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The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know

Since the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.
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USA/UK Have Created a Refugee Crisis

How do you evaluate the current situation of Mideast refugees transiting through Macedonia and Serbia en route to the EU?

The crisis is totally out of control, and it’s direct blowback from the US and its allies’ regime change operations in Libya and Syria. Europe gains nothing whatsoever from this and is anxiously trying to mitigate the fallout while giving off the impression of partial compliance with its heavily promoted ‘values’, but conversely, Europe’s pain is the US’ gain. Washington is seeing to it that the continent’s most prominent countries (France and Germany, in particular) are caught up in a demographic nightmare, a time bomb of sorts that can be strategically activated at will in the event that these states ever decide to pursue policies independent of the US’ dictates.
READ MORE: http://orientalreview.org/2015/08/28/refugee-crisis-or-green-transversal...

Oil Industry Needs Half a Trillion Dollars to Endure Price Slump

At a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years, producers need to find half a trillion dollars to repay debt. Some might not make it.

The number of oil and gas company bonds with yields of 10 percent or more, a sign of distress, tripled in the past year, leaving 168 firms in North America, Europe and Asia holding this debt, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The ratio of net debt to earnings is the highest in two decades.
READ MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-26/oil-industry-needs-to-...

TPP may be halted if no deal is reached before Canada election in October

Negotiations for a multilateral Pacific Rim free trade agreement may be halted if the 12 participating countries cannot strike a broad deal before a general election in Canada in October, Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said Friday.

“After election campaigning starts in Canada, it will be difficult” to continue negotiations, Amari said in an interview.

“Looking at the situation from the standpoint of all 12 countries, we don’t know what will be the outcome of the Canadian election,” Amari said, adding the start of U.S. presidential election primaries early next year would also affect momentum for concluding a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
READ MORE: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/28/business/amari-says-tpp-may-...

Long exposure to tiny amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup may damage liver, kidneys – study

Long-term intake of the Monsanto’s most popular Roundup herbicide, even in very small amounts lower than permissible in US water, may lead to kidney and liver damage, a new study claims.

The research, conducted by an international group of scientists from the UK, Italy and France, studied the effects of prolonged exposure to small amounts of the Roundup herbicide and one of its main components – glyphosate.

In their study, published in Environmental Health on August 25, the scientists particularly focused on the influence of Monsanto’s Roundup on gene expression in the kidneys and liver.
READ MORE: http://www.rt.com/usa/313806-monsanto-roundup-kidney-damage/

Remember Jarod From Subway? What an Inspiration

SUBWAY FRANCHISEE: I told Subway about Jared Fogle's interest in kids and they did nothing: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/subway-franchisee-says-subway-knew-abo...

USA: Hidden-Camera Exposes Disgusting Secret Behind McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets


A new undercover investigation into a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget supplier has exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including birds beaten, crammed in filthy sheds, stabbed to death with nails attached to makeshift clubs, and left to suffer and slowly die without proper veterinary care.

Cocaine Production Plummets After DEA Kicked Out of Bolivia

After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able to drastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders. According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year in a row of steady decrease.

It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics. Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money.
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Anti-Smoking Laws in Jeopardy? Big Tobacco Pressures TTIP Trade Negotiators, Discussion Documents Censored By EU

TTIP is an agreement that parallels the corporate power grab knows as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but is limited to the United States and Europe. Like TPP, TTIP is written by and for transnational business interests looking to loosen regulations.

Among the objectives of TTIP is further deregulating Wall Street/finance capital, lowering food safety and environmental standards, and weakening trade unions. In other words, the same agenda Big Business has always had but with new legal, regulatory, and political tools to see their agenda achieved.

The new order brought in under TTIP and TPP creates opportunities for Big Tobacco. The further empowerment of the corporate sector under the trade deals means businesses can sue governments to weaken regulations. It’s something Big Tobacco has already started doing using existing international agreements.

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