Biden Backs Kiev Pressure on Eastern Ukraine in Place of Negotiations By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR) — US Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev Tuesday to express his support for the Maidan Revolution government’s antagonistic approach to the mass movement for federation or autonomy in the mostly Russian-speaking eastern regions of Ukraine (the Kharkov, Donetsk, and Lugansk regions).
Analyst: China Is The Global Economic Linchpin By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — The world economy is on the brink and the global economic linchpin called China is on the skids, according to Professor of Political Economy at Saint Mary’s college in California Dr. Jack Rasmus. "The economy there is slowing more than is being officially reported and that will have repercussions globally, not just on the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, 'China' and South Africa], the emerging markets that really sell a lot of their commodities to China, but it will have repercussions on Europe.
General Mills Cops to a Serial Problem By Andrew Hiller Washington (VR) – These days in order to do your due diligence you practically have to be a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason. Miss the smallest clues, a nanoparticle's worth of fine print and you've agreed to something you never even realized you were being asked. Part of the problem is that in this virtual reality we cohabitate... often we don't even realize we are signing a contract when we click or surf.
Writer Wonders What Really Happened With Boston Bombing Suspects By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR) – As the Boston Marathon takes place this year, a lot of questions remain about the investigation into the suspects of the bombing case. That also includes the shooting death of a young man associated with the Tsarnaev brothers.
The State of Liberty in the US: deeply but not comprehensively compromised By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— If you had the sense that democratic systems of government were losing the ability to generate policies consistent with the will and needs of the mass of their populations, your instincts were not letting you down.
WASHINGTON (VR) —The National Retail Federation wants to redefine the Obamacare definition of full time work as 40 hours per week. "We think the ACA's [Affordable Care Act] artificial definition at 30 hours will mean less money in the pockets of part-time employees, and we think it’s more difficult for businesses to manage," said Neil Trautwein, Vice President at the National Retail Federation’s Employee Benefits Policy Council.
By Andrew Hiller Washington (VR) – Professional boxing legend Rubin "Hurricane" Carter died yesterday from the effects of prostatic cancer. Carter was a middle weight boxer who climbed nearly to the professions highest rungs, though he never won the belt, he was a well-regarded fighter who ultimately became more famous for how he was removed from society and how long it took for him to return.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — The United States has released $450 million of previously frozen funds back to Iran in accordance with the Geneva Accord signed in November 2013."The two sides agreed that if Iran took certain steps in freezing its nuclear program in the state that it was at that time [the accord was signed] and the freeze was certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency, then the P5+1—the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany would also take a step to release Iran from some of the sanctions," explained Muhammad Sahimi, a professor at the University of Southern California who has spent the last two decades studying Iran.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — There is all kinds of things lurking in the fine print in the agreements most consumers sign all the time without a second thought, but these legal contracts can harm consumers, according to Theresa Amato, Executive Director of Citizen Works, a Washington, D.C., incorporated issue advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader in 2001.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – South Carolina's Senate is proposing a law that would expand the state's Stand Your Ground law that protects citizens who use deadly force in the face of imminent danger or great bodily harm. The bill, "The Pregnant Women's Protection Act" extends that right to unborn fetuses from the moment of conception.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – Jury selection has begun for the upcoming trial in New York City of Abu Hamza, the British inflammatory preacher who is accused of being involved in the 1998 kidnapping of 16 Western tourists in Yemen, among other charges. Hamza was released from a British jail in 2012, after serving seven years from 11 counts associated with his terror inciting public speeches and handbooks found in his home.
By David Kerans and Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR)— Despoliation of the environment is big business, and where there is money, malfeasance will follow. Even without the gathering consequences of global warming, the natural world is under great stress, with everything from fisheries to wildlife to groundwater subject to contamination, cruelty, or extinction.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – Violence and murder is on the rise around Mexico City. It traces back to the drug trade, but does the story end with the gangs? Peter Watt, a co-author of “Drug War Mexico,” told VR violence is the “result of a climate of impunity in which violent crime goes largely unpunished.”
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) —The United States is ill prepared for an Electro Magnetic Pulse because the country's electrical grid is not hardened as the Shield Act has proposed, according JD Gordon, a Foxnews.com Contributor and a Senior Fellow at the Center for a Secure Free Society in Washington, D.C.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Leaders of the Russian Duma got a chance to speak directly to American reporters March 31 about the situation in Ukraine at a teleconference event held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The well-attended event was represented from groups ranging from US News and World report to the Globalist.
A link between the end of US Ambassador McFaul's mission in Russia and the abortion of the so-called "reset" between Russia and the US is too far-fetched, the Russian ambassador in Washington Sergey Kislyak has told the Voice of Russia. Michael McFaul’s decision to go home came as a surprise, he said, but it has nothing to do with the "reset." Mr. Kislyak withheld any comment on the work of his US colleague but said he looked back at his time with McFaul while in the US administration as a very positive experience. The ambassador also shared his take on the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)-- NATO announced on Tuesday that it was suspending civilian and military cooperation with Russia, in protest over the unification of Crimea with Russia. Tuesday marked the first time all foreign ministers of the 28-nation NATO alliance had gathered since the Maidan revolution in Kiev triggered the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, so the timing of the announcement does not come as a surprise.