Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When real democracy threatens the ruling elite - red scare.

Labour Party infested with communists? ‘Red scare’ grips leadership race: "Interim Labour leader Harriet Harman has defended her party’s leadership election system amid near-hysterical fears it has experienced a mass infiltration by communists and left-wing 'extremists.'”

Left out? Plot to topple socialist candidate Corbyn if he wins Labour leadership: "Jeremy Corbyn could face a coup among his own Labour Party ranks if he is elected leader, with senior figures expressing shock at the veteran left-winger’s popularity."

TPP Promotes Free Trade: 'is a Myth'

Claim That TPP Promotes Free Trade 'is a Myth' - Former UN Delegate: "Former delegate to the UN Convention on International Trade Law Professor Raj Bhala says that the claim that the US Export-Import Bank and TPP agreement promote free trade is a myth because they selectively liberalize or manage markets based on what best suits US interests."

Purposeful endangerment (cancer) of lawyers for Gitmo detainees.

Navy Investigates: Gitmo Lawyers Diagnosed with Cancer at Alarming Rate: "A complaint stating that civilian and military lawyers are being diagnosed with cancer at alarming rates is calling for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to be tested for carcinogens and have personnel from the facilities evacuated."

Any surprise here? Ukrainian by-election corrupt politics.

US Watchdog: By-Election in Ukraine Shows Corrupt Politics 'Alive and Well': "US watchdog Freedom House says Sunday’s parliamentary by-election in Ukraine’s city of Chernigov has demonstrated that corrupt politics continues to permeate the country."

Can there be any doubt: US behind European migration crisis

US Behind Migration Crisis in Europe - Putin: "Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that the United States stands at the origin of many problems that the European Union faces at the moment, including the problem of migration."

They are not seeking the 'good life,' they are seeking to survive.

It's the design: UK austerity budget hurts the ethnic minorities, especially Muslims.

Ethnic minority Brits hardest hit by Tory austerity budget: "Chancellor George Osborne’s latest budget could cut the incomes of 4 million people from black and ethnic minority communities, with Muslims among the most severely-affected groups, a new report has found."

US needs enemies to pursue their hegemony - Russia, Iran fits the bill.

‘Russia, Iran threat to US unilateralism’: "A former White House official says the United States cannot stand independent countries, such as Russia and Iran, because they are a threat to Washington’s unilateral actions."

This from one of the US instigators of the Ukrainian Maidan coup.

US Envoy to Ukraine Calls Right Sector 'Exaggerated' After Deadly Gunbattle: "According to US Ambassador to Ukraine, who recently made a visit to the region where a deadly gun battle between Ukrainian police and Right Sector took place, the group is actually "exaggerated" by Russian media."

Saudi-led airstrike ‘apparent war crime’. Good luck prosecuting.

HRW brands Saudi-led airstrike ‘apparent war crime’: "Human Rights Watch has labeled as an 'apparent war crime' a Saudi-led air raid on Yemen last week, which took the lives of 65 civilians in residential areas. It further charged the initiative with failure to investigate its transgressions during the bombing campaign." 10 of the 65 were children. 65 is the lowest estimate, AP has it as 120 with reuters at 80.

We know who should not have guns

Officer Threatens to Put a Bullet Hole Through Driver’s Head (VIDEO): "A video of an incident involving an out-of-control off-duty Massachusetts police detective uploaded to social media has forced the Medford Police Department to put the detective on paid administrative leave after repeatedly threatening to shoot another motorist."

Monday, July 27, 2015

India calls for UK to pay reparations for its colonialism?

Modi backs call for UK to pay India reparations for colonial-era damage: "Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has backed a politician’s calls for Britain to pay reparations to India for the damage it caused during colonial rule. Modi made the remarks after a video made by Shashi Tharoor, a Congress party member speaking at the Oxford Union, was posted on social media and became an instant success."

Are the US military leaders really this stupid?

US Must Block Russian ‘Hybrid War’ in Crimea, Ukraine - SOCOM: "Russia’s use of hybrid warfare in Crimea and eastern Ukraine must be countered, US Army General Joseph Votel, the head of Special Operations Command (SOCOM) told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, the Department of Defense News reported."

They seem to relish in making up scenarios that are simply not true.

Police have no respect for civil rights nor the constitution.

Police pepper spray activists after Black Lives Matter conference in Cleveland (VIDEO): "Cleveland police have used pepper spray against activists attending the national convention of the Movement for Black Lives. Scuffles and arrests were reported after the weekend conference wrapped-up and people poured onto the streets."

