MH17: The Untold Story

•October 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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MH17 might have been shot down from air – chief Dutch investigator

http://rt.com/news/199891-dutch-investigation-mh17-crash/

The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.

The chief investigator with the Dutch National Prosecutors’ Office Fred Westerbeke said in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel published on Monday that his team is open to the theory that another plane shot down the Malaysian airliner.

Following the downing of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight in July that killed almost 300 people, Russia’s Defense Ministry released military monitoring data, which showed a Kiev military jet tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash. No explanation was given by Kiev as to why the military plane was flying so close to a passenger aircraft. Neither Ukraine, nor Western states have officially accepted such a possibility.

Westerbeke said that the Dutch investigators are preparing an official request for Moscow’s assistance since Russia is not part of the international investigation team. Westerbeke added that the investigators will specifically ask for the radar data suggesting that a Kiev military jet was flying near the passenger plane right before the catastrophe.

“Going by the intelligence available, it is my opinion that a shooting down by a surface to air missile remains the most likely scenario. But we are not closing our eyes to the possibility that things might have happened differently,” he elaborated.

The international probe led by the Dutch – as nearly two-thirds of the victims were from the Netherlands – has not yet established how the crash happened. A preliminary report issued in September said only that the plane crashed as a result of structural damage from outside.

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thanks to rev17 for the link..

excellent video..and coincides with an interview on der spiegel in regards to the investigation..i know what version i believe..

“his team is open to the theory that another plane shot down the Malaysian airliner.”

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Tunisia election: Secularists set to oust Ennahda party

•October 29, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29793230

Tunisia’s secularists are poised to win the most seats in a close-run election that should see the country’s ruling Islamists pushed into second place.

The Nidaa Tounes party is expected to win around 80 of 217 seats, with the governing Ennahda party taking 70.

Ennahda officials have congratulated Nidaa Tounes and urged them to form an inclusive government.

Tunisia’s transition to democratic rule after a 2011 revolt has been hailed as a regional success story.

The revolt was the first and least violent of the Arab Spring uprisings against autocratic governments across the region.

The parliamentary poll was the second such election since the uprising.

Ennahda official Lotfi Zitoun told Reuters news agency his party accepted the result and congratulated the winner.

“We are calling once again for the formation of a unity government in the interest of the country,” he was quoted as saying.

Earlier, Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi was quoted as saying that the winner of the election should respect Tunisia’s need for “a government of national unity, a political consensus”.

“This is the policy that has saved the country from what other Arab Spring countries are going through,” he told local TV station Hannibal.

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have to watch the machinations here i reckon..the islamists are out..cue the black flaggers?

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Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal..Global Carbon Tax is nearly here

•October 29, 2014 • 10 Comments

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http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-carbon-trading-edges-closer-as-un-brokers-deal-9818519.html

The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change on a truly global scale for the first time, United Nations officials have claimed.

After years of opposition, hundreds of the world’s major companies and investment firms – including several oil giants – have agreed that there should be a charge for the damage done to the planet by greenhouse gases.

This means that an international carbon market – in which companies buy and sell the right to produce harmful emissions – is now close to becoming a reality.

Even China, the world’s biggest polluter, plans to set up a carbon pricing system next year.

It is hoped that market forces will inevitably drive down the level of greenhouse gases as money flows from companies that produce emissions to those that reduce them, such as renewable energy firms.

Georg Kell, executive director of UN Global Compact, the body’s initiative to get firms to adopt sustainable policies, said the recent conversion of much of the business world was hugely significant.

“This is a breakthrough as usually business blocks climate action on a national level,” he said yesterday. “For the first time, the private sector has argued in favour of pricing externalities. Polluters are making the case to be charged.”

“Externalities” is the word used by economists to describe things that are outside, or not priced by, the free market. For example, the health costs associated with air pollution from car exhausts are currently borne by tax-payers, not by polluters.

