‘NATO is destabilizing the Ukrainian crisis by turning blind eye to Kiev’s aim for a military solution, Moscow’s envoy to NATO said, warning that alliance’s rhetoric of shifting all responsibility onto Russia is not consistent with real state of affairs.
“NATO continues to position Russia as a participant in the conflict, which is far from reality and has a serious confrontational potential because, in essence, it gives Kiev carte blanche to seek a military solution to the conflict,” Russian envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko told Rossiya 24 TV channel.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced earlier on Wednesday that the alliance will create up to eight new command and control units on its eastern borders.’
There have been several attempts to discredit the Nobel Peace Prize since its establishment. Founder of Italian fascism, bloody dictator Benito Mussolini was nominated for the Prize in 1935.
In 1939 member of the Swedish Parliament E.G.C. Brandt nominated Adolf Hitler, who unleashed the Second World War. Tens of millions of people died at the hands of his soldiers. American President Barak Obama received the Prize in 2009, though he did not stop the war in Afghanistan, failed to close the torture prison in Guantanamo. While American drones constantly kill civilians in the Middle East at his order. The Prize pushed Obama to even bloodier airstrikes in Libya and Syria.
This year US Ambassador to Norway Julie Furuta-Toy is at great pains to get Ukrainian President Poroshenko nominated for the Prize. As you can see from the letter of the Chairman of Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Groysman, US Ambassador managed to get the support of two Nobel committee members.
‘As you may realize, the culprit is not a spontaneously self-organized little group of fanatic islamists, that neither the US nor NATO is able to contain. If you really thought that, think again!
The USA has spent many trillions of dollars during the last decade alone, on its ”defence” against these dangerous terrorists all over the world. And it is this ”defence” which, without provocation, bombed to smithereens more than half a dozen Muslim countries and thus caused the profuse stream of refugees to the affluent countries of the EU.
Incidentally, it is now well known that both Al Qaeda and ISIS were created, funded, trained and armed by the CIA and other US security and military agencies themselves, in order to stir up violence that could then be used as excuses to intervene with military force towards covert political and financial ends. All according to objective international analysts, coinciding with highly credible sources within the US establishment itself.’
‘U.S. intelligence documents released to a government watchdog confirms the suspicions that the United States and some of its so-called coalition partners had actually facilitated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as an effective adversary against the government of the Syrian dictator President Bashar al-Assad.
In addition, ISIS members were initially trained by members and contractors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at facilities in Jordan in 2012. The original goal was to weaken the Syrian government which had engaged in war crimes against their own people, according to a number of reports on Sunday.’
‘Two F16 jets were shot down over Yemen this month. When the wreckage was examined, both were found to be of types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia, nor anyone. The only “buyer” in the region for that type of plane is Israel, an online US military journal claimed in a report Tuesday.
According to Veterans Today, “fresh Saudi markings were painted on the two ‘Israeli’ warplanes.”
Analysis of the wreckage showed those planes to be of unknown origin. While they carried Saudi paint jobs, they couldn’t be Saudi aircraft and in fact were Israeli aircraft flown by Arabic speaking Israeli Air Force pilots, the journal claimed.’
‘Israel is hoping to receive $4.2-$4.5 billion a year in military aid from the United States for ten years, to counter the threat from Iran and oil-rich Middle East states that have been re-arming rapidly, a senior Israeli source has told Defense News
Under a 10-year deal signed in 2007, Israel receives just over $3 billion a year in American aid, with stipulations that over 70 percent of that aid has to be spent buying US military hardware. An extension of that agreement, running to 2028, was principally agreed on by Barack Obama during a visit to Israel in 2013, but according to Haaretz, talks on its terms have been “preliminary and unofficial.”
Among the purchases to be covered by the new deal are supplies of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which the US has refused to export to any other country, as well as up to 75 fifth-generation F-35 joint strike fighters, whenever they overcome their teething troubles. The US also provides technology, parts and rockets for Israel’s missile defense systems such as the Iron Dome and Arrow 3.’
‘Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to stand down from his role as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU, sources confirm.
He will leave the role next month after he fulfils “outstanding commitments”, a source close to Mr Blair told the BBC.
Mr Blair, who took the role just hours after leaving Downing Street in 2007, has written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to confirm his decision.
He will “remain active” in the region in an informal role, the source said.’
