Austerity

Eurogroup Gives Greece 10 Day Ultimatum: Apply For Bailout Or Grexit

Zero Hedge Update: And now this: "Moody's places Greece's Caa1 government bond rating on review for downgrade" The key driver for the review for downgrade is the high level of uncertainty over the outcome of the negotiations between Greece and its official creditors over the terms of Greece's support programmer.…
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Ebola

World Health Organization says Ebola cases increase slightly

AP The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has gone up for the first time this year, the World Health Organization says, warning that the coming rainy season could complicate efforts to contain the disease. In an update published online Wednesday, the health agency said there were 124 confirmed…
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INTERNATIONAL

UN Alarmed By Pictures Of ISIS Logos On Its Syria Food Aid

Huffington Post The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has declared itself "extremely concerned" by photographs showing its food parcels being handed out in Syria with Islamic State logos on them. Images circulating on social media show food being distributed from cardboard boxes with "Islamic State in Syria" labels pasted…
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Central Banks

ECB Pulls The Trigger: Blocks Funding To Greece Via Debt Collateral – Full Statement

Zero Hedge Just what the market had hoped would not *ECB SAYS IT LIFTS WAIVER ON GREEK GOVERNMENT DEBT AS COLLATERAL *ECB SAYS IT CAN'T ASSUME SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF GREECE REVIEW What this means simply is that since Greek banks are now unable to pledge Greek bonds as collateral and…
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INTERNATIONAL

Conspiracy Fact: The Entire Oil Collapse Is All About Crushing Russian Control Over Syria

Zero Hedge While the markets are still debating whether the price of oil is more impacted by the excess pumping of crude here, or the lack of demand there, or if it is all just a mechanical squeeze by momentum-chasing HFT algos who also know to buy in the milliseconds…
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INTERNATIONAL

Obama admits US “brokered” power transition in Ukraine, will send ‘defensive’ weapons – VIDEO

| WTF News | Just when it seemed the Ukraine civil proxy war couldn't get any more hypocritical after last week's shock video of English-speaking soldiers in the country, the media propaganda matrix produced another classic. There is still the mass delusion, amplified by major media outlets, that one day,…
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Cover-ups

Dead Argentine prosecutor had drafted request for president’s arrest

Reuters An Argentine prosecutor found dead in mysterious circumstances last month had drafted a request that President Cristina Fernandez be arrested for conspiring to derail his probe into the deadly bombing of a Jewish center, the investigator into his death said on Tuesday. The papers were found in the trash…
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INTERNATIONAL

ISIS burns alive Jordanian pilot it kept hostage

The Islamic State has released a video, purportedly showing Moath al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot captured in December, being burned alive. The Jordanian government had pleaded with IS to release the hostage in exchange for a captured terrorist. A member of al-Kasasbeh's family has been informed by the head of the…
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INTERNATIONAL

At least 6,106 Killed in Iraq during January

Antiwar January closed out with 293 deaths and 289 wounded. Most of the casualties were among the Islamic State militants. That brought the monthly totals to 6,106 dead and 2,240 wounded. found 1,587 deaths reported among civilians and security members. Another 4,519 dead were reported among Islamic State militants. The…
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INTERNATIONAL

Chechen President Says IS Boss Works for CIA

Calls for al-Baghdadi to "declare he is a CIA agent" and "disband his gang" Infowars Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov believes the mysterious leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State and former Camp Bucca inmate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a CIA operative. “Baghdadi should take off his mask and declare loudly and…
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Growing the Russia-China New Relationship

New Eastern Outlook While the Obama Administration is preoccupied with keeping an increasingly unhappy EU firm on further economic sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Putin is busy outflanking an increasingly desperate Washington. Rather than fixate on the deliberate US and NATO provocations in Ukraine, Russia is deepening its strategic ties…
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Putin Sends Nuclear Bombers Over English Channel: “Transponders Turned Off… Invisible to Air Traffic Control”

Shtfplan Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t been one to back down in response to sanctions against his country and attacks on his economy. Rather, he has stepped up not only his rhetoric, but his military activities as well. His latest move is yet another show of force to let the West know Russia is…
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ANALYSIS: Who Are The “Moderates” Washington’s Supporting In Syria?

Mint Press FSA fighters take cover from incoming Syrian Army fire in the Izaa district in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 12, ; Photo: Manu Brabo/AP President George W. Bush declared his “war on terror” in shortly after 9/11, using an address to a joint session of Congress and the American…
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Activism

Tomorrow is The Global Day of Action Against Torture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST TORTURE Join organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum for protests, rallies, and gatherings on Saturday January 31st, to bring attention to the disturbing use of torture by global governments. We also wish to shed light on victims of mass incarceration…
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ISIS Mercenary Admits Getting Funds from US

New Eastern Outlook The Express Tribune, an affiliate of the New York Times, recently reported in an article titled, “Startling revelations: IS operative confesses to getting funds via US,” that another “coincidence” appears to be contributing to the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS) resilience and vast resources. A recent investigation being conducted by…
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INTERNATIONAL

