Headlines (afternoon), April 26, 2016

20+ [Amazing Photos of] Birds Taking Care Of Their Babies .  .  . Please don’t miss these beauties!

RT Op-Edge: Obama went to Germany to deliver Europe’s latest report card

Looking at Obama’s Hannover speech in full, it reads like a report card for Europe. He starts by listing off all of our shared values and producing a comprehensive rundown of what is possible when the US and Europe “stand as one” (translation: when European nations don’t question American policies or motivations). In other words, recognizing the deep divisions emerging in European politics and society, he pleads for the unity that will allow Washington to control the continent more easily if we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet.

RT: ‘Largest single pledge in history’: US may increase military aid to Israel What is Obama hoping to get if he does this? Anything?

The White House has signaled readiness to boost military aid to Israel to a historic high, after a letter signed by 83 Senators advocated for the increase. Aid to Israel currently accounts for more than half the total US military aid budget.

RT: ‘Hegemonic logic’: China fumes after Pentagon calls it top target of US ‘freedom of navigation’ ops

TTIP deal ‘will not succeed’ if French standards aren’t maintained, Paris warns Washington . . . Oops! As they disobey their controllers, should France prepare for another ISIS attack?

“I want to be clear: it will not succeed if it does not guarantee that the standards we have in France for our citizens’ health and environment will be maintained,” Valls said at a government-organized environmental conference in Paris on Tuesday. “And today we are too far from that to envisage an agreement.”

RT: Dutch daily’s cartoon depicts Erdogan as ape crushing free speech
Somebody else feeling brave enough to pick a fight?

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RT: US to deploy high-mobility rocket system to Turkey-Syria border – Ankara

Some doubt Turkey’s aspirations with regard to the idea of a safe zone. Military expert Vladimir Evseev told RIA that Ankara is interested in the measure in order to annex a part of Syria.

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RT: ‘Largest single pledge in history’: US may increase military aid to Israel
Is Obama hoping to get something out of this, and from whom? 

The White House has signaled readiness to boost military aid to Israel to a historic high, after a letter signed by 83 Senators advocated for the increase. Aid to Israel currently accounts for more than half the total US military aid budget.

Zerohedge: Who Is The Ravenous Buyer Of All Those Energy Stocks? Here Is The Surprising Answer Uh-Oh!

The answer may have been revealed earlier today in Bank of America’s breakdown of what smart money investors were doing. While we already reported that for the 13th, record, consecutive week, hedge funds, institutions and private clients were unloading risk exposure, one other group of client were buying energy stocks in record amounts: Pensions.

Former FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg named in massive conspiracy and racketeering lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson, a Wall Street hedge fund, and the Levaquin drug

All these are important stories, from Sott.net

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