‘The Ukrainian parliament approved the bill, which could affect repayment of the country’s $3-billion debt to Russia on May 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier the bill de facto was an announcement of a default, casting a negative light on the professionalism of Ukraine’s leadership.
Moreover, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow would turn to an international court if the Ukrainian president signed a moratorium on the repayment of foreign debt.’
”Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army’s positions.
Poroshenko spoke in the interview program titled “A year of Poroshenko”, dedicated to the anniversary of him being elected president after the previous leader was toppled in a coup. Ukrainian TV aired the program on Thursday night.
He said he would sign a decree introducing martial law immediately, should there be an offensive against Kiev’s army in the east of the country: “My key position: if the ceasefire is broken now, if the line of confrontation is crossed, if an advance against the Ukrainian armed forces is organized, at that very moment I will sign the decree on introducing martial law and pass it to parliament.
‘Presidents have always exercised emergency powers, but now thanks to dozens of new laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders, Barack Obama is the most powerful president in all of U.S. history. Of course the U.S. Constitution does not actually give the president any special powers during a time of national emergency, but over time presidents have decided that they should be able to exercise such powers and the courts have generally agreed with them.
During World War II and prior to that, these emergency powers were largely uncodified and were primarily used during times of war. But since World War II things have completely changed, and this has particularly been true since 9/11. Over the past decade or so, a whole host of extraordinary powers have specifically been given to the office of the president, and all that it takes to exercise them is a major “national emergency”.
So if we do have a full-blown economic collapse, a historic natural disaster, a significant war or a massive pandemic, Barack Obama could use the emergency powers that he has been given to essentially take authority over everything.’
‘The “civilized” West dispenses with massive crocodile tears as Ancient Silk Road pearl of the desert Palmyra falls to ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.
Yet neither US President Barack Obama nor any of the 22 heavily weaponized nations/vassals theoretically part of his coalition of the willing sent at least a single Hellfire missile-equipped drone against the black-clad fake Caliphate goons.
A case can still be made that the “civilized” West would rather deal with a medieval, intolerant Wahhabi-drenched Caliphate than with a secular Arab “dictator that refuses to prostrate himself in the altar of Western neoliberalism.”’
‘The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s elite police force has defected to Islamic State, he said in a YouTube video, and his former unit will issue a statement condemning him, media said on Thursday.
Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov commanded the Central Asian nation’s special-purpose police known as OMON, used against criminals and militants. He disappeared in late April, prompting a search by Tajik police.
He reappeared Wednesday, vowing to bring jihad to Russia and the Unites States as he brandished a cartridge belt and sniper rifle, in a professionally made, 10-minute video clip posted in social networks.’
‘More than 100 pages of previously classified Department of Defense and Department of State documents implicate the Obama administration in a cover-up to obscure the role Hillary Clinton and the State Department played in the rise of ISIS.
The documents were obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch.
They confirm WND reporting over the past three years of evidence that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was involved in shipping weapons from Benghazi to support the al-Qaida-affiliated militias fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, effectively arming the Sunni jihadists who morphed into ISIS.’
‘In the year prior to the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton used her private email server to correspond about such highly sensitive national security matters as specific threats to the Libya hotel where Ambassador Chris Stevens was staying as well as his decision to remain at the hotel despite the threats.
The emails, released May 22 by the State Department, also contained the exact movements of Stevens while he was stationed in arguably one of the most dangerous zones in the world for any American diplomat, a WND review has found.
On April 24, 2011, Clinton’s senior aide, Huma Abedin, forwarded to Clinton’s personal email an internal State email from that same day written by Timmy Davis and sent to Abedin as well as to the State email addresses of other employees, including Clinton’s then-foreign policy aide, Jacob Sullivan.
The email cited a local report stating hotels in Benghazi were being targeted.’
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‘A family of nine were evicted from their home today and moved into two separate flats by a council.
Lee and Katrina Parker, 42 and 40, and their seven children were allocated a four-bed property six years ago as ‘temporary accommodation’.
They lived happily there until the Tories introduced the Benefits Cap – leaving them unable to afford the rent and feed their family.
Just one week ago the family learned they were being evicted and today bailiffs drilled the lock on their front door and led the tearful Parkers from their home.’