Lugansk Air force? Separatists in Ukraine dust off old fighter planes from museum – VIDEO

| WTF News | When you thought you had seen it all out of Separatists in Lugansk have been attempting to breathe life back into old military airplanes from a Rossiya 24 In Lugansk People's Republic will now own air force. Several military vehicles belonging to the local flight school,…
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INTERNATIONAL

Medvedev Warns Of “Unlimited Reaction” If Russia Cut From SWIFT

Zero Hedge While nations around the world continue to de-dollarize, Russia signed into law its anti-crisis plan today (though details will not be released until tomorrow). Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, however, was quite vociferous in some of his threats, warning The West that the "Russian response - economically and otherwise…
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INTERNATIONAL

English speaking soldiers in Ukraine and 20 other things you should know – Video

| WTF News | Various media distractions have covered up the recent surge in violence in the Ukraine proxy war. 1. English speaking soldier recorded on video in Mariupol Saturday, a video (from a longer news clip) surfaced that shows an English speaking soldier (or mercenary) refusing to be recorded…
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INTERNATIONAL

Rebels capture Ukraine commander in Donetsk airport fight, force prisoners to face angry crowds

| WTF News | Multiple videos show captured Ukraine troops paraded in front of angry civilians who vent their frustration at them for the attacks. Ukraine archive Euronews Captured Ukrainian servicemen have been taken to the scene of Thursday’s deadly bus stop attack in Donetsk and paraded before an angry…
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INTERNATIONAL

Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia chief dead: Islamist websites

AFP The head of Libya's Ansar al-Sharia jihadist group, whose fate has been a mystery since fighting in October, was mortally wounded then, Islamist websites and an army officer said Saturday. Mohamed al-Zehawi "was killed in Benina clashes near the Benghazi airport, southeast of the city," the Islamist militias February…
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INTERNATIONAL

Attack on Mariupol Begins; 7,000-8,000 Ukrainian Forces Nearly Encircled in Northern Cauldron; US Sends Army Trainers

Yesterday, DNR (Donetsk People's Republic) president Alexander Zakharchenko issued this statement on a ceasefire:"There will no longer be any attempts to speak about a ceasefire from our side. We will now see how Kiev reacts. Kiev doesn’t currently understand that we can advance in three directions simultaneously". Jacob Dreizin, a…
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INTERNATIONAL

US Army Command delegation to arrive in Kiev this week

RT Representatives of the US Army Command will arrive in Ukraine in the coming days, Ukrainian military announced. The visit comes as the Kiev forces have launched a large-scale offensive on the militia positions in the south-east of the country. READ MORE: Poroshenko rejected Putin’s artillery withdrawal plan, began assault…
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INTERNATIONAL

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dead at 90, state TV reports

Washington Times Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died at the age of 91, the nation’s state-run television station confirmed Thursday. The king was in the hospital at the time of death. News outlets suspected the king, who came to power in 2005, was dead when Saudi Arabian television stations…
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Focus I

Yemen President Hadi Resigns After Shiite Rebels Seize Palace

Bloomberg Yemen’s President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi resigned on Thursday after Shiite Houthi rebels seized his palace and demanded constitutional changes. Hadi informed the speaker of parliament of his decision, which followed the failure of the rebel fighters to honor an agreement the previous day to withdraw from the palace, his…
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INTERNATIONAL

Israel unaware killed Iranian general was in Hezbollah convoy in Syria

Guardian Israel was apparently unaware an Iranian general was travelling in a Hezbollah convoy it targeted with an air strike in Syria on Sunday, killing the general as well as a senior Hezbollah commander. The claim – made by an unnamed senior Israeli security source in an interview with Reuters…
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Economic Collapse

Chinese Stocks Crash Most Since Feb 2007, Futures Limit-Down After Regulatory Crackdown On Margin-Trading

Zero Hedge UPDATE: *SHANGHAI COMPOSITE HEADS FOR BIGGEST LOSS SINCE FEBRUARY 2007 *CHINA CSI 300 INDEX FUTURES FALL BY 10% LIMIT Who could have seen this coming?   Having tried and failed once to stem the speculative frenzy in Chinese stocks, regulators took more direct action tonight and suspended three…
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Central Banks

Currency war: Swiss fight back, remove cap on Euro, forcing Wall Street losses, forex firms fail

| WTF News | 2015 will be marked by moments of self preservation, especially in financial markets. Thursday, the Swiss National Bank shocked the global financial world by announcing it removed the September 2011 cap placed on the currency's value against the Euro, in a move to protect the Franc…
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INTERNATIONAL

New wave of intense fighting kills 11 in east Ukraine

Yahoo News Kiev (AFP) - Fierce fighting in east Ukraine has killed at least 11 people over the past 24 hours, officials said Friday, as a new round of violence threatened all-out conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. A military spokesman reported six soldiers killed and 18 others wounded…
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INTERNATIONAL

