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The Clinton Chronicles

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This documentary was posted on YouTube by conspiracy theorist Richard Bruce: ‘Absolutely shocking suppressed documentary about the full blown drug smuggling, money laundering, womanizing, murder, political favors, killing anybody who talked; both Clintons crime syndicate, including the murder of children! Some of this I read about in Cathy O’brian’s “Trance-Formation of America”, but this documentary takes the revelation on the Clintons to a whole new level. I simply cannot believe it! Full drugs and murder of anyone who spoke out! (Published on Apr 19, 2015)’.

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A Renewable Future for the United States: Stanford Study

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On 24 February 2014, Stanford’s Mark Shwartz writes that “Mark Jacobson and his colleagues have created a 50-state roadmap for replacing coal, oil and natural gas with wind, water and solar energy”.[1] As Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Jacobson seems well-placed to head such an ambitious undertaking, and he himself had this to say: “Drastic problems require drastic and immediate solutions. Our new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future”.[2] And the Jacobson plan was first unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago . . . and as it turns out, the ‘2014 Annual Meeting theme—Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation—focused on finding sustainable solutions through inclusive, international, and interdisciplinary efforts that are most useful to society and enhance economic growth’.[3]

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Here is Professor Jacobson at the NASA Ames Research Center Director’s Colloquium on July 8, 2014 (in Moffett Field, California). Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. The Jacobson talk discusses the development of technical and economic plans to convert the energy infrastructure of each of the 50 United States to those powered by 100% wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) for all purposes, namely electricity, transportation, industry, and heating/cooling, after energy efficiency measures have been accounted for.

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The 132-page report is freely available on the internet and presents the Jacobson plan in great detail, stressing that “[c]onversion to a 100% WWS [or wind, water and sunlight] energy infrastructure in the U.S. will eliminate energy-related air pollution mortality and morbidity and the associated health costs, and it will eliminate energy-related climate change costs to the world while causing variable climate impacts on individual states”.[4]

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[1] Mark Shwartz, “Stanford scientist unveils 50-state plan to transform U.S. to renewable energy” Stanford News (26 Feb 2014). http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/february/fifty-states-renewables-022414.html.

[2] Mark Shwartz, “Stanford scientist unveils 50-state plan to transform U.S. to renewable energy”.

[3] “Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation (2014 Highlights)” AAAS. http://www.aaas.org/AM2014.

[4] Mark Z. Jacobson, Mark A. Delucchi, Guillaume Bazouin, Zack A. F. Bauer, Christa C. Heavey, Emma Fisher, Sean B. Morris, Diniana J. Y. Piekutowski, Taylor A. Vencilla and Tim W. Yeskooa, ” 100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States” Energy & Environental Science (2015), 8, pp. 2093–2117.

Untouchable Big Oil Threatens All Life On Earth // Empire_File016

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‘All life on Earth is threatened by catastrophic climate change–the main culprit is so powerful that the U.S. government is setup to serve it, rather than regulate it. The oil industry is a powerhouse with control over land, resources, politics and more. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin uncovers big oil’s strong-arm reach–its growth, its crimes, its power and its impunity. Featuring interviews with two investigative journalists who have covered oil disasters on-the-ground–Antonia Juhasz, author of Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill, and Greg Palast, author of Vulture’s Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pig, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores. (Published on Jan 19, 2016)’.

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Today, Today Blues: 2016 Oxfam Report on Global Inequality

