‘Politicians in Crimea have voted in favour of joining Russia and will now put the question to the region’s electorate in a referendum.
Approved by Moscow, the move will further aggravate tensions in the region which has been the focus of the conflict between Ukraine and its powerful neighbour since the fall of Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich last month.
Crimea previously belonged to the Russian Federation until it was transferred to Ukraine in 1954 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The region is predominantly made up of ethnic Russians, many of whom are likely to choose to join with Russia.
The Crimean parliament voted unanimously “to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation”. A referendum will now be held on March 16.’
‘US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Moscow that any attempts to annex the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea to Russia will close the door to diplomacy.
Kerry told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the telephone on Saturday that Crimea is part of Ukraine and Moscow should avoid military buildup there.
“At the same time, he made clear that continued military escalation and provocation in Crimea or elsewhere in Ukraine, along with steps to annex Crimea to Russia, would close any available space for diplomacy, and he urged utmost restraint,” the official said.
On Thursday, the parliament of Crimea voted to split from Ukraine and become part of Russia, calling a referendum in 10 days to validate its decision.’
‘Prominent UK banks are at the centre of a dispute over allegations that numerous foreign accounts were set up in the name of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her family.
A leaked report, seen by The Independent, claims that 85 bank accounts containing millions of pounds were linked to Ms Tymoshenko and relatives.
This global review of Ms Tymoshenko’s finances was carried out as part of a wider investigation by Lawrence Graham, the London law firm, which was commissioned last March by the then-Ukrainian Ministry of Revenues and Duties of toppled president Viktor Yanukovich to trace assets allegedly misappropriated by the former prime minister.’
‘With so many news stories circulating about brutality and injustice at the hands of the militarized police state, it’s often difficult to discern between the good cops and the bad cops.
In Connecticut, where lawmakers recently passed legislation that requires the confiscation of firearms from citizens of the State, the legislature assumed that police officers would simply follow the letter of the law, even if that law is an affront to the founding principles of the United States and has not yet been reviewed by the Supreme Court.
There will no doubt be those men and women in uniform who will bow to their masters and kick in the doors of innocent people despite the illegality of such actions.
But, as reported by the Examiner, there are also those who have drawn the line. In an open letter soon to be released by the Connecticut Peace Officers Association, there are at least 250 officers who have pledged to serve and protect the people, in this case, against enemies domestic.’
‘One of the country’s most senior judges was facing calls to be suspended last night after his links with a notorious paedophile pressure group were revealed.
Lord Justice Fulford, who was appointed an Appeal Court judge only last year, was founder of a campaign group that tried to defend and promote the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).
The campaign carried out a demonstration outside a courtroom in favour of PIE members on trial, including its leader Tom O’Carroll, who was later jailed for possessing pictures of naked children. Fulford also took part in meetings at which O’Carroll was present.’
‘A radical UN recommendation to halve sugar intake will not be implemented in Britain says a Whitehall adviser on nutrition who has worked for Mars and Coca-Cola.
Professor Ian MacDonald, head of a panel of health experts in charge of drawing up guidelines on sugar, said it will ‘not act’ on the World Health Organisation’s proposal.
The move led to fury yesterday as senior doctors and MPs accused officials of ‘immense arrogance’ for ignoring the suggested limit of six teaspoons a day, in the face of an obesity crisis that threatens to overwhelm the NHS.’
‘The point of the 13 January town hall meeting was to organise the locals. And since the locale was a smallish town in Texas – Azle, population roughly 11,000, just far enough from Fort Worth that it doesn’t quite feel like a suburb – that meant the first task, for the handful of fracking critics who led the meeting, was to gently address any reservations that attendees may have had about the purpose of the gathering.
“We were never activists,” says Sharon Wilson, a North Texas resident and organiser for the state chapter of Earthworks, a nationwide, non-profit organisation. “We were not environmentalists. We were just people living our lives, and then the oil and gas industry moved in around us.”’
‘Around 1,000 anti-fracking campaigners marched through Manchester city centre to protest against the controversial gas drilling at Barton Moss.