‘As many as 64 students were sexually abused at one of New York City’s most elite private schools between the 1960s and 1990s at the hands of 24 members of staff, according to a report released today.
Commissioned by a group of students who were themselves once enrolled at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, the new report suggests that sexual abuse of minors there was far more widespread than originally thought. A 2013 report from the Bronx District Attorney’s office identified only 25 victims.’
‘The government’s benefit cap is an example of “social justice in action”, Iain Duncan Smith has said.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph newspaper the Work and Pensions Secretary claimed that his reduction in payments was providing people with a “clear path to fulfilling lives and independence from the state”.
“Welfare reform is improving social mobility for families across the country,” he argued. “A key example of this is the benefit cap which we brought in to put a stop to sky-high benefit pay-outs. Under the Bill, the cap will be lowered from £26,000 to £23,000.”’
‘Labour has moved to support the Government’s plan to lower the benefit cap to £23,000, according to a statement made by interim leader Harriet Harman.
Responding to the Queen’s Speech in parliament today Ms Harman said her party was “sympathetic” to cutting the maximum amount a family can be paid in benefits by £3,000, a provision in the Conservative manifesto and in the Queen’s Speech.
Labour’s support for reducing the cap comes despite warnings from charities and researchers that it was already responsible for increasing homelessness and putting “children on the breadline”.’
‘New surveillance laws will give the police and security services unprecedented powers, the government has announced.
The new Investigatory Powers Bill, announced in the Queen’s speech, will include not only the previously blocked snooper’s charter but also measures for additional bulk interception of communications under warrant.
The Queen said the new bill would “modernise the law on communications data”, although such a wide-ranging expansion of surveillance powers had not been expected. The government said the new legislation would “provide police and intelligence agencies with the tools” to keep people safe.’
‘Amid the full pomp and circumstance of the all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men, police surround a quiet and peaceful man and arrest both him and a friend of his “to prevent a breach of the peace”.
The sole reason seems to be because he is carrying, but not openly displaying, a small piece of cardboard bearing a protest message about austerity.
The Tory threat to opt out of Human Rights seems to have been pre-empted by this ‘thought police’ action today in Parliament Square.’
‘Google, Facebook and other internet giants will be forced to give British spies access to encrypted conversations of suspected terrorists and criminals under plans to bolster surveillance powers.
New laws will require Whatsapp, which is owned by Facebook, Snapchat and other popular apps to hand messages sent by their users to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ about suspects under investigation.
The new power is to be included in a new Investigatory Powers Bill which will overhaul the ability of the spy agencies to monitorsuspects and intercept their communications.’
‘A woman has unveiled the government’s ‘one nation’ policies while sitting on a gold throne and wearing a crown encrusted with over 2,800 diamonds.
The woman – who is worth £340 million – announced measures which include freezing benefits, clamping down on strike action, seizing migrants’ wages and removing automatic housing support for young people.
“My government will adopt a one-nation approach,” she said. “And one is totally behind any approach that protects one.”
She then left Parliament and returned to her £1 billion house. Her crown left shortly afterwards in its own horse-drawn carriage.’
‘Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned.
Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are seeking to create drones which can track and kill targets even when out of contact with their handlers.
Writing in the journal Nature, Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkley, said the research could breach the Geneva Convention and leave humanity in the hands of amoral machines.
“Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans,” he said.’
‘The BBC will make the unemployed and low-paid workers compete against each other for a cash prize in a controversial Hunger Games-type show to find “Britain’s Hardest Grafter”.
Only the UK’s lowest-paid workers will be invited to compete to “show their worth” in the reality show, capitalising on the trend for “poverty porn” established by the Channel 4 series, Benefits Street.
Applications for Britain’s Hardest Grafter, which will be screened on BBC2, are limited to those currently earning less than £15,500 per year.’
‘President Obama’s administration on Wednesday claimed dominion over all of America’s streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, creeks, wetlands — perhaps even puddles — in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority.
The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, says it has the authority to control all waterways within the United States — and will exercise that authority.
“We’re finalizing a clean water rule to protect the streams and the wetlands that one in three Americans rely on for drinking water. And we’re doing that without creating any new permitting requirements and maintaining all previous exemptions and exclusions,” EPA head Gina McCarthy told reporters Wednesday.’