“Not pricing pollution and carbon emissions is the biggest market distortion in human history,” Mr Kell said. According to him, China’s decision to introduce carbon pricing would create significant business opportunities. “China is putting in place a national pricing system for carbon next year. This will be the biggest carbon market,” he added.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of senior executives from pension funds, major banks and institutional and sovereign wealth funds in Copenhagen, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, stressed the importance of a global system.

“The United Nations cannot do it alone. No country can do it alone. We have to combine our resources and ambitions, particularly together with business communities,” he said. And carbon pricing, he stressed, was “one of the most powerful tools available for reducing emissions and generating sustainable development and growth”. “The Global Compact has helped generate a major shift in corporate mindset in just one decade,” Mr Ban added.

So far, 74 countries, including the EU, China and Russia, but not the US, Canada, Japan or Australia, and 1,000 businesses – from oil firms BP and Statoil to giant corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Unilever – have signed up to a UN declaration in support of carbon pricing.

And a group of 354 major institutional investors, such as BlackRock, the BT Pension Scheme, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rothschild & Cie Gestion, have also agreed to call on governments to “provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge”. Collectively, they handle about £15trn in assets – more than the United States’ GDP.

The EU currently runs the world’s biggest carbon-trading scheme, which means there are limits on about 45 per cent of total emissions from the 28 member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. More than 11,000 power stations and manufacturing plants and most flights are covered. Under the system, companies that emit greenhouse gases can buy credits from “emission-saving projects around the world”. They can be fined if they fail to get enough allowances to cover their emissions.

However, it has been criticised for failing to produce significant results, partly because the price set for emitting a ton of carbon, which is supposed to reflect the damage to the environment, was too low. It remains to be seen whether the Chinese scheme will be more rigorous.

And there is still a long way to go to wean humanity off carbon. According to the International Energy Agency, 82 per cent of the world’s energy is still produced by fossil fuels. But Mr Kell said there were optimistic signs that this could be about to change. “The world is longing for solutions,” he said.

https://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/TheTenPrinciples/environment.html

Environment

Principle Seven
Business should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle Eight
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle Nine
encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
The Origin of the Environment Principles
Internationally co-ordinated work on the environment has been led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), since its inception in 1973. UNEP has provided leadership and encouraged partnerships to care for the environment, for example, through Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) which have addressed issues such as species loss and the need for conservation at a global and regional level. UNEP has created much of the international environmental law in use today.

The three environmental principles of the Global Compact are drawn from a Declaration of Principles and an International Action Plan (Agenda 21) that emerged from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (the Earth Summit) held in Rio de Janerio in 1992. Chapter 30 of Agenda 21, identified that the policies and operations of business and industry can play a major role in reducing impacts on resource use and the environment. In particular, business can contribute through the promotion of cleaner production and responsible entrepreneurship.

Key Documents

  • The Rio Declaration – a statement of 27 principles upon which nations agreed to base their actions in dealing with environmental and development issues. The Rio Declaration built on the previous Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment which was adopted in Stockholm in 1972. The Stockholm conference was the first global environmental meeting of governments, which stated that long-term economic progress needs to be linked with environmental protection.
  • Agenda 21 – a 40 chapter, action blueprint on specific issues relating to sustainable development that emerged from the Rio Summit. Agenda 21 explained that population, consumption and technology were the primary driving forces of environmental change and for the first time, at an international level, explicitly linked the need for development and poverty eradication with progress towards sustainable development
  • The ‘Brundtland Report’, ‘Our Common Future’ which was produced in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development, also laid the foundations for the Environment Principles. This landmark document highlighted that people needed to change the way they lived and did business or face unacceptable levels of human suffering and environmental damage.

The environmental principles of the Global Compact provide an entry point for business to address the key environmental challenges. In particular, the principles direct activity to areas such as research, innovation, co-operation, education, and self-regulation that can positively address the significant environmental degradation, and damage to the planet’s life support systems, brought by human activity.

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the global compact..research this crowd..i had a quick look and pasted some information above..openly talks of agenda 21..you know that thing only the crazy people believe is real..

