POLITICS/ELECTIONS/CORRUPTION

Nov 26 17:56

Save the Fatcats (who run Save The Children)

These are the top salaries at the Save the Children fund.

CEO Justin Forsyth £139,950
COO Anabel Hoult £139,950
COO / CFO & Strategic Initiatives Rachel Parr £131,970
Global Programmes Director Fergus Drake £113,300
Fundraising Director Tanya Steele £112,200
Marketing & Comms Director Sue Allchurch £111,920
Policy & Advocacy Director Brendan Cox £106,029
CFO Peter Banks £102,000
HR Director Paul Cutler £100,980

The UK average salary is 26,500.

StC has just given Tony Blair its “Global Legacy” award. What kind of people like Tony Blair? People who earn over 100,000. I am not sure that if you put money in a tin, or bought from their charity shop, you thought you were paying that many fat salaries. There are also gold plated pensions and other benefits. Justin Forsyth, the CEO, of course worked in Tony Blair’s neo-con policy unit.

Nov 26 17:53

'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police

The family of a missing boy have been told by police that he may have been abducted, abused and murdered by a paedophile ring of leading establishment figures.

Martin Allen, the son of the chauffeur of a Australian high commissioner, went missing aged 15 from King's Cross on his way to home in Kensington in November 1979.

His brother Kevin, 51, has said he was called by Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Metropolitan Police on Friday, who told him she was investigating whether Martin’s disappearance is linked to an alleged ring made up of MPs and senior figures of authority.

Nov 26 17:42

Save the Children staff furious over 'morally reprehensible' award for Tony Blair

Save the Children faces a revolt by its staff after it gave a “global legacy” award to Tony Blair.

More than 200 of the charity’s employees have signed an internal letter condemning the “morally reprehensible” decision to give the honour to the former prime minister at a ceremony in New York.

The move places in jeopardy the charity’s “credibility”, it warns.

Nov 26 15:36

The Politics of Thanksgiving Day

As family excitement builds over Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Barack Obama publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying much greater attention to his annual declaration of thanksgiving with the ceremonial pardoning of a turkey.

Nov 26 15:00

'This Is Only the Beginning': Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Heads to Recount

Advocates of labeling genetically modified foods are cheering that an Oregon measure that would require such labeling is headed to an automatic recount.

Measure 92, as Common Dreams reported earlier this month, would mandate that beginning January 2016, certain food items that were produced with or contain GMOs, also referred to as genetically engineered (GE) food, would be labeled as such.

Nov 26 12:08

TIME Justifies Ferguson Violence as Response to White Privilege: "Riots Are a Necessary Part of Evolution of Society"

For one TIME magazine writer, the acts of violence in Ferguson are an entitlement for those suffering racism. "Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture."

Arguing "In Defense of Rioting," TIME Magazine's Darlena Cunha provided some incredible justifications for the senseless violence and destruction that are as outrageous as the riots themselves:

Nov 26 11:49

Time to Toss the Political Dead Weight Out of Both Houses Congress

The neo cons are trying to co-opt the massive the recent victory on Nov 4, 2014. When the GOP took back the Senate and gained more seats in the house. The RINOS are trying to spin the victories as a mandate maintaining business as usual trying to pressures the Tea Party victories.

We are hearing the last election victories for the GOP was about bipartisanship to get things done or to work with the president. That is all media spin trying to steal the major gains from the Tea party movement.

Nov 26 09:07

Amnesty treason and dumb down public acceptance

The Rubicon has been crossed. The demented tyrant declares he is now Caesar. The Senate remains silent and the dependency crowd continues to spend their Food Stamps on Red Bull.

Nov 26 08:48

West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran

The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.

After a full year of tortuous negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have now extended the nuclear talks for another six months. The move comes after foreign ministers from the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran failed this week to conclude a final deal in Vienna on the long-running nuclear dispute.

Despite having secured an interim deal last November, which gave a partial lifting of international sanctions to Iran in return for Iranian self-imposed restrictions on its nuclear programme, the group of world powers could not in the end come up with a final accord on the deadline set for November 24 this week.

