Headlines: 3rd August 2015

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A World Health Organisation study says it probably causes cancer, a WHO scientist says it definitely damages DNA and more countries are banning its use after links to a long list of diseases and health effects. But the Isle of Wight Council – ‘it’s not a problem’.

This has to be the most monumental arrogance, ignorance and disregard for public safety and opens them to the potential of a stream of lawsuits should members of the public seek to prove cause and effect.

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Isle of Wight Council public contact email: [email protected]

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‘How to achieve what’s posed in the headline? Be a police officer.

Only in America could a man do what Officer Ray Tensing did—be filmed blowing a man’s head off, be filmed telling at least 21 lies about what led to him blowing said man’s head off, be charged with murder, strongly condemned by the prosecutor, and then be free in a few hoursto ask for his job back. Yes, he asked for his job back.

That’s exactly what has happened in this case.’

Read more: How To Be Filmed Murdering a Man, Cover It Up, Be Free On Bail, And Ask For Your Job Back

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‘Ron Clark is no stranger to food waste. After more than 20 years of working to supply fresh produce to California’s food banks, he knows every point along the route from farm to table where produce gets plucked from the human food chain, for cosmetic reasons, and composted, fed to pigs, or buried in a landfill. Clark was filling 60-80 truckloads per week with recovered food, bringing 125 million pounds of perfectly healthy produce to hungry food bank clients, by the time he left the food bank system.

Today he looks on in awe at a new wave of innovators looking to tackle the problem of food waste. Most of them are 20-somethings fresh out of college, he told me. And they’re using business models, rather than nonprofits, to get it done.’

Read more: The Movement To Stop Food From Being Wasted Is Booming

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‘The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington.

The purpose of this two-pronged propaganda blitz is to defeat the recently signed US-Iranian agreement and start another major Middle East war. Ultimately, Netanyahu intends to take care of his ‘Palestinian Problem’ for good: complete the conquest and occupation of Palestine and expelling the Palestinian people from their homeland – the single most important foreign policy and domestic goal of the Jewish state.

In order to do this, Israeli leaders have had to systematically campaign for the destruction of the Palestinians regional supporters and sympathizers – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Iran.’

Read more: Erodoğan and Netanyahu Declare War

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‘On Saturday, August 1st, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (who now acknowledges that his government is illegitimate and that his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a February 2014 coup), sent greetings to an international conference of supporters of Tatars in Crimea, at the Second World Congress of the Crimean Tatars. He charged the current Crimean government (the government that Crimeans elected on 16 March 2014, rejoining Russia) of discriminating against Tatars.

His message attacked the “torn imperial policies of the Kremlin,” and the “temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia.” He said that, “The Crimean Tatar people are again experiencing terror, and tens of thousands are thus forced to flee.” He thanked America’s Sunni ally Turkey for hosting this conference of pro-Saudi, Sunni Muslim, Crimeans.’

Read more: U.S. Tries to Stir Ethnic Division in Crimea

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‘Congress went on five-week summer recess with lots of unfinished business awaiting members in September – notably the Iran nuclear deal and 12 annual spending bills.

Wallach expects no 2015 congressional action on TPP – especially with other nations disagreeing on key provisions still unresolved. She believes chances for agreement are reduced because of “opposition building in many countries.”

“It’s good news for people and the planet that no deal was done at this final do-or-die meeting given the TPP’s threats to jobs, wages, safe food, affordable medicines and more, she explained.’

Read more: TPP Ministerial Deadlock.’Good News for People on the Planet’. Worldwide Opposition to Trade Deal

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‘In The Al Qaeda Network: A New Framework For DefiningThe Enemy, Katherine Zimmerman of the American Enterprise Institute describes the terrorist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda. Zimmerman is seen as a leading expert on the Al Qaeda network, having testified about it to Congress and written about it for The Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, and the Huffington Post.

Al Qaeda region 2In her analysis, Zimmerman identified the geographical locations of the groups said to be within the Al Qaeda network. These locations outline an area encompassing parts of Northern Africa and all of the Middle East. This region, in which the entire Al Qaeda network is based, represents about 15% of the total land on planet earth.

What is special about this land that might lead its inhabitants to a life of terrorism? Some, including Zimmerman, say that this region correlates to the land of Islam and that therefore the correlation is simply an indication that Muslims are prone to terrorism.’

Read more: Understanding ‘Oil Qaeda’. Using ‘Terrorism’ as a Pretext to Wage War on Oil Rich Countries

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‘Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has warned Spain of “becoming Greece” if the country adopts similar austerity measures as Athens did in return for international bailout packages.

The former Greek minister made the remarks during an interview with the Spanish daily El Pais, published on Sunday.

“The danger of becoming Greece is always there and it will become reality if the same mistakes that were imposed on Greece are repeated,” Varoufakis said.
He called on Spaniards to evaluate their country’s needs after looking at “their own economic and social situation.”’

Read more: Greek ex-finance minister warns Spain of Greece’s fate

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‘Riot police in France have used a chemical irritant to suppress an attempt by nearly 200 refugees to break down a security fence at the entrance of the Channel Tunnel, which connects the UK to France.

French officers sprayed the migrants with the chemical late on Saturday, forcing the group to retreat as they attempted to breach the final fence near the entrance of the 50-kilometer tunnel under the English Channel.

The migrants, who broke down several security fences, faced off with French police forces for nearly an hour, chanting slogans such as “Open the border” and “We are not animals.”’

Read more: France police use chemicals to suppress refugees at Channel Tunnel

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