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The Next Referendum on the EU -- Here's What You Need to Know

December 1, 2015

Danes head for the polls on Thursday for their seventh referendum on the European Union since they joined the bloc. How the Scandinavian nation votes will offer a chance to gauge sentiment toward the EU, as its future continues to be the subject of debate.
Read article at bloomberg.com

Belgian Physicists Calculate that Everyone Is Lying About the Downed Russian Jet

November 28, 2015

It’s rare to see physics being used as an effective tool to comment on current events, but astrophysicists Tom van Doorsslaere and Giovanni Lapenta of the Belgian KU Leuven used some simple Newtonian mechanics to show that both the Russian and Turkish accounts of what happened with the downed jet can’t be right.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

More than half of Britain now wants to leave the European Union says new poll

November 23, 2015

More than half of people in Britain now favour leaving the European Union, a poll has found.
Read article in the Daily Mirror (UK)

ASEAN nations establish regional economic community

November 22, 2015

By Sodacan, via Wikimedia Commons

Ten Southeast Asian nations have declared the establishment of an ecomonic community set to compete with powerhouse neighbors India and China. The agreements will remove tariff barriers and visa restrictions.
Read article on the Deutsche Welle website (Germany)

Comment: People living in Southeast Asia need to be aware that the dictatorial Brussels EU is intent on exporting its undemocratic political model worldwide. Towards this goal it should be noted that the construct has been working closely with ASEAN for some years now and financing projects in the region. To fully understand why it is important to oppose the modelling of ASEAN on its European counterpart, read our book, The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’.

First They Jailed The Bankers, Now Every Icelander To Get Paid In Bank Sale

October 30, 2015

By Andreas Tille [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

First, Iceland jailed its crooked bankers for their direct involvement in the financial crisis of 2008. Now, every Icelander will receive a payout for the sale of one of its three largest banks, Íslandsbanki. If Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson has his way — and he likely will — Icelanders will be paid kr 30,000 after the government takes over ownership of the bank. Íslandsbanki would be second of the three largest banks under State proprietorship.
Read report on the website of the Macedonian International News Agency

War Crimes: Agent Orange, Monsanto, Dow Chemical and Other Ugly Legacies of the Vietnam War

November 13, 2015

By Originally from U.S. Army Operations in Vietnam R.W. Trewyn, Ph.D. , (11) Huey Defoliation National Archives: 111-CC-59948, originally found in Box 1 Folder 9 of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: Agent Orange Subject Files. (Item Number: VA042084) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fifty years ago this next month (December 1965), with the urging of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the rubber stamp approval of President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, the United States Air Force started secretly spraying the forests of Laos with a deadly herbicide that was known as Agent Orange.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Study Finds Dispersants Did Not Help Oil Degrade in BP Deepwater Horizon Spill

November 11, 2015

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BP Gulf Oil Spill Update: Corexit failed to degrade the oil.  Dispersants only succeeded in disappearing the oil, biodegradation was not 'ramped up' by natural microbes.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Billions spent by EU was 'possibly illegal'

November 10, 2015

The European Union misspent €6.3 billion in 2014, according to its financial watchdog, the European Court of Auditors. The EU Budget has failed the audit for the 21st year running. "Payments for 2014 are materially affected by errors. We therefore give an adverse opinion on their legality and regularity," the report concluded.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Over three million Europeans sign anti-TTIP petition

November 9, 2015

By Mehr Demokratie [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A Europe-wide initiative of citizens has collected over three million signatures against the TTIP trade agreement negotiated between the EU and the US.
 Read article at dw.com (Germany)

Comment: If implemented, TTIP (also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, or TAFTA) would inevitably flood Europe with GMOs, destroy environmental safeguards and threaten entire economies. In the United States it would destroy the "Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act” (DSHEA) – the law that has guaranteed free access to vitamins and other natural therapies for Americans since 1994. To learn more about this so-called “free trade” deal and why it should be opposed by European and American citizens alike, visit our ‘Say NO to TAFTA’ campaign page.

Classified Report on the C.I.A.’s Secret Prisons Is Caught in Limbo

November 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Senate security officer stepped out of the December chill last year and delivered envelopes marked “Top Secret” to the Pentagon, the C.I.A., the State Department and the Justice Department. Inside each packet was a disc containing a 6,700-page classified report on the C.I.A.’s secret prison program and a letter from Senator Dianne Feinstein, urging officials to read the report to ensure that the lessons were not lost to time.
Read article on the New York Times website (USA)

George Bush Sr book reveals a more dangerous Dick Cheney than anyone knew

November 5, 2015

Kevin Rutherford [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Destiny and Power shows a VP with more authority than almost all his predecessors, making plain Bush Jr’s administration could have been even worse.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: As this article describes, arguably the most alarming revelation to emerge from Jon Meacham’s new biography on George Bush senior is the former US president’s admittance that Cheney, while his defence secretary, had commissioned a study on how many tactical nuclear weapons would be needed to eliminate a division of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard. Significantly, therefore, while later serving as vice president in the George W Bush regime, Cheney was also a key player in discussions on using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan and Iran – thus proving that Dr. Rath’s analysis of the risks of nuclear war occurring in the immediate post-9/11 years, as outlined in his Open Letters at that time, was absolutely correct. Contrary to the theory of “mutually assured destruction” (MAD) and the oft-heard claim that nuclear weapons act as a “deterrent,” the fact that Cheney had even considered using them is proof that their continued existence is a serious threat to the whole of mankind.

MI5 and GCHQ secretly bulk collecting British public's phone and email records for years, Theresa May reveals

November 4, 2015

MI5 and GCHQ have been secretly scooping up the telephone and email records of the British public for almost 15 years, the Home Secretary has revealed for the first time.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: As Dr. Rath explained in his speech at the Movement of Life meeting in Auschwitz last year, our leaders are lying to us when they tell us that, in order to fight terrorism, they need to read our emails, listen to our phone conversations and track every movement we make. Ultimately, the only reason for this gargantuan government surveillance operation is that our leaders are afraid of us, the people, waking up and replacing the economic tools of the multinational corporate Oil and Drug Cartel via which they control us. For if this happens, the termination of the Cartel’s dictatorial rule over us will inevitably follow. The only solution to this state of affairs is therefore to unmask the Cartel’s plans and enable the people of the world to look behind the curtain of deception that has been constructed to prevent them from learning the truth. For all of us who seek a world of health, peace and social justice, sharing the truth as widely as possible is simultaneously our best defence against dictatorship and our key means of bringing about positive change.

Ministers in Tony Blair's government 'told to burn legal advice warning Iraq War could be illegal'

November 1, 2015

Ministers in Tony Blair’s government were told to “burn” a private document warning that the Iraq War was illegal, it has been claimed.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: As this news story illustrates, evidence supporting the validity of the Complaint we submitted to the International Criminal Court in 2003 continues to grow. Not only is Blair charged in our Complaint with causing injury to and the deaths of millions of people through the ‘business with disease’, war crimes and other crimes against humanity, it is now beyond doubt that he knew he could be held accountable and that he took steps to put himself above international law.

