January 29, 2015

US Passports on Verge of Elimination? Soros-Funded Plan Champions 'North American Union'

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(WND)—A Soros-funded group arguing to replace the U.S. passport with a North American passport appears ready to take up the mantle of championing the concept of a European Union-style regional government to supersede the sovereignty of the United States, Mexico and Canada, fulfilling the dream of the late American University professor Robert Pastor.

The future of the U.S. lies in North America, not in the United States as a sovereign nation, contends the New America Foundation, a Washington-based leftist think-tank with ties to Jonathan Soros, son of famed leftist billionaire George Soros.

Appropriately named "New America," the foundation believes the U.S. passport should soon become obsolete and replaced with a European Union-style passport issued for all citizens of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Citizens would be redefined by their regional identity as "North Americans," echoing President Obama's claim in Spanish in his Dec. 17, 2014, announcement of his executive actions to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, "Todos Somos Americanos," or, "We are all Americans"....

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FBI Report: More Guns Correlated with Less Crime in First Half of 2014

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(BREITBART)—...private gun sales skyrocketed during 2013 with 21,093,273 background checks. And now the FBI reports that during the first six months of 2014—the first six months that all these new guns were in the hands of Americans—"offenses" in the categories of violent crimes and property crimes decreased.

In other words, More guns correlated with less crime in the first half of 2014.

According to the FBI, "murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape...aggravated assault, and robbery" all showed decreases when the first six months of 2014 were juxtaposed with the first six months of 2013. Murder fell by "6 percent," rape by "10.1 percent," aggravated assault dropped "1.6 percent," and robbery fell by "10.3 percent."

Offenses of property crime—"burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft"—all decreased during the first six months of 2014 as well, when contrasted with the first six months of 2013. Burglary fell "14 percent," larceny-theft fell "5.6 percent," and motor vehicle thefts fell "5.7 percent."...

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January 28, 2015

Shell Signs $11 Billion Deal to Build Petrochemicals Plant in Iraq

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(REUTERS)—Royal Dutch Shell signed a deal with Iraq on Wednesday worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, boosting the country's aim to become a major regional energy player and diversify its income.

Industry Minister Nasser al-Esawi told a news conference the Nibras complex, which is expected to come online within five to six years, would make his country the largest petrochemical producer in the Middle East....

"The Nibras complex will be one of the largest (foreign) investments (in Iraq) and the most important in the petrochemical sector in the Middle East," Esawi said.

He said the factory would produce 1.8 million tonnes of petrochemical products per year....

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