They gathered in Piccadilly Gardens where there was a carnival atmosphere before the crowd then marched through the streets Cathedral Gardens holding placards and chanting.
Police said around 1,000 people, double the expected amount, attended the march which was entirely peaceful with no reported arrests or incidents.
Martin Porter from Frack Free Greater Manchester, one of the organisers of the event, said: “It’s an absolutely fantastic turnout.’
‘Hundreds of homeowners whose properties have been flooded could be denied insurance payouts because of little-known exclusions in their policies, it has emerged.
Several major insurers including Esure, Co-op and Admiral do not accept claims for damage caused by groundwater flooding, caused when prolonged wet weather leaves the ground saturated, the Sunday Times reported.
Environment Agency data show that 563 homes damaged by floods since the start of the year were caused by rising groundwater – almost one-quarter of the total affected properties.’
‘A small remote town where Wi-Fi is banned has become an unlikely haven for people claiming modern technology has been making them ill.
The so-called ‘Wi-Fi refugees’ are flocking to the tiny settlement to escape painful symptoms including burning skin, chest pains and acute headaches.
The sufferers argue the affliction – a condition known as Electromagnetic Sensitivity – has been eased by the move and report feeling much better.’
‘Following the news and the reactions and comments of friends and fellow activists, it appears we’re in the steep grade of the water slide now, careening towards splashdown in the maw of the awaiting choppy pool of mixed and mired confusion awaiting us at the end of the ride. When things move this quickly about all we can do seems to be to “hold on tight cuz we’re about to hit bottom!”
Totally reactive but understandable.
I keep pounding on waking the heck up and getting off of their engineered ride – which, yes, you can do at any time – for that very reason. The conditioning of the “slippery slope syndrome” is very clever. Remove the idea of options from the get go, channel thinking and behavior in any and every way possible, and send the subjects hurling in the direction that has been so meticulously engineered.’
‘While covering CPAC in Washington DC Dan Dicks of Press For Truth was in line to speak with Newt Gingrich when security and police officers out of nowhere removed him from the line and escorted him off the property with the instructions that if he returns he’ll be arrested. Free speech is under attack and we must support the alternative independent media if we truly want to break free from the oppressions of the state.’
A defamation order has forced this exceptional and extraordinary couple to shut down their Canadian political forum under threat of prison after yet another legal action by the serial litigant Richard Warman.
Recorded at London’s vast Wembley Arena before a sell-out audience of thousands, and watched live by tens of thousands worldwide on the Internet.
Nearly ten hours of cutting edge information researched, compiled and presented by David Icke that you will hear nowhere else in the world put together in this way.
Kirlian photography has a well-established diagnostic purpose in the field of alternative and Eastern medicine. The images produced have a profound effect on the ability to heal. Let’s take a look at what Kirlian photography is and how it can be used to heal.
Discovered accidentally by Semyon Kirlian in 1939, Kirlian learned that when an object was placed on a photographic plate and connected to an electrical source, a radiant image created by an electrical field around the edges of the object showed up.
Kirlian photography is also known as electrography, electro photography, and corona discharge photography due to the connection between electricity and the images. One common Kirlian experiment is to tear a leaf in half and take a Kirlian image. The resulting image will be the surrounding electrical field of the full leaf. The theory behind it is that the leaf leaves an energy field behind and the electrical current adheres to the residual energy producing the image.
The image is the ‘life force’ that every living thing possesses and Kirlian photography is the practice of capturing that energy on film.’
‘A powerful new study on the failure of mammograms to protect women against breast cancer, curiously absent from mainstream news health reporting, was published this month in The European Journal of Public Health, and is forcing the scientific and medical community, policy makers and the public at large to ask the question: can the now worldwide practice of mass breast screenings in healthy (asymptomatic) populations be justified when they increase the incidence of localized stage ‘cancers’ without reducing the incidence of advanced cancers?
Titled, “Trends in breast cancer stage distribution before, during and after introduction of a screening programme in Norway,” the study found that based on a population sample of 1.8 million Norwegian women, diagnosed with breast cancer 1987-2010.’
