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  • How The West Created ISIS … with a little help from our friends.

    09/17/2014 10:53:07 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 51 replies
    MINTPRESS NEWS ^ | 9/13/2014 | Nafeez Ahmed
    ... Military action is necessary to halt the spread of the ISIS/IS “cancer,” said President Obama. Yesterday, in his much anticipated address, he called for expanded airstrikes across Iraq and Syria, and new measures to arm and train Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces. “The only way to defeat [IS] is to stand firm and to send a very straightforward message,” declared Prime Minister Cameron. “A country like ours will not be cowed by these barbaric killers.” Missing from the chorus of outrage, however, has been any acknowledgement of the integral role of covert US and British regional military intelligence strategy...
  • National Intelligence Estimate NIE 99-17D, The Global Infectious Disease Threat...

    08/06/2014 10:21:23 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 19 replies
    National Intelligence Council ^ | January 2000 | National Intelligence Council
    New and reemerging infectious diseases will pose a rising global health threat and will complicate US and global security over the next 20 years. These diseases will endanger US citizens at home and abroad, threaten US armed forces deployed overseas, and exacerbate social and political instability in key countries and regions in which the United States has significant interests. ... At least 30 previously unknown disease agents have been identified since 1973, including HIV, Ebola, hepatitis C, and Nipah virus, for which no cures are available. ... Immigration. Approximately 1 million immigrants and refugees enter the United States legally each...
  • FRAMING INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND U.S. PUBLIC OPINION

    08/06/2014 9:46:32 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 25 replies
    Doctoral Dissertation ^ | 2011 | Mita Saksena
    ... To influence American public opinion and enlist support for related domestic and foreign policies, both domestic agencies and international organizations have framed infectious diseases as security threats, human rights disasters, economic risks, and as medical dangers. This study investigates whether American attitudes and opinions about infectious diseases are influenced by how the issue is framed. It also asks which issue frame has been most influential in shaping public opinion about global infectious diseases when people are exposed to multiple frames. The impact of media frames on public perception of infectious diseases is examined through content analysis of newspaper reports....
  • GOING NORTH ... Migration in Guatemala [UNICEF leaks stats on family reunification]

    08/03/2014 8:58:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 5 replies
    UNICEF ^ | 2011 | UNICEF
    Excerpt... from page 8... Causes of emigration 51.7% to earn a better salary 37.2% to find a job 1.6% to build a home 3.2% family reunification From pages 62-63 Immigration Policy Recommendations 1) Provide legal assistance to migrants at the places of origin, transit and destination through consulates and embassies ... 2) Negotiate with banks to open low-interest credit lines for the population receiving remittances. ... 2) NGOs, support networks and trade unions, among others, can train migrants in destination countries on labor and social rights, promoting the unionization of immigrants ... page 54... In 2005, about 75% of the...
  • Assault Weapons Backgrounder [USCCB position from 2005]

    08/03/2014 6:56:39 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 14 replies
    US Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | February 2005 | USCCB
    February 2005 Assault Weapons On September 13, 2004, the Assault Weapons Ban expired without action by Congress to extend it. The Ban was originally passed in 1994 to prohibit the manufacture and importation, for civilian use, of 19 specific military weapons and the future production of copycat weapons. A recent analysis by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence found that during the past ten years, while the Assault Weapons Ban was in place, the number of banned assault weapons used in crimes declined by more than 65%. The failed legislation (S. 1034), which would have extended the ban for...
  • Strangers No Longer Together on the Journey of Hope

    08/03/2014 5:58:46 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 3 replies
    usccb.org ^ | 1/22/2003 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
    A Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States ... 30. While recognizing the right of the sovereign state to control its borders, Exsul Familia also establishes that this right is not absolute, stating that the needs of immigrants must be measured against the needs of the receiving countries: ... III. Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders. 36. The Church recognizes the right of sovereign nations to control their territories but rejects such control when it is exerted merely for the purpose of acquiring additional wealth. More powerful economic nations, which...
  • Psalm 66 [acapella Psalm-singing]

