Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:34

World News Desk 08-20-2014

From Jenna Orkin:


Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama Is "The Greatest Enemy Of Press Freedom In A Generation" 

“The New York Times reporter James Risen, who faces jail over his refusal to reveal a source and testify against a former CIA agent accused of leaking secrets, has called President Barack Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.”

Speaking to his colleague Maureen Dowd, Risen accused the president of aggressively pursuing journalists, including himself, who report sensitive stories that reflect poorly on the US government.

Risen faces jail over his reporting of a botched intelligence operation that ended up spilling nuclear secrets to Iran. The Justice Department has long been seeking to force him to testify and name the confidential source of the account, which is contained in his 2006 book State of War.

Risen recently failed in an attempt to have the supreme court review an order for him to testify, and acknowledges that he has exhausted all his legal options against the Justice Department’s pursuit of him under the controversial Espionage Act. In the face of incarceration that could come as early as this autumn, he is resorting instead to journalistic defiance.

Risen would be the first journalist to go to prison for failing to divulge sources since 2005, when the former New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed for contempt of court, after refusing to testify about a source before a federal grand jury…”


Case in point: why aren't the feds protecting the press in Ferguson, since even after Obama's statements the press continues to be targeted and arrested? - Wes




Argentina To Pay Bondholders Despite US Court Ruling

10 Countries Hoarding Huge Piles Of Gold

9 Charts That Show America's Coming Student Loan Apocalypse

Ferguson's Population Living In Poverty Doubled In Past Decade

DISGRACEFUL: 1 In 4 Military Households Must Rely On Food Banks 

It's Official: For Caterpillar, The "Great Recovery" Is Now Worse Than The "Great Recession"

Poor children could miss out on free school meals 



Another Sign That Big Pharma Is Retreating From Antibiotics

Tire Makers Are Turning Dandelions Into Rubber

Flash Floods Ravage Arizona

Slum Sealed Off To Stop Spread Of Ebola

How Detroit's Water Crisis Is Part Of A Much Bigger Problem

Barry the manatee drowns at Paris zoo after shaft accident

"Investigation launched after another blow to numbers of endangered species"  

Campylobacter found on over half U.K. supermarket chickens



One Big Question Surrounds The Murder Of US Journalist James Foley By ISIS

“Following the grisly murder of an American journalist by extremist militants, one key question remains: How did ISIS abduct James Foley, who was widely considered to be in the custody of groups loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad?

In the words of Mic politics editor Stefan Becket: "The prevailing assumption was that Foley was being held by pro-Assad forces, or by the regime itself. How did he get from there to ISIS?"

The FBI believes an “organized gang" abducted Foley, who was working for GlobalPost, shortly after he left an internet café on Nov. 22, 2012.

In May 2013, GlobalPost President Philip Balboni released the following statement on behalf of himself and Foley’s parents: “We have obtained multiple independent reports from very credible confidential sources … that confirm our assessment that Jim is now being held by the Syrian government in a prison … under the control of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence service.

"[I]t is likely Jim is being held with one or more Western journalists," Balboni added, "including most likely at least one other American.”

On Tuesday, ISIS released a grisly, 4-minute video apparently showing Foley's beheading. The video, and claims that ISIS also holds American Time contributor Steven Sotloff, are being investigated by U.S. intelligence services, and Foley's family stated that James "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."

What is unclear is if previous investigations into Foley's whereabouts were inaccurate, if ISIS militants somehow captured Foley from some of the regime's most elite security, or if the Assad regime provided Foley to ISIS.

"Until recently, James Foley was thought to be in hands of pro-Assad forces. If Assad is handing over Westerners to ISIS to be killed, it indicates Assad feels cornered, looking for leverage," BBC's Kim Ghattas tweeted, adding that the assessment jibes with what her sources in Damascus have told her recently.

Ghattas added that Assad providing Foley to ISIS "would confirm Assad tacitly working [with] ISIS and silence any suggestions Assad is the better alternative…”

Malaysian Firm Says Chinese Hackers Took Classified Data About Flight MH370 From Investigators’ Computers

US Hospital Breach Biggest Yet To Exploit Heartbleed Bug

Another Police Shooting In St. Louis, Just 3 Miles From Ferguson: "Suspect Dead At The Scene" - Live Feed

'I Could Have Stopped Them': Ex-CIA Lawyer Defends Waterboarding Decision

“In an interview, former top CIA lawyer John Rizzo says the US' waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation methods" for terror suspects had "deep trouble" written all over them. But he doesn't regret his decision to approve the measures.”

