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America Is the Only Country with a Favorable View of Israel

Americans – living in a huge country which has never really been invaded, and as the sole superpower – are famous for being out-of-touch with how the rest of the world thinks. So my fellow Americans will probably be surprised to learn that the U.S. is more or less the only country in the world which has a favorable view of Israel.
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11.7% Of The World’s At War: Global Geopolitical Risk Mapped

You can be forgiven for thinking that the world is a pretty terrible place right now, exclaims JPMorgan’s Michael Cembalest. With 11.7% of the world’s population currently at war (and a considerably larger percentage seemingly on the verge), it seemed an appropriate time to summarize the main geopolitical risk points in the world.
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A Secret in Cyprus Bank Bailout Stirs Resentment

Of all the financial implosions in the eurozone, few matched last year’s collapse of tiny Cyprus in terms of drama and chaos. Frantic Cypriots queued up at banks to drain their accounts. Russian oligarchs scrambled to repatriate hidden fortunes. European officials, fearing another bout of market contagion, orchestrated an audacious 17 billion euro rescue package — forcing depositors to bear a large part of the cost, unlike other bailouts.
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How to Find Yourself on the Terror Watch List

Early on in a just-leaked 166-page U.S. government guide to officially declaring someone a terrorist or suspected terrorist, a passage acknowledges that “watchlisting is not an exact science.” The whole enterprise has “inherent limitations,” in part because “analytic judgments may differ regarding whether subjective criteria have been met,” the document states. “Given these realities, the U.S. government’s watchlisting process attempts to safeguard the American people from a TERRORIST attack while safeguarding privacy, civil rights and civil liberties.”
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Israel and US Hit Self-Destruct

Traditional U.S. policies – backing Israel whatever it does and assuming the dollar will remain king – are facing new challenges as Israel shocks the global conscience with its war on Gaza and emerging economic powers consider a new reserve currency, notes Danny Schechter.
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Russia delivering weapons to Iraq: report

Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighters jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscowto press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.
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Gaspipe Diplomacy: How Ukraine Opened The Door To New U.S.-Russian Energy Fight

If there’s a crack in the unified front between the U.S. and Europe over Russia’s role in Ukraine, it’s the 1,480-mile-long South Stream natural gas pipeline. South Stream is a $21.6 billion project to connect Russia’s gas reserves—the world’s largest—to Europe’s markets. Europe relies on Russia for about 30 percent of its natural gas.
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Our Political Order Is Defined by Favoritism and Extortion

What’s the difference between the U.S. Congress and corrupt petty officials taking bribes at a Third-World border crossing? Only one of scale. Corruption ceases to be corruption when it becomes the Status Quo; what was once recognized as corruption is seen as just another cost of doing business.
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Meanwhile, Ukraine's Government Collapses, PM Yatsenyuk Resigns

As if Ukraine was not struggling through enough turmoil currently, Bloomberg reports that the fragile coalition government has collapsed after two parties quit. The UDAR and Svoboda parties said they’d leave the government and seek a snap parliamentary ballot. Tempers have been fraying recently as numerous brawls have broken out in parliament ahead of President Poroshenko's pledge to call elections this year.
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Germany: Typewriter Manufacturers See Boom in Sales

German typewriter manufacturers are enjoying a boom in sales following the NSA spying scandal. A German defence manufacturer switched to typewriters last year, while last week a leading politician called for the government to use the old technology.
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U.S. Pork Producers Keep Using Drug Banned or Restricted in 160 Countries

Pig farmers in the United States have continued to feed a controversial drug to their livestock, choosing production needs over human and animal health concerns, according to critics. The drug is ractopamine, which is given to 60% to 80% of all domestic pigs and cattle to make them grow leaner before slaughter. The Food and Drug Administration first approved it 15 years ago, claiming the drug was safe to use.
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Obama’s dumbest move to date… seizing a foreign bank??

It’s like the economic warfare equivalent of Napoleon pompously leading his overstretched, exhausted army into Russia. And neither Napoleon nor Obama gave the slightest consideration to the big picture consequences. At $17.6 trillion in debt, the US is trying to wage economic war without any ammunition. It’s not something that is going to work out well for them.
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Is THIS Why the Plane Was Shot Down?

