Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:25

World News Desk 01-29-2015

From Jenna Orkin:


Russia's Grip On Greece's Gas Has Created A Mess For The New Government In Athens  

Intervention in civil wars 'one hundred times more likely in oil-rich nations' 

Cyber Attacks Growing In Frequency – Entire Western Financial System Is Vulnerable  



We May Be Experiencing One Of The Most Significant Redistributions Of Wealth In A Century  

Greece's New Government Is Already Hiking The Minimum Wage And Reversing Privatization 

Greek Stocks Crash, Bonds Plummet, Banks Have Worst Day Ever

The New Venezuelan Entrepreneur: Making A living Lining-Up For Toilet Paper



U.S. Said to Propose Drilling in Mid- and South Atlantic Waters  

“The Obama administration proposed an unprecedented opening of the waters off the Atlantic coast for oil and natural gas drilling on Tuesday, even as it put vast areas in the Arctic off-limits.

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s new five-year offshore drilling strategy calls for opening the offshore stretch from Virginia to Georgia, an area the energy industry says could hold large amounts of oil and gas.

The move further muddies the picture around the administration’s oil and gas policy but could deflect some criticism from Republicans and the energy industry that President Barack Obama has burdened the industry with new regulations and slowed the production on federal lands while also touting the nation’s surge in production.

It also sparked anger from environmentalists and from people who live on the coast and fear a potential oil spill could threaten the beaches that are the centerpiece of the tourism industry.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters the proposal was a “balanced” approach, but she stressed that it was only a draft.

“It is not final, we’re in the early stages of what is a multi-year process,” Jewell said, cautioning that some regions listed in it “may be narrowed or taken out entirely.”

Tuesday’s proposal would expand a previous plan by Interior that would have allowed drilling off Virginia’s coast but was withdrawn after BP’s April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new plan would place off-limits previously deferred areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska, a move that drew an outcry on Monday from Alaska’s congressional delegation…”

The Countries Most Likely To Survive Climate Change In One Infographic  

Beijing smog makes city unliveable, says mayor

Energy hypocrisy: Ethanol isn't a good fuel, but it's not going away anytime soon



The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

“The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.

Sterling's indictment four years ago received fleeting news coverage that recited the government's charges. From the outset, the Justice Department portrayed him as bitter and vengeful -- with the classic trash-the-whistleblower word "disgruntled" thrown in -- all of which the mainline media dutifully recounted without any other perspective.

Year after year, Sterling's case dragged through appellate courts, tangled up with the honorable refusal of journalist James Risen to in any way identify sources for his 2006 book State of War. While news stories or pundits occasionally turned their lens on Risen, they scarcely mentioned Sterling, whose life had been turned upside down -- by his firing from the CIA early in the Bush administration after filing a racial discrimination lawsuit, and much later by the 10-count indictment that included seven counts under the Espionage Act.

Sterling was one of the very few African-American case officers in the CIA. He became a whistleblower by virtue of going through channels to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2003 to inform staffers about the CIA's ill-conceived, poorly executed and dangerous Operation Merlin, which had given a flawed design for a nuclear weapons component to Iran back in 2000.

Long story short, by the start of 2011, Sterling was up against the legal wall. While press-freedom groups and some others gradually rallied around Risen's right to source confidentiality, Sterling remained the invisible man…”

Stunning Victory Within Reach For Net Neutrality Advocates

Ex-Army Sex Abuse Prosecutor Found Guilty Of Rape

US seeks permanent military base in Spain to tackle terror threat from north Africa

Oceana apparently needs more support for Air-Strip 1. - Wes

One Of America's Most Notorious Prisons Is Taking A New Approach To Rehabilitation – See It In Action

The EU May Designate Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine As 'Terrorists'

A YouTube Video Shows A Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Transporting American Tanks

Shell Signed An $11 Billion Deal To Build A Petrochemicals Plant In Iraq  

A Spying Program Edward Snowden Leaked Was Used In More Than A Dozen Countries

Once Classified UFO Files Now Searchable Online

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality...

Couple found dead with their children 'overdosed after confessing apocalypse fears'  

Future passwords will use typing style and other ‘cognitive fingerprints’ 

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch: 'Waterboarding is torture'

Europe grabs airline passengers’ data in counter-terror swoop


Civil Unrest/Politics

Protests Erupt After Police Fatally Shoot Teen Girl

Sarah Palin Raises Money For Hillary Clinton


From Rice Farmer:

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##

Baltic Dry Index: 666

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Vows To 'Negotiate Debt Relief' After Syriza Victory

Slope of Hope vs. Reality: Greek Assets Hammered, 3-Year Yield Near 17%; Worst Day Ever for Greek Bank Stocks

Goldman cuts outlook for whole commodity sector

What Debt Bomb? French Job-Seekers At All-Time High, 10-Year Yield At All-Time Low

Canada Just "Revised" All Of Its 2014 Job Gains 35% Lower

Why The Damage To The Economy Caused By The Oil Crash Is Going To Get Progressively Worse

The Surprising Consequences of the Global Frenzy for Positive Yield

China's yuan breaks into the world's top five as payment currency - SWIFT

Filipinos warned against taking loans, credit card debt
The Philippine government has warned Filipinos in the UAE against applying for loans and using credit cards that they can't pay. "This advisory is being issued in view of the alarming increase in the number of Filipinos detained due to unpaid loans," an official from Manila's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said as reported by local media.