Nov 26 08:33

Race A Factor? 1/4 of Ferguson grand jury was black

The script had been set for days. All that was required for cameras to roll was the grand jury report. The mob had been irritated at the delay. There was a sense of relief when the verdict came down. The mob would have been disappointed if the grand jury had held Michael Wilson guilty. As the mob set the city on fire and hunted for whites to attack, Barack Obama appeared on split screen to own the riot. Issuing a perfunctory call for the rule of law, he then fanned the flames by talking about the "deep distrust between law enforcement and communities of color."

Nov 26 07:57

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

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

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

Upon ASEAN’s official website, the AEC is described as:

"The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) shall be the goal of regional economic integration by 2015. AEC envisages the following key characteristics: (a) a single market and production base, (b) a highly competitive economic region, (c) a region of equitable economic development, and (d) a region fully integrated into the global economy."

The AEC is an unquestionable inevitability – and more alarmingly – an inevitability absolutely none of the many hundreds of millions of Southeast Asian citizens have asked for, voted for, or have any direct say in regards to. So inevitable is AEC’s unfurling in 2015, that few have even bothered to ask “why?” “for what?” and “by whom?” ...

Nov 26 07:48

US police trained to occupy communities: Analyst

US police forces are trained by Israeli military forces to ‘occupy’ the communities they are in charge of across America, a commentator tells Press TV.

“There is a problem in US police departments being trained very largely by the Israeli defense forces... which is an ‘occupation force’, so people are being trained in which to occupy the community,” Graylan Hagler, a justice advocate from Washington, said in an interview with Press TV on Monday.

Nov 26 07:31

NETANYAHU FIRED CHUCK HAGEL

The resignation (forced firing) of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a bad sign folks; a very bad sign. It's not that Secretary Hagel was anything special of course; Globalist, DC Insider, member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) etc; but at least he wasn't a complete warmongering psychopath like Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney.

You see, Schmuckie Hagel was more of a "soft power" Globalist, a fact which had earned him the open enmity of the Jewish neo-conservatives and the Israelis. It is clear now that a weakened "Ebola-ized", post-election Obongo has been usurped by the more aggressive faction of America's PRC (Predatory Ruling Class), operating within his own Party and administration.

Nov 26 07:30

Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare. President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

Nov 26 07:29

Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 ‘Coincidences’ Too Glaring To Ignore

Was it a conspiracy or was it incompetence? Those appear to be the only two alternatives that we are left with after the horrific violence that we witnessed in Ferguson on Monday night.

Nov 26 07:16

Michèle Flournoy Takes Herself Out of Running for Top Pentagon Job

Michèle Flournoy, widely seen as the front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, abruptly took herself out of the running for the job Tuesday, complicating what will be one of the most important personnel decisions of President Barack Obama's second term.

Nov 26 07:03

in Maine State Senate Recount Reverse Result From Democratic to Republican

An election fraud mystery has emerged in Maine's tiny Town of Long Island. The strange case has not only changed the previously announced "winner" of the election, but the contested results affect the entire state Senate and are now the subject of an investigation demanded by the Maine Democratic Party.

Nov 26 06:48

Possible Motives for Ousting Hagel

At the start of Barack Obama’s second term, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was seen as the best hope for standing up to the neocons, inside and outside the administration. Though Hagel proved to be a weak champion, his sudden removal could portend more trouble ahead.

The abrupt resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – along with the failure to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on the same day – does not augur well for the last quarter of Barack Obama’s presidency, reflecting his continuing tendency to let the neocons have their way.

Nov 25 22:19

Gay rights activist Terry Bean who raised $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign indicted for sexually abusing 15-year-old boy

A high profile gay rights activist and Democrat fundraiser has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy with his boyfriend. Terry Bean, 66, co-founded two of the biggest national campaign groups and raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid. He was arrested at his home in southwest Portland on Wednesday and indicted with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse.

Nov 25 19:22

A Flashbang Video Production

A short documentary that explores the effectiveness of protesting today.

