Daily Archives: December 27, 2014

CBR Launches SWIFT Alternative For Domestic Payments – 27 December 2014

RT logoThe Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has launched a new SWIFT-style payment service aimed at moving away from Western financial dominance. The system is already operating, and will be fully functional within six months.

“The new service was launched in order to ensure smooth and safe transmission of financial messaging within the country, and is another step towards improving the system of services provided by the Bank of Russia,” said the bank statement Friday.

The regulator said the new service will allow credit institutions to transmit messages in a SWIFT format through CBR to all Russia’s regions without restrictions.

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ZeroHedge – Drilling Cutbacks Mean Service Companies Forced To Scrap Rigs – 27 December 2014

ZeroHedgeSubmitted by Nick Cunningham via OilPrice.com,

Despite the decline in oil prices, the U.S. is expected to boost production by 300,000 barrels per day in 2015, up to a yearly average of about 9.3 million barrels per day, according to the most recent government estimates.

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Russia’s New Military Doctrine Lists NATO, US As Major Foreign Threats – 27 December 2014

RT logoRussia has adopted an updated version of its military doctrine, which reflects the emergence of new threats against its national security. NATO military buildup and American Prompt Global Strike concept are listed among them.

The new doctrine was approved on Friday by President Vladimir Putin. Its core remains unchanged from the previous version. The Russian military remains a defensive tool which the country pledges to use only as a last resort.

Also unchanged are the principles of the use of nuclear weapons which Russia adheres to. Their primary goal is to deter potential enemies from attacking Russia, but it would use them to protect itself from a military attack – either nuclear or conventional – threatening its existence.

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ActivistPost – Monsanto/Bayer’s GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban – 27 December 2014

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New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer’s plants are now freely growing there.

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Fat Checking: UK Doctors To Report Overweight Patients, 1 In 4 Brits Obese – 27 December 2014

RT logoThe United Kingdom now comes second among EU countries for obesity levels, but the head of the NHS refuses to follow a new EU ruling that calls fatness a disability. Instead, he wants citizens to get back in shape.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of the National Health Service, has announced a scheme that would have doctors make a list of their patients who have gained weight and may be at risk of diabetes, the Telegraph reported.

These individuals will then be qualified for diabetes exams, Stevens said, as well as diet and exercise tips for maintaining healthy lifestyles.

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Creeping Construction: Israel To Build 600 New Settlements In The West Bank – 27 December 2014

RT logoIsraeli authorities have approved the building of at least 623 settlements on the West Bank in the space of just one week. The decision comes amid growing tensions in the region ahead of a planned UN vote on Palestine’s statehood.

On Thursday, Israel gave the green light to the construction of 243 new homes in Ramot in East Jerusalem, West Bank, a municipal spokeswoman said. The country also approved amendments to existing projects for 270 homes in the same area and in the neighborhoods of Har Homa.

Earlier on Wednesday, Jerusalem City Council approved the construction of 380 new settlements in two districts of the city and in its southern part, including annexed areas beyond the Green Line.
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Jon Rappoport – The Secret GMO War: Double Agents, Betrayal, Greed? – 27 December 2014

jon7I’ll start at an odd place, a seemingly innocuous place. Bear with me:

We need to understand the distinction between two kinds of labeling.

Voluntary labeling=“I own this health-food store, and I’m doing my best to sell you non-GMO products. All such products will carry a seal that says ‘Non-GMO’.”

Mandatory labeling=“Vermont has decided that all food products sold in the state which contain GMOs must be labeled as such—‘this product contains GMOs’.” Continue reading

Ex-TEPCO Execs Unlikely To Be Indicted Over Fukushima Meltdown -27 December 2014

RT logoJapanese prosecutors are expected again not to indict senior executives of the utility operating the Fukushima nuclear power plant with negligence over the facility’s devastation in the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster.

The three former officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 74, company chairman at the time of the disaster, and two former vice-presidents – Sakae Muto, 64, and Ichiro Takekuro, 68.

The Tokyo District Prosecutors Office has been investigating the case after a citizen’s panel ruled in July that the three former senior officers should be indicted over their handling of the aftermath of the quake and deaths and injuries caused by it.

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Block First, Warrant Later: Turkey Drafts Bill On Website Shutdowns Without Court Order – 27 December 2014

RT logoIn its latest attempt to control the internet, the Turkish government announced it’s looking into a bill that would grant powers to block any site that is considered as threatening “national security and public order” without an immediate court order.

The bill would give a green light to the prime minister and communication minister to make such decisions.

“If a situation concerning … public order and national security [arises] … the prime ministry, TİB [Telecommunications Directorate] will be able to temporarily remove content or block access,” Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan told reporters.

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