This video from the USA says about itself:
Clinton Foundation Controversy & Deals for Big Donors
25 August 2016
This 24 August 2016 video is called Survivor rescued from rubble after Italy earthquake – BBC News.
By Marianne Arens:
Devastating earthquake hits Italy
25 August 2016
At least 200 people died after an earthquake struck Italy early Wednesday morning. The earthquake lasted only twenty seconds, but it destroyed an entire region. Hundreds of people are still missing. Thousands were injured and tens of thousands have been left homeless.
The number of casualties could be much higher than reported so far, since many mountain villages are so remote that their destroyed roads can only be reached with difficulty and with the help of heavy equipment.
The earthquake measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and was felt in the capital city of Rome. Its epicentre was in the mountainous region bordered by Lazio, Abruzzi, Marche and Umbria. There were eight aftershocks before midday on Wednesday in an approximately 100-kilometre-long strip on the western flank of Abruzzi.
The region in the south of Perugia affected by the earthquake reaches to the northeast up to Ascoli and to the southwest almost all the way to Rieti. In all of the towns in this area numerous houses, churches, streets, bridges and fortifications have been destroyed.
The powerful earthquake surprised people in their sleep shortly before 4 am on Wednesday. The early morning light revealed a horrific sight in the villages and cities in the region. Entire families were buried under the rubble and entire city centres were wiped out. “Not a single house has been left habitable. We need a tent city for the entire population,” the mayor of Accumoli reported at midday. “Half of our area no longer exists. The people are buried under the rubble,” said the mayor of Amatrice.
The city centre of Amatrice has been completely destroyed. The church clock stopped at 3:36 am. The hospital is damaged. Doctors, caregivers and nurses are improvising patient care outdoors, including everything from emergency room services to hospital wards. Severely injured people in the outskirts of town were laid out on the street and had to wait in the heat for hours before ambulances picked them up. People all over Italy have been asked to donate blood; their eagerness to help has been overwhelming.
Scarcely a single house in Accumoli remains habitable. There are mountains of rubble everywhere, bizarre jumbles of household appliances, water pipes, wrecked cars, beams and roofing tiles. These are interspersed with grotesquely broken walls and buildings. With their bare hands, aid personnel struggled to unearth survivors, who gained their attention with shrieks and half-smothered calls for help. Ambulances cannot get through the debris. Instead, people are lifted on stretchers over the fields of rubble and passed from man to man. Damaged electric, gas and water lines are making the rescue work more difficult and dangerous.
The authorities are asking people to remain outdoors and refrain from re-entering their houses. However, there are not enough safe emergency accommodations for everyone. A spokesperson for the National Civil Defence said on television on Wednesday that aid operations were not initiated until several hours after the earthquake, much later than they should have been. There is still not enough of anything. Too few ambulances, helicopters, and emergency centres are available. In spite of the hundreds of volunteer helpers, there are not enough well-equipped rescue teams with search dogs and search devices to locate and save survivors trapped under the rubble.
However, the earthquake did not come as a surprise.
Italy has frequent earthquakes, often with devastating repercussions. They are caused by the juncture of two tectonic plates, which run along the Apennines Mountains. The meeting of the plates produces tensions that are repeatedly eased through severe earthquakes. The experience of recent years has made it clear that the danger of such earthquakes has not abated over time. In particular, there was the case of the catastrophic earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009, which left over 300 people dead.
Much about this most recent earthquake is reminiscent of the 2009 earthquake. That earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale and took 309 lives, including many children and youth. Sixty-seven thousand people became homeless.
At that time, thousands of scientists all over the world signed an open letter in which they called on the Italian government to drastically improve its earthquake prevention. To this day, no serious measures have been implemented to this end. Instead, six seismologists were given prison sentences because they had not warned the population about the coming earthquake.
The geophysicists defended themselves by referring to earthquake maps and guidelines for quake-resistant construction that had been in the possession of the government for a long time. On paper, there are strict building requirements that hold for all seismic risk areas, but things are much different in practice.