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Back in January 2014 I posted a blog entry entitled “Inequality Rising: 46% of Global Wealth owned by 86 Individuals”,[1] but now the world has changed and Oxfam recently released a report called An Economy For the 1%. And its findings are stark, the report’s summary succinctly puts it like this: “In 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people – the bottom half of humanity. This figure is down from 388 individuals as recently as 2010”.[2] Going down to he nitty-gritty, Oxfam postulates that the report “shows that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010, a drop of 41 percent. This has occurred despite the global population increasing by around 400 million people during that period. Meanwhile, the wealth of the richest 62 has increased by more than half a trillion dollars to $1.76tr. The report also shows how women are disproportionately affected by inequality – of the current ‘62’, 53 are men and just nine are women. Although world leaders have increasingly talked about the need to tackle inequality, and in September [2015] agreed a global goal to reduce it, the gap between the richest and the rest has widened dramatically in the past 12 months. Oxfam’s prediction, made ahead of last year’s Davos, that the 1% would soon own more than the rest of us, actually came true in 2015 – a year earlier than expected. Oxfam is calling for urgent action to tackle the extreme inequality crisis which threatens to undermine the progress made in tackling poverty during the last quarter of a century. As a priority, it is calling for an end to the era of tax havens which has seen the increasing use of offshore centers by rich individuals and companies to avoid paying their fair share to society. This has denied governments valuable resources needed to tackle poverty and inequality. Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director, who will again attend Davos having co-chaired last year’s event, said: ‘It is simply unacceptable that the poorest half of the world’s population owns no more than a few dozen super-rich people who could fit onto one bus. World leaders’ concern about the escalating inequality crisis has so far not translated into concrete action – the world has become a much more unequal place and the trend is accelerating. We cannot continue to allow hundreds of millions of people to go hungry while resources that could be used to help them are sucked up by those at the top. I challenge the governments, companies and elites at Davos to play their part in ending the era of tax havens, which is fuelling economic inequality and preventing hundreds of millions of people lifting themselves out of poverty. Multinational companies and wealthy elites are playing by different rules to everyone else, refusing to pay the taxes that society needs to function. The fact that 188 of 201 leading companies have a presence in at least one tax haven shows it is time to act'”.[3]

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The organization’s press release continues that in “2015 G20 governments agreed steps to curb tax dodging by multinationals through the BEPS agreement, however these measures will do little for the poorest countries and largely ignore the problems posed by tax havens. Globally, it is estimated that a total of $7.6tr of individuals’ wealth sits offshore. If tax were paid on the income that this wealth generates, an extra $190 billion would be available to governments every year. As much as 30 percent of all African financial wealth is estimated to be held offshore, costing an estimated $14 billion in lost tax revenues every year. This is enough money to pay for healthcare for mothers and children in Africa that could save 4 million children’s lives a year, and employ enough teachers to get every African child into school. Nine out of ten WEF corporate partners have a presence in at least one tax haven and it is estimated that tax dodging by multinational corporations costs developing countries at least $100 billion every year. Corporate investment in tax havens almost quadrupled between 2000 and 2014. Allowing governments to collect the taxes they are owed from companies and rich individuals will be vital if world leaders are to meet their new goal, set last September [2015], to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. Although the number of people living in extreme poverty halved between 1990 and 2010, the average annual income of the poorest 10 percent has risen by less than $3-a-year in the past quarter of a century. That equates to an increase in individuals’ daily income of less than a single cent a year. Had inequality within countries not grown between 1990 and 2010, an extra 200 million people would have escaped poverty. One of the other key trends behind rising inequality set out in Oxfam’s report is the falling share of national income going to workers in almost all developed and most developing countries and a widening gap between pay at the top and the bottom of the income scale. The majority of low paid workers around the world are women. By contrast, the already wealthy have benefited from a rate of return on capital via interest payments, dividends, etc, that has been consistently higher than the rate of economic growth. This advantage has been compounded by the use of tax havens which are perhaps the most glaring example set out in the Oxfam report of how the rules of the economic game have been rewritten in a manner that has supercharged the ability of the rich and powerful to entrench their wealth. Oxfam is calling for action against tax havens to be part of a three-pronged attack on inequality. Action to recover the missing billions lost to tax havens needs to be accompanied by a commitment on the part of governments to invest in healthcare, schools and other vital public services that make such a big difference to the lives of the poorest people. Governments should also take action to ensure that work pays for those at the bottom as well as for those at the top – including moving minimum wage rates towards a living wage and tackling the pay gap between men and women. Byanyima added: ‘The richest can no longer pretend their wealth benefits everyone – their extreme wealth in fact shows an ailing global economy. The recent explosion in the wealth of the super-rich has come at the expense of the majority and particularly the poorest people.’ In addition to its inequality campaign, Oxfam will be attending Davos to press world and business leaders to tackle climate change and act to resolve humanitarian crises including that in Syria”.[4]

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Graphic shows standalone graphic shows a map listing countries considered to be tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions. Update removing a designation for countries unwilling to cooperate with foreign tax authorities.