    07/27/2014 8:59:14 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    The Holy Bible ^ | 7/27/2014 | The Lord
    Here's a Psalm to sing along to for a beautiful Lord's Day - Exclusive-psalmody Psalm-singing, Psalm 66: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6fIUcK8d_U&list=UUSO3nQGLd7V7XzoFwP3dxNQ The full text, KJV, with study guides (at Related Resources link): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+66&version=KJV
  • Your Congressman refuses to stop Mexico Border games, choosing to work for the Ford Foundation

    07/10/2014 12:55:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    Vanity | 7/10/2014 | Self
    The most any Congressman is doing about the Federal importation of illegal aliens is spewing political rhetoric. This is a pre-planned operation that has been the focus of the financial elites and the hundreds, if not thousands, of well-endowed foundations in their foundation system for over a decade. Fedgov leaders know all about this program, but will never discuss it publicly. They will always do nothing to hinder the foundation system's goals. All one has to do is research a little on the foundations' (like Ford Foundation) websites, where they happily disclose their seemingly unending desire to help corporate America...
  • Congress poised to slash funding for new Homeland Security headquarters

    07/04/2014 9:08:40 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 16 replies
    Washington Post blog ^ | 7/3/2014 | JERRY MARKON
    The Department of Homeland Security’s long-delayed new headquarters is running into trouble in Congress again, with Republican lawmakers seeking to end funding for the troubled project and Democrats recommending cuts. ... The final amount of funding for the decade-old project — billed as critical for national security and the revitalization of Southeast Washington — is unclear. ... Construction of the massive centralized headquarters is already running more than $1.5 billion over budget. The complex on the grounds of St. Elizabeths — a onetime mental hospital with a panoramic view of the District — was to be finished as early as...
  • Media Blackout on US President Chewing Gum During D-Day Ceremony

    06/07/2014 10:32:36 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 67 replies
    Vanity | 6/7/2014 | Self
    I'm still hearing coverage of the President being at the D-Day ceremony. But not a peep about his gum-chewing. Which was an intentional act, and its purpose was to show disrespect to the the US military and America, and thus be an insult to patriotic Americans. Republican politicians are, for the most part, silent in the matter. This is a great example of why the Republican party is part of the problem, not part of the solution. What's needed is Christian dominion over all political parties, not over one, and allowing other political parties to be anti-Christ, with no internal...
  • Disgusting, Shameless D-Day Spectacle in Normandy

    06/06/2014 8:52:15 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 44 replies
    Vanity | 6/4/2014 | Self
    This morning the BBC and Euronews TV were carrying what was advertised as the D-Day commemoration at Ouistreham beach in Normandy, France. What started as a tribute to the wonderful veterans, who were seated in the hot sun whilst the elites relaxed under the structures built for the occasion, quickly degraded into mindless, godless pandering for World Socialism by International Banking's puppet administrator in France, Hollande. Just when I thought they would proceed with something sensible, Hollande gave way to a most disgusting, new world order, fabian socialist, godless, modern dance propaganda infomercial for totalitarian statist globalist new world order....
  • Iran tries to block Afghanistan’s opium boom

    06/05/2014 4:10:20 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 12 replies
    Post Register (AP) ^ | 6/4/2014 | Staff
    TAIBAD, Iran (AP) — In the face of Afghanistan’s unprecedented boom in opium production, neighboring Iran is trying to baton down its border to slow down smuggling, building moats, walls and other large-scale projects. ... Neighboring Afghanistan has all the makings of a narco-state and is the main source of drugs coming into Iran and headed to other markets in Europe and the United States. Last year, 209,000 hectares (806 square miles) of poppies were planted across Afghanistan, up 36 percent over the year before. They produced an estimated 5,500 metric tons (6,062 tons) of opium, according to the United...
  • How To Give Like Mark Zuckerberg

