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02 May 2016 @ 07:57 am
EU Commission Wants To Legalise Chemical Alteration Of The Tax Stock - Us  

Secret TTIP Document Leak: Approval of GMO Food, Farewell EU Farmers…
The massive leak of secret TTIP negotiating papers due out tomorrow (2 May) will reveal the true extent of the danger posed by the controversial EU-US deal, and early signs are that it will be even worse than already suspected. For the first time, we will be able to see in black and white exactly what the US negotiators are demanding of the EU, and what the European Commission is prepared to sacrifice in order to seal the deal. Here is a sneak preview of just three sections made available this evening – the texts in italics are from the leaked papers:

1. Farewell, European farmers

Any export gains for EU car manufacturers will come at a massive cost to European agriculture, with the European Commission sacrificing the small-scale farmers of Europe in order to force open US markets for major European corporations. Here is the deal:

“The EU proposed a possible package on mechanical devices in Chapter 84 and electrical appliances in Chapter 85 for which both parties share offensive interests. While the US showed an interest, it hastened to point out that it would need to consult with its industry regarding some of the products and that progress on motor vehicle-related parts would only be possible if the EU showed progress in the discussion on agricultural tariffs.”

2. Approval of GM food

TTIP uses the euphemism of ‘modern agricultural technology’ to refer to genetically modified (GM) food, and the US is demanding that all producers of GM food have automatic access to the regulatory procedures of the EU. Not only this, but the European Commission will be required to provide GM producers with full details of what they need to do to get their products approved:

“Where a Party requires a product of modern agricultural technology to be approved or authorized prior to its importation, use or sale in its territory, the Party shall allow any person to submit an application for approval at any time.

Where a Party requires a product of modern agricultural technology to be approved or authorized prior to its importation or sale in its territory, each Party shall make publicly available:

(a) a description of the processes it applies to accept, consider, and decide applications for approval or authorization;

(b) the competent authorities responsible for receiving and deciding applications for approval or authorization.”

3. Business chill on future regulation

One of the key aims of TTIP is to prevent the introduction of any new social, public health or environmental regulations that might represent a burden on business. The leaked documents confirm that TTIP threatens the ‘precautionary principle’ that stands at the centre of all EU regulation. More than this, the US is now demanding that corporations receive prior warning of any new rules or standards to be introduced, and the EU will have to justify its decision to introduce any new rules in future:

“When developing a regulation, a regulatory authority of a Party shall evaluate any information provided in comments by the other Party or a person of the other Party regarding the potential trade effects of the regulation that it receives during the comment period and… provide its views on substantive issues raised.”

In addition to the above three issues, the leaked documents show that the USA has no interest in the EU’s much vaunted ‘investment court system’ – a major blow to the European Commission, which will be unable to ratify TTIP without this element.

John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, commented:

The TTIP negotiations will never survive this leak. The only way that the European Commission has managed to keep the negotiations going so far is through complete secrecy as to the actual details of the deal under negotiation. Now we can see the details for ourselves, and they are truly shocking. This is surely the beginning of the end for this much hated deal.

The original source of this article is War on Want

Via http://www.globalresearch.ca/secret-ttip-document-leak-approval-of-gmo-food-farewell-eu-farmers/5522785
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 07:21 am (UTC)
Legalising chemical alteration of humans

Still think Bilderberg's megalomaniacal Euro Comm that is happy to impose GM foods, chem trails, oestrogen and antibiotics in food and milk, aluminium, mercury and gods know what else in vaccines on us, that has been conducting negotiations without consulting the public, is working for the European people?

There needs to be a massive protest, the whole EU Commission past and present, Bilderberg's ECFR and other 'think tanks' frog marched to jail and a common law court established to try these bastards for crimes against humanity.

Then local regimes like Cameron's that are supporting the TTIP should be subjected to the same treatment.

