US Senator McCain mocks EU’s Russia sanctions

TALLINN, Estonia- Sen. John McCain of Arizona has dismissed the European Union’s sanctions on Russia following the crisis in Ukraine as “almost a joke” during a tour of the Baltic countries.
Speaking in Estonia on Tuesday, McCain said the EU’s sanctions against Russian individuals were “minimal.”
He also called for “strong, tough American leadership” to shape the West’s response to Russia’s actions in the Ukraine crisis.
McCain and Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota are visiting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week.
The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn said the two Republicans were traveling “in their capacity as members of the Senate to assess the security situation and explore ways that the U.S. could offer assistance and assurance to NATO members.”

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Mafia port in Italy will host transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons

By Matthew Schofield

GIOIA TAURO, Italy — A couple of months back, the drugs and weapons found beneath a thicket of red and white cranes in the mountains of shipping containers at Italy’s port in Gioia Tauro led U.S. and Italian law enforcement to arrest 26 members of the Gambino and ’Ndrangheta crime families.
It’s the sort of thing expected of a port nicknamed “The Cathedral of the Mafia,” the place through which an estimated 80 percent of Europe’s cocaine flows.
Later this spring, though, Danish and Norwegian sailors will transfer the worst bits of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal onto the American MV Cape Ray, and U.S. sailors will take it out to sea for destruction. Experts excitedly note that this will make the world a safer place.Making the world safer isn’t the sort of thing commonly associated with this port, found about where the laces would begin near the toe of the boot of Italy.

The port is considered one of the foundations of the wealth of the ’Ndrangheta crime family, a Mafia clan that accounts for an estimated 3.5 percent of Italy’s annual gross domestic product and is said to make more money in a year than McDonald’s.

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Ukraine Crisis: Is the West Powerless to Stop Russian Aggression?

Ukraine Crisis Is the West Powerless to Stop Russian AggressionAs the situation in Ukraine rapidly spins out of control, various Western leaders have stepped up their verbal warnings to Russia.
President Obama, in a telephone call with President Putin on Monday night, urged his Russian counterpart to stop meddling in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions.The Secretary-General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, called on( Russia )to “stop being part of the problem, and start being part of the solution”, including by pulling back its troops from Ukraine’s borders. At the same time, the NATO Secretary-General emphasised NATO’s commitment to further strengthening collective defence at sea, in the air and on land in terms of “re-enforced defence plans, enhanced exercises and appropriate deployments.”The EU’s foreign affairs chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, issued a similar statement of concern following a meeting of its member states’ foreign ministers on Monday, echoing NATO’s calls for Russia to pull back its troops and to stop further destabilisation of Ukraine. Similar to the US, the EU not only reiterated its political and economic support for Ukraine but also committed to further tightening its sanctions against Russia.The UK’s foreign secretary, William Hague, announced that, while new EU sanctions against Russia would not kick in automatically, the UK was prepared to limit trade with Russian firms, which is particularly beneficial to the City of London. His German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, from the traditionally more Russia-friendly Social Democratic Party, took a similar line when he noted that while he “could understand the business community’s desire not to impose economic sanctions on Russia, … the German government was determined to take that path if Russia continued to stir up trouble in eastern Ukraine.”One reading of these and various similar statements and actions is, at worst, one of Western impotence and, at best, one of a self-interested focus on Western security. Impotence in the inability to stop Russian efforts to destabilise Ukraine, or alternatively to come up with a stronger set of policies to deter Russia from continuing to do so. And self-interest in the sense that whatever measures have been taken so far seek to limit costs to the West, even at the risk of effectiveness of the half-hearted policies adopted, and focused on protecting current EU and NATO members rather than standing up for Ukraine.In this reading of the situation, Western actions are an open invitation to Russia to continue down its current path of creating a new zone of influence under its permanent control at the expense of the people in the countries affected, a new Soviet Union in all but name and full geographical extent. In other words, the West becomes an enabler of Russian revisionism and expansionism.