Of course there are many very old historical buildings that cannot meet the requirements. However, the collapse of new buildings and the extensive damage to hospitals, schools and state agencies clearly indicate the use of shoddy building practices and materials. Private profit and corruption prevent the implementation of effective prevention.
National civil protection is also totally inadequate. While the government is spending billions on war preparations against Libya, it has no money for an appropriate number of rescue units, emergency stations and other necessary precautions.
The earthquake in L’Aquila seven years ago already made it clear that the buildings that were built in the last part of the twentieth century, beginning in the 1970s, did not conform with earthquake protection guidelines at all. They were built with too little steel and concrete and put together with bad cement. Nothing about this situation has changed since that catastrophe.
More than 8,000 uprooted people still live in the outskirts of L’Aquila in so-called “new towns.” The provisional wooden lodgings that were quickly built after the earthquake in 2009 are now themselves so dilapidated that they are no longer livable.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in central Myanmar on Wednesday killed four people and damaged dozens of ancient structures dotting the plains of Bagan: here.
This video says about itself:
28 June 2016
The German government is raising its defense budget up to two percent of GDP in accordance with the requirements of NATO, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten wrote.
This video says about itself:
25 June 2015
Yes, GREECE has made a proposal to Decrease Greece’s Defense Budget which is at 2.4% of GDP of Greece. Germany and USA insist that GREECE NOT decrease Defense Spending. …
Germany and USA supply weapons systems to GREECE. Germany is one of Greece’s largest military suppliers.
By Sven Heymanns in Germany:
German population told to stockpile food in case of war
24 August 2016
On Sunday, the first details on the German government’s new civil defence plan were released. The plan was discussed on Wednesday in the Federal Cabinet and will be presented to the public by Interior Minster Thomas de Maizière. The paper underscores in a shocking manner how the issue of war, 75 years after the catastrophe of World War II, has returned to daily life.
The paper makes clear that the possibility of war on German soil is no longer ruled out. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), which received an advance copy of the 69-page documented titled “Concept for Civil Defence,” the plan states that currently “an attack on German territory requiring a conventional national defence was unlikely.” However, it was important “to adequately prepare for such a life-threatening development which cannot be totally excluded in the future.”
In governing circles, preparations are being made for the worst-case scenario. What follows suggests a total-war scenario.
A significant component of the civil defence plan is that in the event of war, the population should at least be able to provide for itself temporarily: “The population will be encouraged to keep an individual food supply good for ten days.” Additionally, the German people are “encouraged to take appropriate measures for maintaining a five day supply of uncontaminated water in the amount of two litres per person per day for personal use and first aid until the implementation of specific measures by the state.”
Spiegel Online reported that the German government recommends having ready “a supply of medication, warm blankets, coal, wood, candles, flashlights, batteries, matches and cash reserves.” This would allow the population to survive the first days of a war, before measures could be taken by the state to provide emergency supplies.
The FAS also noted that the plan highlights the “need for a reliable alarm system.” According to Spiegel Online, in case of emergency the population should be alerted by an alarm “which in a threatening situation could be transmitted by radio, TV, sirens, loudspeaker systems, text messages, the internet and in the German subway system.”
The government also sees it necessary to ensure “sufficient capacity in the health care system,” the FAS reported. “Decontamination units should be set up in front of hospitals in the event of nuclear, biological or chemical attacks, so that the injured can be treated outside the hospitals,” explained Spiegel Online. The national reserve of smallpox vaccines and antibiotics should also be increased as needed.
The authors of the paper in the Federal Ministry of the Interior do not exclude the possibility of bombing attacks on German cities. How else can the demand for the “reinforcement of buildings” be understood? One can assume that Berlin, especially, with its large number of governmental agencies, would be the target of such an attack. Accordingly, “the task of these agencies…would be to make arrangements for the transfer of their responsibilities to secondary protected locations,” the FAS reported on the paper’s directives.
