UK slashes climate change diplomacy budget

Foreign office cut climate diplomacy budget by 39%, ahead of crucial summit for climate deal in Paris, RTCC reports

The Guardian, By Megan Darby, August 1

The UK is slashing its climate change diplomacy budget even as global efforts intensify to reach a deal.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) cut spending on its core [...]

Congress backs $225M bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

CBS/AP, August 1

Washington – Both the House and Senate on Friday rushed approved a $225 million bill to replenish Israel’s missile defense system.

The money will go to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Palestinian militants over three and a half weeks of [...]

Pentagon Wants to Send Troops to Ukraine for ‘Counterterrorism’ Training

No Decision Yet on Sending ‘Lethal Aid’

Antiwar.com, by Jason Ditz, August 1

The Pentagon today announced its intention, pending Congressional approval, to send troops to Ukraine [in 2015!] for “training exercises” designed to increase the Ukrainian military’s “capacity for internal defense” as it fights eastern rebels.

The plan seeks to use a contingency fund [...]

African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

Reuters, By Saliou Samb, August 1

Conakry, Guinea – West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.

The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins [...]

‘Nightmare bacteria’ spreading rapidly in Southeastern US

Russia Today, August 1

Deadly, nearly untreatable superbugs known as CRE, dubbed “nightmare bacteria,” have spread at an alarming rate throughout the southeastern region of the US in recent years, new research indicates.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found cases of antibiotic-resistant CRE – or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae – increased by at least a [...]

Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’

USA Today, August 1

President Obama said Friday that some CIA officials who interrogated suspects after the 9/11 attacks “crossed a line” into torture.

“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks,” Obama said while discussing a forthcoming Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques.

“We did some things [...]

Reebok jumps on Paleo bandwagon with its own brand of bacon

Washington Post, By Marissa Payne, August 1

The phrase “tastes like shoe leather” is about to get a whole new, much more delicious meaning thanks to Reebok. The athletic clothing and footwear company has came out with its own bacon during the Reebok-sponsored CrossFit Games, which took place last month just outside of Los Angeles.

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MH17 – Too Much Evidence Withheld

¬– Reader Supported News

MH17 Shoot-Down Mystery Deepens since July 17

“Black Boxes Show Shrapnel Destroyed Malaysia Airlines Plane, Ukraine Says” That headline in the Wall Street Journal of July 28 creates the immediate false impression that there is new information: shrapnel destroyed plane! Before the headline is over, the WSJ begins [...]

Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia’s Ability to Tap Its Oil Reserves

New York Times, By Peter Baker, Alan Cowell and James Kanter, July 29

Washington — The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in [...]

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To War MEE Go!

Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests..

(Palmerston, who was no slouch when it came to Imperialism).

Let’s examine the evidence:

Middle East in Chaos US Pushing NATO to Russian Borders US Oil & Gas Production rising sharply Russia major energy supplier to Europe & China Middle East Oil [...]

Oil Bombs

This is an interesting link about the growing presence of oil tank cars routed through your backyard.

North Carolina recently voted to permit fracking (and its attendant secrecy) after a panel presents regulatory recommendations.

I hope (but seriously doubt) they know anything about railroad safety and the movement of oil. They need to see this. [...]

Virginia Is for Gay Lovers

On Monday, a federal court ruled the state’s same-sex-marriage ban unconstitutional—the latest to be overturned. What makes the decision in the Old Dominion different?

The Atlantic, By Emma Green, July 29

“[T]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free [...]

UN against War Crimes, US not so much

– Reader Supported News Carte Blanche for War Crimes Passes Senate Unanimously U.S. alone in vote against investigation of crimes against humanity Is there any doubt that Israelis and Palestinians have been committing war crimes and crimes against each other’s humanity for decades?

Objectively, that seems to be a plain fact, with particular relevance [...]

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police

The Intercept, By Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain, July 25

The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide [...]

Jihadists seize Syria army base, behead soldiers

AFP, July 26

Damascus – Islamic State fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, a monitoring group said Saturday.

But in the central Homs region, government forces recaptured Al-Shaar gas field, seized by IS a week before, the monitor and [...]

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