‘As far back as 1951 there has been an emergency communication system that uses broadcast media in case of severe storms, flooding and other disasters. Most people are familiar with the periodic test messages you might hear on radio beginning and ending with high pitched tones: “This is a test; this is only a test. If this had been a real emergency, you would have been instructed . . . .”
Sometimes there are actual storms, tornadoes and flood events for which emergency notifications are made, often with a few safety tips and other information.
Have you ever considered the hypnotic nature of those messages? Have we been programmed to expect an emergency because disaster is inevitable, and they want us prepared to follow instructions by the authorities rather than run off in a panic?
On the other hand, if the world is not raging outside your door, how much attention do you pay to an emergency alert on the radio similar to dozens of them heard before?’
‘So now we (or at least the 0.03% of us who care to hunt for it) discover that US military spending is not actually being cut at all but is increasing: also going up is US spending on nuclear weapons. Some of the new nukes will violate treaties, but the entire program violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which requires disarmament, not increased armament.
The US policy of first-strike and the US practice of informing other nations that “all options are on the table” also violate the UN Charter’s ban on threatening force.
But do nuclear weapons, by the nature of their technology, violate the US Constitution? Do they violate the basic social contract and all possibility of self-governance? Thus argues a new book called Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing between Democracy and Doom by Elaine Scarry. It’s not unheard of for people to see out-of-control nuclear spending as a symptom of out-of-control military spending, itself a symptom of government corruption, legalized bribery, and a militaristic culture. Scarry’s argument suggests a reversal: the root of all this evil is not the almighty dollar but the almighty bomb.’
‘Google chairman Eric Schmidt admitted on Friday that government attacks from China and the US forced his company to enhance security protocols.
Speaking at the SXSW technology conference in Austin, Texas, Schmidt said governments around the world have realized that attempts to block internet access are futile and have moved on to other methods of control.
“You don’t turn off the Internet: you infiltrate it,” he said in a wider-ranging conversation, as quoted by the Guardian. “The new model for a dictator is to infiltrate and try to manipulate it. You’re seeing this in China, and in many other countries.”’
‘A groundbreaking new drug safety study published in the open access journal PLoS and titled, “Adverse Drug Reactions of Spontaneous Reports in Shanghai Pediatric Population,” has revealed for the first that that 42.5% of all reported adverse drug reactions occurring in 2009 in a Chinese pediatric population (Shanghai, pop of 17 mil) were caused by vaccines, with reactions as severe as anaphylaxis and death.
The report carries unique gravitas insofar as the data was gathered through spontaneous reports of physicians (52.03%), pharmacists (24.27%) and other health care practitioners (15.46%), with only 2.52% coming from ‘consumers.’ Presumably, the clinical training of those reporting gives the study additional credibility.
According to the study, which is one of the first ever conducted on the topic in China, “Knowledge of drug safety in the pediatric population of China is limited. This study was designed to evaluate ADRs in children reported to the spontaneous reporting system (SRS) of Shanghai in 2009.” ‘
‘The number of children tasered by London’s Metropolitan Police has risen almost six-fold in the last four years. The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) says the stun guns were used on children 53 times in 2012 – up from just eight in 2008. VoR’s Scott Craig spoke to Paola Uccellari, Director at the CRAE.’
‘Dozens of Israeli teenagers soon to be eligible for conscription into the Israel Defense Forces signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday declaring their intention to refuse military service on the basis of conscientious objection.
“Their refusal is designed to protest the continuing occupation [in Judea and Samaria] and the intrusion of the military into civilian life, something which further entrenches chauvinism, militarism, violence, inequality, and racism,” the organizers of the letter said in a press release on Saturday.
“The military’s operations move us further away from finding a [diplomatic] solution and reaching peace, justice, and security,” said Mandy Kartner, a Tel Aviv native and one of the letter’s signatories. “My refusal is a way to express opposition to injustices committed by us and in our name every day.”‘
‘Scotland Yard stands accused of covering up “institutionalised sexism” within the police in trying to block civil claims launched by women allegedly deceived into sexual relationships with undercover officers.
Police lawyers are applying to strike out, on secrecy grounds, the claims of five women who say they were duped into intimate long-term relationships with four undercover police officers working within the special demonstration squad (SDS), a Metropolitan police unit set up to infiltrate protest groups.