“The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change”

translated..we are about to make you pay a tax for living and every other single act you do in your life..and we will adjust it upwards at will and you will be owned..just..like..that..a mechanism for control indeed..over a scam..

“And a group of 354 major institutional investors, such as BlackRock, the BT Pension Scheme, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rothschild & Cie Gestion, have also agreed to call on governments to “provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing”

do you think these pricks really care about you and me?

the progressives who rally against banks and elites will gladly endorse carbon pricing that favours these groups? huh?

and this: “1,000 businesses – from oil firms BP and Statoil to giant corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Unilever – have signed up to a UN declaration in support of carbon pricing.”

do you think they care about you or profits? isnt that big oil??

wake the fuck up..

its so frustrating for me to see people who wouldn’t trust their government on any issue and then fall into line over “global warming” and they think they arent being played..you fools..

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Lebanon army steps up Tripoli battle against militants..ISIL about to attack?

•October 29, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29778462

The Lebanese army has launched a fierce assault against Sunni militants in Tripoli, forcing a retreat from the Old City on a third day of fighting.

The battle has now shifted to a Sunni neighbourhood, where the army is using tanks and armoured vehicles.

At least five soldiers and two civilians have died in the fighting.

The militants, thought to be linked to Islamic State and al-Qaeda, threatened to kill soldiers they have captured unless the army halts its operations.

“We warn the Lebanese army against any military escalation targeting Sunnis in Tripoli,” the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, said in a statement quoted by AFP news agency.

“We call on it to lift its siege and accept a peaceful solution, or else we will be forced in the coming hours to bring closure to the issue of the soldiers we are holding hostage, given that they are prisoners of war.”

The clashes erupted on Friday after an incident in an outlying village the day before in which three militants allegedly linked to IS were killed.

There have been several bouts of fighting in Tripoli since war broke out in Syria, but this was the first time the militants had occupied the Old City, its historic heart.

On Saturday fighting raged in the Old City’s bazaar, a candidate for Unesco world heritage status. By the end of the day, the army said it had arrested a number of armed men there and seized weapons and ammunition.

Reports on Sunday said the militants had now retreated into the Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh neighbourhood, after government troops including commandos attacked with tanks and armoured vehicles.

The state-run National News Agency said the troops had also taken control of the northern suburb of al-Minya.

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the black flag wavers are moving into lebanon..its not getting a lot of media attention..thats always a bit suspicious..dont be surprised if you hear of lebanese towns being taken by “surprise” very soon..

“We warn the Lebanese army against any military escalation targeting Sunnis in Tripoli,” the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, said in a statement quoted by AFP news agency.”

check out the video..

al-nusra is just another branch of the black flag brigade..

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Why was the NSA chief playing the markets?

•October 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/10/22/keith_alexander_stock_trades_potash_aluminum_russia_china

At the same time that he was running the United States’ biggest intelligence-gathering organization, former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander owned and sold shares in commodities linked to China and Russia, two countries that the NSA was spying on heavily.

At the time, Alexander was a three-star general whose financial portfolio otherwise consisted almost entirely of run-of-the-mill mutual funds and a handful of technology stocks. Why he was engaged in commodities trades, including trades in one market that experts describe as being run by an opaque “cartel” that can befuddle even experienced professionals, remains unclear. When contacted, Alexander had no comment about his financial transactions, which are documented in recently released financial disclosure forms that he was required to file while in government. The NSA also had no comment.

Alexander’s stock trades were reviewed by a government ethics official who raised no red flags, and there are no indications the former spymaster did anything wrong. There are also no indications that the trades did much for Alexander’s personal wealth. Disclosure documents show that he earned “no reportable income” from the sale of commodity company stocks, meaning either that it was less than a few hundred dollars or that possibly he lost money on the deals.

Still, the trades raise questions about whether Alexander’s job gave him insights into corporations and markets that may have influenced his personal financial investments. The NSA, which Alexander ran for more than eight years, routinely spies on foreign governments and businesses, including in Russia and China, where the agency has attempted to gain insights into political decision-making, economic strategy, and the countries’ plans for acquiring natural resources.