Nov 25 19:19

"Panem Today, Panem, Tomorrow, Panam Forever," from FEMA Region 10

What does all of this social and economic discord — most recently, the Ferguson protests and riots — have to do with coinciding with the recent release of Mocking Jay, part one?

Nov 25 17:43

With Everyone Focused on Ferguson, Obama Quietly Passing 3,400 New Regulations Before Thanksgiving

Although the government and mainstream media perfectly timed the Ferguson grand jury decision to go off right after President Obama passed executive amnesty (which, magically, no one in the mainstream media is talking about anymore), it also works out well for the White House that this event transpired right before the upcoming holiday.

Why, you might ask?

Because the Obama administration has prepared, for the fifth time now, to oh-so-quietly release 3,415 brand spanking new regulations right before Thanksgiving while everyone just so happens to be totally distracted and focusing on the orchestrated civil disorder going on in Ferguson.

Nov 25 14:46

Calling Sens. Mitchell, Daschle—Your “Bipartisan” Center Is In Funny Company

The question is, how was it that the foreign policy project of a “bipartisan” organization—founded by two relatively liberal former Democratic Majority Leaders and two relatively moderate former Republican Majority Leaders—was effectively captured and held captive for no less than seven years by hard-core neoconservatives determined to sabotage a top foreign-policy priority of a sitting Democratic president?

Former Democratic Sens. George Mitchell and Tom Daschle co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center(BPC), along with their former Republican colleagues and fellow former majority leaders, Sens. Howard Baker and Bob Dole back in 2007. The Center, which describes itself as a “non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiations and respectful dialogue,” has generally promoted mainstream, centrist positions on a range of issues over the years, including economic and energy policy, governance, health, and homeland security.

Nov 25 13:36

FERGUSON RIOTS, IMMIGRATION REFORM FRAMING COMING CIVIL WAR AROUND RACE

Chaos has engulfed Ferguson, Missouri as the mainstream media is directing national attention to divisive racial issues at a time of rising tyranny in America. Sensational revelations about government corruption are becoming a regular occurrence under the Obama administration. Ordinary Americans are being targeted while known terrorists are escorted through security. Kidnappers, rapists, and murderers are being released from prison; an action sanctioned by the President of the United States. The BATF allows guns to find their way to Mexican drug lords, while the federal government is fighting to disarm American citizens. Mega-banks launder billions of dollars worth of drug money.

Nov 25 11:32

Official: Obama Ordered National Guard Stand-Down During Ferguson Riots

National Guard and police failed to protect businesses targeted by rioters during last night’s chaos, leading to charges that the Obama administration issued a stand down order.

Earlier this morning, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder made the stunning claim, telling Fox News, “Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.”

His comments followed Ferguson Mayor James Knowles’ complaint that his request for National Guard assistance was repeatedly ignored by Democrat Governor Jay Nixon last night.

Watch the video above to see Kinder and Knowles’ remarks.

Nov 25 09:45

Michael Brown shooting: What Darren Wilson told the Ferguson grand jury

And while we are all diverted by this injustice Netanyahoo has taken over the Pentagon! WW3 HERE WE COME!
The medical investigator did not take photographs at the scene of Brown's killing because the camera battery had died, the grand jury heard.

The investigator, who goes to the crime scene to collect evidence for the pathologist, also did not take measurements of anything at the scene because they "didn't need to."

Nov 25 08:54

Here Comes France: Right-Wing Leader Marine Le Pen Demands Central Bank Repatriate French Gold

First Germany, then the Netherlands, perhaps Switzerland this weekend, and now the French right-wing Front National, which shockingly came first in May's European parliament elections, and whose leader Marine Le Pen is currently polling in first place in a hypothetical presidential election (in both a first and run off round), ahead of president Hollande, has sent a letter to the governor of the French Central Bank, the Banque de France, demanding that France join the list of nations which have repatriated, or at least tried to, their gold.

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Nov 25 08:41

The Emperor’s New Gruber: Obama says Americans are great because “we don’t have real long memories”

Wow! Echoing Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s sentiments that Americans are too stupid to realize that Obamacare traps them into higher taxes, Obama praised Americans for having memories too short to hold Democrats accountable in the next Presidential election.