‘Economist Martin Armstrong claims there is a “secret meeting to end cash” set to take place in London before the end of the month involving representatives from the ECB and the Federal Reserve.
Armstrong, who is known for successfully predicting the 1987 Black Monday crash as well as the 1998 Russian financial collapse, expressed his shock that no news outlet has reported on this upcoming conference.
“I find it extremely perplexing that I have been the only one to report of the secret meeting in London. Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Willem Buiter, the Chief Economist at Citigroup, will address the central banks to advocate the elimination of all cash to bring to fruition the day when you cannot buy or sell anything without government approval,” writes Armstrong.’
‘Paid actors posed as “potential gun buyers” who were “convinced” by a “gun store clerk” – also an actor – not to buy a firearm as part of an anti-gun group’s “experiment” designed to deceive the public.
It was previously known that the “clerk” in the “hidden camera experiment” produced by States United Against Gun Violence was an anti-gun activist actor, but a journalist recently discovered that all the “gun buyers” in the video were paid actors as well.
“That’s quite the ‘hidden camera social experiment’ when your [filming] permit is for ‘actors’ to be ‘interviewed,’” David Codrea of the Shooter’s Log reported, who filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the filming permit.’
‘Here, “Dreadnought” reflects on the contents of (what purports to be) Adam Lanz’s room and finds anomaly after anomaly, which support the inference that “Adam” was a creation of the imagination. But he also offers speculations of his own that the Lanza’s had a real child, Ryan, and that “Ryan” may be Adam-moved-away. It is a fascinating review of an heretofore unexplored aspect of the elaborate event known as “Sandy Hook”.
We know that Sandy Hook was a hoax. The school was closed by 2008 and used as a prop in 2012. We even have the FEMA manual for the event, which included a rehearsal the day before the “school massacre” would be presented as a LIVE EVENT on 14 December 2012. And in pursuit of his FOIA demands, Wolfgang Halbig has been obtaining more and more confirmation that no one died at Sandy Hook: it was a PR anti-gun scam!’
‘An 81-year-old Texas man filed a lawsuit claiming the local law enforcement SWAT team stormed his home, threw him to the ground and broke his hip, then left him injured and unable to call for help.
The suit accuses officers of using “excessive, inappropriate and improper use of force” while serving a search warrant on Herman Crisp’s home in Georgetown, about 40 miles north of Austin.
Crisp was sitting on his porch in late September when, according to the suit, the Williamson County SWAT team – which was looking for the man’s nephew – tossed a flash grenade at the octogenarian.
The force of the blast knocked Crisp to the ground. Then, Crisp told Fox Austin affiliate KTCB, officers slammed him to the floor – breaking his hip – before handcuffing him. When they determined Crisp’s nephew was not at the home, officers left the wounded man on the floor without calling paramedics.’
‘The US military says it accidentally sent live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how that happened.
There was no public threat from the mishap, a Pentagon official claimed on Wednesday.
The labs were supposed to receive dead anthrax samples for research use.
One anthrax sample was also shipped off to a US military base in South Korea, according to the Pentagon.’
‘In a stunning setback to President Obama’s effort to defer deportation and grant certain citizenship rights to millions of illegal immigrants, a federal appeals court has just upheld an injunction blocking Obama’s executive order on amnesty. The Washington Times reports that the highly anticipated ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit marks the second major legal setback for an administration that was skirting the Congress and charging ahead on its highly controversial program to defer deportation for as many as 5 million illegals.’
‘Hundreds of thousands of people around the world filled the streets over the weekend for the 3rd annual March Against Monsanto. Not only has the March heightened the public’s awareness about the crimes of Monsanto, it has also played its part in helping apply consumer pressure on food companies to provide natural ingredients in their products.
Before the tan of the marchers has even had time to fade, another company has now bowed to the demands of the customer.
Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, who are both owned by YUM Brands, have announced that they are abandoning artificial colors and flavors.’
‘Climate activists are targeting children through a new range of ‘cli-fi’ – climate fiction – novels which seek to highlight the dangers of global warming.
David Thorpe, author of the book Stormteller, said that children were more open minded and claimed that writers could ‘infect’ their minds with ‘seriously subversive viral ideas’.
He was speaking at the Hay Festival alongside ‘cli-fi’ authors George Marshall and Saci Lloyd.’