EU Parliament rejects amendments protecting net neutrality

October 27, 2015

The European Parliament has voted for a package of EU internet traffic regulations, rejecting all amendments on net neutrality. The move was slammed by activists and companies alike, who say it will allow some to have faster internet access than others.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Why Portugal's constitutional crisis threatens all of Europe's democracies

October 26, 2015

A fresh political maelstrom is brewing in southern Europe. It may not be a repeat of Greece or Italy, but it represents another nadir in the eurozone's shaky democracy.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

October 26, 2015

World’s largest concentrated solar power plant, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

TTIP: EU negotiators appear to break environmental pledge in leaked draft

October 23, 2015

By horrapics (Los de Podemos estuvieron allí) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The EU appears to have broken a promise to reinforce environmental protections in a leaked draft negotiating text submitted in the latest round of TTIP talks in Miami.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Europe's glory days at an end, warns Juncker

October 22, 2015

By euranet_plus (Big Crunch Presidential Debate) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The European Union faces long-term economic decline and the “love affair” of integration is at risk, Jean Claude-Juncker has said in a downbeat assessment of the bloc’s future.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: If they were genuinely seeking the culprits responsible for Europe’s economic decline, Juncker and his colleagues in the so-called European Commission need look no further than themselves and their predecessors. By running a corporate-led dictatorship, designed using a Nazi blueprint in which the people of Europe are able to elect neither their president nor the executive level, Juncker and his fellow bureaucrats have no right to expect the trust of the people. Ultimately, the ‘Brussels EU’ model therefore needs to be replaced by a Europe for the People, by the People in which protecting the health and lives of people, rather than the profits of corporate interests, is given the highest priority.

NATO begins dress rehearsal for Europe-wide war

October 21, 2015

By initially loaded by user Cornellrockey on en: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

More than 35,000 troops are participating in NATO’s month-long Trident Juncture war games, along with some 140 warplanes and 60 warships. The militaries of 30 different capitalist governments aligned with the NATO alliance are involved.
Read article on the World Socialist website

'Blair’s role in destroying Iraq will follow him to his grave'

October 19, 2015

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

The unearthing of classified memos, revealing that Tony Blair committed Britain to following the US into the war in Iraq, regardless of its legality, suggests the net may finally be closing in on a man whom many consider a war criminal. The UK tabloid, the Mail on Sunday, has published damning memos that show the former British PM had agreed to the invasion of Iraq a full year before it had begun.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Comment: The publication of these classified US memos will give further credibility to the growing calls for Blair and key personnel from his inner circle to face trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. However, not only did hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children lose their lives due to the Iraq war, millions more were injured and died as a direct result of the roles Blair, George W. Bush and others played as political stakeholders for the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’. To learn more about this important issue, read about the Complaint submitted to the International Criminal Court in 2003 by Dr. Rath and our Foundation.

The Cameron Contagion: Britain spreads referendum fever across the EU

October 15, 2015

By William Murphy [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)], via flickr.com

David Cameron's decision to put EU membership to a popular vote is leading to demands for people to have their say in many other countries.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

I didn’t think TTIP could get any scarier, but then I spoke to the EU official in charge of it

October 13, 2015

By Norden i Fokus i Stockholm/ Norden.org [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

With just eight words she exposed everything that's wrong with the deal, and why it needs to be defeated.
Read article in the Independent (UK)

Comment: Along with her colleagues in the so-called European Commission, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was appointed to her post by the Commission’s unelected President, Jean-Claude Juncker. Hardly surprisingly, therefore, having assumed her post through never having to stand in a proper democratic election, Malmström coldly insists she does not take her mandate from the European people. As such, with the dangerous TTIP trade deal being negotiated in a highly secretive fashion behind closed doors, it quite rightly continues to be strongly opposed by European and American people alike. Further information on TTIP (also known as TAFTA) can be found here.

Half of world's wealth now in hands of 1% of population – report

October 10, 2015

Global inequality is growing, with half the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1% of the population, according to a new report.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Fiscal union will never fix a dysfunctional eurozone, warns ex-IMF chief
Deeper integration and EU superstate will be no "panacea" for ills of the eurozone says Olivier Blanchard

October 10, 2015

The euro will be consigned to a permanent state of malaise as deeper integration will bring no prosperity to the crisis-hit bloc, according to the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: The Euro currency of the Brussels EU is not merely dysfunctional, it is utterly dictatorial. Far from being designed to benefit the lives of European citizens, the Euro was deliberately designed as a chain with which to financially enslave the entire continent. So cynical and ruthless were the architects of this currency that, while they always knew it was flawed, they reasoned the inevitable crisis that would result from it would enable them to bring in the full fiscal union and totalitarian superstate they had craved from the very beginning. Ultimately, therefore, it is only by breaking free from the Brussels EU and its Euro currency that the people of Europe will be able to regain their independence and rebuild their stricken economies.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress

October 5, 2015

The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday reached final agreement on the largest regional trade accord in history, teeing up what could be the toughest fight President Obama will face in his final year in office: securing approval from Congress.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: The result of months of secret negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal is highly beneficial to the pharma industry as it could raise the prices of generic drugs, lengthen patent protections and lower patent requirement standards. Like the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (also known as TTIP or TAFTA), the deal – which will regulate 40 percent of the global economy – definitively places the interests of multi-billion dollar corporations before those of ordinary people.

More Britons back EU exit than favour remaining according to new poll

September 29, 2015

A new poll reveals that 40 per cent of Britons want to leave the European Union – compared to 38 per cent who want to remain. It is the second poll to show more people in favour of an exit than staying in the 28-member bloc.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: Still unrealized by millions of people in Great Britain, from the late 1960s onwards senior representatives from all three of its main political parties were closely involved with a secretive committee – the Action Committee for the United States of Europe – that played a key role in luring the country into the arms of the Brussels EU. Worse still, the longest serving member of this committee’s Executive Committee had been a member of the German Nazi Party in the 1930s and worked in the Nazi Foreign Ministry's radio propaganda division during WWII. To learn more, read chapter 6 of our book, The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’.

