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Physicists Manage To Slow Down Light Inside Vacuum – 24 January 2015

RT logoScientists have slowed down light inside a vacuum for the first time. By changing the shape of the individual particles in a light beam, they have now proved that light speed in free space is not a constant.

By building a liquid crystal device to alter the shape of individual photons, the physicists worked at the quantum level.

Light travels at an amazing -186,282 miles an hour. Ordinarily, some barrier is needed to slow it down even by a tiny margin. Water and glass work best to illustrate this. But a team of researchers from the Glasgow and Heriot-Watt universities proved that the issue could be approached differently, by using individual photons instead of whole beams.

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US-Cuba Thaw Opens Door To ‘American Trojan Horse’ – 24 January 2015

RT logoLast month, Washington surprised the world when it lifted sanctions against Cuba. Political analyst Daniel Shaw believes the US strategy is unchanged and this is just an attempt to turn Cuba into a neo-colony.

Barack Obama declared the 50-year-long isolationist effort as ultimately futile and ineffectual.

Some observers say the policy shift against America’s communist neighbor represents a new page in US-Cuba relations, broken since 1959 after Fidel Castro established communist rule over the island.

Daniel Shaw, Adjunct Professor of international affairs at City University of New York, says the thaw is just a ploy on the part of Washington, anxious to re-colonize Cuba under the guise of a Trojan horse. Shaw gives his views to RT in this exclusive interview.

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Iran Moves Away From US Dollar In Foreign Trade – 24 January 2015

RT logoIran is stopping mutual settlements in dollars with foreign countries and agreements on bilateral swap in new currencies will be signed in the near future, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has said.

“In trade exchanges with foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies, including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble and South Korean won,” Gholamali Kamyab, CBI deputy head, told the Tasnim state news agency.

He added that Iran is considering the possibility of signing bilateral monetary agreements with several countries on the use of other currencies.

Kamyab believes bilateral currency swap agreements will ease trade and economic transactions between Iran and other states.

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Protest In London Against £100Bn Nuke Upgrade Plan – 24 January 2015

RT logoA protest is taking place in London to campaign against government plans to spend £100 billion on replacing a nuclear weapons system. The marchers want the campaign to be scrapped believing the money would be better spent on health and education.

The rally is aimed at getting the government to abandon its plans to abandon the Trident missile defense system. MPs are due to make a decision regarding Trident following May’s general election.

Rebecca Johnson, vice-president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament says it’s unthinkable that a government could spend such vast sums on an outdated weapons system, which she believes is pointless and if used would lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions around the globe.

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Pentagon Dispatches First Batch Of US Forces To Train Syrian Rebels – 24 January 2015

RT logoDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is sending the first wave of about 100 US forces to the Middle East in the coming days to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants.

The US troops, mostly special operations forces from the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), will begin arriving in countries outside Syria in the next few days, Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said on Friday.

READ MORE: Pentagon to deploy 400-plus troops to train and equip Syrian opposition

“They’re going to … take a look at what’s there and prepare for further deployments,” according to Kirby, who last week said several hundred troops from foreign governments were also expected to train the Syrian fighters.

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John Ward – DRAGHI/MERKEL Breaking…..Split Going Public As Mutual Suspicion Between Germany & ECB Boss Grows – 24 January 2015

2stepNo longer in step, the two powers in Europe must clash – or the Eurozone will become a de facto Dollar colony

As a senior Russian banker hinted yesterday that Russia is building a global alternative to the Swift bank-transfer system, Angela Merkel has allegedly been telling David Cameron that she thinks the Draghi QE “a very, very bad thing”.

Merkel is the last person on the planet who’d be indiscreet without some purpose to it. Yesterday, a leak went out to various news media from the Berlin Chancellery alleging that ‘Frau Merkel is privately dismayed with Mr Draghi’s pledge to buy €60bn in bonds a month. She believes policy makers have ignored Berlin’s fears about the use of QE on this scale…’. The FT for one printed it almost word for word – and is today running this piece about where and when the split began.
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‘Sanctions Always Hurt Wrong Person,’ Open Dialogue Needed – Davos Forum – 24 January 2015

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Sanctions are an ineffective instrument that hurt economies and ordinary people. What the West and Russia really need is to maintain cooperation and be open for a new way of dialogue, experts told RT at the forum in Davos.

“I think sanctions always hurt the wrong person and, in principle, I’m against sanctions, not only against Russia but against other countries,” said Frank-Jürgen Richter, Chairman of Zurich-based Horasis. “What we really need now is a new way of dialogue where Russia can sit together with Europe and the US, and I hope in 2015 we will see a bit of a positive change.”

Richter noted a negative trend that Russian and Western companies have become more reluctant to deal with each other. However, he said that large Western enterprises are still keen on investing in Russia and such an attitude is essential for further economic development.

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Anonymous Asks Activists To Help Fight Pedophiles In ‘Operation DeathEaters’ – 24 January 2015

RT logoHacktivist group Anonymous is inviting people to join their ongoing mission against pedophiles dubbed #OpDeathEaters. The group’s plan is to compile incriminating evidence against international pedophile rings and bring perpetrators to justice.

READ MORE: Journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison for Anonymous link

“The objective of #OpDeathEaters is an internationally linked, independent, victim-led inquiry,” Anonymous said in a statement. “US federal and state employees are running paedosadist industry. Protected child trafficking rings with cops, judges, lawyers, clergy and government employees are all covering for each other.”

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John Ward – Leon Brittan : Yes Indeed, Show Us The Evidence – 24 January 2015

leonbritt15Brittan is dead, but the shadow of doubt remains

Dan Hodges special pleading for the late Home Secretary simply won’t do

Leon Brittan is no more. His departure has been (predictably) celebrated by all those of the Westminster ilk, and doubtless in the coming days all those of us who harbour suspicions about this man will be told that we “should not speak ill of the dead”. Having libeled (in theory) the bloke some 44 times while he was alive, I’m afraid such pleas will fall on stoney ground with me.

Again, a little throat-clearing if I may. Those who follow The Slog regularly will know by now that I have grave doubts about the veracity of paedophile claims against everyone from Rolf Harris to yes, even Jimmy Savile. I don’t say either man – or those in between – are without guilt and shame: I just don’t think the vast majority of the accused were ever paedophiles…and at worst, certainly not on the scale suggested. Continue reading