February 21, 2018

World Blockchain Economic Forum: Future of cryptocurrencies discussed in Singapore



An anonymous trader has bought 400 million dollars' worth of bitcoin pushing it's value back up to 11 thousand dollars. The purchase became visible thanks to blockchain technology.

During the last days of the World Blockchain Economic Forum in Singapore, RT's Miguel Francis Santiago caught up with a former Mexican president to chat about the future of blockchain technology.

RT

Russia's Capital Is Leading the Charge for Blockchain Democracy

Even as Russia stands accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, its national capital is taking a leadership role in making democracy more transparent.

Using an existing program called Active Citizen, the city of Moscow has been allowing residents to cast votes for measures ranging from the name of their new metro train to the color of the seats in a new sports arena. But in an effort to soothe people's concerns over whether to trust the city in its vote counting, it's added a private version of the ethereum blockchain to that project's architecture. Read more.

CoinDesk

Petro Currency Attracts Middle East, U.S. Investors

February 20, 2018

Politiek stop eens met dat laffe, leugenachtige nepnieuws; Stan van Houcke en Kees van der Pijl



Het laffe politieke- en journalistieke klimaat vol leugens en huichelachtigheid rond rasisme en nepnieuws, maar de echte problemen krijgen geen aandacht.

In Amerika is een kompleet nieuwe kernwapen strategie ontwikkeld waarbij het gebruik van de wapens geen bijzondere restricties heeft. Met kan kernwapens inzetten ook al gaat er van de tegenpartij zelf geen nucleaire dreiging uit. De Amerikaanse regering heeft 1000 miljard dollar uitgetrokken voor de vernieuwing van het nucleair arsenaal in opmaat naar een mogelijke confrontatie.

Uit Amerikaanse berekeningen werd geconcludeerd dat bij een nieuw, nucleair conflict ca. 500.000.000 doden zijn te verwachten. Voor de regering Trump een acceptabel getal. In de VS zijn deze ontwikkelingen onderwerp van diepgaande debatten en discussies.

In Nederland worden door politici en beleidsmaker deze echte grote problemen genegeerd. Wel worden triviale zaken zoals de uitspraken van PvD ‘er Yernaz Ramautarsing tot grote proporties opgeblazen.

Dit laffe, politieke en journalistieke klimaat is volgens emeritus hoogleraar Kees van der Pijl mogelijk geworden, omdat de mensen die werkelijk in staat waren om zaken aan te kaarten ooit internationaal werden “weggekocht”.

Cafe Weltschmerz

Mueller’s office just unsealed a charge against a new player in the Russia investigation

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has charged Alex van der Zwaan, a wealthy and connected Russian lawyer, with making false statements to the FBI.

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has charged a wealthy Russian lawyer with making false statements to the FBI, according to a court filing unsealed Tuesday. Read more.

Business Insider

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- Russia probe: Mueller charges lawyer with lying about role of Manafort partner - RT
- Former Skadden Lawyer Accused in Russia Investigation of Making False Statements - NY Times

- Nederlandse advocaat geeft toe: ik loog tegen FBI - RTL

- Aanklager Robert Mueller beschuldigt Nederlandse advocaat van liegen - NOS
- Nederlandse advocaat aangeklaagd voor leugens over Russische inmenging VS - RTL

Assad to get involved in conflict between Kurds, Turkey - reports



With Turkey trying to oust the Kurds from northern Syrian region, both sides appear to be looking to strike an unlikely alliance.

Damascus is reportedly in talks to assist the Kurds while Turkey said it would welcome any effort by the Syrian army, to drive out what it calls terrorists from Afrin. Read more.

RT

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- Pro-Assad terror groups withdraw from Afrin - AA
- Turkish army shells pro-Syrian government forces as they enter Afrin - PressTV

- Pro-government fighters move into Syria's Afrin - Al Jazeera
- Syrian pro-govt. forces will enter Afrin 'within hours' (video) - PressTV

- Over Dozen civilians killed in new US-led strikes in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr - PressTV
- Dozens of Russian, CIS citizens killed & injured in recent clashes in Syria – Foreign Ministry - RT

- Syrian National Coalition: Ghouta being 'exterminated' (video) - Al Jazeera

De Griekse beerput van het Novartis-schandaal

Griekenland staat in rep er roer vanwege het Novartis-schandaal. Dit Zwitserse pharmabedrijf deelde steekpenningen uit aan dokters en politici om zijn geneesmiddelen duurder te verkopen en vaker voor te schrijven dan gelijkaardige goedkopere geneesmiddelen.