Senior U.S. officials now admit that the Malaysian airlines passenger plane was likely accidentally shot down. The Russian government claims Ukrainian fighter jets were flying very close to Malaysian Flight 17 when it was shot down. Others claim that Ukrainian fighter jets were escorting the Malaysian plane through Ukrainian airspace.
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Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren’t poisoned

If you were Vladimir Putin, you could be forgiven for feeling a little paranoid right now, as the Western world takes turns to blame, excoriate, vilify and condemn you over the Malaysian airline disaster. You might well wonder whether a bullet, a Jiffy bag full of ricin or a lunchtime polonium sandwich were most likely to be the means of your imminent dispatch from this life. So it’s no surprise to learn that the Russian president employs a professional food taster on his full-time staff.
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Rock Bottom: Euro Hits All New 2014 Lows

Even though the CPI is not the Fed's preferred measure for policy purposes, the data illustrates that even at this late stage, measured inflation is not particularly troublesome. It will not prompt an acceleration of tapering. Nor does it reveal anything about the timing of the first rate hike or subsequent pace of normalization of monetary policy.
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Robots Are Set to Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

The study used US Army basic trainees as volunteer subjects for a mock national security clearance interview. The trainees were not told that the questions would be asked by a robot. After being hooked up to electrodes for cardiographic and electrodermal (heart and skin) responses the volunteers were told that the interview would be with a computer avatar, and were left alone in a chamber with their on-screen interrogator.
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Price of Beef and Bacon Reach All-Time High

The price of beef and bacon hit its all-time high in the United States in June, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In January 1980, when BLS started tracking the price of these commodities, ground chuck cost $1.82 per pound and bacon cost $1.45 per pound. By this June 2014, ground chuck cost $3.91 per pound and bacon cost $6.11 per pound.
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Connecticut Courts want Citizens Disarmed

The government of the State of Connecticut seems content to exploit the murder of children at Sandy Hook to further disenfranchise their citizens of their rights. Not only are these citizens facing knee jerk legislative actions that have called on them to disarm, there also seems to exist a culture among the courts that shames gun owners for the most basic expression of their constitutional rights.
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Facebook now drives almost one quarter of all web browsing

There will probably be no new or interesting angle with which to frame Facebook’s quarterly financial results tomorrow. For a seventh straight quarter, it will likely come out and beat all revenue expectations. In general, user growth is trending downward, but engagement, ad impressions and ad pricing have all been way, way up of late.
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Behind the Curtains: How The Corporatocracy Is Driving the US-EU Trade Agenda

Last week the United States and the European Union completed their sixth round of talks on a transatlantic trade deal, with both sides saying that they are on track for the “ambitious and comprehensive” trade pact that they have been seeking in the shadows for the last two years. Unlike the Trans Pacific Partnership whose progress has been temporarily stalled in the U.S. Congress and which apparently faces stiff resistance from a handful of Asian nations, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty appears to be set on a smooth course toward consummation.
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Japan Building Huge Drone Fleet

For decades Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.
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UAE ‘offered to fund Israel’s Gaza offensive’

The UAE knew in advance of Israel’s plans for an offensive in Gaza and even offered to fund the operation provided the militant Palestinian outfit Hamas was eliminated in the process, Israel’s Channel 2 claimed in a recent report, according to local Arabic daily Al Sharq.
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Undercover Cop Befriends Autistic Boy, Tricks Him Into Selling Him Weed & Busts Him [Full Length VICE Doc]

This is a full length documentary from VICE on the story of Jesse Snodgrass, a lonely autistic teenager who was befriended by an undercover cop who then tricked him into selling him weed so he could bust him. His parents say how he wasn't even so affected by being busted for selling marijuana, but was traumatized by the fact his only "friend" betrayed him. This is the moral character of your law enforcers officers, America.
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Russian media on downed airliner: CIA did it

If perception is reality, then the Russian population would assume that the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 was the work of the Ukrainians—with the help of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, or vice versa.
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Argentinian Journalist Who Went Into Hiding for 4 Years Vindicated by Wikileaks

In this video Luke Rudkowski meets Argentinian journalist Tin Bojanić who was on the run, hiding from government officials for over 4 years. Tin went on the run after unidentified government officials ransacked his house and put a gun to his head when he was working on a story linking Argentinian officials to drug cartels that were running drugs all over the world.
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A WHOLE FOODS BOYCOTT?

