American hedge fund billionaire George Soros is back in the headlines after revelations that the shadowy political donor has been hiding his fortune from US regulators with at least three offshore companies, including Mossack Fonseca, the firm exposed by the Panama Papers leak. While it seems like this slipped by the mainstream media, another controversy seems to have even more so. The notorious billionaire has sold off an entire third of his stocks and bought a $264 million share in the world’s largest gold mining company. If history teaches us anything, Soros is a great financial mastermind who hatches schemes with global impact. Gold expert and Regal Gold Assets CEO Tyler Gallagher joins “News With Ed” to talk about it.
Members of the UN Security Council say they’re ready to lift an arms embargo and supply the Libyan unity government with weapons to combat Islamic State terrorists. This decision is stated in an official communique of talks in Vienna, signed by all five permanent UN Security Council members ‒ the US, Russia, France, UK and China ‒ as well as the representatives from more than 15 other countries participating in the talks. RT’s Peter Oliver reports from Austria. Then, RT America’s Simone Del Rosario is joined by Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, to talk about the legitimacy of the “unity” government and more.
The United Steelworkers filed a grievance against China’s aluminum industry for its trade practices, which experts in the industry is a direct threat to American jobs. For more on this, Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, and Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing joins ‘News With Ed.’
China has embarked upon its first same-sex marriage lawsuit in a move that has been hailed as a step forward for LGBT rights in the country.
Sun Wenlin, 26, took his case to a court in Changsha, Hunan province, on Tuesday and had his case accepted.
Sun remarked that he filed the lawsuit after his attempt to register a marriage with his 36-year-old boyfriend was rejected by an official in the Furong district who said that marriage had to be between a man and a woman.
U.S. Special Operations personnel prepare to board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan. (photo: U.S. Department of Defense)
Marc Ash | Reader Supported News | November 14, 2015
all it the War on Terror, an ISIS Caliphate, defense of Islam or a battle for freedom. The bullets are flying and people everywhere are dying from global colonialist domination.
The West and China are everywhere, their fingers in everything of monetary value. Those who resist are assigned the same label the Romans gave to those who took up arms against their empire, “terrorist.”
ISIS will fail. Brutality cannot defeat injustice. ISIS will paint this as a great victory. In fact, gunning down unarmed civilians is only a sign of impotence and desperation.
For decades the U.S. has waged the most inept and corrupt wars of domination and greed imaginable to the extent that they would not have been imaginable had the atrocities not actually been committed.
Some families may think that religion helps kids become more empathetic and giving toward others, but a surprising study published in the journal Current Biology found the opposite to be true: The study revealed that children from religious backgrounds were less likely to be altruistic, defined as lacking selfishness and showing a desire to help others.
In the study, which involved 1,170 children between ages 5 and 12 from six countries — the United States, Canada, China, Jordan, South Africa, and Turkey — the kids were given two tasks: First, an altruism task, in which they played a version of the “Dictator Game.” In the game, they were given 10 stickers and had the opportunity to share the stickers with another unseen kid. The University of Chicago researchers measured altruism based on the average number of stickers shared.
The second task tested moral sensitivity: The children watched an animated short in which one character pushes or bumps into another, either by accident or on purpose. After viewing the short, children were asked how mean the behavior was and what level of punishment the characters who pushed or bumped another deserved. Meanwhile, parents were given a questionnaire about their religious beliefs and their take on how empathetic and sensitive to justice their children are.
As the US stock market plunged in a chaotic opening on Monday, with the Dow rebounding from a 1,000-point loss to close down 588 points, average citizens are concerned about how market losses will affect them. Thom Hartmann from “The Big Picture” talks with Manila Chan about volatile markets around the globe.
Protests against the TPP. (photo: Backbone Campaign/Flickr)
Hazel Sheffield | The Independent | Reader Supported News | June 6, 2015
The Trade in Services Agreement exposed in a 17 document dump by Wikileaks on Thursday relates to ongoing negotiations to lock market liberalisations into global law
ikileaks has warned that governments negotiating a far-reaching global service agreement are ‘surrendering a large part of their global sovereignty’ and exacerbating the social inequality of poorer countries in the process.
The Trade in Services Agreement exposed in a 17 document dump by Wikileaks on Thursday relates to ongoing negotiations to lock market liberalisations into global law.
If a country like China wanted to join, it would have to scrap all discriminatory practices against foreign firms – so discrimination against a foreign firm opening a hospital in China would be banned, for example.
For decades, climate scientists have been predicting that quantities of ice in the South Pole would shrink in the face of climate change and other global warming-related issues, but a recent study by scientists in China has found that the ice levels have actually been growing in the region over decades. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky has more on the controversy from New York.
hina is no longer using high-profile US technology brands for state purchases, amid ongoing revelations about mass surveillance and hacking by the US government.
A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee — among others — have been dropped from the Chinese government’s list of authorized brands, a Reuters report said Wednesday.
The number of approved foreign technology brands fell by a third, based on an analysis of the procurement list. Less than half of those companies with security products remain on the list.
Although a number of reasons were cited, domestic companies were said to offer “more product guarantees” than overseas rivals in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks. Some reports have attempted to pin a multi-billion dollar figure on the impact of the leaks.