Daily Archives: March 17, 2014

CommonDreams – Court Hears Evidence Of Briton’s Torture By Dubai Police – 17 March 2014

March 17, 2014
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Court Hears Evidence of Briton’s Torture by Dubai Police

UNITED KINGDOM – March 17 – A court in the United Arab Emirates yesterday heard evidence detailing the torture by local police of a British man charged with drugs offences. Continue reading

EU, US Impose Sanctions Against Russian Officials After Crimea Referendum – 17 March 2014

RT logoUS President Barack Obama has ordered that sanctions be applied against 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials, the White House said. Earlier, the EU imposed sanctions against 21 officials after Crimea declared its independence.

The US has imposed sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials on Monday, with the White House stating that “the actions and policies” of the Russian government with respect to Ukraine “undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets.”

Obama’s executive order applies to seven top Russian officials, including presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, presidential adviser Sergey Glazyev, State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky, member of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament (the Federation Council) Andrey Klishas, head of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and State Duma deputy Yelena Mizulina.

Read the full story at: www.rt.com / link to original article

VaticanNews – Global Freedom Network Founded By Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims – 17 March 2014

(Vatican Radio) Representatives of the Catholic, Anglican and Muslim worlds gathered for the first time ever in the Vatican press office on Monday for the launch of a Global Freedom Network aimed at eradicating human trafficking by the end of the decade. Philippa Hitchen went along to witness this historic event:

The groundbreaking agreement to work closely together across the different faith communities was signed by Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo on behalf of Pope Francis. The Argentinian bishop is chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences which brought together a broad coalition of anti-trafficking experts for a workshop last November. He was joined by New Zealand Archbishop David Moxon, director of the Anglican Centre here in Rome and representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See. Also on hand to sign the founding declaration was Dr Mahmoud Azab, representing the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, one of the most important centres of Sunni Islam located in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The other key figure who put his signature to the document was Australian businessman Andrew Forrest, founder of a philanthropic organisation called the Walk Free Foundation. Set up after Forrest’s daughter travelled to Nepal where children were being caught up in a trafficking for prostitution ring, its aim is to stamp out this modern form of slavery by galvanizing and supporting action at local, national and international level. Planned actions include urging governments to publicly endorse the establishment of the Global Fund to End Slavery and persuading multi-national businesses to commit to eradicating slavery from their supply chains. By mobilizing the world’s major faith communities, this new Network hopes to bring an end by 2020 to what Pope Francis has dared to call a crime against humanity: Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo:

It’s not politically correct to call this modern slavery a crime against humanity but we want to arrive at that in national and international law….”

Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims mark just the beginning of what organisers sincerely hope will expand to include representatives of all other faith communities as well. They’re also aware that much work is already being done to tackle prevention, prosecution and protection of trafficking victims. What’s been missing up until now, says Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, is a joined-up approach to the problem:

“If you look at the work of Catholic, Anglican and other faith missions over the last three or four decades, they have been engaged in the fight against human trafficking…..”
Statistics show some 30 million men, women and children are currently caught in the clutches of human traffickers and that figure is believed by many to be just the tip of the iceberg. Organisers of this Global Freedom Network are hoping to touch the hearts of all believers to help put an end to this exploitation which they call a shameful affront to our common humanity.

www.news.va/ link to original article

ZeroHedge – Alleged Bitcoin Creator Responds To Newsweek, Denies Everything – 17 March 2014

ZeroHedgeSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 03/17/2014 10:59 -0400

Remember Newsweek’s “shocking” inaugural print issue which claimed to have uncovered the creator of Bitcoin (by scouring the phone book), and of course poor Satoshi Dorian Nakamoto’s 15 minutes of fame? Guess we can put that to rest. From the LA Times.

The statement came in an email from Ethan D. Kirschner, a Los Angeles lawyer.

“This firm has been retained by Dorian S. Nakamoto, the subject of the recent Newsweek cover story on Bitcoin,” Kirschner said in an email. “He has issued the attached prepared statement. No further comment will be made by Mr. Nakamoto or the firm.” 

