‘Bob Geldof’s Ebola charity single looks set to become a huge international hit, but the project has again run into criticism from a pro-Africa website and a London-born, Ghanian-raised singer. The musician, Fuse ODG, admitted he withdrew because he was “shocked and appalled” by the song’s lyrics.
Singers like Bono, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran and One Direction participated in the project, which aimed to prevent Ebola from spreading beyond West Africa.’
‘A torrent of “foiled” terror plots have recently dominated headlines across the Western World. In Rochester New York, the FBI netted a man they claimed was plotting a shooting spree targeting US service members. In Australia, over 800 security agents swooped in on 15 ISIS suspects whom the Australian government claimed were plotting to randomly behead a member of the public. In the UK, 4 suspects allegedly linked to ISIS were arrested before carrying out a plot Scotland Yards claims was aimed at the Queen of England herself.
According to Western security agencies, in addition to ISIS’ regional campaign of brutality stretching from Lebanon, across Syria, and into Iraq, it is also working ceaselessly to carry out attacks against targets within the US, across Europe, and even in the Pacific.’
‘Shooting at representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the country’s East is “shocking”, as Kiev should be providing for their safety, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday.
“These are shocking situations. We strongly express our protest over this, considering that the inviting party [Kiev] is obliged to provide all the necessary conditions for safety during the international observers’ work and movement,” Lukashevich said during a briefing.’
‘Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, in an Odessa TV address to the nation, on November 13th, said:
“We will have our jobs. They will not. We will have our pensions. They will not. We will have care for children, for people, and retirees. They will not. Our children will go to schools and kindergartens. Theirs will hole up in basements [from our bombs]. Because they are not able to do anything. This is exactly how we will win this war! [I.e., we will starve and terrorize them into submission.]”’
‘In an open letter published in The Times newspaper, several American celebrities and over 57 million Americans warn UK citizens about the dangers of growing GMO crops, and the importance of speaking out for their right to decide whether or not to grow them.
Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah, and Robert Kennedy Jr have joined trade groups like the Food & Water Watch, the Sierra Club, the Rachel Carson Council, Friends of the Earth, the Organic Consumers Association, Dr Bronner’s, and NYR Organic to warn the UK of the peril which GM crops could cause if people don’t speak out in time.
The open letter details the challenges that American farmers have had to face, as nearly two decades now of genetically altered crops have littered our once-pristine fields and farms.’
‘In a remarkable exchange, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told gathered reporters Wednesday that President Obama looks upon being criticised as an ‘emperor’ as “a badge of honor”.
Responding to a question regarding Republican criticism of Obama’s executive amnesty plans, Earnest said “We’ve heard this rhetoric for some time.”
“Their most recent statement referred to ‘Emperor Obama,’” Earnest said, adding “The fact is the president is somebody who is willing to examine the law, review the law and use every element of that law to make progress for the American people and that’s a criticism the president wears with badge of honor.”’
‘The detective who led the investigation into Britain’s most notorious child abusers has claimed there could be another 17 unsolved murders at the hands of the brutal gang.
Former Scotland Yard detective Roger Stoodley also believes investigation files relating to the group – which abducted, abused and murdered children during the 1980s – could contain vital evidence about a VIP paedophile ring which allegedly abused boys at a London guest house.
Under Operation Orchid, Mr Stoodley helped expose the murders of three children by a gang of paedophiles, of which fairground worker Sidney Cooke was one of the ringleaders.
The victims were Jason Swift, 14, six-year-old Barry Lewis and Mark Tildesley, seven.’
‘He feels vindicated by evidence at last month’s inquiry into police involvement with a Catholic Church child sexual abuse reporting group, and relieved to leave without disciplinary action against him over the November 2012 television interview that led to a royal commission, but ended his career.
And he’s not going quietly.
‘‘When the hell are they going to do something about charging someone?’’ he said about the key recommendation of the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry report in May this year that slammed him, but found there was ‘‘sufficient evidence warranting the prosecution of a senior Catholic Church official in connection with the concealment of child sexual abuse’’ by the late Hunter priest Jim Fletcher.’
‘The Government’s £11bn plan to install “smart” energy meters in every home is being delayed by up to a year, after the company in charge of the communications system for the devices warned it would not be ready in time.