Turning its attention to one of the above-mentioned additional issues Oxfam would like to see taken care of, namely climate change, the report summary states that “Oxfam has also recently demonstrated that while the poorest people live in areas most vulnerable to climate change, the poorest half of the global population are responsible for only around 10% of total global emissions.7 The average footprint of the richest 1% globally could be as much as 175 times that of the poorest 10%”.[5] Only to then, once more drive home their main bone of contention, the summary declares that a “powerful example of an economic system that is rigged to work in the interests of the powerful is the global spider’s web of tax havens and the industry of tax avoidance, which has blossomed over recent decades. It has been given intellectual legitimacy by the dominant market fundamentalist world view that low taxes for rich individuals and companies are necessary to spur economic growth and are somehow good news for us all. The system is maintained by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professionals in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries”.[6]

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[1] “Inequality Rising: 46% of Global Wealth owned by 86 Individuals” The Erimtan Angle (23 Jan 2014). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/inequality-rising-46-of-global-wealth-owned-by-86-individuals/.

[2] “AN ECONOMY FOR THE 1%”, OXFAM BRIEFING PAPER SUMMARY (18 JANUARY 2016)”. https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/file_attachments/bp210-economy-one-percent-tax-havens-180116-summ-en_0.pdf.

[3] “62 people own the same as half the world, reveals Oxfam Davos report” Oxfam (18 Jan 2016). https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2016-01-18/62-people-own-same-half-world-reveals-oxfam-davos-report.

[4] “62 people own the same as half the world, reveals Oxfam Davos report”.

[5] “AN ECONOMY FOR THE 1%”, OXFAM BRIEFING PAPER SUMMARY (18 JANUARY 2016)”.

[6] “AN ECONOMY FOR THE 1%”, OXFAM BRIEFING PAPER SUMMARY (18 JANUARY 2016)”.

Hitler Kickstarted The Koch Empire. Also Stalin.

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‘The new book Dark Money tells how Fred Koch, the father of the Koch brothers, earned a lot of his money from Hitler. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down: “The father of the billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch helped construct a major oil refinery in Nazi Germany that was personally approved by Adolf Hitler, according to a new history of the Kochs and other wealthy families. Jane Mayer, traces the rise of the modern conservative movement through the activism and money of a handful of rich donors: among them Richard Mellon Scaife, an heir to the Mellon banking fortune, and Harry and Lynde Bradley, brothers who became wealthy in part from military contracts but poured millions into anti-government philanthropy. But the book is largely focused on the Koch family, stretching back to its involvement in the far-right John Birch Society and the political and business activities of the father, Fred C. Koch, who found some of his earliest business success overseas in the years leading up to World War II. One venture was a partnership with the American Nazi sympathizer William Rhodes Davis, who, according to Ms. Mayer, hired Mr. Koch to help build the third-largest oil refinery in the Third Reich, a critical industrial cog in Hitler’s war machine”. Published on Jan 16, 2016′.

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NBC News-YouTube Democratic Debate

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‘Join NBC News’ Lester Holt, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd and YouTube creators Connor Franta, Marques Brownlee, MinuteEarth and Franchesca Ramsey as Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley debate in Charleston, South Carolina (Posted 18 Jan 2016)’.

 

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The Prez and Chomsky: Turkey, Terrorism and the Kurds

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Back in the day, the more than well-respected MIT academic and critic Noam Chomsky used to be somewhat in favour of AKP-led Turkey and its course. In 2012, for instance, while talking to David Barsamian, he made these choice remarks: Tayyip “Erdogan’s popularity in the Middle East does not make him popular in the U.S. He’s by far the most popular figure in the Arab world, whereas Obama’s popularity is actually lower than Bush’s, which is quite a trick. Turkey has taken a fairly independent role in world affairs, which the U.S. doesn’t like at all. They’ve maintained trade relations with Iran—in fact, are even increasing them. Turkey and Brazil carried out a major crime. They succeeded in getting Iran to agree to a program of transferring the low-enriched uranium out of Iran, which happened to virtually duplicate Obama’s program. In fact, Obama had actually written a letter to Lula, the Brazilian president, urging him to proceed with this, mainly because Washington assumed that Iran would never agree, and then they could use it as a diplomatic weapon against them and have more support for sanctions. But they did agree. There was great anger here that they got Iran to agree, because then that might undermine the push for sanctions, which is what they really were after. So that was another source of hostility. And there are others. For example, in the case of Libya, Turkey, which is a NATO power, interfered with NATO’s early efforts to carry out the bombing of Libya, effectively overriding the UN resolution, though they claimed they were observing it. Turkey was by no means cooperative; in fact, they actually blocked NATO meetings. Washington didn’t like that either. They don’t like the increasing trade relations with Iran, they don’t like their independent foreign policy. So given that situation, it’s appropriate to condemn human rights violations in Turkey, which are there. There’s been regression. Actually, there was a lot of progress over the past 10 years, quite considerable progress, but the last couple of years have been pretty unpleasant. It’s correct to protest them, cynicism aside”.[1]