The legal bid, funded by the taxpayer, is being fought despite widespread outrage and promises of future transparency by Scotland Yard, following official confirmation last week that an undercover officer was deployed 21 years ago to spy on the grieving family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.’
‘Former Senior Counselor at the World Bank Karen Hudes has spent the last several years of her life working closely with whistle blowers from around the world to shed light on what she calls a “global conspiracy.”
While working for the World Bank as a member of their legal team Hudes uncovered so much corruption that she could no longer keep quiet. She followed the proper channels to report her findings, going first to the organization’s Evaluation Department and country directors, and then to the U.S. Treasury Department and even the United States Congress. All of her requests were ignored, and in some cases, completely covered up. So she did what any honest person would do. She went public. Suffice it to say, she received the typical treatment you’d expect for a whistle blower.
Hudes is no longer with the World Bank, but that didn’t stop her from continuing her investigation by joining an organization of other whistle blowers.
What she found once she started connecting the dots will blow you away. The corruption, as most of us know, isn’t just at the World Bank, but is woven throughout the fabric of the entirety of the global financial and political systems.’
‘With brazen backing from the globalist establishment, socialist despots, as well as U.S. and international crime syndicates, “former” communist-terrorist “commander” Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the Obama administration-subsidized FMLN appears set to win the presidency in El Salvador’s upcoming runoff election this weekend. If he wins, as is widely expected based on recent polls, the mass-murderer — a close ally of the communist Castro regime in Cuba — will become the latest ex-Marxist guerrilla to lead a U.S. taxpayer-funded Latin American national government.
As The New American magazine has documented extensively, the region is already dominated by a closely knit network of foreign-backed socialist tyrants. However, critics of the Salvadorian party’s history of violence and mass-murder, as well as its radical future plans for the nation, are sounding the alarm. Communists around the world, including the Communist Party USA, on the other hand, are already celebrating their latest anticipated victory in the ongoing subjugation of Latin America.’
‘A silent epidemic known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), which is now believed to afflict nearly 300,000 children under the age of 18, could be the result of undiagnosed gluten sensitivity or even celiac disease (CD) in some children, suggests a little-known study published in the Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology (SJG). Researchers from King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Saudi Arabia discovered that children with JRA who also show signs of CD may experience dramatic improvements after starting a gluten-free diet.
These same children may also experience dramatic symptom reductions after cutting wheat and wheat-based foods out of their diets, an outcome observed in at least one child who showed clear markers of CD during the study. According to the research, this child, who had anti-endomysium antibodies (AEA) in conjunction with a CD diagnosis, showed improvements in both growth parameter and articular symptoms upon adoption of a gluten-free diet.’
‘The head of China’s sovereign wealth fund noted in 2009: “both China and America are addressing bubbles by creating more bubbles”.
He’s right …
Global credit excess is worse than before the 2008 crash.
The U.S. and Japan have been easing like crazy, but – as Zero Hedge notes – China has been much worse:’
‘Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama met to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian Peace talks. However, it should be no surprise that there is no optimism in the talks. Netanyahu said that “Israel has been doing its part and, I regret to say, the Palestinians have not” according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry has a deadline on April 29th for a “framework Agreement” between Israel and Palestine. “It’s my belief that ultimately it is still possible to create two states, a Jewish state of Israel and a state of Palestine, with people living side by side in peace and security,” Obama said. “But it’s difficult. It requires compromise on all sides” the report said.’
‘After securing the largest award in the history of environmental litigation, a ruling this week in a federal U.S. court has severely dampened possibility that Chevron will pay $9.5 billion in compensation to Ecuadoran farmers and fishermen most affected by twenty years of unrestrained ecological desecration in the Amazon rainforest.
United States District Judge Lewis Kaplan said that the U.S. oil company was able to prove that the 2011 Ecuadoran ruling for indigenous peoples living in the forrested northeastern corner of the country was secured through fraud. The judgement is a blow to those who have been at the mercy of Chevron’s massive oil-producing efforts for decades.
