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‘People before profits!’ Thousands rally against TTIP, US corporate rule, GMO & wars in Rome (VIDEO)

Tens of thousands came out in the capital of Italy to decry the secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the EU and the United States, which protesters believe would push Europe into corporate slavery.

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In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Order sanctioning citizen direct action called “one of the boldest moves to stop the natural gas industry’s attacks on our communities, climate and democracy.” For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right.

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‘Today Marks the End of TTIP’: Greenpeace Leak Exposes Corporate Takeover

Confirming that the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) amounts to “a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” Greenpeace Netherlands on Monday leaked 248 secret pages of the controversial trade deal between the U.S. and EU, exposing how environmental regulations, climate protections, and consumer rights are being “bartered away behind closed doors.”

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Norwegian Accolade to Aeroflot: From ‘Soviet Junk’ to Aviation Star

A few decades ago, Russia’s Aeroflot was notoriously considered to be among the world’s worst airlines. Now it ranks among the world’s best. The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten took a closer glance at the miraculous transformation. Today, Aeroflot’s fleet consists mainly of new and modern Boeing and Airbus aircrafts, the average age being just 4.5 years.

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Even the British govt’s own TTIP assessment says US-EU deal has ‘lots of risks and no benefit’

The British government’s sole assessment of the shadowy Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal indicates there are “lots of risks and no benefit,” according to documents seen by Global Justice Now.

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BMW widens luxury lead over Mercedes, Lexus

DETROIT — BMW topped Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury sales during November and widened its lead over its German rival for the year. Sales at BMW AG’s namesake brand in November rose 3.2 percent to 32,003, as deliveries of the X3 sport utility vehicle more than doubled. For the year, BMW’s U.S. sales grew 4.4 percent […]

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Russia & Iran negotiate canal from Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf

Moscow and Tehran are holding talks on digging a ship canal from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai, speaking to students in St. Petersburg. Any canal linking the two has to go through Iran. “Yes, this issue is being discussed”, said the ambassador on Thursday without specifying […]

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“No Safe Pipelines”: TransCanada Admits Keystone Spill Bigger than First Claimed

The oil spill that shut down a portion of the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota last weekend is much bigger than initially estimated, TransCanada admitted on Thursday—almost 100 times bigger, in fact.The fossil fuel company said the “potential volume” of the spill in Freeman, discovered by a passerby on Saturday, was about 18,600 gallons, […]

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First to Fall? Panama Papers Bring Down Iceland PM, Portending Future Fallout

In the first instance of a prominent politician taken down by the 11.5 million documents leaked in the Panama Papers, Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resigned on Tuesday after fully 10 percent of Iceland’s population rallied in protest of his wife’s secret, offshore shell company holding millions.

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HSBC, Coutts & Rothschild: British banks help the 1% evade tax, #PanamaPapers suggest

Big British banks have allegedly been helping the rich and powerful ferret away their wealth beyond the taxman’s reach for decades, according to explosive revelations in the Panama Papers. Some of the world’s biggest banks were implicated in the largest data leak in history on Monday, including Britain’s HSBC, Coutts, and Rothschild, and Swiss banks […]

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‘Biggest bribery scandal’: US, UK, Australia launch probe into mass oil industry corruption

An investigation into a massive global oil bribery scandal has been launched by authorities in the US, Britain, and Australia, after leaked confidential files indicated that some of the world’s most powerful corporations were part of the racket.

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Snowden Warns World Against Trusting Privacy to Tech Giants Like Microsoft

The whistle blower who exposed the totality of the America’s mass domestic surveillance program suggested that users should look to free and open source software to preserve their privacy. On Saturday, NSA whistle blower spoke to the Free Software Foundation’s LibrePlanet2016 conference

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Germany wants its gold back

The Bundesbank has announced plans to repatriate some of Germany’s gold reserves from abroad. At least half of the country’s gold would be transferred to Frankfurt by 2020, according to Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann. Weidmann says 366 tons of gold worth €11.5 billion have been delivered to Frankfurt so far. “There are now about 1,400 […]

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‘This is What Consumers Want’: General Mills to Start Labeling GMOs

Environmental and consumer advocacy groups hailed decision by food manufacturer and called on Congress to follow suit. General Mills will start labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all its food products, thanks to Vermont’s impending GMO law and the failure of the ‘voluntary labeling’ law in U.S. Congress this week.

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Russia’s New Nuclear Engine to Enable Spacecrafts to Reach Mars in 45 Days

A nuclear engine currently being developed in Russia by the nuclear agency Rosatom and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will allow a spaceship to reach Mars in an unprecedentedly short period of just 1.5 months, Rosatom’s General Director Sergei Kirienko said Wednesday.

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