Tag Archives: 17 December

Project Fear: Queen’s ‘Foreboding’ Scottish Independence Plea Strategically Crafted By Whitehall – 17 December 2014

RT logoDowning Street and senior civil servants were so fearful that Scotland’s independence referendum could have sparked the breakup of the UK that they requested the Queen to publicly intervene in the closing days of the campaign, a Whitehall source says.

The intervention by Queen Elizabeth II, 88, was scrupulously crafted by her private secretary and Britain’s chief civil servant, a Guardian report revealed Wednesday.

The delicately worded plea was constructed in the final phase of the Scottish independence campaign, as Downing Street faced what a senior Whitehall source told the paper was a “meltdown.” Fears ran high in Westminster as polls revealed amplifying support for the pro-independence camp, the source said.

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Laura Bruno – Lake Tahoe Enchantment Etched In My Heart Always – 17 December 2014


Tahoe Love! I carry Tahoe in my heart always, as well. Thank you, Tania, for sharing this beauty.

Originally posted on Tania Marie’s Blog:

lake tahoe (1)The last couple of days were very special to me on many levels. I had a chance to explore the most magickal places that I love on my memorable return to Lake Tahoe. Waterfalls, lake, trees, stones, mountains, snow flurries of delicate pixie-dusted flakes kissing my face…they all spoke to my heart. Continue reading

New EU Law Gives Journalists Access To Secret Company Info – 17 December 2014

RT logoInvestigative journalists will be the beneficiaries of new EU legislation against money laundering, which will give them greater access to company data.

A fourth anti-money laundering directive has been agreed between EU member states and the European parliament Tuesday. The new measure requires EU countries to maintain a central register on the ultimate beneficial owners of companies and trusts, the Financial Times reports.

A number of campaign groups are concerned about trusts in particular, as they are more protected from public scrutiny.

From now on registered ownership details of specific companies will be open to journalists with ‘legitimate interests’ if they make a formal request.

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1998 And 2014: Russian Crisis In Perspective – 17 December 2014

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Russian banks have warned against hysterically jumping to the conclusion that the current ruble crisis will follow the trajectory of 1998, when the country was forced to default.

The ruble’s spectacular 22 percent plunge on Monday and Tuesday has prompted investors to liken the crisis to 1998, when the ruble lost 27 percent on August 17, 1998. However, these days, Russia’s balance sheet is strong enough to weather the ruble sell-off.

On Tuesday, the ruble grazed the 80 ruble to the US dollar benchmark. Compared to its price of 32.9 to the dollar on January 1, 2014, it signaled a 58 percent loss in value.


In 1998, over a six month period, the currency lost more than 70 percent of its value. Inflation skyrocketed, banks and enterprises across the country collapsed, and Russians were left jobless.

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Laura Bruno – From The Land Down Under – 17 December 2014

laura-of-the-rocksTwo emails have come through from two separate readers from Australia:

The first comes from reader Maggie:

Hi Laura,

Perhaps you remember me from Australia.. I enjoy your posts so much, thank you!! I’m hoping you will post this on your blog.

There was a siege in a city coffee shop in Sydney Australia, where one man seemingly held several people hostage. People were killed including that man, but I don’t know the details because I just can’t get too deeply into details of these types of stories. The truth is never stated of course. However there was a phenomenal response to the situation which had the potential to incite violent reactions against Muslim people in this county. The link below shows what happened instead via twitter. (I’d say the agenda backfired here !! ) Continue reading

Australia’s Interventionist Foreign Policy – Time For A Rethink – 17 December 2014

RT logoThe tragic Sydney café siege of earlier this week, which resulted in the death of three people, raises quite a few serious questions.

Why on earth was Man Haron Monis, the hostage taker who faced more than 40 sexual assault and indecency charges, and who had been charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, still at liberty? Why did the Australian authorities refuse to send Monis back to Iran, his home country, who it has been reported, repeatedly requested his extradition via Interpol to answer charges of fraud? And why wasn‘t a man who had sent hate mail to the grieving families of members of the Australian armed forces who had been killed in actionand who had publicly pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, under any form of monitoring by Australia‘s security services?

These questions are very important and need to be answered pretty quickly, but there‘s something else we ought to be discussing too. While we can all agree that Monis was an evil man who should not have been at liberty, it seems that this already volatile and disturbed character was radicalized further by Australian foreign policy, and in particular Australia’s unconditional support for US military adventures in the Middle East. Our disgust at what has happened on Monday and our unequivocal condemnation of Monis’s actions should not stop us from having an honest, grown-up debate about Australia’s interventionist foreign policy in recent years and where it has led the country.

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Upper House Plans Probe Into Central Bank Role In Ruble Crash – 17 December 2014

RT logoFederation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko has ordered a vote on a parliamentary investigation into the recent activities of the Central Bank and its alleged role in the worst-ever plunge of the ruble rate.

The motion was initiated by Senator Evgeny Tarlo (Tambov Region) who sits in the Upper House committee for economic policy.

I suggest to start a parliamentary investigation into activities of the Central Bank that has allowed violations of the citizens’ Constitutional rights, including the right for property,” the RIA Novosti quoted Tarlo as saying on Wednesday.

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