US embargo on Cuba stays

US Embargo Stays Until Cuba Releases Prisoners, Improves Rights: "The US trade embargo on Cuba will not be lifted until Havana relaxes its human rights policies and releases at least some high-profile prisoners, former US National Security Council senior official Raymond Tanter told Sputnik."

Oops. Saudis kill 15, wounds 50 friendly forces.

The so called coalition headed by Saudi Arabia killed 15 and wounded 50 others of the friendly pro-government forces. They are killing and wounding more friends than terrorists. And they did this on the first day of the Saudi Arabian announced humanitarian truce. [Coalition mistakenly hits Gulf-backed forces in Yemen, 15 killed - Xinhua | English.news.cn:]

A certain Karma there. Saudis

Democracy?

Is it a democracy when "[v]oter turnout in the United States is among the lowest in the developed world. Only 42 percent of Americans voted in the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest level of voter turnout since 1978. And midterm voters tend to be older, whiter and richer than the general population."

Native American civil rights activist found dead in jail cell

Native American civil rights activist found dead in Mississippi jail cell "Henry, a member of the Choctaw tribe and a longtime community activist, was found dead of unspecified causes in a jail cell on July 14 about 30 minutes after he was last seen alive. He was first detained on July 9 after failing to pay a traffic fine, according to the Jackson Free Press. He was the second person this year to die in the Neshoba County Jail."

Laugh of the day: US a flexible partner

N. Korea to find ‘flexible nuclear talks partner’ in US - envoy: "The US can be flexible with a willing counterpart, including North Korea if it decides it wants talks on its nuclear program, a US envoy said on Monday, citing the recent nuclear deal with Iran. Sydney Seiler, US special envoy for now-defunct six-party talks on ending the North’s nuclear program, said the US left the door open to talks with the North, the Guardian reported. Pyongyang earlier said it is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue to give up its nuclear capabilities, calling it an 'essential deterrence' against US policy."

Callous VA: 34,000 vets lost healthcare eligibility

34,000 Vets Lost Healthcare Eligibility | Military.com: "Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta, says 34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired. The applications were designated as pending because they lacked income information. However, combat veterans are not required to verify their income when applying for VA benefits."

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Territorial disputes - it is more about oil and gas. It is isn't it?

Territorial disputes hamper exploration and production of resources in the East China Sea - Today in Energy - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA): "The East China Sea may have abundant hydrocarbon resources, especially natural gas, although the region is underexplored. China and Japan, the two largest energy consumers in Asia, are both interested in using natural gas from the East China Sea to meet rising domestic demand. However, unresolved territorial disputes make exploration and development of these resources difficult."

Russia says it will build on Southern Kuril islands seized from Japan, The Guardian: "Located in the northwest Pacific, the Northern Territories – known in Japanese as the Shikotan, Kunashiri, Etorofu and the Habomai islets – are surrounded by rich fishing grounds, mineral deposits and possibly offshore oil and gas reserves. Many of the 17,000 Japanese living there at the end of the war were forced to leave. The islands are now inhabited by about 14,000 Russians."


Democracy?

Is a country that spies on each and every person a democracy?

Black activist's death disappearing from the news

Black Activist's Death in Texas Jail Similar to 2012 Suicide. Below is a collection of news stories on her arrest and subsequent death in a Texas jail cell. There is no way to convince anyone that this was a suicide. Odd though, while blacks are the continued victims of police violence, Obama is in Africa telling them to pay more attention to human rights. Americans, especially 'liberal' Americans fail to understand that nations don't want Americans or any country telling them how to conduct their internal affairs.

Must see video: MiG-29 vertical takeoff

Up and Away: MiG-29 Performs Amazing Vertical Takeoff.  Video. It is a sleeper until the end. Then the pilot abruptly goes vertical.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Obama thought he could fu*k over Putin, but it has only cost the West.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Gets Significant Boost for First Time After Pause: "Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was boosted by more than ten boats and support vessels after a forced pause, the Fleet’s Commander Adm. Alexander Vitko said late Saturday ahead of the Navy Day."

Kerry - two faced Iranian diplomacy

Iran FM dismisses Kerry remarks at Senate: "Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed recent remarks made by his US counterpart John Kerry as “incomplete hints” about some issues raised at the latest nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Finland - a most untrustworthy neighbor

Finland Prepares New Military Buildup at Russian Border: "Finland's defense ministry has begun preparing new military units to be deployed at its border with Russia, and is pushing for more defense budget allocations." It cannot be forgotten that Finland fought with the Nazis against Russia in WWII.

No matter that Lucy always pulls the football, Charlie just keeps coming back.