‘Two of Britain’s biggest High Street banks have been dragged into the bribery and corruption scandal engulfing football’s world governing body.
Barclays and HSBC have been named in legal papers filed by the US Department of Justice after millions of dollars in suspect transactions linked to Fifa were allegedly moved through their accounts.
On Wednesday the Americans charged 14 officials following a four-year FBI probe into bribes to obtain lucrative marketing rights to football tournaments.’
‘The timing of the extraordinary May 2015 rain events in Texas, occurring just prior to the July 15th commencement of the unparalleled military exercise JADE HELM 15, cannot be coincidental. As the 1000-year flood slowly makes its way across the state, one question emerges — was it a manmade or natural weather event?
If the satellite imagery* has anything to say about this freakish statewide deluge, it is that something is very wrong with this picture, as well as with the following images.’
‘The most damning aspersion that can be lobbed against any person, or the exposure of “secret government activity,” overwhelmingly is “Conspiracy Theorist.” That pejorative ‘handle’ is equated with imbecile mind-activity with aspersions often suggested as ‘tin hat wearers’. Well, step aside all you doubters and listen up carefully to what took place in the halls of Congress on May 14, 2014 regarding the weather modification system known as HAARP.
In the YouTube below Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) asks some pointed questions about HAARP. However, readers may not be surprised at the answers, but the mainstream media ought to be wiping oodles of egg yolk from its collective face.’
‘The NHS will be forced to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned.
Under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, UN member states must cut the number of deaths from diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030.
However because many are age-related illnesses people who succumb to those diseases from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target.’
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‘The Department for Work and Pensions has appealed against the ruling compelling it to disclose the number of Incapacity Benefit and ESA claimants who have died between November 2011 and May 2014.
The ruling came from the Information Commissioner on April 30 after an appeal by Vox Political‘s Mike Sivier. The DWP had 28 calendar days in which to submit an appeal – and it arrived via email at 3.25pm today – just one hour and 35 minutes before the close of business for the day.
Clearly the cowards of Caxton House are terrified of revealing the true numbers of those who have died as a result of Conservative policies towards the sick and disabled, and have delayed their appeal until almost the last minute in order to delay, for as long as possible, the moment when they have to provide the facts.’
‘The Methodist Church in Britain (MCB) published a damning report from an independent inquiry on Thursday, which found nearly 2,000 incidents of physical and sexual abuse going back as far as 1950.
The inquiry was carried out by Jane Stacey, former deputy chief executive of the children’s charity Barnados, and took three years to complete its findings.
It considered all cases that ministers and members of the church could remember as well as those for which there were written records. These included cases that were carried out within the church and those that were reported to the church, but which occurred away from it.’
‘News of Denmark’s imminent move toward a cashless society has been growing in recent weeks, with the main driver being a move to abandon the law requiring stores to accept physical cash.
Closer to home, a report last week from the Payments Council put cashless payments almost on a par with those for cash for the first time in the UK, and estimates that the majority of retail transactions will be done without hard currency as soon as 2016 – mainly driven by the younger shopper, for whom cashless and mobile payments are ingrained.
Practically speaking, the arguments for the move to cashless focus on the security element (less cash to steal on-premise and in tills for example) as well as the fact that aforementioned sheer adoption rates of contactless and mobile payments demonstrate an appetite for the ease of use and functionality involved.’
‘As if to prove there are new depths to be plumbed in the world of reality television (because who knew?), CBS just debuted The Briefcase, a show which takes poverty porn, class anxiety, emotional manipulation and exploitation and packages them all neatly into a pretty despicable hour of primetime television.
Kicking off each episode with the question, “What would you do with $101,000?” the show then deep-dives into a competition that asks two unwitting, financially strapped families to choose between two no-win options: being financially solvent yet appearing heartless and greedy, or drowning in debt yet having audiences recognize them as selfless and giving. ‘
‘Truly disturbing’ allegations, revealed in a new BBC Panorama investigation, that UK security forces colluded with paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland on a vast scale leading directly to the deaths of hundreds of people must be fully investigated, Amnesty International has said.
In the documentary Britain’s Secret Terror Deals, to be screened on Thursday, investigative reporter Darragh MacIntyre investigates allegations that the state colluded with paramilitary killers and covered up their crimes.