Canada sends three ships to Odessa with aid for the Ukrainian army

Ukraina Odessa is awaiting the arrival of the second batch of Canadian military aid to the Ukrainian army. "We are expecting three ships with 56 containers to arrive on January 6, 7 and 13," Advisor to the Ukrainian President Yuriy Biryukov said in an interview with the Ukrainian media  "We…
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Hegelian Dialect

Ukraine President Poroshenko Met With George Soros

President Poroshenko has expressed gratitude to George Soros for his support of Ukraine, particularly for urging the international society to increase the level of support to Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko and George Soros have discussed international instruments and opportunities of increasing the economic assistance for Ukraine. In this context, George Soros…
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Focus A

Satellite images reveal ‘horrific’ scale of Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

The scale of last week’s attack on the Nigerian towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants has been shown graphically in before-and-after satellite images revealed by Amnesty International on Thursday. Satellite images, taken on January 2 and January 7, respectively, show the change to two densely populated…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine President Signs Mobilization Decree: 50,000 To Be Drafted

UA Today Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has issued a decree mobilising 50,000 servicemen to the frontline in eastern Ukraine.   Those eligible will receive notice papers calling them to service as soon as the Ukrainian parliament approves the measure.   The Ministry of Defense plans to draft healthy men and…
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INTERNATIONAL

Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

Zero Hedge Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these "transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine," Gazprom…
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GMO

Monsanto is now the leader in corn in Ukraine and 7 other ways they are killing the 5 year plan

| WTF News | Monsanto's reported 34 percent earings decline, which was hinted at last quarter as we reported, was released during the media frenzy after the terror attacks in Paris. AP Monsanto said Wednesday that its earnings fell 34 percent in its first fiscal quarter as South American farmers…
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Economic Warfare

Ukraine Default Risk Soars As Reserves Collapse 63% YoY

Zero Hedge Amid contingent offers of more bailout loans from Europe, and a looming $3bn debt repayment to Russia, Ukraine's default risk has surged once again to post-crisis record highs. With missing gold and despite foreigners encouraging investment, Ukraine's reserves are in total freefall as this morning's data shows a…
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INTERNATIONAL

Charlie Hebdo suspects and third gunman killed in twin police raids

The Guardian In two ferocious, near simultaneous assaults as dusk fell, heavily armed French elite forces shot dead the two gunmen behind Wednesday’s massacre at Charlie Hebdo and a third member of the terror cell wanted for Thursday’s murder of a young policewoman. But while all the gunmen’s remaining hostages…
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INTERNATIONAL

WTF News put the Charlie Hebdo ISIS cartoon in the site header… Because…

| WTF News | Yea, we put the Charlie Hebdo ISIS cartoon in the site The cartoon depicts an ISIS terrorist about behead the Prophet Muhammad while telling him he is an infidel. It speaks to the cartoonish narrative that ISIS is rooted in extremist Sharia law which is one…
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INTERNATIONAL

Paris terror attack, 12 dead: ISIS? “Al Qaeda in Yemen”? “2 big black guys” – VIDEO

| WTF News | Gunmen shot up the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people including two police officers, shouting "Allahu Akbar" (loosely "Allah is best") as heard on video. The dead also included the editor Stephané Charbonnier and other top contributors at Charlie Hebdo, whom…
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Focus H

Rand Paul backs bill to cut US aid as UN accepts Palestinian bid to International Criminal Court

| WTF News | United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has accepted the request by Palestine to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). A UN treaty website notes that “the statute will enter into force for the State of Palestine on April 1, 2015” in compliance with procedural steps. The…
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INTERNATIONAL

Israel Prepares to Cut Electricity to Palestinians

Antiwar Just days after the Israeli government announced it is seizing some $100 million in tax money from the Palestinian Authority to “punish” them for trying to join the International Criminal Courts (ICC), the Israeli state-run electric company has announced it will cut off electricity supplies to the Palestinians for…
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Focus B

Economic Warfare: Israel freezes Palestine tax funds over International Criminal Court bid

| WTF News | Israel announced it has stopped the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian authorities. The Israeli regime has retaliated for last week's move by the Palestinian authorities to continue it's membership bid with the International Criminal Court. The Israeli collects taxes on behalf of Palestine, transferring…
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Focus A

Russian President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs. Putin signed the new bill on the last day of 2014 TASS news agency reported.…
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INTERNATIONAL

UN resolution to end Israel’s occupation of Palestine fails by one vote

| WTF News | Tuesday, the UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestine in three years. The resolution failed by one vote, receiving eight "yes" votes and two "no" votes with five nations not casting a vote. The 2 no votes…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine: Leak reported at Europe’s largest nuclear plant, almost 17 times legal radiation levels

| WTF News | The largest nuclear power plant in Europe is reported to have a major radioactive leak almost 17 times the legal limit, according to LifeNews who published a leaked State Emergency Service of Ukraine report. This is the same plant reported to have had a unit turned…
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