EU Commission proposes GM opt-out for member states

•April 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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http://rt.com/news/252101-eu-commission-gmo-law/

The European Commission has proposed a new law which would allow individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified (GM) crops – even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The US says the move is “not constructive.”

According to EU Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, the plan would “grant member states a greater say as regards the use of EU-authorized GMOs in food and feed on their respective territories.”

It will now go to the European Parliament and member states for further consideration. There is concern that giving nations the opportunity to opt out from EU laws goes counter to many EU initiatives which traditionally seek a common stance on EU policies.

The proposal – which covers human food and animal feed – comes as a knock to the US, which wants Europe to fully accept its GM crops as part of an EU-US free trade deal.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman said the move appears to separate the European Union into 28 separate markets.

Proposing this kind of trade-restrictive action is not constructive,” he said in a statement.

EU food and feed chain partners have also rejected the proposal, saying it will have extremely negative consequences.

It will seriously threaten the Internal Market for food and feed products, causing substantial job losses and lower investment in the agri-food chain in ‘opt-out’ countries. This would cause serious distortions of competition for all EU agri-food chain partners,” Pekka Pesonen, secretary-general for Copa-Cogeca – a European farming and livestock organization – told World Grain.

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“restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified (GM) crops – even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The US says the move is “not constructive.”

i bet they said that..

“The proposal – which covers human food and animal feed – comes as a knock to the US, which wants Europe to fully accept its GM crops as part of an EU-US free trade deal.”

lets see how long it lasts..

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Meet Han..an android that can recognise and interact with people

•April 25, 2015 • 6 Comments

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http://ibnlive.in.com/news/meet-han-an-android-that-can-recognise-and-interact-with-people/541062-11.html

A humanoid robot which can mimic human expressions greeted visitors on Saturday (April 18) at a Hong Kong electronics fair.

The robot head, known as ‘Han’, can also hold simple interactive conversations with the crowd.

At the touch of a button using a mobile phone app, Han can smile, wince, frown, wink, or even act drunk.

About 40 motors control his face to form delicate facial expressions, according to product manager at Hanson Robotics, Grace Copplestone.

The robot can also respond to his environment, thanks to several cameras inside his eyes and chest.

“So Han’s really exciting because not only can he generate very realistic facial expressions, but he can also interact with the environment around him. So he has cameras on his eyes and on his chest, which allow him to recognize people’s face, not only that, but recognize their gender, their age, whether they are happy or sad, and that makes him very exciting for places like hotels for example, where you need to appreciate the customers in front of you and react accordingly,” Copplestone said.

During the Global Sources electronics show, in which Han gave demonstrations every hour, visitors could also have a simple conversation with him.

One visitor, businessman Harbhajan Singh Sethi from Mumbai, joked with the robot, “I think you are perfect man for my wife,” to which Han quipped, “I don’t have to do whatever you say. I have my own free will.”

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“Han quipped, “I don’t have to do whatever you say. I have my own free will.”

and thats what we are afraid of..

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EU leaders to consider military intervention against Libyan migrant traffickers

•April 24, 2015 • 6 Comments

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/11556561/EU-leaders-to-consider-military-intervention-against-Libyan-migrant-traffickers.html

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against Libyan migrant traffickers, a draft statement seen by AFP showed on Wednesday night.

On the eve of the emergency EU summit on migration in Brussels, Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, said the country was “at war” with migrant traffickers, who are responsible for the deaths of as many as 1,000 migrants in the past week alone.

David Cameron and other EU leaders will consider a commitment to “undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers,” the draft statement showed.

A diplomatic source told a news agency that the EU’s 28 member states were widely mobilised to approve the statement’s wording, reflecting a growing willingness to launch an operation to fight the traffickers.

Roberta Pinotti, Italy’s defence minister, earlier said: “We know where the smugglers keep their boats, where they gather. The plans for military intervention are there.”

Italy was prepared to lead a military intervention as long as it had the approval of the UN, she said.

“We think it’s the moment in which Europe decides, forcefully, to have an international police operation, which will undo this band of criminals,” she said.

Mr Cameron is reportedly considering deploying to the Mediterranean one of the Royal Navy’s biggest warships, HMS Bulwark, in an effort to “go after the criminal gangs”. The Ministry of Defence said that it was “looking at options”.

However, experts pointed out there could be major repercussions of any military intervention.

“They talk about capturing and destroying migrant boats, but presumably they will have people on-board, so they’re not going to just shoot them out of the water,” Matt Carr, the British author of Fortress Europe, a book on migration, told AFP.

“Others say the only way to stop them is to destroy all the boats in Libya, which is obviously nonsensical.” Alain Coldefy, a retired French admiral, said: “This problem is totally unsolvable with military means.”

Mr Renzi likened the human trafficking to the slave trade. “Fighting people trafficking means fighting the slave traders of the 21st century. It is not only a question of security and terrorism – it is about human dignity,” he told the Italian parliament in Rome.

The problem had to be tackled at its origins, with intense diplomatic efforts to solve conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, he added.

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how did the black flag wavers say they would infiltrate into europe?

very interesting development..there is lot more to this than just stopping boat people..just like stopping the pirates of somalia was only the veneer to other machinations..

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Saudi-led coalition resumes air strikes

•April 24, 2015 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32411311

Saudi-led coalition jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them.