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But those days are over now . . . now that Turkey is at war, at home as well as abroad.[2] As explained by Matthew Weaver in the Guardian: “Hours after Tuesday’s bomb attack on a tourist area of Istanbul, Erdoğan delivered a sneering criticism of Chomsky and ‘so-called intellectuals’ who had signed a letter calling on Turkey to end the ‘deliberate massacre’ of Kurdish people in the south east of the country. He invited Chomsky to visit the area in a defiant televised speech to a conference of Turkish ambassadors in Ankara. Chomsky has now rejected the invitation. In an email to the Guardian he said: ‘If I decide to go to Turkey, it will not be on his invitation, but as frequently before at the invitation of the many courageous dissidents, including Kurds who have been under severe attack for many years.’ Chomsky also claimed Erdoğan was operating double standards on terrorism”.[3] In response, the Prez (aka the first popularly elected President of the Republic of Turkey) did what he does best, and gave yet another speech. Weaver relates that “[i]n his speech, Erdoğan said: ‘Let our ambassador from the United States invite Chomsky, who has made statements about Turkey’s operations against the terrorist organisation. Let’s host him in the region.’ Referring to operations of the Kurdish separatists in the PKK, Erdoğan added: ‘We are ready to tell them what is happening in the south-east. They should see with their eyes whether the problem is a violation by the state or the hijacking of our citizens’ rights and freedoms by the terrorist organisation.’ He went on to accuse Chomsky and the other signatories of displaying the ‘mentality of colonialism,’ saying: ‘You so-called intellectuals are not enlightened persons, you are in the dark. You are nothing like intellectuals.’ A live translation by al-Jazeera quoted Erdoğan saying: ‘I have a message for those academics. Just putting your signature on a dry piece of paper means nothing. Come to Turkey. Chomsky can see what is taking place in Turkey with his own eyes, not through the eyes of a fifth column. Let those academics come to Turkey – I’m certain we will be able to show them the true picture.'”.[4]

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As I wrote some time ago, “[o]ver the past months Turkey has seen an ever-increasing escalation of violence. As expressed by Human Rights Watch recently, ‘[c]lashes have taken place between government forces and armed opposition fighters since the breakdown of the Turkish government’s peace process with Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). In towns throughout the southeast massive security operations are under way against an armed movement, the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), associated with the PKK. The youth movement’s supporters have dug trenches and erected barricades to seal off neighborhoods . . . Human rights groups including Mazlum Der and the Human Rights Association, and the Diyarbakir Bar Association, have reported the killings of scores of men, women and children in the southeast in recent months. Among the dead and wounded are young children, teenage boys, adult men and women. Some teenagers and young men who were killed may have been armed and actively participating in the armed clashes against the police, and others may have been unarmed but in the vicinity.’ The Turkish state-under-the-AKP has thrown its full weight into the renewed fight against the PKK, or as some would argue, against the Kurdish population of south-east Anatolia: ‘since August 16, there have been 52 open-ended, round-the-clock curfews affecting 17 towns, in which approximately 1,299,061 people reside (2014 population census), according to the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV),’ as expressed by the Ankara-based journalist Uzay Bulut. Currently, these curfews affect the Kurdish-populated districts of Sur in Diyarbakır, Nusaybin in Mardin and Cizre and Silopi in Şırnak. About a fortnight ago, the wily PM declared that ‘all those towns will be cleansed of terror elements. If necessary, neighborhood by neighborhood, house by house, street by street.’ According to Yılmaz Kan, co-chairman of the organization Göç-Der (Migrants’ Association for Social Cooperation and Culture), about 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the recent military assaults. In view of these troubling developments some people have started asking aloud whether Turkey is headed for a return to the 1990s, when the Turkish state was waging a full-out war on the PKK. In response, the apparently always well-informed Economist relates that ‘[u]nlike in the 1990s . . . today the PKK’s armed youth wing [or the YDG-H] is firmly entrenched in urban centers across the south-east.'”.[5]

