Daily Archives: March 6, 2015

Moscow, Paris, Berlin Want More OSCE Observers In E.Ukraine – Russia’s Rep – 6 March 2015

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A follow-up meeting on the Minsk accords has urged to boost the number of OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine and prolong their mission, said Grigory Karasin, Russia’s deputy foreign minister. Kiev’s idea of sending peacekeepers did not gain much support.

Ukraine’s authorities often cannot deliver on what was agreed in Minsk,” Karasin said after the meeting. “We are worried that the launch of the political process is being delayed, while the social and economic conditions deteriorate.

We’d like much quicker progress,” he added.

Karasin was speaking after the meeting of the representatives of the ‘Normandy Four’ group – Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, which took place in Berlin on Friday. Conducted at the level of top diplomats, the forum is referred to as the contact group.

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China To Slash Coal Consumption By 160Mn Tons In 5 years – 6 March 2015

RT logoChina intends to cut coal consumption by 160 million tons by 2020, and up its use of non-fossil energy to 15 percent by then. Air pollution has been linked to a spike in lung cancer in Beijing and a reduced life expectancy in some regions of 5.5 years.

China will reduce its coal consumption and move towards cleaner energy such as hydropower, nuclear, wind and solar, according to a 2015-2020 action plan, released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Finance Ministry on Friday, Xinhua news agency reports. The country’s coal consumption fell 2.9 percent last year for the first time in 14 years as China is trying to diminish air pollution and to boost green energy output.

The country’s current coal consumption accounts for about 66 percent of primary energy use, 35 percentage points higher than the world average. Only 8 of 74 China’s major cities met the country’s air quality standards in 2014, severe air pollution plagued not only northern China, the coal-mining region, but also coastal cities in the south, such as Shanghai.

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Mish/ Mike Shedlock – No, No, No Says Draghi to Greece; Spanish Economy Minister Insists 3rd Bailout Talks Underway – 6 March 2015

b>MishMikeShedlockSpanish Economy Minister Insists 3rd Bailout Talks Underway

Spanish economy minister, Luis de Guindos, has reiterated his position that Third Greece Bailout discussions are in play.

Luis de Guindos put back on the table the possibility that the Troika is preparing a new bailout for Greece. “The four month extension of the aid program will show us the real situation and establish the need for a third rescue,” he assured an information forum. “Next week, the Eurogroup meeting will hopefully expose the discussions that have occurred,” he added. Continue reading

Road Ready? Driverless Cars Within 10 Years, UK Must Prepare, Say MPs – 6 March 2015

RT logoBritain needs to prepare for a world in which driverless cars interact with manually-driven vehicles, a group of MPs have said.

Self-driving vehicles could take to UK roads within the next 10 years but the country is not ready yet, the Commons transport committee heard.

Issues over who is responsible in the event of a driverless car crash have yet to be resolved, Labour MP Louise Ellman said.

The committee’s report also warned Britain risks falling behind the rest of the world if its laws do not adapt to advancing technology.

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Austerity Will Devastate Britain’s Most Deprived Councils, Experts Suggest – 6 March 2015

RT logoThe UK’s most deprived regions have been worst affected by drastic cuts to council budgets and will likely suffer disproportionately again when the next phase of budget savings are announced, a leading think tank says.

The report, conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), examines how councils’ spending has fluctuated across England since the coalition came to power. It also reveals how these cuts have impacted upon local authority services such as social care, transport, housing and environmental services.

The research found that local authorities’ spending per head plummeted by 23.4 percent between 2009/10 and 2014/15.

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UK Column News – Trans-Humanism: The Consumption Of Man – 6 March 2014

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Trans-humanism is a modern term that is used to describe the development of technology and its integration with people in order to enhance human intellectual, physical and mental capabilities.

Article | March 6, 2015 – 2:06pm | By Malcolm Massey

Transhumanism

About the Author Malcolm Massey Continue reading

‘UK’s Yarl’s Wood Immigrant Detention Center More A Prison’ – 6 March 2015

RT logoThe UK government and the company running Yarl’s Wood immigration removal center should be held liable for turning a blind eye to abuses, including physical and sexual assaults, that allegedly happened there, says human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

A former detainee of Yarl’s Wood immigration removal center told RT they were “treated like animals.” 35-year-old Ugandan asylum seeker, Juliet Nantambi, came to the UK to escape persecution for being gay. She described the three months spent in Yarl’s Wood last year as a “horrendous” experience.

Inmates of the facility at Milton Ernest in Bedfordshire have been abused by prison guards, according to a Channel 4 investigation. The detention camp’s female detainees claim that they were on suicide watch, were bullied and watched by male guards while in the toilet, shower and bed. More than 30 allegations of sexual abuse are currently being investigated. There have also been two controversial deaths there since 2001 when the facility opened.

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Japanese Bond? Tokyo Toys With Creating MI6-Style Spy Agency – 6 March 2015

RT logoPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are considering the introduction of an overseas intelligence network possibly modeled on Britain’s MI6 spy agency, the first of its kind since World War II, Reuters reported.

Japan’s outdated model of intelligence gathering showed its limitations during the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) hostage crisis in January that left two Japanese contractors dead and prompted a public outcry.

Although the Japanese leader has already established a National Security Council, similar to America’s National Security Agency, as well as passing harsh legislation to guard state secrets, recent events suggest Tokyo wants more freedom to pursue enemies of the state.

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Jon Rappoport – The Starfield Revelation: Medically Caused Death In America – 6 March 2015

jon7My 2009 interview with Dr. Barbara Starfield, a year and a half before she died, focused on her stunning exposure of medically caused death in America.

Starfield was a revered public health expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her July 26, 2000, review, “Is US health really the best in the world?”, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In other words, this was a mainstream report. There was every reason for it to cause a firestorm in the press, and in the halls of government.

But that’s not what happened.

After a flurry of press stories, intentional amnesia set in. Continue reading

EU To Hold Immigrants At Bay With Third-Country Asylum Centers – 6 March 2015

RT logoOpening processing centers in transit countries in the hope that it will curb the number of illegal immigrants is Brussels’ answer to the inflow of refugees, who risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life.

The measure is part of the new European Agenda on Migration, which will be published later in mid-May. At a media conference this week, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, said amending the way the EU deals with illegal immigration is an urgent issue that requires complex solutions.

“When presenting a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration we have to think about all dimensions of migration – this is not about quick fixes; this is about creating a more secure, prosperous and attractive European Union,” he said.

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