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Police in Russia on manhunt for attackers who threw grenade at cops

Police in Russia on manhunt for attackers who threw grenade at cops

Russian police are on a manhunt for unknown attackers who reportedly threw a grenade at two police officers near a mall in the southern Republic of Ingushetia. The seriously injured officers have been taken to hospital. The policemen suffered multiple shrapnel wounds to their hands and legs, a source told TASS. "They remain conscious. Their condition is of moderate severity, non-critical," he added. The Ingushetia police have confirmed that two of its servicemen were injured outside a shopping center in the city of Nazran on Wednesday. The officers were trying to detain two men, who resisted arrest and threw a grenade at them. Other reports said the policemen were sitting in a parked car at the time of the attack. The perpetrators were reportedly killed by return fire and are being identified.

Among leading global trends: Disparity

Among leading global trends: Disparity

It's hardly a secret that there was an abrupt increase in income disparity pretty much all across the globe in the period from 1980 to 2017, as it has been recently confirmed by a report released by World Inequality Lab (WIL). Pretty much the same conclusion was voiced by a group of international analysts led by prominent French economist, Thomas Piketty. The report's findings could easily be described as shocking. Upon compiling the World Wealth and Income Database, Thomas Piketty and his colleagues revealed today the global level of income disparity fell to levels seen back in 1913! In November, the Global Wealth Report of Credit Suisse bank revealed that the level of global welfare increased by 6.4% in the period from mid-2016 to mid-2017, while adding that half this increase would benefit the notorious 1% of the world's inhabitants. Last year alone, the number of millionaires across the globe increased by 2.3 million people. A recent study by the University of Michigan revealed...

Forget Russia: 'Get-Trump' talk suddenly shifts into campaign finance

Forget Russia: 'Get-Trump' talk suddenly shifts into campaign finance

Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news Friday, but it wasn't about Russia. Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York wrote that in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump directed Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who wanted money to keep quiet about sexual dalliances. While such arrangements are legal, prosecutors argued that since the payoffs occurred during the campaign, they were violations of campaign finance laws. Cohen, who is cooperating because prosecutors nailed him for tax evasion and bank fraud in his private business, pleaded guilty to two felony campaign finance violations. So no one has to talk about an "alleged" campaign finance scheme; there's already a guilty plea. But what was really significant about the sentencing memo was that prosecutors specifically said Trump told Cohen to do it. "With respect to both payments,...

Michael Cohen sentenced: 3 years prison for tax evasion, violating campaign finance laws, lying to banks, Congress

Michael Cohen sentenced: 3 years prison for tax evasion, violating campaign finance laws, lying to banks, Congress

An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to nine federal charges stemming from his failure to report millions of dollars in income and making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. One of the charges, lying to Congress about his dealings concerning a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow, stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Standing before Judge William Pauley, Cohen, 52, who came to the Manhattan courtroom with his wife and two children, said blind loyalty to Trump led him to "choose darkness over light." He said that he will work to prove history wrong and that he is not the villain in this investigation. He appeared to tear up as he apologized to his family and to the people of the United States. "I am truly sorry and I promise I will be better," he said....

Lawmakers ream CEO of Google: Tap 'idiot' and get 'Trump', news is crappy and my phone's a spy!

Lawmakers ream CEO of Google: Tap 'idiot' and get 'Trump', news is crappy and my phone's a spy!

Angry at Google's perceived liberal bias and furious that the search engine would ever link to negative information about them, US Representatives vented to Google CEO Sundar Pichai about their embarrassing tech problems. Pichai was hauled before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about his company's perceived liberal bias, data collection and privacy policies, and its planned expansion into China. The CEO was all smiles, and opened by promising to "build products worthy of the trust users place in us," before the floor was given to lawmakers' questions. From the ideological to the absurd, these questions quickly went off the beaten track.

Memo states: FBI recommended Flynn not have lawyer present, not advised of consequences as per FBI 302 report

Memo states: FBI recommended Flynn not have lawyer present, not advised of consequences as per FBI 302 report

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau's interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 - the interview that ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea on one count of making false statements - suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents. In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was "relaxed" during the session. The new information, drawn from McCabe's account of events plus the FBI agents' writeup of the interview - the so-called 302 report - is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn's defense team.

'It's called transparency!' Trump, Schumer, Pelosi, Pence in a heated border wall debate, cameras rolling

'It's called transparency!' Trump, Schumer, Pelosi, Pence in a heated border wall debate, cameras rolling

Tensions were high at the Oval Office as Donald Trump and top Democratic lawmakers, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, clashed over funding for his border wall and the government shutdown in front of the cameras. The officials raised their voices, pointed fingers and kept interrupting each other during a rare public spat that went on in front of the amazed journalists for more than 16 minutes. Trump repeatedly warned that he was going to shut down the government if his project of a wall on the US-Mexico border doesn't get $5 billion in funding next year. The Democrats have so far been only willing to allocate $1.3 billion so that president could fulfill his campaign promise. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," Trump said, adding that the Americans didn't want criminals and terrorists crossing into the country.