MacIntyre meets the families who have been fighting for decades to uncover the government’s darkest secrets and confronts some of those believed to be complicit.’
‘America’s rising generation of adults are the least religiously observant of any generation in six decades, determined an expansive study led by Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State.
“Unlike previous studies, ours is able to show that millennials’ lower religious involvement is due to cultural change, not to millennials being young and unsettled,” Twenge says in a San Diego State University news release. .
In one of the largest studies ever conducted on Americans’ religious involvement, researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Georgia collaborated with Twenge and her colleagues in California to analyze data from four national surveys of U.S. adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18. The surveys were taken between 1966 and 2014, and include responses from some 11.2 million people.’
‘A City of Helsinki deputy councillor has come under fire after he publicly stated in a Facebook post that African men who come to Finland as refugees should not be allowed to have more than three children, and should be sterilized instead.
According to Olli Sademies, 67, the problem with African immigrants is that they have too many children. So forced sterilization is the way to tackle it, he suggested.
“Migrants put to the test our social security,” Sademies wrote. “Africa’s social security is based on a large number of children, which enables some children to live longer and take care of their parents.”‘
‘The idea that consciousness is evolving is one of the most important doctrines of the New Age. But is it true?
Over the long term, the answer seems obvious. Even the stupidest of humans is far more intelligent and sophisticated than a trilobite. Although materialists have skirted the conclusion that evolution has a direction – and that this direction is toward greater complexity – they have not managed to shoot it down.
The New Age idea of evolving consciousness is a little different. Many advocates of the new paradigm insist that human consciousness has gotten more sophisticated within historical times, and that it is destined to make another grand leap. It’s a harder case to argue.’
‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is so monstrous that it will allow foreign corporations to change U.S. laws without the need to even go to court, but as the following video shows, Americans don’t even know what it is and couldn’t care less.’
”UK leaders of an orthodox Jewish sect have banned women in their community from driving, saying the presence of female drivers contradicted the “traditional rules of modesty.”
Belz rabbis, of the Chasidic Jewish tradition that maintains a conservative lifestyle, sent a letter last week to Jewish families in London stating that children would be banned from schools and other educational institutions if they were driven by their mothers.
The letter, signed by leaders of Belz schools, added there had been a rise in the numbers of women driving their families around, which had led to “great resentment among parents and pupils of our institutions,” the Jewish Chronicle reports.
‘No surprises are expected in Wednesday’s meeting of the European Central Bank’s executive council on the Greek credit sector, as Frankfurt examines the liquidity conditions of domestic lenders and the renewal of the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA). However, in the past few days, and on Tuesday in particular, there has been a fresh and significant spike in deposit outflows.
Statements suggesting the imposition of capital control measures over the upcoming long weekend, and Tuesday’s reference by the Finance Ministry to the possible imposition of a levy on cash machine withdrawals – later withdrawn – sent many to the ATM. At the same time, bank officials point to widespread concerns about the possibility of a rift between Greece and its creditors over the government’s failure to repay a scheduled installment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
Credit sector professionals reported that deposit outflows on Tuesday alone came to 300 million euros, against about 100 million euros per day in recent days. They said that while this amount is quite high, the situation is under control as citizens are remaining calm on the positive messages from Greek officials.’
‘Fighting global warming is this generation’s “revolution,” according to Michelle Obama, and it’s just like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil rights struggle during the 1960s.
The first lady told Oberlin College graduates over Memorial Day weekend that issues like global warming, marriage equality and economic inequality were the “revolutions” of our time. She added that newly-minted graduates have a “ responsibility” to promote such causes.
“You see, in his speech to those Oberlin graduates 50 years ago, Dr. King urged them,” Obama said, “not to sleep through the civil rights revolution that was raging across this country.”’
‘This summer, British scientists are expected to begin field trials of a genetically modified (GMO) potato dubbed by proponents the ‘super spud’, whose developers boast will be free of fungal diseases and other pest problems. GMO maize and rapeseed oil could also be grown in England by the end of this year, as Westminster is pushing for more GMO foods to be introduced into the UK food supply.
In March of last year, David Cameron’s chief science advisers pressed for the government to allow the cultivation and spread of GMO crops in Britain, in addition to criticising “dysfunctional” European Union (EU) regulations which at the time restricted the quantity of GMO food in the European food supply.’