    05/13/2014 1:23:55 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2010 | Janet Novack, Forbes Staff
    ... These days you can convert everything from real estate to private company stock to hedge fund shares into a charitable kitty. Moreover, depending on what you give, to what kind of charity and how you time your donation, you may get a much more valuable tax break than if you’d just given cash. Example: Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is funding his $100 million commitment to Newark, N.J. schools by donating stock to a supporting organization (a rich man’s donor-advised fund) at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a public charity. If he’d sold $100 million in Facebook shares and...
  • Despite pressure, France won't cancel warship deal with Russia

    05/12/2014 11:17:45 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/2014 | John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau
    PARIS/BAKU (Reuters) - France will press ahead with a 1.2 billion-euro ($1.66 billion) contract to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia because cancelling the deal would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow, French diplomatic sources said on Monday. France's move illustrates the limitations of European Union sanctions meant to punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea and dissuade Moscow from intervening in east Ukraine. The United States has been pressing France, Germany and Britain to take a tougher line against Russia. For France, this would mean at least delaying the Mistral contract. For Britain, closing its mansions and...
  • Scotland is voting for fiscal austerity, it just doesn't know it

    05/03/2014 10:42:08 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/28/2014 | Jeremy Warner
    What will Scotland look like after 10 years of independence? If Alex Salmond’s vision is fulfilled, Scotland will have become a prosperous, high-income, high public expenditure, social democracy on the Nordic model, fully at ease with its position in the European Union, and possibly even a signed up member of the euro. An equally plausible scenario, however, is that it will by then have been forced into a vicious fiscal consolidation that will have cut many public services and entitlements to the bone. Gone will be free university education and medical prescriptions. Gone too will be the triple lock on...
  • EU uses new budget powers to demand more austerity in Italy and Spain [get ready Ukraine]

    05/03/2014 10:32:53 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/15/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Commission has exercised historic new EU powers allowing it to revise national budgets for the first time Spain and Italy have been warned that their budgets for 2014 are in breach of European Union rules as Brussels uses new powers to force governments to revise spending plans before national parliaments vote on them. France was also cautioned that plans for painful economic reforms represent only "limited progress" as the European Commission exercised new eurozone powers in a historic shift of sovereignty away from elected governments. "Because in an economic and monetary union, national budgetary decisions can have an...
  • How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path [2005 NYTimes article]

    05/03/2014 7:28:40 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/17/2005 | C.J. Chivers
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 16 - As protests here against a rigged presidential election overwhelmed the capital last fall, an alarm sounded at Interior Ministry bases outside the city. It was just after 10 p.m. on Nov. 28. More than 10,000 troops scrambled toward trucks. Most had helmets, shields and clubs. Three thousand carried guns. Many wore black masks. Within 45 minutes, according to their commander, Lt. Gen. Sergei Popkov, they had distributed ammunition and tear gas and were rushing out the gates. Kiev was tilting toward a terrible clash, a Soviet-style crackdown that could have brought civil war. And then,...
  • 52 Year-Old French Banker Jumps To Her Death In Paris (After Questioning Her Superiors)

    04/24/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 85 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    There have been 13 senior financial services executives deaths around the world this year, but the most notable thing about the sad suicide of the 14th, a 52-year-old banker at France's Bred-Banque-Populaire, is she is the first female. As Le Parisien reports, Lydia (no surname given) jumped from the bank's Paris headquarter's 14th floor shortly before 10am. FranceTV added that sources said "she questioned her superiors before jumping out the window," but the bank denies it noting that she had been in therpapy for several years. ...
  • Far off? Russia-Ukraine clash echoes through U.S. farm belt

    04/22/2014 6:37:08 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 5 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | 4/16/2014 | Kevin G. Hall
    WASHINGTON — America’s diplomats and generals aren’t alone in watching the unfolding conflict between Russia and neighboring Ukraine. ... Ukraine is the world’s third-largest corn exporter and sixth-largest wheat exporter. Russia is the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter _ and a large buyer of U.S. corn and poultry products. ... “This is a region where we have been facing stiff competition from Ukraine,” said Thomas Sleight, the president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, which develops markets for U.S.-grown corn and sorghum. “Longer term, everyone is waiting to see what effect credit availability will have on Ukrainian farmers’ willingness to...
  • EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – the complete texts [FYI]