For those not aware, it has been reported for months that Whole Foods is knowingly selling dietary products which are significantly contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and tungsten. Some of these contaminated levels exceed California Proposition 65 limits by nearly 2000%
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Amazon's Fire TV could be the CIA's perfect home spying device

Amazon.com is building the CIA's new $600 million data center, click here to read more. At the same time Amazon.com is building this massive cloud computing infrastructure for the CIA, the company is also shipping millions of Fire TV set-top devices to customers who are placing them in their private homes.
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Tsarnaev friend guilty of conspiracy, obstruction

A former University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student has been found guilty in federal court of obstruction of justice and conspiring to obstruct justice by hindering the investigation into his college friend, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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IMF, World Bank, Giant Consultants Admit The Storm Is Coming

As IMF austerity programs spread across the globe, poverty followed, and so too did protests and rebellion. Between 1976 and 1992, there were 146 protests against IMF-sponsored programs in 39 different countries around the world, often resulting in violent state repression of the domestic populations 
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PERRY SENDING NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO BORDER

Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.
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Russian Institute for Strategic Studies: NATO Is Attempting to “Revolutionize The Current World Order”

The tense situation between Ukraine and the United States is outlined in a paper released earlier this month by the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). A week prior to the downing of Malaysian flight 17, the institute warned that the west “refuses to adhere to the principles and norms of international law and the rules and spirit of the existing system of international relations.”
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Government agents ‘directly involved’ in most high-profile US terror plots

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the “direct involvement” of government agents or informants, a new report says. Some of the controversial “sting” operations “were proposed or led by informants”, bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.
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Is Rand Paul the Council for National Policy Candidate?

The Council for National Policy (CNP) describes their organization as one that “brings together the country’s most influential conservative leaders in business, government, politics, religion, and academia to hear and learn from policy experts … to cultivate ideas to help solve America’s growing problems.”
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Russian View: Why Putin Is Not Impressed

The effects of the first round of US sanctions enacted in the aftermath of Crimean referendum have been somewhat, let’s say, surprising for Western mainstream media. Besides the obvious fact that the sanctions haven’t had a visible impact on Russian foreign policy, they marked the local bottom of the Russian stock market, which has since outperformed the US stock market.
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FedEx Indicted for Shipping Drugs for Online Pharmacies (An “unprecedented” action)

Drugs (which should be for the most part legal) can be and are a problem, especially opiates. Pain pills like Oxycontin are opiates, similar to morphine and heroin. These kinds of drugs are highly addictive both in the psychological and physical senses. They can do great damage. They have done great damage. It is understandable why the DEA would be interested in cracking down on the trafficking of these drugs. With pot increasingly legal they’ve got to find something to do.
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BRICS shake up global economic architecture

By creating their own multilateral financial institutions, the BRICS emerging-market powers are shaking up global economic governance but remain far from dismantling the post-war system dominated by the West.
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BRICS Plan To Become “Political Alliance” To Reform The International Financial System

As the world slowly turns against US Dollar hegemony, it appears the BRICS are pressing to fill any gaps. Having created the BRICS Bank “alternate to The West-controlled IMF or World Bank,” Xinhua reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the BRICS mechanism has been fully developed and can now transform into a political alliance to “reform the international financial system.”
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When the U.S. Navy Shot Down a Civilian Airliner

Fox News keeps playing Ronald Reagan’s indignant response to the Soviets shooting down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983 and killing 269 passengers. (I just saw it again a few minutes ago on Jenine “Bomb Them, Bomb Them, Keep Bombing Them, Bomb Them Again and Again” Pirro’s Justice show.) Reagan’s statement is supposedly a favorable contrast to Obama’s inept response to the recent shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. (Even a former progressive war blogger now turned Beltarian seems enraptured with the apotheosis of St. Reagan.)
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U.S. Claims Russian Hacker Planned Digital Terror Attack on NASDAQ

Bloomberg Businessweek spent several months interviewing more than two dozen people about the Nasdaq attack and its aftermath, which has never been fully reported. Nine of those people were directly involved in the investigation and national security deliberations; none were authorized to speak on the record. “The investigation into the Nasdaq intrusion is an ongoing matter,” says FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos. “Like all cyber cases, it’s complex and involves evidence and facts that evolve over time.”
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Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government

In early July, hacker Jacob Appelbaum and two other security experts published a blockbuster story in conjunction with the German press. They had obtained leaked top secret NSA documents and source code showing that the surveillance agency had targeted and potentially penetrated the Tor Network, a widely used privacy tool considered to be the holy grail of online anonymity.
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Putin given 48 hour ultimatum to let investigators probe MH17 crash site, as Cameron, Merkel and Hollande say they are 'ready' to hit Russia with fresh sanctions

David Cameron last night warned Vladimir Putin his billionaire ‘cronies’ will have their assets frozen in London unless he co-operates with the probe into Flight MH17. The Prime Minister vented his fury at Russia’s obstruction in a 30-minute phone call – the first direct contact between the leaders since the jet was shot down with the loss of 298 lives.
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