January 19, 2018

S Korea creates artificial rain using unmanned tilt-rotor


Source: AP

South Korea has successfully created artificial rain using unmanned tilt-rotor aircraft for the first time.

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January 18, 2018

Israel: Rabbis 'Anne Frank' Scheme to Hide Refugees from Gov't

Earlier this month Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to deport around 40,000 African asylum seekers.

A group of Israeli rabbis launched The Anne Frank Home Sanctuary, a program to protect African asylum seekers from deportation by hiding them from Israeli authorities. Read more.

teleSUR

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U.S. warns investors over Venezuela's 'petro' cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday warned that Venezuela’s proposed “petro” cryptocurrency could violate sanctions against the OPEC nation’s socialist government, a statement that could dent investor appetite for the soon-to-be-launched token.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this month said his government will soon issue 100 million petros, backed by an equivalent number of barrels of oil, partly to get around the U.S. sanctions. Read more.

Reuters

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- Russia may turn to cryptocurrencies in oil trade to challenge sanctions & the petrodollar - RT

- Venezuela's Congress declares 'petro' cryptocurrency illegal (video) - Reuters

Griepprik helpt niet tegen huidig virus door verkeerde keuze cocktailprik

De griepprik schiet tekort. Uitgerekend de griepvariant die nu duizenden mensen rillend in bed houdt, zit niet in het vaccin.

De griepprik had de meest kwetsbare mensen – ouderen en chronisch zieken – moeten beschermen tegen het virus, maar dat blijkt tegen te vallen. Lees meer.

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"US to work diplomatically to oust president Assad"



The United States has signaled on an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader U-S strategy to prevent the resurgence of the Deash terror group.

In a speech at Stanford University, the U-S secretary of State said Washington’s military and diplomatic presence in Syria is crucial to U-S national interest. Rex Tillerson added that the Trump administration's new Syria strategy largely involves an increased diplomatic action with emphasis on political solution to the crisis.

The top U-S diplomat, however, made it clear that Washington would work diplomatically toward the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. He also called for closer cooperation with Russia to avoid conflict in the de-escalation zones in Syria.

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European MEP's lash out at Russia, accuse Kremlin of telling lies



Members of the European Parliament had a busy day - discussing Russia and supposed threats coming from Moscow. They accuse Kremlin in spreading fake news.

RT

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Crypto-bloodbath: Major digital currencies suffer huge losses within hours



What goes up, must come down... Crypto-currencies suffer double-digit losses in the past twenty-four hours, amid global talk of potential regulation of the new money.

RT

January 17, 2018

Fedcoin: One Crypto Currency To Rule Them All

Fedcoin is a cryptocurrency project that is carried out by the Federal Reserve System of the United States of America which could replace the current US dollar. Countries such as China and Russia are constantly working to eliminate the current hegemony of the USD.

The governments of Beijing and Moscow have accelerated the offensive hegemony by seeing how Bitcoin is threatening the current financial system controlled by the USD. It should also be taken into account that the value of the USD has plummeted in the last 100 years. Read more.

CryptoCoin.News

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January 16, 2018

New austerity measures spark angry protests in Athens



Clashes have erupted between protesters and police outside the Greek Parliament after lawmakers voted to approve more painful austerity measures.

Demonstrators threw rocks, molotov cocktails and flares at the police forces. They also sprayed the police with red paint. The police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd on the steps of the parliament building. No arrests or injuries were reported.

Earlier, thousands of people marched in anti-government rallies in the capital Athens and the second largest city of Thessaloniki. They were voicing anger over measures that include tougher conditions for unions to call strikes, speedier property foreclosures, and cuts in family benefits.

The new austerity measures were demanded by Greece’s international lenders to receive further bailout funds.

PressTV

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Israël gunt Palestijnen geen snipper van Jeruzalem

Een nieuwe Israëlische wet maakt het nog moeilijker dan het was om Jeruzalem als hoofdstad met de Palestijnen te delen.

Zelfs de grootste optimist zal het moeten erkennen: de tweestatenoplossing in het Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict raakt uit beeld. Lees meer.

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What is Syria Border Security Force? Meet the new US proxy army



Getting squeezed out of a country but wanna stay at all costs? Here’s the latest bright idea from the US: Meet the new proxy army in Syria. Read more.

RT

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- Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid - Reuters

January 15, 2018

Thousands in Israel urge Netanyahu to resign



Thousands of Israelis have held another anti-corruption demonstration in Tel Aviv, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign days after the release of an audiotape, in which the premier’s son is heard bragging about his father’s role in a shady gas deal.

Protesters took to the streets for a seventh consecutive week on Saturday, chanting slogans against the premier such as, “Shame” “Bibi go home,” “Corruption is going to be broken,” and “a corrupt government of corrupt tycoons.”

PressTV

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- Thousands of Israelis Protest Corruption, Chant Against Netanyahu's Son Over Stripper Scandal (paywall) - Haaretz

- Netanyahu Visits India: Muslims Burn Israeli Effigies in Protest - Sputnik
- 'Go back, Netanyahu': Hundreds of protesters march through the city of Kargil, India (video) - RT

‘CIA friends’ asked Moby to promote Trump-Russia stories



American musician and DJ Moby claims he's been doing the behind-the-scenes bidding of anti-Donald Trump figures...

In a recent interview, he said friends and contacts within the CIA had asked him to promote certain ideas online - including the alleged collusion between the President and Russia. Read more.

RT

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How To Engineer A Crisis



Are you a dictator in need of public support for your latest draconian clampdown on dissent? Or a deep state plotter hoping to topple a foreign government who doesn't comply with your every wish? A low-level Machiavellian schemer looking for the ultimate trick for defeating your enemies without lifting a finger?

Then look no further than this handy-dandy guide to "How To Engineer A Crisis." Read more.

Corbett Report

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The Coming Anastrophe



In this age of economic and societal Armageddon, everyone is looking for peace and stability: so why are so many agitating for violent revolution?

Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we take a page from “It’s A Wonderful Life” to explore the possibility for peaceful, community-based solutions to our problems and attempt to answer the question: what is the opposite of catastrophe? Read more.

Corbett Report

January 13, 2018

WaPo bureau chief praises ‘brave Syrian journalist’ – who has jihadist links



The Washington Post is under fire after one of its bureau chiefs in the Middle East posted a tweet apparently praising a journalist from Free Syrian TV. Read more.

RT