The Feds Want Cars to Chat Instead of Just Watching Each Other  

How to Save the Net: A CDC for Cybercrime

Ferguson leads teens to develop app documenting police abuse

Civil Unrest/Politics

St. Louis County Justice Center On Lockdown, Besieged By Protesters


From Rice Farmer:

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Foreigners Dump Record Amount of US Securities, But Who the Heck Is Still Buying?

EU Trains for Bank Closures With U.S. Agency That Shuttered 500

Recovery Mirage in Spain Dissipates Into Ashes

France scraps deficit target, as eurozone recovery halts

Russia launches China UnionPay credit card

Ukraine Overnight Interest Rates Soars to 17.5%; External Debt Cannot Be Paid Back; Ukraine Demands Rebels Surrender

Russia Widens Ruble Band as Free-Float Plan on Track

Argentina and 10 More Countries Near Bankruptcy

Rising Robots: Is it Obvious Robots Cost Human Jobs? Looking for Someone to Blame?

Class still counts on zero-gravity flights

Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

UAE credit bills surge 21% during 2013

Are Capital Inflows Propping Up U.S. Markets?

Idiot's Guide to Austrian Economics

Peak Inequality: The .01% And The Impoverishment Of Society

## Airline Death Spiral ##
UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

Monarch Airlines to cut workforce in shift to becoming low-cost carrier

IATA Appeals for Airline Access to Ebola-Hit Nations
Airlines should maintain services to Ebola-hit regions that need connections with the outside world, the International Air Transport Association said today after more carriers put flights on hold.

Qantas loss tipped to top $1bn

Qantas 'may cut $1 billion from its international business'

Thai Airways will restructure after a large 2Q2014 loss

Regional flyers looking for more comfort 

US bans all American airlines from flying over Syria


## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

Russian choppers in China for multinational drills

Russia considering boosting Navy's operational readiness

Isis threat: David Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Britain must prepared to ally itself with Iran to combat the “shared threat” of Sunni Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria who want to create “a terrorist state” that could extend to “the shores of the Mediterranean,” David Cameron has said.

Ron Paul On 24 Years Of War In Iraq: What Have We Accomplished?

Russia's sanctions threaten both EU farmers and policymakers

Russia's food import ban has become a big problem for Europe's farmers, and its central bank policymakers. From Polish apples to French pork and Greek peaches, exporters to Russia may either have to slash prices, or destroy their own produce.

Egyptian cease-fire efforts collapse

Getting The Ukraine Narrative Straight: Washington Started This Fight, Not Putin

Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy
Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling of the convoy but said it did not know who was responsible.

Dr. Putin’s Diet Plan And The Folly Of Sanctions

Europe pays farmers to destroy food hit by Russian ban

Pentagon Deploys Fighter Jets to Eastern Europe

Libya's Tripoli Sees Unidentified Warplanes, Explosions While UN Condemns Violence

Aquino says Chinese survey ships seen in Philippine waters

Chinese troops enter 25km into Indian territory

Gunmen steal €250,000 in Paris heist on Saudi Prince’s motorcade

Gunmen have attacked a convoy of cars belonging to a Saudi Prince in Paris, stealing sensitive documents and 250,000 euros in cash.

U.S., South Korea increasing anti-submarine warfare cooperation

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##

'Negro Spring': In Ferguson Protests, The Middle East Sees Similarities
Ferguson: Generations Of Economic Inequality Fuel Violent Protests

Photos Of Ferguson Unrest 2014: Police Use Tear Gas On Protesters

National Guard deployed to Ferguson

Protesters Storm Governor's Office In Downtown St. Louis, Demand Removal Of National Guard

Thousands protest in Times Square over Michael Brown shooting

St. Louis Cops Shoot and Kill Man Near Ferguson, Crowd Gathers

Ferguson Security Forces Use Armored Vehicles To Disperse Protester Crowd In Tense Moments

Sainsbury's store strips shelves of kosher food as protestors gather outside

Activists Block Israeli Cargo Ship From Entering Port of Oakland

Calls for Revolution, Civil Disobedience in Pakistan as Protests Continue

Is rising unrest in China a threat to the economy?
Incidents of unrest in China are increasing, and analysts told CNBC the country's one-party government may be getting more concerned about the broader impact on social and economic stability.