If we have a government it should be one that protects us, against individuals, corporation leaders and assorted other whackos that have an agenda to rule the planet, rather than have to suffer the likes of the Cameron regime and the aptly named Juncker NGO.

About time the gardeners of this country started work on remaking the garden out of the trash heap the industrialists and other profit motivated have created.

Edited at 2016-05-03 06:07 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 07:23 am (UTC)
Release of Secret TTIP Negotiation Documents

By Greenpeace
Global Research, May 02, 2016
Greenpeace Netherlands has released secret TTIP negotiation documents. We have done so to provide much needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty.
This treaty is threatening to have far reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US. Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labour rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is in these leaked documents. They underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced:
TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.You can download all the documents below, as a whole and per chapter.
Stephan Best
The original source of this article is Greenpeace
Copyright © Greenpeace, Greenpeace, 2016
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 07:25 am (UTC)
TTIP risks to health & environment, 'US pressure on EU' revealed in secret docs leaked by Greenpeace

RT News 2 May, 2016
The controversial trade deal between the EU and the US could affect public health, people’s rights, internet privacy and the environment badly, Greenpeace says, citing leaked negotiation texts. The US is pressuring the EU over the deal, a report on the texts alleges.
The 248 pages of classified negotiation papers on The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were released by Greenpeace Netherlands on Monday.
“This treaty is threatening to have far-reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and US,” a Greenpeace statement says.
The TTIP is “about a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” according to the group.
Greenpeace says the papers’ authenticity is confirmed by an investigative research team consisting of Rechercheverbund NDR, WDR und Süddeutsche Zeitung media outlets.
Washington is blocking European car exports into the US to force the EU to buy more environmentally risky US farm produce, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported after analyzing the documents.
The US Trade Representative’s office has shrugged off the allegations, declining to comment on the “validity of alleged leaks,” a spokesperson said, adding, “the interpretations being given to these texts appear to be misleading at best and flat-out wrong at worst,” Reuters reported.
The deal will result in abandoning long-standing environmental protections, Greenpeace says.
“The US demand for a ‘risk based’ approach that aims to manage hazardous substances rather than avoid them, finds its way into various chapters. This approach undermines the ability of regulators to take preventive measures, for example regarding controversial substances like hormone disrupting chemicals,” the statement reads.
More https://www.rt.com/news/341591-greenpeace-leak-ttip-deal/
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 07:31 am (UTC)
UV risk May 3
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UV Index

Media graphic color

Risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure, for the average adult

Recommended protection
0–2.9 Green "Low" Wear sunglasses on bright days; use sunscreen if there is snow on the ground, which reflects UV radiation, or if you have particularly fair skin.
3–5.9 Yellow "Moderate" Take precautions, such as covering up, if you will be outside. Stay in shade near midday when the sun is strongest.
6–7.9 Orange "High" Cover the body with sun protective clothing, use SPF 30+ sunscreen, wear a hat, reduce time in the sun within three hours of solar noon, and wear sunglasses. (Australian slogan: Slip-Slop-Slap-Seek-Slide.)
8–10.9 Red "Very high" Wear SPF 30+ sunscreen, a shirt, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Do not stay in the sun for too long.
11+ Violet "Extreme" Take all precautions: Wear SPF 30+ sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers, sunglasses, and a very broad hat. Avoid the sun within three hours of solar noon.


South Wales chem trail prevalence HIGH.
(How soon do we need to wear a gas mask or nano particle air filter? Or is it too late?)

When can we have an official chem trail haze index?

Edited at 2016-05-03 07:39 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 10:38 am (UTC)
Politician: an actor that pretends to run the country
Or, as the following explains, governments are theatre. No clearer example can be had than the 'B' movie performances of the contenders for the lead role.