Alan Dershowitz shoots holes into Mueller's investigation - a dose of reality

Alan Dershowitz shoots holes into Mueller's investigation - a dose of reality

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz issued a stark warning about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Friday following several major developments in the controversial investigation centering around Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump. What did Dershowitz say? Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Dershowitz predicted Mueller would ultimately "blur the line between crimes and sins" in an effort to paint Trump in negative light. The reason? According to Dershowitz, it's because Trump has not committed a crime. It's only if Mueller's team "stretch...vague laws" will they potentially secure criminal prosecution, Dershowitz explained. "I don't see any crimes," Dershowitz said. "Collusion itself is not a crime. Using information given by Russia to Wikileaks would not be a crime unless the campaign participated with Wikileaks in the hacking itself. There's no evidence to support that." "So what I'm afraid is going to happen is this special...

IDF delegation to Moscow to discuss 'right' to oppose Iran in Syria

IDF delegation to Moscow to discuss 'right' to oppose Iran in Syria

An Israeli military delegation will state at the upcoming consultations in Moscow that the Jewish state has a "right and obligation" to oppose the presence of Iranian forces and Hezbollah in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. A meeting of representatives of the Russian and Israeli General Staffs will take place Wednesday in the Russian capital within the framework of Netanyahu's agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As quoted by his press service, Netanyahu said: "This evening an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] delegation will leave for Moscow, according to my agreement with President Putin. It will explain our operation here [in Lebanon] and it will make it unequivocally clear that Israel maintains its right and obligation to act against an Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, also a Hezbollah entrenchment in Syria and that of Iran's proxies here, in their attempt to dig tunnels under the border." The prime minister made these remarks during a...

Erdogan: Turkey to begin military operation east of the Euphrates, target YPG

Erdogan: Turkey to begin military operation east of the Euphrates, target YPG

"We are determined to make that area livable and peaceful," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Turkey intends to launch a military operation in the north-east of Syria in coming days, the Turkish president said, adding that this step will facilitate political solution for the region. "The time has come to carry out our intention to neutralize terrorists in the east of the Euphrates. In the coming days, an operation will be launched there. The United States has been informed. We decisively want to bring peace and tranquility to civilians in the east of the Euphrates, as we have already done in other regions of Syria," the president said. Earlier, the Turkish Security Council stated that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is coming from the Kurdish-held territories in the country's northeast. The Security Council said in a statement: "During the meeting [its participants] pointed out that the main threat to the political settlement in Syria is...

FLASHBACK: El Paso: This town is proof that Trump's wall can work

FLASHBACK: El Paso: This town is proof that Trump's wall can work

When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply "won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas. Federal data show a far-less imposing wall than the one Trump envisions - a two-story corrugated metal fence first erected under the Bush administration - already has dramatically curtailed both illegal border crossings and crime in Texas' sixth-largest city, which borders the high-crime Mexican city of Juarez. In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant...

Israel, the 'only democracy in the Middle East' rejects bill to 'maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens'

Israel, the 'only democracy in the Middle East' rejects bill to 'maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens'

The Knesset voted down today, by a margin of 71-38, the Basic Law: Equality bill, tabled by MK Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: "The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex." This is a direct quote from Israel's Declaration of Independence. Following the resignation of Defense Minister Lieberman a few weeks back, the governing coalition has a razor-thin margin of one vote: it controls 61 one votes out of 120. However, the coalition enjoyed the support of Yesh Atid, led by Israel's Trump wannabe, Yair Lapid. Its eleven votes are unlikely to have delivered victory to the opposition, however, as many members of the Zionist Camp fled the hall before the vote.

Never-before-seen UN report on Kosovo's gruesome organ harvesting campaign

Never-before-seen UN report on Kosovo's gruesome organ harvesting campaign

For decades, Serbian investigators and a few Western officials including ex-Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla Del Ponte have accused Kosovar Albanian officials of presiding over a gruesome campaign to harvest the organs of Serbian POWs. Now, for the first time, Sputnik has been shown excerpts from a UN report investigating the matter. Milovan Drecun, chairman of Serbia's parliamentary committee on Kosovo-Metohija, has shown Sputnik Serbia never-before-seen papers from a 2004 UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) report on the so-called 'Yellow house' in northern Albania, a site alleged to have been at the heart of the illegal organ harvesting operation run by Albanian Kosovar mafias between 1998 and 2001. A copy of this report was obtained by a Serbian parliamentary working group collecting evidence of alleged war crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army against the Serbian people.

