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Obama's 'Sector Sanctions' Boost Russia GDP
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 08:57 PM

President Barry Obama's so-called sector sanctions against Moscow have sparked a renewed surge of the Russian economy. 

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Russian President Vladimir Putin expects that Russia’s GDP growth would be higher than it was expected in 2014. "Last year, Russia’s GDP grew by not very much - 1.3%. This is slightly less than the year before, but still there was some growth. I think this year we will reach more significant figures than we predicted in the beginning of this year," Putin said at a meeting with Russian and Austrian business leaders in Vienna on Tuesday, reports Interfax."

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India Seeks Russian Gas through China
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 08:30 PM

BEIJING:  New Delhi is negotiating a gas deal with Gazprom, which would connect a natural gas pipeline from Russia that would run through China's Xinjiang region and flow to Indian power plants. 

According to the Voice of Russia, "India intends to hold negotiations, concerning the extension of a gas pipeline from Russia through China to the Indian border, Indian newspaper Financial Express says, citing the source. The issue may be discussed during BRICS summit in July. The negotiations may be continued during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in India, in the end of the year. India's Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has already discussed the issue with his Russian colleague Aleksandr Novak during the most recent World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, Financial Express says. Russia hasn't commented on the issue yet."

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ISIS Recruits Children for Terror Attacks
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 08:00 PM

The Muslim militant terrorist organization, The Islamic State of Syria (ISIS), is recruiting children to wage jihad and suicide bombing campaigns in the Middle East.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Syrian rebel groups are recruiting 15-year-old children to battle against the government forces after promising them a free education, says a Human Rights Watch report, released on June, 23. Worse still, those groups are strongly backed by the US and Israel, US political commentator told Radio VR."

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S Korea to Impose $2,400 Carbon Tax in 2015
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 11:54 PM

All South Korean drivers will be required to pay as much as $2,400 in annual carbon taxes starting in 2015.

The JoongAng Daily reports that, "The price of a car sold in Korea could rise by a maximum of 2.43 million won ($2,386) in 2020 if the new carbon tax on vehicles goes into effect next year, according to a report released by the Korea Economic Research Institute (KERI) yesterday."

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China Shuts Down 32 Xinjiang Terror Cells
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 10:45 PM

BEIJING: While US Secretary of State John Kerry is refusing to claim responsibility for turmoil in the Middle East, Chinese officials have already shut down 32 terror cells in China's northwest region of Xinjiang.

According to China Radio International, "It's been a month since a massive police crackdown on terrorism began in Xinjiang. CRI's Cao Yuwei has more on the results of the operations so far. Wang Qianrong is the deputy head of the regional public security department."

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Greenpeace Execs Enjoy Jet-Set Lifestyles
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 09:24 PM

The eco-terrorist organizaton Greenpeace has been blasting business executives for using airplanes to travel to meetings. They contend that airplanes pollute the air too much. Nevertheless, Greenpeace executives continue to globe-trot the world and fly on planes, which are funded by Greenpeace donations.

The Daily Telegraph of London reports that, "One of Greenpeace’s most senior executives commutes 250 miles to work by plane, despite the environmental group’s campaign to curb air travel, it has emerged. Pascal Husting, Greenpeace International’s international programme director, said he began "commuting between Luxembourg and Amsterdam" when he took the job in 2012 and currently made the round trip about twice a month."

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British Army Ill Prepared to Fight Jihad
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 09:00 PM

Western armies are ill equipped to fight ISIS, the Islamic State of Syria, especially since President Barry Obama and Sen. John McCain (R.-Az.) had earlier funded them to wage a revolution in Syria.

According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "Britain’s armed forces are "not good enough” to deal with the global threat of Jihadis, according to a former head of the military. Lord Richards of Hertsmonceux also called for defence spending to increase as the economy starts to grow again and said that if plans to replace regular troops with part-time reserves must work soon or junked altogether."

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Swiss Banks Expose Secrets to Tax Officials
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 08:08 PM

Historically, Swiss Banks took tremendous pride in holding the financial secrets of its depositors, but now they are throwing their banking customers under the bus by communicationg with global tax officials.

The BBC News reports that, "India has said it is writing to the Swiss authorities, seeking details of Indians who have parked untaxed wealth in Swiss banks. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's comments came after reports that Switzerland was sharing with Delhi a list of Indians holding "black money".

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Rice Less Popular in South Korea
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jun 22, 2014, 11:37 PM

The domestic rice consumer market in South Korea is collapsing. South Koreans have fallen away from their love affair with rice.

The Korea Herald reports that, "A continued decline in South Korea’s rice consumption has become a roadblock to extension of the rice quota system. Per capita consumption expected to shrink 1.75 percent on-year to 67.3 kilograms, according to the ministry."

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US 'Not Responsible' for Middle East Tensions, Kerry Claims
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jun 22, 2014, 10:11 PM

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to win the 'Politifact Lie of the Year' award for 2014. He is touring the Middle East insisting that the United States has done nothing to spark turmoil in the Middle East. 

According to Russia Today, "US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington is “not responsible” for either the crisis in Libya, or violence in Iraq, where militants of the Al-Qaeda offshoot group ISIS are capturing cities one by one."

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