March 21, 2018

‘Bitcoin is #1 priority’: NSA targeted cryptocurrency users globally, Snowden leaks show

The US National Security Agency targeted Bitcoin users around the world, according to classified documents released by Edward Snowden. The revelations strike a blow to the financial privacy of bitcoin users, academics warn.

The National Security Agency (NSA) managed to find ways to ‘track down senders and receivers’ of Bitcoins, according to an internal NSA report dated March 2013. Read more.


- The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal - Intercept

March 20, 2018

China Banning People From Transit for Bad "Social Credit" Scores

The slow-motion train wreck of "social credit" systems and the "gamification" of society has moved to the next stage. Now the Chinese government is going to start barring people from flying or riding trains if their social credit score is not up to snuff.

China may be the test case for these ideas, but they're already being rolled out in other countries. So what are we going to do about it? Read more.

Corbett Report

March 19, 2018

Cybersecurityexperts: “Te weinig in bewijs Russische hack”

Er wordt te makkelijk aangenomen dat het Kremlin e-mails van de Democratische Partij heeft gestolen om die aan Wikileaks te geven. Dat zeggen verschillende cybersecurityexperts tegen het onderzoeksprogramma Argos.

‘Als ik al het bewijs zo naast elkaar leg, kan ik niet aannemelijk maken dat het deze nation state actor is geweest die ervoor gezorgd heeft dat deze informatie bij Wikileaks is uitgekomen’, zegt Oscar Koeroo, digitale beveiligingsspecialist bij KPN. Lees meer.


- "Het zijn de Russen!" (audio) - Argos

Interview met de Rabbi van Neturei Karta International, Joden tegen Zionisme

Sonja van den Ende | Tijdens mijn deelname aan de 4e internationale wereldwijde conferentie over ”de terugkeer naar Palestina” in de Libanese hoofdstad Beiroet van 11 tot 15 maart 2018, was ik in de gelegenheid om Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, één van de deelnemers te interviewen.

Het authentiek Jodendom erkende nooit het BESTAAN VAN DE STAAT ISRAËL, laat staan ​​Jeruzalem als hoofdstad. Zei Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss in het interview, dit is wat hij te zeggen had:

Rabbi: ”Het zionisme, de beweging die de staat Israël heeft geschapen, is het tegenovergestelde van het traditionele Joodse geloof. Het Jodendom is ondergeschikt aan de Almachtige, terwijl het Zionisme een totale transformatie naar  het nationalisme is. Sinds de vernietiging van de Joodse Tempel 2000 jaar geleden, zijn de Joden in “goddelijke mate” in ballingschap geweest. De Joden mogen geen eigen soevereine staat vestigen, of oorlog voeren tegen welk ander land dan ook. Lees meer.


Blowback: How Israel Helped Create Hamas

What do you know about Hamas? That it’s sworn to destroy Israel? That it’s a terrorist group, proscribed both by the United States and the European Union? That it rules Gaza with an iron fist? That it’s killed hundreds of innocent Israelis with rocket, mortar, and suicide attacks?

But did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym for “Islamic Resistance Movement” — would probably not exist today were it not for the Jewish state? That the Israelis helped turn a bunch of fringe Palestinian Islamists in the late 1970s into one of the world’s most notorious militant groups? That Hamas is blowback? Read more.


- How Israel helped create Hamas - Washington Post

MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'

A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police.

Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn had called the Russian allegation a lie. Dutch investigators concluded that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 jet, killing 298 people. Read more.


- Van neerhalen MH17 beschuldigde Oekraïense piloot pleegt zelfmoord - AD

Medische gegevens in eigen beheer op je computer of telefoon: vanaf volgend jaar is het mogelijk

De opslag van patiëntgegevens is een politiek gevoelig dossier 

Iedereen kan volgend jaar zijn medische gegevens in eigen beheer krijgen op de computer, tablet, geheugenkaart of mobiele telefoon. Degenen die dat willen kunnen die informatie delen met zorgverleners.

Dit kondigt minister Bruno Bruins (VVD) voor Medische Zorg en Sport aan in een interview met de Volkskrant. Lees meer.


- Zorgpartijen: patiënten kunnen straks allerlei medische gegevens inzien - NOS
- Minister Bruins: 'De burger mag niets merken van het systeem achter de schermen' - Volkskrant

March 18, 2018

Central banks manipulating & suppressing gold prices – industry expert to RT

Gold price suppression by the world's central banks is a well-documented fact, according to Singapore’s BullionStar precious metals expert Ronan Manly. He explained to why that’s the case.

