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  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Steve Forbes: Why That Swiss Referendum On Gold Deserved To Fail

    12/02/2014 7:35:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/02/2014 | Steve Forbes
    SWISS VOTERS overwhelmingly rejected a so-called gold standard referendum. They were right to do so. The wording of the referendum revealed a major obstacle to any return to a genuine gold standard: ignorance of what makes such a system work. The proposition was actually focused on the levels of Switzerland’s gold reserves, not on an actual return to a gold standard. But it was seen as a step in that direction. The purpose of a gold standard is to keep a currency stable in value. Other currencies not on a gold standard may go up or down vis-ŕ-vis the gold-linked...
  • Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

    09/16/2014 4:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ron Paul
    On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB's assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland's central bank. The Swiss referendum is driven by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the...
  • Switzerland Bans The Islamic State

    10/10/2014 3:18:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Swiss officials have announced that the country is banning the Islamic State and related entities from their lands. The ban went into effect on Wednesday, when the Swiss cabinet voted to forbid Islamic State membership for at least six months. The ban disallows providing information or soliciting funds and recruiting for the jihadi terror group. Authorities said that doing so may result in three years in jail or a fine. The seven-member Swiss cabinet released a statement, which said that the Islamic State’s “massive human rights violations” have forced the country, which is known for its unapologetic neutrality, to act...
  • Swiss Village Forced to Raise Taxes After Muslim Refugee Family Consumes 1/3 of Budget

    09/26/2014 11:22:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Is this really enriching anybody besides the Muslim settlers? A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority $65,000 in benefits every month.Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago.The Eritrean woman and her family arrived in Hagenbuch three years ago in possession of a visa allowing her to stay in Switzerland for five years, with...
  • Swiss reject switch from private to state health insurance

    09/28/2014 6:45:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-28-14 | Jonathan FOWLER
    Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country's all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents. The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country's German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour. Switzerland's private insurance lobby hailed the vote.
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It’s called the “debt brake” and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that’s not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland

    11/25/2014 2:01:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/25/2014 | Peter Schiff
    For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland's financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country's strong economic heritage. It's a vote that few outside...
  • The Swiss Gold Vote Coming This Weekend, Could Change Economics Globally

    11/29/2014 1:07:15 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 11-28-14 | Inquisitr
    On Sunday, the people of Switzerland will go to the voting booth to decide their nation’s economic future. The “Swiss gold vote,” as it’s being called, would require that the nation put its currency back onto a gold standard, which would require the Swiss central bank to buy large amounts of gold from the global market in order to put their currency on a gold-based standard. The Swiss gold vote will have historic implications whether the citizens of Switzerland vote yes or no this weekend. This referendum is a measure that sets requirements for the Swiss National Bank (SNB) with...
  • GOLD IS GETTING SMOKED ($1150 Oz)

    11/30/2014 5:02:41 PM PST · by blam · 100 replies
    BI ^ | 11-30-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland November 30, 2014 On Sunday night, gold was down more than 4% to as low as $1,143 an ounce after voters in Switzerland on Sunday rejected a measure that would have required the Swiss National Bank to increase its gold reserves from 8% to 20% of its holdings. The vote failed by a margin of 78%-22%. In addition the drop in gold, crude oil prices are resuming their tumble, and the price of other precious metals — silver and platinum — were also down sharply. Silver futures were down 12% early Sunday night and platinum futures were down...
  • Swiss Voters Reject Increasing Gold Reserves In Referendum

    11/30/2014 4:24:52 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/30/14 | Hartley, Jon
    In today’s Swiss gold referendum, roughly 78% voted against expanding central bank gold reserves to 20% of central bank assets from the current 7%, according to Swiss national broadcaster SRF. The vote is a blow to the movement to “Save Our Swiss Gold” that had the hopes of moving Switzerland back toward a gold standard which the country left in 1999.
  • Switzerland: Muslim Protesters Attempt to Storm Synagogue