Thaw on the Horizon? Kerry Seeks Russia’s Help Fighting ISIL: "The historic Iran nuclear deal is offering hope of renewed cooperation in the Middle East and a potential warming of US-Russian relations. In the coming weeks, US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to discuss new strategies for combating Islamic State militants with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov." Oh please!

One wonders if Japan thinks it has some leverage in sea disputes with China

Beijing to Tokyo: We Have Every Right to Continue Drilling in E. China Sea: "China on Friday dismissed a call from Japan to stop drilling in the East China Sea, saying it has every right to continue oil-and-gas exploration close to waters claimed by both nations." And the Japanese call:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia and Russia - for real or will it be a gotcha?

West ‘Missed’ Moscow's Success in Search of Allies – German Newspaper: "The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program has changed the situation in the international arena, and Russia has succeeded in finding a new strategic niche and allies, Die Zeit wrote."

Italy: About €8 Mln Euros/day lost to sanctions

Italian Companies Lose About €8 Mln Euros a Day Due to Sanctions: "Italy reported a dramatic drop in exports to Russia. Italian companies are trying to keep afloat using targeted measures such as joint ventures with Russian companies, DWN reported."

And the Israelis wonder why they are hated.

Israel approves 20 year prison terms for stone throwers: "The Israeli Knesset has overwhelmingly passed a new law that radically toughens punishments for people who throw stones – a tactic that is predominantly used by Palestinian protesters."

Canada - when did they take the (far) right turn?

Canadian Journalist Faces Jail Time for Calling Government Agency 'Crazy': "Canadian lawyer and media personality Ezra Levant, who was cited by the Law Society of Alberta for remarks he made about the province's human rights commission, said his prosecution is 'crazy.'" What did he say?

Labeling GMO food - it is clear congress worries about safety of their pocketbooks.

US House Votes to Ban States From Labeling GMO Food: "The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that prevents states from requiring labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops."

Pentagon's anthrax handling - ‘major protocol problems’

Pentagon's anthrax blunder reveals ‘major protocol problems’: "'The scale of the Defense Department’s mishandling of the deadly anthrax virus, which has seen live spores shipped to dozens of labs across eight countries, highlighted a “major problem' with the protocols for dealing with such dangerous materials, the Pentagon said."

US bars UN inspecting prisons - what is the US afraid of? Plenty.

United Nations Urges Washington to Allow it to Inspect US Prisons: "The United States over the years has barred several United Nations officials from conducting in-person inspections of American prisons, despite mandates from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council." Maybe the truth will out:

Japan fails diplomacy 101.

Russia says it will build on Southern Kuril islands seized from Japan. Japan seems to revel in taking aggressive stances as if it had the military or world position to facilitate its desired results. One example is seen in the dispute with Russia over the Kuril islands. But in the one step forward two steps backward Japanese approach to politics it spurred Russia to speed up its construction of military facilities on the disputed Kuril islands.

French MPs see for themselves the Ukrainian lies about Crimea

French MPs 'Put Paris Back in Its Place' by Visiting Crimea - French Media: "A delegation of ten French members of parliament (MPs) decided to visit Crimea to prove to the French government that it has a wrong political stance towards Russia and to 'put Paris back in its place,' French daily Le Figaro reported."

Blustering buffoon: Obama threatens Iran with military action

PressTV-Obama threatens Iran with military action: "US president Barack Obama has once again threatened Iran with a military attack despite the recent conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5 1 group of countries."

The reality is that the US will not use its military against Iran or any nation capable of defending itself.

No human rights issue in US: Iowa cops shot unarmed, black bystander 5 times

Iowa cops shot unarmed bystander 5 times, lied about the incident: "A newly released video exposes the lie of cops who shot at a black man they said had struck an officer with his car. However, the man had posed no threat, was not a suspect and was never subsequently charged."

Japan forgets that it lost WWII.

Japan forgets too that it is a long way from the umbrella of the US such that they can exercise any belief that they are or will ever become a formidable military, defensive or offensive.

The constitution of Japan contains a clause that perhaps ought to be that of the constitution of every nation: "Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes." [China warns Japan to keep their promise on its WWII surrender].

Japan rather than concentrate on their domestic issues, have been led, one suspects by the US, to expand their military and push for constitutional changes that essentially eviscerates its promise embodied in its constitution.

Japan has a serious issue with nuclear radiation. The problems of the tsunami induced failure of its nuclear power plant are just beginning.  Japan is an island that has neighbors that Japan rather than negotiate the disputes with them chooses to pretend that it has the military force, or the military force of the US, to gain an advantage.

Japan is ringed with volcanoes that offer nothing but annihilation should the volcanoes become more active. See Fukushima Earthquake Moved Seafloor Half a Football Field - Scientific American. Also Tectonics and Volcanoes of Japan.