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Obama Issues Executive Order Freezing Assets Of Seven Putin Aides – 17 March 2014

ZeroHedgeAs was largely expected, the first retaliation by Obama has arrived, courtesy of a just issued Executive Order by the president, in which he has blocked and frozen “all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person” (i.e. assets) of not only the pre-coup Ukraine president Yanukovich and the Crimean leader Aksyonov, including all Russians that operate in the Russian arms industry, but most notably seven Putin aides. Not Putin himself of course – that would be too “escalatory”…

Read the full story at: www.zerohedge.com / link to original article

Sophia Love – The Rat – 17 March 2014

Sophia Love

Sophia Love

There are conditions of daily life that occur on a regular basis for the majority of humans.  These include a lack of opportunity to experience self-determination, a pre-arranged location, and an income; without which you’d be unable to survive.  These conditions, seen as normal and necessary, are actually preferred.  When an adult has reached the age of eighteen years, most of their orientation is focused on creating them for themselves; this, in order to achieve “worldly success”.

In fact, under the current arrangement, you congratulate each other for having secured a “good” job.  This “job” grants you “freedom”.  “Freedom” in this case means moving out of the home of your parents.  It means being on your own.  It means having the chance now to stop living off the “job” your parents held, and starting your own.  You are “free” now and willingly join the ranks of the others in volunteer slavery. Continue reading

ZeroHedge – Frontrunning – 17 March 2014

  • Putin Is No Mad Man to Russians as Power Play Trumps Economy (BBG)
  • Alibaba picks U.S. for IPO; in talks with six banks for lead roles (Reuters)
  • Russia hearts selling German energy: Billionaire Fridman’s L1 Buys RWE Unit for $7.1 Billion (Bloomberg)
  • Malaysia plane search straddles continent as police focus on crew (Reuters)
  • Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to China set to bolster investment (Al-Awsat)
  • Bugatti-Driving 26-Year-Old Tied to Penny-Stock Website (BBG)
  • Vodafone agrees $10 billion deal to buy Spain’s Ono (Reuters)
  • The Hidden Rot in the Jobs Numbers (WSJ)
  • SocGen Ex-Trader Kerviel Walks to Forget Loss as Judgment Looms (BBG)
  • U.S. Banks’ $75 Billion Payout at Stake in Fed Tests (BBG)
  • Goldman Sachs to RenCap Poach Dubai Equity Bankers on Rally (BBG)
  • France limits vehicle use in Paris amid soaring pollution (France 24)
  • Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Debuts in Blog Glut (BBG) Continue reading

Lucas – Here Is How You get Played – The Financial Crisis YOU made Happen!? – What? – 17 March 2014

Logo Lucas_square_wordsWhen there is a lot of bollocks or in american bullshit told you can identify it easily. It is this article that was posted by Irish Examiner today from author Vincent Ryan….

Title : Human errors spark financial crises: http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/cwgbcwkfsnkf/rss2/

For certain there are people who have contributed the tiniest bit to the financial crisis but not in a way that is in any way significant to the role the financial institutions and governments have been playing together with the big corporations and multinationals. For certain people know by now we have been told lies over and over again…. and this is certainly also one you will have to remember. Continue reading

Visionkeeper – Awaken Your Voices…- 17 March 2014

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Because the weather has been so brutally cold recently, I spent a good part of yesterday inside near the wood stove, doing something I rarely do. I focused in on television. I did not watch for entertainment, but rather watched and surfed around to get a feel for what was being put out to the people these days. I feel every now and then we have to take a pulse of what is going on and stay awake to save ourselves. I will not even go into the chaotic babble that the news stations were pounding out in regards to the lost flight 370. I find it all so disrespectful to those who are missing and their loved ones waiting in agony and hoping for their return. Their loss is NOT our entertainment.  Instead I want to take note of the advertising I flashed across during my research of television for the day. I was absolutely horrified to see the messages being broadcast out to millions of unsuspecting minds. It wasn’t even the products being advertised I found so upsetting, no, it was how the advertisements were being delivered! Continue reading

Jon Rappoport – Disease Hoax, Disease Game – 17 March 2014

jon7 At Gilead Sciences, they’re popping champagne corks. They’ve got a blockbuster drug, a once in a lifetime winner, Sovaldi. As Fierce Pharma reports:

“With a revolutionary approach to hepatitis C and a price tag of $84,000 per 12-week treatment course, analysts expected big sales from Gilead’s Sovaldi. Some even forecast it would reach $9 billion or more by 2017, at which level it would surpass Pfizer’s Lipitor to take the crown for biggest-selling drug of all time. But none expected the exponential growth the drug is posting right now…” Continue reading