    08/20/2014 2:09:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Ari Soffer
    Muslim anti-Israel demonstrators attempted to force their way into a synagogue in Switzerland, the latest in a string of attacks on synagogues in Europe. The protest took place on Saturday, during the Jewish Sabbath, in front of the Beth Yaakov, or Grande, Synagogue in Geneva, according to JTA. The Intercommunity Coordination Against Anti-Semitism and Defamation watchdog organization (CICAD) reported that a Muslim woman wearing a niqab (veil) first attempted to enter the place of worship while waving a PLO flag and holding a placard saying "Every synagogue is an Israeli embassy" on Saturday morning but was prevented from doing so....
  • Ecopop Referendum: Swiss Reject Immigration Curbs

    11/30/2014 12:09:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 30, 2014
    30 November 2014 Ecopop Referendum: Swiss Reject Immigration Curbs Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population. The country's 26 cantons rejected the proposal, with about 74% of people voting no in Sunday's referendum. Supporters of the measure argued that it would have reduced pressure on the country's resources. Opponents said it would have been bad for the economy. Around a quarter of Switzerland's eight million people are foreigners. The measure would have required the government to reduce immigration from about 80,000 to 16,000 people a year
  • Switzerland votes down referendum on immigration quotas

    11/30/2014 4:15:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/30/2014 | By Fred Lambert
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Voters in Switzerland Sunday rejected a referendum designed to limit immigration into the country for reasons of environmental conservation, along with other items dealing with tax breaks for expatriates and boosting gold reserves. The "Ecopop" initiative called for a massive reduction of net immigration into the country down to 0.2 percent of the total population. The annual number of foreigners entering Switzerland would have been cut from roughly 80,000 down to 16,000. Swiss voters rejected the measure by 74 percent.
  • Voters reject plan to force Switzerland to stockpile gold

    11/30/2014 4:12:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/30/2014 | James Titcomb
    Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a plan to force the Swiss National Bank to buy thousands of tonnes of gold, giving the SNB breathing space as it attempts to protect the franc against a quantitative easing blitz from the European Central Bank. Switzerland's government said on Sunday afternoon that 77pc of voters in Sunday’s referendum rejected proposals to make the central bank hold 20pc of its assets in the precious metal. This result was a blow to a right-wing Swiss People’s Party, which launched the “Save Our Swiss Gold” campaign in a reactionary backlash against the SNB accumulating hundreds of...
  • In Oregon Illegal Immigrant Referendum, a Warning for Obama [2-1 against giving driver's licenses]

    11/17/2014 8:10:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/17/2014 | Rick Moran
    Little noticed after the midterm vote, which saw the GOP take control of the Senate and increase their majority in the House, was a referendum in sky blue Oregon to repeal the law that granted illegal immigrants the right to obtain a driver’s license.Even though the Democrats increased their majority in the state legislature and a Democratic governor was reelected, the measure for repeal passed by a 2-1 margin.This is a stark warning to President Obama and the Democrats that if he acts alone to amnesty 5 million illegals, his march to irrelevancy will be complete, and the party...
  • A Referendum on Competence: Anemic economy and sense of national decline portend doom for Democrats

    10/31/2014 6:49:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not. First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy. Moreover, here is a president who proclaims the reduction of inequality to be the great cause of his administration. Yet it has radically worsened in his six years. The 1 percent are doing splendidly in the Fed-fueled stock market, even as median income has fallen. Second is the question of competence. The list...
  • Burke thought raiding transportation fund made ‘good sense’ before $680M shortfall (WI)

    10/24/2014 11:09:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-24-14 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON, Wis. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke once gushed over former Gov. Jim Doyle raiding almost $1.4 billion from the segregated transportation fund to balance several state budgets, claiming the series of moves made good business sense. But after admitting last week those actions contributed to a projected $680 million shortfall in the transportation fund, Burke is trying to pretend she never fully supported those transfers. “When we collect revenue, particularly from the gas tax for a certain purpose, I think it’s reasonable to say that it stays there,” Burke told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters and the newspaper’s editorial...
  • Britain is ‘lighting a fire’ under the European Union, says Philip Hammond