‘When has crony capitalism really gotten out of control? How about when a major U.S. corporation (a huge defense contractor, no less) is publicly threatening government officials to leave the country if the federal government doesn’t continue to boost their profits through government handouts:
Boeing is stepping up pressure on opponents of the US Export-Import Bank with threats to shift manufacturing abroad if the agency that finances purchases by foreign customers is killed off next month.
The threats come as a new push is being made in Congress to find ways of wresting reauthorisation of the bank from a committee controlled by one of the agency’s fiercest opponents.’
‘Michael Grab, a Boulder artist who goes by the name Gravity Glue, said that police threatened to ticket or jail him for creating stacked river rock sculptures that the community has been enjoying for years.
In a Monday Facebook post, Grab explained that a Boulder police officer had informed him that there would be stiff penalties for continuing his art.
“For the past 7 years i have been creating this art in and around Boulder, Colorado, USA. nearly every day!” he wrote. “[J]ust this weekend, one police officer has decided that balancing rocks in Boulder, Colorado is now illegal, obscurely referencing two city codes [5-4-8 and 5-4-2] about ‘destruction of public property’ in relation to rocks.”’
‘The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Halliburton seven whole thousand dollars for the safety violations that lead to the death of one worker at one of their fracking sites in Weld County, Colorado.
According to a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration document, a 2-inch metal pipe fitting blew off a valve and hit an employee in the head, killing him.’
‘Rapiscan Systems lobbied aggressively to win a major contract with the Transportation Security Administration to provide X-ray body scanners at airports, only to lose the contract in 2013 after the company failed to deliver software to protect the privacy of passengers.
Rapiscan now has a friend on the inside.
Earlier this month, Rapiscan lobbyist Christopher Romig took a job with the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee, which oversees the TSA budget.’
‘We hate to say, “We told ya so,” but if we in the alternative media don’t point out our triumphs, nobody else will, and certainly nobody in the mainstream media: The Transportation Security Administration is a rogue agency filled with miscreants, criminals and perverts who make more of an effort to, and take more pleasure in, making the traveling public miserable than in protecting them from “terrorism.”
As noted by InfoWars.com, documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a government watchdog organization show that TSA-caused sexual abuse is still rife around the nation, “with Americans complaining of being sexually harassed and groped while screeners laugh and sneer at them.”‘
‘Iran has foiled a hacking attack on its Ministry of Petroleum, which originated from the US, head of the Iranian Cyber Police has said.
The website of Cyber Police (FATA) quoted Gen. Kamal Hadianfar as saying that the hackers had launched their attack during holidays in Iran.
“We managed to stop the ports of cyber-attacks and react to hackers and finally their attacks were neutralized,” he said.
“The IP used by the hackers originated from America which we have announced to (the Americans) in a formal letter. We have also submitted an international court order which is being followed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Hadianfar added.’
‘McDonald’s Corp. plans to stop reporting monthly same-store sales results as new Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook works to revive growth at the world’s largest fast-food chain.
The company will provide same-store sales for June with its second-quarter earnings report, then cease providing the data monthly, Heidi Barker, a spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. Results for May will be reported on June 8, she said. The company will continue providing quarterly comparable-store sales.
McDonald’s is struggling to turn around its business after 11 straight months of declining global comparable-store sales. Easterbrook, who took the helm in March, announced a turnaround plan earlier this month that includes reorganizing the company’s leadership, cutting costs and returning cash to shareholders. The change in sales reporting is meant to help McDonald’s focus on its longer-term performance, Easterbrook said when he announced the shift at an investor conference Wednesday morning.’
‘As the drought in California — home to much of the nation’s food production — worsens, desperation is rampant as politicians, policymakers and others scramble for ways to mitigate the worsening crisis.
One of the most recent ideas is also one of the most foolish because it is based on a series of misconceptions and outright falsehoods that have been perpetuated in large part by the mainstream media.
As reported by The Daily Caller, economists who are allegedly “environmentally savvy” are suggesting that growers of organic foods in the state be taxed, as if that will solve the water crisis.’
‘An oversight committee looking at the health of folks living in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility has found that the thyroid cancer rate in young people has jumped by an astounding 6,000% throughout the region since the disaster first occurred back in 2011.
