Daily Archives: January 27, 2015

‘Attack On Journalism’: WikiLeaks Responds To Google’s Cooperation With US Govt – 27 January 2015

RT logoGoogle’s willingness to surrender the private emails of WikiLeaks staffers to the United States government amounts to an “attack on journalism,” a representative for the whistleblower group says.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic journalist who joined WikiLeaks as the group’s spokesman in 2010, said he’s “appalled” that Google gave up his personal correspondence and other sensitive details to the US government in compliance with a search warrant served to the tech giant, apparently in an effort to bring charges against the anti-secrecy organization and its editor, Julian Assange.

“I believe this is an attack on me. As a journalist for now almost 30 years, I think this is an attack on journalism,” Hrafnsson said Monday at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ZeroHedge – “Greece Is Bear Stearns. Italy Is Lehman” – 7 Quick Points On Europe – 27 January 2015

ZeroHedgeFrom Ben Hunt of Salient Partners

7 Quick Points on Europe

#1) Here are the most relevant recent notes for an Epsilon Theory perspective on the underlying political and market risks in Europe: “The Red King” (July 14, 2014) and “Now There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day, Chauncey” (Dec. 16, 2014).

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Abuse Of Procedure’: Lords Try To Sneak ‘Snooper’s Charter’ Into Bill – 27 January 2015

RT logoFour peers in the House of Lords have been accused of abusing Parliamentary procedure after they attempted to insert the controversial ‘Snooper’s Charter’ into another piece of legislation.

The charter was inserted as an amendment into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill, despite widespread opposition to previous attempts to introduce the legislation.

If it passes in the Lords during Monday afternoon’s debate, it will be able to bypass the House of Commons and be fast-tracked into law.

The provocative ‘Snooper’s Charter’ is supported by the ruling Conservative Party, but Labour and the Liberal Democrats have vowed to block it on the grounds it poses a threat to civil liberties.

Critics have decried the attempt to sneak the charter into an existing bill.

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‘India Wants Fruitful Relations With Both US, BRICS’ – 27 January 2015

RT logoIndia knows what to get and from whom, Dr. Sreeram Chaulia of the Jindal School of International Affairs told RT. It wants to hedge its bets and build close relations with BRICS, while trying to attract investment from the US and Europe, he said.

RT: President Obama is on a visit to India. What are the goals he is trying to achieve during this trip?

Sreeram Chaulia: I think he [Barack Obama] is trying to salvage his policy which has not been successful for the last few years. The Americans realized that China has grown stronger and more assertive in the Asia-Pacific. They have neglected India for a long time. And now they are hoping to make up for the past failure by coming back to India in a big way and trying to win Indian confidence to be able to counterbalance Chinese power in the Asia-Pacific. This is one of the biggest political motives.

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ZeroHedge – Euro Gold Surges To EUR 1,168 As SYRIZA Threaten TROIKA – 27 January 2015

The crushing victory of the Greek opposition party Syriza in yesterday’s Greek elections has added to jitters in already jittery financial and foreign exchange markets.

The euro tumbled and gold in euros surged to its highest level since April 2013, at €1,167.94/oz as markets opened in Asia. The euro has since stablised but remains near a 11 year low against the dollar and is now down 16.7 per cent against gold in January alone.

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Human Rights Warning Issued Over UK £5.9Mn Saudi Prisons Contract – 27 January 2015

RT logoThe British Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has submitted a bid for a £5.9 million ($9 million) contract to help run prisons in Saudi Arabia, despite human rights concerns.

The contract is “to conduct a training needs analysis across all the learning and development programs within the Saudi Arabian Prison Service,” according to the Guardian.

Just Solutions international (JSi), the new commercial branch of the MoJ, has submitted a bid to the Royal Oman Police to build a prison in Oman. Last year it won a £848,000 contract to support the development of a Probation Service in Macedonia.

This move comes amid criticism from UK human rights groups about the country’s justice system.

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Syriza Triumphs: Cameron Defends Austerity, British Left Say ‘Hope Has Won’ – 27 January 2015

RT logoSyriza’s Greek election victory has dealt a blow to Eurocrats’ austerity agenda. As the European left celebrated the party’s triumph, UK Prime Minister David Cameron warned the result will prompt further “economic uncertainty” in Europe.

Cameron made the comment after Syriza beat Greece’s ruling center-right New Democracy party in Sunday’s election, paving the way for potential confrontation with international creditors.

Throughout its electoral campaign, the left-wing party pledged a series of transformative policies.

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras vowed to renegotiate Greece’s £179 billion bailout, and address clauses that make the Greek government’s implementation of harsh austerity measures mandatory.

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John Ward – Official LowerTheTone News : Osborne Out There Line-Dancing For Britain As Hollande Poised To Throw Double 19 And Money-Oil-Cold Weather Link Revealed – 27 January 2015

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FT May 19th 2014: ‘Britain says it will include prostitution and illegal drugs in its official national accounts for the first time. The move is one of the changes planned that will add up to 5% to the UK’s gross domestic product.’

oshookptWell it’s good to see that Osborne’s long, um, economic plan is working, and this sort of entrepreneurial approach can add 5% to our dramatic recovery. A long-term investor in the drugs-to-hookers plc group Mobritannia, George’s other hobby is of course chucking £430bn at the banking industry QE, and this too was counted last year when charting the never-ending success of British input, sorry, output. Continue reading

Total Madness? Green Party To Cut British Army, Replace With ‘Home Defense Force’ – 27 January 2015

RT logoA Green Party victory in the general election in May would see the British Army replaced with a “home defense force,” party leader Natalie Bennett has said.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Politics show, she also confirmed the UK’s nuclear weapons program would be “abandoned.”

Important defense decisions would be made after public debate and military activity would only take place through the United Nations (UN).

In a bid to stop “punishing people” for their beliefs, a Green government would also change the law so that membership of a terrorist organization is no longer illegal.

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