    10/17/2014 9:33:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00PM BST 17 Oct 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    Britain is “lighting a fire under the European Union” by holding an in-out referendum on membership, Philip Hammond said today, as the Bill to give the public a vote cleared its first crucial hurdle in the House of Commons. The Foreign Secretary said setting in law a referendum on EU membership would force Brussels to grant Britain “meaty and substantial” reforms. The Private Members Bill, sponsored by Bob Neill, a former minister and vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, yesterday sailed through its second reading of the Commons by 293 to 0, and will now face further scrutiny. […] David Cameron...
  • Bag makers launch push to overturn California ban (on plastic)

    10/11/2014 8:38:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:31 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California’s new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect. The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris cleared the way for the groups to begin collecting signatures for a referendum vote on the ban on the November 2016 ballot. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the first statewide ban on plastic bags, citing a “torrent” of plastic pollution in parks and waterways. It followed one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year, pitting bag makers against environmentalists. …
  • Obama Calls November Elections "Referendum on My Policies" [warning: contains satire]

    10/04/2014 11:47:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Miffed that so many Democrats running for reelection have shunned his endorsement and declined to appear in public with him, President Obama sought to take control of the narrative by insisting that "though I'm not on the ballot this November my policies certainly are." Mortified Democrats raced to microphones across the nation to dispute the President's assertion. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) called the President's words "very discouraging and a 'stab in the back.' We supported his programs. He needs us in the Senate if he hopes to push ahead with his transformation. We're on-board with that, but we can't get...
  • Calls for Ending Unfairness to the English

    09/19/2014 1:01:55 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Before the referendum on Scottish independence and in order to keep the United Kingdom from disintegrating, the leaders of the three main British parties - David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband - made generous promises in return for the Scottish people to vote No to breaking away from the Union. They promised more powers and money for Scotland. Some say that these promises have come dangerously close to Maximum devolution (Devo Max for short), which means that, except in defence and foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament gets power over everything. A source of concern is that these promises...
  • CNN Poll: 110% of Scottish Population Have Decided on Independence; 58% Say Yes, 52% No

    09/18/2014 1:53:19 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 54 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/18/14 | Aurelius
    In a new report from CNN, televised live today, 110% of Scots have made their decision on independence, with 58% saying "yes," and 52% voting "no." This picture actually made it to the air: In case you can do math better than CNN's copy editor, that adds up to more than 100% of Scotland's populace. And as you also probably know, 110% of an electorate cannot vote on a referendum (unless there is massive voter fraud). The flub occurred during Brooke Baldwin's three o'clock show this afternoon, the 18th of September. When the mistake was made, nothing was said, and...
  • +++ SCOTTISH REFERENDUM LIVE BLOG +++

    09/18/2014 12:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Follow Breitbart London's LIVE coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum on our live blog below: James Chapman (Mail) @jameschappers Kids at Yes rally outside Scottish Parliament. Pipes playing. Feels like a vigil #indyref 2:06 PM - 18 Sep 2014 5 Retweets 3 favorites 09/18 14:06 by Donna Edmunds Back in October last year Russell Brand made waves by urging people to incite revolution by not voting. He admitted in an interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted, and never intended to, but went on to exhort people not to vote, claiming that democracy needed to be swept away....
  • Scotland Could Be Banned From Europe For 5 Years If It Votes For Independence