If a mainstream reporter told the truth

September 24, 2015

Imagine this. The public is told a new disease is sweeping the world, threatening the global population with suffering and death. Millions and millions of words are spewed, detailing and reinforcing the threat. Every day, official reports are issued blaring the new numbers of cases. Researchers are rushing to develop an effective vaccine. And then, suddenly, someone discovers there is no epidemic. It doesn’t exist. What would happen?
Read blog entry by Jon Rappoport
at jonrappoport.wordpress.com

Renewable energy outstrips coal for first time in UK electricity mix

September 24, 2015

Renewable energy has for the first time surpassed coal in supplying the UK’s electricity for a whole quarter, according to government statistics released on Thursday. 
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Weary Greeks brace for more economic pain after Tsipras win

September 21, 2015

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Weary Greece braced for more painful austerity Monday as Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as prime minister with a mandate to drive through unpopular reforms agreed with the nation's international creditors.
Read AFP news report at yahoo.com

Comment: With almost 25 percent of its working population now unemployed, and unemployment among young people having reached almost 50 percent, the reality is that despite this election Greece remains a prisoner in the same dictatorial euro currency that originally brought about its financial woes. Ultimately, as we have said many times before, the euro currency fulfils only one function: as a chain enslaving millions of Europeans to economic dictatorship. As such, unless the people of Greece break the enslaving chains of the euro and re-introduce their national currency, the drachma, they will continue to be enslaved for generations to come. Each day longer they allow themselves to go on being blackmailed by the Brussels EU thus becomes another obstacle on their road to independence, financial recovery and social peace for themselves and their children.

Assertive Japan poised to abandon 70 years of pacifism

September 18, 2015

By Vera Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Japan's upper chamber of parliament early Saturday gave final approval to a set of controversial bills allowing the country's military to engage in overseas combat assignments -- under certain circumstances -- for the first time since World War II. The lower chamber approved the bills in July.
Read article at cnn.com

Europe's refugee crisis is darkened by the shadows of WWII

September 5, 2015

By Mstyslav Chernov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

On a continent still haunted by World War II, ghostly – and ghastly – shadows of that convulsive conflict have been impossible to avoid as Europe grapples with its biggest refugee crisis since the war ended 70 years ago. They were there when Czech authorities wrote numbers, like tattoos, on the hands of Syrian refugees arriving by railway in the city of Breclav.
Read article in the LA Times (USA)

Putin blames US for migrant crisis in Europe

September 4, 2015

Kremlin.ru [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Vladimir Putin has blamed Europe's migrant crisis on the US, for imposing its standards on the Middle East and Africa while failing to understand their culture and traditions. 
Read article on the Deutsche Welle website (Germany)

US considered nuking Afghanistan after 9/11 – German diplomat

August 30, 2015

A nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a senior German diplomat told Spiegel magazine. Michael Steiner, the current German ambassador to India, served as foreign and security policy aide to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder at the time of the 9/11 attacks.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Comment: Since 2003, Dr. Rath has published over 40 Open Letters in the New York Times and other major international newspapers. Analyzing key issues relating to the Oil and Drug Cartel’s economic and political control of the world, Dr. Rath repeatedly alerted the people of America and the world that 9/11 and the Iraq War were being abused by corporate interest groups. Then, just as remains the case today, the primary goal of these groups was to deliberately escalate an international crisis and create a global “state of fear” that could then be abused to curtail human rights and pass corporate protectionist laws. To learn more about these open letters, and how history has shown that their analyses were correct, read this article.

TTIP controversy: The European Commission and Big Tobacco accused of cover-up after heavily redacted documents released

August 27, 2015

Documents back up fears that TTIP will allow tobacco giants to take legal action against the UK and other European governments who attempt to tighten smoking legislation.
Read article in the Independent (UK)

Brexit: will the UK leave the European Union?

August 26, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union before the end of 2017. It will be a simple yes/no vote – stay or leave. The result will have implications for the future of the UK and the EU, and could ultimately contribute to the break-up of both, as Keri Phillips reports.
Read article at abc.net.au (Australia)

US has five percent of world's population, but had 31 percent of its public mass shooters from 1966-2012

August 23, 2015

Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Read article at phys.org

Comment: With 70 million Americans known to be taking mind-altering pharmaceuticals and the number of mass shootings in the United States having risen sharply in recent years, speculation has been rife for some time now that certain classes of prescription drugs may be a contributory cause in homicidal behaviour. Significantly, therefore, a recent study published in the World Psychiatry journal found that painkillers and sedatives are associated with a significantly increased risk of committing homicide.

German firm to run Greek airports as sell-off begins

August 20, 2015

By HarryB83 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A German firm was this week chosen to take over 14 Greek airports as Athens begins selling off its assets to meet the terms of its bailout deal. It is not the first time Greece’s economic crisis has boosted the coffers of its biggest creditor.
Read article on the France 24 website

AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

August 15, 2015

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Obama on Iran: The Specter of World War III

August 8, 2015

By Elizabeth Cromwell (http://chesh.org/barack/DSC_0022.JPG) [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

In an extraordinary speech delivered Wednesday, US President Barack Obama went public with a warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to carry out a war against Iran that would have incalculable consequences. Speaking on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Obama said that a scuttling of the nuclear deal with Iran that was announced last month would mean war with Iran—a country nearly four times as large and with almost triple the population of Iraq. He further suggested, harking back to World War II and the Cold War, that a war with Iran could open the door to a Third World War.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Gorbachev Fears Nuclear War. “As Long As these Weapons Exist, Sooner or Later They Will Be Used”

August 8, 2015

von SpreeTom (Eigenes Werk) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Aging and illness months earlier haven’t affected his outspokenness on issues as vital as preventing nuclear war. Interviewed by Spiegel Online, he said as long as these weapons exist, “sooner or later they will be used.”
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Global migration hits highest level since World War II

July 21, 2015

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The number of displaced people fleeing from war, conflict or persecution and looking for a better future in other countries has exceeded 59 million, the highest number since World War II, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Read article on the Hurriyet Daily News website (Turkey)

How NSA and GCHQ spied on the Cold War world

July 28, 2015

Hagelin CX-52

American and British intelligence used a secret relationship with the founder of a Swiss encryption company to help them spy during the Cold War, newly released documents analysed by the BBC reveal. The story of the German Enigma machine is well-known - a device built to provide secure communications but which British code-breakers managed to crack at Bletchley Park. But there is another story - not fully told until now - about what came after.

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Formal Restoration of Diplomatic Ties With Cuba Is Just a Beginning

July 20, 2015

Cuban National Flag

As a neatly pressed Cuban flag was raised outside Cuba’s diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday morning, rancorous cries rang out from the crowd gathered outside the stately limestone building. “Cuba without Castro!” a hoarse-voiced man yelled. “Long live socialist Cuba!” a woman hollered back. Bitterly divergent views about the island’s future will persist, and may well become amplified, as Washington and Havana embark on an era of cautious engagement following the formal restoration of diplomatic relations.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

France’s Hollande Proposes Creation of Euro-Zone Government

July 19, 2015

French President Francois Hollande said that the 19 countries using the euro need their own government complete with a budget and parliament to cooperate better and overcome the Greek crisis. “Circumstances are leading us to accelerate,” Hollande said in an opinion piece published by the Journal du Dimanche on Sunday. “What threatens us is not too much Europe, but a lack of it.”
Read article at bloomberg.com

Comment: Don’t be fooled: The “circumstances” of which French President Francois Hollande speaks here are the direct result of decisions and actions taken intentionally by the Brussels EU itself. The architects of the euro currency realized that a financial crisis would inevitably result from its introduction, but they reasoned that this would enable them to enact the necessary legislation to fulfil the Oil and Drug Cartel’s goal of a fully totalitarian Brussels EU under its control. Illustrating this plan, in 2001 the Financial Times newspaper in the UK quoted the then president of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, as follows:  “I am sure the euro will oblige us to introduce a new set of economic policy instruments. It is politically impossible to propose that now. But some day there will be a crisis and new instruments will be created.”

