Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:34 UTC
This is well below the current $50 trading price for Brent crude, a benchmark linked to Russia's Urals blend.
Moscow and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to look at extending output cuts by six months, aiming to keep prices at a reasonable level.
Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said it was too early to say if there would be an extension, although the pact was working quite well and all the participants were committed to a hundred percent compliance. Global oil stockpiles will grow in the second quarter of this year, predicts Novak.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:04 UTC
Now, a couple of weeks later, we learn what may have prompted some of the tension in the room between Merkel and Trump that day. According to a new report from The Times of London today, Trump apparently took advantage of Merkel's visit to Washington D.C. to pass her a $375 billion invoice for 'overdue' NATO defense expenses. Per The Hill, Merkel largely ignored the invoice though it certainly seems to have accomplished it's goal of ruffling some feathers.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:27 UTC
The report follows increased international scrutiny of corporate tax avoidance.
The lenders paid no tax on profits of €383 million posted in seven tax havens last year while booking earnings of €4.9 billion in Luxembourg - more than they did in the UK, Sweden, and Germany combined.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:05 UTC
"I am proud to say today America's support for Israel's security is at a record level. And President Trump has made it absolutely clear - our commitment to Israel's defense is not negotiable - not now, not ever," Pence said at the annual AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Conference in Washington, DC on Sunday.
"The president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence also said.
The Iraqi military and its US led coalitions backers have announced what might as well be called a 'humanitarian pause' in the battle against ISIS in Mosul.
This came after confirmation that a US air strike on the city on 17th March 2017 killed 150 civilians. This is how the Guardian reports details of the strike and the pause
Comment: Sputnik reports that 200 civilians were killed in recent US airstrikes, and that the US is playing the 'Iraqis told us to do it' card:
The US-led coalition claims that its airstrike in West Mosul that according to media reports caused casualties among the civilian population was carried out against Daesh militants at the request of Iraq.
The air strike by US-led coalition in West Mosul that according to media reports caused casualties among the civilian population was carried out against the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) terrorist organization militants at the request of Iraq, the press service of the coalition said in a statement.
"An initial review of strike data from March 16-23 indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi Security Forces, the Coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in West Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties," the statement released on Saturday reads.
According to the statement, a formal assessment has been initiated by the coalition in order to examine the allegations about civilian casualties as a result of an air strike.
Earlier this week, media reported that at least 200 people, many of whom were civilians, were killed in recent airstrikes in Mosul.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:03 UTC
The road to Raqqa is now blocked by U.S. forces and their allies. The chances that Raqqa (and the surrounding region) will be returned to Syria are now slim to none. Foreign armies and their proxies are sharpening their carving knives.
Some sections of the international media including RT, Russia's publicly funded international TV broadcaster, are reporting today that Moscow and Russia has been hit by a "wave of protests".
Here is a detailed description of the Moscow protest by The Duran's Vladimir Rodzianko, who went to see what was happening for himself (photographs and video provided).
There have indeed been scattered protests in Moscow, St. Petersburg and some other Russian cities. The protests were called by the Russian neoliberal 'non-system' activist and 'anti-corruption' campaigner Alexey Navalny, purportedly in order to protest against the alleged corruption of Russia's Prime Minister and former President Dmitry Medvedev.
Comment: RT reports that some 600 protesters were arrested, but most were released immediately afterward:
An estimated 600 people have been detained in central Moscow during an unsanctioned rally, with opposition figure Aleksey Navalny among them. Similar rallies, some unsanctioned and others permitted by local authorities, took place across Russia. [...]
Police released most of those detained shortly afterward. The usual procedure for such cases of detention (which falls short of an arrest, which has to be sanctioned by a court) is to identify the individuals for potential administrative action and then release them.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:16 UTC
On Saturday, a new declaration honoring the 1957 Treaty of Rome, which led to the EU's foundation, was signed by 27 EU member states during a celebratory summit in the Italian capital.
Despite optimistic remarks by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker about the future of the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for her part, admitted in an interview with the Italian news network Rai that the EU "did not do everything well" in its migration and economic policy and that some relevant issues have yet to be resolved.
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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00 UTC
Klayman claimed in a Newsmax report that Montgomery, "holds the keys to disproving the false claims that there is no evidence that the president and his men were wiretapped," however Montgomery's case was largely ignored.
"When Montgomery came forward as a whistleblower to congressional intelligence committees and various other congressmen and senators, including Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who, like Comey, once had a reputation for integrity, he was "blown off;" no one wanted to even hear what he had to say," the letter said.This resulted in Montgomery contacting Attorney Klayman, who then approached the FBI:
"Under grants of immunity, which I obtained through Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Curtis, Montgomery produced the hard drives and later was interviewed under oath in a secure room at the FBI Field Office in the District of Columbia. There he laid out how persons like then-businessman Donald Trump were illegally spied upon by Clapper, Brennan, and the spy agencies of the Obama administration.
Montgomery left the NSA and CIA with 47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information much of which is classified. He sought to come forward legally as a whistleblower to appropriate government entities, including congressional intelligence committees, to expose that the spy agencies were engaged for years in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans, including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen such as Donald Trump, and even yours truly. Working side by side with Obama's former Director of National Intelligence (DIA), James Clapper, and Obama's former Director of the CIA, John Brennan, Montgomery witnessed "up close and personal" this "Orwellian Big Brother" intrusion on privacy, likely for potential coercion, blackmail or other nefarious purposes.
He even claimed that these spy agencies had manipulated voting in Florida during the 2008 presidential election, which illegal tampering resulted in helping Obama to win the White House."
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:29 UTC
What the Russian authorities have always feared and warned against finally happened today when early this morning a group of six ISIS fighters attacked a base of the Russian National Guard ('Rosgvardiya') in Chechnya's Naursky district.
A report of the clash from the official Russian news agency TASS drawing on a report from Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee reads as follows