Daily Archives: August 18, 2014

European Companies Ask To Ship Blacklisted Food Through Switzerland To Russia – 18 August 2014

RT logoSome European food producers have reportedly asked Switzerland to provide an alternative supply corridor for goods embargoed by Russia.

The agriculture import ban imposed by Russia does not apply to Switzerland as it is not an EU member.

During the past week various European food and agriculture organizations have asked the Swiss authorities if there is an opportunity to export their products to Russia via Switzerland, Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) spokeswoman, Anne Rizzoli told Izvestia.

She did not specify the companies “for security reasons.”

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‘Business As Usual’: UK Arms Factories ‘Profit’ From Palestinian Bloodshed – 18 August 2014

RT logoAgainst a backdrop of widespread bloodshed and devastation in Gaza, a mounting body of evidence indicates military equipment used by Israel during Operation Protective Edge was made in the UK.

As violence wanes in the besieged Palestinian enclave, scrutiny of UK arms exports to Israel is amplifying. While Cairo peace talks between Israel and Hamas bring a sense of reprieve to Gaza’s rubble-laden streets, damning evidence indicates Israel used UK military wares during Operation Protective Edge. UK government statements, photographic evidence, IDF commanders’ recent praise of drones deployed in Gaza, and Israel’s purchasing patterns of foreign military equipment all appear to indicate this is the case.

Britain’s arms trade relations with Israel are extremely lucrative. Since 2010, British authorities have presided over the sale of £42 million worth of military produce to the Middle Eastern state. And on an annual basis, the British government grants up to £15 million worth of licenses to UK defense firms for the export of military equipment to Israel. These figures stem from in-depth research conducted by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), a London-based NGO dedicated to tackling the global arms industry’s impact on human rights.

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The Indepedent – Tilbury Dock Deaths: Grim New Low For People Smugglers, With A Year-Old Child Among 35 Afghan Sikhs Held In Container – 18 August 2014

The Independent

Essex police trying to discover how long they had been in almost airless shipping container and its route to Britain

By Paul Peachy

Quote: The 34 others included men, women and 13 children aged from one to 12, who were all suffering from dehydration and hypothermia.

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TheIndependent – Cliff Richard Officers May Be Disciplined Over Alleged ‘Witch-Hunt’ – 18 August 2014

The Independent

By Paul Peachy

Police officers have been warned they could face disciplinary action over their dealings with the BBC before the highly public five-hour search of Sir Cliff Richard’s home following an allegation of historic child abuse.

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WashingtonExaminer – New US Strikes In Iraq Include Land-Based Bombers – 18 August 2014

Washington Examiner

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is expanding its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.

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WashingtonExaminer – Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group – 18 August 2014

Washington Examiner

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said.

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Steve Lendman – Kiev’s War Without Mercy Continues – 18 August 2014

StevelendmanKiev fascists are murdering their own Southeastern citizens in cold blood. They’re doing it with full support and complicity from Washington.

Russia’s RIA Novosti news service quoted Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Defense, Franz Klintsevich, saying:
Use of ballistic missiles against Lugansk civilians “suggests that the Ukrainian security forces have been granted carte blance from the Americans.”
“They do not care what Russia says, what the international community or even Europe says today.”

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CommonDreams – Following Prolonged Water Shut-Offs, Food & Water Watch And Allies Urge Obama Administration To Declare Public Health Emergency In Detroit – 18 August 2014

commondreamsFor Immediate Release
Friday, August 15, 2014 – 2:45pm
Food & Water Watch
Kate Fried, (202) 683-4905, kfried@fwwatch.org

Following Prolonged Water Shut-Offs, Food & Water Watch and Allies Urge Obama Administration to Declare Public Health Emergency in Detroit
Social justice organizations demand economic relief for affected residents

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CommonDreams – California Water Bond Won’t Create New Water – 18 August 2014

commondreamsFor Immediate Release
Friday, August 15, 2014 – 2:45pm
Food & Water Watch
Sandra Lupien, 510-681-3171, slupien@fwwatch.org

California Water Bond Won’t Create New Water

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CommonDreams – Investor Call: Enbridge’s Keystone XL Clone Opens In October, Rail Facility To Follow – 18 August 2014

commondreamsBy Steve Horn

In a recent quarter two call for investors, Enbridge Inc executives said the company’s “Keystone XL” clone — the combination of the Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines — will open for business by October. Continue reading