Iran Drops Dollar As Congress Threatens More Sanctions

Zimbabwe's Gold Mines On Verge Of Collapse Due To Low Bullion Prices

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport

In Response To Attacks, Sweeping Data Collection To Be Proposed for EU Airports

A new European Commission counterterrorism plan to be published on Wednesday would require 42 separate pieces of information on every passenger flying in and out of Europe, including their bank card details and home address, to be stored on a central database for up to five years for access by the police and security services.

Thai Airways International selling aircraft and slashing routes to uncertain effect

Skymark Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Three more beheaded under new Saudi king

Nigeria needs regional force to defeat Boko Haram

Global Drug Trade Gets More Efficient, Defies US War on Drugs, Revolt Builds in Latin America

Israel strikes Syrian government positions after rockets land on Golan Heights

Cuban President Raul Castro: US Must Lift Embargo And Give Back Guantanamo To Normalize Relations

Myanmar's civil war: End to conflict remains elusive as peace talks falter

ASEAN Countries Urged To Stand Up To China Over South China Sea

Russia's Grip On Greece's Gas Has Created A Mess For The New Government In Athens

UN warns crisis looms for families in southern Iraq
The United Nations' food agency warned on Tuesday of a looming humanitarian crisis in southern Iraq, where tens\ of thousands of destitute, displaced families have sought refuge from conflict.

Startling revelations: IS operative confesses to getting funds via US

AFRICOM Commander Wants Full Counterinsurgency Plan for Boko Haram

Japan, China competing for construction projects in Asia

Ukraine’s Government Is Losing Its War. Here Is Why:

## Energy/resources ##

Global Drilling Productivity: The Unwelcome Truth

Critical Copper Nation Indonesia Has Begun Seizing Mines

Top Canadian oil producer cuts spending
Canada's second-largest oil producer, Cenovus Energy, said Wednesday it was cutting its capital expenditures for 2015 deeper than originally planned.

Italy to halt solar power sector incentives -deputy industry minister

SMA Solar to cut 1,600 jobs as European demand slides

We are about to find out how much pain the great oil crash has unleashed

Kazakhstan oil refineries face shutdown

## Got food? ##
Widespread Fish Consumption Drives Fears of Empty Oceans

## Environment/health ##
Study suggests sleeping drugs can increase risk of Alzheimer’s

Youth; It's In The Blood

Report: Pollution is the Leading Cause of Death in the Developing World

Scientists Are Clear: Big Winter Storms Influenced by Warming Planet

Floridians petition against release of genetically modified mosquitoes

US measles outbreak is bad, and it's getting worse

Rat plague, locusts strike Madagascar

Medicinal Pot Takes Over Giant Hershey Plant in Canada

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Apple In New Security Concessions To Beijing

Washington’s Russophobes Get Desperate—-Uncover Bronx “Spy Ring” Looking For Secrets On Google

Spying program leaked by Snowden is tied to campaign in many countries

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government
We can fly, drive and prosper while avoiding dangerous global warming – but only if billions remain in poverty and huge changes are made in areas such as energy and agriculture, new analysis from Decc’s Global Calculator shows

Amid Gas Drilling Boom, Investigators Warn of Systemic Pipeline Safety Hazards

Ford recalls 220,000 vehicles including Police Interceptors and Lincolns

Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

## Japan ##
Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

Unseasonable temperatures hit Sapporo Snow Festival preparations

Japan Atomic Power, reeling from nuke shutdown, eyes major restructuring

Sony to cut 1,000 more jobs in smartphone business

## China ##
China's oil demand to grow three percent in 2015 - CNPC research

GM crops given less room to grow

China Can Urbanize or Control Debt, But Not Both

There’s a Measles Outbreak in Beijing Right Now, and It’s Expected to Get Worse

## UK ##
Poorer households hit hardest by austerity over the last five years, according to new report

Tesco names 43 stores to close in turnaround plan

Scottish Moratorium, Planning Delay Dent Cameron's Shale Gas Ambitions

## US ##
Pure Hypocrisy – As Government Spies on Millions of Americans’ Cars, Police Want Google to Ban Cop Tracking Feature on App

White House To Request $534B Base Defense Budget To Boost Spending In 2016
The White House will seek to boost America’s defense spending in 2016 when it sends a $534 billion base defense budget request to Congress next week, according to media reports. The plan will also seek nearly $51 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) to fund U.S. operations in Afghanistan as well as the offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Bill To Authorize Use Of Force Against ISIS To Be Introduced In Congress

Occupied by Wall Street – The Latest TARP Taxpayer Screw-Job is Revealed

Hounded by Evil Dollar & Collapsed Commodity Prices, Corporate America Clamors for Total Currency War

Alaska Facing Huge Deficit Without Oil Tax Revenues

Students forced to expose underwear for inspection

Return of the 3% down payment

And finally...

Cost of Vomiting in a Seoul Cab: $140

Woman in wheelchair stands up to shoplift

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