The strikes followed the fall of the base outside Taiz of an army unit loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Fighting was also reported in the second city of Aden, Lahj’s provincial capital Huta, and the town of Daleh.

On Tuesday, Riyadh declared its month-long campaign, which sought to restore the president, had achieved its goals.

But it warned that it would continue to take action against the Houthis as needed.

More work “needs to be done” in Yemen, US White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told CNN, while emphasising the need for a negotiated solution.

On Wednesday the Houthi rebels asked for the coalition action to end and for UN-sponsored peace talks.

The UN says at least 944 people have been killed and 3,487 injured in air strikes, fighting on the ground and attacks by jihadist militants in Yemen since 19 March.

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“The UN says at least 944 people have been killed and 3,487 injured in air strikes”

thats acceptable?

“jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them.”

huh?

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Elizabeth Warren accuses Obama of deliberately hiding TPP details

•April 24, 2015 • 9 Comments

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/22/elizabeth-warren-tpp_n_7120980.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on President Barack Obama to make details of the trade pact he is negotiating public a day after Obama said that Warren and other critics were wrong on the facts of the deal.

The Obama administration has briefed members of Congress on the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but has blocked members from publicly discussing specifics. Last month, an Obama administration official told The Huffington Post that the briefings on the deal were classified because they were sensitive and ongoing.

But on Wednesday, Warren accused the administration of deliberately hiding unpopular details from the public.

“The government doesn’t want you to read this massive new trade agreement. It’s top secret,” Warren said in a statement on her website. “Why? Here’s the real answer people have given me: ‘We can’t make this deal public because if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.'”

“If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it, then that agreement should not become the law of the United States,” Warren continued.

Warren also said that there were provisions in the deal that would allow companies to ship jobs overseas and weaken environmental or labor rules. The Massachusetts senator also said that Congress should have the ability to amend the deal to get rid of objectionable provisions — something that Obama does not want it to do.

During a town hall on Tuesday, Obama disputed that the deal was secret, noting that his administration had held 1,700 briefings on it and that it had “unprecedented” labor and environmental standards. The deal, Obama said, is “the most progressive framework for trade we have ever had.”

“When you hear folks make a lot of suggestions about how bad this trade deal is, when you dig into the facts, they are wrong,” Obama said. “I would not be putting this forward if I was not absolutely certain that this was gonna be good for American workers,” Obama said, noting that virtually everything he had done since coming into office had been to help the middle class.

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“The government doesn’t want you to read this massive new trade agreement. It’s top secret,” Warren said”

this comes from within barrys own people..

“We can’t make this deal public because if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.”

uh huh..

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The mystery of China’s gold stash may soon be solved

•April 24, 2015 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-20/mystery-of-china-s-gold-stash-may-soon-be-solved-as-imf-beckons

China’s push to challenge U.S. dominance in global trade and finance may involve gold — a lot of gold.

While the metal is no longer used to back paper money, it remains a big chunk of central bank reserves in the U.S. and Europe. China became the world’s second-largest economy in 2010 and has stepped up efforts to make the yuan a viable competitor to the dollar. That’s led to speculation the government has stockpiled gold as part of a plan to diversify $3.7 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves.

The People’s Bank of China may have tripled holdings of bullion since it last updated them in April 2009, to 3,510 metric tons, says Bloomberg Intelligence, based on trade data, domestic output and China Gold Association figures. A stockpile that big would be second only to the 8,133.5 tons in the U.S.

“If you want to set yourself up as a reserve currency, you may want to have assets on your balance sheet other than other fiat currencies,” Bart Melek, head of commodity strategy at TD Securities, said by phone from Toronto. Gold is “certainly viewed as a viable store of value for an up-and-coming global power,” he said.

China may be preparing to update its disclosed holdings because policy makers arepressing to add the yuan to the International Monetary Fund’s currency basket, known as the Special Drawing Right, which includes the dollar, euro, yen and British pound. The tally may come before the IMF’s meetings on the SDR next month or in October, Nomura Holdings Inc. said in an April 8 report.

Gold played a central role in the international monetary system until the collapse of the Bretton Woods framework of fixed exchange rates in 1973, according to the IMF. While the role of bullion has diminished since then, the fund still holds 2,814 tons and most central banks have some on their balance sheets. Russia more than tripled its holdings since 2005.

China is the world’s largest gold producer and ranked behind only India among top consumers last year, but the amount of metal its central bank last reported holding in 2009 accounts for just 1 percent of foreign-exchange reserves, which have surged more than fivefold in a decade and are the biggest in the world. Most of that is in dollars.

The IMF estimates the dollar makes up 63 percent of world central bank holdings, while the No. 2 currency, the euro, accounts for 22 percent. Data from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication show the U.S. currency was used for 43 percent of global payments in February.

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“The People’s Bank of China may have tripled holdings of bullion since it last updated them in April 2009, to 3,510 metric tons, says Bloomberg Intelligence”

dont forget tungsten doesnt count..

“China is the world’s largest gold producer”

i didnt know that!

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March 2015: Alex Jones finally admits Zionist control over America

•April 24, 2015 • 10 Comments

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when you watch this you will be suspicious that it is even AJ speaking but it was..

what do we make of it? has he had an epiphany?

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