Daily Archives: August 12, 2014

Obama Calls Criticism Of His Syria Policy ‘Horses**t’ – 12 August 2014

RT logoPresident Barack Obama has been roundly criticized in recent years for a supposed lack of support for so-called moderate rebels fighting the Syrian government. What does he think of such critiques? “Horseshit,” he recently told lawmakers.

The Daily Beast reported that Obama, in a White House meeting on July 31 over foreign policy with about a dozen House and Senate leaders, was pressed over his administration’s handling of requests for arms and other support made by opposition groups in Syria. During the meeting, Sen. Bob Corker criticized this policy and others related to the administration’s posture in Ukraine and Iraq, according to lawmakers in the meeting.

A “visibly agitated” Obama, according to the report, defended his administration’s foreign policy decisions, saying that any notion of a better outcome had the US offered increased support to rebels in the Syrian civil war against Bashar Assad’s forces was “horseshit.”

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Ukraine Ready To Accept Russia’s Humanitarian Aid – Lavrov – 12 August 2014

RT logoThe Russian Foreign Ministry has received a note from the Ukrainian government expressing its readiness to accept the Russian humanitarian aid. The news came as Moscow agreed on the Ukrainian presence in the humanitarian convoy.

The arrangements for the humanitarian aid convoy have been completely agreed upon, with all of Kiev’s wishes taken into account, including the route, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters at a press conference in Sochi.

We have agreed on a route convenient for the Kiev authorities. We agreed that our trucks would have Ukrainian number plates during their way through Ukrainian territory. We also agreed to take on board not only the representatives of the Red Cross and the OSCE, but also representatives of the Ukrainian authorities,” Lavrov said.

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NaturalNews – L.J. Devon – Pests Develop Resistance To GMO BT Corn, Leaving Brazilian Farmers With Higher Costs And Lower Yields – 12 August 2014

NaturalNewss Logo-April-2014(NaturalNews) Those who promote genetically modified crops are also quick to promote a common myth about them which says that GMO agriculture uses fewer pesticides and is therefore better for the environment.

Proving this myth wrong are Brazilian farmers who work directly with the failing GM crops, on site, at the farm, on the ground. Continue reading

NaturalNews – Ethan A. Huff – Bee Research Corrupted By Corporate Influence – 12 August 2014

NaturalNewss Logo-April-2014NaturalNews) Crop chemicals are killing bees all around the world, and some governments, including the UK’s Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), are taking proactive steps to help save them. But a new report published by several UK members of parliament (MPs) reveals that the very companies which stand to lose the most by new regulations, the chemical companies themselves, will be steering the “scientific research” that governs them.
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Secret Programs To Stay Secret : Court Sides With NSA In Surveillance Lawsuit – 12 August 2014

RT logoA federal judge in California sided mostly with the United States government this week in a decision handed down concerning classified documents pertaining to the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, a justice in the US District Court for the district of Northern California, said on Monday that the Department of Justice does not have to disclose two sets of documents among the three requested in a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a California-based digital rights group.

The EFF has long sought the release of NSA documents related to legal rulings made in secret by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the names of phone companies compelled to hand over user data to the NSA and a 2012 legal memo concerning the US Census and Patriot Acts. The NSA’s failure to adhere to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the EFF prompted the advocacy group to file suit asking the court to compel their release, but on Monday Judge Gonzalez Rogers said in a 13-page decision that the Justice Dept. was largely right to withhold those filings and need only make public the Census memo.

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UN Names Gaza War-Crimes Panel – 12 August 2014

RT logoThe United Nations announced the names of three experts to investigate possible war crimes committed by both Israelis and Palestinians during the two-month conflict in the Gaza Strip, the world body announced Monday.

The team will look at “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law … in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014” and present a report in March 2015, according to a statement by the UN.

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Steve Lendman – Investigating Gaza War Crimes – 12 August 2014

StevelendmanOn August 11, Human Rights Council (HRC) President Baudelaire Ndong Ella announced the formation of an “independent, international commission of inquiry” into war crimes committed during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.
International human rights law expert Professor William Schabas was appointed to chair a three-person panel. His special focus is genocide.
Other members include international law, criminal law, human rights and extradition law expert, Amal Alamuddin, and former UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Diene.

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