Special attention is also paid to the maintenance of public infrastructure. Spiegel Online wrote that one third of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief’s forces should be placed on standby when necessary. A “master plan for emergency power” will be proposed, with the Federal Network Agency given authority over shut-offs or to ration services in favour of vital facilities in an emergency.” A “full supply” of oil and gas sufficient for more than 90 days and to be stored in reserves at 140 separate locations is also planned.
According to FAS writer Thomas Gutschker, there are still more “delicate questions” that have “not been discussed for a long time.” The Federal Labour Office could, in time of need, conscript men and women to work in “areas vital to the nation’s defence.” This is an issue given considerable thought by the authors of the new plan. “The fast and secure delivery of mail of particular importance to the Bundeswehr (for example, draft notices and other communications relating to the resumption of compulsory military service) will be guaranteed under the post and telecommunications security act,” the paper states.
Gutschker comments: “The sentence sounds succinct, but it is politically explosive: Are there once again scenarios conceivable in which conscription must be resumed?”
While the plans are shocking to many people, they are being downplayed by politicians and the media. Zeit Online wrote: “Are you startled by the report? You have to hoard water and food for the first time? No need to panic. The end is not here. It is not even near. The whole thing is more of a friendly reminder.”
Above all, the opposition parties are eager to minimise the explosive nature of the paper. Konstantin von Notz, deputy leader of the Green Party fraction in the German parliament, said updating emergency plans for the first time since 1995 was sensible. He saw, however, “no attack scenario for which the population should stockpile supplies.”
Dietmar Bartsch, fraction leader of the Left Party, told the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, the government “must not spread new anxieties everyday…one can work people into a panic with continuous proposals, making things completely uncertain.”
In reality, there is nothing about this that is “uncertain.” This is about once again preparing the German population for war.
The document is part of the return of German militarism … . It serves to escalate the wars in the Middle East and the preparations for war with Russia, and to establish the extensive militarisation of society. It includes the entire population in its war policy as well as integrating civilian agencies in support of the Bundeswehr.
According to FAS, the paper was prepared over the course of several years. It was commissioned in 2012 by the budgetary committee of parliament and was developed within the last year parallel to the drafting of the 2016 White Paper, the new foreign policy doctrine of Berlin’s ruling elite that guides Germany’s return to aggressive foreign and military policies.
Many have responded with a mixture of surprise, shock and horror to the “Civil Defence Concept” (KZV) officially presented by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday. Extending over 69 pages, it details a series of measures to prepare the population for a war: here.
Because of tensions between the Turkish and German governments, the Germain air force bombing Syria may move its warplanes from Turkey to Jordan or Cyprus: here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
Yemen: British arms sales to Saudi Arabia under scrutiny
23 August 2016
The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, will be in Riyadh for talks about – amongst other things – Yemen, where the war has intensified this month. But is he, as Oxfam says, in denial and disarray over weapons sales to Saudi Arabia?
By Ben Chacko in Britain:
Thatcher aided killer jets sale
Wednesday 24th August 2016
Newly released files expose secret role in securing arms deal with Saudi despot
Two high-profile investigations into the £43 billion contract, allegedly obtained through bribes from a secret BAE Systems “slush fund,” have been quashed by the British government for fear of offending the Saudis.
Anti-arms trade campaigners opposed the sale in the first place because of the desert kingdom’s dire human rights record, and it was not long before accusations surfaced that the aerospace and arms giant had offered sweeteners to Saudi royals to clinch the deal.
A 1992 National Audit Office report into the matter was suppressed and a Serious Fraud Office investigation was cancelled in 2006 after personal intervention by Tony Blair, who said Britain’s “strategic interest” lay in not offending the fundamentalist state, whose extremist Wahabi ideology is the inspiration for the al-Qaida and Isis terror franchises.
Thatcher met King Fahd in April 1985 after a Foreign Office briefing document advised: “Tackling the king in person is probably the only way of smoking the Saudis out.”