‘A new website is publicizing the identities of pro-Palestinian student activists to prevent them from getting jobs after they graduate from college. But the website is keeping its own backers’ identity a secret.
“It is your duty to ensure that today’s radicals are not tomorrow’s employees,” a female narrator intones in a slick video posted to the website’s YouTube account.
Called Canary Mission, the site has posted profiles of dozens of students and recent graduates, alongside those of well-known activists like Omar Barghouti, founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Some of the students are active in Students for Justice in Palestine; others were involved in recent pro-BDS resolutions at campuses in California. Many of them have relatively thin activist résumés.’
‘Kim Baldonado of NBC news in Los Angeles reported this week that several foster care kids have come out into the open to testify about abuses allegedly committed in California’s foster care program. In a press conference, former foster care children who are now young adults testified to horrendous abuses including: being tortured by “specially-made tools,” and being “abused verbally, physically and sexually.”
“We’re letting you hear our voices now because we were silent for too long,” former foster child Saleena Galvan said.
The former foster kids have joined together in a lawsuit to sue Interim Care Foster Agency in California. The lawsuit claims the children were “caught in an illegal, abusive, violent, concealed, unconscionable ‘kids for cash’ operation from 2006 to 2013.”’
‘Sir Malcolm Bruce made the remark as he defended the actions of ex-Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.
Mr Carmichael is facing calls to resign after admitting he backed the leaking of a memo during the election campaign incorrectly suggesting Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron as prime minister.
Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Sir Malcolm, a former deputy leader of his party, said: “If you’re suggesting every MP who has never quite told the truth or indeed told a brazen lie, including ministers, including Cabinet ministers, including prime ministers, [should resign] we’d clear out the House of Commons very fast, I would suggest.”’
‘Israeli soldier Shachar Berrin was sentenced to a week in prison after he attended the taping of an international TV program, during which he stood up and expressed his opinion of the occupation.
Corporal Shachar Berrin, an immigrant from Australia and a religiously observant lone soldier is waiting to be sent to military prison. Berrin is a member of the rescue unit of the Home Front Command, and is stationed in the Jordan Valley.
The punishment, delayed for the time being, was meted out by his battalion commander. The charge: taking part in a political meeting and in an interview the media, without permission from the army.’
‘One of the next great challenges American workers are starting to face is the increasing automation of jobs that previously could only be done by a living, breathing human being. Here are eight jobs that robots are taking over as they take over the world:’
‘Addiction starts with abuse. In 2011, 52 million people in the US over the age of 12 used prescription drugs non-medically at least once in their lifetime, 6.2 million in the past month. Abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers sit at the heart of the epidemic. Forty-five people die every day from opioid prescription painkillers – more deaths than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a survey of approximately 67,500 people across the United States, found that the states with the highest rates of narcotic painkiller abuse were in the West – Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.’
‘Denmark has canceled what could have been a major arms purchase from Israel’s Elbit Systems.
Arms industry publication Jane’s revealed on 1 May that the Danish military had canceled a plan to buy 21 155-mm self-propelled artillery systems.
According to Jane’s, Elbit was a finalist for the contract along with South Korea’s Samsung. In March, the Danish newspaper Politiko reported that military procurement authorities had all but officially chosen the Israeli system.
Danish military officials say the cancelation was a financial decision driven by the need to reassign funding to other purposes.’
‘The death toll continues to rise in flood-ravaged Texas and Oklahoma and as receding floodwaters revealed mounting destruction, rains continue to threaten even more flooding on Wednesday.
In hard-hit Houston, some of that destruction came Tuesday in the form of a waste water treatment plant so inundated with waters from an overflowing nearby bayou that more than 100,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled out into surrounding floodwaters.
Flash flood warnings were expected through the weekend in Texas, as a storm system that has settled along several southern states brings several more inches of rain.’
Read more: Houston swamped with 100,000 gallons of raw sewage, thousands of homes destroyed, and 20 dead: Officials warn that dam is on the brink of failure and say Texas could be hit by MORE flooding
‘The amazing story of Chris Wark and his natural recovery from stage IIIC colon cancer serves as a powerful reminder of how proper diet, regular exercise and aggressive herbal (rather than chemical) therapies are still among the safest and most effective remedies for curing cancer.