WWII was costly to Japan. They were an aggressive, inhumane (for the most part) military that sought to split the globe with Hitler. WWII , and Japan and Germany' role should never be forgotten. Unforgivable is Japan's refusal to accept its WWII defeat and its refusal to admit to the atrocities committed in WWII. Germany has.

Their need for even a defensive force is in doubt, but there is no doubt that offensive military or a military participating outside Japan should never be permitted.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fukushima radiation 'experts' - working for TEPCO?

'Mutant' daisies near Fukushima spark new radiation worries: "Deformed daisies spotted near Japan's Fukushima province where a disastrous nuclear power plant meltdown took place in 2011, have sparked new worries of radiation-induced mutations. But not all experts think contamination has affected the flowers."

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chicken Little? Deadly quake expected 'any day now' in CA Bay Area

Deadly Quake Expected to Strike California Bay Area ‘Any Day Now’: "US geophysicists are forecasting a devastating earthquake may be in store for the Hayward Fault, after a smaller temblor shook the area Tuesday night."

If you say it often enough the odds are that one day you will be right.

Can there be anything more wrong with these US sanctions?

US Sanctions Three Hezbollah Officials, Associate for Backing Syria’s Assad: "The United States has imposed sanctions on three Hezbollah leaders and a Lebanese businessman for carrying out operations in Syria in support of the country's government, the US Treasury Department stated in a press release."

It just doesn't stop: Unarmed black man shot in head by cop

Unarmed black man shot in head by cop during Cincinnati traffic stop: "Dubose, 43, was pulled over on Sunday night by Tensing, because he was missing the front license plate on his car, University Police Chief Jason Goodrich explained at a news conference on Monday. University and city police work together on and around the campus."

A traffic stop. You back away and call for assistance - not use a gun.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Another poverty study - but what will be done.

Poverty affects kids’ brain development & performance, study finds: "Children growing up in poor households are likely to lag in their brain development and thereby perform poorly in schools, even if they move in better neighborhoods, a new longitudinal study on child development has revealed."

Is a study really necessary to prove that?

Ukraine's 'new revolution': EU and US are responsible, plain and simple.

Thousands of Ukraine ultranationalists gather on Maidan, announce ‘new revolution’: "Up to 6,000 supporters of Ukraine’s ultranationalist Right Sector movement gathered in central Kiev on Tuesday, calling on authorities to resign. The rally marks a “new stage of Ukrainian revolution,” the extremists' leader Dmitry Yarosh announced."

US embassy in Cuba - the Trojan Horse preparing regime change

US Prepares Regime Change in Cuba – Panamanian Journalist: "The Cubans know full well that the Americans want to destabilize the Revolution by making them sell out for money – a sort of a Plan B after the debacle of 1959… As for the Cubans, they now have a historic chance to capitalize of the situation and establish an international, even a global network of economic and political ties in order to keep their identity and survive,” Marco Gandásegui Hijo said in an exclusive interview with Sputnik."

Germany - vassal of US. No news here.

New WikiLeaks Data on NSA Shows German Gov't ‘Vassal’ of US – Lawmaker: "The latest secret document revelations from WikiLeaks regarding US National Security Agency (NSA) espionage on Europeans, shows German government as a “complete vassal” of the United States, a member of the German Bundestag with the Die Linke party told Sputnik Tuesday."

US: (our) might is right

'US Owns Patents on Excuses to Spark Wars' – Russian Diplomat: "The West rarely misses an opportunity to accuse Russia of breaking international law by reuniting with Crimea, but it never wants to admit that it has long abandoned the idea of seeking solutions through diplomatic means and has resorted to the might is right principle, said Felix Stanevsky, a former Russian ambassador to Georgia."

Sunday, July 19, 2015

‘Greatest disaster’ has occurred or yet to come. Varoufakis has his say.

‘Greatest disaster’: Varoufakis says new Greek bailout doomed: "The EU is preparing to start talks with Athens on a third bailout which could reach €86 billion ($93 billion), but the reform program laid down by Brussels as a precondition for the bailout will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever."
 “'This programme is going to fail whoever undertakes its implementation,' he said. Asked when will it fail, he replied, 'It has failed already.'”

Russia on sanctions - thanks for helping our industrial renaissance

Sanctions Leading to a Russian Industrial Renaissance - Japanese Journalist: "In a recent article for business journal Japan Business Press, Japanese journalist and Russia industrial goods trade specialist Sugahara Nobuo stated that Russia is presently on course for an industrial revival, adding that Western sanctions have helped to 'breathe new life' into the country's machine-building sector."
"President Putin has turned the crisis into an opportunity for development."