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The nobility of France in the time of Louise XVI had a similar disdain for the peasantry ... and look what happened to them!

Nov 24 22:01

POLICE LIED: BROWN WAS KILLED 148 FEET FROM WILSON'S SUV (NOT 35)

via Daily Kos. Excellent presentation of facts! Sources and backup sources hyperlinked.

"See his video below and pay attention to the statements at 1:13 & 6:01"

"At that time, when the chief said the "entire scene" was just 35 feet in distance from the "car door to the shooting," every observer accepted it as a negligible fact and thought little about it, instead zeroing in on why Darren Wilson stopped Mike Brown in the first place and why a police officer would shoot a young man who was surrendering with his hands up."

"It turns, out, though, that the distance Mike Brown fled was not 35 feet, as was stated in the press conference and cited in hundreds of articles since. Nor was it 45 feet, or 75 feet, or even 95 feet, but approximately 148 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. Below, you will find photos from the day of the murder, maps, infographics, and more to confirm for you that the distance was more 500 percent farther away than originally claimed by Chief Belmar and subsequently quoted as fact in almost every narrative of the case."

Nov 24 19:03

The Federal Reserve Is At The Heart Of The Debt Enslavement System That Dominates Our Lives

You become a “human resource” that is being exploited to serve the interests of others. Today, some forms of slavery have been outlawed, but one of the most insidious forms is more pervasive than ever. It is called debt, and virtually every major decision of our lives involves more of it.

Nov 24 17:24

Hagel’s ritual resignation and ‘the war ahead’

ANOTHER RITUAL RESIGNATION TOOK PLACE TODAY IN WASHINGTON

Nov 24 17:22

'Dropping Pretense of Democracy,' Israel Advances Bill for Jewish Nation-State

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday passed a controversial bill which declares Israel a Jewish nation-state, institutionalizes Jewish religious law, and eradicates Arabic as a second official language.

Critics warn that the measure, which still requires approval by parliament, would further codify religious and ethnic discrimination against Palestinians and other non-Jews while institutionalizing a theocratic shift to the right.

Nov 24 16:48

Great Lakes ice cover developing; Earliest in over 40 years

According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, Three of Michigan’s Great Lakes had ice starting to form. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were one-half percent ice covered, while Lake Huron had one percent ice. Lake Erie was not reporting any ice as of Nov. 20, 2014.

Nov 24 16:43

White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they’re going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda — marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.

Nov 24 16:14

Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine

Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream U.S. news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution.

Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of America’s premier news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, contributing to an information crisis inside “the world’s superpower,” a development that should unnerve both Americans and the world community.

Nov 24 15:34

‘Homeland Security’ to Destroy Governmentwide Surveillance Records

The Department of Homeland Security is poised to ditch all records from a controversial network monitoring system called Einstein that are at least three years old, but not for security reasons. -- DHS reasons the files — which include data about traffic to government websites, agency network intrusions and general vulnerabilities — have no research significance.

Nov 24 15:30

Israel – America’s Biggest Frenemy

The Jewish State in the Levant is a burden we shouldn’t have to bear.

For decades the Israelis have lived off our largesse without having to offer anything of value in return – unless Israeli interference in American politics is considered of value. We’ve handed them over $3 billion a year in tribute, stood by while they subjected their Palestinian helots to conditions not seen since South Africa’s apartheid, and smiled tolerantly, as one would at an obstreperous child, while they noisily spat in our faces at every opportunity.

And what have we gotten in return? Insults, interference, and outright threats – not to mention one of the most effective (and obnoxious) spying operations conducted on our soil by a foreign power.

Nov 24 15:25

Opening the Gates to World War III

The Russian government has done all it can to encourage Europe to maintain profitable and peaceful relations with Russia. However, it seems that Europeans are too firmly under Washington’s control to act in their own interest. Europe’s vassalage is permitting a scenario to unfold that could lead to World War III.