Syria triumphant: The entire nation mobilized and won

Syria triumphant: The entire nation mobilized and won

Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere. Yes, there are terrorists and 'foreign forces' in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country. Yes, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions are either in exile, or internally displaced. But the country of Syria is standing tall. It did not crumble like Libya or Iraq did. It never surrendered. It never even considered surrender as an option. It went through total agony, through fire and unimaginable pain, but in the end, it won. It almost won. And the victory will, most likely, be final in 2019.

'Force, intimidation & tear gas': Palestinian news editor says IDF raid to seize CCTV footage totally unnecessary, would have been freely given if asked for

'Force, intimidation & tear gas': Palestinian news editor says IDF raid to seize CCTV footage totally unnecessary, would have been freely given if asked for

There was no need for the IDF to raid the Palestinian news agency office in Ramallah and use force and tear gas to seize CCTV footage, as they could have asked for it and got it, WAFA editor Maher Abukhater has said. Israeli soldiers raided the office of the Palestinian news agency WAFA in the West Bank on Monday. According to the agency, soldiers fired tear gas and seized footage from surveillance cameras while searching the building. Israel gave no reason for the raid, but it is believed the action is connected to the IDF's search for the perpetrator of an attack on Sunday which left seven Israelis wounded. RT spoke to Maher Abukhater, English desk editor at the Palestinian news agency, who was there at the time of the raid and described how events unfolded.

Were sanctions against North Korea a factor in the death of Otto Warmbier?

Were sanctions against North Korea a factor in the death of Otto Warmbier?

On 10 October 2018, several American doctors, who were involved in caring for and treating the fairly well-known Otto Warmbier, confirmed the theory, proposed by the student's parents, that Otto's teeth and gums looked as if they had been cut with a saw, and as a result, the US citizen had died from torture inflicted on him. This "medical conclusion" was sent to a court in Washington. In response, on 27 October, the Head Doctor at a Pyongyang hospital reminded the public that US doctors, who took part in repatriating the student, gave the North Korean side a medical note stating that at the time of transfer he was in normal state of health. The doctor also referred to an article in the American newspaper USA Today from 21 June 2017, which mentioned the fact that a neuropathologist from the US University of Cincinnati carried out a medical examination of Warmbier, and confirmed absence of any signs of starvation or physical abuse, either in the form of fractures or damage to...

Coincidence? Strasbourg Christmas market shooter on run, city bans public demos, France on highest threat level - Witness claims seeing two shooters (UPDATE)

Coincidence? Strasbourg Christmas market shooter on run, city bans public demos, France on highest threat level - Witness claims seeing two shooters (UPDATE)

France has upgraded its security threat level as hundreds of police hunted a gunman who shot three people dead and injured 12 others in a terror attack on Strasbourg's celebrated Christmas market on Tuesday evening. Six hours after the gunman disappeared after firing at passers-by in the busy city centre, the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, said the government had raised the risk level to the highest category. The move would strengthen border controls and bolster protection of Christmas markets and other events. In a statement, Castaner said the gunman had opened fire in three different places in the city before engaging in firefights with patrolling soldiers. "He fought twice with our security forces," Castaner said. French media reported the man, who was injured in one of the exchanges, then jumped in a taxi and disappeared. Comment: He fled in a taxi??

Dr. Wilhelm Reich: Scientific genius - or medical madman?

Dr. Wilhelm Reich: Scientific genius - or medical madman?

In my medical research into the infectious cause and origin of cancer, I never imagined I would become enmeshed in the strange world of Wilhelm Reich. For two decades I had studied the work of scientists linking bacteria to cancer, but never once did I come across Reich's important experiments with the deadly "T-bacilli" that he discovered in cancer. I first learned about Reich in 1982 from Lorraine Rosenthal who heads the Cancer Control Society in Los Angeles. Her mother worked in his laboratory in the 1950s, and Lorraine was sure his cancer work was related to my cancer microbe research. She recommended I read Reich's two most revolutionary books: The Bion Experiments on the Origin of Life (1938) and The Cancer Biopathy (1948). These two volumes provide valuable and fascinating insights into the origin of the cancer cell and his discovery of cancer "T" bacteria.

Former 'Vaccine bully' pediatrician now claims unvaccinated children are healthiest

Former 'Vaccine bully' pediatrician now claims unvaccinated children are healthiest

Dr. Bob Zajac is a board-certified pediatrician with additional expertise in asthma/allergy care, developmental/behavioral pediatric care, and natural/holistic care. He received his degree in Child Development, and pursued an additional four years of training in a PhD program (Early Childhood Special Education), followed by his medical degree (MD - University of Minnesota - 2000) and residency training (pediatrics - 2000-2003). Prior to starting New Kingdom Pediatrics, Dr. Bob completed his masters of business degree (MBA, Crown College, 2011-2013). Dr. Zajac and his wife Julie have been married for over 25 years and have 8 children. In terms of education and experience, no one can criticize Dr. Zajac as being "uniformed" when it comes to children's health. Dr. Zajac starts out in this interview by explaining medical doctors do NOT receive a lot of training in vaccines, so he had to spend years researching vaccines independently. He began his research after seeing some of his...