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Weaver then concludes his piece as follows: “[i]n his email to the Guardian, Chomsky accused Erdoğan of hypocrisy. He said: ‘Turkey blamed Isis [for the attack on Istanbul], which Erdoğan has been aiding in many ways, while also supporting the al-Nusra Front, which is hardly different. He then launched a tirade against those who condemn his crimes against Kurds – who happen to be the main ground force opposing Isis in both Syria and Iraq. Is there any need for further comment?'”.[6]

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[1] D. Barsamian, “Noam Chomsky Discusses Turkey with David Barsamian” The Armenian Weekly (09 Feb 2012). http://armenianweekly.com/author/david-barsamian/.

[2] C. Erimtan, “Turkey at War: Flexing its Military Muscle, Imposing Curfews and Destroying Campsites” NEO (20 Dec 2015). http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/20/turkey-at-war-flexing-its-military-muscle-imposing-curfews-and-destroying-campsites/.

[3] Matthew Weaver, “Chomsky hits back at Erdoğan, accusing him of double standards on terrorism” The Guardian (14 Jan 2015). http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/14/chomsky-hits-back-erdogan-double-standards-terrorism-bomb-istanbul.

[4] Matthew Weaver, “Chomsky hits back at Erdoğan, accusing him of double standards on terrorism”.

[5] C. Erimtan, “Turks, Saudis & Kurds: What’s Going on?” NEO (11Jan 2016). http://journal-neo.org/2016/01/11/turks-saudis-kurds-whats-going-on/.

[6] Matthew Weaver, “Chomsky hits back at Erdoğan, accusing him of double standards on terrorism”.

We won’t be a Part of this Crime

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“1,128 academics from 89 universities in Turkey, and over 355 academics and researchers from abroad have signed a text calling on state of Turkey to end state violence and prepare negotiation conditions”.[1]

Barış İçin Akademisyenler

‘As academics and researchers of this country, we will not be a party to this crime!

“The Turkish state has effectively condemned its citizens in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, and many other towns and neighborhoods in the Kurdish provinces to hunger through its use of curfews that have been ongoing for weeks. It has attacked these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime. As a result, the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment protected by the constitution and international conventions have been violated.

This deliberate and planned massacre is in serious violation of Turkey’s own laws and international treaties to which Turkey is a party. These actions are in serious violation of international law.

We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region. We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage. For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents.

We demand the government to prepare the conditions for negotiations and create a road map that would lead to a lasting peace which includes the demands of the Kurdish political movement. We demand inclusion of independent observers from broad sections of society in these negotiations. We also declare our willingness to volunteer as observers. We oppose suppression of any kind of the opposition.

We, as academics and researchers working on and/or in Turkey, declare that we will not be a party to this massacre by remaining silent and demand an immediate end to the violence perpetrated by the state. We will continue advocacy with political parties, the parliament, and international public opinion until our demands are met”. (BK/TK)’.[2]

For international support, please send your signature, name of your university and your title to info@barisicinakademisyenler.net.

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[1]“Academics: We will not be a Party to This Crime” English Bianet (11 Jan 2016). http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/170978-academics-we-will-not-be-a-party-to-this-crime.

[2] http://www.barisicinakademisyenler.net/node/63.

The Caliph goes to Sultanahmet, Istanbul

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“İstanbul’da turistlerin uğrak yeri Sultanahmet Meydanı’nda canlı bomba saldırısı gerçekleşti. İstanbul Valiliği, ’10 ölü 15 yaralı olduğu tespit edilmiştir’ dedi. Saldırganın 1988 doğumlu Suudi Arabistanlı Nabil Fadlı olduğu belirtildi”.

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RT Deutsch meldet das “[m]indestens zehn Menschen sind gestern in der Nähe von der Blauen Moschee in Istanbul getötet worden sowie 15 verletzt, nachdem sich ein Selbstmordattentäter in die Luft sprengte. Unter den Toten sind acht Deutsche. Die Blaue Moschee auf dem Sultanahmet-Platz ist eine der wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten der türkischen Stadt. Sowohl der türkische Ministerpräsident Ahmet Davutoglu und Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan beschuldigen den sogenannten islamischen Staat für den Angriff”.

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Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

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‘The president delivers his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, perhaps the last opportunity of his presidency to frame the 2016 election (13 Jan 2016)’.

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