Daily Archives: January 21, 2015

Davos Participants Not Interested In Higher Oil Price – Ex-Russian Finance Minister – 21 January 2015

RT logoThe Davos forum participants are mostly oil importing countries and aren’t interested in interfering with OPEC’s policy, since they receive billions in benefits from falling oil prices, ex-Russian finance minister Aleksey Kudrin told RT.

In November OPEC decided against cutting oil production and let market forces balance the price. No one plans to stop it or come up with other decisions, said Kudrin ahead of the forum in Davos.

“Moreover, the world is interested in OPEC staying onside, as the whole world receives benefits of around $1.5 trillion from falling oil prices, since it cuts spending on energy products,” he said.

“This adds more than 1 percent to global economic growth, that’s why mostly consumers, importers of energy products gathered here. They are not interested in the situation changing and prices starting to rise.”

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John Ward – Eurozone Analysis Special: Gold, Grexit, Draghi And The Petrodollar – A Veritable Wicked Web – 21 January 2015

DragoldptKing Midas in reverse?

The Gold Rush has a distinctly directionalised feel to it. The Slog wonders whether there might be a much bigger game in play

As gold yo-yoes up and down between $1295 and $1303 on the overnight markets, it’s now official: the shiny stuff is on its longest rally for nearly a year. In a level-playing-field kind of world, one would look at the global slump, ClubMed teetering on the brink and Draghi’s desperation, concluding, “Flight for safety – this is the breakout…pile in!” Continue reading

No Iraq Inquiry Until After Election – Ministers Outraged – 21 January 2015

RT logo(Lucas : A perfect example how Britain’s populous is being played and defied, no justice and no inquiry and staged outrage.  “It sounds like:  We can’t be bothered now with inquiries or better said: We are not going to investigate this at all. We first pull the elections through that will bring in a non-common law dictatorship Britain ruled by a few controllers and enslaving the Brits totally.)

The extensive inquiry into the effects and legality of the 2003 invasion of Iraq will not be published until after the 2015 General Election, leaving those who believed its conclusion should be put before voters dismayed.

It was revealed on Tuesday that the chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, will outline the reason for the prolonged postponement in aletterto David Cameron on Wednesday.

A cross-party selection of backbench MPs were due to debate the release of the report of the inquiry, which last took evidence from a witness in 2011, on January 29 and were expected to demand immediate publication.

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Russian Spy Ship In Havana Ahead Of US Delegation’s Historic Visit – 21 January 2015

RT logoThe Russian Navy’s intelligence collection ship, the Viktor Leonov, has docked in Havana just a day before the arrival of an American delegation. The Russian warship is moored in open view of a pier usually used for cruise ships.

The ship’s visit, unannounced by the Cuban authorities, comes as the US and Cuba are attempting to restore diplomatic ties broken in 1961.

The Americans will conduct the first official negotiations with the Cuban leadership in more than half a century.
The Viktor Leonov is part of Russia’s Northern Fleet and is fitted with a wide range of intelligence equipment, a crew of 220 and high-tech electronics.

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John Ward – Exclusive : In 2014 Q4 v Q3, Just 24 More People In Work….Yet 30,000 Fewer Claimants – 21 January 2015

JohnWThe Slog will be watching closely at noon today to see if Ed Miliband will raise any of these points:

1. Does the Prime Minister or his Chancellor have any comment to make about the fact that, while there are in Q4 30,000 fewer unemployment claimants, there are just 24 more people in work?!?

What are the missing 29,978 living on now – nettle soup? Continue reading

Google & Fidelity Invest $1Bn In SpaceX To Develop Imaging Satellites – 21 January 2015

RT logoGoogle wants to ‘hitch its wagon to a star’ to beam internet access to the farthest corners of the world. So the tech giant, along with Fidelity, has invested $1 billion in the private exploration company, SpaceX.

Google and Fidelity will collectively own just under 10 percent of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), founded by Elon Musk. The company said in a statement that this funding would be used to “support continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.” The latest investment values SpaceX, which designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft, at over $10 billion. SpaceX have been used to deliver goods to the International Space Station.

“Space-based applications, like imaging satellites, can help people more easily access important information, so we’re excited to support SpaceX’s growth as it develops new launch technologies,” Google said in a statement.

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Police Brutality Activists Angry Obama Glossed Over Ferguson ‘Events’ In SOTU – 21 January 2015

RT logoPresident Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address only briefly mentioned efforts to combat police brutality, but while he called for reform of the criminal justice system, many advocates for change criticized the brevity of his remarks.

Despite months of massive civil protests over the failures of the justice system to indict police officers for the deaths of African Americans Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, scant mention was made on the issue until the end of President Obama’s speech.

Referring to the controversial deaths as “the events of Ferguson and New York,” President Obama asked people to see both sides of the issue.

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More Campus Police Officers Armed Despite Falling Crime Rates – Report – 21 January 2015

RT logoAround two-thirds of American colleges and universities now have armed law enforcement officers with full arrest powers, according to a Justice Department report. This is despite crime rates continuing to fall across the United States.

Colleges employ 32,000 law enforcement personnel, according to the review. Sworn campus police officers are used for security at 92 percent of public institutions, a much higher number than at private campuses, where 38 percent of schools have sworn officers. Those personnel used at public establishments have full arrest powers.

Of these sworn campus officers, 94 percent are authorized to use a sidearm, chemical or pepper spray, while 93 percent are allowed to use a baton and 40 percent to use a Taser. The report shows in the instances where colleges hired non-sworn law enforcement recruits, only 11 percent are authorized to use firearms, 48 percent to use chemical or pepper spray, and 32 percent to carry a baton. Just four percent have the authorization to use a Taser.

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Dark Past: Latvia Blocks Nazi Holocaust Exhibition In Paris Due To Image Fears – 21 January 2015

RT logoLatvia has cancelled a Holocaust exhibition in Paris for the fear of tarnishing the country’s image as the Baltic nation currently holds the EU presidency. The exposition was to tell the story of child prisoners at a concentration camp near Riga.

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The display was organized by historians from Latvia, Russia and Belarus and was scheduled to open on January 25 under the title ‘Hijacked childhood. Victims of Holocaust as seen by the child prisoners of Nazi concentration camp Salaspils.’ Salaspils is southeast of the Latvian capital, Riga.

The exhibition was all set to open its doors, however, there proved to be a last minute hitch: the Latvian delegation to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) decided to block the planned project. One of the organizers, the head of a Moscow-based history group, said that the decision was explained by that it would “harm Latvia’s image during its EU presidency.”

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