According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Nov 24 15:06

Hegel on Israel

Chuck Hagel has sought to distance the United States from Israel, blame Israel for Palestinian terrorism, pressure Israel to surrender territory and retreat to indefensible borders, and has consistently attempted to increase pressure on Israel and reduce it on Israel’s foes.

Nov 24 13:34

Déjà Vu in Jerusalem?

If even the Shabak, the organization responsible for torturing and assassinating Palestinians during forty-seven years of occupation, thinks the Israeli leadership has gone too far, then matters are becoming really scary. Yes, there is a sense of déjà vu, only this time it seems that Israel’s political entourage has already fallen into the abyss.

Nov 24 12:14

Obama: Americans Want “New Car Smell” in 2016 & Hillary Would Be a “Great President”

I think the president chose a bad day to stop sniffing glue. Or maybe a bad day to start...

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Nov 24 08:15

Netanyahu behind Congress's anti-Iran moves: Jeff Steinberg

An American political commentator believes that anti-Iran measures taken by Congress over the country’s nuclear deal might have been taken on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Gee, ya think?

Nov 24 08:11

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78, leaves complicated legacy

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who rose from the sharecroppers’ shacks of Itta Bena, Mississippi, to the executive suite of the District’s City Hall and overcame an embarrassing public drug arrest while in office to return as D.C. mayor and council member, died early Sunday. He was 78.

Nov 24 07:54

Chuck Hagel forced to step down as Secretary of Defense

Nov 24 07:09

Obama: Illegal Alien Wife Beaters Who Claim To Have an Abusive Childhood…Can Stay

A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal memo has revealed a new policy, which will allow untold numbers of illegal aliens who have been convicted of domestic violence to avoid deportation. The measure is part of Obama’s ‘executive order amnesty.’

Nov 23 21:24

School expels 8-year-old whose mother refused to give her vaccine family doctor deemed unsafe

A showdown over vaccinations has erupted in a Long Island town after the mother of an 8-year-old was told by her doctor that a new school district rule requires children to get a booster shot at too young an age. Ceili McNicholas was expelled from Long Island's Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School last week after her mother Jamie refused to let her receive the Tdap booster, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

Nov 23 15:19

“Dr. Death” to Be Sentenced on November 26

Janet Phelan
Activist Post

Dr. Wouter Basson—dubbed by the media “Dr. Death”– will face sentencing by the Health Professions Council of South Africa on November 26-29, a sentencing that has now been delayed for nearly a year. In December of 2013, Basson was found guilty by the HPCSA for acting unprofessionally as a medical doctor during his tenure as Director of Project Coast, the chemical and biological weapons programme under the South African apartheid government.

The HPCSA found Basson guilty on four uncontested charges...

Nov 23 15:05

6 Examples That Show Doctors are Puppets for Vaccine Manufacturers

by Sandy Lunoe

Manufacturers hide information from doctors about ingredients and conceal their sinister plans for vaccine production so that doctors will continue to feel comfortable recommending vaccines. Doctors have no possibility whatsoever of knowing the complete composition of vaccines, nor do health authorities – or, in fact, anyone else.

Here are some of the methods manufacturers use to conceal the presence of ingredients in vaccines...

Nov 23 12:37

Biden in Kiev on US Regime-Change Victory Tour

Russia this week condemned the dangerous escalation of US military involvement in Ukraine. Moscow’s foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the arms announcement «broke all agreements» and that it would further destabilize the country and make a political resolution of the conflict less likely.

The next US planes to follow Biden’s will be loaded with weapons and other non-lethal munitions, as earlier this week Washington announced for the first time that it is to start supplying the Kiev regime with military hardware. Those weapons are to include anti-tank and air defence systems, sniper rifles and machine-guns.

Nov 23 12:20

Rapper Faces Life in Prison for Album Cover

Like countless artists before him, San Diego-based rapper Brandon Duncan's new album features a picture of a gun and bullets on its front cover. However Duncan, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, could be the first artist to go to jail for his choice of album art.

Nov 22 16:38

Shocker: Up to 30,000 Lois Lerner Emails "Recovered"

Well, well, well...what have we here?

