Tag Archives: 28 April

Renewed Suspicions US Was ‘Lobbied’ To Leave UK Out Of CIA Torture Report – 28 April 2015

RT logoFresh concerns have been raised that the British government applied diplomatic pressure on the United States to leave its name out of a controversial report into CIA torture published last year.

Documents obtained by the human rights organization Reprieve suggest the UK actively approached an influential American politician, who was opposed to publishing the report on security grounds.

Senior members of the British government met with Senator Marco Rubio, a prominent Republican running for president in 2016, on five occasions in the 12 months prior to its release in December last year.

Rubio is a member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and has been described as a “hawk” by the New York Times.

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Iraq War Commander’s Security Firm Probed Over Alleged $135Mn Fraud – 28 April 2015

RT logoA private security company run by an ex-special forces colonel, who famously gave a rousing speech on the eve of the Iraq War, is now under investigation by a US government watchdog for alleged fraud.

Colonel Tim Collins, who was investigated for war crimes, now finds his firm New Century Consulting (NCC) under the spotlight as part of an ongoing investigation into the American defense contractor Imperatis by the US government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the Independent reports.

SIGAR’s remit is to “promote efficiency” and “detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse” in Afghanistan.

In the process of fulfilling a Pentagon contract, nearly $130 million in “unsupported” and “questioned” costs were paid to NCC, the SIGAR audit of Imperatis found.

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Mish/ Mike Shedlock – Deconstructing And Debunking Shadowstats – 28 April 2015

MishMikeShedlockAn interesting article came my way today courtesy of a friend “BC”. The article is Deconstructing ShadowStats. Why is it so Loved by its Followers but Scorned by Economists? by Ed Dolan.

Mish readers likely know that I believe inflation to be understated, and that I also believe Williams’ ShadowStats is wildly on the high side. For example, please consider GDP, Real GDP, and Shadowstats “Theater of the Absurd” GDP.

I have also mentioned food inflation on many occasions. While food prices (especially beef) did jump in the last year or so, I recently bought chicken breasts for $.99 a pound and very lean center cut pork chops for $2.49. Sale prices on center cut pork chops have generally ranged from $1.79 to $2.49 for 15 years! Not on sale, I have seen them as high as $5.49. Continue reading

British Army Gurkhas Dispatched To Nepal As Earthquake Death Toll Rises – 28 April 2015

RT logoDozens of British people are still unaccounted for following Saturday’s earthquake and resulting avalanches in Nepal, which has left more than 4,000 people dead. The Red Cross initially said 90 Britons were missing, but 30 have since been located.

A Royal Air Force (RAF) flight carrying vital UK aid stocks to the affected areas, along with a team of around 15 Gurkhas, has left for Nepal. The Gurkhas, Nepalese soldiers who have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years, are flying in a RAF C-17 aircraft loaded with vital emergency supplies, including more than 1,100 shelter kits and 1,700 solar lanterns.

The Foreign Office is now investigating claims that a British national, who is residing outside the UK, was killed by the Nepalese earthquake, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

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Solar Solution: MIT Creates Way To Make Salt Water Drinkable – 28 April 2015

RT logoWith mandatory water restriction recently ordered for the first time in California, an MIT team has come up with an award-winning, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly method of turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power.

The team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has invented a system that works by using solar panels to charge a large bank of batteries. These power an electrodialysis machine and remove salt from the water, making it drinkable.

According to the Securing Water for Food agency, between 2000 and 2050 water demand is expected to increase 55 percent globally, meaning the number of people affected by water scarcity will continue to grow. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be living in severe water stress conditions.

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Mish/ Mike Shedlock – Sad News For Greece? Will Greece Kiss Troika’s Ass? – 28 April 2015

MishMikeShedlockI am convinced the best thing for Greece is to tell the troika where to go. And recent events (at least until today) suggested Greece would do just that.

On the other hand, extreme sentiment is usually wrong. It may not be, it just usually is. So please consider the British betting site, William Hill.

Sentiment is so lopsided that the British betting site William Hill No Longer Accepts Bets On Greece. Continue reading

US Dollar Payments From Crimea Blocked By Western Banks – Media – 28 April 2015

RT logoWestern banks are reportedly refusing to transfer foreign currency payments from Crimea via the SWIFT transaction system. In December Visa, MasterCard and PayPal stopped providing services to the peninsula.

Transactions by residents and companies registered in Crimea are not being processed and even blocked, the Russian newspaper Vedomosti said on Tuesday, referring to unnamed official of one of the payment systems.

“If a client is registered in Crimea, foreign banks will block the foreign currency payments made by him,” another official from one of the Russian payment systems was cited as saying to the newspaper.

Payments in foreign currencies, namely in dollars, from Russia to Crimea are available but similar payments from Crimea to Russia will be blocked. The SWIFT service requires a place of registration for the recipient and sender. The rules require the region of the sender be specified, while the recipient region is not important, according to an employee of one of the Crimean banks.

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