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Rasmussen: NATO to strengthen defense plans, step up military exercises over situation in Ukraine

Rasmussen NATO to strengthen defense plans, step up military exercises over situation in UkraineNATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has informed the EU defense ministers about what measures the alliance has already taken and will take to further strengthen collective defense at sea, in the air and on land in connection with the crisis in Ukraine, the alliance’s press service has reported.

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The Pure Cure: How to free your life from dangerous toxins

Poring down the rabbit hole of knowledge on issues related to natural health, the environment and toxic exposure is oftentimes overwhelming. Let’s face it — coming to the realization that we are surrounded by tens of thousands of synthetic chemicals, the vast majority of which have never been properly safety tested, is a hard pill to swallow, especially when an understanding of how to deal with this toxic onslaught in day-to-day life is lacking.

There is, however, a way to overcome this persistent chemical “smog” present in the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the furniture we lounge on, the personal care products we apply to our bodies and the medicines we are told to take by the medical system. And a comprehensive unveiling of this critical life information is packed into a volume known as The Pure Cure: A Complete Guide To Freeing Your Life From Dangerous Toxins.
Authored by wellness expert Sharyn Wynters and her natural healing colleague Burton Goldberg, The Pure Cure takes a closer look at the many sources of toxic exposure in the modern world. Most of our food, for instance, is grown using harsh chemicals that have been scientifically linked to causing neurological damage and other problems. Processed food is also loaded with added chemicals like artificial flavors and food coloring, which have been linked to behavioral problems in children.

Practically everything that defines modern life and its many unrealistic conveniences is tainted by chemical pollution that remains unseen to the naked eye, at least for a time. Eventually, unmitigated exposure to this vast chemical cocktail leads to the many chronic ills that plague society today, including hyperactivity in children, early puberty, reproductive problems, allergies, asthma, autism, sexual dysfunction and neurological damage, to name just a few.

Despite a growing awareness about the presence of at least some of these toxins in consumer products and the industrialized environment, many people remain ignorant about how to effectively avoid them, or what to do when they have already been exposed. This is where The Pure Cure bridges the gap, providing effective tools for recognizing and avoiding these toxic offenders where they hide, and choosing non-toxic alternatives wherever and whenever possible.

“In our stressful, busy world, most of us employ health-building methods in a cursory way, often neglecting the less obvious culprits that prevail,” reads the foreword to The Pure Cure. “By lack of thought, we use cleaning products, building materials, and even lighting methods that drain our health. We adorn our bodies with chemicals and chemically-treated fabrics that perpetuate disease. We eat chemically-laden food, drink chemically-laden water and breathe polluted air.”

“And just when we [think] we have it all figured out, we remember our cell phone with [its] invisible wireless connectivity that links to computers, electronic books, iPods, and the big scary tower down the street.”
Available as an e-book at Programs.NaturalNews.com, The Pure Cure is a valuable piece of reference material that you and your family can rely on for staying healthy in this toxic world. This well-researched informational guide will teach you about the importance of drinking clean water, the dangers of electromagnetic smog, how to clean your kitchen and home without chemicals and much more.

“Removing the toxins from your body and living in a toxin-free environment are the keys to vibrant health and vitality, but they are also the keys to mental clarity, balanced emotions, enhanced creativity, and inner peace,” explain the authors.

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The Importance of Vitamin D for Normalizing Your Cholesterol Levels

By Dr. Mercola

The video above is a nice confirmation from the traditional media of the importance of vitamin D. However, they still get it wrong by stating that you can get the vitamin D you need from foods. Appropriate sun exposure can easily provide over 20,000 units per day, while food rarely provides over 400 units.Back in 2011, I published a series of interviews with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior MIT research scientist who, more recently, rocked the world with her discovery of glyphosate’s mechanism of harm. Three years ago, however, she was one of the first to point out the links between cholesterol and vitamin D, presenting a hypothesis that made me even more convinced that raising your vitamin D levels through sun exposure may be far more critical than previously thought.Now, research published in the journal Menopause1, 2 appears to offer support for Dr. Seneff’s theories on the cholesterol-vitamin D link. But first, a quick review of cholesterol, and why your body actually needs it.

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