Bruno Tersago lijst de betrokken politici op in een vernietigende analyse van de Griekse politieke en mediacultuur. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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- Greek judges call for calm over Novartis scandal - EurActive
- “Novartis is just the tip of the iceberg that led Greece to bankruptcy,” says - Keep Talking Greece

Wietolie is zo populair dat gemeenten soepelere regels overwegen

Medische cannabisolie is populair. Zo populair dat inmiddels een handvol gemeenten nadenkt over coulantere regelgeving voor het veronderstelde medicijn.

Wietolie is ondanks het verbod op wietteelt door particulieren aan een opmars bezig in Nederland. Lees meer.

Trouw

What EVERYONE is Missing About "Russiagate"



Yes, America interferes in elections all the time. And yes, the Russian ad buys happened after the election. And yes, the DNC really did rig the primaries for Hillary. But if you believe the truth then you're a dirty Russian!  Read more.

Corbett Report

February 19, 2018

Netanyahu’s ‘cartoonish circus’



Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s theatrics at Munich Security Conference on Sunday a “cartoonish circus."

PressTV

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- Iranian FM Ridicules Netanyahu's 'Cartoonish Circus' as Attempt to 'Avoid Domestic Crisis' - Haaretz
- 'Cartoonish circus': Iran, Israel trade barbs as Netanyahu brandishes Iranian drone - MEE

Switzerland embraces bitcoin & cryptocurrencies amid global crackdown

While financial regulators across the world are cracking down on bitcoin, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has decided to encourage digital currencies by issuing guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs).

According to the regulator, Switzerland has recently seen a sharp growth in the number of upcoming ICOs planned to be launched in the country, as well as numerous enquiries about cryptocurrency regulation. Read more.

RT

Related,
- Switzerland Enacts ICO Guidelines - Bitcoin

'Bitcoin is geen bubbel'

De bitcoin is geen bubbel. Dat zegt Fred van Raaij, emeritus hoogleraar Economische Psychologie aan de Tilburg University. Was er sprake van een bubbel, dan zou de waarde op nul zijn geƫindigd, maar dat is (vooralsnog) niet gebeurd.

De koers van de bitcoin kent een verloop die veel gelijkenissen toont met die van de grafiek die hoort bij een bubbel. Alleen waar de bubbel met niets eindigt, heeft de bitcoin nog altijd waarde. 'Je kunt zeggen dat het begint met een hype maar dat er toch wel een intrinsieke waarde in zit'. Lees meer + audio.

BNR

How Capitalism steals your free time



Never have there been so many chances of liberation from work but somehow people have never worked as hard as they do now

teleSUR

Noam Chomsky: The Decline of U.S. Empire

February 17, 2018

Iran, Iraq, Syria will not let US sway in Kurdish areas: Velayati

A senior Iranian official has said that constant cooperation among Iran, Iraq and Syria will not allow the US to wield influence in Kurdish regions.

According to the Iraqi local TV network al-Beladi, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, made the remarks at a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad on Friday. Read more.

PressTV

Related,
- Tillerson in Ankara pledges limited weapon supplies to SDF, says Manbij ‘priority’ in Syria - RT
- Turkish President Erdogan offers US 'Ottoman slap' ahead of Rex Tillerson's visit to Turkey - Independent

- Russia: US plans to keep forces inside Syria forever - PressTV
- US special forces 'operating illegally in Syria', Sergey Lavrov tells euronews - Euronews

- Turkey hits Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured – reports - RT
- Turkish army hit village in Syria's Afrin with suspected gas: Kurdish YPG, Observatory - Reuters

Cryptolium: Deep inside Russia's crypto-world



This week's episode Miguel Francis-Santiago takes RT's Cryptolium deep into Russia's crypto-world.

As India threatens to shut down crypto, while other government also hint at a clamp down, which way is Russia leaning? Find out the gritty details only in RT's Cryptolium.

RT

February 16, 2018

Washington no more: Palestine turns to Moscow for future Israel talks

It is no secret that Palestinian trust in Washington as an impartial broker and mediator in future peace talks with Israel has been shredded.

And given the Trump administration’s reckless, not to mention illegal, decision to declare Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017, who can blame them? Read more.

RT

Related,
- Palestinian president: U.S. no longer a mediator (video) - PressTV