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New law lets EU states ban GM crops

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2014

RT

5th December, 2014

The European Union has approved a law that will enable the bloc’s 28 member states to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops, even if the EU has declared them as safe. The law comes despite furious lobbying from multinationals.

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War party distorts Merkel’s speech

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2014

THE RUSSIA WAR PARTY CAN’T SPEAK GERMAN, TRAMPLES CHANCELLOR MERKEL’S MEANING

John Helmer

Dances With Bears

26th November, 2014

When an elephant means to put his foot down on something with the objective of crushing it, a German speaker uses the same word as in English – trample (trampeln). When the intention and the outcome are emphatic, an English-speaker can say trample underfoot.

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Orban blasts Brussels

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2014

Orban is a neocon who has “gone native” much to the chagrin of McCain. But this is one of the prime symptoms of imperial decline: the empire can no longer control its vassals.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blasted Brussels for undermining the Russia-led South Stream gas pipeline project.

Sputnik

5th December, 2014

MOSCOW, December 5 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova — Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Prime Minister blasted Brussels for ruining the Russia-led South Stream gas pipeline project.

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The oil glut and an inevitable oil price rebound

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2014

Oil Price

1st December, 2014

The world is awash in oil, I’m hearing. The problem is, it’s fairly expensive oil.

Take for example Canada. The country that has managed to increase its production of oil by a million barrels a day over the last decade. But almost all of that increase has come from oil sands. If you consider only conventional crude oil, Canadian production today would be a third of a million barrels a day lower than at its peak in 1973.

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More than $150 billion of oil projects face the axe in 2015

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2014

Reuters

5th December, 2014

(Reuters) – Global oil and gas exploration projects worth more than $150 billion (£95.9 billion) are likely to be put on hold next year as plunging oil prices render them uneconomic, data shows, potentially curbing supplies by the end of the decade.

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“Turk stream”: huge win for Turkey

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2014

- Big Win For Russia – Historic Loss for EU

Pepe Escobar

Russia Insider

5th December, 2014

So the EU “defeated” Putin by forcing him to cancel the South Stream pipeline. Thus ruled Western corporate media.

Nonsense.

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Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

Posted by seumasach on December 4, 2014

Guardian

30th November, 2014

When 28 civilians were killed in Athens, it wasn’t the Nazis who were to blame, it was the British. Ed Vulliamy and Helena Smith reveal how Churchill’s shameful decision to turn on the partisans who had fought on our side in the war sowed the seeds for the rise of the far right in Greece today

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Homeopathy for the masses

Posted by seumasach on December 4, 2014

Institute for Science in Society

3rd December, 2014

Homeopathy is very popular in Asia, especially in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In India today, there are 162 degree colleges teaching homeopathy and over 200 000 practitioners, the largest pool of homeopaths in the world. A conservative estimate is that 100 million people use homeopathy [3]. The true number is much larger as many school teachers and scholars have educated themselves in this affordable and easy to administer treatment and 70 % of population in India live in villages and rural areas with limited access to expensive conventional medical facilities.

 

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South Stream cancellation disaster for Europe

Posted by seumasach on December 3, 2014

Europe May Face ‘Disaster’ Due to South Stream Cancellation: Czech Company

Sputnik

2nd December, 2014

MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) – The consequences of scrapping the South Stream gas project could be disastrous for some European states, the marketing director of Czech gas company Vemex told Sputnik Tuesday.

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Kiev heads neocon international

Posted by seumasach on December 3, 2014

 

Since the neo-cons are being marginalised in Washington and London, it is logical that they should seek a new centre of operations, a base for the neocon international from which they can spread their mischief.

Saakashvili, US Citizen Reportedly to Take Positions in Ukraine Government

Sputnik

1st December, 2014

MOSCOW, December 1 (Sputnik) — The Ukrainian authorities will hire foreign qualified civil service professionals; US citizen Natalie Jaresko and Mikhail Saakashvili, the notorious former president of Georgia, are reportedly among potential candidates.

 

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Magna Carta: The Rule of Law’s foundation?

Posted by seumasach on December 2, 2014

As this article correctly points out Magna Carta “was, for the large part, an agreement between the State and rich and powerful stakeholders. It was never intended to be a charter that protected individual rights. The “free man” in Clause 39 did not refer to the majority populace who were serfs and were always oppressed by the rich and powerful feudal lords.” How then did it become “…the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot”? It didn’t. Nothing in Magna Carta protects the individual against the arbitrary authority of the rich and powerful. Only the sovereign state, independent of oligarchical control, can do that and it was precisely this power that Magna Carta was directed against. It is appropriate that Magna Carta should be coming back into fashion as devolution of powers away from central government creates a weak state or an ensemble of weak administrative entities easily subject to corporate control. Furthermore, if Magna Carta was such a significant and historic document why did the Great Bard himself make no reference to it in his play “King John”. Instead, he recounts a treasonous plot by the barons against the legitimate sovereign- precisely the point!

Magna Carta: The Rule of Law’s foundation

The Star

1st December, 2014

THE United Kingdom, unlike Malaysia, does not have a written constitution. What this means is that there is not a single document, like our own Federal Constitution, which is the highest law of the country. That is not to say that the United Kingdom has no constitution; the constitution of the United Kingdom can be found in several different sources.

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