NEO: Is the US a Carefully Constructed “Mock-Up?”
02.05.2016 Author: Janet Phelan
Those familiar with settings for Hollywood movies will recognize that there is a difference between façade and structure. In the case of celluloid, a “mock-up” may be used to simulate a structure, without, however its three-dimensional and functional integrity. A mock-up may look like what it is simulating, but on close examination, it will become apparent it is only a Sim.
A “mock up” may be defined as follows: a “full sized scale model used for demonstration, study or testing.”
This article will explore the possibility that, far from being a Constitutional republic, that the United States is, in fact, a “mock-up” and a Sim.
First, we must ask the questions: “What is the United States? How do we define this entity? And are there indications that the definitions do not describe the reality?” This would be our first clue that the US may be a Sim.
For most purposes, the United States can be described in two ways: 1) As a system of laws which define it and 2) As a territory, circumscribed by its borders.
The first definition quickly breaks down under scrutiny, as the reality peeks out behind the Sim. As described in Article 1 of its founding document, the US Constitution states: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
Well, that’s not the way it is! For one, the President of the United States has been regularly noted for bypassing Congress and legislating via executive order. Secondly, the judicial branch is also under fire for the increasing tendency of judges to ignore the law and issue directives from the bench which are actually barred by law.
More http://journal-neo.org/2016/05/02/is-the-us-a-carefully-constructed-mock-up/
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 01:16 pm (UTC)
NEO: Panama Papers – Sheep-Dipped CIA Dirty Ops

01.05.2016 Author: F. William Engdahl
It stinks worse than a surfeit of skunks crashing a Texas Fourth of July picnic. Look at even the superficial facts of the so-called “Panama Papers.”
A Munich Germany mainstream pro-NATO newspaper editor we are told gets an anonymous gift of alleged files of thousands of high net worth tax dodgers from around the world. To read the front pages of major mainstream western newspapers or BBC and CNN these past days one would be convinced that some hacker had uncovered smoking gun proof that Russia’s Vladimir Putin along with China President Xi Jinping and other “enemies” of the Washington Agenda had stashed billions in secret accounts managed by a Panama law firm called Mossack Fonseca.
With no explanation how or from whom, the Süddeutsche Zeitung says it came into possession of 11.5 million confidential documents sent them by someone they never met who went by the anonymous name “John Doe,” a typical American moniker. The “Panama Papers” handover was done a year ago, with, we are told, detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by the Panama law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The file cache contained the identities of shareholders and directors of the offshore companies.
Immediately Süddeutsche Zeitung’s editors say they contacted a highly select cabal or group of journalists and a year later, with precise timing, western mainstream corporate-owned media have now begun coordinated, orchestrated selective leaks of alleged contents.
Now it gets quite interesting.
Here http://journal-neo.org/2016/05/01/panama-papers-sheep-dipped-cia-dirty-ops/
Goes a bit deeper into the state than the CIA. The CIA like ISIS is a weapon against us, humans. A tool. A layer of the onion.
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)

It is important to understand that the life we are living is an artificial illusion, a construct that serves those that are deluded into believing that difference in ability to lie equates to difference in right to the bounties of this Eden.

The liars are zionists. Not jews.

Edited at 2016-05-03 03:34 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on May 3rd, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)

If a person does the research, accepts chem trails for what they are, a lot more swallowing of assumptions cascades. E.g. 9-11 was proven a 'made-for-tv' event using media broadcast footage available on many home recordings.

More http://www.septemberclues.info/

Edited at 2016-05-04 07:05 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2016 08:47 pm (UTC)

We have a pretty good idea who profited from the staged event. We don't yet know who said "do it". But we can speculate. A certain 'child had a ringside view on the day. Spectating on a pre-arranged event. Along with the 'dancing Israelis' (Mossad employees apparently, according to a cop, if memory serves).
We don't know where the gold that was being ferried out on 40' trailers ended up.
Apart from atonement payments to Israel for the alleged, unproven holocaust by gas inhalation and incineration, Merkel passes subs and missiles to Israel over the table. What came back?
Netty hasn't had a problem with Russia.

