly negligent' in 2010 U.S. spill, fines could be $18 billion

September 4, 2014

A U.S. judge has decided that BP Plc was “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill four years ago, a ruling that could add nearly $18 billion (11.01 billion pounds) in fines to more than $42 billion in charges the company took for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history.
Read news report at reuters.com

Hundreds of fast-food protesters arrested while striking against low wages

September 4, 2014

A nationwide protest against low wages in the US fast-food industry culminated in hundreds of arrests on Thursday, as activists stepped up their campaign for higher pay and better benefits for workers at companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse

September 2, 2014

By NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. Back in 2002, self-styled environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg consigned it to the “dustbin of history”. It doesn’t belong there. Research from the University of Melbourne has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: The future of our planet doesn’t have to be like this. While the status quo is desperately trying to prolong its rule through the enforcement of ‘Big Brother’-type global surveillance programs, scientifically-proven alternatives to the products of the multi-trillion dollar chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries – that could enable mankind to liberate itself from these corporate interests – are already becoming available. For example, around the world, renewable energy is gradually beginning to replace fossil fuels. In the area of health, natural compounds such as vitamins and phytobiologicals are proving far superior to synthetic pharmaceutical drugs in essentially all areas of medicine. To learn more, visit the Movement of Life website, take action and consider getting involved as one of our volunteer national coordinators.

“Obese Intelligence”: The NSA Search Engine. “Over 850 Billion Records about Phone Calls, Emails, Cellphone Locations, and Internet Chats”

August 27, 2014

The Intercept was already getting the intelligence community excited with its revelations that the National Security Agency had decided to mimic inspector Google.  Through creating a search engine in the manner of those pro-transparency pioneers, the intelligence community was turning the tables on the very idea of searchable information.  Why keep it the operating preserve of the public?  The search engine has, as it stands, over 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website