“We are Going to Collapse your Banks”: Greek Government Insider Lifts the Lid on Five Months of Financial Blackmail

July 18, 2015

In this interview with Mediapart, a senior advisor to the Greek government, who has been at the heart of the past five months of negotiations between Athens and its international creditors, reveals the details of what resembles a game of liar’s dice over the fate of a nation that has been brought to its economic and social knees. His account gives a rare and disturbing insight into the process which has led up to this week’s make-or-break deadline for reaching a bailout deal between Greece and international lenders, without which the country faces crashing out of the euro and complete bankruptcy. He describes the extraordinary bullying of Greece’s radical-left government by the creditors, including Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s direct threat to cause the collapse of the Hellenic banks if it failed to sign-up to a drastic austerity programme.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

The revolving door: greasing the wheels of the TTIP lobby

July 15, 2015

Revolving door

The prospective EU-US trade deal TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) could be the world's biggest such treaty. While there are disagreements and divergences, in many areas of the negotiations the European Commission is singing from the corporate hymn-sheet. The revolving door between the public and private sectors is helping to grease the wheels of the TTIP corporate lobby. Some of the EU's most senior decision-makers and officials, alongside those from the member state levels, spin through the revolving door into corporate advisor roles; others go in the other direction, from corporate jobs into the public sector.

Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Comment: The revolving door cases cited here cover some of the largest Brussels EU corporate lobby sectors, including food and agriculture; finance; pharmaceuticals; and many others. Also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), this trade deal represents a serious threat to vitamin freedom in the United States and, moreover, would inevitably flood Europe with GMOs, destroy environmental safeguards and threaten entire economies!

Greece debt crisis: IMF attacks EU over bailout terms

July 15, 2015

By World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland (World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has fiercely criticised the bailout deal offered to Greece by the eurozone. It said Greece's public debt was now "highly unsustainable" and urged debt relief on a scale "well beyond what has been under consideration to date".
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

How the British Government subjected thousands of people to chemical and biological warfare trials during Cold War

July 9, 2015

By Trowbridge Estate from London, United Kingdom (1967 tube stock farewell at Stockwell) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

During the Cold War, the British Government used the general public as unwitting biological and chemical warfare guinea pigs on a much greater scale than previously thought, according to new historical research.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Comment: For anyone assuming that criminal experiments conducted by or on behalf of the pharmaceutical, chemical and warfare-based industries had ceased after those carried out by the IG Farben Cartel during WWII, the above story provides definitive proof that this is not in fact the case. Worse still, nor are these latest examples even isolated incidents. Between 1932 and 1972, for example, in the notorious “Tuskegee Experiment”, U.S. Public Health Service doctors secretly enticed around 400 poor black men into a study whose aim, unknown to the participants, was to observe the natural progression of untreated syphilis. For 40 years, the men were deliberately never told they had syphilis and were never treated for it. In an earlier and similarly appalling violation of medical ethics, U.S. government scientists infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis in experiments conducted between 1946 and 1948. But the U.S. is far from being the only country to have engaged in such blatant violations of human rights. In the UK, records show that scientists from Porton Down sprayed toxic chemicals into the air around Bristol in the early 1960s to analyze how they dispersed, with passers-by and lunchtime shoppers knowingly being exposed and used as guinea pigs. Similarly, British soldiers recruited as volunteers to test "cold remedies" at Porton Down were instead given forms of the sarin nerve agent developed by the Nazis in World War II.

Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator
Former prime minister of Italy will not have to serve sentence as statute of limitations will expire later in 2015

July 8, 2015

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A court in Naples has sentenced former Italian premier and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to three years in prison for bribing a senator as part of a plot to destabilise a 2006-08 centre-left government.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: Condemned by a Milan court in 2012 as a man with a "natural capacity for crime", over the years Berlusconi has notably been involved in more than a dozen different criminal trials, appeals and other investigations and has faced accusations of fraud, bribery, illegal political financing, false accounting and Mafia connections. His latest conviction, for bribery, follows a conviction for tax fraud in 2013 for which he received a four year prison sentence, later reduced to one year of community service.

Greece debt crisis: Tsipras says voters made 'brave choice'

July 6, 2015

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said Greeks made a "brave choice" in voting to reject the terms of an international bailout in Sunday's referendum. Thousands celebrated in the streets after hearing the final result was 61.3% "No", against 38.7% "Yes".
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: The outcome of this Greek referendum provides further proof that the Brussels EU is dying before our eyes. Moreover, try as the dictatorial construct might to hide the truth about its Nazi roots, global awareness of the facts continues to grow. First published in 2010, our book “The Nazi Roots of the Brussels EU” is now available in 12 languages. With copies continuing to be distributed and downloaded throughout the world on a daily basis, and articles about the book having already been published in newspapers in the Netherlands, Romania and other countries, the shocking truth about the hidden origins of the Brussels EU is rapidly becoming common knowledge. Set against this background it is clear there can now be no escape for the construct. One way or another change will come and the Brussels EU dictatorship will be replaced by a Europe for the People, by the People. It is no longer a matter of whether this will happen, but simply a matter of when.

Urban gardening in Greece – a new form of protest

July 3, 2015

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Guerrilla gardening and local consumer-producer networks are redefining life in today’s Greek cities. While the crisis has shifted politicians’ attention away from the climate, “transition and recovery movements” work hard to keep the environment on the agenda.
Read article on the Green European Journal website

260,000 Austrians sign EU exit petition, forcing referendum debate in parliament

July 2, 2015

Over 260,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for the EU exit for the country, and now the Austrian parliament must discuss a referendum on the issue. Overall, the 261,159 people who signed the petition represent 4.12 percent of the electorate.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

July 2, 2015

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BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. The agreement comes on top of the $43.8 billion that BP has already set aside for criminal and civil penalties and cleanup costs.
Read news report at reuters.com

Preventing a Space War

June 29, 2015

Of all the places where conflict could erupt, space might seem the least likely, except in movies. But increasingly, it is becoming a contested environment posing new dangers.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

Jacques Delors awarded the title of "Honorary Citizen of Europe"

June 26, 2015

The European Council has awarded Jacques Delors the title of "Honorary Citizen of Europe" at the occasion of its meeting on the 25th and 26th of June 2015. After Jean Monnet in 1976 (Luxembourg European Council) and Helmut Kohl in 1998 (Vienna European Council), Jacques Delors is the third major actor of the European construction to be distinguished by such a title.
Read article at delorsinstitute.eu

Comment: In an astonishing act of hubris, while the euro was falling deeper into trouble with each passing minute, the Brussels EU dictators took time out at their summit meeting to award the currency's architect, Jacques Delors, the title of "Honorary Citizen of Europe." In receiving this dubious award, however, it has to be said that Delors is in good company. Jean Monnet, a political wheeler-dealer who received the award in 1976, founded the little-known Action Committee for the United States of Europe in 1955 and played a key role in luring Great Britain into the Brussels EU. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who received the award in 1998, was initially employed by BASF and between 1959 and 1969 was a full-time lobbyist for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Kohl was disgraced in 1999 by revelations that his political party had received donations from an arms dealer and lobbyist accused of bribing officials.

Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional 'basic income'

June 26, 2015

The Dutch city of Utrecht will start an experiment which hopes to determine whether society works effectively with universal, unconditional income introduced.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Comment: Currently, there are around 200 million people in the world who don’t have a job. Moreover, even amongst those that do have a job, at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. Significantly, therefore, the super-wealthy investors behind the Chemical, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical Cartel see unemployment and low wages as necessary tools for maintaining profits. But it doesn’t have to be like this as there are alternative approaches to economics and employment that would make a better, fairer world for everybody. In the area of employment, therefore, the goal of the Movement of Life is to put an end to unemployment and ensure that everyone has the right to live a purposeful, dignified and productive life. To learn more, visit the Work for All section of the Movement of Life website.

How Turmeric Will Light Up The Future - Literally!

June 23, 2015

Can you imagine a computer or handheld device backlight or display of the future being lit up by a turmeric or pomegranate mixture? Imagine if an entirely edible source of white light could be generated with minimal environmental and human health impacts? The good news is that we no longer have to rely on our imagination. We now have the science to show it is indeed possible!
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Comment: This study provides impressive evidence regarding the power of phytobiological compounds, such as those contained in turmeric and pomegranate, to provide a source of energy. In the area of energy, the goal of the Movement of Life is to end the global dependency on oil and bring about a change to renewable energy. To learn more, visit the Free Energy for All section of the Movement of Life website.

Danish rightwing party to push for British-style EU referendum

June 2, 2015

A Danish rightwing party expected to hold the balance of power after an election later this month has endorsed a British-style referendum on EU membership, a position that could crack the pro-EU consensus of northern Europe's political elite.
Read article at todayonline.com

Comment: In the Brussels EU today, the health and lives of European citizens are controlled by corporate interests whose multi-billion dollar profits derive from turning the human body into a marketplace. The common denominators of these interests, which primarily include the pharmaceutical and genetically modified food industries, are patented products that serve the interests of giant investment groups at the expense of the health and lives of millions of people. Naturally, our own vision for the future of Europe is a very different one and calls for the right to health; the right to life; the right to natural food; the right to a healthy environment; respect for human dignity and the protection of social values. To learn more and to sign the petition calling for a Europe for the People, by the People, visit the European Referendum Initiative website.

From the Very Creation of the Internet, U.S. Spy Agencies Fought to Block Encryption

May 26, 2015

American spy agencies have intentionally weakened digital security for many decades. This breaks the functionality of our computers and of the Internet. It reduces functionality and reduces security by – for example – creating backdoors that malicious hackers can get through.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Fukushima leak 'could cause hydrogen explosion' at nuclear plant

May 25, 2015

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Leaking containers at Japan’s embattled Fukushima nuclear power plant are at risk of possible hydrogen explosions, experts have claimed.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

The High Cost of Dirty Fuels

May 21, 2015

A new report from the International Monetary Fund makes a compelling case for why countries should end subsidies for fossil fuels: It would save millions of lives.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

Record fines for currency market fix

May 20, 2015

Five of the world's largest banks are to pay fines totalling $5.7bn (£3.6bn) for charges including manipulating the foreign exchange market. Four of the banks - JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup and RBS - have agreed to plead guilty to US criminal charges. The fifth, UBS, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Varoufakis refuses any bailout plan that would send Greece into ‘death spiral’

May 14, 2015

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Finance minister continues war of words with eurozone policymakers, saying he wished Greece still had the drachma and had not entered monetary union.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

David Cameron may bring EU referendum forward to 2016

May 11, 2015

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David Cameron is drawing up plans to bring forward an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union by a year to 2016 in order to avoid a politically dangerous clash with the French and German elections in 2017.
Read article in the Guardian

OLAF investigated over illegal wiretapping during Dalli investigation

May 10, 2015

OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, is being investigated over claims that it illegally tapped phones during its investigation into former European Commissioner John Dalli, the UK Sunday Times reports.
Read article on the Malta Today website

French secret tapes of Sarkozy ruled legal in inquiry

May 7, 2015

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A French court has ruled that wire-tapped conversations between ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer can be used as evidence in an ongoing corruption investigation. The decision is seen as a blow for the centre-right leader, who is likely to bid again for the presidency in 2017. Mr Sarkozy is suspected of promising a sought-after position to a judge in return for information on another case.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

NSA phone data collection 'illegal', US court rules

May 7, 2015

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A US appeals court has ruled that bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency is illegal. Overturning a 2013 ruling, the judges did not, however, halt the programme but urged Congress to take action.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Oxygen-starved 'dead zones' with no marine life up to 100-miles long discovered in the Atlantic Ocean

May 3, 2015

Swathes of oxygen-deprived water up to 100 miles long, unable to sustain any form of animal life, have been found in the Atlantic, scientists have said.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Tesla unveils batteries to power homes

May 1, 2015

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US electric carmaker Tesla Motors has unveiled batteries that can power homes and businesses as it attempts to expand beyond its vehicle business. Chief executive Elon Musk announced the firm would build batteries that store solar energy and serve as a back-up system for consumers during blackouts. The device would allow consumers to get off a power grid or bring energy to remote areas that are not on a grid.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: For over a century now, special interests have been controlling the people of the world through maintaining the “tyranny of oil”. Even today, despite the fact that there are natural non-polluting alternatives available to oil, gas and other fossil fuels, these interest groups are trying to prevent us from learning about them and accessing them. Why are they doing this? They are doing it for profit and to maintain their control over the world’s energy supplies. In the area of energy, therefore, the goal of the Movement of Life is to end the global dependency on oil and bring about a change to renewable energy. To learn more, visit the Free Energy for All section of the Movement of Life website.

Chernobyl, The Dangers And The Hope

May 1, 2015

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Close your eyes. Imagine a forest. Acres upon acres of pine and birch and rolling hills. Herds of endangered horses have bred and increased their numbers. Packs of wolves roam the landscape.  Rare birds roost all over. No humans, except for a sporadic few. Is this paradise? Maybe it is. You can go there. Take a vacation. Just a few ground rules. Don’t pick the mushrooms, definitely don’t eat them. Don’t eat outside, and don’t smoke outside.
Read article at forbes.com

Towards legalised corporate secrecy in the EU?