Supernovae may have killed off large animals at dawn of Pleistocene

Supernovae may have killed off large animals at dawn of Pleistocene

Lawrence - About 2.6 million years ago, an oddly bright light arrived in the prehistoric sky and lingered there for weeks or months. It was a supernova some 150 light years away from Earth. Within a few hundred years, long after the strange light in the sky had dwindled, a tsunami of cosmic energy from that same shattering star explosion could have reached our planet and pummeled the atmosphere, touching off climate change and triggering mass extinctions of large ocean animals, including a shark species that was the size of a school bus. The effects of such a supernova - and possibly more than one - on large ocean life are detailed in a paper just published in Astrobiology. "I've been doing research like this for about 15 years, and always in the past it's been based on what we know generally about the universe - that these supernovae should have affected Earth at some time or another," said lead author Adrian Melott, professor emeritus of physics & astronomy at the University...

Russia to separate terrorists, extremists from other prison inmates to halt recruitment and spread of radicalism

Russia to separate terrorists, extremists from other prison inmates to halt recruitment and spread of radicalism

Terrorists and extremists will be kept separately from other inmates in Russian prisons to avoid recruitment and spread of radical views among the convicts, according to the legislative amendments supported by the State Duma. Previously, those, sentenced for terrorist and extremist crimes, could have been placed in various types of correctional institution, including mild general regime colonies. But the MPs behind the draft law, which was approved in the first reading on Tuesday, believed it to be a dangerous practice. In colony settlements, "the convicts are kept in brigades and are able to communicate with a significant number of people, which still allows the spread of extremist ideology," Pavel Krasheninnikov of the ruling Untied Russia Party said.

Good luck with that: US lawmakers want strategy developed to have Assad removed from power and Russia to pull out of Syria

Good luck with that: US lawmakers want strategy developed to have Assad removed from power and Russia to pull out of Syria

The American lawmakers have called on the US Administration to develop a strategy for the conflict-torn Syria aimed at having Syrian President Bashar Assad leave the post as well as having Russian and Iranian forces pull out from the country, the House Foreign Affairs Committee said in a press release. The release was issued following the passage of a resolution by the House of Representatives. "Today, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 1165, which condemns the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria," the release said. The committee's Chairman Ed Royce said before Tuesday's vote that the conflict will not end in Syria until Assad leaves power and both Russia and Iran withdraw from the country.

Twitter dons the jackboot of the Israeli military, stamps out visibility of potential war crimes and human rights abuses

Twitter dons the jackboot of the Israeli military, stamps out visibility of potential war crimes and human rights abuses

The Electronic Intifada was forced by Twitter to delete a tweet linking to a story that has been subject to Israeli military censorship. In recent days, other publications and individuals have faced the same demand, indicating that the social media firm has agreed to become an enforcement arm for Israel's efforts to control information about potential war crimes and abuses of Palestinian rights. While Facebook has become notorious for enforcing censorship on behalf of Israel, this is a new turn by Twitter.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai incredulously claims company has no bias against conservative media

Google CEO Sundar Pichai incredulously claims company has no bias against conservative media

After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about reports of Google's bias against conservatives during Pichai's hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Pichai denied any bias, dodged questions, and claimed human employees were unable to manipulate algorithms. "Google has revolutionized the world, though not entirely in the way I expected. Americans deserve the facts objectively reported," declared Rep. Smith. "The muting of conservative voices by platforms has intensified, especially during the presidency of Donald Trump. More than 90 percent of all Internet searches take place on Google or its subsidiary YouTube, and they are curating what we see." "Google has long faced criticism for manipulating search results to censor conservatives. Conservative individuals and organizations have had their pro-Trump content tagged as 'hate speech,' or had their content reduced in search results. An enforcement of immigration laws has been tagged as hate...

Why are late night comedians humorlessly lusting after Mueller and mindlessly going after Trump?

Why are late night comedians humorlessly lusting after Mueller and mindlessly going after Trump?

For those desperately awaiting the Trump presidency's spectacular collapse, Robert Mueller has acquired an almost mythic status - forever looming in the background with astonishing 'bombshells' that could drop at any moment. Mueller himself never speaks, except through terse court filings, which lends his aura a mystical quality. His newfound fans have been known to light votive candles in his honor, wear apparel sporting his heroic visage, and spend day after day speculating on the internet about the time, date, and profundity of his next miraculous intervention.