Putin hasn't gained enough global support for his "global gov by peaceful methods" yet.

The man has been fairly straight so far, as I can gather. He sells 'the way to defeat the imperialist hegemony efforts is by...' global hegemony.

Has he promised netty a seat at the table?

Would be nice to think someone, somewhere has an umbrella emblazoned with netty's name. And that of his Western limp wristed 'rulers'.

Wow. I did a whole zio rant and didn't mention MI6's Cameron once. Did I?
clothcapclothcap on May 4th, 2016 07:26 am (UTC)
TPP, TTIP: Eliminating Nations, Turning over the World Economy To Mega-corporations.

Obama’s Secret Trade Deals vs. Trump and Bernie
By Jon Rappoport
Global Research, May 02, 2016
Jon Rappoport's Blog
The press refuses to state the obvious: two US Presidential candidates who couldn’t be more different are on the same page when it comes to Globalist trade treaties.
Image: Trump and Bernie—the gunslinger fast–talking cowboy and the programmatic socialist.
If the press did connect the dots, it would be admitting that millions of Americans from both candidates’ camps recognize the danger of these treaties—and pumping up that revelation would bring a major threat to the Globalist water-boy in the White House.
He is Barack Obama. When a preliminary vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) stalled in Congress last year, Obama and his team jumped on the phones and stayed there night and day trying to drum up support. And now, when the UK is considering an exit from the European Union, thus throwing a large monkey wrench in the US-EU Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Obama flies to London, where, shockingly, he lowers the boom on the British government and the public, warning that an independent UK would have to stand at the back of the line when it comes to formulating a separate trade pact with the US.
Obama, as you might remember, was tutored on foreign policy, after his election in 2008, by Zbiggie Brzezinski, the intellectual water-boy for David Rockefeller, the king of Globalism, Planet Earth.
Brzezinski once wrote (1969):
“The nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.”
These Globalist trade deals are, indeed, exercises in eliminating nations and turning over the economy of the world to mega-corporations.
For example, as The Independent reported (10/16/15), the TTIP embodies Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS), whereby corporations can sue governments when their profits are endangered.
For instance, Monanto could sue the EU for refusing to accept the import of GMO food crops, thereby enabling a Monsanto end-run around Europe’s tight restrictions on GMOs.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/tpp-ttip-eliminating-nations-turning-over-the-world-economy-to-mega-corporations-obamas-secret-trade-deals-vs-trump-and-bernie/5522947
clothcapclothcap on May 4th, 2016 07:30 am (UTC)
The True History and Purpose of NASA

gmoore49's channel
Nov 24, 2011
My Dailymotion channel [gmoore50] was recently shut down, so this is now the only copy available.
Did You Know that NASA has an esoteric agenda to help bring about a one world government, a New World Order?
JFK Moonlanding by end of decade speech, Rice University,
Launch of Apollo 11, July 16, 1969.
Part 1: Project Paperclip and the NAZI Infiltration of NASA
Interview with Bruce Gagnon.
Part 2: NASA Moon Landing Hoax
The Apollo 16 Stagehand Video Hoax
My video "The Apollo 16 Stagehand Video Hoax" can be found here:
Brief excerpt from video showing wires were used on the Apollo astronauts, controlled by wire men in a studio.
Moon Landing Hoax - Wires Footage
Proof is shown of the moon landing video being faked in a studio, using rear screen projection.
Apollo 17: the moving magic mound
Part 3: Why would NASA need to fake the moon landings?
William (Bill) Cooper will explain this, in excerpts from his 3 part presentation called "MAJESTYTWELVE"

More details and links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaT2G4fMT4o
clothcapclothcap on May 4th, 2016 07:36 am (UTC)
TTIP Leaked Documents Confirm that Obama Requires “Killing the Paris Accord on Climate Change”