    04/21/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    European Union ^ | 2013 | Staff
    ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY AND THEIR MEMBER STATES, OF THE ONE PART, AND UKRAINE, OF THE OTHER PART EU/UA/en 1 PREAMBLE ... EU/UA/en 3 Contracting Parties to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, hereinafter referred to as the 'Member States', THE EUROPEAN UNION, hereinafter referred to as 'the Union' or 'the EU' and THE EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY, hereinafter referred to as 'the EURATOM' on the one part, and UKRAINE on the other part, Hereafter jointly referred to as 'the Parties', EU/UA/en 4...
  • Obama Issues Threats To Russia And NATO [blog by Reagan official]

    04/20/2014 7:25:23 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 10 replies
    paulcraigroberts.org ^ | 4/6/2014 | Paul Craig Roberts
    The Obama regime has issued simultaneous threats to the enemy it is making out of Russia and to its European NATO allies on which Washington is relying to support sanctions on Russia. This cannot end well. As even Americans living in a controlled media environment are aware, Europeans, South Americans, and Chinese are infuriated that the National Stasi Agency is spying on their communications. NSA’s affront to legality, the US Constitution, and international diplomatic norms is unprecedented. Yet, the spying continues, while Congress sits sucking its thumb and betraying its oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. In...
  • Lawmaker calls Elio Di Rupo 'Mr Paedophile'

    04/19/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 9 replies
    Flandersnews.be / Expatica ^ | 3/28/2014 | Staff
    Thursday's session in federal parliament was suspended for a while after the independent MP Laurent Louis (photo) had called Premier Elio Di Rupo a paedophile. Several MPs left the hemisphere as a protest. The incident happened around 3pm. Laurent Louis, a French speaker, had climbed the platform to criticise the cost of President Obama's visit to Belgium. "It cost millions, cash that could have been used to fill millions of fridges", he argued. "We bring life in our capital to a halt, without showing respect to the citizens." As Louis kept going, Di Rupo (Francophone socialist) promised to release more...
  • Swiss to vote on paedophile work ban

    04/19/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 13 replies
    swissinfo.ch ^ | 3/21/2014 | Clare O'Dea
    Probably the most emotive issue to come before the electorate in a vote on May 18 is an initiative to ban convicted paedophiles from working with children for life, the culmination of a ten year campaign sparked by a controversy in the town of Biel. The initiative has mainly been backed by the rightwing Swiss People’s Party and the centrist Christian Democrats. ... The initiative, brought by the Marche Blanche (White March) group of concerned parents, would amend the Swiss constitution to ensure that “persons who are convicted because they have affected the sexual integrity of a child or a...
  • Bill Clinton identified in lawsuit against his former friend and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein [...]

    04/19/2014 12:34:13 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 15 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 3/19/2014 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    [rest of title] who had 'regular' orgies at his Caribbean compound that the former president visited multiple times The former president was friends with Jeffrey Epstein, a financier who was arrested in 2008 for soliciting underage prostitutes A new lawsuit has revealed how Clinton took multiple trips to Epstein's private island where he 'kept young women as sex slaves' Clinton was also apparently friends with a woman who collected naked pictures of underage girls for Epstein to choose from He hasn't cut ties with that woman, however, and invited her to Chelsea's wedding Comes as friends now fear that if...
  • Ukraine's Economy Is Nearing Collapse

    04/18/2014 5:01:58 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/15/2014 | Mark Adomanis
    ... In a desperate effort to head off inflation (which in March alone was over 3%) and protect the value of the Hryvnia, the Ukrainian central bank hiked its main interest rate from 6.5 to 9.5%. ... The central bank was forced to take such desperate measures because the currency has been in free fall, losing more than 35% of its value against the dollar this year. ... Ukraine also faces enormous problems re-paying its debts, a substantial portion of which are denominated in dollars and other foreign currencies. Although it attracted little attention at the time, when it bought...
  • UKRAINE - ECONOMIC SITUATION - APRIL 2014