Sad radicals' paradigm of suspicion fosters the conflict they seek to end

Sad radicals' paradigm of suspicion fosters the conflict they seek to end

When I became an anarchist I was 18, depressed, anxious, and ready to save the world. I moved in with other anarchists and worked at a vegetarian co-op cafe. I protested against student tuition, prison privatization, and pipeline extensions. I had lawyer's numbers sharpied on my ankle and I assisted friends who were pepper-sprayed at demos. I tabled zines, lived with my "chosen family," and performed slam poems about the end of the world. While my radical community was deconstructing gender, monogamy, and mental health, we lived and breathed concepts and tools like call-outs, intersectionality, cultural appropriation, trigger warnings, safe spaces, privilege theory, and rape culture. What is a radical community? For the purposes of this article, I will define it as a community that shares both an ideology of complete dissatisfaction with existing society due to its oppressive nature and a desire to radically alter or destroy that society because it cannot be redeemed by its own...

A very British coup: The spies who went out to the cold to smear British politicians perceived to be 'Russia-friendly'

A very British coup: The spies who went out to the cold to smear British politicians perceived to be 'Russia-friendly'

It's cold in Auchtermuchty. Few people know it exists except as a Scottish tongue-twister involving Ecclefechan and Milngavie. It's particularly cold in a derelict mill there around Christmas time, but this year it's hotting up. The British spies hiding out there have been brought in from the cold by good old-fashioned journalism. Or rather "ex-spies" if their legend is to be believed. Ex-military intelligence men who now work in the charity sector. Except their declared purposes are not charitable at all, however worthy some might think them to be. The Institute for Statecraft is registered in Gateside, Fife which is a long way from Whitehall and the RAC Club at Pall Mall where most espionage dramas are set. But the work of espionage in Britain must now be of a very significant level if the heads of MI5 and MI6 are prepared to allow millions of pounds worth of work to be subcontracted to amateurs in a mill in Auchtermuchty. But amateurs make mistakes and the illegitimate child of...

Trump said he would intervene in U.S. case against Huawei CFO to help trade deal, Meng Whanzou just granted bail

Trump said he would intervene in U.S. case against Huawei CFO to help trade deal, Meng Whanzou just granted bail

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would intervene in the Justice Department's case against a top executive at China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China. Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada Dec. 1 and has been accused by the United States of misleading multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. When asked if he would intervene with the Justice Department in her case, Trump said in an interview with Reuters: "Whatever's good for this country, I would do." "If I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made - which is a very important thing - what's good for national security - I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary," Trump said.

Inside a Google Summit on 'diversity' and 'inclusion'

Inside a Google Summit on 'diversity' and 'inclusion'

How could any reasonable person oppose diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Answer: Because "diversity and inclusion" in the work context is actually a euphemism for something else. During an October 30 summit held by Google, attendees listened to a panel discussion titled, "Beyond Hype, How Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Maximizes Your Bottom Line." The panelists' comments amounted to a very irregular definition of "diversity and inclusion:" A desire for equal outcomes among all identity groups, and disadvantaging individuals in overrepresented demographic categories. Adam Berlew, head of Americas Marketing for Google Cloud, moderated the panel, which featured guests Joanna Dees, VP of educational programs at Women in Cable Telecommunications; Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of the USA Today Network; Tom Kazmierczak Jr., head of diversity and inclusion at T. Rowe Price Associates; and Lori Rosenkopf, vice dean and director of the University of Pennsylvania's...

US calling on EU to ban construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

US calling on EU to ban construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The US House of Representatives is once again calling on the European Union to ban the Russia-led construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and has called for sanctions against the project. The resolution was passed by the Republican-led Congress during Monday's session. Echoing US President Donald Trump's rhetoric against the construction of the undersea pipeline, the lawmakers called it "a drastic step backward for European energy security and United States interests." The House now wants the US president to step in and even impose economic penalties under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Moscow has repeatedly stressed that all Washington's attempts to hamper the project are simply driven by economic reasons and are a shining example of unfair competition. Reacting to the latest House motion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there is nothing new in this"unacceptable" position. He added that the project is purely economic and...

Bitter (cold) lesson: Political games force Ukrainian citizens to pay record high prices for 'European' gas

Bitter (cold) lesson: Political games force Ukrainian citizens to pay record high prices for 'European' gas

Prices for gas imported by Ukraine from European countries hit a record high in November, according to data published by the country's State Fiscal Service. The gas is most likely Russian in origin resold to Kiev at a premium. The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine calculated an average cost of imported natural gas that formed during its customs clearance when it enters the territory of Ukraine. "The price totaled some 9,472 hryvnia ($339.2) per thousand cubic meters of the fuel," the statement said, as quoted by the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency UNIAN.