By Eric Zuesse
Global Research, May 02, 2016
“248 pages of leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts” show that the American negotiating position, as Greenpeace put the matter, allows “No place for climate protection in TTIP,” and, though “We have known that the EU position was bad, now we see the US position is even worse.”
Jorgo Riss, Director of Greenpeace EU, said,
“The effects of TTIP would be initially subtle but ultimately devastating. It would lead to European laws being judged … disregarding environmental protection and public health concerns.”
A 70-year-old EU rule, which allows nations to restrict trade in order “to protect human, animal and plant life or health,” or for “the conservation of exhaustible natural resources,” would end, if U.S. President Barack Obama gets what he wants.
Furthermore, the “Precautionary principle is forgotten”: it’s currently enshrined in the EU Treaty, but Obama wants it gone; it is stated in the EU Treaty as allowing
“rapid response in the face of a possible danger to human, animal or plant health, or to protect the environment. In particular, where scientific data do not permit a complete evaluation of the risk, recourse to this principle may, for example, be used to stop distribution or order withdrawal from the market of products likely to be hazardous.”
Obama wants there to be no ability for EU nations to withdraw from the market “products likely to be hazardous.” All products would be assumed safe, unless proven not to be.
Other TTIP developments in recent days:
Britain’s Independent headlined on April 29th, “TTIP could cause an NHS sell-off and UK Parliament would be powerless to stop it, says leading union”, and reported that a labor union, “Unite,” was determined to block TTIP from going into effect in the UK:
“Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary, said that it was ‘a scandal’ that MPs [Members of Parliament] may not have the democratic power to stop TTIP, which she said ‘threatens the irreversible sell-off of our NHS [National Health Service]’.”
Privatization of government assets is favorably viewed by Obama.
Tamara Hervey, a professor of EU law at the University of Sheffield, told the Independent,
“The UK government could include a reservation in the agreement to say that it does not include the NHS. As far as I understand, that isn’t on the table, even though several other EU countries have already put such reservations in the negotiating text.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron, like Obama, is strongly in favor of privatization.
The Independent said,”Obama used a recent visit to the EU to push for the completion of TTIP, promising it would remove ‘regulatory and
bureaucratic irritants and blockages to trade’.” Now, we know that in his mind the EU’s existing regulations concerning environmental protection and product safety belong in that category: “bureaucratic irritants and blockages to trade.”
Britain’s Guardian banners on May 1st, “Leaked TTIP Documents Cast Doubt on EU-US Trade Deal”, and Arthur Nelson in Brussels, reports that, “Because of a European ban on animal testing, ‘the EU and US approaches remain irreconcilable and EU market access problems will therefore remain’,” which is yet further indication of Obama’s free-market convictions: he doesn’t accept any ban on animal-testing of products. Presumably, he wants to allow corporations to determine what the cheapest way to determine a product’s safety or dangerousness is, regardless of whether the animal model that’s used tells anything reliable about the product’s safety on humans. If one nation’s testing procedure is less reliable than another’s, then Obama wants the two to compete as equals, so that the incentive will exist for all corporations to use the cheapest method, regardless of the method’s reliability, or even humaneness. Obama didn’t run for President as a libertarian, but he turns out to be remarkably libertarian in his policies. He’s pushing for a vigorous race to the bottom, in all sorts of regulations.
clothcapclothcap on May 4th, 2016 10:28 am (UTC)
Is there any bank that isn't a criminal enterprise?
They create private banknote currency from fresh air and without any supporting capital then lend it at face value adding the created debt to the national debt while at the same adding to inflation. The Cameron regime, apparent collaborator in bank crimes covers the created debt with government bonds that are guaranteed by future tax income. The bonds are interest bearing. So for just printing paper the private BoE corp'n gets full face value plus interest for generations.
Why doesn't the Cameron regime issue the bonds directly to the public as the national currency leaving out the currency scammers? Because they are crooks imo. The scams that investment banks get up to are amazing. Still more amazing is that none get punished beyond fines that are passed on to (mostly institutional, pension funds etc.) shareholders.
Rigging prices such as metals is another well-known scam.

