Mar
20

Iran marks oil nationalization anniversary

Iran marks the 63rd anniversary of the nationalization of its oil industry, which was a turning point in the country’s modern history.

On March 20, 1951, members of the Iranian parliament passed a bill introduced by then Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq on the nationalization of the oil industry.

Mosaddeq garnered the support of his nationalist party and religious groups led by prominent cleric, Ayatollah Abolqasem Kashani, for the initiative.

Click here for the full article at Press TV

Mar
20

Scarface in a fez? Classic films get a Turkish makeover

Turkish artist Murat Palta paints Al Pacino's Scarface in a fez.

Above Turkish artist Murat Palta paints Al Pacino’s Scarface in a fez.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As an art student, Murat Palta wondered what Star Wars would look like as Ottoman art
  • He decided to recreate several scenes from classic movies in the style of Turkish miniatures
  • He is hoping to add more movies to the mix, including Lord of the Rings

(CNN) – While an art student at Dumlupinar University, Turkish illustrator Murat Palta watched “Star Wars”. As with the generations of fans that preceded him, he was struck by the film’s epic quality. Though the movie is set in the future, Palta was reminded of the colorful Ottoman miniatures that illustrated Turkish literature from the 16th century.

 

See the full article on the CNN website here. 

Mar
20

Actress Denounced Over Refusal to Vaccinate Kids

Actress Kristin Cavallari is facing condemnation after she revealed during an interview that she didn’t vaccinate her children due to fears over a link to autism.

During an interview on Fox News, Cavallari, who had her first child in 2012 and is expecting another this year, responded to the host who lambasted Jenny McCarthy for not vaccinating her children before asking Cavallari, “are you opposed to vaccines?”

“We didn’t vaccinate,” states Cavallari, to which the host responds, “Really! you’re one of those communists?”

When the host claims there is no connection between autism and vaccines, Cavallari cites a pediatric group called Homestead which encourages parents not to vaccinate and hasn’t documented a single case of autism, before noting that vaccines also now contain mercury.

Please view the full article here. 

Mar
20

US, S Korea to launch massive drill next week

The US military is preparing for a joint war game with South Korea next week, AFP reports.

A US military spokesman told AFP that more than 10,000 US troops will participate in the large-scale landing drill, which comes days after North Korea test-fired 25 projectiles in apparent protest at the continuing joint exercises.

The war game, code-named Ssang Yong (“Twin Dragons”) will take place from March 27 through to April 7 on the southeast coast of South Korea. It will involve 7,500 US Marines, 2,000 US Navy personnel, according to the spokesman.

Korea’s Yonhap news agency said 3,500 Marines and 1,000 Navy sailors would take part from South Korea, adding that a total of 12 South Korean and US Navy amphibious ships will also participate in the drill.

 

Read full article here… 

Mar
15

Spain public debt hits record high

Official figures show Spain’s public debt has soared to a new record high last year despite numerous budget-cutting measures implemented due to financial crisis.

The country’s central bank released the data on Friday, revealing that the government’s debt reached 93.9 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013.

The figure showed a sharp rise compared to the previous record of 86 percent registered a year earlier.

The country has been struggling to deal with its worst economic crisis since World War II, which has left millions of Spaniards jobless and unable to make a living.

 

Read more here

Mar
15

Deadly clashes in east Ukraine ahead of Crimea vote

Two people have been killed in clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv, officials say.

Five people were injured overnight, as gunshots were fired. Rival groups blamed each other for the violence.

Earlier, Russia and the US failed to agree on how to resolve the crisis in Ukraine’s Crimea region, ahead of a secession referendum there.

Russia vowed to respect Sunday’s vote – but the US said it was illegitimate.

 

Read the full article here

Mar
14

Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal

It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here.

This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s just like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The battle to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water.

In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.

 

Read on here

Mar
13

Turkey mass protests: ‘Two dead’ after teenager’s funeral

Two people have died during protests across Turkey following the funeral of a teenager wounded in anti-government clashes last year, local media report.

One protester died during clashes in Istanbul’s Kurtulus district.

In the east of the country a police officer is said to have died of a heart attack while dealing with unrest.

The protests were prompted by the death on Tuesday of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who had been in a coma since being hit by a tear gas canister nine months ago.

 

Read full article at BBC

Mar
12

Bank of England issues warning as British economy grows faster than any other developed nation

Interest rates will rise six-fold by 2017 as Britain’s economy becomes one of the fastest growing in the developed world, the Bank of England Governor said on Tuesday.

The increase to more “normal” levels will be welcomed by many savers who have faced record low rates for more than six years, but is likely to plunge many borrowers into financial difficulty.

Mark Carney said that Bank rate could reach 3 per cent within three years, six times the current 0.5 per cent.

 

Read full article here. 

Mar
12

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Confusion over plane last location

Devil's Triangle

 

I hope this is not true for the poor families and friends and the ordeal that they are going through.

Several flights and boats have disappeared in the Devil’s triangle without a trace, perhaps this is why the authorities cannot find nothing, at the moment they are looking in the wrong place… See the link below.

The flight will surely have had enough fuel to reach this area.

 Click here

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