EU imposes new sanctions on Iran, Syria

ABC – “This is a sign of our resolve,” British foreign secretary William Hague said of the Iran package. “That we will step up the pressure, we will intensify the pressure and we will continue to do so over the coming months unless negotiations succeed.” The new package targets EU dealings with Iran’s banks, shipping and gas imports. Read article

News Archive In Focus – North America (7,884 articles)

With the USA referred to as the global superpower, we look at the news coming out of that region. Perhaps the most telling statistic is the number of news releases involving the US military and their campaigns overseas. To read our North America news archive of 7,884 articlesCLICK HERE

Israeli parliament dissolves for early election

AP – Israeli leaders launched harsh attacks on one another during a long parliamentary debate that preceded the vote to dissolve parliament that passed late unanimously late Monday night, setting the parameters for what is likely to follow in the campaign. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted of his achievements, while the opposition heckled and insulted him mercilessly. Read article

Switzerland Prepares Army for Euro Zone Fallout

CNBC – With anti-austerity protests across Europe resulting in civil unrest on the streets of Athens and Madrid, the European country famed for its neutrality is taking unusual precautions. Swiss Defense Minister Ueli Maurer, left, visits a tank recruit school.Switzerland launched the military exercise “Stabilo Due” in September to respond to the current instability in Europe and to test the speed at which its army can be dispatched. The country is not a member of the union or among the 17 countries that share the euro. Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag reported recently that the exercise centered around a risk map created in 2010, where army staff detailed the threat of internal unrest between warring factions as well as the possibility of refugees from Greece, Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal. Read Article

Haitians stage anti-president protests

aljazeera – Hundreds of Haitians have taken to the streets of capital Port-au-Prince to protest higher living costs in the country, calling for President Michel Martelly to resign. Martelly is accused of breaking promises to cover the cost of school tuition and failing to do enough to alleviate the suffering of the Caribbean nation’s poor. “Martelly is wasting the meager resources of the country to buy luxury vehicles and for international trips that don’t bring anything to the country,” Read article

Report: ‘Generals for hire’ scandal snares retired military figures in UK

CNN – Some of Britain’s most influential former military figures are under investigation after allegedly boasting about their ability to secure arms contracts for private firms in violation of British law. he “generals for hire” scandal broke late Saturday following the publication of a Sunday Times investigation that used hidden cameras to capture the alleged claims by the men, all recently retired military officers. Read article

New RFK documents reveal mob-backed plan to assassinate Fidel Castro for $150,000

The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston released some 2,700 pages of documents Kennedy compiled as attorney general from 1961 to 1964, offering a glimpse into Cold War decision-making.
Though the documents, released just shy of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, don’t rewrite Cold War history, they do provide insight into the personal thoughts of the era’s key figures, historians say. Read article

News Archive In Focus – Corruption (1,517 articles)

The saying goes that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Our archive exposes why with the shift of power ending up in the hands of a few, this is shown to have increasingly worrying consequences as we witness the abuse of power by individuals, corporations, and political parties. To read our Corruption news archive of 1,517 articles CLICK HERE

Queen advertises for new Buckingham Palace gardener on wages of less than £300-a-week

DailyMail – The Queen wants a new gardener to maintain her Buckingham Palace lawns to ‘the highest standards’, encourage wildlife and recycle waste at her home – all for less than £300 a week. The successful green-fingered candidate for the £14,950-a-year job must also be proficient in ‘good organic horticultural practices’ when tending the Palace’s shrub, herbaceous and rose borders. The gardener will also carry out green waste recycling duties. Read article

The Old, New World Order

WJS – In “Governing the World: The History of an Idea,” Mark Mazower gives a splendid account of these and other utopian dreamers and their adversaries. In his telling, the era of international government started after the Napoleonic wars. Prince Metternich, Austria’s foreign minister, realized that the victorious forces of the old order needed to band together to contain revolutionary fervor. So he designed the “Concert of Europe,” a kind of mutual-aid society for morose monarchies. Read article

Rival protesters clash in Egypt’s capital

Alyazeera – Clashes have erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi tried to wrest control of the iconic square in rival rallies. The state news agency on Friday cited a doctor at a hospital near Tahrir saying at least 100 people have been injured as protesters showered stones at each other in some of the worst violence over the country’s new leader. The clashes started after Brotherhood supporters tore down a podium belonging to a group that was chanting anti-Morsi slogans, witnesses said. Read article

News Archive In Focus – Terrorism (2,000 articles)

Terrorism has become a common term; a phrase often used by politicians and the media to further agendas and spread fear and concern. Our archive looks as this phenomenon in all its permutations. What it means, who it effects and how it’s shaping the world around us. To read our Terrorism news archive of 2,000 articles CLICK HERE

Forget the 1%, the 0.000063% are the real rulers – 196 American’s have given more than 80 per cent of the individual super-PAC money spent in the presidential elections so far.

Sydney Morning Herald – A MONTH before the presidential election, America’s political landscape is awash with cash. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been pumped into the election by corporations, unions and ideologically driven billionaires determined to reshape the world to suit themselves. Cash has sluiced through the Obama and Romney campaign headquarters, pooled in the corporate offices of the ”independent” Political Action Committees (super PACs) that support them and has flowed in from the so called ”social welfare” groups that pump ”dark money” into the super PAC engine rooms. What impact this roiling sea of cash will have on these elections and, America’s democracy is still being debated. It is not even clear why the tide of cash rose so quickly this year. All anyone can seem to agree on is that there is much, much more to come. Read Article