New Harvard study confirms there is no gender wage gap - men and women make different choices

New Harvard study confirms there is no gender wage gap - men and women make different choices

"Gender pay gap is worse than thought: Study shows women actually earn half the income of men," NBC announced recently in reference to a report titled "Still a Man's Labor Market" by the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research, which found that women's income was 51 percent less than men's earnings. The "Gender Pay Gap" Isn't What You Think It Is What do you think of when you hear the phrase "gender pay gap"? Perhaps you think of a man and woman who work exactly the same job at exactly the same place, but he gets paid more than she does. This sort of discrimination has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963. But that is not what is generally meant by the phrase "gender wage gap." Instead, the commonly reported figure - that a woman earns 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man - is derived by taking the total annual earnings of men in the American economy in a given year and dividing that by the number of male workers. This...

Loud mysterious booms rattle homes and nerves in northeastern Illinois

Loud mysterious booms rattle homes and nerves in northeastern Illinois

Mysterious boom sounds in the middle of night have residents in Elgin tired and looking for answers. Some residents say the booms are so loud, they even shake homes in the northwest suburb. "The house shakes, the windows shake," said resident Colleen Roberg. The noises have been heard at various hours of the day, but particularly overnight. "They've become louder," said Sue Webb, president of the Southwest Area Neighbors group. The SWAN group said residents have suspected two bridges as the possible cause of the booms - the Route 31 bridge that runs over Route 20 and the Route 20 bridge the crosses over the Fox River.

Airbnb prevents Palestinian hosts from listing homes in occupied West Bank

Airbnb prevents Palestinian hosts from listing homes in occupied West Bank

Mondoweiss has learned that Airbnb is currently preventing Palestinian hosts from listing their homes in the occupied West Bank. When attempting to list a property for rent in a Palestinian city in the West Bank, users are denied by the website, and given a message saying "country code is invalid." Mondoweiss attempted to post a listing in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and received the same notification. Airbnb and other websites that require addresses and GPS coordinates have historically had issues with users in places like the West Bank, where many Palestinian areas do not have formal residential addresses. But when speaking with an Israeli Airbnb customer representative, the rep told a Mondoweiss reporter that the issue was not with the lack of a formal address for the listing, but that their listing in the city of Bethlehem was not being approved because they were in the West Bank. When asked if it was a possible website glitch, and that Palestinian...

Russia may amend legislation to block Google due to breaking country's laws

Russia may amend legislation to block Google due to breaking country's laws

Russian legislation may be amended to allow harsher sanctions against foreign IT-companies, including blocking Google, that keep violating the country's laws, Russia's telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor warned. Earlier this week, Google was fined 500,000 rubles ($7,500) for refusing to connect its search engine to the federal database of banned websites. The penalty almost feels like a mockery, considering that Alphabet holding company, which Google is part of, earned almost $110 billion last year. "If fines won't have any effect on the behavior of the foreign company, there's a possibility that the legislation will be changed, which will allow blocking Goggle in Russia," Vadim Subbotin, the deputy head of Roskomnadzor, said.

Arab League cautions Brazil: Moving embassy to Jerusalem could hurt relations, trade

Arab League cautions Brazil: Moving embassy to Jerusalem could hurt relations, trade

The ambassadors of the Arab League in Brazil will meet on Tuesday in Brasília to discuss the Bolsonaro government's intention to transfer the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. According to an unidentified Arab diplomat, quoted by the Reuters news agency, the secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, sent a letter to the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warning that the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem could damage relations with the Arab countries. "The Arab world has much respect for Brazil and we want not just to maintain relations but improve and diversify them. But the intention of moving the embassy to Jerusalem could harm them," the diplomat said.

Neil Clark: "Twitter gives green light to death threats against anti-war voices"

Neil Clark: "Twitter gives green light to death threats against anti-war voices"

Journalist and writer Neil Clark has told RT there's a "political agenda at work" at Twitter, where anti-war voices are "fair game," after having his latest reported death threat dismissed by the social media giant. Clark posted a now deleted tweet in which the perpetrator, @ironstowe, appeared to suggest the RT writer was next in line to receive the same 'fate' as the likes of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. The journalist stated he hoped Twitter would act after receiving such a "clear death threat," - adding "imagine the media coverage if a neocon/'liberal-left' got sent" such a tweet.

Rare for Alabama: a 22º sun halo at ground level!

Rare for Alabama: a 22º sun halo at ground level!

