Daily Archives: May 13, 2014

Ukraine Gets €1.6Bn In Loans From European Commission – 13 May 2014

RT logoUkrainian government officials signed a memorandum in Brussels today, which will make €1.6 billion in macroeconomic loans available in Ukraine. The loans will be provided to Ukraine’s National Bank over the next 15 years.

“Our meeting was a very successful one. It was unprecedented. I think we can say there was a great convergence,” Jose Barroso, the European Commission President said.

The EU will soon disburse the first tranche of a combined €1.61 billion ($ 2.2 billion) Macro Financial Assistance (MFA) loan program, but specific dates were not given.

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Wes Annac – When Love Seems Absent – 13 May 2014

wes-annac-300x229Written by Wes Annac, The Aquarius Paradigm

What do we do when the love we want to feel seems missing? When it doesn’t seem as if we can get into a positive, loving space? When stress and dross seem to replace the higher vibration we want to be on?

Personally, I try to source the issues that keep me from feeling happy and lively, and if that doesn’t seem to work, I simply let the low feelings be. There’s no sense in trying to fight off or avoid negative, low, or depressed feelings, and sometimes, the best thing we can do is to flow with them and know that they’re ultimately necessary. Continue reading

Civilian Death Toll Spike As Taliban, Afghan Forces Go Head To Head – 13 May 2014

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“The overall trend is one of escalating violence and insurgent attacks. Ongoing withdrawals of international soldiers have generally coincided with a deterioration of Kabul’s reach in outlying districts,” the Brussels-based non-profit said in a 56-page report released on Sunday.

Drawing on data compiled by the United Nations earlier this year, ICG notes a severe uptick in civilian casualties, which spiked 14 percent in 2013. About 27 percent of those casualties stemmed from fighting between Afghan security forces and insurgents, the bulk of which could not be blamed on any one side.

With most of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) scheduled to depart by 31 December 2014, ICG fears the balance “could tip in favor of the insurgency, particularly in some rural locations.”

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‘Russia Is Not Interested In Territorial Expansion By Means Of Ukraine’ – 13 May 2014

RT logoRussia did not accept Transnistria or South Osetia as its territories at the time, but Crimea is an exception because it needed to be protected from the junta that is now ruling Ukraine without any legitimacy, political analyst Dmitry Babich told RT.

RT: Russia’s reaction on the referendum in eastern Ukraine has been less combative than others – recognizing the people’s opinion, but also calls for dialogue with Kiev. What is Moscow’s goal here?

Dmitry Babich: I would say that Moscow from the very beginning of this crisis has been calling for dialogue. It was the EU and the US which rejected dialogue. Let me just remind you that the current crisis spread out of a relatively minor problem. The Ukrainian President Yanukovich wanted to postpone the signing of the association agreement with the EU. When the EU protested, he suggested holding trilateral talks between Moscow, Brussels and Kiev to sort out the differences. The EU said “No, we are only going to talk to you, Russia has no business here.” Then after many tragic events, the trilateral talks were held in Geneva and this time it was Russia, the EU and the US. When Russia suggested bringing protesters from the East of Ukraine to the table because they became a new party to the conflict, the West said “No, these people are just your agents, we are not going to see them at the talks.” But I am sure that sooner or later the representatives of eastern Ukraine will come to talks, they will be invited by the West again with four or five months of delay, again after lots of victims, again after lots of destruction and again the West will blame everything on Russia.

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Western Glorification Of Torture Making It ‘Acceptable’ – Amnesty – 13 May 2014

RT logoMore than one-third of people around the globe – increasingly fortified by a fear of terrorism and glamorized by American TV shows – see justification for the use of torture, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Since 1984, 155 countries have signed up to the UN Convention against Torture. However, at least 79 of these countries still engage in torture, according to human rights group.

And since ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’, as the US military euphemistically calls the practice, generally occurs behind closed doors, the actual number of countries that engage in torture techniques is probably “higher still.”

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Moscow To Ban US From Using Russian Rocket Engines For Military Launches – 13 May 2014

RT logoMoscow is banning Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines, which the US has used to deliver its military satellites into orbit, said Russia’s Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries.

“We proceed from the fact that without guarantees that our engines are used for non-military spacecraft launches only, we won’t be able to supply them to the US,” Rogozin is cited as saying by Interfax news agency.

If such guarantees aren’t provided the Russian side will also be unable to perform routine maintenance for the engines, which have been previously delivered to the US, he added.

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Dana Mrkich – What Is My Purpose? – 13 May 2014

Dana Colour Pic NewOne of the most common questions I get asked is “What is my purpose?”

Sometimes our purpose is just to be who we are, to shine our light wherever and however needed. Other times it is more of a lifelong calling, urging us to express our creativity or to teach or build or whatever it may be. Then there are times when our purpose – or at least a huge part of it – is connected to a set of circumstances that may not have happened yet. Many a tragedy, injustice or obstacle has become the catalyst for change, triggering social movements, amendments to laws, and voices speaking out.  Continue reading

Google Ordered To Drop Links To Irrelevant Personal Data In Landmark EU Court Ruling – 13 May 2014

RT logoPeople have the right to make Google delete information about them from the tech giant’s search results, EU’s Court of Justice has ruled. Judges sided with privacy advocates saying that people should be able to erase their footprint from the internet.

The ruling by the ECJ came in a case of a Spanish man, who complained with to national data protection agency that Google violated its privacy by giving a link to an auction notice of his repossessed home when his name was searched.

Mario Costeja Gonzalez said that the notice published in La Vanguardia newspaper 16 years ago should not be linked to him, because the issue had long been resolved.

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‘New Afghan Govt Will Work Both With Taliban And What The US Left In Place’ – 13 May 2014

RT logoEven though both sides are terribly corrupt, there is probably going to be more general respect from the Afghan population for the Taliban, who have been fighting for Afghanistan for several decades, retired US Air Force officer Karen Kwiatkowski told RT.

RT: We’ve seen a surge in attacks, including one on the Kabul International Airport, as the Taliban has declared its annual summer offensive. How do you think Afghanistan will protect itself from the rising insurgency after NATO forces a pullout?

Karen Kwiatkowski: It is going to be difficult for them even though the national forces are somewhat strong and practiced. I think what you are going to see is a pretty rapid deceleration and initial acceleration of violence within a rapid deceleration when the strengths of the two parties are determined. The people themselves are tired of war, so you are going to see compromise. You are going to see some government that works with both parties, the Taliban, as well as what the US has left in place.

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‘Blindfolded & Bound’: Israel Puts More Palestinian Kids In Solitary Confinement – 13 May 2014

RT logoIsrael is placing more and more Palestinian children in solitary confinement as part of the interrogation process, a new study reveals. The children are often blindfolded, bound and sleep deprived. Neither they nor parents know the reasons for arrest.

“Solitary confinement for detained Palestinian children was used in 21.4 percent of cases in 2013,” says the report released by Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine), a national section of the international non-governmental child rights organization and movement. The numbers have shown a 2-percent rise since 2012.

The organization took at least 98 sworn affidavits from Palestinian children between the ages of 12 to 17 in 2013 and submitted the information to UN bodies.

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