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Russia's blacklisted Rosneft, billionaire Rotenberg take EU to court over sanctions

Arkady Rotenberg, Igor Sechin
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Arkady Rotenberg, Igor Sechin
State-owned oil company Rosneft and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg have filed a case in the European Court of Justice against the European Council challenging its decision over sanctions, according to papers filed with the court.

Rosneft submitted the claim on October 9, and Rotenberg the next day, October 10.

On October 9, Rosneft announced a tender to law firms worth £17.7 million for five of legal work to help win the case, TASS reports citing Rosneft documents.

The full text of the claim isn't available on the court website, but the Financial Times says the Russian oil giant is challenging the European Council decision dated July 31 that placed the company and Arkady Rotenberg, President Putin's judo partner, on the blacklist.

WikiLeaks: Updated Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - IP Chapter

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On Thursday 16 October 2014, WikiLeaks released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the world's largest economic trade agreement that will, if it comes into force, encompass more than 40 per cent of the world's GDP. The IP Chapter covers topics from pharmaceuticals, patent registrations and copyright issues to digital rights. Experts say it will affect freedom of information, civil liberties and access to medicines globally. The WikiLeaks release comes ahead of a Chief Negotiators' meeting in Canberra on 19 October 2014, which is followed by what is meant to be a decisive Ministerial meeting in Sydney on 25 - 27 October.
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Psychopathic Israeli minister exploits Holocaust to justify making "1000 Palestinian mothers cry"

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A Palestinian looks out from the remains of his house in Beit Hanun, a town in the northern Gaza Strip
The countries who have pledged vast sums to rebuild the Gaza Strip in Cairo Sunday will have made worthless donations if the people of the Gaza Strip return to terror, Transportation Minister Israel Katz said Sunday.

Katz, who is one of the ministers closest to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, issued the warning at a gathering of some 2000 Likud activists outside his Sukka on his ranch on the Moshav Kfar Ahim in the northern Negev.

"The Gazans must decide what they want to be Singapore or Darfur [which rhymes in Hebrew]," Katz said. "They can pick between economic recovery and war and destruction. If they choose terror, the world should not waste its money. If one missile will be fired, everything will go down the drain."

Comment: Only a psychopath would force innocent civilians to make a choice between slavery and destruction.

He quoted one of Hamas's founders, Mahmoud a-Zahar threaten Israel using terminology that the minister said sounded like it came from the Islamic State about turning Palestine into an Islamic Kingdom and destroying Israel. Katz said there was a much greater chance that Zahar will soon see in hell fellow Hamas founders Sheikh Ahmed Yassein and Abdel Aziz Rantisi, who were assassinated by Israel.

"The days when the Jews did nothing and were slaughtered are over," Katz said. "If one Protective Edge was not enough, you will get two and three until Hamas terror ends. I prefer 1000 Palestinian mothers crying than letting one Jewish mother cry."

Comment: "The Jews did nothing"? Perhaps Minister Katz would like to review the overwhelming evidence of Zionist politicians and businesses aiding and abetting Hitler's extermination of Jews:
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Joe Biden's cocaine-using, Navy-busted son now working for huge Ukraine company

Joe Biden's Son
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Within weeks of being kicked out of the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine use, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was appointed to the board of directors of the largest non-governmental gas producer in war-torn Ukraine.

Only now has it been revealed that Robert Hunter Biden, the vice president's second son, was discharged from the Navy Reserve in February of 2014. Less than a year earlier, he had applied for and was accepted into a Navy program that allows civilians with no prior service to receive a limited duty officer's commission.

New Zealand national police raid investigative journalist's home

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Nicky Hager
Agents from New Zealand's national police force ransacked the home of a prominent independent journalist earlier this month who was collaborating with The Intercept on stories from the NSA archive furnished by Edward Snowden. The stated purpose of the 10-hour police raid was to identify the source for allegations that the reporter, Nicky Hager, recently published in a book that caused a major political firestorm and led to the resignation of a top government minister.