A day after the meeting, the former prime minister wrote to the Gulf monarch: “I was glad that we were able to discuss a further matter privately over lunch.”
The agreement in principle for Britain to supply Tornado, Hawk and PC9 aircraft to the Saudis was signed in the autumn.
Stop the War convener Lindsey German condemned the [content of the] revelations: “There are many reasons to dislike Margaret Thatcher and her legacy, but the use of British warplanes to destroy the lives of many Yemenis must come pretty close to top of the list. These planes are now being used against the Yemeni people, who have suffered 17 months of bombardment from the Saudis.”
The revelation comes as Oxfam accuses the government of “fuelling a brutal war in Yemen” through ongoing arms sales and logistical support for the bloody Saudi assault on its neighbour.
British-made cluster bombs dropped by the Saudis were found in Yemen by an Amnesty team in June, despite Britain being a signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions which prevents both their use and their transfer to third parties.
Cluster bombs spread small bomblets over a wide area, meaning they tend to maximise civilian casualties from bombing raids.
Britain was now “one of the most significant violators” of the Arms Trade Treaty, having “misled its own Parliament about its oversight of arms sales,” Oxfam GB deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence said.
The government backtracked in July on previous assurances that it was “confident” that Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen did not violate international humanitarian law, admitting it had not taken any steps to verify that assessment.
Over 6,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict …
Grizzled Tory warmonger Colonel Bob Stewart told Radio 4 that the Saudis “had made some mistakes” but were “extremely conscious that they shouldn’t breach such treaties.”
But Oxfam director of policy and campaigns Sally Copley hit back: “If the Saudis really are extremely aware and concerned I think they need to stop.”
Labour shadow international development secretary Kate Osamor MP said: “The government needs to start taking responsibility for the consequence of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, it cannot allow the flagrant abuses of humanitarian law in Yemen to continue. [Prime Minister] Theresa May needs to stop shirking her responsibilities under international law and start putting human rights before profit.”
This video from the USA says about itself:
23 August 2016
Andrea Tantaros has named more Fox News executives in her sexual harassment case, including Bill O’Reilly. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.
From UltraViolet in the USA:
The details of the lawsuit are nauseating. O’Reilly tried to lure Tantaros into his home and kept asking her to show him her “wild side.”
There’s more: Tantaros revealed that the brand new CEO, Bill Shine, knew that O’Reilly and Ailes harassed her but told her to shut up about it.
Fox News is once again dealing with a public relations nightmare. We can push them to get rid of O’Reilly and Shine–like we pushed them to fire Ailes–if enough of us speak out.2 Will you add your name?
Tell 21st Century Fox: Clean up the disgusting culture of sexual abuse at Fox News. Start by firing Bill O’Reilly and Bill Shine.
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Tantaros points out that Ailes did not act alone. She named several male Fox News contributors in addition to O’Reilly and Ailes and claimed executives helped cover the abuse up. Every top Fox News executive she came forward to ignored her complaints–and took her off the air.3
When former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was slapped with a lawsuit, 50,000 UltraViolet members spoke out and successfully forced Fox to get rid of him. Now, with another lawsuit naming Bill O’Reilly, who hosts the most popular show on Fox News, and new CEO Bill Shine, who was very carefully chosen to replace Ailes following the scandal, Fox is once again dragged into the spotlight for endangering women in the workplace.
A few weeks back, UltraViolet members forced Ailes out of Fox News when it came to light he has harassed countless women while he was CEO. Getting rid of Ailes was a crucial step in stopping sexist abuse at Fox. But sexual harassment at Fox News won’t stop until everyone who participated and covered it up is held accountable–and we can make sure of that if we all speak out again.