You don't see this every day on Sand Mountain! Sure, we get halos, sundogs, and arcs in the sky on a weekly basis, but we rarely see them at ground level here in Alabama. This 22º halo from Peggy Ponds in Albertville on Tuesday, December 11th is quite a find. Why so rare? Halos, sundogs, and arcs form when sunlight is refracted through ice crystals. Those crystals are hexagonal plates that look something like this: As the sunlight bends into the spectrum upon exit from the plate, it shows off the optical phenomenon we see as a ring around the Sun or Moon. On Tuesday, we had freezing fog that was precipitating out small ice crystals that were shaped like this. The closest description I can find to what we observed is from the Arctic and Antarctic: diamond dust.

US court documents in 'foreign agent' Butina case suggest deal made - UPDATE - Putin says she was jailed for nothing, has no ties to Russian intel

US court documents in 'foreign agent' Butina case suggest deal made - UPDATE - Putin says she was jailed for nothing, has no ties to Russian intel

Maria Butina, a Russian national detained in the US and accused of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), appears to have reached a deal with prosecutors. Documents entered on Monday request that a federal judge schedule a hearing this week so Butina can change her not guilty plea which she entered in July. There is still no indication what Butina intends to plead guilty to. Butina's accusations stem from her rubbing shoulders with Republican operatives and gun-rights advocates in the US. Prosecutors initially attempted to paint Butina as a cold-blooded seductress who traded sex for influence in the corridors of power, but later retracted these more salacious allegations. Butina denies the charges, and the Russian government has complained about her detention to the US State Department. Butina's father Valery told RT that he has "no information" about any deal between his daughter and the US prosecutors. Media reports on it are...

Russian cosmonauts perform space surgery to take samples from mysterious Soyuz hole

Russian cosmonauts perform space surgery to take samples from mysterious Soyuz hole

During a seven-hour spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts have ripped off sections of the Soyuz spacecraft insulation to locate and take samples from a small hole that caused an air leak from the International Space Station in August. Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Oleg Kononenko performed the one-of-a-kind seven-hour spacewalk to unseal the thermal lining covering the hole that appeared on Soyuz MS-09. It was patched-up by a Russian crew using a sealant repair kit back in August. "Slashing the spacecraft with a knife makes my heart bleed," Kononenko told the Mission Control Center (MCC) as he cut through the insulation layer to find a tiny hole behind the cover. "Yes, we also observe it [the hole]," an MCC officer, responded.

And now, a message from one of our Neocon crazies

And now, a message from one of our Neocon crazies

Note: I just saw this in Commentary Magazine online. It is too good to pass. I have to share that with you. And just for funzies, I bolded out the most blatant lies/misrepresentations. Have fun! The Saker Is Russia Ready for Another Land Grab in Ukraine? It's time for a new strategy. by Noah Rothman Two weeks ago, the world reacted with palpable shock to the news that Russia had unilaterally closed naval traffic through the Kerch Strait separating the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov, but it's a mystery as to why. Moscow's brazen violation of Ukraine's maritime navigation rights and its arrest of sailors is only its latest egregious attack on international norms. Such attacks have ranged from the invasion and annexation of sovereign territory in Europe to the active support for the starvation of Syrian civilians. This last offense against responsible statecraft was comparatively modest, but it was no less dangerous. If Russia's provocation was a calculated effort designed to gauge...

Not so subtle warning: Parisian Yellow Vests erect guillotine bearing name of Macron's political party En Marche!

Not so subtle warning: Parisian Yellow Vests erect guillotine bearing name of Macron's political party En Marche!

Yellow Vest protesters in Paris erected a guillotine bearing the name of Emmanuel Macron's political party in a direct threat to the under-fire French President. The move came as the country's finance minister warned the violent protests sweeping the country are a 'catastrophe' for the nation's economy. The demonstrators torched cars, vandalised and looted shops and restaurants, and hurled stones in a fourth weekend of protests in Paris. Riot police fought back with tear gas, water cannon and baton charges, leaving 71 people injured in the French capital. The shocking guillotine footage, which was filmed in an unknown location in France, emerged as Macron prepared to meet trade unionists and rival politicians before addressing the country at 8pm tonight. And his finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, yesterday warned that the Yellow Vest protests will have 'a severe impact' on the economy. 'It's a catastrophe for commerce, it's a catastrophe for our economy,' the finance minister said....

China's message to the US: Don't 'create new opponents' or try to 'bully' Chinese citizens

China's message to the US: Don't 'create new opponents' or try to 'bully' Chinese citizens

Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday called on the United States not to "create new opponents" and warned it against "bullying" Chinese citizens. Wang made the remarks in a speech at the annual Symposium on International Developments and China's Diplomacy, hosted by a government think tank and its foundation in Beijing. It came after the world's two biggest economies agreed to a 90-day truce in their trade war, and following the arrest of Huawei Technologies chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada on December 1. The US is seeking Meng's extradition on multiple fraud charges.

Winter storm dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in 48 hours on Busick, North Carolina

Winter storm dumped nearly 3 feet of snow in 48 hours on Busick, North Carolina

A tiny Yancey County community that most North Carolinians have never heard of is the talk of the state, after the National Weather Service revealed nearly 3 feet of snow fell there in 48 hours. "The tiny town of Busick, North Carolina, in Pisgah National Forest,...recorded 34 inches by Monday afternoon," NBC News reported. ABC News also singled out Busick in its storm coverage, calling the snow fall "staggering." Mount Mitchell in Yancey County also got 34 inches of snow, according to the North Carolina State Parks. The park is the highest point east of the Mississippi, at 6,684 feet.

The pound rallies ahead of Theresa May's no confidence vote

The pound rallies ahead of Theresa May's no confidence vote

Update 3: This is big. In what might be the first sign that May is growing weary of the unceasing Brexit chaos that has marred her tenure as prime minister, No. 10 Downing Street just hinted in comments that May might not be the conservative leader during the next election. Update 2: Cable has climbed to session highs, wiping out yesterday's losses, following a BBC report that 158 MPs - enough for May to prevail in the no confidence vote - have publicly promised to back the prime minister.

Flash floods hit Vancouver

Flash floods hit Vancouver

Flash flooding on 11 December, 2018, caused severe transport problems in parts of Vancouver, Canada. Roads and highways were submerged. Local news reports said that emergency crews responded to at least 30 calls for vehicles in flood-related emergencies. The heavy rainfall also caused issues for transit services on the Expo Line (TransLink) service after tunnels were flooded. Between 30 to 60 mm of rain fell in a few hours in parts of Vancouver. Port Mellon, situated around 35 km North West of Vancouver, recorded 77mm of rain in 24 hours to 11 December. Environment Canada said that the heavy rain was brought by the first in a series of December storms that moved across coastal British Colombia. Weather warnings have been issued for wide areas of British Colombia over the coming days, in particular for heavy snow.

Ice Age Farmer Report: Mini Ice Age Cancelled! Now back to regularly scheduled geoengineering

Ice Age Farmer Report: Mini Ice Age Cancelled! Now back to regularly scheduled geoengineering

Seismic shifts in human consciousness actively happening -- eyes and minds are opening all around, and conversations are happening, where there was before no receptivity! Record colds, record snows, global temps dropping. Yet the media flogs the dead horse of Global Warming and now publicly advances geoengineering . It will get stranger yet. And you must prepare. Sources

NASA: Global warming promotes Arctic sea ice growth

NASA: Global warming promotes Arctic sea ice growth

According to NASA, the increased rate of thickening of sea ice in the Arctic is due to Global Warming. Wintertime Arctic Sea Ice Growth Slows Long-term Decline: NASA Dec. 7, 2018 New NASA research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover. As temperatures in the Arctic have warmed at double the pace of the rest of the planet, the expanse of frozen seawater that blankets the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas has shrunk and thinned over the past three decades. The end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent has almost halved since the early 1980s. A recent NASA study found that since 1958, the Arctic sea ice cover has lost on average around two-thirds of its thickness and now 70 percent of the sea ice cap is made of seasonal ice, or ice that forms and melts within a single year. But at the same time that sea ice is vanishing quicker than it has ever been observed in the satellite...

Parents outraged after children hit the stage in KKK costumes for well-known play 'The Foreigner'

Parents outraged after children hit the stage in KKK costumes for well-known play 'The Foreigner'

A high school play with controversial costumes has some parents outraged. Three students at the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy Phoenix campus dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes for a school play. Parents say the school never notified them or the rest of the student body that was not in the drama class. The popular play, "The Foreigner," was performed at an assembly for all high school students. "Three students dressed as the KKK walked down the middle of the assembly as part of a play," explained one parent, who wanted to remain anonymous at his daughter's request. "They were in hooded robes."

Nine-year-old girl takes her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism at school

Nine-year-old girl takes her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism at school

A black 9-year-old girl in Alabama allegedly took her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism in class, according to reports. McKenzie Adams' relatives said she hanged herself Dec. 3 in her home in Linden, about 100 miles west of Montgomery, and was discovered by her grandmother, according to the Tuscaloosa News. Since the start of the school year, the fourth-grader had been the target of bullying at US Jones Elementary School, where she was teased over her friendship with a white male classmate, according to her family. Her aunt, Eddwina Harris, said the group of students taunted McKenzie by telling her to commit suicide. "She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as 'kill yourself,' 'you think you're white because you ride with that white boy,' 'you ugly,' 'black bitch,' 'just die,'" Harris told the newspaper. Harris said she's speaking out about her niece's death because she wants to promote anti-bullying. "There are so many voiceless kids,"...