But in seizing all the paper files and electronic devices in Hager's home, the authorities may have also taken source material concerning other unrelated stories that Hager was pursuing. Recognizing the severity of the threat posed to press freedoms from this raid, the Freedom of the Press Foundation today announced a global campaign to raise funds for Hager's legal defense.

In August, one month before New Zealand's national election, Hager published Dirty Politics, which showed that key figures in Prime Minister John Key's National Party were feeding derogatory information about their opponents to a virulent right-wing blogger named Cameron Slater. Hager published evidence in the form of incriminating emails, provided by a hacker, demonstrating coordination between National Party officials and Slater. The ensuing scandal forced the resignation of a top Key ally, Justice Minister Judith Collins, and implicated numerous other National Party officials and supporters. Despite the scandal, the National Party won a resounding victory in the election, sending Key to a third term as prime minister.

On October 2 - less than two weeks after the election - detectives from a regional "major crime team" came to Hager's Wellington home armed with a search warrant authorizing them to seize anything that might lead them to the identity of his source for Dirty Politics. The warrant shows that prior to the raid, a police "intelligence analyst" had studied Hager's media appearances in an effort to discover information about his sources for the book, taking particular note of references Hager made to knowing the source's identity.

Comment: For more on Nicky Hager, see also:


Perpetual War State: U.S. Army conducts largest simulated ground-combat exercise since 9-11

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Late last month, the US Army completed the largest simulated ground-combat exercise since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in preparation for a confrontation with the likes Islamic State, which blends insurgent tactics with large ground-force maneuvers.

The 12-day exercise held at the Army's 200,000-acre Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana included an initial drop of about a thousand paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division along with numerous combat and reconnaissance materials needed for a swift-response scenario, The Huffington Post reported.

Flown into fictional enemy territory - "controlled" by 800 troops of an actual airborne battalion known during the exercise as Opposing Force - the paratroopers are charged with preparing for intense fighting drills in an environment pre-planned to be as hectic than an actual combat scene, if not more so.

Upon landing, the "troops will clear the airstrip with a front-end loader that came down by chute with them. Then they'll begin waving in a stream of heavy cargo planes carrying another 4,000 paratroopers; 2,000 reinforcing troops; and armored vehicles, heavy weapons and even helicopter gunships. While Air Force fighters circle overhead, they will set up a high-tech, multi-room air-conditioned tactical operations center to manage the multiple firefights breaking out, and link up with clandestine Special Operations Forces who preceded them on the ground," The Huffington Post's David Wood reported.

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Putin warns of the futility and danger of blackmailing Russia

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In an interview with Politika, a Serbian newspaper, Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, said that it is futile and dangerous for the US and its European puppets to blackmail Russia and that the Exceptional Nation and its vassals should consider the risks that are inherent in aggressive disputes between countries heavily armed with nuclear weapons. Putin noted that Obama took a hostile attitude toward Russia in Obama's UN speech to the General Assembly on September 24 when Obama declared Russia to be one of the three threats to the world along with the Islamic State and Ebola. President Putin said that unilateral and punitive actions taken against Russia can provoke a crisis, and that if Washington's purpose is to "isolate our country, it is an absurd and illusory goal."

Here are some of President Putin's direct quotes:
"How can we talk about de-escalation in Ukraine while the decisions on new sanctions are introduced almost simultaneously with the agreements on the peace process?"

"Together with the sanctions against entire sectors of our economy, this approach can be called nothing but hostile."

"We hope that our partners will realize the futility of attempts to blackmail Russia and remember what consequences discord between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability."
If we don't all die from nuclear blasts, radiation, and nuclear winter, it will be because of the humanity and common sense - both of which are missing in Washington - of the President of Russia.

Comment: To get a better understanding of evil, it's influence on politics and how it effects society, read Political Ponerology. No one has explained better the true nature of evil and how it manifests on our planet.


