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ISIS Launches 'Big Business' Ad Campaign
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jun 18, 2014, 09:43 PM

Radical Islamist militants, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been terrorizing the Middle East and have launched a major 'Big Business-style' public relations, fundraising and advertising campaign. It's 'Madison Avenue Goes Jihad' strategy is going mainstream. 

Russia Today reports that, "The notorious ISIS, which has been slicing through Iraq moving closer to Baghdad, behaves like a big corporation, issuing press releases to create an image of a well-structured, disciplined and effective organization to attract investors and new members."

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John Wiley Price Demands Substantial Monetary Slavery Reparations
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jun 18, 2014, 07:59 PM

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, a Democrat, is demanding that Texas taxpayers pay him "substantial monetary slavery reparations" to help him pay his legal bills while he's still being investigated by the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) on chronic corruption allegations. 

According to the Houston Chronicle, "It looked like any other proclaimation, but the "Juneteenth Resolution" was anything but. Tuesday, the Dallas County Commissioners Court unwittingly voted for a resolution backing slavery reparations for African-Americans, the Dallas Morning News reports."

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Mexican Mafia Mama Touts Thug Life on Twitter
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jun 18, 2014, 07:39 PM

Mexican Mafia Mama Claudia Ochoa Felix is raking in big bucks flooding the USA with ilegal immigrants. And now she's fallen in love with Twitter to promote her lavish lifestyle.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Hollywood stars and teenagers aren't the only ones obsessed with social media. Drug cartel leaders and gang members are getting in on the action, too. Claudia Ochoa Felix, a Kim Kardashian look-alike, supposedly leads Los Antrax, a murder gang used by the Sinaloa cartel – in heels. Felix, 27, held a press conference Thursday, denying a relationship with the large and powerful Sinaloa cartel. But, photos on her social media counts show her toting a pink AK-47 or M16, all while sporting designer clothing and false eyelashes. At the press conference, she stated she was not the woman depicted in some of the photos."

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Japan and South Korea Prepare to Block Ties
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jun 18, 2014, 02:05 AM

Prime Minsister Shinzo Abe of Japan and South Korean President Park Geun-hye may soon sever all diplomatic ties between their two countries.

The Chosun Ilbo reports that, "The Abe administration plans to submit a report to the Diet this week claiming that a 1993 apology for Japan's wartime atrocities was only produced in its present form under pressure from Korea."

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Chinese Media: Obama's 'Failure to Articulate' Syndrome
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jun 18, 2014, 01:25 AM

BEIJING:  President Barry Obama appears to struggle with "failure to articulate" issues in the eyes of the Chinese media. They even contend that his drawing 'Red Lines' are not so eloquent.

According to China Radio International, "Yet the ability to narrow these differences is curtailed by the ideological approach of the US versus the pragmatism of Chinese policy makers. Tangen sees Obama's inability to articulate a clear vision as one of the main reasons for continuing mistrust between the two countries. "I think it's very difficult for someone like Xi (Jinping), who is a very pragmatic (person) who draws lines and get things done, versus Obama who has not been able to do that," explains Tangen. "Obama is not clear on what he wants. He's been going back and forth; yes he wants to have a pivot to Asia, but he doesn't know exactly what that entails other than a kind of check and balance with China. His failure to articulate that has been a large part of the problems and the continuing mistrust. If he could just say this is what we want and sit down with Xi, I think they could come to a reasonable [understanding]."

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Japan Exports Plunge to Record Levels
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 10:29 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to rescue the national economy by flooding the market with liquidity and devaluing the Japanese yen, but exports are faltering, nevertheless. 

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Japan's year-on-year exports declined in May for the first time in 15 months, due mainly to slow demand from the United States and Asian countries, the government said Wednesday, as figures showed nearly two years of trade deficit – reports DPA. The value of exported goods fell 2.7 per cent in May compared to a year earlier, to 5.61 trillion yen (55 billion dollars)."

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Argentina Credit Rating Nears 'Junk' Status
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 10:03 PM

Argentina is refusing to pay off its American creditors, which could spiral the nation into default.

According to the BBC News, "The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Argentina's legal defeat in its fight against hedge fund investors may have wider implications."

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CNN Provides Interview Prep for Hillary Clinton
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Jun 17, 2014, 08:01 PM

Can CNN stoop any lower when it comes to its media respectability? Now, they are lucky to arrange exclusive interviews with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but only if they consent to submit their questions in an interview prep format.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Hillary Clinton refused to say what policies she disagrees with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and insisted such matters should be kept private."

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EU May Sidestep Ukraine on Gazprom Deal
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 11:38 PM

The European Union (EU) may soon throw the Ukraine under the bus in order to receive reliable natural gas shipments from Gazprom in Russia.

The Journal of Turkish Weekly, "If Ukraine disrupts Russian gas transit via its territory, the European Commission is ready to negotiate increased deliveries through the Opal pipeline, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Monday."

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Azerbaijan Seeks Closer Partnership with Russia
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 10:31 PM

Azerbaijan is pursuing a larger presence on the global stage.

According to the Voice of Russia, "There is a fairly realistic prospect that Azerbaijan will join either the Eurasian Economic Community or the CIS Customs Union, which includes Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia at present, Russia’s Regional Development Minister Igor Slyuniayev announces in the interview, published on Tuesday by the Russian Business Gazette."

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