Daily Archives: August 8, 2014

Stocks In Russian Food Companies Soar Amid Western Food Ban – 8 August 2014

RT logoShares in some of Russian food producers have added almost 40 percent by midday on Friday. The surge comes a day after Moscow imposed a one-year ban on imports of food products from the West.

Shares in one of Russia’s biggest agricultural holdings Razgulay shot up 39.87 percent by Friday afternoon, according to Moscow Stock Exchange data.

Stocks in the Russian Sea fish and Seafood producer surged 34.85 percent, GlavTorgProduct stocks also rose 35 percent.

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Cameron Rules Out Iraq Military Action – 8 August 2014

RT logoBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed US President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq “to protect American personnel,” but has ruled out the use of British military force in the country.

The PM said the world must protect religious minorities “in their hour of desperate need,” as militants forced Iraq’s Yazidi Christians from their homes. The government is considering ways to offer help short of military intervention.

Islamic State (IS) militants have seized Iraq’s biggest Christian town, Qaraqosh. The Yazidis face starvation and dehydration if they remain stranded on Mount Sinjar, and slaughter at the hands of the militants if they move, warn officials. US troops have already made humanitarian air drops in areas threatened by IS.

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School, Kindergarten Kids Vulnerable To Extremism – UK Education Minister – 8 August 2014

RT logoChildren as young as three could be exposed to “extremist views” and need to be taught “British values,” the UK’s education secretary has warned.

Nicky Morgan, who took up the position in the last government reshuffle earlier this month, said she wanted to give local authorities the power to cut funding of nurseries who were promoting “extremist ideology.”

While the Department of Education did not clarify what types of education would classify as ‘extremism’ they have said it would include schools that taught creationism “as a scientific fact.”

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TheIndependent – The Brady Bunch: Cameron Appoints Apprentice Star Karren Brady To New Peers – 8 August 2014

The Independent

Other prominent businesswomen include Facebook chief Joanna Shields and TalkTalk’s Dido Harding

By Nigel Morris

Quote: Karren Brady, the star of the Apprentice, and the former Google and Facebook chief Joanna Shields are among prominent businesswomen today appointed to the House of Lords by David Cameron.

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Two US Fighter Jets Strike ISIS Artillery In Iraq’s Kurdistan – Pentagon – 8 August 2014

RT logoUS military aircraft have conducted an airstrike on artillery used by the forces of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). Rear Admiral John Kirby said the attack took place to help defend Kurdish forces near Erbil, Iraq.

Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near the city of Erbil. US personnel are based in the city.

The decision to strike was made by the US Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said.

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No To NATO Protesters Begin 192-Mile ‘Long March On Newport’ – 8 August 2014

RT logoPeace activists have set out on a three-week ‘Long March on Newport’ to protest against September’s NATO Summit. Police say they have drafted in 9,000 officers to face the protesters in one of the UK’s biggest ever police operations.

More than 20,000 activists from around the world are expected to take part in demonstrations during the summit, where a week-long peace camp and a counter summit are among some of the events planned in what has been billed as Wales’ largest protest in a generation.

Sixty world leaders from the 28-nation military bloc will meet at the Celtic Manor in Newport for the NATO summit on September 4 and 5. Previous NATO summits in Chicago and Strasbourg saw thousands protest war, austerity and global inequality.

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John Ward – Obama On Iraq, Miliband On Gaza, Abbott On The MH17, And Samaras On The Greek Surplus: In The Kingdom Of The Blind, The One-Eyed Man Turns A Blind Eye – 8 August 2014

JohnWI had a publisher some years ago accuse me of ‘relentless cynicism’. I wonder how he feels today in the light of world events, and also about the book he turned down: A Year in the Merde…..only, three years before A Year in the Merde appeared and became a global bestseller.

“America cannot turn a blind eye to events in Iraq,” said President Obama this morning – an observation that will stand forever in the annals of mind-boggling hypocrisy. In my lifetime alone, the US has turned a blind eye to everything from Pinochet to the Greek Colonels, via the Muslim Brotherhood, native American massacres, the odious Diem, Tianamen Square, and Hosni Mubarak. Continue reading