Some 20,000 protesters gathered outside the parliament building in Athens for an anti-austerity, pro-government demonstration ahead of Monday’s planned bailout talks in Brussels.
Protestors waved banners reading “Dying out of poverty” and other messages, caling for an end to the strict austerity measures imposed as a condition of the massive 2010 bailout package doled out by the so-called troika (the IMF, EU and ECB).
“We want justice here and now…for all the suffering Greece has gone through the past five years,” 58-year-old Theodora, who has been unemployed for the last three years, told AFP.
During the waning days of the Occupy movement, a FOIA request was submitted by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund in 2013, in regards to the Houston chapter of the movement. In return, they received a heavily redacted document from the FBI that carried some rather disturbing information.
Libya’s Waha Oil Company has posted a video on its Facebook page showing the fire that raged through El Sarir oil field and halted oil flows to the Hariga port, in what is believed to be an act of sabotage.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for Saturday’s fire.
The world’s first compact 3D printer that can also scan items, creating their digitized models, has been unveiled in the US. The $2,200 device, created in Singapore with the help of a crowdfunding campaign, doesn’t require much knowledge of 3D software.
Blacksmith Group start-up at Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU Singapore) launched the world’s first compact 3D printer-cum-scanner at the American Association Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, California on Saturday.
The all-in-one device, named the Blacksmith Genesis, lets users scan any item, edit the digitized model on the computer and print it out in 3D. Its production was financed through a successful crowdfunding campaign, that raised $80,000, and its US supporters will be able to get it as early as March.
“Hypocritical” is how CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou describes his arrest and imprisonment for exposing the spy agency’s use of torture while those who actually committed the heinous acts go unpunished. In an in-depth interview with RT’s Ben Swann, Kiriakou discussed only his time in prison, but also the controversial “enhanced interrogation” program, claiming that President George W. Bush personally approved the harsh practices.
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Germany has proposed a draft law to allow commercial shale gas fracking, overturning a moratorium that has been in place for the last two years.
The proposal has drawn fire from environmentalists who have urged people to protest before the exploration begins.
The government has been under pressure from the energy industry lobby to allow fracking (drilling for gas using water, sand and chemicals under high pressure through drill holes to prop open shale rock) citing rising energy costs in Germany and cheaper gas in the US, due to fracking’s popularity in North America.
Iran is close to deploying an early-warning radar system of its own to detect missile launches, stealth aircraft and drones thousands of kilometers from its borders. Once fully deployed, the Sepehr radar system will secure Iran’s entire airspace.
Iran is introducing its most long-range Sepehr (Sky) phased array radar system, capable of controlling airspaces of all of its neighbor countries in the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as vast parts of Northern Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia.
With a range of up to 3,000 kilometers in distance and up to 300 kilometers into space, Sepehr radar system will protect the country’s airspace completely.
“The radar will be included in the integrated air defense network in future after it is fully deployed, and then we will be able to even feel the enemies’ breathing in their bases,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli told the national Fars news agency (FNA) on Sunday.
“…[B]y enabling two-way, real-time communications, smart meters can give customers the information they need to control their own energy use and reduce their electricity cost,” so said Jim Marston, a ‘smart meter’ supporter with the Environmental Defense Fund.  [CJF emphasis added]
The Greek government has agreed to an EU proposal to introduce a ‘national reform plan’ to address economic issues that have been neglected for decades. But this time Greece won’t accept a bailout program on the same terms as before.
The new Syriza-led Greek authorities won’t agree to any eurozone bailouts under the same constraints as former governments did. However, a “national reform plan” to deal with decades-long economic issues is required, a government spokesperson told national media.
“[Greece] will not continue with a program which has the characteristics of the program of previous governments,” government’s spokesperson Gabriel Sakellaridis told Greek TV in an interview on Sunday.
Some $300 million were stolen from 100 banks in 30 countries in 2013, according to a new report revealed by The New York Times.
The attack was allegedly carried out by European, Russian, and Chinese hackers, who used malicious software to penetrate the banking systems – via sending e-mails to employees.
Once gaining access, hackers found out what employees were responsible for cash transfers or ATMs, and installed a remote access tool: a program that can take screenshots from employees’ computers, according to the NYT.
Then, they transferred the sums to bank accounts in different countries.