    07/16/2014 3:55:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    If Scotland votes for independence in its referendum on Sept. 18, it may not be allowed to join the European Union for five years. New European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker said last night that the EU needs to take a break from admitting new countries. “Under my presidency of the commission, ongoing negotiations will continue … but no further enlargement will take place over the next five years," Juncker said, according to the BBC. He later clarified his remarks. Juncker wasn't talking about Scotland specifically but about countries generally, he said. Even so, it's hard to see Scotland retaining automatic...
  • Leninist Scotland Can Go Its Own way

    07/11/2014 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 42 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 11 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    <p>Watching last night's Question Time, which was in Scotland and devoted half of its time to the question of Scottish independence - it was also the last QT before the September referendum -, confirmed and strengthened my opinion that England would be far better off without Scotland.</p>
  • Gun Ban Stopped by Colorado Recall Elections Aftershocks

    06/28/2014 6:16:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After the immense amount of money, old media airtime, and Obama administration political capital was spent on enacting restrictive gun legislation in Colorado last year, the electorate rebelled. Grassroots campaigns led by people who had never been involved in politics beat the establishment. Two legislators were recalled. A third, thought to be in a safe Democratic district, resigned under pressure at the last instant, in order to save the Democrat majority in the State Senate. The political establishment was shaken. That political earthquake continues to reverberate. As part of the establishment push to disarm the population, an organization was...
  • HK in unofficial democracy vote, alarming Beijing

    06/20/2014 6:37:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2014 7:08 AM EDT | Kelvin Chan
    Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers voted Friday in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform that has alarmed Beijing and sets the stage for a possible showdown with the government, with mass protests aimed at shutting down the Chinese capitalist enclave’s financial district. Tensions are boiling over in Hong Kong, which came back under Chinese control in 1997, over how to choose the city’s next leader. Since the end of British colonial rule, Hong Kong’s leaders have been picked by an elite pro-Beijing committee. Beijing has pledged to allow Hong Kongers to choose their own chief executive starting in 2017....
  • UKRAINE: The Kremlin knows most residents do not want Donbass joining Russia- Deputy of State Duma

    05/13/2014 6:12:50 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    YHIAH ^ | 13.05.2014 | 13:46
    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: According to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia, this at a press conference in Moscow, said the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Ilya Ponomarev. "There is a sociological monitoring, the monitoring of Sociology I saw in Moscow, which is at the disposal of the presidential administration. Also, I've seen numbers that are in Kiev - they are the same, differences in the level of nuance," - said Ponomarev. Read more Russian State Duma will ask the world to save Ukraine from disasters provoked Putin He said that surveys show that in March in Donetsk Oblast...
  • Luhansk Republic declares independence from Ukraine

    05/12/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    LUGANSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Luhansk People’s Republic, whose residents supported the act on state sovereignty at the May 11 referendum, has declared its independence from Ukraine. 96.2% vote for independence of Luhansk region in May 11 referendum ‘Popular governor’ Valery Bolotov stated this at a rally on Monday. “We have chosen our path of independence from arbitrariness and bloody dictate of the Kiev clique, fascism and nationalism, the path of freedom, the path of rule of law,” Bolotov said. “From the moment of declaring its independence, a new life free from dictate of Kiev authorities will start for the Luhansk...
  • Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic asks Russia for admission (Will Lugansk Follow Suit Alert)

    05/12/2014 9:56:48 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    DONETSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has made a plea asking to be accepted into the Russian Federation, the republic’s co-leader, Denis Pushilin, told a news conference on Monday. “We, the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, relying on the results of the May 11, 2014 referendum and the declaration of independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from now on the Donetsk People’s Republic is a sovereign state,” Pushilin said. “Proceeding from the will expressed by the DPR people and for the sake of restoring historical justice we are asking Russia to consider the...
  • UKRAINE: Russian Referendum Crowd Deception