Another “Conspiracy Theory” Confirmed: ECB Finds Widespread Financial Trading on “Leaked Inside Information”
By Tyler Durden
Global Research, May 02, 2016
Zero Hedge
Remember when it was merely another conspiracy theory that “some” traders “trade” (with zero risk) with the benefit of leaked material non-public information? As of moments ago it is merely the latest conspiracy fact, confirmed by none other than the ECB, which earlier today published a research paper which finds substantial “informed” trading before the official release in seven of 21 market-moving U.S. macroeconomic announcements.
The paper has studied trading patterns from Jan. 2008 to March 2014 and finds that “prices begin to move in the ‘correct’ direction about 30 minutes before the release time. The pre-announcement price drift accounts on average for about half of the total price adjustment.”
Translation: chronic insider trading, which until recently was an allegation that the serious outlets would relentless mock as another conspiracy by tinfoil hat fringe websites.
The paper also finds “strong evidence of pre-announcement drift” in ahead of releases such as theConference Board’s consumer confidence index; NAR existing home and pending home sales; preliminary GDP; Federal Reserve’s industrial production (yes, even Fed data has been leaked repeatedly); ISM manufacturing and non- manufacturing indexes, and countless other examples.
While the ECB does not blame the entire “drift” on leaks of insider information, saying instead that “the evidence suggests that the pre-announcement drift likely comes from a combination of information leakage and superior forecasting” it is clear what the real culprit is for outperformance ahead of major data release, and – spoiler alert – it isn’t “superior forecasting.”
The paper also says that according to back-of-the-envelope calculations, since 2008 pre-release trading in S&P E-mini futures market profits amount to about $20 million per year. Curiously, the ECB did not find evidence of “pre-announcement drift” in non-farm employment data. We doubt that especially since just this website has repeatedly caught BLS data being leaked in advance, an example of which we reported several years ago in “Bureau Of Labor Statistics Caught Red Handed Leaking Confidential Employment Data.”
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/another-conspiracy-theory-confirmed-ecb-finds-widespread-financial-trading-on-leaked-inside-information/5522957
clothcapclothcap on May 4th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
UV risk May 4


Chem trail haze denser than yesterday in S. Wales. There was already a background haze with over a dozen new trails with several planes visibly polluting the air as I counted.
clothcapclothcap on May 4th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC)
Institutionalised censorship illustrated