Reports indicate that, since January of this year, 16 new cases of thyroid cancer have emerged, bringing the total number of young people diagnosed with the disease to 103. Correspondingly, as many as 127 people have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun.
The Fukushima Voice reports that, as of March 31, all 16 identified cases have been confirmed as definitive papillary thyroid cancer, with an additional nine suspected cases. The figures represent reported cases from both the first round of initial screening, which included looking at 368,000 individuals 18 years and younger, as well as a second round.’
‘An Illinois judge has released a long-concealed picture that shows two Chicago police officers posing over an unidentified black man in antlers while holding rifles as if he had been hunted.
The photo, which was given to police by federal prosecutors in 2013, was made public for the first time on Wednesday by Cook county Judge Thomas Allen. It was taken sometime between 1998 and 2003 at the Harrison police district station on the west side.
This station is a mile south of Homan Square, the facility where the Guardian earlier this year identified alleged police misconduct and torture as well as other civil rights violations.’
‘On May 16, an Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt, to death. The Islamist former president, who came out of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, was convicted of escaping prison during the Egyptian uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak, the U.S.-backed authoritarian leader of the country…
…It is unclear if capital punishment will actually be carried out. The death sentence will be reviewed by Egypt’s top religious scholar, and the rulings could be appealed. Nevertheless, the death sentences are the latest shocking example of how Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has consolidated his repressive rule by using death sentences, mass arrests, sexual violence and harsh restrictions on political protest. Egypt’s revolt, which called for democracy, dignity and social justice, is being crushed under Sisi’s boot.’
‘An Israeli military commander has been recorded ordering troops to shell medical facilities during the 2014 attack on Gaza.
Nerya Yeshurun, a lieutenant colonel, instructed that a clinic in the Shujaiya neighborhood be fired upon on 23 July last year to “honor” an Israeli soldier who had been killed a day earlier. His statement amounts to a clear, though perhaps unintended, admission of war crimes.
Targeting civilians as an act of revenge is strictly forbidden by international law. Although Yeshurun’s orders were broadcast by the Israeli media at the time, they have not been translated before now. It is remarkable that they did not elicit comment either within Israel or internationally.’
‘Reports indicate Netanyahu proposed establishing boundaries on settlement blocs – on the one hand to justify continuing illegal construction on stolen Palestinian land.
On the other, for Israel to annex under any peace agreement. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the proposal was always Netanyahu’s position – so “nobody should be surprised.”
“(E)veryone in the Likud knows if there will ever be a partner for peace, it is clear there will be territorial concessions” – code language for grand theft with Palestinians having no say whatever over what’s rightfully theirs.’
‘The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Greece might exit from the eurozone, adding that the possible move will not negatively influence the euro.
Christine Lagarde made the remarks on Thursday in an interview with the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as negotiations are being held between Greece and its lenders to reach a deal unblocking bailout funds which the country desperately needs.
“A Greek exit is a possibility,” Lagarde told the newspaper, adding that such a move would not be “a walk in the park” for the single currency area, but would “probably not be an end to the euro.”‘
‘The three Northern European countries on the Baltic Sea are considering the deployment of a joint air defense system in response to what they describe as security concerns over Russia’s activities in the region.
On Thursday, defense ministers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania came together in the northern Lithuanian city of Panevezys alongside their Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, to exchange viewpoints on the issue.
“We plan to analyze the possibility of developing a medium-range air defense system to strengthen our defense capabilities,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas told reporters, adding, ‘External threats lead us to cooperate more.”‘
‘Pro-Palestinians have staged a rally in the Swiss city of Zurich to call on football’s governing body, FIFA, to expel Israel from world soccer tournaments.
On Thursday, the protesters gathered outside the venue for the 65th FIFA Congress, waved pro-Palestine banners and flags, and shouted, “We want justice! We want freedom!” and “Free, free Palestine!” as delegates turned up for the event.
“We gathered here today to call for the expulsion of Israel from FIFA, because of Israel’s Zionist and racist policies towards the Palestinian people,” a pro-Palestinian demonstrator, identified only by his first name, Ahmed, said.’
‘The United Nations is seeking to put the Israeli military on its blacklist over the regime’s aggressive policies against the Palestinian people, particularly children.
The move is recommended by Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for children and armed conflict.
Zerrougui said such an act must be taken because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer’s Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.’