If there is one piece of legislation (and in a "democracy", there is no reason why any one law should be fast-tracked through Congress under the shroud of secrecy) that should be passed in complete openness and in full view of the general public, especially by the world's "most transparent organization", it is Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-trillion dollar treaty with 29 classified chapters, which - when not if passed - will have an impact on the vast majority of workers in the US, on their wages and living conditions.
Curiously, according to Wikileaks, the TPP contains 29 chapters but only 5 pertain to trade. As Red State reports, "Wikileaks will be publishing the entire bill and they have already released the chapter on Investment. It’s very interesting. It is written in a such a way as to give multinational companies a huge advantage on trade. If a public hospital is built close to a private one, the private hospital has the right to sue the country for expected losses." The chapter on investment can be found here.
It gets worse:
The agreement also regulates the internet and requires internet companies to gather certain data which they will be required to share with certain private companies. Many of the provisions will not only be secret before the vote in the House, but will also be kept secret for four years after the bill is signed. That means we won’t know what’s in it even after it’s passed.
According to reports on Tuesday, the rockets fired from Yemen hit several camps and military bases in the southwestern Saudi port city of Jizan.
An air defense base in the Saudi border city of Najran was also targeted by five rockets launched by the Yemeni fighters.
Russia to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars of arms to Iraq ~ link ~
Russia plans to deliver weapons to Iraq worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Russian Presidential Aide Vladimir Kozhin said Tuesday.
Kozhin said that there would be several different types of weapons in the deliveries.
Former US Senate candidate: Israel planning false flag attack in America to create a War with Iran ~ link ~
Israel is preparing to carry out a false flag operation in the United States and will blame it on Iran as a strategy to entangle Washington in a war with Tehran, a former US Senate candidate says.
“I have maintained from the beginning that Israel is planning and will in some point attempt a false flag incident probably within the continental United States that will be facilitated by Israeli intelligence and falsely blamed on Iran,” said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas.
“This lie will be repeated in the American news media time and time and time again to create the furor within the United States, with the American public for [triggering] an overt American attack on the Iranians,” Dankof told Press TV on Tuesday.
India cuts 70% of French Rafale fighters deal ~ link ~ This is a loss for the western alliance and a plus for the eastern alliance. Stirling
Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced that his country would buy only 36 Rafale fighter jets instead of the 126 previously suggested; he described the former government's plans to buy 126 French warplanes as "economically unviable and not required," media reports said.
There are three version (A, B and C) of the Joint Strike Fighter — for the Air Force, Marines and Navy respectively — all manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
Marine fighter pilots on the USS Wasp have been taking their B variant of the F-35 — designed for vertical landings and short take-offs — through training exercises, and will soon move onto tactical exercises as the jet moves towards being declared combat ready.
Former UK defense secretary Nick Harvey recently slammed the program as "one of the biggest white elephants in history," and said he didn't think there was a "cat in hell’s chance" that the UK's Joint Strike Fighters would be combat ready by 2018.
Senator Rand Paul crusades to expose secret 9/11 documents ~ link ~
Sen. Rand Paul is joining a crowd of House lawmakers intent on revealing to the public 28 pages of secret text about Sept. 11, 2001.
The Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate — fresh off a closely watched battle to kill some government surveillance powers — led the charge on Tuesday with legislation to force the disclosure of pages extracted from a 2002 congressional inquiry into the attacks. The pages were blacked out by the Bush administration on national security grounds.
“We cannot let page after page of blanked-out documents be obscured by a veil,” Paul said at a packed Capitol press conference on Tuesday, flanked by fellow lawmakers and families of victims of the 2001 attack. “We owe it to these families, and we cannot let this lack of transparency erode trust and make us feel less secure.”
Argentina refuses to negotiate US hedge fund debt and complains of attacks ~ link ~ Good for Argentina! Stirling
Lawyers for Argentina, in a letter sent to the mediator of talks with the US investment firms pursuing legal action against the country, stated on Monday that the government is refusing to negotiate with creditors because of "unwarranted attacks on the Republic."
According to the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, the investment firms have carried out attacks "both in and out of court," and have "sought orders freezing immune diplomatic assets… and sought to thwart clearly legitimate domestic debt issuances."
Greece will sign MOU with Russia for its new Natural Gas Pipeline ~ link ~
Greece has received what The New York Times recently described as “dueling sales pitches” on two proposed natural gas pipelines.
One proposal comes from Russia, where the Kremlin is keen to use the tumultuous negotiations between Athens and creditors to advance Moscow’s energy and geopolitical interests. Moscow hopes to essentially buy Athens’ participation in the Turkish Stream pipeline which, as a reminder, will allow Russia to bypass Bulgaria by piping gas through Turkey, then through Greece, Serbia, and Hungary straight to the Austrian central hub.
The Netherlands just banned Monsanto's Glyphosate-based herbicides ~ link ~