    04/18/2014 9:07:43 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 15 replies
    SigmaBleyzer/The Bleyzer Foundation/US-Ukraine Business Council ^ | 4/16/2014 | Olga Pogarska, Edilberto L. Segura
    SUMMARY POINTS ----- ... (5) The implementation of economic adjustment programs will improve growth prospects over the medium term, but will have short term costs. Following zero growth in 2013, real GDP is forecast to decline by about 4% yoy in 2014 (excluding Crimea, which represents 3% of GDP) due to the fiscal austerity measures that will affect domestic demand, Russia’s trade restrictions, and higher imported energy prices. (6) The new government has already announced strong fiscal austerity measures to reduce Ukraine’s public sector fiscal deficits, which had widened to about 6-7% of GDP in 2013. The fiscal consolidation plan...
  • Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

    04/16/2014 9:27:03 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 3/17/2014 | Spiegel Staff
    ... Both the Americans and the Europeans have ruled out the possibility of a military response and instead want to strike Putin where he is most vulnerable: Russia's economic dependency on the West. They want to show the Russian president that the economic damage caused by sanctions will outweigh any regional political advantage won through his actions. The main role here also continues to lie with Germany. The reason is simple: The country has very close business relations with Russia and has the greatest capacity to exert pressure. ... The consequences would be serious -- for both sides. Last year,...
  • IMF offers Ukraine bailout as Yulia Tymoshenko enters presidential race

    04/16/2014 1:28:04 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    theguardian ^ | 3/27/2014 | Alec Luhn
    Ukraine's controversial opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, has formally joined the race to become the country's president, on the same day as the huge task facing the new leadership was underscored by a tough IMF aid package that will foist deep austerity on the country. ... Whoever wins the vote on 25 May will face a tough task. The International Monetary Fund on Thursday offered Ukraine a bailout of up to $18bn (£10.9bn) over two years, in return for harsh economic reforms that may well worsen living standards for the already impoverished population. Further IMF aid will be unlocked if austerity...
  • Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Head Of Saudi Intelligence, Has Been Sacked

    04/15/2014 8:01:09 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    In the aftermath of the disastrous, for both the US and Saudi Arabia, false flag campaign to replace the Syrian regime with one which would be amenable to allowing a Qatari gas pipeline to pass underneath the Al-Qaeda rebel infested country, there were numerous rumors that the reign of Saudi's infamous former ambassador to the US and current intelligence chief, Prince Bandar "Bush" bin Sultan - the man who we suggested was the puppetmaster behind the entire failed operation - had come to an end. Some two months ago, Shia Post reported that "News sources announced that the chief of...
  • IMF Announces Staff Level Agreement with Ukraine on US$14-18 Billion Stand-By Arrangement

    04/15/2014 5:37:05 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    ... At the conclusion of the visit, Nikolay Gueorguiev, Mission Chief for Ukraine, issued the following statement today in Kyiv: “The mission has reached a staff-level agreement with the authorities of Ukraine on an economic reform program that can be supported by a two-year Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the IMF. ... The agreement reached with the authorities is subject to approval by IMF Management and the Executive Board. ... Ukraine’s macroeconomic imbalances became unsustainable over the past year. ... Measures implemented in February and March helped stabilize financial markets and ensured that critical budget payments have been met. Nonetheless, the...
  • EBRD to step up engagement in Ukraine

    04/15/2014 5:26:07 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 2 replies
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is planning an increase in its investments in Ukraine, including a return to sovereign lending for public sector projects, as part of an international economic support package for Ukraine. ... The EBRD has a portfolio of investments in Ukraine of around €4.7 billion. While the EBRD's emphasis on private sector projects will continue, the Bank will also return to sovereign lending for public sector investments after abstaining from pursuing them over the last 12 months. To underpin its investments in Ukraine, the EBRD will reinvigorate its Anti-Corruption Initiative, which should help to address...
  • New Ukrainian government pulls a Cyprus and seeks to tax bank accounts