UK Jewish lawmaker calls government "cowardly" over Palestine abstention vote

A British Jewish lawmaker has branded the government "cowardly" after it abstained from the vote on Palestinian statehood.

Speaking with the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Gerald Kaufman accused the government of running away from the debate in "a very cowardly way."

"Members of the government and conservative backbenchers were instructed not to vote, which was a very cowardly thing to do," he said.

The Conservative Party and governing coalition partner the Liberal Democrats are reported to have told their ministers to abstain from Monday's vote on Palestine statehood recognition.

The 84-year-old - an opposition Labour Party politician, who has been a Member of Parliament since 1970 - told AA that he thought that if a Labour government was elected that official Palestine recognition would "grow exponentially."

"People like me will give a Labour government no peace until they recognize Palestine," Kaufman told AA.

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband voted for the motion, while Prime Minister David Cameron and conservative ministers abstained.
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Hong Kong could face long-term economic repercussions as a result of protests

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Pro-democracy protesters (L) scuffle with anti-Occupy Central protesters (R) as they grab a metal fence at the main protest site in Admiralty in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's economy could face economic repercussions in the long-term as a result of the region's ongoing pro-democracy protests, Societe Generale economist Wei Yao told CNBC.

"The short-term damage to the economy is already visible, with retail sales and tourism badly hit. [But] the social discontent and its aftermath are also likely to cast a long shadow over the city's long-term economic potential," Wei was quoted as saying by CNBC.

Protesters in Hong Kong have carried out demonstrations for three weeks now, recently sparking violent clashes between the police and demonstrators. According to CNBC, should protests continue, Hong Kong may lose favor with Beijing, which could be detrimental to the special administrative region's economic future. Hong Kong could lose out on becoming a test ground for liberalization, much like Shanghai's free trade zone, which could boost the region's income per capita by 7 to 12 percent by 2030, according to the media.

Comment: The protests, which were instigated by US led patsies may have achieved one of the aims of the US, which has been seeking to undermine China. It is not about having Hong Kong vote for who they desire to see in power, it is about getting the foreign-backed political cabal behind "Occupy Central" into power, and disarming Beijing of any means to prevent what is for all intents and purposes the "soft" recolonization of Hong Kong, and a further attempt to divide and destabilize China as a whole.

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Creating the enemy: Western neo-con policy of endless war demands threat of terrorism be kept alive

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A photograph taken by a passer-by shows victims being helped near Tavistock Place in London following a bomb blast on a bus July 7, 2005
If the UK government really sought to keep the nation safe from terrorism, it would stop meddling in the internal affairs of Mideast states instead of hyping the Islamic terror threat, and at the same time, doing everything for it to be in place.

Exactly 70 years ago this autumn, British civilians faced a very real terror threat - in the shape of Nazi Germany's V-2 rockets. While exactly 40 years ago, an IRA bombing campaign brought 'The Troubles' of Northern Ireland to the British mainland.

What is interesting about the events of 1944 and 1974 is that the government downplayed the threat to citizens, even though the threat of being killed or injured in the violence was greater than it is now. A V-2 rocket attack, for instance, killed 160 shoppers on one occasion.

Today though, with Islamic terrorism, the opposite has happened. The government keeps reminding us of the enormous dangers we face. No one disputes that there is an Islamist terror threat in the UK, we remember the terrible 7/7 bombings in London which killed 52 people in 2005, but the government seems keen to hype the threat, whereas in the past it played such threats down and didn't allow terror attacks to change our way of life. We have invasive security procedures at our airports, tanks appearing at Heathrow just a few days before the big anti-Iraq war march in London in 2003 and our private emails and phone calls intercepted in the so-called "war on terror."

Meanwhile, truth-tellers and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are attacked by establishment gatekeepers for the help their revelations might give to "terrorists."

Comment: The author makes some good points, but misses out on the bigger point, which is that the latest boogeyman under the bed, ISIS, is a creation of Western psychopathic warmongers and their stooges in the Middle East: