Tag Archives: 17 January

HRW Urges Kiev To Acknowledge Cluster Bomb Use, Stop Indiscriminate Killings In E. Ukraine – 17 January 2015

RT logoKiev should stop the Indiscriminate warfare in southeast Ukraine, Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth said, commenting on recent statements by the country’s PM, Arseny Yatsenyuk.

During his visit to Germany earlier in January, Yatsenyuk was questioned by Frankfurter Allgemeine on the cluster bombs and Grad multiple rocket launchers against town and villages in southeast Ukraine.

But the prime minister rejected the allegation, saying that “there is no evidence to that. No evidence,” and suggested that more attention should be paid to the Republic of Crimea, which reunited with Russia in March 2014.

However, Roth told RIA-Novosti news agency that Yatsenyuk lied to the German media as Human Right Watch (HRW) had “published a lot of evidence that Ukraine refuses to distinguish between military targets and civilians as required by the laws and customs of war.”

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Stool Pigeons? Vietnam Clears Racing Birds Of ‘Spying’ For China – 17 January 2015

RT logoWhen pigeons began turning up in central Vietnam bearing Chinese characters on their wings, conspiracy theories began to fly that China was using the birds for spying purposes. But now it turns out the pigeons belonged to a racing club.

Since last November, residents of Da Nang City began catching pigeons – 16 in total – with Chinese characters stamped in red ink on their wings and strange rings on their ankles, the local Thanh Nien News website reported.

Several local newspapers quoted residents as saying that the rings appeared to hold something that resembled a memory card.

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ZeroHedge – Richard Koo Crushes The QE Dream (In 1 Brief Paragraph) – 17 January 2015

ZeroHedgeLate on Friday afternoon, desparate to relive his mid-October ‘world-saving’ heroics, The Fed’s Jim Bullard unleashed some more Fedspeak aimed at the promise of moar money to save the world (i.e. stocks) if things don’t work out. But it is his concluding comment that sparked the most ‘keyboard-smashing-angst’ for those not buying the spoon-fed omnipotence of the central planners. Bullard stated unequivocally that “the lesson of QE is that it works fairly well.” While we are not exactly sure what his definition of ‘works’ is, as the chart below and Richard Koo’s QE-dream-crushing commentary shows, by reflating assets by their hand, the central planners are putting the cart before the horse… and Japan is a perfect example of the vicious economic spiral that leads to

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Mexico’s Disappeared Students: Police Arrest Gang Hit Man – 17 January 2015

RT logoPolice in gang-ravaged Mexico have arrested an alleged hit man for a local drug cartel in the case of the 43 abducted college students. The September disappearance and subsequent events saw the entire country erupt in protest over a corrupt government.

The suspect, Felipe Rodriguez, arrested Friday, belongs to the infamous Guerrero Unidos cartel, and goes by the nicknames ‘The Brush’ and ‘The Stubborn One.’ He is believed by authorities to be the “material author” of the mass killings that came to light when grisly graves started being uncovered.

The official version so far is that the 43 students were grabbed by corrupt police at a local protest in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state, and then handed over to the ruthless Guerreros, who then allegedly killed them and burned the bodies at a trash dump, before dispensing of the remains in a river.

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ZeroHedge – Dollar Outlook: Now It Gets Tricky – 17 January 2015

ZeroHedgeSaying the US dollar had a good week even though it lost 18.5% against the Swiss franc may be a bit like the old joke about asking Mrs. Lincoln, “besides that how was the play?”

The Swiss National Central Bank’s unexpected decision to abandon it cap will be a day recorded in foreign exchange history, ranking up there, with Nixon’s closing of the gold window and the UK leaving the ERM. In all three cases, officials balked at the costs/risks of pursuing their national strategies.

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Tear Gas, Sound Bombs: Clashes In Sao Paulo As 1,000s Protest Bus Fare Hike – 17 January 2015

RT logoPolice used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse thousands of people protesting against hikes in bus fare price in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo.

The protesters gathered for a rally after the authorities increased bus fares from 3 reals ($1.14) to 3.50 reals ($1.34). Carrying banners reading, “No to fare hikes” the demonstrators called for fares to be lowered or eliminated altogether. They also demanded free student fares.

According to organizers, the rally attracted about 20,000 people, while police put the numbers at 3,000. At least 1,000 officers were policing the demonstration.

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‘Queen Of Europe’? 2015 Will Be The Defining Year For Angela Merkel’s Chancellorship – 17 January 2015

RT logoFor decades, the rest of the world wondered who to call when they needed to speak to Europe. Since Angela Merkel became the continent’s dominant politician and Germany asserted itself as its superpower, that question no longer applies.

In 2015, Merkel faces the pivotal year of her reign as “Queen of Europe.”

When Ronald Reagan courted Europe’s leaders 30 years ago, urging them to stand firm against the USSR, things were more complicated. Britain, France and West Germany were equally significant – and divided on the ‘Soviet question’ – so a balancing act was required. Margaret Thatcher was rabidly anti-Communist and needed little coaxing to Washington’s worldview. On the other hand, Helmut Kohl managed a Bonn government still in touch with ‘Ostpolitik’ and Francois Mitterrand’s socialist administration was largely ambiguous in its intentions.

Today, for Barack Obama, it’s much simpler. The US President need only recognize one top-dog – Angela Merkel’s Germany. While paying lip-service to London and occasionally massaging French egos, it’s apparent that the White House has effectively delegated responsibility for Europe to Berlin.

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