    05/12/2014 7:19:13 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    Facebook ^ | Sunday 7:04 A.M.5-11 | Alexander Gulenko
    False internet referendum photos were ACTUALLY of 2004 ELECTION year 7:00 am! Also note point of 2004 election history: Many irregularities were reported, including ballot stuffing, intimidation at voting booths and huge numbers of new voters appearing on the electoral rolls—in Donetsk alone, half a million more voters were registered for the runoff election. Of course, Yanukovych won all but one of the regions where significant increases in turnout were noted. It was LATER determined by the UKRAINIAN SUPREME COURT that this was in fact due to widespread FANSIFICATION of the results. Translation: "After the publication of the photos with...
  • UKRAINE: As east Ukrainians vote in referendum, poll shows opposition to secession

    05/11/2014 8:30:14 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 25 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | May 11, 2014 4:05 PM | By Asaf Ronel
    In a Pew survey, more than two-thirds of people in eastern Ukraine seek to remain in Ukraine. Many people were skeptical when Russian President Vladimir Putin called for separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone a referendum on joining the Russian Federation. Either way, the leaders of the pro-Russian faction are holding the plebiscite Sunday all the same. They may be disappointed: In a survey by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center, 70 percent of respondents in eastern Ukraine sought to remain in Ukraine. Leaving aside the West’s suspicions about a vote taking place under the Kremlin’s watchful eye, Ukraine’s military operations...
  • UKRAINE: Donbass refused to participate in "pseudo-referendum" BOYCOTTED; Luhansk did NOT PASS

    05/11/2014 12:14:53 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 56 replies
    censor.net ^ | 01/05/14 21:26
    Donbass refused to participate in the ridiculous psevdoreferendume terrorists: the siloviki and more control checkpoints. VIDEO Illegal referendum showed that extremists have NO SUPPORT among the population. In nine districts Luhansk region referendum did NOT PASS. This was from the scene said the journalist Artem Shevchenko on his page on Facebook, reports Tsenzor.NET. Today, May 11 terrorists tried to hold a so -called "referendum", rather psevdoreferendum declaration of independence of the DNI and LC . About ILLEGALITY and ridiculousness of THIS EVENT reflects not only TRAVESTY "voting", which DOES NOT fit in any frame the CONCEPT of "voting," when people...
  • UKRAINE: Update Referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk [VIDEO]

    05/11/2014 10:27:45 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    censer.net ^ | 05/11/14 15:38
    Referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk Low turnout in many areas do not vote at all. Neither of which will of speech can not be - Luhansk Regional State Administration. VIDEO The so-called "referendum" on independence" Lugansk People's Republic" does not occur throughout the Luhansk region. According Tsenzor.NET citing Radio Liberty, first reported by the Acting Chairman of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Irina Verigin. According to her, today she toured northern areas. "If you take Svatovo, Markovka, Belokurakino, Novopskov here "referendum" does not occur. So, during the week came here armed men tried to intimidate the local population, but here...
  • UKRAINE: Mayor Artemovska forbade holding separatists "referendum" in Schools

    05/11/2014 8:41:06 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    pravda.com.ua ^ | 05/11/14 11:38
    Mayor Artemovska refused to provide a school building for "separatists referendum." Open only 14 plots of 40 - According Tsenzor.NET about it on his Facebook page wrote the correspondent of "Novaya Gazeta" Pavel Kanygin. Read also "Tsenzor.NET": On the "referendum" SEPARATISTS CAN EVEN VOTE FOR "NEIGHBOR AND HIS WIFE." "In Artemovsk - a total of 14 working stations, instead of 40 in normal elections. All schools refused to provide DNR building. Forbidden to hold a referendum in the city and the mayor Alexei Reva. Brave man. As a result, isolated premises- several ZhEKov, Industrial College, DC Pioneer. People crowd, decent...
  • Ukraine Seizes 100,000 Ballots Already Marked 'Yes' For Eastern City To Break Away

