Commercial

Shale gas and politics: Are Western energy giants€™ interests behind Ukraine violence?

Economic interests, such as untapped shale gas resources, already sliced and diced by Western energy giants, are behind the Kiev government’€™s “€˜anti-terrorist” operation against the pro-federalist regions, foreign policy expert Nebojsa Malic tells RT.

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Son of US VP Joe Biden appointed to board of major Ukrainian gas company

Hunter Biden, son of US VP Joe Biden, is joining the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’€™s largest private gas producer. The group has prospects in eastern Ukraine where civil war is threatened following the coup in Kiev.

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Breaking: Fukushima Employee Files Lawsuit over Radiation Exposure

A worker at Fukushima filed a historic lawsuit over radiation exposure, saying TEPCO exposed him to dangerous levels of radiation without his knowledge. Shinichi is asking TEPCO for 11 million yen in compensation for the company’s negligence. That translates to only about $110,000 in US dollars – a small price for a big company to […]

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France refuses to block Mistral warship deal with Russia

The French government has said that it will go ahead with 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) contract to supply Russia with two Mistral helicopter carriers because cancelling the deal would harm Paris more than Moscow. In the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, the United States had been pressing France as well as Britain and […]

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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) […]

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Fracking’€™s unexpected side-effect: Traffic deaths on the rise

Fracking requires twice or three times as many truck trips per well as older oil and gas extraction techniques. That could be reason for drilling areas in US witnessing a significant spike in traffic fatalities, new analysis suggests.

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Death toll in S. Korean ferry disaster rises to 61 as divers find more bodies

Divers have recovered more than two dozen bodies from the South Korean ferry that capsized on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 61. Almost 240 people, most of them high school students, are still unaccounted for.

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North Dakota struggling to deal with radioactive fracking waste

Environmental regulators and North Dakota state officials have expressed concern that the state has failed to adequately adjust to the state’€™s sudden influx of crude oil output, a worry highlighted by the recent discovery of abandoned radioactive waste. Last month, the North Dakota Health Department announced that a large pile of oil filter socks

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“Giving out pies in Maidan not enough”€™: Putin urges West to really help Ukraine

Europe should switch from promises to real action to help Ukraine out of the economic chaos, says Russia’€™s President Putin. “What’s the problem for the near future? It’s that Russia can’t bear the brunt [of helping Ukraine] in a one-way fashion,” Vladimir Putin told the Security Council meeting on Friday.

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Putin to US: It’€™s bad to read other people’€™s letters

President Vladimir Putin says it was “€œstrange”€ to learn of the US reaction on a Russian letter to the leaders of EU’€™s top gas-consuming nations, as it was in no way designed for Washington’€™s eyes. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has accused Russia of reneging on an agreement that offered reduced gas prices to […]

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World Bank estimate of 1 bln people in poverty 30% “€˜too low”

The current international poverty line of $1.25 per day used by the World Bank is “too low”€ and “€œartificial,”€ say researchers from Bristol University, adding that the total number of poor people worldwide would increase by 30 percent in future. The World Bank’s “estimates are flawed” as the organization hasn’t used “different poverty measures”

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EU taking Putin’€™s letter on gas transit “seriously” – Merkel

The EU is taking seriously President Vladimir Putin’€™s letter to 18 European countries, in which he warned that Ukraine’€™s debt crisis could affect gas transit from Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “There are many reasons to seriously take into account this message… and for Europe to deliver a joint European response,” Itar-Tass reported Merkel […]

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Message from the President of Russia to the leaders of several European countries

Vladimir Putin addressed a letter to the leaders of several European countries, to which Russian natural gas is supplied via Ukraine’s territory. Ukraine’s economy in the past several months has been plummeting. Its industrial and construction sectors have also been declining sharply. Its budget deficit is mounting.

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Not “€˜lovin’ it”€™ in Crimea: McDonald’€™s suspends operations for “€˜manufacturing reasons”€™

€‹Ukrainian McDonald’€™s Ltd, a subsidary of the world’s largest fast food chain, has temporarily closed its doors in Crimea because of “€œmanufacturing reasons.” “Due to reasons beyond the control of the company, business activities have been suspended in Simferopol, Sevastopol, and Yalta,” said a company statement posted on the Ukrainian website.

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Upside down: America’€™s war on globalization?

Who would have thought a unitary superpower on Earth would accelerate a return to regionalism in place of globalization? For all those who deem ‘Financial Innovation’ to be an oxymoron, that brilliant invention the credit card springs to mind.

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