Anti-fracking group stages day of action (UK)

Social media 'Purge' campaigns spark fear of bloody copycats


## Energy/resources ##
West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis

Germans Happily Pay More For Renewable Energy, But Would Others?
While Germany is breaking world records for the amount of sustainable energy it uses every year, German energy customers are breaking European records for the amount they pay in monthly bills.

Nuclear renaissance: Nuclear Construction: Never On Time, Or Budget

Nuclear renaissance: South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space - advisory body
South Korea needs to quickly find additional space where it can store its spent nuclear fuel because some of its temporary storage capacity will be full by 2016, an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues said on Monday.

How The Worsening Ukraine-Russia Crisis Will Affect Energy Markets

Central agency says south India power shortage set to worsen

Fuel shortage threatens national security (Ghana)

Japan's Tsuneishi warns power shortage to crimp PH shipbuilding operations next year (Philippines)

Ukraine says ready for short-term compromise on Russian gas price

Ukraine may have an energy problem besides nat gas
Ukraine is running low on coal because of violence wracking in the country, according to a Ukrainian coal producer and a private equity firm that makes energy investments in Ukraine.

Lukoil ships oil from southern Iraqi port

Iraqi Kurdistan oil pipeline export capacity to double

Oil Search Ltd. suspends work in Iraq

Solar Boom Driving First Global Panel Shortage Since 2006

## Got food? ##
Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks

Hungry Heroes: 25 Percent of US Military Families Seek Food Aid

As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

Already one of the world's top agricultural producers, Australia has ambitions of becoming a "food bowl" to Asia as it tries to diversify its economy to counter the waning of a decade-long mining boom that brought the country riches. That goal is threatened by its harsh climate - private insurance to protect against drought is generally too expensive for farmers, undermining their capacity to invest to boost output as they must if Australia is to feed more of Asia's fast-growing middle class.

U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting

The "head scab" fungus can produce vomitoxin, a chemical that is poisonous to humans and livestock when consumed at high levels. This year, soft red winter wheat has been hit badly by the fungus, which develops when it rains during the crop's key growing period.

The only food that poor Americans can afford is making them unhealthy

Food crisis in Cameroon

Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

EU farmers handed €125 million to offset Russia sanctions

## Environment/health ##
Another Ebola problem: Finding its natural source

In Liberia's Ebola-Stricken Villages, Residents Face 'Stark' Choices
Situation in Liberian capital of Monrovia is "catastrophic," medical experts say

WHO Urges "Exit Screening" Of All Travelers In Ebola-Infected Countries As Reported Cases Go Parabolic

Suspected Ebola patients flee from Saudi health clinic

Food distribution to Ebola quarantine sites scaled up as death toll hits 1,200

Fracking Fluids More Toxic Than Previously Thought

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

'Streamers': Birds Fried in Midair by Solar Plant, Feds Say

The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record

Facing Rising Ocean, Pacific Island Town Must Relocate

Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Chinese hackers stole info on 4.5 million U.S. hospital patients

Boston Police Used Facial Recognition Software To Grab Photos Of Every Person Attending Local Music Festivals

eBay goes down for 10th time this year amid Internet blackouts

Microsoft cloud service Azure restored after partial outage

Microsoft's Visual Studio Online outage hits users worldwide

US won't reveal records on health website security

U.S. government's nuclear watchdog victim of cyber attacks -report

Tips for parents: To post or not to post?

When Will the Government Stop Trying to Send This Reporter to Jail for Telling the Truth?

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

Researchers say this year's ecological footprint has already been exceeded
Although there's four months left of 2014, humans have already exhausted the ecological space for this year. This means that there has been more consumption of resources than the planet can handle, and over-consumption is only getting worse, according to researchers.