Continue here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/10/22/keith_alexander_stock_trades_potash_aluminum_russia_china

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thanks to nomnomnom for the link..

“the trades raise questions about whether Alexander’s job gave him insights into corporations and markets that may have influenced his personal financial investments. The NSA, which Alexander ran for more than eight years, routinely spies on foreign governments and businesses, including in Russia and China”

why indeed..and if he was acting with greedy intent i dont think he would put the shares in his name eh?

“Alexander’s stock trades were reviewed by a government ethics official who raised no red flags”

conflict of interest anyone?

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Botswana’s ruling Democratic Party wins the general election

•October 29, 2014 • 3 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29776097

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has won the general elections in the world’s largest diamond producer.

It secured at least 33 of the 57 parliamentary seats being contested, the national electoral commission says.

A party needs 29 seats to take power. Opposition group Umbrella for Democratic Change has won 14 seats.

The BDP party of President Ian Khama has been in power since Botswana gained independence in 1966.

But it has been battling to gain support in urban areas where opposition parties have made recent inroads.

Botswana is seen as one of Africa’s most stable and democratic countries.

Vote counting is still under way. However, the Twitter account of Botswana’s independent election commission said on Saturday that the BDP had already won 33 seats of the 57 contested, followed by the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) with 14. The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is in third place with just two seats.

A further four members of the 63-member assembly will be chosen by the new parliament, with the president and the attorney general filling the remaining two seats.

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probably wise to keep an eye on the worlds largest diamond producer..what is that logo about?

BDP in power since 1966..now thats stability..somebody at the top of the pyramid really wants it kept that way..

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Twenty-four European banks fail EBA stress test

•October 28, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29777589

Twenty-four European banks have failed stress tests of their finances, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has announced.

The banks now have nine months to shore up their finances or risk being shut down. No UK banks are included.

The review was based on the banks’ financial health at the end of 2013.

Ten of them have taken measures to bolster their balance sheets in the meantime. All the remaining 14 banks are in the eurozone.

The health check was carried out on 123 EU banks by the EBA to determine whether they could withstand another financial crisis.

The list of 14 includes four Italian banks, two Greek banks, two Belgian banks and two Slovenian banks.

The worst affected was Italian bank Monte dei Paschi, which had a capital shortfall of €2.1bn (£1.65bn, $2.6bn).

BBC World Service economic correspondent Andrew Walker says concerns about banks were a central element in the eurozone financial crisis and in some countries, their weakness remains a factor holding back economic growth.

Four UK banks were subjected to the EBA test: Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays.

None of them failed the test, but Lloyds passed narrowly, with capital under adverse scenarios of 6.2%, not far from the 5.5% benchmark.

“We welcome the EBA’s confirmation that Lloyds Banking Group meets all the capital benchmarks set out for the purpose of the stress test, and that the group is not required to take any action as a result of the test,” a Lloyds spokesperson said.

“This strong position reflects the steps taken by the group’s management over the last three years to return its balance sheet to a robust position, and we will continue to use this strong basis to help Britain prosper.”

Still troubled: The 14 banks that still need to raise capital

Austria: Oesterreichische Volksbanken

Belgium: AXA Bank Europe, Dexia

Cyprus: Hellenic Bank Public Company

Greece: Eurobank Ergasias, National Bank of Greece

Republic of Ireland: Permanent TSB

Italy: Banca Carige, Monte dei Paschi, Banca Popolare di Milano, Banca Popolare di Vicenza

Portugal: Banco Comercial Portugues

Slovenia: Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor, Nova Ljubljanska Banka

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we were watching monte dei paschi a year ago..so 24 failed but how many others scraped through because they had time to fudge the books sufficiently to hide the “stress”?

http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/worlds-oldest-bank-has-posted-a-loss-of-a1-96-billion/

“The banks now have nine months to shore up their finances or risk being shut down.”

sure they will.. *rolls eyes

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