–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, and Emma, the UltraViolet team
1. The Explosive New Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bill O’Reilly, Detailed, ThinkProgress, August 23, 2016
2. Fox News chief Ailes resigns after sexual harassment claims, Reuters, July 22, 2016
3. Andrea Tantaros of Fox News Claims Retaliation for Sex Harassment Complaints, New York Times, August 22, 2016
This video from the USA says about itself:
Bernie Sanders‘ Thoughts on Drug Company Fraud and High Cost of Medicine in America
On May 23, 2012, Senator Bernie Sanders criticized the exorbitant prices Americans pay for prescription drugs and the enormous amount of fraud that takes place within the pharmaceutical industry.
Abbott Labs, which agreed last month to pay $1.6 billion for illegally marketing the anti-seizure drug Depakote. The New York Times said the company also agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for misbranding.
Abbott Labs agreed to pay $421 million in 2010, along with two smaller companies, to settle charges that they deliberately spiked drug costs by up to 10 times the actual cost in order to boost reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.
Pfizer [of British Blairite politician Owen Smith], which paid $49 million to settle charges that a subsidiary defrauded the Medicaid program by overcharging for the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor.
A division of Pfizer pleaded guilty to two felonies and agreed to pay $430 million to settle charges that it fraudulently promoted the drug Neurontin for a string of unapproved uses.
GlaxoSmithKline, which in 2011 reached an “agreement in principle” to pay $3 billion to conclude the company’s most significant ongoing federal government investigations into illegal sales and marketing practices for a diabetes drug that was severely restricted last year after it was linked to heart risks.
Merck, which in 2009 reached a $670 million settlement for fraud on patients and Medicare/Medicaid involving a conspiracy with hospitals to give the elderly cheaper drugs but charging them for the more expensive product prescribed by the patients’ doctors.
Merck last year pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge and paid a $950 million settlement for illegally promoting Vioxx for rheumatoid arthritis before that use was approved. Vioxx was linked to thousands of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before it was pulled from the market in 2004.
Johnson & Johnson last year illegally marketed Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication, to nursing home patients, and paid over $2 billion in fines, a mere 6.3 percent of sales from the drug.
By Luke James in Britain:
Sanders solidarity sent Jeremy’s way
Wednesday 24th August 2016
US socialist makes it clear Jez is electable
Mr Sanders’s name has become synonymous with the global fight against injustice after his spirited, though ultimately unsuccessful, campaign to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
Now the most prominent socialist across the pond is backing Mr Corbyn’s bid to shake up the British political Establishment.
The Labour leader revealed on Monday night that he has received a message of support from Mr Sanders while addressing volunteers at a phone bank for his campaign in Walthamstow, north-east London.
He said: “We had a message yesterday from Bernie Sanders, saying that they condemned him because he wasn’t electable.
“So I think you can see the parallels that are going on there.”
Mr Corbyn’s campaign team have said they are drawing inspiration from tactics used by Mr Sanders to mobilise young supporters and raise millions through small donations.
After the privateer snapped up rights to sell a prostate cancer drug, Mr Sanders wrote: “My message to Pfizer and the entire pharmaceutical industry is clear: The era of charging unconscionable prices must end.”
Owen Smith, who is challenging Mr Corbyn, has been criticised for his past as an £80,000-a-year lobbyist for the US company between 2005 and 2008.
LABOUR RIGHT WING PLANS FOR TWO PARTIES: here.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
but they would not eat.
I kept pulling the trigger,
but the gun kept jamming and he would not die.
My voice is lost, and I have repeatedly
said nothing in interviews I’ll spend
the rest of my days paying people to forget.
My prime of career was but a rickety bicycle
with two punctures and no saddle.
My victory feast was but a prehistoric sponge cake
and a plastic cup of lemonade gone flat
My bunch of grapes, fresh from the vine,
was but a bowl of diarrhoea.
This disco’s over and I have not scored.
My leadership prospects are but a lock-up garage full of
unsaleable t-shirts and ventriloquists’ dummies
that look like more authentic versions of me.
I’ve tried sleep but the dream’s always
I’ve mislaid my boxer shorts
and my tie’s on fire.
Britain: Labour’s anti-Corbyn plotters plan rival parliamentary grouping: here.