Central banks have a long and colorful history of manipulating the gold price. This manipulation has taken many shapes and forms over the years. It also shouldn't be surprising that central banks intervene in the gold market given that they also intervene in all other financial markets. It would be naive to think that the gold market should be any different. Read more.


US Imposes New Sanctions Against Venezuela's Petro

De bereidheid van de VS of Rusland om kernwapens in te zetten, is groter dan we denken

Interview | We zijn naïef over kernwapens. We onderschatten de risico’s - en de bereidheid om ze in te zetten, zegt Daniel Ellsberg.

Kernwapens: lange tijd leken ze er weinig toe te doen, maar nu maken ze weer deel uit van militaire en politieke strategieën. Donald Trump wil kleinere, tactische kernwapens laten maken. Rusland beschikt, zo zei president Poetin onlangs, over kernraketten die onopgemerkt ieder doel kunnen raken. En de jongste kernmacht Noord-Korea krijgt (wellicht) president Trump op bezoek. Lees meer.


USA vs. DPRK: Ignoring History Paves Way to Disaster

On top of overtly genocidal threats, the Trump Administration has announced new terms: that they "will never accept a nuclear North Korea." But, the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea already has nuclear weapons. Does that mean a war is imminent?

While the bipartisan warmongering is receiving no push-back from the mainstream media, Abby Martin interviews Tim Shorrock--journalist and expert on US-Korea relations--to learn what is left out of the debate and the potential cost of a new war.


Lead is even deadlier than we feared as the full extent of its toxic effects are revealed

Decades after this newspaper won a ban on this poison in our fuel, there are still calls for more proof

Looking back, it seems insane. Bluntly put, we took a known poison and – for three quarters of a century – used it in machines that puffed it out in breathable form. Then we drove them millions of miles a day, all over the world, regularly dosing billions of people with the toxin. Read more.


March 17, 2018

US training Syria militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for airstrikes – Russian MoD

Russia’s Defense Ministry says “US instructors” are training militants to stage false flag chemical attacks in south Syria.

The incidents are said to be a pretext for airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.


UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable source of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow

The substance used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal may have originated from the countries studying the “Novichok” nerve agent, including the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The most likely source of origin of the toxin are the countries which have been carrying out intense research on the substances from the ‘Novichok’ program, approximately since the end of the 1990s until the present time,.. Read more.


- Soviet toxin research was smuggled out and continued in other countries, including US – OPCW envoy (video) - RT
- First Recorded Successful Novichok Synthesis was in 2016 – By Iran, in Cooperation with the OPCW - Craig Murray

March 16, 2018

America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria | People and Power

How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

It's well known that the United States exports billions of dollars' worth of arms and ammunition to its allies. What isn't as widely understood is that many of the guns it supplies to "partner forces" fighting wars in the Middle East - particularly to rebels in Syria - are Soviet-style munitions such as RPGs and Kalashnikovs which are obtained from manufacturers in Bulgaria, Serbia and other Eastern European countries. Read more.

Al Jazeera

- Syrian Army Intercepts Truck Heading to Terrorists in Eastern Ghouta (video) - Sputnik
- US training Syria militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for airstrikes – Russian MoD (video) - RT

- To Push Iran Back, Israel Ramps Up Support for Syrian Rebels, 'Arming 7 Different Groups' - Haaretz

Putin ‘extremely concerned’ over UK’s ‘destructive, provocative’ stance in Skripal case – Kremlin

In his first public reaction to the UK measures against Russia in ex-spy Sergei Skripal’s poisoning, President Vladimir Putin said he was “extremely concerned” by the “destructive and provocative” stance of the UK.

A “detailed discussion” of the current crisis in Russian-UK relations was held when Putin met with top officials from the Russian government, military and security services on Thursday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “Extreme concern was expressed about the destructive and provocative stance taken by the British side,” the spokesman added. Read more.


- US, France and Germany blame Russia for spy's poisoning in UK - Al Jazeera

March 15, 2018

Maidan icon Savchenko accuses top Ukrainian official of deploying snipers at 2014 protest

A member of the Ukrainian parliament has made groundbreaking claims about the events in 2014 that culminated in the overthrow of the country's govt.

And, shortly after her revelations, the authorities accused her of plotting a terror attack at the parliament building. Read more.


- Lutsenko says Savchenko planned mass murder in the Verkhovna Rada - Kyiv Post
- Savchenko expelled from Ukraine parliament's Security and Defense Committee - Unian

- Ukraine ex-pilot blames lawmaker for ties to Maidan snipers - ABC
- Ukraine Accuses Former War Hero of Plotting Parliament Attack - NY Times