    04/15/2014 10:23:18 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 10 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 3/20/2014 | Kenneth Schortgen, Jr.
    When the Ukrainian people overthrew the duly elected President in late February, the office of Prime Minister was quickly filled by a technocrat, and member of the European banking establishment. Thus it is not surprising when on March 20, the interim Ukrainian government is going ahead with plans that follow the path of Cyprus, and are instituting a tax on bank depositors and account holders, and are bringing the program of bail-ins to the Eastern European country. ... It is not coincidence that the 'Ukrainian Winter' uprising occurred after the government chose to bypass the IMF and the EU, and...
  • EBRD approves €350 million financing for Ukraine projects

    04/14/2014 3:00:50 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen
    Today the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved two projects for Ukraine, amounting to €350 million. ... The first project is a €150 million framework facility, which will support the Bank’s existing clients in Ukraine’s real sector. The facility will help Ukrainian companies address their liquidity and working capital needs as well as overcome difficulties and constraints caused by the financial crisis and the reduced availability of external funding. It is expected that the facility will restore confidence and appetite for future projects in Ukraine among foreign and domestic investors. ... The...
  • PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Have Large Stakes in Russia, Ukraine

    03/06/2014 1:57:52 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 7 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | 3/3/2014 | Mark Esterl
    PepsiCo Inc. has billions of dollars at stake in Russia, its second-largest market by revenue after the U.S. The Purchase, N.Y.-based snack and beverage giant would have a difficult time picking up and leaving: It had $7.89 billion in "long-lived" assets including property, plants and equipment in Russia alone last year, or 15% of its global assets, according to a regulatory filing by the company. The company doesn't disclose its revenue in Ukraine but has subsidiaries in the country and teamed up with a bottling partner in 2007 to acquire Sandora LLC. PepsiCo said at the time that Sandora was...
  • UPDATE 1-EBRD offers Ukraine 5 bln euro package, sticks with Russia

    03/05/2014 11:47:02 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/5/2014 | Marc Jones
    (Reuters) - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development promised Ukraine a 5 billion euros, six-year aid package on Wednesday on the condition it enters into an IMF programme and makes greater efforts to stamp out corruption. The bank also doused speculation that it could be used by Western backers to punish Moscow for its recent actions in Ukraine, saying it was continuing to invest in Russia. ... The 5 billion euros earmarked could be exceeded if economic circumstances permitted. It added it was "essential for investor confidence" that Ukraine agreed a macro-economic stabilisation programme with the International Monetary Fund....
  • IFC Helps Ukrainian Poultry Producer Take Flight [2013 article, IFC in Ukraine since 1993]

    03/05/2014 8:25:29 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 11 replies
    The fine dining establishments of Knightsbridge and the Champs Elysees may soon be serving their well-to-do customers Ukrainian chicken. Backed by a $50 million IFC loan, Ukraine’s leading poultry producer is set to expand into European markets, and perhaps beyond. IFC is supporting the expansion of long-time client Myronivskiy Hliboproduct, or MHP, while helping the fast-growing company build the greenest farming operation in the country. "When I started my poultry business back in the 1990s, there was practically no market in the country for our fresh chickens,” says Yuri Kosyuk, MHP founder and chairman. “After my study tours abroad I...
  • Ukraine Background: Conspiracies or Puppets [Vanity]

    02/22/2014 8:54:20 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 30 replies
    2/22/2014 | wikipedia
    It appears we have a spectrum of opinion on FR regarding the upheaval in Ukraine. On the one end of the spectrum there is passionate support, with a firm belief that the uprisings are purely indigenous Ukrainian groups. There is the belief that the Ukrainian people themselves have risen up against a corrupt and tryannical regime that is a puppet of Moscow. While some at the extreme end of this opinion say the protests are not really about the EU, it appears that most now concede that it is, and say that a majority of the Ukrainian people want to...
  • Romania's peasants: standing in the way of foreign investors making a lot of money [New to EU]