Here's what the Washington Examiner reported today:

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

Does anyone else find it funny that suddenly - shortly after midterm elections - these emails have been recovered?

Nov 22 08:52

The nightmare we called the “Arab Spring"

Nureddin Sabir says the “Arab Spring” had been misunderstood from the start and, at least in Syria and Libya, what were said to be pro-democracy revolutions were in fact Islamist insurrections.

Nov 22 08:51

Dutch Central Bank secretly brought 120 tonnes of gold back to Amsterdam from New York

The Dutch central bank has secretly brought a large part of the national gold reserves being held in a secure depot in New York back to Amsterdam. In total, 120 tonnes of gold valued at €4bn has been brought back to the Netherlands b

Nov 22 08:37

Private Military Contractors Hired to Move Guns and Gold Out of Ferguson

Business owners in the St. Louis, Missouri area have hired private military contractors to transport guns and gold, fearing their shops will be targeted by looters if a grand jury does not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in the St. Louis county suburb of Ferguson.

Nov 22 08:15

Citigroup Said to Be Ousted From ECB FX Group for Rigging

The European Central Bank ejected Citigroup Inc. (C) from its foreign-exchange market liaison group after the U.S. bank was fined for rigging the ECB’s own currency benchmark, two people with knowledge of the move said. The ECB removed Citigroup from the panel, which advises the central bank on market trends, after regulators fined the lender $1 billion for rigging currency benchmarks

Nov 22 07:44

The Department of Justice's top communications official plotted to squash a reporter who aggressively covered the agency's ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious gun scandal in 2011, previously secret emails show.

The Department of Justice's top communications official plotted to squash a reporter who aggressively covered the agency's ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious gun scandal in 2011, previously secret emails show.

The emails, between the DOJ's then-communications chief Tracy Schmaler and White House press flack Eric Schultz, are a rare look inside the Obama administration's press control machine.

Nov 22 07:11

Investigators into IRS scandal may have recovered lost Lois Lerner emails

WASHINGTON – Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.

Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Republicans who run the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigators said at a staff briefing Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner.

Nov 22 06:59

Labeling campaign didn't end on Election Day

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The campaign pushing to require labels on genetically engineered foods built an extensive voter-turnout operation leading up to the November election, but their work didn't stop on Election Day.

Using a new state law that makes public the names of voters whose ballots weren't counted, usually because of problems with the signature, labeling proponents aggressively reached out to those they thought might be supporters.

Nov 22 06:37

Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?

Iran appears ready to sign an agreement tightly constraining its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, but neocons and other U.S. hardliners appear determined to wreck the deal, which could make Mideast tensions even worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar

As of this writing the greatest chance of wrecking it appears to involve not what is going on at the negotiating tables in Europe but instead what the U.S. Congress may do back in Washington to sabotage the work of the diplomats. The energy for the Congressional wrecking ball comes, as it always has, from three sources.

Nov 21 23:21

‘International law is being applied highly selectively, when it comes to Iran’

RT talks to U.S. foreign policy analyst Soraya Ulrich

Soraya Ulrich is not optimistic that a deal would be reached before the deadline. She raises the point that this is not just about Iran, this is a fight about upholding international laws and international treaties, which are being violated by the United States. She notes that Iran has never violated the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), yet it is being accused of doing so. If we succumb to the violation by one party i.e United States and its allies in this case, then international laws and international treaties will loose all meaning and other countries will fall prey to such lawlessness.

Top US and Iranian diplomats have decided to stay in Vienna to continue tense negotiations on the nuclear issue until a consensus suitable to both states is reached.

World powers are trying to agree on limits for Iran’s uranium enrichment, and the sanctions imposed on the country.

Nov 21 22:19

Moment of Truth — Iran and Obama

President Obama cannot mollify those critics inside as well as outside his administration who want unconditional surrender from the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran)and still expect to get an agreement. Humiliation is a dangerous and delicate business. Especially so when the party whom you intend to humiliate is a proud people and its leaders willful.

