Tag Archives: 21 March

Steve Lendman – Obama Risks WW III – 21 March 2015

StevelendmanWW I was supposed to be the war to end all wars. WW II for sure – fought to eliminate the scourge of fascism.
Its headquarters moved from Berlin to Washington. Never again became permanent wars of conquest – from Truman to Obama and whoever succeeds him.
One independent nation after another is targeted. Obama wages so many direct and proxy wars, it’s hard keeping track.
America spends trillions of dollars for mass slaughter, destruction and human immiseration.

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Concealed Weapons: MPs Say Britain Hiding Arms Trade Figures Under Murky Licensing System – 21 March 2015

RT logoThe UK government is helping to conceal the scale of the country’s arms trade by encouraging the use of licenses, which obscure payments and those making the purchases from public view, according to MPs.

The report was published by the Committees on Arms Export Control (CAEC), which was composed of four influential select committees, covering defense, foreign policy, business and development.

It found that the Export Control Organization (ECO), which oversees military equipment sales, urges traders to apply for a less accountable form of license, the use of which could hinder oversight, allowing ethically questionable deals to be brokered in secret.

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Back To Thatcher Era? UK Creates ‘Political & Economic Reform’ Fund For Eastern Europe – 21 March 2015

RT logoPrime Minister David Cameron has announced the creation of a government fund that will provide up to £20 million in its first year to five eastern European countries, including Ukraine, to support ‘stability in the region,’ citing Russian ‘intimidation.’

The ‘Good Governance Fund’ is aimed at supporting the governments of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in carrying out political and economic reforms, said Cameron speaking at the EU Summit in Brussels on Friday.

The multi-year program will total £20 million ($30 million, €28 million) in 2015 and 2016. The amount includes £5 million ($7.35 million) of support that was already promised by the Department for International Development (DFID) to Ukraine.

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Mish/ Mike Shedlock – Evolution Of Taxes: Italy Taxes “Shadows”, Tax On Breathing Next? – 21 March 2015

MishMikeShedlockZero Hedge had an interesting article today called In Italy, They’re Now Taxing Shadows.

This is one of those stories where you expect the headline to be a bit of an exaggeration. It wasn’t.
As Italian newspaper Leggo reports, store owners in Conegliano are now faced with the unfortunate (albeit comically absurd) proposition of paying taxes on shadows. Continue reading

Australia Ponders ‘Vote Of Confidence’ On Joining China-Led Bank, Japan On Fence – 21 March 2015

RT logoAustralia has signaled its intention to become a member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) after the UK and EU major members’ decision to join. However, Japan is hesitating over its position.

Canberra shows signs of possible joining, Reuters reported on Friday, although no formal decision has been made. Australia rejected China’s proposal last year, but is now signaling its intention to join the bank with an investment of $2.3 billion, according to Chinese Xinhua news agency. Meanwhile, Japan, China’s main regional rival, suggested it could become a member of the institution if certain conditions are met.

After a cabinet meeting on Friday, Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters Japan “could consider entering talks” on joining the AIIB if some of its concerns about lending standards and the bank’s governance were addressed, the Financial Times says. Japan is hesitant to join the China-led bank over its relations with Washington and over the AIIB’s potential rivalry with the Asian Development Bank.

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EU Offers $2Bn In Unused Funds To Greece – 21 March 2015

RT logoThe European Commission has made $2 billion of unused funds available to Greece to help the country avert a cash crunch, EC head Jean-Claude Juncker says.

The offer was made a day after crisis talks between Greece’s new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European leaders on Greece’s EU-IMF bailout.

Greek authorities said on Friday they were gradually moving towards meeting the requirements of international creditors on a more detailed reform plan, after Prime Minister Tsipras said his coalition would intensify work to avert the country’s bankruptcy.
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Jon Rappoport – Exit From The Matrix: The Great Adventure – 21 March 2015

jon7Is there something wrong with having a vision of a great adventure? Looking around at society today, you might think so.

But the individual, bombarded though he might be with propaganda and group-think, still wants it. He wants the feeling of greater space and the power to make something new happen.

He wants relief from repetition and boredom. He wants the thrill of “new worlds.” And not just in his thoughts, but in his life.

The adventure begins in imagination—and by that I mean a great deal more than a flicker of hope or an occasional burst of energy. Continue reading

£5Bn Black Hole In UK Defense Budget Poses ‘Real Risks,’ Say MPs – 21 March 2015

RT logoBritain’s defense budget could end up £5 billion short after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) underestimated the bill for its 10-year equipment plan, MPs have warned.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the MoD has admitted its £163 billion bill for buying weapons could rise by an additional £5.2 billion.

MPs also said they were “not confident” the department can achieve promised savings of £4.1 billion.

The influential committee expressed concern the MoD had assumed its funding would rise 1 percent in real terms after the election, when future spending cuts could be implemented.

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‘British, US defense interests put above Mauritius rights’ in Chagos Is. – UN – 21 March 2015

RT logoBritain acted illegally when it imposed territorial controls on the Chagos Islands without the consent of Mauritius, a UN judgment claims. The ruling may hinder US operations in Diego Garcia, where it holds an airbase on lease from the British.

The UN ruling also accuses Britain of ignoring the rights of Mauritius – which claims the islands as its own. Declaring the remote Indian Ocean archipelago a marine protected area (MPA) has damaged the fishing industry in surrounding waters, Mauritius claims.

The British Labour government of the time is accused of forcing through the MPA measure to strengthen its hand in the impending election.

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John Ward – Tsipras/Merkel Summit : You Thought Greek Politics Complicated? Wait Until You Tot Up The Seismic Splits In The EU – 21 March 2015

eusplitsTake a close look at the timeline since Thursday night’s mini-summit marathon between Alexis Tsipras and Angela Merkel.

After a 3am Friday finish, German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the meeting as “good and constructive,” but warned that the Greek government will have to meet commitments before it can access EU money. She gave Syriza exactly seven days to offer fully detailed “reform” proposals to Troika2, and then left clutching several haunches of Venison and 683 sausages for her beloved fridge. Continue reading