April 27, 2015

How industry, law firms and the European Commission worked together on EU “trade secrets” legislation - a threat to consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.
Read report on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

U.S. Maps Pinpoint Earthquakes Linked to Quest for Oil and Gas

April 23, 2015

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The United States Geological Survey on Thursday released its first comprehensive assessment of the link between thousands of earthquakes and oil and gas operations, identifying and mapping 17 regions where quakes have occurred. The report was the agency’s broadest statement yet on a danger that has grown along with the nation’s energy production.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Blair Family Impending Corruption Scandal? Tony Blair Faces Pressure Over Role as Middle East Envoy

April 22, 2015

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Tony Blair’s position as Middle East envoy is under renewed pressure because of financial links between a telecommunications company and his wife’s foundation.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Thousands across Europe protest against TTIP

April 20, 2015

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Europe on Saturday (18 April) to oppose what could be the world's biggest free trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and European Union.
Read article at euractiv.com

Comment: Also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), this trade deal is being negotiated between the Obama Administration and unelected bureaucrats of the so-called "Brussels European Union“. Across the United States, every member of the natural health community, every health food store and every citizen needs to be alerted: TAFTA would inevitably destroy free access to vitamins and other effective natural health therapies! Every citizen in Europe also needs to be alerted: TAFTA would inevitably flood Europe with GMOs, destroy environmental safeguards and threaten entire economies! To learn more, visit the Say No to TAFTA! campaign page on our website.

TTIP leak: EU proposal undermines democratic values

April 20, 2015

According to a leaked European Commission proposal in the ongoing EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, EU member state legislative initiatives will have to be vetted for potential impacts on private business interests. The proposal forms part of a wider plan for so-called “regulatory cooperation”. Civil society groups have already denounced earlier iterations of this plan as being a tool to stop or roll back regulation intended to protect the public interest. The new elements in the leaked proposal expand the problem, according to civil society organisations.
Read press release on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Farming Sunshine by the Megawatt

April 20, 2015

CALVERTON, N.Y. — Across decades, the great agricultural belt of eastern Long Island has cycled through all manner of crops, from the postwar cornucopia of potato farms to the crazy-quilt of sun-dappled vineyards that blankets the modern farmland. Now the region is farming sunshine itself. An ambitious array of more than 50 large-scale solar energy farms is in the works across five East End towns.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

World Bank Business Projects Displaced 3.4 Million People

April 19, 2015

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At least 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced by World Bank-backed projects between 2004 and 2013, estimates an investigative report. The true figure is likely higher, because the bank often fails to count or undercounts the number of people affected by its projects.
Read article at countercurrents.org

Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report

April 19, 2015

Gold worth more than £7bn is being thrown away amid the 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment discarded by consumers each year, according to United Nations experts. A report by the United Nations University (UNU) reveals that the amount of “e-waste” generated globally is increasing by two million tons a year and will reach 50 megatons by 2018 – with Britons among the planet’s biggest generators of hi-tech junk.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Wikipedia hoax about Australian deity lasted nearly 10 years

April 17, 2015

Jar’Edo Wens is an Australian aboriginal deity, the god of “physical might” and “earthly knowledge.” He’s been name-dropped in books. Carved into rocks. And, as of March, conclusively debunked. There is no such figure, it turns out, in aboriginal mythology; instead, Jar’Edo Wens was a blatant prank, a bald invention, dropped into Wikipedia nine years ago by some unknown and anonymous Australian.
Read article at thestar.com (Canada)

Comment: Wikipedia, the self-styled “free” encyclopedia, is no stranger to misinformation, disinformation or even outright lies. Under the cloaks of ‘democracy’, ‘free speech’ and ‘open society’, it has been developed and is being used as a vehicle to influence and control public opinion worldwide. In particular, any information you attempt to publish on Wikipedia that threatens the interests of the multi-trillion-dollar-a-year Oil and Drug Cartel is carefully monitored and swiftly removed by the ‘gatekeepers’ of these special interests within Wikipedia. Their targeted topics include not only alternative energy but also advances in science-based natural health. Through manipulating the information provided to the public, the goal is to systematically downplay the value of any new technologies that threaten the Cartel and openly defame its proponents. The Wikipedia article on Dr. Rath is a classic example of this. To learn more, visit the Wiki-Rath website.

One and a half billion people live on less than $1.25 per day

April 17, 2015

A new study by the UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reports that the number of people globally living on less than $1.25 per day is likely to be far higher than the already staggering 1.2 billion estimated by the World Bank.
Read article on the World Socialist Web Site

Carte blanche for fracking
How the European Commission’s new advisory group is letting the shale gas industry set the agenda

April 14, 2015

The newly created “European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction” (or Network) is supposed to assess current projects, as well as recommend which technologies are appropriate and safe enough for Europe. Unfortunately for the public, the majority of its members (including those from industry, academia and other research bodies) have a clear financial stake in the expansion of fracking and are in no position to objectively assess its safety. Moreover, many have aggressively lobbied for weaker safety rules.
Read article on the Corporate Europe Observatory website

Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

April 13, 2015

Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following a City Council vote on March 26 in favor of making the switch, the city formally announced its commitment late last week at the ICLEI World Conference 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Vancouver now joins a list of more than 50 cities worldwide that have pledged to run on 100 percent renewable energy, not only for their electricity needs, but for heating and cooling as well.
Read article at inhabitat.com (USA)

Obama and Castro in historic US-Cuba meeting

April 11, 2015

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US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have met on the fringes of the summit of the Americas, the first formal talks between the two countries' leaders in half a century. Earlier, Mr Obama described the historic thaw in US-Cuba relations as a "turning point".
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

‘Water Man of India’ Makes Rivers Flow Again

April 8, 2015

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School textbooks in India have been telling children for generations that Rajasthan is an inhospitable state in the northwest of the country, constrained by the hot, hostile sands of the Thar Desert. But the driest state in India has a softer, humane face as well—that of Rajendra Singh, known as the “Water Man of India”, whose untiring efforts in water conservation in arid Rajasthan have led to him being awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, commonly referred to as the Nobel Prize for Water.
Read article at truthdig.com

Greece is demanding €279 billion in Nazi-era reparations from Germany

April 7, 2015

Alexis Tsipras

The Greek government confirmed late Monday how much money it believes the country is owed by Germany in reparations for Nazi era-crimes: €278.8 billion ($304.8 billion).
Read article at businessinsider.com

As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry

April 3, 2015

Oklahoma

PRAGUE, Okla. — Yanked without warning from a deep sleep, Jennifer Lin Cooper, whose family has lived near here for more than a half-century, could think only that the clamor enveloping her house was coming from a helicopter landing on her roof. She was wrong.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Iceland looks at ending boom and bust with radical money plan

March 31, 2015

Icelandic government suggests removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Eurozone can't survive in current form, says PIMCO

March 28, 2015

The eurozone is "untenable" in its current form and cannot survive unless countries are prepared to cede sovereignty and become a "United States of Europe", the manager of the world's biggest bond fund has warned.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: The creation of a "United States of Europe" under the control of the Oil and Drug Cartel and its multinational corporate stakeholders is precisely the goal that the undemocratic Brussels EU was designed to achieve. Towards this end, the construct’s key architects were specifically recruited from among the same technocrats who had previously designed the plans for a post-WWII Europe under the control of the Nazis and the IG Farben Cartel.

