October 19, 2017

Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams - Trailer

Big Pharma's Master Plan Pays Off



The biggest drug dealer in the U.S. operates legally and with 80% of opioid pills consumed in the country, Big Pharma shows no sign of slowing. 

teleSUR

EU encryption plans hope to stave off ‘backdoors’

EU can help break encrypted messages but countries want more.

The European Union will boost its law enforcement agency and free up funding to help police break encryption for investigations, but the move is unlikely to satisfy Europe’s most powerful governments that want broad access to chat messages and data. Read more.

Poltico

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- EU seeks to decrypt messages in new anti-terror plan - EUobserver
- Senior U.S. legal official meeting UK leaders to tackle online security issues - Reuters

- EU’s plans on encryption: What is needed? - EDRi

- EU pompt half miljoen in politietrainingen voor breken encryptie - RTL
- EU investeert in breken encryptie door politie - Bright.nl

- Wat is het effect van de Brexit op encryptie? - Techzine

Facespook! Social media giant becomes arm of US intel

Facebook, the world’s top social media platform, is reportedly seeking to hire hundreds of employees with US national security clearance licenses.

Purportedly with the aim of weeding out “fake news” and “foreign meddling” in elections. Read more.

RT

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- Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances (video) - Bloomberg

October 18, 2017

Turkey-US relationship ‘complicated’: State Department spokesperson

The relationship between Ankara and Washington is “complicated,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Oct. 17, while adding that the U.S. was optimistic about a resolution, amid a diplomatic crisis between the two allies.

“I think our relationship is – no surprise about this – it’s complicated at some times, as are many of our relationships with countries around the world. Read more.

Hürriyet

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117.5 million people on or below poverty line in EU



Close to a quarter of the entire population of the European Union is living on or below the poverty line. That's according to data just published by the bloc's statistical office, Eurostat.

Campaigners say very high youth unemployment levels in nine EU member states is contributing to the problem. Jerome Hughes reports.

PressTV

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- Downward trend in the share of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU - Eurostat

- Poland leads EU states in reducing poverty: Eurostat - Radio Poland
- Bulgarians most endangered by poverty and social exclusion within EU - BNR

World Hunger on the Rise Once Again

Iraqi army takes ‘full control’ of Kirkuk without fight from Kurdish forces



Government forces in Iraq have taken full control of the contested city of Kirkuk without any opposition from Kurdish fighters who had controlled it.

A major advance on Kurdish-held territories came amid tensions that have been mounting in the oil-rich region since Kurds held a referendum on secession. Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Erbil.

Al Jazeera

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- Iraq army takes control of several oil fields in Kirkuk (video) - PressTV
- Kurds lose vital oil fields after Iraqi forces capture Kirkuk (video) - Al Jazeera

- Kurdish Peshmerga forces leave more disputed areas in Iraq (video) - pressTV
- Iraqi forces, Peshmerga fighters exchange artillery fire (video) - PressTV

- The Debate - Kirkuk Tensions (video) - PressTV
- What does the future hold for Iraq's Kurds after territory seized? (video) - Al Jazeera

Big Oil "Environmentalism" - Why Big Oil Conquered The World



...But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Strong, this ubiquitous figure of the 20th century environmental movement, was his background: a Rockefeller-connected millionaire from the Alberta oil patch who divided his time between environmental campaigning and running major oil companies... Full documentary.

Corbett Report

October 17, 2017

Alle handtekeningen voor referendum tapwet binnen

Alle handtekeningen voor een raadgevend referendum over de Wet op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten zijn afgeleverd bij de Kiesraad. De laatste stapel - zo'n 15.000 - kwam vandaag binnen. Dat heeft Tijn de Vos, een van de initiatiefnemers, laten weten.

In totaal zetten meer dan 407.000 mensen een krabbel voor een volksraadpleging over de zogenoemde Sleepwet. Lees meer.

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October 16, 2017

Africa First? US military to spend $5.2bn in the continent in 2018



It's not just eastern Africa suffering from the threat from extremists - it's a problem occurring continent-wide.

Because of that, President Trump's been increasing the US presence, at great expense to American taxpayers.

RT

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- Uranium doet België draaien, maar verwoest Niger - MO
- In dit dorp zag ik de verwoestende gevolgen van het uranium dat in onze kerncentrales wordt verwerkt - Correspondent

De schimmige spelletjes van een topbankier

Wilfred Nagel is met pensioen. Hij was een van de weinige topbankiers die het publieke debat sinds de crisis niet schuwde. Maar van werkelijke openheid was geen sprake, blijkt uit de beerput die hij volgens advocaat Hester Bais achterlaat.

Topbankier Wilfred Nagel leek er wel zin in te hebben om een stap terug te doen. De Chief Risk Officer van de ING had op zijn werkkamer foto’s van zijn zeiljacht aan de muur hangen, zagen de journalisten van Het Financieele Dagblad die hem eind juli interviewden. ‘Op volle zee en in zijn vaste Turkse thuishaven Marmaris,’ schreven ze. Het interview blikte terug op zijn loopbaan als bankier, want Nagel stopte ermee. ‘Van terugkijken kun je leren,’ zei hij. ‘Zeker nu ik de bank verlaat, doe ik dat veelvuldig om lessen te formuleren voor de toekomst van de bank.’ Nagel had er kennelijk schik in, want ook in de Telegraaf sloeg hij op hetzelfde moment in een groot interview aan het reflecteren. Lees meer (betaalmuur/proefperiode).

FTM

October 14, 2017

IAEA chief reaffirms Iran’s full commitment to JCPOA

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reconfirmed that Iran is fully implementing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), shortly after US President Donald Trump refused to certify the landmark accord.

“As I have reported to the Board of Governors, the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement on Friday evening. Read more.

PressTV

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- Statement by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano - IAEA

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October 13, 2017

Deal or No Deal: Fears rise Trump to ditch Iran nuclear deal in new strategy



Donald Trump's expected to announce a new strategy on Iran this Friday, and all bets are on the President ripping up the 'historic' nuclear deal.

The deal was hammered out by the US, Russia, France, the UK, China, Germany and Iran back in 2015. It followed nine years of talks. Political scientist, Kaveh Afrasiabi, believes the nuclear deal was always at risk because Trump doesn't understand Iran as a country.

RT’s Ilya Petrenko reports.

RT

US withdraws from Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'



The US cites mounting arrears, anti-Israel bias, and ‘need for fundamental reform in the organisation’

Independent

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October 12, 2017

Nederland grootste importeur van insecten in EU

Van alle landen in de Europese Unie, besteedt Nederland het meeste geld aan de import van insecten. In de eerste helft van 2017 werd voor 8,2 miljoen euro aan levende insecten ingevoerd, meldt het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS) donderdag.

Deze invoerwaarde is vijf keer hoger dan in 2012. Lees meer.

NU

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- Meelwormen, bijen, wespen: Nederland grootste insectenimporteur in EU - NOS

October 11, 2017

The Rise of Eugenics #Why Big Oil Conquered The World



Oil. The 19th century was transformed by it. The 20th century was shaped by it. And the 21st century is moving beyond it. 

But who gave birth to the oil industry? What have they done with the immense wealth and power that it has granted them? And what are they planning to do with that power in a post-carbon world? This is the remarkable true story of the oiligarchs and the world they have created. Read more.

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