    05/10/2014 6:30:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/10/2014 | PAUL SZOLDRA
    Ukrainian military forces stopped and seized a vehicle carrying three armed men transporting guns, ammunition, and an estimated 100,000 ballots for a May 11 referendum already marked "yes" for the eastern city of Donetsk to break away and form an independent state, Kyiv Post reports. The men — which Ukrainian media have described as "armed terrorists" — were found with ballots in the trunk of their car on the outskirts of the city, a police source told the Ukraine Observer. Many cities in eastern Ukraine have been under siege for about a month, including Donetsk, where the city's main government...
  • UKRAINE: Donetsk, Separatists launched "a referendum" the NIGHT BEFORE vote

    05/10/2014 10:40:38 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    Today during the 'Antiterorist Operation' on the outskirts of the Slavânsku (Donetsk region) detained a group of armed terrorists. Militants carried boxes of ballots have ALREADY been used for voting at the so-called "referendum" separatists for May 11 [TOMORROW]. Total number of ballots exceeds 100 thousand copies. All ballots were stamped in the "YES" in support of the independence of so-called "People's Republic of Donetsk."
  • School head threatened for refusing to hold Luhansk “referendum”

    05/08/2014 8:06:49 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    The head of School No. 13 in Bokovo-Platovo [Luhansk oblast], Olha Timofeevna says that she has received threats after refusing to hold the so-called “referendum” in the school premises. On May 6, she recounts, there was a meeting of all school heads at the Antratsyt City Executive Committee building over which a Russian flag is flying. At the meeting, the school heads were ordered to hold the pseudo referendum in their school buildings. [....] “I said that the referendum is illegal and that there is no relevant decision on it. Therefore in my school I won’t allow it to be...
  • Even Russian human rights body finds Crimean referendum falsified

    05/08/2014 7:44:06 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    khpg ^ | 05.05.14 | Halya Coynash
    Vladimir Putin’s own Council on the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights has confirmed that the turnout for the so-called “referendum” on the Crimea’s status was much lower than reported, and the results also far less overwhelmingly in favour of joining Russia. The same results have been reported from other sources, however this report can hardly be dismissed as seditious US propaganda. The confirmation that Russia used falsified figures to justify the annexation comes on the eve of other supposed “referendums” planned for two east Ukrainian oblasts. The similarities between the armed men who seized government buildings in Crimea...
  • SBU releases evidence[...]separatist 'referendum' on instructions from Russia (audio)

    05/07/2014 8:44:18 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 07.05.2014 11:47 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, May 7 /Ukrinform/. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has received irrefutable evidence proving that the Russian side is preparing for and coordinating activities on the holding in Ukraine's eastern regions of the so-called "referendum" on the creation of the "Donetsk People's Republic," with the results that are known in advance, the SBU press service has reported. SBU posted on its YouTube channel an audio recording of a conversation between the head of the Russian Unity movement, Alexander Barkashov (Moscow), and the leader of the unregistered Orthodox Donbass organization, Dmytro Boitsov (Donetsk). During the conversation Boitsov asks for Russian...
  • Trade benefits of EU are ‘imaginary’: Report finds exports to Europe have grown at slower rate…

    05/05/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 06:30 EST, 5 May 2014 | Tamara Cohen
    The trade advantages of being in the European Union single market are “imaginary” and have not helped British exports, according to a new report. It claims the UK’s exports to Europe have grown at a slower rate than our trade with other leading countries outside the EU bloc, over the past four decades. And the proportion of EU trade within Britain’s total exports of goods and services abroad, is no higher than when Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, at just over 60 percent. Meanwhile, it points out that Britain’s trade with countries outside the EU—such Iceland, Norway...
  • David Cameron threatens to resign without 2017 EU vote

    04/29/2014 11:48:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:40PM BST 28 Apr 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has promised to quit as Prime Minister if he is unable to deliver an in-out referendum on the European Union by 2017. He promised he would not “barter away” the referendum in new coalition negotiations, as an angry Conservative activist told him the public do not believe he will deliver on his promise to give the British people a say on EU membership. There are fears the pledge could be blocked by the Liberal Democrats during coalition talks if the 2015 election produces another hung parliament. Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, claims Mr. Cameron has no intention of...
  • Parliament to consider possibility of all-Ukrainian referendum on April 29 – justice minister