EU-US trade pact to miss 2015 deadline

March 26, 2015

A 2015 deadline to agree a landmark trade deal with the United States is likely to be missed, EU trade officials have conceded. "We cannot exclude that it may take longer," Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, told reporters following a meeting of EU trade ministers on Wednesday (25 March). “We have to do our best to get an agreement but we don’t want to reach an agreement just for the sake of it”, he added.
Read article at euobserver.com

Comment: Whilst it is good news that this trade deal seems likely to be delayed, the fact remains that the battle to stop it from being signed altogether has yet to be won. For further information on the deal and to understand why it should be vigorously opposed by US and European citizens alike, visit the Say No to TAFTA! campaign page on our Foundation website.

Secret Nazi hideout believed found in remote Argentine jungle

March 23, 2015

They called them ‘ratlines’. In the final days of the Third Reich, when its demise was imminent, adherents realized that if they didn’t escape they would go down with it. So they devised a system of escape – ratlines – that funneled thousands of war criminals through Spain to points west and south. Abetted by Third Reich sympathizers, many swarmed into South America, beginning new lives from Brazil to Argentina.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

Revealed: Gates Foundation‘s $1.4bn in fossil fuel investments

March 19, 2015

The charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Tony Blair 'had no credibility' in Middle East process, says US official

March 16, 2015

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Tony Blair had “no credibility” left with the parties in the Middle East peace process, a former US government official who was closely involved with trying to revive the talks last year has told The Telegraph. “Frankly all sides just rolled their eyes at the mention of his name,” the official said as it was reported that Mr Blair was being “eased out” of his role as head of so-called Quartet.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Why is Henry Kissinger Walking Around Free?

March 12, 2015

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On September 11, 2013, hundreds of thousands of Chileans solemnly marked the 40th anniversary of their nation’s 9/11 terrorist event. It was on that date in 1973 that the Chilean military, armed with a generous supply of funds and weapons from the United States, and assisted by the CIA and other operatives, overthrew the democratically-elected government of the moderate socialist Salvador Allende. Sixteen years of repression, torture and death followed under the fascist Augusto Pinochet, while the flow of hefty profits to US multinationals – IT&T, Anaconda Copper and the like – resumed. Profits, along with concern that people in other nations might get ideas about independence, were the very reason for the coup and even the partial moves toward nationalization instituted by Allende could not be tolerated by the US business class. Henry Kissinger was national security advisor and one of the principal architects – perhaps the principal architect – of the coup in Chile.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Comment: Lessening the dependency of developing nations on the economic power of the industrialized world has long been a hallmark of progressive movements and their leaders. Conversely, cementing this economic imbalance has always been the target of special interests intent on preserving the status quo. Significantly, therefore, and as we show on our website, a parallel can be drawn between the overthrowing of the Allende government in Chile and that of President Thabo Mbeki in South Africa in 2008. In each case, for example, the economic interests behind the coup, and the infiltration strategies used, were the same. To download key CIA files documenting the coup against Salvador Allende and the involvement of Henry Kissinger, visit this page on our website.

Iceland drops EU membership bid

March 12, 2015

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The government of Iceland has announced it is no longer seeking EU membership for the North Atlantic state. Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson said he had already informed current EU president Latvia and the European Commission about the cabinet's move.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Greece threatens to seize German property, Berlin refuses to pay WWII reparations

March 11, 2015

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Germany says it won’t pay Greece World War 2 reparations after Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said Berlin is using legal tricks to avoid paying compensation. Germany says it’s honored its obligations, while Greece says it may start seizing German property.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Getting the Whole World Online

March 10, 2015

Years before big technology companies like Google and Facebook began talking about using balloons, drones and cellphones to provide Internet access to billions of people in developing countries, leaders like President Bill Clinton were talking about bridging the “global digital divide.” And while progress has been made in recent years, most of the world’s 7.2 billion people still do not have access to the Internet.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

Defiant Greece at daggers drawn with EU creditors

March 9, 2015

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If Greeks are forced to choose between a restoration of their dignity or continued Troika humiliation, they will choose dignity, says the Greek prime minister.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: Threatened with bankruptcy by the so-called Troika (the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank), the people of Greece are calling loudly and clearly for a new Europe and an end to the crippling economic austerity policies that have brought poverty and misery to millions of Greek families. With the political situation now close to breaking point, and Greece’s withdrawal from the Brussels EU single currency (the “euro”) increasingly being seen as inevitable, we may soon see which way the dominoes will fall.

Jean-Claude Juncker calls for EU army

March 8, 2015

The European Union needs its own army to help address the problem that it is not “taken entirely seriously” as an international force, the president of the European commission has said.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: The Lisbon Treaty, which became law in Europe in December 2009, specifically provides for the creation of a Brussels EU army by stating that member countries shall provide the construct with “an operational capacity drawing on civilian and military assets” and that they shall make their “civilian and military capabilities” available to it when required to do so. Predictably backed by German leader Angela Merkel, not only could this dangerous development give the Brussels EU direct access to, and possibly control over, nuclear weapons via eventual British and French participation in such an army, it could also result in the implementation of civilian conscription. To learn more about the Lisbon Treaty, download this educational PDF from our Foundation website.

Google Moving to Shut Down Alternative Media by Ranking Sites on “Facts” Rather than Popularity
Wants To Cross Check Websites Against Debunking Sites Such As Snopes.com

March 2, 2015

Search Engine giant Google, the major driver of traffic to the majority of media portals is moving to change the way it ranks websites, declaring that it intends to use known partisan debunking outlets to determine the “truthfulness” of content.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

First came the frackers, then came the earthquakes

March 2, 2015

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Sometimes the dogs begin to bark a moment before the earthquake hits, sensing something that their owners cannot. Sometimes you can feel a change in air pressure on your face just as the shaking is about to begin. But usually the earthquakes in Oklahoma - as many as three a day - arrive without warning.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

February 25, 2015

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Amnesty International has urged the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to give up their power of veto in cases where atrocities are being committed. In its annual report, the rights group said the global response to an array of catastrophes in 2014 had been shameful. Richer countries were guilty of taking an "abhorrent" stance by not sheltering more refugees, Amnesty said.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

US and its Allies Trying to Establish Total Control Over Internet Users: NSA’s SIM Card Scandal Bigger Than You Think

February 23, 2015

On February 16, researchers at the Moscow-based security group Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of the ultimate virus which has virtually infected all spheres of military and civilian computing in more than 40 countries around the world. They’ve managed to discover a piece of malware that must have been installed on hard disks while they were still being manufactured, and due to its complexity and a certain number of features that it shares with Stuxnet, it’s safe to assume that it was created by US secret services.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

'Massive' tobacco industry third party lobbying for revised European Directive

February 23, 2015

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The tobacco industry deployed "massive" third party lobbying to subvert revised European regulations on tobacco products, helped by regulatory reforms that seem to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence public health legislation, reveals research published online in Tobacco Control.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Fresh leak at Fukushima nuclear plant sees 70-fold radiation spike

February 22, 2015

Another radioactive water leak in the sea has been detected at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility’s operator TEPCO announced. Contamination levels in the gutter reportedly spiked up 70 times over regular readings.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

The New Home Battery: Is Off Grid Living About to Become Mainstream?