A recommendation: Sign the nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Announce it with great fanfare. Declare that this opens a new era in relations between the two countries and holds out the prospect for achieving peace and stability across the region. By acting in this way, the United States would redraw the diplomatic map of the Middle East in ways that open opportunities for resolution of its internecine conflicts and for the establishment of a measure of stability.

Nov 21 16:05

Report: 81% of GM Crops Approved Without Adequate Safety Studies

What’s a recipe for environmental mayhem and the destruction of human health? The approval of genetically modified organisms by governments worldwide without any scientific safety studies. A new study published by the risk-assessment journal Environment International states that of the GM crops approved for planting and marketing globally, 81% were not studied for possible health and environmental safety risks.

Nov 21 16:03

New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities

The Department of Homeland Security has just released new “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” Designed to fill in the details after President Obama’s announcement that at least four million currently illegal immigrants will be given work permits, Social Security numbers and protection from deportation, the DHS guidelines are instructions for the nation’s immigration and border security officers as they administer the president’s directive.

Nov 21 13:41

Is Water The New Enron? - Fake Crises, Fake Bills, And Fake Solutions

David Simon
Activist Post

"In places like Benton Harbor, Michigan and Detroit, there is something called the emergency manager, which essentially is a local dictator. He can depose the mayor and offer decrees and answer to no one except the governor. In these two cities and others, because they are lacking tax revenue (because of lack of industry) they are jacking up the water rates as much as 40%. ... One of the people who was leading the charge against this stuff was recently convicted in a kangaroo court in Benton Harbor and is now facing 20 years in prison. He is Reverend Pinkney." - Brandon Turbeville

"Little bitty Benton Harbor was the testing ground. It was the testing ground to see what they can get away with. ...It's comin' to your city next, whether you like it or not.
- Rev. Edward Pinkney

Nov 21 13:38

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

Is Poroshenko’s forthcoming blitz against the people of southeast Ukraine designed to provoke a Russian response – to the humanitarian crisis? Will Russia confront the NATO-directed Kiev offensive and risk a total break with the West?

There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).

Nov 21 13:21

Alert: Monsanto is trying to crush Maui right now

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

Right now, the heart of the ACTUAL American struggle against Monsanto is in Maui.

On Election Day, voters in Maui County passed a local ballot measure blocking Monsanto and Dow from further development of GMOs.

Maui is a very important piece of Monsanto’s empire. Because of the year-round weather, they can run many, many tests on new GMO crop varieties.

So Monsanto and Dow immediately turned around and sued Maui County...

Nov 21 13:04

Scandal forces another Hollande minister to quit

A junior French minister resigned on Friday as a scandal implicating him in the awarding of lucrative public contracts to members of his family hit President François Hollande's Socialist government with another bruising.

Nov 21 11:28

Washington Plays Russian Roulette

These are bleak times. I’ve been in serious conversation with some deep sources and interlocutors – those who know but don’t need to show off, privileging discretion. They are all deeply worried. This is what one of them, a New York strategic planner, sent me:

The propaganda attack against Putin equating him with Hitler is so extreme that you have to think that the Russians cannot believe their ears and cannot trust the United States anymore under any circumstances.

Nov 21 10:40

Attorney General Holder touts release of new guidance to law enforcement officers about how to maintain order during First Amendment-protected events

IN VIDEO, ATTORNEY GENERAL ALSO REMINDS POTENTIAL DEMONSTRATORS THAT ‘HISTORY SHOWS THAT MOST SUCCESSFUL MOVEMENTS ADHERE TO NONVIOLENCE’

Nov 21 10:37

Democratic Congressman suggests moat

Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen asks Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy if a moat would help prevent trespassers getting into the White House.
Democratic Congressman suggests moat to…

We wonder where he got that idea from?

Nov 21 09:57

Irish politician compares protests against water charges with ISIS

During a debate on reforms to the highly unpopular water charges, Fine Gael TD for Tipperary North, Noel Coonan, made the fantastical claim that the Irish State was facing “what is potentially an Isis situation” if protests against the water charge were not “nipped in the bud”.

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