France will not sign the multi-billion TTIP deal with US in 2015

•November 20, 2014 • 6 Comments

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http://rt.com/business/206455-france-will-not-sign-ttip/

The French government will not support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US as long as a controversial stipulation is included.

France, like the UK and Germany, will block the trade deal all together if the mechanism of investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is included; EurActiv France reported.

The clause appears in most free trade agreements, and would leave France defenseless against foreign companies taking legal action against it if laws and legislation stunt profits.

“France did not want the ISDS to be included in the negotiation mandate,” France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Matthias Fekl told the French Senate. “We have to preserve the right of the state to set and apply its own standards, to maintain the impartiality of the justice system and to allow the people of France, and the world, to assert their values,” he added.

Due to this stumbling block, there will be no “significant advances” in the trade agreement, which has been a sour point in US-EU relations.

France earlier said it wouldn’t sign the TTIP as long as the US continued spying on EU allies.

The deal would set up ‘non-barrier’ trade between the world’s two biggest trading regions.The two blocs already trade $1 trillion annually, and swap $4 trillion in investment.

A controversial free trade agreement, TTIP is destined to bring down regulatory barriers. Proponents of the deal say that it will boost GDP in the EU by €100 billion and in the US by more than $100 billion, as well as create over 700,000 jobs in America. More free trade would increase investment, and widening export industries would add jobs.

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“The clause appears in most free trade agreements, and would leave France defenseless against foreign companies taking legal action against it if laws and legislation stunt profits.”

gee..i cant imagine why france isnt happy..they should be grateful that multinational companies will be have more power over his country than the government themselves!

this TTIP is like a big hot poker up rammed up our you know whats..

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Petrobras scandal will “change Brazil” says president

•November 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30077104

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has said investigations into corruption at the state-owned oil company, Petrobras, could change the country forever.

She was speaking for the first time since the arrest on Friday of 23 people suspected of corruption and money-laundering.

They include top executives of companies which had contracts with Petrobras.

President Rousseff chaired the board of Petrobras from 2003 to 2010.

“It is a symbolic case for Brazil,” she said.

“This will change forever the relationship between Brazilian society, the Brazilian state and private companies.”

President Rousseff said all agreements between Petrobras and a handful of large construction companies which acted as contractors for Petrobras would be investigated.

She said the investigation would target individuals rather than Petrobras as a company.

Petrobras, which is majority-owned by the Brazilian government, is one of the largest oil businesses in the world with interests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The investigation began earlier this year when a former executive, Paulo Roberto Costa, alleged that one of its departments paid millions of dollars in bribes to politicians, including members of the governing Workers Party.

Costa, who was arrested in March, has alleged that the refinery division of the company operated a fund that diverted money to political parties.

The resulting probe, codenamed “Car Wash”, has led to raids in Parana, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Pernambuco, as well as Brasilia.

The scandal surrounding Petrobras was a sensitive issue for President Rousseff in last month’s presidential election.

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http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/obama-hands-billions-to-petrobas-as-soros-buys-more-shares-timing/

and..

http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/petrobras-puts-brazilian-president-dilma-in-hot-seat-brazil-downgraded-by-sp/

surely she looks hypocritical after chairing the board from 2003-2010!

she must be very popular to have overcome this negative publicity to win the recent election..but then again..they did take out her main rival..or was it an accident?

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Synagogue attack: Netanyahu vow in “battle for Jerusalem”

•November 20, 2014 • 7 Comments

Israeli emergency personnel carry the body of a victim from the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30107446

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to win a “battle for Jerusalem” after a deadly attack on a synagogue.

Two Palestinians killed four rabbis in West Jerusalem before being shot dead. A policeman later died of his wounds.

Mr Netanyahu vowed to “settle the score with every terrorist” saying that those “who want to uproot us from our state and capital… will not succeed”.

Jerusalem has seen weeks of unrest, partly fuelled by tension over a disputed holy site.

Tuesday’s attack was the deadliest in Jerusalem for six years. There were about 25 worshippers in the synagogue at the time and at least seven people were also seriously wounded.

Mr Netanyahu ordered the homes of the attackers to be destroyed, saying: “We are in a battle over Jerusalem, our eternal capital.”

Israeli television footage of armed police running to the scene of the attack

He said that this was a “terrible attack at a time of prayer” and condemned what he termed the “shouts of joy” from the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip after the attacks.

He said he was strengthening security on the streets of Jerusalem, without giving details.

Mr Netanyahu called on the people of Israel to “stand together as one” but said that “no-one must take the law into their own hands, even if spirits are riled and blood is boiling”.

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but it hasnt been 2 years since the last blitzkrieg? thats off script..

“We are in a battle over Jerusalem, our eternal capital.”

your eternal capital eh?

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Erdogan says Muslims “discovered America”

•November 20, 2014 • 15 Comments

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http://rt.com/news/205895-islam-america-erdogan-cuba/

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says the Muslim faith was “widespread” in America before the arrival of Columbus in the 15th century, and insists that a massive mosque should be erected in Havana, despite the city’s refusal to grant a building permit.