February 19, 2015

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One of the brains behind Tesla motors and Paypal, Tesla Motors CEO and entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new invention up his sleeve that will help power homes at low cost, and it will make living off-grid easier than ever.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Greece revives Nazi-era reparation claims amid EU debt row

February 12, 2015

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Greece’s new far-left government has promised to seek millions of euros in reparations for the brutal Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II amid a row with Berlin over repaying an EU-IMF bailout.
Read article and watch video on the France 24 website

Samsung warns customers new Smart TVs 'listen in' on users' personal conversations

February 10, 2015

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Customers with Samsung's new Smart televisions are being warned that what they say could be recorded and distributed to a third party. The company is warning people as part of its privacy policy that anything they say around their new television will be "among the data captured and transmitted to a third party" because of a voice recognition feature.
Read article on the ABC News website (Australia)

Greece warns euro could collapse like house of cards

February 9, 2015

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A Greek exit from the euro would see the euro collapse like a house of cards, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned in comments that triggered a spat with Italy.
Read article on the Economic Times website (India)

Greece: Greenspan predicts exit from euro inevitable

February 8, 2015

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The former head of the US central bank, Alan Greenspan, has predicted that Greece will have to leave the eurozone. He told the BBC he could not see who would be willing to put up more loans to bolster Greece's struggling economy. Greece wants to re-negotiate its bailout, but Mr Greenspan said "I don't think it will be resolved without Greece leaving the eurozone".
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Greece’s Prime Minister Has the Good Sense to Make Germany Pay for Nazi War Crimes

January 31, 2015

Now that Greece has elected a new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, he’s announced his first order of business: receive the money owed to them from Germany in part of unpaid World War II reparations, reported The Washington Post.
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Bilderberg 2015 Location Confirmed

January 30, 2015

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The location and dates of the forthcoming 2015 gathering of secretive elites under the Bilderberg Group banner has been confirmed. Local police have verified that the conference will take place at the opulent Interalpen Hotel, in the Austrian mountains near Telfs. In a press release, the Austrian police revealed that security for the confab will be in operation from June 9th-14th. As is usually the custom with Bilderberg, the actual meeting of delegates will take place from the Thursday to the Sunday of that week, June 11th-14th.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Young Greeks want a 'new Europe' after Syriza wins election

January 26, 2015

via Syriza website, http://syriza.net.gr

Young Greek voters have told Newsbeat they want to see a "new Europe" emerge after the radical left-wing party, Syriza, won elections in a vote which could have significant implications for the EU. "We need change. I voted for change," said Achilles, who says he works three jobs to pay rent in Athens. I expect and demand for Syriza to give us a big change in society."
Read Newsbeat report on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: With an unemployment rate of around 26% and half of young people out of work, it is hardly surprising that Greece voted for change in this election. Shackled by the chains of the dictatorial Brussels EU and its euro currency, the resulting tax rises and spending cuts of the last five years have all but destroyed the country. In this situation, the question now is whether the new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, can hold firm on his promises to the Greek people, or will he give in to the threats of the Brussels EU?

The man who revealed the horror of Auschwitz to the world

January 22, 2015

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Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz in 1944 and was the first person to give first-hand evidence of the death camps, mass murder and plans to exterminate a million Jews.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: January 27th, 2015, was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The largest mass extermination camp in human history, between 1940 and 1945 over 1.1 million people met their deaths there. Even three-quarters of a century later however, the lessons of history have yet to be learned. Important facts about what really happened at Auschwitz, and why, have been concealed from the people of the world by multinational corporate interests and their political stakeholders. To learn more, read this article on our Foundation website.

Richest 1% Percent To Have More Than Rest of Humanity Combined by 2016

January 19, 2015

In less than two years, if current trends continue unchecked, the richest 1% percent of people on the planet will own at least half of the world’s wealth. That’s the conclusion of a new report from Oxfam International, released Monday, which states that the rate of global inequality is not only morally obscene, but an existential threat to the economies of the world and the very survival of the planet. 
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

January 15, 2015

A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Britain’s GCHQ Domestic Spying Apparatus to be granted Greater Surveillance Powers after Paris Attacks

January 13, 2015

Following the tragic events in Paris, David Cameron is meeting with security heads to potentially grant the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) even greater spying powers. In a disgusting (yet predictable) move by Cameron and fellow Western leaders, these latest attacks are being used as a justification for illegal GCHQ and National Security Agency (NSA) spying, and as a pretext to further expand the surveillance state – which is already at heights never seen before in human history. This is the first time that governments have had the capacity and technological capability to monitor the behaviour, conversations, opinions and habits of the people on such a grand scale, in a quest to predict the behaviour of entire populations.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

The Stumbling, Tumbling Euro

January 8, 2015

European leaders and central bankers have been saying for years that their economic policies would soon revive the economies of the eurozone. It seems that investors have finally stopped believing those fairy tales.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

Renewables dominate German energy mix

January 8, 2015

2014 was a successful year for Germany’s Energiewende green energy project, with a study stating that for the first time, renewables led power production in Germany.
Read article at euractiv.com

Denmark sets world record in wind energy

January 7, 2015

In 2014, wind-generated energy made up 39.1% of Denmark's overall electricity consumption, according to the country's Climate and Energy Ministry. The figure makes the country the world's leading nation in wind-based power usage.
Read article at euractiv.com

An Unconditional Citizen’s Income: A Basic Guaranteed Minimum Income

January 6, 2015

In these straitened times, the idea of a basic income, granted unconditionally to every citizen, from cradle to grave, feels utopian. How on earth could it be paid for, we wonder. Wouldn’t everyone just stop working? Where would we be then?
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1.5 million visitors at Nazi Auschwitz memorial in 2014

January 4, 2015

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WARSAW, Poland — Officials say a record number of more than 1.5 million people from around the world visited the grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2014.
Read Associated Press news report at yahoo.com

Comment: January 27th, 2015, will be the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Despite almost three-quarters of a century having passed since this important historical event, the lessons of history have yet to be learned. Important facts regarding what really happened at Auschwitz, and why, have essentially been concealed from the people of the world. To learn the truth, read this presentation from a speech given by Dr. Rath at a conference in Auschwitz in 2007.

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