World's Aid Agencies Stretched To Their Limits By Simultaneous Crises

Police tell Detroiters to buy guns in city riven by race issues and crime

California Drought: Bay Area loses billions of gallons to leaky pipes

Why Were The Police In Ferguson Told Not To Stop The Rampant Looting On Friday Night?

Potholes ahead on the road to scientific discovery could make you sick

Italy: the story of the donkey and the economist

Ebola Outbreak: Liberian Army Ordered to 'Shoot on Sight' Anyone Crossing Sierra Leone Border

## Japan ##
First Studies Of Fukushima Accident Show Serious Effects On Wildlife

Tokyo Weighs Written Guarantee of Nuclear-Plant Safety

TEPCO struggling to freeze radioactive water

Japan looking to buy more stealth fighters in fiscal 2015

SDF holds drill to defend remote islands

Heatstroke sends 2,229 to hospitals

The Japanese delusion

Survey Finds More Job Dissatisfaction in Japan

## China ##
With cigars and crystal, Volvo makes eyes at Chinese rich

Lead contamination scare hits Heinz infant food in China

Guangdong adds 20 mln permits to China's biggest carbon market
Guangdong, the biggest of China's seven pilot carbon trading markets, will this year hand out around 6 percent more emission permits to companies than in 2013, potentially aggravating oversupply that sent prices tumbling earlier this year.

China plans to fight terror with ‘dozens’ of new cities

Just when you think you've heard it all, someone comes up with an even dumber idea. -- RF

Direct investment down 17pc as China's factories lose allure

Compare: Turnout for Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy and Pro-China Rallies

Denying Historians: China’s Archives Increasingly Off-Bounds

Further Signs of China’s Slowing Property Markets

## UK ##
Over-65s in work increases to more than one million since start of coalition

Sainsbury's removes kosher food from shelves amid fears over protesters

EU exit could force Wall Street banks to desert Britain
Some foreign banks are reportedly already drawing up plans to move activities abroad amid concerns that the UK is drifting further away from the EU

Hundreds of children taught in classrooms with over 70 pupils
Hundreds of children are being taught in classes with more than 70 pupils amid a growing crisis over primary school places, according to official figures.

British Bosses Are Paid 143 Times More Than Staff

London Home Asking Prices Plunge Most in More Than Six Years

DIY divorce: Britons pay 30pc less to split

Rail fares to rise by average of 3.5% in January
Campaigners demand curbs on above-inflation fare increases, as ticket prices rise nearly four times faster than wages

'Not for Shale': UK Protesters Launch Widespread Actions Against Fracking

## US ##
Reports: Autopsy shows Michael Brown shot six times

Human Rights Watch USA – Amnesty International Deploys in America

The World Comments on Ferguson – Egypt Urges Restraint While China Tells the U.S. to “Stop Pointing Fingers”

Video of the Day – CNN Anchor Wonders Why Police Aren’t Using Water Cannons in Ferguson

Why so much anger in Ferguson? 10 facts about the massive economic gap between white America and black America

Only Rich Know Wage Gains With No Raises for U.S Workers

One in Seven Americans Rely on Food Banks for weekly food: Study

36% Of Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement

Your paycheck has been shrinking for 5 years

6 Large Companies That Do Subprime

Ben Bernanke’s Bogus Bromides: Trickle-Down Failed Again

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

Why city dwellers pay more to raise kids

College Tuition Costs Soar: Chart of the Day
The cost of higher education has jumped more than 13-fold in records dating to 1978, illustrating bloated tuition costs even as enrollment slows and graduates struggle to land jobs.

Part-Time Workers a Full-Time Headache on Yellen Radar: Economy

The poor get poorer: Low-wage jobs still dominate

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

Twilight of democracy: Los Angeles Considers Giving Citizens Lottery Tickets if they Vote

Jamie Dimon’s Big $13 Billion Secret – The Truth Behind the JP Morgan Settlement

Naturally, the settlement merely served to once again demonstrate that white collar crime pays in America. Jaime Dimon’s compensation was raised 74% last year to $20 million, the company’s stock is near an all-time high, and nobody went to jail.

Debt collectors are now preying on other debt collectors


And finally...

Man drives car into swimming pool after shoe gets stuck

Three pairs of 'Zoo Jeans' ripped by lions and tigers sell for a combined $3,500

Man shows up for jail in T-shirt with mug shot



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