    02/20/2014 9:25:49 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/19/2014 | Luke Dale-Harris
    Amid the hysteria surrounding Romanian immigration at the beginning of this year, something crucial was forgotten: borders open both ways. As the English tabloids were throwing a tantrum about the impending "Romanian invasion", the would-be-intruders were preparing for an invasion of their own: 1 January 2014 marked the day when Romania's honeymoon period as a new EU member came to an end and, under EU law, the country was obliged to open up its land market to foreign investors. As a country with almost 5 million peasant farmers – a quarter of the population – this was a matter of...
  • Ukraine protests after Yanukovych EU deal rejection [ Cites Reasons; from Nov 2013]

    02/20/2014 7:26:14 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 16 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 11/29/2013 | Staff
    Some 10,000 Demonstrators in Independence Square carried Ukrainian and EU flags late on Friday and chanted "Ukraine is Europe". Mr Yanukovych, who attended an EU summit in Lithuania on Friday cited pressure from Russia for his decision. ... "The times of limited sovereignty are over in Europe," said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso after a summit in Lithuania, at which provisional accords were reached with Georgia and Moldova. ... "We will conduct massive protest actions in all of Ukraine. They must witness our strength," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk, an ally of Yulia Tymoshenko. ... "If we had signed, we would...
  • How Much Money Did Ukraine Lose When It Nixed The EU Deal? [ has link trade deal ]

    02/20/2014 7:19:25 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 24 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 2/19/2014 | David Kashi
    The all-out street war in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev between anti-government protesters and security forces had its beginnings in late November, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a bid for closer integration of his country with the European Union. Protests began peacefully, but reports that security services used excessive force on demonstrators escalated the situation. As of Wednesday, dozens of people have been killed, including protesters and police officers, and hundreds injured. For years Yanukovych promised Ukrainians that he would sign an agreement with the EU, which would benefit Ukraine’s economy substantially. Protesters felt betrayed that he suddenly and without...
  • Profile: Ukraine's key protest figures

    02/20/2014 7:07:10 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 2/20/2014 | Staff
    This is a quick excerpt of Parties and Leaders in Ukraine as reported by the BBC... I have heavily edited this body of thread to fit... in the comments I include a more full excerpt... Party: Udar Vitali Klitschko Party: Svoboda Oleh Tyahnybok Party: Fatherland Yulia Tymoshenko Arseniy Yatsenyuk Yuriy Lutsenko Party: Right Sector Lots of nice pictures at the BBC link !
  • April 14, 2011: Leading party says Soros prepares “Libyan scenario” for Ukraine

    02/18/2014 5:36:03 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 69 replies
    Russia Today.com ^ | 14 April 2011
    Ukraine’s leading political party has said that the international financier George Soros has been preparing a “Lybian scenario” for the country. ­The head of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Aleksandr Yefremov said in a televised comment on Wednesday that he had information that George Soros had allocated funds for the overthrow of the Ukrainian political authorities. “I even have information that Soros has allocated certain funds in order to prepare a certain group of young boys here in Ukraine who could launch any existing projects based on the North Africa examples,” Yefremov said. He also added that he hoped...
  • McCain: Syria peace talks nearing dead end, calls for change 'on the ground'

    02/16/2014 12:28:48 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 25 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/15/2014 | Staff
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain suggested Saturday that efforts to end Syria’s roughly 3-year-long civil war are on the brink of failure and the crisis is worsening, following a second round of stalled talks. “The second round of Syria peace talks ended today with no progress toward a negotiated political settlement to the conflict and UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi recognizing that failure is looming,” McCain said this weekend. “After three weeks of talks, we are moving further and further away from a peaceful political solution.” McCain argues the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad has in fact accelerated...
  • NSA Comparison - Under Christie, Hillary, Obama [vanity]