But Chris’ conscious rejection of chemotherapy and radiation treatments against the advice of his doctor also led him to realize another sobering truth: that the conventional cancer industry, which opposes all natural cancer treatment approaches, is nothing more than a corrupt, money-making racket.’
‘Medicare means many things to many people. To seniors, it’s a program providing good, low-cost healthcare at a stage in life when it’s most needed.
To Congress, it’s beginning to look more like a piggy bank to be raided.
That’s the only conclusion one can draw from a provision slipped into a measure to extend and increase the government’s Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs because of trade deals. The measure, introduced by Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.), proposes covering some of the $2.7-billion cost of the extension by slicing $700 million out of doctor and hospital reimbursements for Medicare.’
‘On April 26, 2015, Jeffrey Lieberman, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, stirred up controversy by calling investigative journalist Robert Whitaker a “menace to society” on CBC radio because Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic, had challenged the long-term effectiveness of psychiatric medication.
But is it Whitaker or Lieberman who is a menace to society?
Lieberman, the APA president through May 2014, is currently making the media rounds with his new book Shrinks. But earlier in his career, Lieberman conducted experiments in which patients diagnosed with schizophrenia were given a psychostimulant drug with Lieberman’s expectation that the drug would be “psychotogenic” (induce symptoms of psychosis), and this deterioration in fact occurred.’
‘Macedonia is ready to take part in the construction of the Turkish stream natural gas pipeline once Russia and Brussels reach an agreement on the strategic project, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has announced.
“Our position is that when Brussels and Moscow have reach an agreement on this project, we will take part in it,” Gruevski told Press24 portal. “As a country aiming to join the European community, these are exactly the guidelines we follow when making strategic decisions.”
Following the abandonment of the South Stream gas pipeline project in December 2014, Moscow has switched its resources towards constructing the Turkish Stream as an alternative.’
‘Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman filed a Racketeering lawsuit against Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation on Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed in Florida, which includes a request to have the Florida judge seize the personal server on which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff hosted their emails while she served in the State Department. Klayman has been known for filing lawsuits against the Clintons and other established politicians.
The Clinton Foundation faces a RICO case. The case alleges the former first family and their foundation traded favors from international leaders for large donations or generous speaking fees. The suit was filed before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Civil Action No. 9:15-cv-80388.’
‘A federal judge has thwarted an attempt to force the release of the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture program.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s full report on the CIA interrogation program. The executive summary of the report was previously made public, albeit with numerous redactions.
But U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg rejected the ACLU’s request, ruling the report remains a congressional record and thus isn’t subject to the FOIA. When Congress created FOIA in 1966, it made sure to exempt the legislative branch from its provisions.’
‘It was the dying cry of Charlton Heston in the creepy 1973 film Soylent Green… and it could resemble our desperate near future.
The ocean is dying, by all accounts – and if so, the food supply along with it. The causes are numerous, and overlapping. And massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result of it.
Natural causes in the environment are partly to blame; so too are the corporations of man; the effects of Fukushima, unleashing untold levels of radiation into the ocean and onto Pacific shores; the cumulative effect of modern chemicals and agricultural waste tainting the water and disrupting reproduction.’
‘Russia has raised a number of “issues” obstructing the delivery of its S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) defense systems to Iran as agreed in 2007.
Russia’s Interfax news agency cited the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Wednesday as saying that Moscow will provide the air defense systems to the Islamic Republic upon “the adaptation” of the 2007 agreement to the current situation.
He said, “It is because of the adaptation of that agreement to the new reality that some negotiating process is taking place.”’
‘The construction of a $615-million, 1,150-room palace for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been declared “illegal” by the country’s top administrative court.
Ankara’s Fifth Administrative Court overturned a previous ruling that permitted an exception to build “White Palace” on protected land, UPI reported on Wednesday. Erdogan moved into the luxurious residence last year.
The palace was built in an area of 300,000 square meters in an environmentally protected nature preserve called the Ataturk Forest Farm.’
‘Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has urged Western countries to break silence and stop duplicity over the status quo in Bahrain.
In a letter from prison sent to the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) on Wednesday, Rajab censured Western governments for supporting Bahrain’s suppressive regime and their hypocrisy over what is happening in the country.
Bahraini people are the victims of both autocratic regimes and democratic West, the letter read, adding that the Western countries provide the Al Khalifa regime with weapons to repress the people.’