Terrorists borne out of drones and Iraq invasion.

Retired General: Drones Create More Terrorists Than They Kill, Iraq War Helped Create ISIS: "Retired Army Gen. Mike Flynn, a top intelligence official in the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, says in a forthcoming interview on Al Jazeera English that the drone war is creating more terrorists than it is killing. He also asserts that the U.S. invasion of Iraq helped create the Islamic State and that U.S. soldiers involved in torturing detainees need to be held legally accountable for their actions."

If he wasn't retired - he would be quickly. See the original Al Jazeera story: Retired US general: Drones cause more damage than good.

Euro as a sole currency: 'Growth Killing Machine'

Other Side of the Coin: Euro Becomes 'Growth Killing Machine' of Eurozone: "It is the euro's "straitjacket" effect, not EU governments' financial mismanagement, that is actually ruining the Eurozone economies, US journalist and economic policy writer Matt O'Brien notes." Example:

MH17 relatives: ‘A year without truth.’ It may never be known

‘A year without truth’: MH17 relatives, independent investigators want ‘facts not propaganda’: "With debris of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 still covering the crash site in eastern Ukraine, the investigation of the July 17, 2014 tragedy is surrounded by secrecy. RT talked to international experts and the victims’ families, still waiting for answers." Here is one perspective from a Dutch blogger that hits the nail squarely on its head:

Ukraine's Saakashvili's new deputy - just eye candy, not much more

Saakashvili's New Deputy Fails Ukrainian Litmus Test, Gets Cool Reception: "Ukrainian media and political figures gave the Russian liberal political figure a cool reception upon her appointment as Saakashvili's deputy after she was unable to answer a journalist's question about who Ukraine is at war with."

Key points of Russian position on flight MH17

Key points of Russian position on flight MH17.

US Pacific Fleet Commander makes an exceedingly stupid statement

US Pacific Fleet Commander: We Are Ready to Act in South China Sea: "Amid ongoing tensions over Beijing’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, the new US commander of the Pacific Fleet has reassured allies that Washington is prepared to act against an alleged Chinese threat."

This cop believes he is in a police state.

Cop Enters Woman's Home Illegally, Arrests Her Naked Coming Out of Shower: "A woman who was handcuffed and arrested while naked after getting out of her shower says she’s planning to file a lawsuit against the city of Chandler, Arizona."

“'Don’t take the attitude with cops, because we don’t play. When a cop shows up, you’re not the one in charge, I don’t care if it is your house, do you understand me?' the officer told Rossi as she stood naked and crying.  He repeatedly kept forcing her to look him in the eyes."

UK's Indian Holocaust - how easy it is to forget history.

Unspoken Story of Indian Holocaust: UK Remains Silent About Its Atrocities: "While London has rushed to point the accusing finger at Serbs for the Srebrenica tragedy, the British have apparently forgotten their own shameful history of the genocide of the people of India, Rakesh Krishnan Simha told Sputnik."

Trump exercising freedom of speech saying what others think.

Donald Trump Slams Senator McCain, Says 'He Is Not a War Hero': "Hours earlier at a Q&A session in the Midwest US state of Iowa, Trump slammed McCain’s Vietnam War record, saying 'He's not a war hero, he is a war hero because he was captured; I like people who weren’t captured, okay?'"

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kyrgyzstan: Intention to denounce a cooperation agreement with US

Kyrgyzstan on the Brink of Denouncing Cooperation Agreement With US: "Exasperated by the US State Department's decision to grant a human rights award to a local protest organizer convicted of organizing deadly ethnic clashes five years ago, Kyrgyz authorities have announced their intention to denounce a 1993 Kyrgyz-US cooperation agreement."

It seems that the local terrorist was Washington's man.

Boo hoo, shed no tears for US Congressman Michael Grimm jailed for fraud

Disgraced US Congressman Michael Grimm Headed to Prison for Fraud: "Former New York Congressman Michael G. Grimm was handed an eight-month prison sentence on Friday after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud."

Greece: IS PM Tsipras the trojan horse?

Greek PM Tsipras Kicks Out Rebel Ministers Following EU Bailout Vote: "After sustaining a widespread rebellion by his own party in the Greek parliament's vote on EU proposed austerity measures, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made significant changes to his government."

Senior Russian diplomat warning - don't meddle with Russian internal politics

Senior diplomat vows ‘harsh prevention’ of attempts to influence Russian internal politics: “'Of course we will cut short efforts to pay for interference in our internal affairs, for example through non-government organizations. This will be done through political and legal means, but harshly and without doubts,' Konstantin Dolgov said in a recent interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.