    01/17/2014 2:16:34 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    Vanity | 1/17/2013 | Self
    Christie has no idea when his staff is up to trouble. He says he had no idea his staff was shutting down the access lanes. Obama has no idea when his staff is up to trouble. He says he has no clue what the NSA is doing. Hillary has no idea when her staff is up to trouble. She had no clue that the CIA/State/new world order/drugs/money/guns/whatever it was operation in Benghazi needed "more security". IMHO, no difference. Of course, for politicians and CEOs of publicly-held companies, especially in the world of finance, this is just par for the course....
  • Christie Ally Resigns In Wake of George Washington Bridge Controversy [last month]

    01/13/2014 6:11:18 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/13/2013 | Ted Mann and Heather Haddon
    Gov. Chris Christie announced the resignation Friday of Bill Baroni, his top executive appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. ... Mr. Baroni is the second of Mr. Christie’s political allies to resign from the Port Authority over the bridge matter. David Wildstein, a subordinate to Mr. Baroni and longtime associate of Mr. Christie who ordered the lane closures and that they be kept secret from local and New York officials, resigned last week. Mr. Christie suggested that Mr. Baroni’s resignation was not connected to the bridge controversy. “Senator Baroni offered his resignation and I accepted...
  • Unbeatable 2016 Ticket: Clinton/Christie [Vanity]

    01/12/2014 1:24:24 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 22 replies
    Vanity | 1/12/2014 | Self
    /SARC... The Common Core ticket ! They both love all the new world order agendas. Statist education, healthcare, the godless religion of statism over any semblance of faith in God. Statist environmentalism. Allow the financial elites to consolidate all control of capital, in a fully regulated market that protects ordinary citizens from the dangers of wealth. How "safe". So much "justice". We could merge with Canada and Mexico. Maybe with the UK. Wow, imagine how much we could accomplish by really cutting lose the NSA/CIA and letting them "find the bad guys", and push for "regime changes". When facing political...
  • Google’s robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Google’s broader military contracting ambitions — especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • Regence BlueCross BlueShield Pulls out of Oregon’s Insurance Exchange

    10/23/2013 8:18:46 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 4 replies
    The Lund Report ^ | 5/23/2013 | Diane Lund-Muzikant
    May 3, 2013 – When the dust settled and the insurers announced their proposed rate requests for Oregon’s insurance exchange, the state’s largest health insurer – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon – decided to back away. That decision came on the heels of Regence having the highest enrollment last year compared to its rivals -- 472,902 members – just slightly ahead of Kaiser Permanente – which had 464,637 members. ... Onlookers came away stunned. Regence had been at the table all along, testifying in favor of the exchange during legislative hearings and had staff attending work sessions organized by Cover...
  • Rotten to the core

    09/23/2013 4:07:03 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 10 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | 9/19/13 | Joan Swirsky
    In July, the state of New York announced the results of its first tests based on the Common Core: The region hasn't been this battered since Superstorm Sandy. Just 26 percent of students in third through eighth grade passed the English exam, and only 30 percent passed the math test. In one Harlem school, just seven percent of students received passing scores in English, and 10 percent in math. We've gone from No Child Left Behind to Well-Just-About-Every-Child-Left-Behind ...progress of a kind. If 'learned helplessness' is the Common Core's goal, it's a stunning success." Businessman George Ball Indeed, the tests...
  • Obama outsources nation’s economic management to Bain consultant

    09/13/2013 8:22:00 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/13/2013 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s new top economic deputy is a former management consultant who worked for Gov. Mitt Romney’s Bain & Company investment firm. The appointment of Jeff Zients... ... On the campaign, Obama repeatedly slammed Romney’s management-consulting business, and one of his TV-ads even suggested Romney was responsible for the death of a former employee’s spouse, who passed away after a battle with cancer. ... The appointment was leaked to The New York Times on Friday. The paper did not not mention the adviser’s controversial connection to Bain. Neither did Politico’s Playbook. From 2009, Zients worked for Obama in a...