After striking oil in the northeast corner of Ecuador in 1967, Texaco (which merged into Chevron in 2001) struck a partnership with Petroecuador that would eventually lead to 220,000 barrel-a-day production between 1972 and 1992 in an area dubbed “Lago Agrio.” As Texaco sucked and slurped up petrol from the ground at a maddening pace, it left an unparalleled trail of degredation deep inside the Amazonian rainforest, home to one of the world’s most diverse, and fragile, biospheres.’
‘Israel cut off the water supply to 45,000 Palestinians this week while Prime Minister Netanyahu was traipsing across the globe signing historic legislation with the governor of my very own state, California, on — you guessed it — water conservation!
Ever since I read about the outlandish conniption fit caused by EU Prez Martin Schulz’s address to the Knesset (he had the audacity to question the water allocation between Israelis and Palestinians) Israel’s hypocritically alleged ‘innovative water management’ has been on my radar. But imagine my shock in reading this “innovation” was coming to my own back yard.
NBC Bay Area reports Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact in Silicon Valley:
During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sources and water conservation, and suggested Israel — an arid country with a growing population — might be able to help California cope with its ongoing drought.
“California doesn’t need to have a water problem,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination.”‘
‘After seven years, the American Psychological Association recently decided to close an ethics case against a Guantanamo psychologist without taking disciplinary action. This is not merely an isolated story about a single individual’s reprieve from accountability. Rather, the case of Dr. John Leso illuminates in full measure the APA’s disturbing post-9/11 decision to embrace the burgeoning US “war on terror” national security agenda at the expense of our profession’s do-no-harm ethical principles.
Shortly after the terrorists hit their targets on the morning of September 11, 2001, the American Psychological Association took action. Within hours, it mobilized a broad network of expert practitioners to offer psychological support to the families of victims and to rescue workers. But the APA also worked quickly to ensure that the Bush Administration viewed the world’s largest organization of psychologists as a valued partner in the rapid expansion of military and intelligence operations. High-level efforts were devoted to nurturing relationships with the Department of Defense, the CIA, and other government agencies. The APA aimed to position psychology and behavioral scientists as key players in US counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities.’
‘Israeli prime minister has expressed opposition to freezing settlement construction on the Palestinian land as a condition for the extension of talks between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority.
Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the suspension of settlement activities “would serve nothing.”
The comments come as US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is mediating the talks between the two sides, asked the negotiators to agree on a framework for extending the negotiations beyond an April 29 deadline.
However, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas said that prolonging the talks is possible only if Tel Aviv halts its illegal settlement expansion on the Palestinian land.’
‘Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has warned that Tripoli will bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker which is illegally loading crude oil from an eastern port in the country.
“The attorney general has given the order for the ship to be stopped,” the Libyan prime minister told a news conference on Saturday, stressing, “All parties must respect Libyan sovereignty. If the ship does not comply, it will be bombed.”
Earlier on Saturday, the militants controlling the eastern Libyan oil facility of al-Sidra attempted to load crude oil onto the North Korean-flagged tanker, dubbed the Morning Glory, in defiance of the central government. The state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) says the vessel is actually owned by a Saudi company.’
‘Thousands have rallied in Japan’s capital Tokyo to demand an end to nuclear power, ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
The protesters banged on drums and waved anti-nuclear flags as they marched towards the parliament.
“Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants. If we continue this zero nuclear status and if we make efforts to promote renewable energy and invest in energy saving technology, I think it’s possible to live without nuclear,” Yasuro Kawai, a 66-year-old businessman and activist from Chiba prefecture quoted as saying.
The protest is one of the several rallies planned across Japan ahead of the March 11 anniversary of the 2011 nuclear disaster.’
‘Egyptian security forces have cracked down on student protesters in Cairo and several other major cities as tension continues to grow across the North African country.
On Sunday, security forces fired tear gas and bird shots to disperse student protesters from the Cairo University campus.
The clashes erupted after students started a new school semester by calling for the release of their detained peers and demanding justice for those killed.
Similar violence has broken out at Misr University in Giza.
Elsewhere, police prevented students at Ain-Shams University from taking their protests to streets around the premises of the defense ministry.’