    04/29/2014 1:01:56 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior
    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukraine's parliament) is planning on April 29 to consider the issue of holding a national referendum, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko has said.He said this when asked whether the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine today considered the issue of holding such a referendum. The topic of the referendum hasn't been informed so far. According to president of Open Policy Analytical Center Ihor Zhdanov, the referendum was proposed to be conducted on June 15, however, this decision has to be approved by the parliament.
  • Egyptian Spokesmen: Put Peace Treaty to a Referendum

    04/23/2014 8:44:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 4/24/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Spokesmen for the two Egyptian presidential candidates recently advocated for putting the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel to a vote in a referendum. […] “Our enmity with the Zionist enemy goes to our very existence. It’s either us or them. No peace is possible,” said Tamer Hindawi, (Hamdeen) Sabahi’s spokesman, during the debate. He further claimed that “The Zionist enemy is clearly the head of colonialism in the region. In our view, the Camp David Accords are responsible for many of our crises, and might even be the main reason for Egypt’s subjugation to America, and for the decline...
  • Russia Tells Ukrainians: 'Referendum' Or We Can't Protect You As Ukraine Proposes State Of Emegency

    04/07/2014 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Errant · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 April 2014 | Tyler Durden
    The relative calm of the last two weeks as US talking-heads proclaim Ukraine 'fixed', Russia 'under control', and Europe 'recovering' is being obliterated this morning. The storming of various non-Crimean Ukrainian city government buildings suggest round two of the push is beginning and Russia is wasting no time explaining how this will go down. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov stated that "Russia has no right to [send peacekeepers] unilaterally" to Eastern and Southern Ukraine (unless the UN agrees)... but... "Russia is interested in stability in Ukraine. At the same time, the will of the people must be documented. A referendum is...
  • Obama's 'Incredible Mistake' Over Phantom Kosovo Referendum

    03/29/2014 3:44:40 PM PDT · by DTA · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2014-03-27
    U.S. President Barack Obama has caused confusion after claiming yesterday that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum for self-determination – misleading people over the true origins of the country. The U.S. President used the example to hit out against Russia's annexation of Crimea, but experts have noted that no such referendum took place, and implied that Obama's "incredible mistake" should elicit a retraction or correction from the White House.
  • Crimea Declares Independence

    03/17/2014 10:54:49 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 13 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 3/17/14 | MARIA DANILOVA and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG
    Ukraine's Crimean peninsula declared itself independent Monday after its residents voted overwhelmingly to secede and join Russia, while the United States and the European Union slapped sanctions against some of those who promoted the divisive referendum. Related Stories Crimea parliament declares independence after vote Associated Press EU sanctions people linked to Ukraine unrest Associated Press Ukraine's Crimea seeks to become independent state Associated Press Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia Associated Press Crimea: 11,000 pro-Russian troops in control Associated Press Ukraine's political turmoil has become Europe's most severe security crisis in years and tensions have been high since Russian...
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...
  • PETER HITCHENS: We ask the Scots to be 'loyal' - but we're the ones betraying Britain

    02/16/2014 12:29:03 PM PST · by mojito · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/15/2014 | Peter Hitchens
    I think we have lost Scotland. I felt it the other day, a disturbing sensation like that moment when the tow-rope parts, the strain too great for its rotten, decayed fibres to bear. The sulky, puzzled feebleness of the London politicians’ arguments sounds desperate and defeated. Alex Salmond has already won the September referendum. [....] But this does not stop me seeing what has happened. And I am amazed that so few have noticed the real problem. The leaders of the United Kingdom cannot argue for Scotland to stay in a country they themselves are working so hard to abolish....