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Is "divorce" between Russian and U.S. space agencies possible? Only to the destruction of the U.S.

NASA's withdrawal from communication with Russia would cause damage, first of all, to the US itself and its space programs. If someone may probably win anything from this withdrawal, this would be only a bunch of certain American private companies.

At present, these companies are adhering to all kinds of rhetoric around "the Crimean issue" for trying to convince the US Congress to allocate more sums on NASA's needs - which, in the end, would mean that this money will be allocated on these companies' projects.

It looks like the US is using the threat of stopping cooperation in the sphere of space exploration with Russia as a means for punishing Russia for what the US is depicting as Russia's "annexation" of the Crimean Peninsula (it reality, it was a free-will wish of Crimea's residents for the peninsula to become a part of Russia).
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Oz's ex foreign minister 'frustrated' by Israeli lobby

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has suggested Prime Minister Julia Gillard's dogged support of Israel was due to the "subcontracting" of Australian foreign policy to Jewish donors, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.

In his upcoming book "Diary of a Foreign Minister," Carr claims the "extreme right-wing" pro-Israel lobby in Melbourne wielded "extraordinary influence" on Gillard. The book includes private text messages between the two - published without Gillard's consent - which detail the pair's disagreement on Australia's support (or lack thereof) for the November 2012 United Nations vote concerning Palestinian observer status.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to promote his new book, Carr claimed the pro-Israel lobby in Melbourne wielded "extraordinary influence" on Gillard and her office, negatively interfering with Australian foreign policy.

Insatiable, greedy billionaires have turned the American dream into oligarchic nightmare

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asked Thursday whether the U.S. was evolving into an oligarchy during a speech on the Senate floor.

The senator said recent Supreme Court rulings on campaign finance law would further tip the economic and political balance toward the very wealthiest Americans.

"We are moving toward a situation where people such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have so much money it would hardly matter to them to write a check for more than both Obama and Romney spent in the last presidential election," Sanders said. "They could write out a check for $2 billion, and it would be insignificant - a fraction of their increase in wealth over a one-year period."

Feds still trying to crush Ron Paul: Honest Congressman's nonprofit refuses to disclose list of donors to the IRS

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Ron Paul
The United States Federal Reserve is usually the government office finding itself most often in the crosshairs of former Texas congressman Ron Paul, but now the longtime lawmaker is setting his sights on another agency: the Internal Revenue Service.

Paul's relentless efforts to abolish the Fed have without a doubt been a hallmark of the 78-year-old libertarian's career in Congress, but recent attempts from the IRS to compel a nonprofit organization run by the former presidential hopeful for details about its contributors has pushed him to pursue yet another fight with the federal government.

Last week, Paul signed his name to an email sent to supporters acknowledging that the IRS has billed his nonprofit, Campaign for Liberty, for failing to hand over the names of donors when the group filed its taxes for the year 2012.

But Megan Stiles, the group's director of communications, now tells the Washington Examiner that the organization will fight the government's demands.
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Combating U.S. propaganda: EU spy chief says there is no Russian military presence in Ukraine

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Pro-Russia protesters gather in front of a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 11, 2014.
There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region.

In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

"In my opinion, it's mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs," said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say that the people are worried for the welfare of those who speak Russian as their first language in the region.

Alafuzoff echoed the words of the Russian government which has categorically denied interfering in the ongoing unrest. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a press conference on Monday that Moscow is not interested in destabilizing Ukraine and wants the country to remain united.

Russia's Upper House blasts Ukrainian coup government's treatment of Russian journalists

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The Federation Council has called infringements of Russian media's rights in Ukraine "inadmissible" and urged an "adequate reaction" by the international community.

"Russian journalists are facing psychological and physical pressure and Russian online media reporting on Ukraine is being attacked by hackers," reads the statement published on the Federation Council's web-site on Wednesday.

The Russian senators also said some Russian reporters were barred from entering Ukrainian territory and that several Russian TV channels have been officially taken off the air in Ukraine

"These facts are blatant violations of democratic freedoms and the Ukrainian people's right for free information," the statement reads.

Putin to U.S.: It's bad to read other people's letters

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President Vladimir Putin says it was "strange" to learn of the US reaction on a Russian letter to the leaders of EU's top gas-consuming nations, as it was in no way designed for Washington's eyes.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has accused Russia of reneging on an agreement that offered reduced gas prices to Kiev and using "energy as a tool of coercion against Ukraine."

The price Ukraine is currently paying is "clearly not set by market forces and well above the average price paid by EU members," she added.
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Nigerian parents face 'nightmare' after mass kidnapping by goons of Empire

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Desperate Nigerian parents pleaded Wednesday for an end to their "nightmare" after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the embattled northeast.

The mass abduction by heavily armed insurgents from the Chibok area of Borno state late Monday came just hours after a bomb ripped through a packed bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in the capital.

The bombing was also blamed on Boko Haram, a group whose five-year extremist uprising has shaken Africa's most populous country and top economy.

Comment: Boko Haram: A CIA Covert Operation
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram linked to Mossad and the CIA


Boko Haram: A CIA Covert Operation

In the aftermath of the unfortunate bombings and sporadic attacks that took place in Damaturu the Yobe State capital and environs on the last Sallah Day, the Embassy of the United States in Nigeria hastily put out a public statement declaring that such like bombings should be expected in three well known hospitality establishments in Abuja the nation's capital.

To discerning observers not only did that score high marks for bad manners as that was hardly what a nation still grieving and coming to terms with its losses expected from a supposedly friendly nation, but that the US embassy was being economical with information on what it actually knew about the incident, and more significantly, the role the US government itself has been playing in the whole gamut of acts of destabilization against Nigeria.

NATO airstrike kills a woman and two children in eastern Afghanistan; one wounded

US airstrike in Afghanistan
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Afghan officials said that a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed a woman and two children on Tuesday, again raising the issue of civilian casualties at a time when both the presidential election and the future of the Western troop presence are unresolved.

Local officials said that a NATO aircraft had fired a rocket into a village in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost Province, striking an area where a family was gathered. In addition to killing the woman and children, the attack wounded a man, officials said. They said the victims may have been camping in tents in a mountainous part of the district.

A spokesman for the governor of Khost Province, Mubrez Zadran, said a delegation had been sent to the area to investigate.

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