The meters, which will cost about £200 per household to install, monitor electricity and gas usage in real-time and send data back to suppliers daily, eliminating estimated billing.
Energy suppliers are supposed to start the full national installation programme in late 2015, when a central communications system to handle data transfer between meters and suppliers was due to go live, and complete the roll-out by 2020.’
‘The surprise claim is likely to further boost Ukip in today’s by-election in Kent. The poll already looks certain to give the party another spectacular victory.
Members of the European Parliament demanded the cash – including £680million from British taxpayers – to settle unpaid bills. Anti-Brussels campaign groups were outraged last night about the sudden cash demand.Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott, the party’s spokesman on the EU budget, said: “It is clear that the EU is beyond reform.’
‘Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services, according to an Independent investigation highlighting how privatisation is benefiting overseas – rather than UK – taxpayers.
Swathes of Britain’s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies owned by other European governments – meaning foreign exchequers reap the dividends while UK customers struggle with increasing fares and bills.
In the past two years alone, overseas taxpayers have taken dividends totalling nearly £1bn from companies which make their profits from UK households and passengers.’
‘MPs ordered their expenses to be shredded after just three years to prevent any “smoking guns” from coming to light, a whistleblower has claimed.
Paul Gibbons, a records management consultant, has revealed he helped draw up a controversial records policy that ordered all expenses paperwork to be destroyed after just three years.
Mr Gibbons said the normal practice would be to keep the records for six years, but the House of Commons Commission “went out of their way” to reduce this.
All records and paperwork relating to MPs’ claims under the scandal-hit system have been destroyed, the Daily Telegraph revealed earlier this month.’
‘Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is to give police and the security services the power to force terror suspects to move to towns far away from their homes as she restores a key element of control orders.
The ability to relocate suspects to other areas was abandoned when control orders were replaced by the weaker terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) following a series of court rulings.
The Conservatives said that they wanted to re-introduce them earlier this year amid growing concerns about British jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq, but were met with opposition from the Liberal Democrats.’
‘The UK Independence Party has its second MP in the House of Commons after Mark Reckless won the Rochester and Strood by-election.
Mr Reckless, the constituency’s former Conservative MP who defected in September, won with a 2,930 majority after a bitter seven week campaign.
The victory is further evidence that Ukip’s hold on British politics is strengthening after the party won the Clacton by-election last month.’
‘The state of California has decided that freedom of speech is a privilege, not a right. Apparently, prosecutors believe that writing lyrics about crime is a crime itself – and one punishable by a life sentence in prison.
Brandon Duncan, also known as Tiny Doo, is in fact heading to trial, as a judge decided that there is legal grounds for prosecuting the man for his lyrics.’
‘Confronted with a leaked City Hall paper revealing his plans for swingeing cuts to spending on education and youth groups, the reaction of Boris Johnson to Assembly member Andrew Dismore is nothing short of extraordinary:’
‘Boris Johnson has revealed that he is refusing to pay a tax demand issued to him by US authorities – despite previously lambasting the US embassy in London over its failure to pay the congestion charge.
The mayor of London, who was born in New York and holds a US passport as well as a British one, visited the country last week to promote his book and said during an interview with NPR (National Public Radio) that he had been hit with a demand for capital gains tax.
He said the US demand related to his first home in the UK, which was not subject to capital gains tax in England.’
‘Now we know for sure George Osborne’s economic plan has failed, even on its own account. For all the self-congratulation about credit-fuelled growth, the recession in wages goes on. Four years into the coalition, most people’s living standards are still falling. Last week it seemed as though pay might have finally overtaken prices. But yesterday’s figures showed that real earnings fell by 1.6% over the past year. That continues the longest drop, of seven consecutive years, since records began in Victorian times.
The fall in living standards is greater still for the poorest, who effectively suffer higher inflation. Add in the fact that business investment as a share of national income and productivity are still declining, and no wonder David Cameron’s red lights are flashing.
Of course the Tories like to boast about employment growth. But since only one in 40 of the new jobs are permanent, the number of people in enforced part-time work has doubled to 1.3 million, and there has been an explosion in artificial self-employment, the experience on the ground is something else entirely.’
‘This day in Cape Town the article here launched in public and it times with the very same day Cape Town turns on officially its magestic 10 storey high ‘Sun Star’ light to illuminate high above Cape town city as seen below.
To begin here, I ask you the reader to consider the likely possibility this illuminated project and its symbolism synchronicities with the real sun star secret of the ancient star maps found all around the world, is just … a coincidence. It is the charity LED art project design by Chris Swift ref and although funded by a corporation… its for a good African charity cause where after Christmas (which coincidently was the time this Sun star was celebrated as sol Invictus. ref ) will donate all the lighting to impoverished African charities.’
‘During Putin’s visit to Australia for the G20 meeting former Australian PM Paul Keating gave an interview to Australian TV starkly critical of NATO.
He heavily criticized the West for making a serious error in extending NATO at the end of the Cold War. He thinks that current events are a result of that flawed decision.’
‘We all seek because we assume there is something ‘out there’ that we don’t know or possess but want to or feel we should. We all seek because we have been taught and conditioned to look outside of ourselves for answers, satisfaction and meaning to our lives. But the outside world is the totality of your perceptions, your beliefs, how you view YOURSELF reflected back to you.
At birth, we are given a name, birth certificate and social security number. The introduction and mandate that we are separate from each other has begun and we must proceed down the unquestioned path of fighting and competing for ‘what’s mine’ in pursuit of reinforcing a temporary false identity and a personal ‘empire’ through materialism and the identification of self through our thoughts and feelings.’
‘The United States government is making it illegal for people to “exist as homeless,” says an American activist.
“What they (American authorities) are essentially doing is not just ripping out the safety net for the homeless, but just making it illegal for people to exist as homeless, making homelessness what we call in the United States a ‘status crime’, as opposed to a crime where you actually have to do something to be guilty of it,” said Bruce Dixon, a commentator from Atlanta, in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.
He also commented on what he called “a cutback on benefits” to the homeless people in the United States.’
‘A new kind of security guard is on patrol in Silicon Valley: crime-fighting robots that look like they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie.
At first glance, the K5 security robot looks like a cartoonish Star Wars character.
“The vast majority of people see it and go, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cute.’ We’ve had people go up and hug it, and embrace it for whatever reason,” said Stacy Stephens, co-founder of Knightscope, headquartered in Mountain View.
They are unarmed, but they are imposing: about 5 feet tall and 300 pounds, which very likely will make someone think twice before committing a crime in their presence.’
‘Israeli policy is longstanding. Reflecting anti-Palestinian state terror. Institutionalized racism writ large. Vicious repression.
Brutalizing Muslims for not being Jews. Enforcing militarized occupation harshness. Denying Palestinians rights everyone deserves.
According to Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) director Jeff Halper:’
‘When Bobby Deal retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office last month, he did so with the promise of a nest egg worth at least $4.9 million, a sum he’ll be paid over the next 25 years.
Deal now earns nearly 50 percent more per year as a retiree than he did when he worked for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.’
‘Abby Martin speaks with Rolling Stone journalist, Matt Taibbi, about a JP Morgan Chase whistleblower that has come forward to expose how the company knowingly sold toxic mortgages to investors and how the Justice Department used her as a pawn in its settlement negotiations with the financial giant.’
‘Tony Blair has been handed an award for spending billions of taxpayers’ money on foreign aid.
The former prime minister was honoured by Save The Children, a charity whose UK chief once worked for him in No 10. He received the award at a star-studded ceremony in New York.
But critics said it was undeserved, accusing him of leaving the country bankrupt and saying his legacy was nothing to celebrate.’
‘Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is quietly meeting with major Wall Street donors in New York to line up financial backing for a potential 2016 presidential run, people familiar with his plans said.
A finance industry executive said Bush was at a downtown Manhattan bank Monday, his fifth visit to the city since June. The source declined to name the bank, saying the sitdown was confidential.
Bush has said he is considering a run, and supporters, including his younger brother, former President George W. Bush, say Jeb is undecided.’
The problem of a diminishing water supply is taking its toll on the residents of Brazil, pointing to the growing issue of a world that is running out of water and as a result, entering a global crisis which will likely have serious agricultural, social and economic consequences.
In Brazil, so severe are droughts (October rain showers in the Sao Paulo area were one-fifth the normal amount) that over the past six months, more than 10 million people in Sao Paulo have been told cut water use. In Itu, Sao Paulo, where rain and groundwater is relied upon more than rivers, a reservoir has fallen to a shocking two percent of capacity; its residents no longer see water coming from a tap.’
‘Despite strong opposition from both elected officials in the affected areas and environmental groups, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has approved fracking in George Washington Forest. Objections to the plan came from members of Congress from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Washington D.C. city council, which passed a resolution opposing it in March. McAuliffe reiterated his opposition before a meeting of the state’s Climate Change and Resilience Commission in September.
The forest, located in Virginia and West Virginia, is the largest national forest on the east coast. It contains the headwaters of the Potomac River, which feed into the Chesapeake Bay and provide drinking water for millions of people the Washington D.C./Chesapeake region.’
‘The IDF troops did nothing to stop Israeli settlers from attacking Palestinian villagers, according to videos released by the Yesh Din rights group, showing soldiers pointing guns at Palestinians while Israelis are throwing stones from behind their backs.
In the three amateur videos released by the Yesh Din human rights group, the IDF soldiers appear to be protecting the masked Jewish settlers from Yitzhar during their confrontation with Palestinians in the village of Urif in the West Bank on Tuesday.’
‘The Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case in Ferguson, Missouri has blown up. It has been engineered to do so. See the article below on just how highly organized, scripted and surely funded this thing has become. A state of emergency has preemptively been declared for 30 days in Missouri before the grand jury’s decision has even been announced. “Planned responses” (not protests) have been organized for 83 cities across the nation and Canada. They are even holding informational meetings and “direct action trainings” in the lead up to the decision. The cops are stocking up on riot gear and rubber bullets. Residents are emptying gun stores.
Ask yourself. Why is this particular case in Ferguson the one that our government and mainstream media have thrown all of their time and resources into? Why has it blown up so fast?’
‘Pledges by the United States and other countries to sharply reduce greenhouse-gas emissions still aren’t enough to prevent global temperatures from rising beyond levels that scientists believe could be dangerous to the planet’s health, a U.N.-commissioned study says.’
‘With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has now set America on the path toward open rebellion and revolt. By declaring that he alone has the right to dictate immigration policy without the legislative approval of Congress, he has committed yet another lawless act in a long series of illegal schemes that cement his position in history as nothing more than a sociopathic liar and destroyer of nations.’
‘Healthcare workers at Hope Assisted Living & Memory Care Center in Dacula, Georgia, whose identities have not been made known as of this writing, have informed Health Impact News that on November 7, 2014, five residents of the center received flu vaccinations, only to die one week later.
The workers also explained that these individuals immediately developed a fever after receiving the flu shot. Furthermore, they maintain that the number of people who died during the time frame in which they did is significant; not only was it in the days that followed their flu shot, but one source notes that, typically, the center “maybe loses a couple of people every 6 months or longer to Alzheimers,” but five people in a one-week period is very atypical.’
‘Perhaps the single most important thing to know about power in the world today is that most nations do not have control over their own currencies. Instead privately owned, for-profit central banks – such as the Federal Reserve System in the US – create money out of nothing and then loan it at interest to their respective governments. This is an incredibly profitable scam, but that’s not the worst of it.
Not only do the central banks have the power to create money for free, they also have the power to set interest rates, to decide how much credit is issued, and to decide how much money is put into circulation. With this power central banks can – and do – orchestrate boom and bust cycles, enabling the super-wealthy owners of the banks to profit from investments during the booms, and buy up assets at bargain prices during the busts. And that still isn’t the whole story.’
‘As we wait for the grand jury verdict on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, schools in Ferguson are preparing to close, the police are stocked up on riot weapons and white supremacists are pledging to kill. A sand-colored, mine-resistant military vehicle was seen parked in front a local Dairy Queen. Protesters are organized and eschewing violence for clever forms of civil disobedience, but know they will likely face violence: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has already declared a state of emergency in Ferguson.
Armored trucks in the street and a fear of mayhem are more common abroad, but Ferguson shows they now have a place in the suburbs of America. Police have militarized from boots to brainstem.’
‘There’s another reason Walmart is known as one of America’s greediest corporations: it won’t pay its fair share of taxes.
Walmart Stores is America’s top-earning corporation. In 2013, its revenues were $473 billion, yet it only declared $16 billion in profits. While it has been reported that Americans subsidize Walmart because its low-wage employees receive an estimated $6.2 billion annually in Food Stamps, Medicare and other anti-poverty benefits, what’s not widely known is that Walmart has parked $21.4 billion in untaxed profits offshore and is currently lobbying to cut U.S. corporate tax rates.’
‘It’s that time of year—Thanksgiving holiday will be here soon, and we’ll gorge ourselves on good food. And then we’ll get to celebrate black Friday (the frenzy-filled shopping Friday right after Thanksgiving, which has actually encroached on Thanksgiving in recent years) and cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving when retail marketers encourage us to shop online). And, if we’re shopping online, odds are good that we’ll shop on Amazon.com. Maybe we should rethink that.
Even by the anything-goes ethical code of the corporate jungle, Amazon.com’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, is considered a ruthless predator by businesses that deal with him. He has the monopoly power to stalk, weaken and even kill off retail competitors — from giants as Barnes & Noble and Walmart, to hundreds of small Main Street shops.’
The late Ian Paisley claimed that Catholics “multiply like vermin.”
‘Imagine that a police force is being developed for a future Palestinian state. Imagine that the chief advisers to that force had spent much of their professional lives with an institution that was synonymous with repression. Imagine that instead of bringing a downtrodden people closer to freedom, the advisers were really helping the Palestinians to oversee their own occupation.
It is not necessary to imagine any further. This scenario is being actually being played out.’
‘The US Senate blocked action Tuesday on a bill that would have imposed only minor limitations on a National Security Agency program that collects records of the phone calls of every American. The vote was 58 to 42 to take up the measure for consideration, with supporters falling two votes short of the 60 required to force action.
The vote was nearly by party lines in the outgoing lame duck Senate, with 52 Democrats, two independents who generally vote with the Democrats and four Republicans supporting consideration of the bill. The 41 Republican opponents were joined by one Democrat, Bill Nelson of Florida.
The effect of the vote is to delay consideration of any legislation on NSA spying until the next session of Congress, when Republicans will be in the majority and will control key committees like Intelligence and Judiciary, which originate and write legislation.’
‘In response to the socially explosive conditions resulting from high unemployment, attacks on living standards and rising inequality, Spanish military units are being prepared for use in internal repression.
The Spanish digital daily, Público, recently revealed that around 200 soldiers from the Light Armoured Cavalry Regiment Lusitania No.8, based in Valencia, have been receiving special crowd control training, including the use of anti-riot equipment, by the military police.
One of the participants said that “they never explained what mission we needed this training for”. Another said, “People think that a lot of tension can be seen in the streets every day, that there is a lot of unrest … they tell us in the barracks that the National Police are overwhelmed, that it doesn’t have the means or the personnel.”’
‘A US assassination drone attack has killed at least five people and wounded three others in Pakistan’s mountainous northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
Pakistani intelligence sources said the aerial attack targeted a compound in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan on Thursday.
North Waziristan is considered a stronghold of pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan; the Pakistani army has been conducting a major offensive against the militants there since June 15.’
‘Dozens of protesters have attacked the headquarters of Poland’s top electoral authority in a show of protest against discrepancies in the recent local elections and to demand the polls be held again.
On Thursday evening, the demonstrators, most of them supporters of the nationalist opposition Law and Justice party, called for the dismissal of electoral officials over a computer glitch that is delaying the vote count from Sunday’s nationwide vote.
Przemyslaw Nowak, the Warsaw prosecutors’ spokesman, said that initial evidence suggests that hackers broke into the State Electoral Commission’s website but not the voting system.’
‘Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, and some other major cities have become the scene of increasing attacks by the Taliban amid the government’s efforts to reach a peace deal with the militants, Press TV reports.
A fortress-like “ring of steel” protects Kabul as police and soldiers man roadblocks and spot-check cars.
Streets around main buildings in the city, such as the parliament, the ministries and the presidential palace are also blocked off, while others are guarded by razor wire and concrete blast walls.’