“The religion of Islam was widespread before Columbus,” the longtime Turkish leader told the audience at the first ever Latin American Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul, as cited by Hurriyet Daily News.

“Muslim sailors had arrived in the shores of America in 1178. In his diaries, Christopher Columbus referred to the presence of a mosque on top of a mountain in Cuba.”

The claim comes from a 1996 paper from Youssef Mroueh of the As-Sunnah Foundation of America.

“Columbus admitted in his papers that on Monday, October 21, 1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful mountain,” it alleges.

The veracity of this statement has been comprehensively disproved in the past.

The actual quote comes from a log of Columbus’ first journey in 1492, as recorded decades later by colonization historian Bartholome de Casas, but it was made on October 29 – likely near a different part of Cuba than claimed by Mroueh. Most importantly, it explicitly does not imply that Christopher Columbus saw an actual mosque – only a hill that looked like a minaret.

“Remarking on the position of the river and port, to which he gave the name of San Salvador, he describes its mountains as lofty and beautiful, like the Pena de las Enamoradas, and one of them has another little hill on its summit, like a graceful mosque,” reads the entry from the de Casas chronicle.

Even if this claim is easily debunked, it is part of a growing volume of Muslim scholarship that seeks to prove that Islam pre-dated Christianity in the New World, using circumstantial evidence. This idea itself has gained traction in swathes of the Islamic world.

Among the usual pieces of proof that form the backbone of the argument is a 1980 paper by Harvard academic Barry Fell, who claimed that some of the ancient engravings in the Americas resembled Muslim fonts.

There are also references to various trans-Atlantic journeys by Muslims made as far back as the 11th century, of explorers bringing back hoards of gold, using the relatively sophisticated navigational equipment possessed by the Islamic world at the time.

Alternative theories additionally propose that common Indian proper names were bastardizations of Islamic terms. For example, they claim that ‘Seminole’ is actually the Turkish ‘Sami nal’ or ‘Semites who ran away,’ while ‘Shawnee,’ another tribe name, is derivative of ‘sah ne’ which means the ‘Great Shah.’

No actual archaeological links – be it buildings or artifacts – suggesting contact between the Muslim world and that of pre-Colombian Indians have been unearthed.

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curious timing for this comment to be made..

i have never heard of this theory before..thoughts people?

the fact the main push for this comes from harvard is not a surprise..

“Among the usual pieces of proof that form the backbone of the argument is a 1980 paper by Harvard academic Barry Fell”

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India-US food stockpiling agreement paves way for $1tn WTO deal

•November 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://rt.com/business/205231-india-us-wto-agreement/

Washington has agreed to give India more freedom in subsidizing and stockpiling food to support farmers and feed its 1.25 billion people. The agreement paves the way for another WTO deal expected to add an estimated $1 trillion to the global economy.

Under the agreement reached Thursday, the US agreed to protect India’s food purchase and distribution scheme from legal challenges over exports of surplus grain stocks accumulated in government warehouses.

Western countries have expressed concern that stockpiled food could leak onto global markets and overturn the market.

The pact with Washington also means that India will lift a veto on a global agreement streamlining customs rules. Experts estimate it will add $1 trillion to the world economy as well as 21 million jobs, 18 million of them in developing countries.

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“Washington has agreed to give India more freedom in subsidizing and stockpiling food to support farmers and feed its 1.25 billion people.”

why does washington have any say or control in this?

this is the power of the WTO..

“The pact with Washington also means that India will lift a veto on a global agreement streamlining customs rules.”

oh..the trade off..

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Russia plans alternative Wikipedia

•November 20, 2014 • 4 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30058048

Russia is planning an alternative version of the Wikipedia, the country’s presidential library has said.

A statement said the initiative aimed to provide better information about Russia than is available on Wikipedia.

Analysis had shown that Wikipedia “does not have enough detailed and reliable information about Russian regions and the life of the country”, it said.

Some 50,000 books and documents had been collected, it said, to portray Russia “objectively and accurately”.

But the new site has some catching up to do – Wikipedia is the world’s sixth most popular website. The Russian edition has more than one million entries.

The move comes amid increasing Kremlin control of the web.

In August, laws were enacted forcing bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers to register with the mass media regulator.

And in March, websites run by opponents and critics of President Vladimir Putin were blocked.

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“In August, laws were enacted forcing bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers to register with the mass media regulator.”

interesting..

“in March, websites run by opponents and critics of President Vladimir Putin were blocked.”

fairly open and general comment..proof? how many websites?

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Subconscious War

•November 19, 2014 • 17 Comments

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thanks to maria for the link..

excellent video..takes us back to the infamous “collateral murder” video..still chilling..we are in a war..most just dont realise how deadly it is..its a battle for our minds..

http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/collateral-murder/

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