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Thursday, February 28, 2013

News Headlines Feb. 28, 2013

After over a thousand days of detention without trial, the US Army has finally given a first glimpse into the proceedings against Bradley Manning. The Pentagon gave in to the pressure of numerous Freedom of Information Act demands and published documents related to the case. The 25-year-old army private faces numerous charges, including 'aiding the enemy' - for allegedly leaking thousands of diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. For more RT talks to Kevin Gosztola, a journalist covering Manning's case.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dolce Vita Finita: 'Hard life looms for Italy with austerity in air' - YouTube

Italy's looking for a way out of its election limbo after a hung parliament put Europe on tenterhooks and raised fears of fresh financial turmoil. No parties won a parliamentary majority and the results showed Italian voters strongly reject the austerity policies of Mario Monti's government. Investment adviser Patrick Young talks to RT.

Class Divide: UK masses slide into poverty as austerity ramps up - YouTube

Britain's squeezed middle classes are bearing the brunt of the country's struggles to revive the economy. A study shows tax hikes are leaving them 280-pounds a year worse off - and more than half of them have no savings to fall back on. It means major lifestyle changes for many, as Sara Firth explains. 

News Headlines Feb. 27, 2013

  • US, EU may start training and equipping Syrian rebels The US and Europe may begin equipping the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) with vehicles, body armor, night vision gear and binoculars, as well as military training. The decision is expected after a key conference on Syria in Rome.
  • 125,000 doses of lethal cyanide leak in Japanese spill Five tons of liquid waste, including the toxic chemical sodium cyanide, leaked from a Japanese plating factory after a snowplow accident. An estimated 125,000 lethal doses of the poison soaked into the surrounding snow.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

News Headlines Feb. 26, 2013

This file photo shows a burnt out car after a powerful car bomb exploded in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013. (AFP Photo / SANA) 
  •  What European Recovery? Unemployment at record high and debt only keeps reaching more unsustainable levels. Italy’s Debt to GDP crosses 125 percent. I never understood why so many people bought into the notion that the European Union was recovering.  If recovery means that a handful of well-connected bankers are bailed out with financial smoke and mirrors instead of facing reality while placing crushing austerity on the public, then yes, maybe a recovery is what was experienced.  As of the writing of this article the EU is facing its highest unemployment rate on record.  How is this even remotely positive or perceived as a recovery?

Monday, February 25, 2013

In Japan, The Matrix Is Now Reality As Humans Are Used As Living Batteries

Who says necessity is not the mother of invention in the New Normal. While a tiny fraction of the Japanese population is enjoying the transitory effects of Abe's latest reflating "wealth effect" policy (even as China has made it clear said policy will end quite soon), the bigger problem for Japan is that even sooner, more and more of it will be reliant on hamster wheels to generate electricity, as LNG prices have just hit a record high and are rising at a breakneck pace, and as local nuclear power generation has collapsed to virtually zero. Which means one thing: electricity will soon become so unaffordable only those who are invested in the daily 2% Nikkei surges will be able to electrify their immediate surroundings.

So what is Japan's solution? A quite ingenious one: as and ASR both report, Japan's Fujifilm has created organic printed sheet that harvests energy from body heat, or in other words, converts body heat to electricity. Finally, at least one key part of the Matrix "reality" is now fully operational - the use of human beings as batteries.

News Headlines Feb. 25, 2013

  •   Screenshot from neossat.caCanada to launch asteroid-hunter satellite Canadian Space Agency is launching a satellite size of a large suitcase to track down dangerous asteroids passing nearby our planet. The recent meteor explosion above Russia’s Urals sparked hot debates on how to protect Earth from space threats.

The rivalry between the U.S. and China has gone digital - and is threatening to turn into full-scale cyber war. A recent scandal involving a Chinese military unit allegedly engaged in cyber theft from American companies has put Washington on the defensive. But it might not be long before Washington makes its move in this new-era cyber arms race, as RT's Marina Portnaya reports - READ MORE