Iraqi Regime Shaken by Storming of Baghdad’s Green Zone
By Thomas Gaist
Global Research, May 03, 2016
World Socialist Web Site
Hundreds of Iraqi demonstrators flooded out of Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone Sunday, ending dramatic protests that saw crowds storm the central government compound, destroying property, assaulting an Iraqi lawmaker and prompting the imposition of a state of emergency throughout the capital by Iraq’s military.
The demonstrators, whose storming of the militarized compound on the previous day had, as even the New York Times acknowledged, “hinted at revolution,” maintained silence and ceased the attacks against government property they had carried out on the previous day as they left the Green Zone, doing so under orders from Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr.
In a speech to supporters Saturday, Sadr issued populist denunciations of the country’s political elite, declaring: “The main political blocs in this country want a partisan government of sectarian quotas so they can keep their gains and keep stealing.”
Sadr said that the cessation of protests was only temporary and that another round of demonstrations is scheduled to begin Friday. He vowed that his own sizable parliamentary faction would cease participation in legislative proceedings indefinitely.
The Sadrists had earned popular sympathy through their armed struggle against the US occupation forces. In 2004, the Shia movement was drawn into the anti-American insurgency after being outlawed by US proconsul Paul Bremer for delivering aid to residents during the blood-soaked siege of Fallujah by US Marines.
The opposition of the Sadrist party to US imperialism is, however, ultimately a tactic aimed at bolstering the movement’s sectarian interests within Iraq. Sadr, the representative of a powerful Shia clerical and political family, is firmly bound to sections of Iraq’s political establishment. Reports indicate that he is engaged in behind-the-scenes discussions with Abadi.
The New York Times reported that Sadr hopes “to nudge politicians who have opposed Mr. Abadi’s efforts” and is seeking “to reinsert himself into Iraq’s political mix.”
“This isn’t necessarily al-Sadr positioning himself against Abadi, they are both looking for the same sort of process,” Baghdad-based investment analyst Stephen Royle told Bloomberg.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/iraqi-regime-shaken-by-storming-of-baghdads-green-zone/5522931
clothcapclothcap on May 4th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
Dear Reader,
In this edition we learn that some DWP staff are paying a high price for ‘punishing and vilifying sick, disabled and unemployed people’. And we suggest a simple way to start feeling better.
We also discover that the threat of charging for benefits appeals has not gone away.
And, looking on the bright side, we reveal that even individuals and smaller charities can take on the DWP and win.
More DWP staff take time off sick because of depression and anxiety than for any other reason.
In this they are different from other government departments, where minor illnesses such as colds and back pain are the main reasons for staff absences.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS says that the level of mental health issues amongst DWP workers “highlights the huge pressures on staff who are forced to carry out the Government's cruel policies that have turned jobcentres from places of help and support into ones of conflict and suspicion.”
“DWP staff know that punishing and vilifying sick, disabled and unemployed people is not only morally wrong, it is counterproductive.”
Benefits and Work would like to issue an invitation to DWP staff who are being made ill by their work: talk to us.
There has been a notable lack of leaks from the DWP.
There have been very few whistle-blowers. And even fewer people prepared to leak any of the huge number of documents that the DWP fight to keep hidden from public sight, like the plan to charge for appeal tribunals below.
So, if you are morally repulsed by what you have ended up doing for a living – do something about it and drop us an email at info@benefitsandwork.co.uk
We will treat all contacts with complete confidentiality.
The Mirror has managed to unredact a document from the days of the coalition, sent to them by the DWP under the Freedom of Information Act. It deals with ways to cut the cost to the government of benefits appeals. One suggestion is that appeals could be charged for. But one of the problems with doing this, according to the document, is that:
‘When this was explored previously there was mixed views amongst the coalition’.
Now, however, there is no coalition for the Tories to worry about. And they need some new ways to reduce the benefits bill after the resignation of IDs forced a u-turn over proposed cuts to PIP.
So, the fact that the DWP say that the plans “do not represent Government policy and have never been sent to Ministers.” doesn’t mean that they won’t try to make it government policy in the future . . . be prepared for another fight.
It’s easy to end up believing that the DWP can do whatever they want to whoever they want, including forcing claimants to pay to appeal a decision To believe that all resistance is useless.
It isn’t.
And in this newsletter we have the proof.
Firstly, there’s the court of appeal decision that even though the government retrospectively changed the law to overcome a challenge to their forced labour policy, they didn’t entirely succeed. All those who appealed a sanction in connection with refusing to do workfare may now be entitled to compensation. Sadly, the hundreds of thousands who didn’t appeal at the time are unlikely to be able to get justice.
That decision was brought about by one brave woman who refused to work for Poundland for free.
And then there’s the plucky Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
They challenged the DWP’s policy of making PIP claimants with cystic fibrosis have a peak flow test to measure their lung function. The challenge came about because one claimant was not prepared to put up with being tested with potentially unsterile equipment, particularly by an assessor they felt was more interested in talking about dogs and having a fag break than in doing an accurate assessment.
So, together they forced the DWP to stop carrying out the test on claimants with cystic fibrosis.
Sometimes it only takes one person - whether a claimant or a Jobcentre Plus worker - to decide that enough is enough, for real change to happen.
Good luck,
Steve Donnison
More http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3502-4-may-2016-update